Music Festival in Moldova - Martisor

About Tour

Spring is the most expected season in Moldova. Coming of the spring is accompanied by celebration - “Martisor”. This celebration starts on March,1 when people give to each other little red & white mascots. The name of martisor derives from “Martie”, translated as “March” from Romanian.

People put these little mascots to their clothes for the whole month. On the 31st of March the martisors are taken away and tied to the blossoming fruit trees. Martisors are believed to bring happiness and success for the whole year. Moldova celebrates Martisor annually not only by wearing those little mascots but also by the international music festival “Martisor” held during 01-10 March.

1 st Day

The festival opening

March 01 st , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Meet your local guide and driver at the airport of Chisinau.
  • Check-in.
  • Visit to the Museum of Natural History and Ethnography,
  • The Central Park and the Alley of Moldovan literature classics,
  • The monument of Steven the Great and Saint,
  • Great National Assembly Square,
  • The Triumph Arch,
  • The “Nativity” Cathedral,
  • The Organ Hall,
  • The Market of souvenirs, etc.
  • The great opening of the International Music Festival “Martisor”.

Optional highlights:

  • Lunch/dinner in the local restaurant specialized in traditional Moldovan cuisine.

Included meals:
  • Lunch or dinner
2 nd Day

The 2nd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”

March 02 nd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Visit Orheiul Vechi (Cave Monastery) which is "arguably Moldova's most fantastic sight".
  • See an Orthodox cave monastery called “St. Maria Dormata” expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries ago and preserved in a functional state. You’ll have excursion about this fascinating complex
  • Visit the Curchi monastery, the real pearl of our religious life. Here you’ll see some churches, and the “Virgin’s Assumption” Cathedral, built by the drawings of genius architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
  • Return to Chisinau.
  • In the evening - the 2nd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”.

Optional highlights:

  • Have lunch with folk program in the Moldovan family’ pension located in the neighborhood village.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
3 rd Day

The 3rd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”

March 03 rd , 2019

Included highlights:

  • Start to Purcari winery, located in the South-Eastern part of Moldova. You’ll be impressed by the combination of the chateau’s royal-like interiors and HI-Tech.
  • Excursion, wine tasting and lunch.
  • Return to Chisinau.
  • In the evening - the 3rd day of the International Music Festival “Martisor”.

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Wine tasting
  • Lunch

What People Say

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Dearest Viorica, 

I really want to thank you enough for being the most amazing guide and introducing me to your tremendous country. What a priviledge it has been to travel back in time and catch the enduring presence of Moldovans through the centuries. I couldn’t imagine being transported through song and hear the love of family, hope & blessings being passed on. Family, food, friendship, sharing of thoughts and ideas connect us in real time and across time as well. 

This may not have been a clear chosen career path bat I must say you excel at it!!! Your ability to be flexible and accommodating is beyond the norm! I totally loved the book you helped create and will use it to dig deeper and continue to learn more about this country. 

The cooking, clothing weaving, embroidery, people have captured a part of my heart. The pictures we’ve taken will remind us of our time together for a lifetime & these stories you have shared will be retold and shared with many many others. 

Thanks so much again, 

Pat. 

We are an Italian family of 4 people and we did an 8-day tour in Moldavia from 28.03 to 03.04.2018 organized by the Ways Travel agency of Chisinau, known by us at the B.I.T. from Milan.

We had a very positive experience, both for the organization, for the guide, the driver with his means of transport, the places visited, the food, the wines we have tasted on many occasions in the many wineries that Moldova offers and for people always friendly and helpful.

A special mention for our dear Italian speaking guide: Cristina, not only for her professionalism and excellent Italian, but mostly for the reception reserved for us, treating us as people of her family, always trying to meet our needs without never save yourself. We are happy to have been entrusted to a serious and professional agency.

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.