Discover the cultural heritage

About Tour

During this tour you'll be accompanied by local guides devoted to their countries and ready to share the most cryptic secrets of these states.

1 st Day

Arrival in Romania

October 15 st , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Arrival to Bucharest, Romania
  • Departure to Brasov, located in the Carpathian Mountains.
  • If time allows we shall stop in Sinaia to admire from outside the famous Peles Castle - former summer residence of the Hohenzollern King’s family in Romania.
  • Visit to the Dracula castle from Bran, designed in the Gothic style and built on the top of a rock.
  • Accommodation in a 3* Hotel downtown Brasov.
  • Dinner in one of the famous restaurants of the city.

Included meals:
  • Dinner
2 nd Day

Exploring Sighisoara

October 16 nd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • City tour of Brasov
  • The Black Church,
  • The Piata Sfatului,
  • The Schei District that is said to be the oldest part of Brasov.
  • Departure to Sighisoara.
  • Stop in Viscri, the village where Prince Charles has several houses,
  • Have lunch there.
  • Continue to Sighisoara - the most beautiful medieval citadel from the Eastern Europe.
  • The Guild Tower,
  • Venetian House,
  • Dracula House,
  • Wooden Covered Staircase,
  • Hill Church,
  • Check-in at the local hotel.
  • Free time.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
3 rd Day

Leave Transylvania and head towards Bucovina region

October 17 rd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Drive through the Hungarian villages, famous for their particular type of gates.
  • Stop at the Bicaz Gorge – the connection between Transylvania and Moldavia.
  • See the Murder Lake (or Lacu Rosu), a wonderful natural beauty.
  • Lunch next to the lake.
  • Continue to Bucovina, known for its gorgeous painted churches.
  • Visit the Neamt Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries build during the reign of Stephen the Great.
  • Arrival in Gura Humorului and accommodation in La Roata Pension.
  • Dinner on your own.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
4 th Day

Painted Monasteries

October 18 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • See the house of a local artist and find out how the painted eggs are made and what are the symbols used to manufacture these eggs.
  • Visit to Moldovita monastery.
  • Lunch on the way.
  • Visit to Sucevita monastery, with its outstanding and rather sobering Staircase of Virtues fresco.
  • If time allows, visit to the painted monastery from Voronet, one of those five monasteries of the UNESCO Heritage and learn about the religious traditions of Bucovina.
  • Arrival back to Gura Humorului,
  • Free time and dinner on your own.
  • Same accommodation.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
5 th Day

A blessed day

October 19 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Departure to Iasi, the Cultural capital of Romania.
  • City tour of Iasi
  • Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral,
  • Culture Palace
  • Lunch on your own and free time.
  • Surprise!! In a monastery we will enjoy a blessed wine... and have the opportunity to listen to the Byzantine church music sang by a student’s choir from the Iasi Theological University.
  • Dinner in the Monastery.
  • Check-in at the local hotel.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
6 th Day

Adventure about the Republic of Moldova

October 20 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • First town to be visited is Soroca, known for its sizable Roma minority.
  • Visit the fortress of Soroca - a unique monument of defensive architecture of Europe
  • Visit “Gypsy Hill” from Soroca, one of the most interesting “points of tourist attraction”
  • Lunch in Soroca
  • Arrival in Chisinau – the capital of the Republic of Moldova
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Dinner on your own

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
7 th Day

Authentical Moldova

October 21 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Visit Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi) - a natural reserve in the open sky.
  • Visit to the cave monastery “St. Maria Dormata” expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries and has been preserved in a functional state.
  • The Curchi Monastery, the real pearl of our religious life. Here you’ll visit some churches, and among them - the “Virgin’s Assumption” Cathedral, built by the drawings of genius architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
  • For lunch we will stop at one of the biggest underground wine cities from Europe “Cricova” -opened in the ‘60 - mainly the only good thing left after the soviets. Wine tasting + lunch.
  • Arrival in Chisinau and accommodation in Hotel Flowers 4*.
  • If time allows we shall do a walking city tour of the capital of Republic of Moldova.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
8 th Day

Back in USSR

October 22 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • City tour of Tiraspol, where the old USSR is still alive and well
  • If time allows - visit to the Museum dedicated to the Transnistrian conflict
  • Departure to Et Cetera Winery. The winery was built in 2009 and at the moment it is surrounded by 50 ha of vineyards, giving a picturesque view to the visitors.
  • Have nice lunch at the winery and then enjoy its wonderful wines.
  • Same accommodation.
  • Dinner on your own.

9 th Day

Experience the USSR life

October 23 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Depart to Comrat, the capital of the smallest Autonomy in the world.
  • City tour about Comrat
  • Visit St John the Baptist Cathedral
  • The park Black Horse,
  • the Government building,
  • V.Lenin statue,
  • Visit the “colhoz” - a type of run by state farm. The “Victory” collective farm was founded in 1947 and now is the leader in producing and exporting fruits and vegetables in the southern area of Moldova. It is the only surviving collective farm after the collapse of USSR.
  • Have lunch in the “colhoz”, and experience the old communist life.
  • Return to Chisinau.
  • Free time for last shopping and same accommodation.
  • Dinner on your own.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
10 th Day

Departure home

October 24 th , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Transfer to the airport.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast

What People Say

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Victoria, Just a short note to say thank you very much for everything on Sunday. Despite the long and tiring journey caused by the road closure in Ukraine, we thoroughly enjoyed our day, and learned so much about Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine. We particularly enjoyed discovering Tiraspol, as it's such an unusual place and gave us a glimpse of how life was under the former Soviet regime. Because British history is relatively simple, with few invasions and no changes of borders, we struggle to understand the complexities of European history. 

We were very impressed with your understanding - and with your excellent English language skills in explaining it all to us. It certainly brought to life our visit to your country. I hope your journey back home was a little easier than the one to Odessa. Please give our thanks to our driver on the day - I'm afraid we do not recall his name but we appreciated all he did to negotiate the way through the border crossings for us and to get us to Odessa as quickly as he did despite the obstacles. Good luck for future success in your career. If you are ever in England and are able to visit our area, do not hesitate to give us a call. We could show you the historic city of Winchester and the busy port and waterside areas of Portsmouth, which I'm sure you would find interesting. Thanks again for everything.

Dear Victoria!

There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe adeguately the experience of doing a visit with you! You certainly have enhanced my appreciation of your country. I learnt a lot from you on many different levels. Your organizational skills are extraordinary and Explore will definitely receive extremely positive feedback. We were very lucky to have you with us during this short trip.

Thank you once again for all you did so beautifully with grace, humor and smile. I wish you all and only the very best for now and for the future. 

I could give her at least fifteen stars... Cristina is an exemplary guide, makes you know Moldova like no one ever. On a par if not better than those who work in destinations definitely more popular. Experience to be done without any doubt.