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Stop At: Cricova Winery, Petru Ungureanu St., 1, Cricova 2084 Moldova
Cricova Winery is the most luxury and one of the biggest underground wine cellars in the world. Sounds good right?
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Old Orhei, Orhei Moldova
One of the most popular places of interest in Moldova is a touristic zone called Old Orhei(Orheiul Vechi), which is situated on the Raut River (Rut Ru). It is a nations patrimony, which is located about 60 km away from the capital city Chisinau, among three villages: Butuceni, Morovaia and Trebujeni. Orhei Vechi is an archaeological and historical complex, which consists of two moderate but very old museums, ancient rocky church and also several private old-fashioned hotels in a very traditional style, located in villages Butucheni and Trebujeni. Old Orhei is an exceptionally quiet and delightful place with impressive landscapes and huge historical background which bring the tourists to discover Moldova's ancient roots.
Duration: 3 hours
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Hotel pickup Available
- Duration: 7 Hrs
Departure Time :
, Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience., Open air Museum - Old Orhei & Cricova Winery, underground wine city!, 4/1/2020 - 12/31/2023Monday - Sunday : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Departure Details :
Traveler pickup is offered
From your hotel/ apartment.
Return Details :
To your hotel/ apartment.
Cancellation Policy : This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
The tour is planned in such way, that you never get bored:
- Pick up at hotel/apartment
- 45 minutes drive to Cricova
- 2 hours excursion in the wine cellars
- 1 hour drive to Old Orhei - 1 hour exploration of the site
- 1 hour for relaxing lunch/dinner
- 1 hour drive back to Chisinau/hotel
Total time needed: 7 hours
Know More about this tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entry/Admission - Cricova Winery
Entry/Admission - Old Orhei
Entry/Admission - Manastirea Curchi
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum drinking age is 18 years
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
A must do. I did the evening tour with tasting. Tour of the expansive underground cellars which included salt displays and visiting the tasting rooms. You ride through the cellars on a motorized trolley which takes you to several of the major cellars. It is basically an entire city with street names underground. If you can, do a tasting tour as they do really formal seating with delicious samples. There is a video at the beginning in their bar/theater which explains the history & process. The tour is done by Crickova staff not your tour guide, and you may select the language. There is a superb gift shop.
The tour started with hotel pick up at 10AM. Our tour driver, Veaceslav, was waiting for us when we walked down about 10 minutes prior the scheduled time. We headed off to our first destination, Old Orhei, which is about an hour or so from our hotel in Chisinau. On the way, he shared really interesting information about Moldova. Before our stop to Old Orhei, he took us to two "unplanned" stops that were amazing. The first stop was a lookout far away from the monastery but had absolutely stunning views from lookout. The second stop was ruins of a bathhouse in the area. He explained the significance of it for it's time. At the site, we visited an archaeological museum that showed several pieces of history throughout the area dating back to early BC periods. He then showed us a common house of the village. We then walked made a quick walk up the stairs to the monastery itself. He showed us around in the monastery and then walked us up to the church and showed us inside the Russian Orthodox church. Afterwards, Veaceslav suggested a great little lunch place were were stopped and had an authentic Moldavan lunch for incredibly cheap (not part of the tour but worthwhile!) The food was delicious and the service was prompt. Our guide even showed us around the property, the cellars the store the food and another house in the village. After lunch, we made our way to Cricova Winery. The drive was shorter and we arrived a little early. At this point, Veaceslav, waited for us to do the tour with the winery. Unlike Milisti Mici, Cricova has large golf cart buses type things that you ride around in for the tour. Our tour guide showed us the impressive winery that houses some the world leaders wines (my favorite part of the winery!) and through the underground tunnels. There we watched a brief movie about the winery and were able to enjoy our first wine, a dry sparkling wine. We then moved on to the tasting, a red wine, white wine, and sparking sweet wine. They also provided a few snacks for our tasting. The winery here was far more impressive than Mici but felt a little intimidating. I did enjoy the wine more at Cricova. After our tour of about 2 hours in the winery concluded, we met with Veaceslav who took us back to the hotel. Overall, it was a really great day. The tours were perfect combination for my husband who loves to be outdoors and me who loves wine. I would HIGHLY recommend Veaceslav as he was a great tour guide who very clearly loved Moldova.
I traveled to Orhei and Cricova on my second day in Moldova. Fortunately, I knew my guide Nicolai and, therefore, knew that I would learn much and have an enjoyable day. I definitely did.
In the morning, Nicolai drove us to a lovely church and provided great insight. We then journeyed to Old Orhei, stopping in several places to take great photos. As always, Nicolai proved to be a great guide, answering all my questions and being a great companion.
In the afternoon, we visited Cricova. Cricova is a bit fancier than Milestii Mici; more elaborate (but not as fun to visit). I recommend visiting both Milestii Mici and Cricova, though, such that the wineries can be compared.
Once again, I must thank Nicolai for being a great guide and taking such good care of me.
I traveled to Orhei and Cricova on my second day in Moldova. Fortunately, I knew my guide Nicolai and, therefore, knew that I would learn much and have an enjoyable day. I definitely did. In the morning, Nicolai drove us to a lovely church and provided great insight. We then journeyed to Old Orhei, stopping in several places to take great photos. As always, Nicolai proved to be a great guide, answering all my questions and being a great companion. In the afternoon, we visited Cricova. Cricova is a bit fancier than Milestii Mici; more elaborate (but not as fun to visit). I recommend visiting both Milestii Mici and Cricova, though, such that the wineries can be compared. Once again, I must thank Nicolai for being a great guide and taking such good care of me. cheers