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Iasi: Cricova Winery, Chisinau City Tour and Capriana

1. Iasi: Cricova Winery, Chisinau City Tour and Capriana

In the morning the tour guide will pick you up and your day trip in the Moldavian capital, Chisinau, will begin. On the way, you will discover the history of one of Moldova’s most beautiful monasteries. For a long time, the Capriana Monastery was the residence of the Metropolitan of Moldova and it was patronized by many Rulers of Moldova including Stefan the Great. Chisinau was first documented in 1420, but most of it was leveled in WWII and by a tragic earthquake that struck in 1940. They started rebuilding the city in 1950 in Soviet-style, and both the center and outskirts are dominated by utilitarian high-rise buildings. On the tour, you will discover Chisinau’s main attractions: their own Arc de Triomphe, the 1841 Holy Gates at the center of the city and we will stroll through one of the city’s parks and learn about Prince Stefan, the noble symbol of Moldova’s medieval past. Next on the itinerary is Cricova Winery, situated at a depth of 50-80 meters, representing a real underground city. The Moldavian cellars where Vladimir Putin keeps his wine are so big you need to drive through them. You will also find Herman Goering’s private collection, taken by the Red Army from Berlin in 1945. Considered to be the pearl of Moldovan winemaking, Cricova is the founder of production of high-quality elite wines. The influence of Ancient Greece and the Roman period is reflected in the reliefs you will discover inside the winery. In this unique place, you will have to opportunity to discover the steps to wine tasting and try a selection of the great range of wines. Optionally, you may choose to enjoy a delicious lunch in this fantastic place. Afterward, you will be transferred back to Iasi.

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From Iasi: Full-Day Bucovina Tour

2. From Iasi: Full-Day Bucovina Tour

You will meet with your guide and enjoy a day trip to Bucovina, home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures- the Painted Monasteries, listed by UNESCO since 1993 as the Churches of Moldavia. You will start the tour with a visit to Romania’s most renowned monastery Voronet, a UNESCO northern heritage jewel whose frescoes, featuring an intense shade of blue, have become famous throughout the world. Not far from here is Humor Monastery, a small cross-shaped church built in 1530, a delight sight. Your next stop will be Moldoviţa monastery, an architectural masterpiece in the Byzantine style included among the UNESCO world heritage sites. The last visit for the day will be at Marginea, a famous folk art center, best known for the black ceramics which are made here. You will witness the craft of moulding clay according to a unique technique. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Iasi. Itinerary sights: - Voronet Monastery - Humor Monastery - Moldovita Monastery - Marginea village

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2-Day Tour of Moldova from Iasi

3. 2-Day Tour of Moldova from Iasi

The first day of your tour begins early in the morning with a trip to Kishinev, where you will take a city tour. But first, you will stop and visit two of Moldova's most important religious sites, the Hâncu Monastery and the Căpriana Monastery.  After the city tour, your guide will take you to the hotel for check-in and lunch. Next, you will visit the underground wine city of Cricova, where you will sample some of the wine. The second day of your tour will begin with a trip to the Old Orhei Archeological Complex, located in a rocky gorge at a depth of more than 200 meters. The highlight of the day is the Palanca Village, a place where ancient traditions have been kept alive for hundreds of years. The tour will then take you to the ‘Parents House’, a household from the 1900’s where Mrs. Tatiana will delight you with some of the best traditional Moldovan dishes you will ever taste. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to craft your own hand-made bracelet to remind you of your trip to Moldova and then you will return to Iasi.

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From Iasi: Full-Day Bike Tour in Romania & its Surroundings

4. From Iasi: Full-Day Bike Tour in Romania & its Surroundings

Each of the 7 hills had an important role to play in the history of the region, marking the evolution of the city. The religious monuments, the archaeological sites and the bellevue points are visited and appreciated by both the locals and the tourists. You will have an insight into the history of Iasi and witness the mixture between the bohemian atmosphere present in the town’s old parts and surroundings and the animated occidental lifestyle. The tour has a level of difficulty above average, both from the point of view of the length and of the hilly landscape, but offers cyclists the possibility of exploring Iasi from above its 7 hills in a different manner.

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Iasi: Full-Day Private City Tour - Palace of Culture & More

5. Iasi: Full-Day Private City Tour - Palace of Culture & More

Enjoy a few pleasant hours in one of the largest cities in Romania. Enter the city’s bohemian atmosphere present, mostly, in the old part of the town and you will also witness the animated occidental lifestyle. The tour will start at one of the most impressive buildings of the city, the Palace of Culture, where you can observe its flamboyant neo-Gothic style and admire the beautiful garden behind the palace. Next, your tour guide will take you to a walk along the main historical streets of the city - Stefan cel Mare, where you’ll visit and find out information about the National Theatre Vasile Alecsandri. The building is a true architectonic jewel with one of the most amazing theater halls in the world, beautifully decorated with an iron curtain painted by Al. Goltz, rococo crystal, Venetian chandelier with 109 bulbs and the ceiling depicts Edenic parables representing angles and nymphs. Next, visit two of the most imposing religious symbols of Iasi: the Three Hierarchs Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Continue with a visit to the Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Library, one of the most majestic libraries in the world. According to Bored Panda, this library is considered to be amongst libraries like New York Public Library, the City Library from Stuttgart, Bibliothèque Nationale De France and Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura from Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards, you’ll be introduced to the most important place of the city history, the Union Square, where the Romanian Union in 1859 was first celebrated. From here, the car will take you to a local restaurant, Bolta Rece, for a tasty traditional lunch. In the second part of the tour, you will admire a beautiful view over the whole city from the tower of the Golia Monastery. Copou Hill, with its university (first in Romania) and Botanical Garden, will complete your day in the cultural capital of Moldavia.

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based on 9 reviews

Great day with Iulian as our guide

On the 20th of March 2019 we enjoyed a wonderful full day trip in the Bucovina region. The tour was brilliant and extremely interesting, our guide Iulian did a perfect job ! He is very friendly, speaks English perfectly, fullfills all wishes and has an incredibly wide knowledge. We can only highly recommend this day trip and Iulian as a guide !