Rejser til Moldova

Den lille nation, Moldova er sjældent på listen over udbudte destinationer, men det er et spændende og skævt sted at udforske.

Dette oversete hjørne af Europa byder på vidtstrakte underjordiske vinkældre og dramatiske klostre i huler for ikke at tale om muligheden for at lægge vejen forbi den skæve udbryderrepublik, Transdniestr.

Der er flere skæve ting i Moldova. Eksempelvis er Moldovas flag ét af de få i verden, hvis forside og bagside ikke er ens. Forskellen på de to sider er, at Moldovas våbenskjold er spejlvendt på bagsiden.

Den brede vifte af påvirkninger fra ortodoks kristendom til nyere tids Sovjetunionen, samt den lokale sigøjnerkultur, gør absolut Moldova et besøg værd.

Moldova er klemt inde mellem Ukraine og Rumænien og benævnes ofte fejlagtigt Moldavien, som er navnet på et landområde som omfatter Moldova samt en provins af samme navn i Rumænien.

Vinen er overraskende god skulle vi hilse og sige !

Grupperejse 1 ► Moldova - Opdag Moldova

Generel information om grupperejser i Moldova

Happy Lama Travels eksklusive grupperejser i Moldova foregår i små internationale grupper med lokal engelsktalende rejseleder. Derfor er rejsebeskrivelserne på engelsk.

En lokal rejseleder kender sit land bedre end en dansk rejseleder. Det er desuden vores erfaring at en lokal rejseleder giver dig et bedre indblik i, hvordan livet leves i Moldova.

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Trip Summary

Most people are unaware that Moldova exists and are unable to locate it on a map. Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, this tiny country is home to one autonomous region Gagauzia, and one ‘breakaway republic’ Transdniestr, making it one of the quirkiest countries in Europe. With influences ranging from the Ottoman Empire to Romania to Russia, Moldova is a fascinating melange of cultures. On this short trip we explore cave monasteries and vast underground wine cellars – of course with opportunities to sample the excellent local wines – and cross the border into Transdniestr to explore its capital Tiraspol and Bendery with its impressive 16th century fortress. ‘Off the beaten track’ doesn’t even come close to describing this trip.

Fitness* | Adventure*** | Culture**** | History*** | Wildlife*

Day 1 – Chisinau

Arrive in Chisinau and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore the city. Overnight Regency Hotel or similar.

Chisinau was founded back in the 15th century, as a small monastery village within the province of Moldavia. Falling first to the Ottoman and then the Russian Empire, the city grew over the years and played a major part in the Russo-Turkish war of 1877. Sadly it was bombed extensively during the Second World War and most of the older buildings were destroyed – the city today has been rebuilt on a typical Soviet grid system of streets. It contains one of the highest proportions of green spaces within any major European city, with many parks and lakes within its boundaries.

Day 2 – Chisinau City tour - Cricova - Orheiul Vechi - Buteceni

After breakfast we begin a walking tour of the capital, visiting key sites including the Arc de Triomphe, the cathedral, and the Moldovan Parliament. From here we drive to the vast underground tunnels of the wine cellars of Cricova, and take a train through the tunnels, before enjoying a tasting of some of the wines. We continue to Orheiul Vechi, an impressive monastery complex set amidst dramatic scenery. We will visit the traditional village of Butuceni and take lunch in a rural pension, which includes national Moldovan dishes and home-made wine. After lunch we will visit the village of Trebujeni before returning to Chisinau. Overnight Regency Hotel or similar. (BL)

Orheiul Vechi
The Orheiul Vechi Monastery complex is carved into a cliff, and dates back to the 13th century, although it has only recently come back into use after being abandoned in the 18th century. It contains a chapel and a sleeping area for monks, and the cliffside is dotted with small caves and places of worship, dug over thousands of years by ancient Dacian tribes. 

Day 3 – Capriana Monastery – Codrii Reserve

After visiting the National Museum in the morning, with its collection of archaeological treasures and old Bessarabian carpets, we head to the village of Capriana to view its 14th century monastery. We will continue on to the Codrii Nature Reserve where we can take a leisurely walk around the reserve and visit the museum of Nature- the more energetic can walk through the forest to the Hincu monastery (approx. 9km each way). Lunch will be in the form of a picnic which can be enjoyed beside the lake in the tranquil surroundings. Overnight Regency Hotel or similar.(BL)

Codrii Reserve
Founded in 1971 Codrii is the oldest nature reserve in Moldova. Its main forest consists of tall oaks and beeches and its boundaries are home to 1000 species of plants, 43 species of mammals and 145 species of birds, some of them close to extinction.

Day 4 – Transdniestr

Cross the border into the breakaway republic of Transdniestr. Head to the city of Tighina, or Bendery, where you can explore the 16th century fortress and visit the on- site museum. We will visit the War Memorial before continuing onto the capital, Tiraspol. We will have lunch in a Ukranian restaurant and after lunch embark on a walking tour of Tiraspol, where we will spend the night. Overnight Russia Hotel or similar. (BL)

Transdniestr is a curious entity, a self- declared republic that is to all intents and purposes a separate state – yet unrecognised by other countries. Historically it, like Moldova, had formed part of the Soviet Union but unlike Moldova its population is mainly ethnic Russian who are opposed to being incorporated within Moldova. The territory was claimed by Russia following conflict with the Ottoman Empire back in the 18th century, while the rest of Moldova fell under Turkish control – leading to claims in Transdniestr that it has never been part of Moldova. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Transdniestr declared independence, sparking war with Moldova and although peace reigns now, there is an uneasy relationship. Transdniestr has its own parliament, currency and border controls, yet few people have ever heard of it.

Day 5 – Causeni - Et Cetera - Chisinau

This morning we begin with a vist to Causeni town to see its 15th century church, covered with antique frescoes (the church is currently closed for restoration but we can walk around it). We then move onto the small family winery of Et Cetera, where we will be given a tour by the winemaker himself, with the opportunity to taste some of the award winning wines. We will then enjoy lunch prepared by the family before returning to Chisinau where the afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy a farewell dinner in a traditional Moldovan restaurant. Overnight Regency Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Chisinau

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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