Easter Egg Express | Orthodox Easter in Moldova + Transnistria via Romania

Fri May 03 2024 at 08:30 am to Wed May 08 2024 at 09:35 pm

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Easter Egg Express | Orthodox Easter in Moldova + Transnistria via Romania
All-aboard for Easter in Moldova! With orthodox rituals around every corner and grotto, home-baked traditions of Easter cakes, colorful ornamented eggs, and candle-lights in the windows, it’s a season of bright lights, colorful decorations, and hallowed grounds!
A short distance outside Chisinau is two of the countries most unique gems. Milestii Mici is a vineyard with the world’s largest underground wine cellar, with literally millions of bottles and more like an underground city with endless kilometers of tunnels best explored on a bike! And the ancient city of Orheiul Vechi between the narrow bend of the Raut River with eroded limestone rocks and the archaeological vestiges of the Trypillian civilization. You’ll find cultural layers of different epochs from the Paleolithic, Eneolithic, and Iron Age. Inhabited since ancient times to this day, Orthodox monks still guard the churches and grottos of this natural fortress.
Transnistria, officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, is a breakaway state recognized as part of Moldova but under military occupation by Russia. It’s territory is a narrow strip of land between the Dniester River and the Moldovan-Ukrainian border. To enter Transnistria is to take a time-machine back to Soviet era, you’ll think you were still in a cold-war geopolitical no-man’s land, with strange flags, statues of Lenin, vodka for a dollar, and more hammers and sickles than you’ll see anywhere else!
Let’s go!!
Day 1 // 03.05 // Departure to Bucharest + Train to Moldova
After arrival in Bucharest and immigration clearance, hop on the train to Chisinau for overnight on the rails.
Day 2 // 04.05 // Arrival in Chisinau
We reach Chisinau in time for breakfast and first taste of Moldovan cuisine. We’ll stretch our legs on a walk through the greenest capital in Europe! Pass by Cathedral Park and Bell Tower, Victory Arc, neoclassical monuments and quaint bookstores. In the afternoon, we’ll head to Milestii Mici for an underground bike ride through the world’s largest wine cellar! With a few tastings along the way, we’ll head back out into the open air for a taste of Easter in the countryside. Afterwards we’ll check-in to hotel for a well-deserved rest and dinner.
Day 3 // 05.05 // Happy Easter Moldova
After breakfast we’ll head to Orheiul Vechi and discover how Orthodox Easter is celebrated in the countryside. We’ll explore the ancient monasteries and cave complexes filled with grottos, churches, and hermitages in this open-air museum. We’ll stop for the traditional Easter lunch of baked lamb and Pasca in guesthouse with a quick Easter egg coloring class before heading back to Chisinau for free evening.
Day 4 // 06.05 // Transnistria
After early breakfast of brânzoaice and strong coffee, we start our journey to Transnistria, the self-proclaimed independent republic with its own currency, border guards, and government. First stop will be the 16th century Tighina Fortress on our way to Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria, founded by the Russian general Alexandr Suvorov in 1792. We’ll pass by his statue in the square as we walk around the city, with stops at monuments, theatres, parliament houses and all manner of curiosities. We’ll warm up over leisurely lunch before heading back to Chisinau.
Day 5 // 07.05 // All-aboard to Bucharest
Enjoy a late breakfast and maybe a few last-minute stops for souvenirs before we head to the train station in the afternoon for our journey to Bucharest.
Day 6 // 08.05 // Bucharest
Early morning arrival, a chance for souvenir shopping before heading to Bucharest airport for return flight home.
Level of difficulty: easy, available to everyone.
Activities: sightseeing / indulging in Easter ambience / Easter egg coloring class / leisure cycling / train rides.
Duration: 6 days.
Accommodation & meals: 4 star hotels, double sharing rooms, single room subject of extra fee and availability. Meals excluded.
Cost: 3970 AED excl. flights to Bucharest until APRIL 15th.
Specifically excluded: international flights, visa (Schengen), insurance, meals except breakfasts, entry fees if any.
Trip starts and ends in Bucharest with return train ride Bucharest - Chisinau.
Visa: In addition to Schengen visa (needed for Romania), some passports require additional permit (or simplified visa) to enter Moldova. Join early to enable us to process the same. Details here.
See yah in Moldova x
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