Suggested Itineraries

A few fun ideas for days out in Moldova, mini tours, excursions and day trips.

Self guided and guided tours. All of these tours and many more can be arranged by local tour operators, or can be self-managed, (see below) for some self guiding tips.

In Chisinau, sightseeing is possible without a tour guide. Getting around the city using taxis or public transport is safe and relatively easy. However, hiring a tour guide is inexpensive and will help you see a different side to Chisinau, and make local connections.

Self guiding

We recommend a guide for excursions outside of Chisinau especially when visiting Transnistria. However, self-guided excursions are fun, if you have appropriate transportation and plan ahead.

Click here For downloadable self guide itineraries.

It is a good idea to call in advance to be sure that the attraction(s) and lunch or dinner stop(s) you plan to visit are open. (Pre-ordering your meal is advisable if you will be short on time.) Bring a road map and/or GPS to help with navigation.

City of Chisinau

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DAY 1

HALF DAY 3-4 hours

FULL DAY, SHORT 6-8 hours

half day itinerary, plus the following

FULL DAY, LONG 8+ hours

full day, short itinerary plus the following

DAY 2

  • Other city park(s): ValeaMorilor, Dendrariu, La Izvor, ValeaTrandafirilor, and Botanical Garden
  • Memorial Park (Memorial Complex “Eternity”) – WWII memorial
  • Cemeteries: Armenian Cemetery, Saint Lazarus Cemetery
  • Shopping: MallDova

30 Minutes – 2 Hours From Chisinau

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WINE: UNDERGROUND WINE CELLARS 3-4 hours

Choose 1 of the following: 

Note: Being underground, the cellars can get a bit cool, so dress appropriately. 

CULTURE: ORTHODOX MONASTERY 2-3 hours

Choose 1-2 of the following: 

WINE―CULTURE―RURAL: ORHEI AREA 6-8 hours

Choose 3-4 of the following: 

CULTURE: CALARASI AREA 6-8 hours

Choose 4-5 of the following: 

2 – 3 Hours From Chisinau

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WINE―CULTURE: PURCARI WINERY 6-9 hours

Note: Visitors may wish to combine this excursion with a visit Odessa, Ukraine, which is only a further 2 hours away from Purcari by road, including border formalities.

CULTURE: CAVE MONASTERIES 6-9 hours

Note: Hiking is possible at both Saharna and Tipova. The hike around Saharna takes you to a small waterfall and/or to the top rocky hill above the monastery. At Tipova, visitors hike along the bluff above the Nistru River exploring ancient caves. Allow more time for hiking. Bring good footwear.

TRANSNISTRIA: TIGHINA (BENDER) & TIRASPOL 6-9 hours

Note: Please take note of the Visa & Customs procedures for entry/exist into Transnistria.

+3 Hours From Chisinau

Cetatea Sorocii

CULTURE: SOROCA 8-10 hours

NATURE: GLODENI 8-10 hours

CULTURE: COMRAT & CAHUL 8-10 hours

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