A Special Cultural Weekend, blessed with wine

About Tour

Discovering the culture of the old capital of Middle Age Moldavia is the best choice to spend an unforgettable weekend. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the city attractive by its historical and architectural monuments. The heart of the Romanian Orthodoxy beats right here, and you have the chance to see and feel it.

Please, don’t forget you’ll stay in one of the most important wine regions of Romania, and it is a must to taste at least some “brand” wines.

1 st Day

Friday

Included highlights:

  • Arrival and acquaintance with your local guide.
  • Transfer to the 4* Hotel in the downtown. Check-in.
  • Short guided walking tour about the center of Iasi.
  • Dinner in the restaurant specialized in traditional Romanian cuisine.

Included meals:
  • Dinner
2 nd Day

Saturday

Included highlights:

  • Visit the Culture Palace, a building which comprises 4 museums!
  • Drive to the picturesque countryside of Iasi, to the famous Cotnari vineyard.
  • Wine tasting and lunch in Cotnari winery.
  • Free afternoon for shopping /walking around in the Copou Park, etc.
  • Surprise!! In a monastery we’ll enjoy a blessed wine... and have the opportunity to listen to the Byzantine church music sang by a student’s choir from the Theological University of Iasi.
  • After dinner you can enjoy the nightlife of the city.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
3 rd Day

Sunday

Included highlights:

After the party you might have yesterday, you will get up late in the morning, have a late breakfast, if time permits you might go for a walk in Copou Park, or visit one of the museums.

Transfer to the airport and departure home.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast

What People Say

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This trip has exceeded my expectations due mostly to your thoughtful guidance and warmth. 

Thank you for sharing yout knowledge and passion about your wonderful country and for treating us like family. 

Have you ever wanted to go on a culture-wine-food tour? In California? France? Italy? Please, have some imagination! Be a little adventurous and go on one in Romania and Moldova. 

It was my good luck to participate in a tour organized by Ways Travel, during which i checked out the many wonders of Romania and Moldova. 

Our group on the bus was an international gang of nine – a Belgian, a German, a Norwegian, an Australian, a few Americans of interesting ethnic alloys and me, dual Dutch and American citizen. What can I say, it was an experience just sitting on a bus with these people and hear their war stories and get initiated into the workings of the behind-the-scenes travel industry. 

Leader of our tribe was the fabulous tour guide Victoria, who speaks four languages, English, German, Russian, Romanian, one of those people who makes a simple bilingual person such as myself feel humble and uneducated. 

The trip was a symphony of history, food, drink, music and dance. Dancing with the Gypsies no less. I tell you, it was fabulous, it was intoxicating. We got history – a dizzying whirl of wars and battles and bloody strife. Of conquests and annexations, of armies rampaging through the countryside, raping, pillaging and impaling. We heard colorful tales about Dacian tribes, the Roman Empire, the Red Horde, the Saxons, the Ottoman Empire, the communist era under Ceausescu. And let’s not forget to mention good old Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, who hailed from Transylvania. Really, we deserved every drop of hootch we got along the way to recover from all the tragedies we vicariously suffered through. 

In Romania we loved the beautiful towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara. In Sighisoara we missed seeing the house where Dracula was born because a movie was being filmed and they’d closed it off for visitors. Fortunately, we had a liqueur and brandy tasting to cheer us up. We hadn’t had lunch yet and our stomachs were empty, which helped raise the mood quickly. 

A highlight was our visit to the home of a Roma family in Transylvania and learning more about their culture and lifestyle. (You can read a story about this on my blog here.) Not all Gypsies are beggars living in the streets of large cities. It’s always a good thing to be disabused of your prejudices and preconceived notions. 

We stayed in excellent hotels and lodges, as well as in a humble hostel run by a monastery. We ate fancy restaurant food as well as simple village fare. We saw exquisite as well as cheery architecture, visited opulent cathedrals as well as the modest underground monastery chapel in Orhei Vechi, not far from Chisinau. The vino flowing across the miles was a charming mix of the good, the bad and the holy. The holy being the wine we tasted in a monastery, blessed by the priests. Unfortunately, the blessing did not transform it into nectar of the gods, but the dinner there was quite gourmet, all prepared from food grown by the monks without chemical assistance. 

We also visited Transnistria, which is a rather unique place, as most of you will already know. It is also home to the famous Kvint brandy factory and would you believe, we went there for a brandy dégustation – seven varieties of brandy. It was very informative, interesting and intoxicating. It was also lunch time, but fortunately there was food. We eventually struggled out of there, back on the bus, across the border that is not a border, and traveled down to the Purcari wineries in the south of Moldova where we were treated to . . . you guessed it . . . a wine tasting. Of ten types of wine. Not just any old village plonk, either. No, we got to sip the wine of kings, queens and tsars. Our livers got a workout that day. 

I’m going to stop here. There was more, much more, but I don’t want to give away everything, because what you should do, really, is check out Ways Travel’s website at www.ways.md .

Hi, Natalia.

This weekend I made some order in my holyday pictures. There I found your card, and therefore I hereby sent you the best greetings from Greenland with my thanks for Your guidance during my stay in Moldova late September. It was a great experience for me to visit your country, of which I got a good impression even if I only had a few days there.