This is off the beaten track, for sure. Moldova is one of the smallest and newest countries in Europe. Formerly a member of the Soviet Union—where its unique identity was squashed by the statist hand!—the country declared its independence in 1991, providing adventure travellers with a new destination shrouded in mystery.
This tour will explore the country, its monasteries, cathedrals, museums, nature reserves and wineries, and even visit the breakaway region of Trans-Dniester.
Days 1-2: Exploring the wine tunnels, parliamentary building and famous cathedrals of Chisinau, the Moldovan capital
Day 3: Learning about Moldova's history with a visit to the National Museum in the morning, home to a vast collection of archaeological treasures and old Bessarabian carpets, and the village of Capriana, with its spectacularly preserved 14th-century monastery
Day 4: Crossing the border into Trans-Dniester, a breakway republic with a unique cultural identity and a significant 500-year-old fortress
Days 5-6: Sampling local award-winning wines at the Et Cetera estate, where the winery owner will guide you and offer an authentic Moldovan lunch