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Private tour to Old Orhei!! Monks, carpets and rural heaven!!

Private tour to Old Orhei!! Monks, carpets and rural heaven!!

By Ways Travel
Start the day with a visit to Curchi Monastery, a real pearl of our religious life. Here you'll see several churches, and among them - the "Virgin's Assumption" Cathedral, built by the drawings of genius architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Next stop to the Museum of Handicrafts and National Carpets, which by the way is protected by UNESCO. In the museum, we will see the process of carpet weaving using the old traditional ways. Further drive to the Old Orhei reserve, where you will have the possibility to experience the real village life of Moldova and also photo shooting local people. Don't miss the opportunity to arrange a lunch with a local family in Trebujeni village. In the afternoon we will visit the Open Air Museum Complex, which is "arguably Moldova's most fantastic sight". Here you'll see an Orthodox cave monastery called "St. Maria Dormata" expanded and modified inside the cliffs by the monks over the centuries!

Ages 18-80
Duration: 7h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Russian, English

  • Guiding Services, Private Transportation, Admission Tickets
What's not included
  • Personal Expenses, Souvenirs, Food, Drinks, Snacks

Departure details
  • Chişinău, Moldova Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 159079P8

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 159079P8

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  • You'll start at
    Chişinău, Moldova
    Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Old Orhei
  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
Ways Travel
Chisinau, Moldova
Joined in May 2019

#9 of 43 Food & Drink in Chisinau
  • Q9456QUcarolb
    Brilliant holiday at very low cost
    Visits to vinyards. You can get to them by taxi or by local minibuses (marshrutki) from the bus crikova tours in advance to avoid disappointment. Food is good in Chisinau restaurants. churches people are very pious and not welcoming towards casual tourists....
  • Irina5Barcelona
    The trips organized in the most professional Ways!
    The company I work for hires every time we want to organize a trip. We had multiple trips: Transnistria Trip (a country that doesn't exist), Gagauzia Trip/South of Moldova (including the only colhoz still acting in Moldova), Iasi trip (Romania), Chisinau City one day walking tour, and these trips were at the highest level. As their customer you won't have to worry about anything. They provide absolutely everything: transportation, reservation, tour guide, lunches, overnight staying. They will pick you up from the hotel and will bring you back with a lot of positive impressions and emotions. They are flexible to your request, if you want a personalized trip, they will adjust it to your interests and budget. Their tour guides speak very good English, Romanian, Russian and other. The transportation they provide for the trips are always clean modern and comfortable. Everything according to the number of guests. Without doubts I recommend this company if you intend to visit Moldova or Romania.
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    Thank you Victoria and Razvan!
    Its always a pleasure for me to be on tours organized by Razvan and Victoria. Now its more then tour for me, they become my friends! Always happy to see you! Yuriy
  • anamariac137
    Tremendous Country. Unforgettable experience
    I really want to thank Victoria for being the most amazing guide and introducing me to her tremendous country. What a privilege 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. Victoria's ability to be flexible and accommodating is beyond the norm! I totally loved the book she 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.
  • danielmU8163XR
    A unique experience
    I took a customized tour in Moldova this year on march and it was a great experience with Ways Travel. This was my first time with a personal guide because of the language of the region but i can say that with Viorica i learn a lot of history, well explain all the spots we visited, she makes a great effort and propose places to fulfill my expectations for the trip, i really enjoy every place we went, well organized and everything on time. A professional guide i really recommend for those who wants a deep knowledge of places.
  • Travelman084
    Moldova - a hidden gem
    I actually undertook this week long trip to Moldova in May of 2018.The company I had booked through contracted with Ways travel to deliver all services on the ground in country, including creating the itinerary, transportation etc. Within the constraints of 7 days it was a comprehensive and excellent itinerary providing an invaluable and thought provoking introduction to a little known country with a rich culture, complex, at times dark history, but a warm and welcoming people. Although advertised as a group tour there was just two of us and so we had the personal services of Victoria as a guide, chauffeur, teacher and all round factotum. She is the consummate guide, friendly, knowledgeable, a multi linguist and with good interpersonal and organisational skills. Every day brought new insights and fascinating and enjoyable experiences, too many to list. Highlights were undoubtedly sampling traditional foods and world class wines, including a tour of the Cricova vast underground wine cellars, visiting the autonomous region of Gaugazia and being present on 9 May for the Victory Day parade and celebrations in the breakaway province of communistTransnistria. Moldova has few visitors but it is a country that deserves and demands more, especially if, as a traveller, you are looking for something different. Visit before the tourists and Ways Travel will be your ideal partner.
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    Wonderful Experience
    This is just a brief note to let everyone know how much my husband and I enjoyed our 5-day trip through Moldova last July with Victoria as our tour guide. The trip was a wonderful experience - thanks largely to Victoria's meticulous planning, organization, and creativity. We have been on many tours in the past, but this one was by far the most delightful and educational. We will remember it for a long time to come. Victoria is a consummate professional and deserves to be recognized as such. I will certainly recommend Ways Travel services to friends and family.
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    Ways Travel customized a 6-day roots trip for us. Based on family history, our travels included Ukraine and Moldova. The pre-planning by Ways Travel was remarkably comprehensive with ongoing communication and research before we even stepped off the plane in Kiev. The various guides were fully prepared to help us explore our family history. Among other things, they had pre-arranged for meaningful meetings with local residents knowledgeable in the history of their region. Our guides and the company owner were attentive to every detail from the sites and villages, to food, to accommodations, to visits, to music. Further, they were caring, flexible and fun traveling companions, all of which made for a most memorable life experience.
  • HAS66
    Fascinating and unforgettable
    For the past 6 years I have been a patron and my annual trip has been organized for me by this agency with great panache and knowhow. Tailored to fit in with certain interests and always hugely rewarding.
  • chrisboiling
    A wonderful eye-opener to the people and culture
    This tour was a real eye-opener to a region with a rich culture and wonderful people. Plus there was plenty of great food and wine. Moldova, in particular, was a wonderful surprise - it's a country with fantastic underrated wines and wine destinations (the world's largest cellars, for example). Transnistria is a must - a totally surreal experience, like stepping back in time. The tour was well organised by people with great contacts at the wineries, monasteries, restaurants and hotels. Thoroughly recommended.
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    Looking for places beyond 'ordinary'? Contact Ways in Chisinau as they represent some of the most extraordinary places on Earth. Experience underground wine cities, a cave monastery and a country you never heard of - a Sovjet time pocket beyond belief. Talk to Victoria at Ways - a small but very professional tour company of which you can truly say that 'you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend'. I worked with Ways several times and enjoyed some of my best experiences ever! International travel journalist through 30 years
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    Romanian experience at its best
    Thanks to Ways I was able to experience the beauty of Romania, Transylvania and Oltenia, great service and friendly staff. I enjoyed every single moment! I will be back to the region and surely will use Ways again.
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    great wines, great food, wonderful people
    spent over a week in Moldova, going many places throughout the country with this operator visited other countries with them as well, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Hungary all private trips tailored to our interests enjoyed every one of them, personal attention always have other plans to travel with them again
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    statues of Lenin in major squares meeting with Kolkhoz members performance by choir of old male and female soldiers in uniforms own money, border posts a great step back into living history
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