Types of tourism in Moldova

Cultural Tourism

The Republic of Moldova has a rich cultural heritage which may be of great interest to tourists. The remains of medieval fortresses like Tighina and Soroca, archaeological complexes such as Orheuil Vechi, cave monasteries, nobles’ mansions and peasant houses offer a diversity of visitor attractions. The Republic of Moldova has 87 museums with rich collections of art, by them are : Puskin Museum, National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, Historical Museum and other.

Soroca Fortress - the original architectural appearance , which was meant to defend the Moldovan people during the war with the Turks . the Soroca Fortress can be considered as a replica of the famous Appullian castle, adapted for artillery and built when, in Europe, the Renascence architectural models were built on a large scale.The Soroca Fortress will remain for a long time a manifestation of Renascence in the architecture of the Moldavian defensive works.

Thighina Fortress - The fortress of Tighina is one of the oldest fortifications included in this system. Built on remains of an ancient settlement, Tighina Fortress is mentioned in the documents dating back to the times of Alexandru cel Bun (1408) as an important customs post. His  interesting site due to the pleasant view, diverse towers, and a small museum containing a model of the fort and weaponry displays will hope you make a historical of ancient live in the fortress.

Monument “ The Candle of Gratitude” – Wonderful monument built in the rocks, above the river Nistru, on the borders of Soroca is one of the most important creations in the Moldavian modern history. “The Candle of Gratitude” raises from the depth of our past and represents a homage to all the anonymous heroes that have kept safe the culture, the language and the history of Moldova out of a wide colorful human civilization, this way making eternal the memory of the great anonymous poet, author of “Miorita” (“The Lamb”). This national monument, a symbol of the Moldavian people, which catches the eye of people passing by, can surely complete the visiting card of Moldova.

Monument “ Struve Geodetic Art” - The Struve Geodetic Arc in Moldova is one of  monument of chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820 km, which yielded the first accurate measurement of a meridian. The Struve Geodetic Arc is an extraordinary example of interchange of human values in the form of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, as well as an outstanding example of a technological ensemble.

National Nature and Ethnography Museum - It is the oldest museum in Moldova. Founded as the Agricultural Museum, its existence has gradually broadened its scope, creating collections that reflect the natural history, contemporary nature, evolution of human society and traditional culture on the territory of Bessarabia and later the Republic of Moldova. It currently holds a collection of about 135 thousand pieces.Nowadays the museum is an important scientific and cultural center of Bessarabia which is also known abroad. 

Puskin Museum - Northeast of the central parks, this is where Russia's national poet Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) spent three years exiled between 1820 and 1823.

You can view his tiny cottage, filled with original furnishings and personal items, including a portrait of his beloved Byron on his writing desk. There's also a  literary room museum in the building facing the cottage, which documents Pushkin's dramatic life. 

Ecotourism

The Moldavian nature is exceptionally varied and original. This is declared by all the researchers, who studied the territory between the Dniester and the Prut rivers from ancient times to the present day. And for cursory exploration of the stated theme it is enough to say that almost the entire surface of the country consists of sedimentary rocks, i.e. remains left after ancient warm seas first the Tortonian, and later the Sarmatian. The Moldovan “mountains”, or better to say hills, are not stones but consist of the remains of living matter (Tovtry) and almost all the minerals of the area are all the same remains of some creatures. Basic areas of Moldova’s countryside that can constitute, through their natural and anthropogenic features, a real and attractive offer for ecotourism are: Codri Area, "Toltrele Prutului" Area, Middle and Lower Nistru Area, Tigheci Area.

Landscape reserve “Saharna”  - On the right bank of Nistru River is located the landscape reserve “Saharna”. It includes the area of the lower Saharna brook, with a relief with altitudes of up to 230 m, very fragmented and picturesque, that creates impressive natural landscapes. - It is known for its Holy Trinity Monastery and magnificent nature. In the place where water fall, it dug a pit about 10 m deep, called “Gypsy Pit”. In the gorge you can find a well arranged water spring, called “Wonderland Spring”, something very attractive to visitors.

Reservation Rudi – Arionesti - terms of size and the variety of monuments is Rudi-Arionesti. Fissures of odd forms, made by wind, are well defined. On windy days, depending on the direction of the wind, the fissures emit melodic sounds. This effect has earned them the name of “wind harps”.

Calarasauca Reserve -  is a gully with steep banks, with rocks of Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cainozoic, where caves and springs formed. Also, the reserve is known for Calarasauca monastery, built in the 18th century.

“Trebujeni” Landscape Reserve - Situated in the central part of the country, it is very rich in forests and valleys. These rocks had been carved by the Sarmantic Sea that once existed here.The landscape is picturesque and the small village possesses a unique beauty. Every season brings up a different mood: in winter the village is wrapped in silence, while in summer the whole village returns to life with peasants working their fields, children playing on the streets and tourists are discovering the beauty of our country.

The Tipova Valley - This landscape complex is recorded in the most prestigious European speciality directories and is visited by thousands of tourists each Summer and the huge rocks, the water – falls, the flora are the things making these places to be visited so often. The grandeur of the canyons from this Valley, if looked at from above, resembles a worsted dragon, its head fallen along the Nistru river. It is because of this reason, that from times immemorial, the Tipova Valley is called the Dragon’s Valley. 

GASTRONOMIC TOUR TO MOLDOVA

Traditional Moldovan cuisine is famous for its wide variety of different dishes and delicious taste. It has been heavily influenced by the cultures of the many peoples who lived in the territory during the past centuries: Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Jews, Germans and others.

Nature is very generous in Moldova, offering plentiful grapes, fruits, vegetables, meat and milk products and cereals, all of which have found their uses in our national food. The fertile soil and the traditional agricultural methods make possible the cultivation of a diverse range of ecologically pure raw materials. Moldova is considered to be a country of grapes, fruits and plentiful vegetables, sheep breeding and poultry farming. Favorite dishes of Moldovans are brynza (a cheese-like dairy product), polenta ("mamaliga", a mash from corn flour), and dishes from vegetables, fruits and meat. You may also want to try sarmale which is made of rice, meat and vegetables rolled in cabbage leaves.Another traditional and very popular dish, made especially during the holidays, is Placinte, which are pies usually stuffed with cheese (brinza), potatoes, cabbage or apples.

Because Moldova is multiethnic, the food may be different depending on the region with a touch of Moldovan, Ukrainian, Gagauzian, Bulgarian, or Russian cuisine. None of traditional holidays is organized without Moldovan wine. Moldovan wine is very well known even abroad. Wines are commonly used for cooking of national dishes and are always there at the festive dinner. Wines accompany almost every meal.

Moldovan cuisine has a very long history. It’s one of the most interesting cuisines of the world. Its main distinguish characteristic is a combination of different food products and richness of taste. 

BUSINESS TURISM IN MOLDOVA / Meetings, Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE)

Highly professional destination marketing companies with fresh ideas, unusual conference venues, competitive pricing and high standards, make Moldova a new and emerging destination for business meetings and events. Plan your next Conference or Incentives program in the world’s largest underground wine cellar, a Medieval Fortress or in an authentic, picturesque Moldovan village, where your clients or staff can enjoy delicious food, fine wine, great music and genuine hospitality, a centuries old tradition still celebrated today.

Moldova has a high potential to become a popular destination for the business tuorism:

• DO NOT REQUIRE VISAS TO VISIT MOLDOVA FOR CITIZENS CIS , European countries, USA and Canada ;

• Moldova has a variety of accommodations from which to choose - from luxury 5 and 4 -star hotels in the capital city Chisinau to comfortable rural option for smaller groups looking for something traditional and different: Club Royal Park Hotel ( 5 *), Nobil Luxury Boutique Hotel ( 5 *), Leogrand Hotel & Convention Center ( 4 *), Jazz Hotel ( 4 *), Codru Hotel ( 4 *), Agropension Butuceni.

• Most large and medium hotels in Moldova have conference facilities. Over 30 conference room of different size are available in Chisinau. The largest spaces can be provided by Leogrand Convention Center, other hotels provide one or more halls that can be converted into ball rooms, round table or cinema style meeting rooms. All necessary equipment and translation services in many languages ​​are available.

  • Chisinau Airport has direct flights to the following airports: Bucharest, Budapest, Frankfurt, Istanbul , Kiev , London , Moscow , Milan, Paris, Rome, Vienna .

• More than 24 exhibitions a year are held in Chisinau.

Voiaj International & CO offers the following services for business travel :

- Booking hotels in Chisinau ;

- VIP services at the airport ;

- Transfer airport -hotel-airport ;

- Transport services during their stay in the Republic of Moldova ;

 - Organization of conferences in the Republic of Moldova;

- A wide range of interesting tours and excursions , including panoramic tours in Chisinau , 8 legendary wineries , tours of the famous Moldavian monasteries etc.

New luxury hotels, spas and conference facilities, a busting nightlife in Chisinau, beautiful countryside, world class wineries and our distinctive culture, offer so many recreational opportunities for business travelers in Moldova.

If your business brings you to Moldova make the most of your stay and discover all that Moldova has to offer. 

WINE TOURISM   

             The history of viticulture of this place counts several thousand years back. Combined with the vineyards that surround them into the tourist route "The Wine Road in the Republic of Moldova" and allows to visit wine cellars, wine primary processors and factories with production processes of winers, champagne and brandy. This a real reason to visit the country, the well-known moldavian wineries like Cricova, Milestii Mici, Purcari, Chateau Vartely, KVINT the same small young wineries like Et Cetera, Cojusna, Equinox, Mimi – that identified ways and methods of working with grapes which gave the title of wineries that have implemented the most advanced technology and unique  experiences. Vine is grofied in songs and verses; it is perpetuated in canvases and architecture in form of mosaic and modeling. Even the mapped outline of Moldova resembles to a cluster of grapes.

  • Milestii Mici is the largest underground wine cellar in Moldova wich take place in Guinness World Records.It has more than 200 km of limestone tunnels, 55 km of which are used for storing wine, and the famous “ Gold Collection” wich contains over 2 million bottles of harmonious wines dated from the period of Moldavian wine making prosperity “ Pinot”, “ Traminer”, “Muscat”, “Riesling”, “ Feteasca” and other.You’ll have the opportunity to examine the monolithic walls from shell rocks, enormous oak barrels which spread marvelous aroma of wines, ancient lamps and natural springs in stone.
  • Wine factory “ Cricova” is a real pearl of Moldovan wine-making wich possessing the Wine national Collection and wine halls. It is the second largest underground wine cellar in the country, after Milestii Mici.  In the famous Cricova lime – stone adits, under careful custody of winr-makers, the excellent Moldovan wines are aged and preserved  along the 60km of labyrinthine roadways, a great underground town with  perfectly lit streets and boulevards with names Cabernet, Feteasca, Pinot, Aligote, etc. Since 1996 is a member of the European Club of Commercial Leaders, wich estimated its merits at their true worth, awarding it with the prize in the sphere of activity and Golden Star of quality.
  • Purcari Winery  is the oldest wine estate in Moldova, established in 1827. The winery has a long and proud history producing some of Moldova’s most iconic wines i.e. Negru de Purcari and Rosu de Purcari. It is located in southeastern Moldova in Purcari village in the Stefan Voda district, one of Moldova’s most prestigious wine producing regions. The Wine Galleries will charm you by their neatly arranged bottles and  tasting room decorated in an old world style. The atmosphere of the room and its inherent magic are attracting true connoisseurs of quality where You can talk about the taste and character of the wine.
  • Chateau Vartely is located in the center of Moldova near the town of Orhei only 45 minutes from Chisinau. It is one of Moldova’s newest wineries. The winery has several tasting rooms, one where guests can try Vartely wines alongside similarly priced wines from renowned wine regions of the world. Thefinest taste anddefinitechoice , Chateau Vartely Winery can satisfy all of most guests’ touristic needs.
  • Kvint is a brandy distillery located in Tiraspol, the largest city in Transnistria. Kvint also produces vodka and wine. Founded in 1897, it is the oldest still-operating enterprise in the region. Since then, Kvint has become well known in the region and around the world for its high-quality brandies, which it produces following classical French technologies. KVINT is a regular participant of various international contests and tasting competitions, where its products were awarded with 3 Super Grand Prix Cups, 21 Grand Prix, and more than 180 gold and silver medals. 

Welcome to the wine depositary – once you see this marvel – to return here over and over again in search of the wine of your dreams! 

Festival & Events

Moldovan culture, traditions, music, dance, and folklore are alive in its festivals and events. The annual Moldova Wine Festival is one of the most popular. Contemporary music, drama, and cinema festivals celebrate Moldova’s creativity and its vibrant arts and entertainment scene, and make for a great excuse for gathering with friends, for wine, for food, and for love.

Food Festivals - As you would expect from a wine producing country Moldovans love and celebrate good food. Here is the most important wine event to whet your appetite:

Moldova Wine Festival (October):

The Moldova wine festival, officially named "National Wine Day", takes place in Chisinau during the first weekend in October at the end of the grape harvest. During the festival, Moldovan wineries proudly display their wines in individual stands, often richly decorated in national style, and offer wine tastings to visitors. The festival also has plenty of local color, with traditional music and dance and people dressed in national costumes. 

Music Festivals- Moldova has its own distinctive musical styles, whether it is fast paced traditional village dance music , jazz or classical music concerts, the quality is very high. As you would expect from a country with so many talented musicians, there are many concerts and festivals. Below you can find one of them:

Martisor Music Festival (March)

Every year the first days of spring are marked by opening of the Martisor Musica Festival. The 48th edition will be held in 2014. The performances vary, from classical music, to folklore, to traditional and modern dance. The festival brings to Moldova artists from many countries such as Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania, Belarus, China, Russia and others.

Arts Festivals - There are many arts festivals held in Moldova, celebrating; music, performing arts, fine art and literature. You should always check to find out what is happening during your visit, here is an event which we recommend:

Gustar Music Festival (August)

Gustar Fest is dedicated music, arts, and traditional food, especially fruits, which usually takes place during the last weekend in August. It occurs over two days in the open air in a nature amphitheater near Orhei Vechi (Old Orhei). Throughout the festival, musicians from Moldovan and other countries perform.

Sport - Sports fans can enjoy a wide range of sports and sporting events in Moldova both as a spectactor and as a participant such as Moldova Classical Parachuting Cup, Green Run,  Velo Hora Festival (20 km public bicycle ride through the streets of Chisinau), etc. 

MOLDOVAN CHURCHES & MONASTERIES: A SPIRITUAL TREASURE

Since medieval times Moldova’s Orthodox churches have been carved out of cliffs rising above rivers or constructed of wood or stone in the Codri forests, serving local people as a refuge in which to pray or as fortresses against invading enemies.

In the rocky hills above the Nistru and Prut rivers are many cave monasteries. According to some records these cave monasteries already existed before the XII-th century as functioning monastic communities. Orheiul Vechi Monastery Complex is carved into a massive limestone cliff in this wild, rocky, remote spot. Tipova cave monastery complex in the landscape reserve with the same name, includes the oldest and most valuable historical monuments of Moldova. Its construction began in the early centuries of the second millennium on a steep rock and lasted until 18th century, representing a unique open air museum.  The "Holy Trinity" Monastery of Saharna, situated on the right side of the Nistru, is considered to be one of the biggest centers for religious pilgrimages in Moldova.

Over many centuries a range of holy Orthodox buildings in Moldova were constructed in wood. The architecture of these churches resembles either typical Moldovan houses of the period or follows the new Byzantine style.  Stone Orthodox Churches could be found in most Moldovan Villages and towns. Architectural styles vary from peasant house and old Moldovan styles to new Byzantine and National Romantic.

Curchi Monastery is one of the most important architectural monuments of Bessarabia, and it is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and famous monasteries of the region. Located in one of the most picturesque places of the Codry, the oldest Moldovan monastery - Capriana - dates back to the early 1420s. The Capriana Monastery was initially built of wood. It was much later, in 1545, that the Church of St. Gheorghe was erected in stone on the territory of the monastery.

Situated about 200km north of Chisinau, Rudi monastery has preserved the traditional monks’ way of life through the centuries and the “Holy Trinity” church built in 1777 is considered to be a representative sample of the old Moldavian religious architectural style. The church is situated in a beautiful natural setting in the valley of river Bulboana.