Republic of Moldova has obtained the title of “country with open doors in the paradise of wine”, because wine production is the basic occupation of Moldavians. "History footprints" are felt everywhere.
In 1952 was founded one of the most fascinating wonders of the world - Cricova cellars. They are situated under of the small Cricova town and those cellars create a truly real underground city. The basements were formed after limestone extraction from the mines. Later, from cellars winemakers formed avenues and streets with wine which are stored in the surrounding niches: Cabernet, Aligote, Sauvignon and many more are the names of the streets and avenues. These avenues and streets have a length of 120 km in total. The constant temperature is about 12 C degrees and humidity that does not exceed 97-98% are the most favorable conditions for the storage of 30 million liters of quality wine. Today, the wooden gate of Cricova winery is open to everyone. You have an undeniable chance to penetrate into the mysterious wine making process and taste good quality Moldovan wine.
After Cricova Winery, we'll present to our guest Tiraspol city - the capital of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. The town was founded thanks to the Peace Treaty of Jassy, which was concluded after the Russian-Turkish War (1787-1791) between the Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire.
According to this Treaty, Ottoman Empire ceded to Russian Empire the region of Ochakov that included the land between the rivers Dniester and Southern Bug. Empress Ecatherine II, wishing to strengthen the border on the left bank of the Dniester, entrusts the governor V.Kahovsky "overlook the land between the Bug and the Dniester" and prepare proposals for its administrative and territorial structure.
The town was known in the Middle Ages as Tighina in Moldovian/ Romanian sources and later as Bender in Ottoman sources. The town was first mentioned as an important customs post in a commerce grant issued by the Moldavian voivode Alexander the Good to the merchants of Lviv (Ukraine) on October 8, 1408. The name "Tighina" is found in documents from the second half of the 15th century.
After the Bender City Tour we'll visit Bender fortress which was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldova – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Originally built as a small wooden fort by Stefan cel Mare, it was fortified with stone during Petru Rares' rule, just was Soroca fortress.
In 1538, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent conquered the town, and renamed it Bender. Its fortifications were developed into a full fortress under the same name under the supervision of the Turkish architect Koji Mimar Sinan. The Ottomans used it to keep the pressure on Moldavia, between localities and Varna and Bender of Republic of Moldova.
📍 The duration of the trip: 10 h;
📍 Time registration: 09:00 AM;
📍 Start time: 09:15 AM;
📍 Meeting point: 7, C. Negruzzi bd. The parking in front of "Chisinau" Hotel.
📍 IMPORTANT! To cross the border with Transnistria, the PASSPORT is required!
The route:📍 Chișinău (7, C. Negruzzi bd.)📍 Cricova Winery📍Transnistria, Tiraspol city📍 Bender city📍 Bender fortress📍Chișinău.
The excursion includes: all transfers per programm. Ghide services (ENG, RUS, ROU). Excursion at „Cricova” winery with wine tasting (3 types of wine) and snacks. Bender City Tour. Tiraspol City Tour. Excursion at Bender fortress. Lunch. Entrance tickets.
The lunch includes: Ukrainian borsch, mashed potatoes with chicken breast puppies, salad from cabbage. A kind of compot. Drinks and extra-ordered dishes are additionally paid.
ATENTION! Minimum number of persons is required.
Technical information: round trip distance – 215 km, total duration of the trip – 10 h (included transfers round trip).
NOTE* 100% fee in case of cancelation less than 72 hours before the trip begins.
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