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Discover Old Orhei


30 EUR

Take the opportunity to visit the most valuable tourist site of Moldova - Old Orhei, a natural and historical complex in the open air. Also visit Orhei city with its famous Château Vartely Winery.

Duration: 6 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Russian
Tour by Veaceslav

I graduated from the Faculty of Tourism at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova and have worked for 2 years as a tourism manager in local travel agencies. But I soon decided to pursue a career as a Tour Guide to combine my profession with my passion: traveling and outdoor, because I am not a follower of office work. This led me to study to obtain a license as a travel guide.

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  • Visit the tourist complex of Old Orhei
  • Cave monastery in Butuceni village
  • Walk through the village of Butuceni
  • Lunch in a local pension with national food and wine
  • Historical sites of Orhei City
  • Chateau Vartely Winery, famous for its touristic complex

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Start point from center of Chisinau to Old Orhei.
Upon arrival, go out and visit the popular Old Orhei with its famous cave monastery, the house museum from 19 century, ruins of Tartars city (14th - 16th centuries).
Have lunch in a local restaurant

Also, visit and explore Orhei City. Take a walk in the center of Orhei, with the monument of a Moldavian governor - Vasile Lupu, "Sfantul Dumitru" cathedral (17th century), Roman Catholic Church of the Dormition of the Virgin, and Pushkin Central Park.
In Orhei we can visit Château Vartely Winery, famous for its wonderful tourist complex.

End of the tour and back to Chisinau.

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What’s included & not included

  • Guide services
  • Transportation
  • Assistance
  • Entry tickets
  • Food
  • Other expenses

Meeting point

Arch of Triumph, the Monument of Stephen the Great etc

Reviews from travellers (5)


Great mix of experience
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
In this trip we enjoyed professional guide of a very friendly local. He showed us great views, churches, rural life, historical sites. We even had some de-tours to eat walnuts growing in Moldova:) And of course, Old Orhei is a must-see if you are visiting Moldova!
Rewarding day out in Old Orhei
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
The tour turned out to be even better than I expected and was a wonderful experience of immersion into Moldavian history and culture. Veaceslav was perfectly on time in picking me up at my hotel and within minutes was already pointing out all the significant sites around Chisanau as we drove out the city. I soaked up the narratives on different villages, the explanations of various periods of Moldavian history, geopolitics and traditions. Veaceslav was definitely extremely knowledgeable and his friendly demeanor and natural rapport made this the perfect private tour. He also helped me take some wonderful photos for the memories. i enjoyed the visits to the Curchi monastery, the Turkish bath and Butuceni village with its cave monasteries and traditional peasant lodgings. The tour ended with a delectable lunch at one of the pensions in the village where all the food was locally sourced. I highly recommend this tour And assure anyone booking this that they will have as wonderful an experience as I did with Veaceslav! Hope to be able to come back to Moldova soon and do another tour with him.
Excellent guide and tour
for Veaceslav’s tour (Discover Old Orhei)
I really enjoyed my tour with Veaceslav, he is incredibly well informed, attentive and fun to explore the country with. Highly recommended

This operator has 10 reviews for other tours


A day in Pridnestrovie...
Perhaps the title is a spoiler for most foreign travellers who plan to visit Transistria but locals prefer to call their land like that. No matter what the name it's definitely a place worth visiting which drives you back to the soviet eras but not only that. I won't say anything more about the trip, I will leave the rest to Veaceslav, the cool and friendly tour guide, who will provide you with lots of historical details and of course anything you need to know about the destination. So, if you ever happen to find yourselves in Moldova don't skip this trip to Transistria. It will be something to remember.
Great tour guide!
Due to the coronavirus (and being from a country that had cases), I wasn't able to visit Transnistria, but Veaceslav had already double checked and planned alternate options to replace the tour...a sign of a prepared tour guide!

I really enjoyed the tour of Old Orhei + Curchi monastery as a result, which gave some insight into an authentic countryside experience. I saw women walking to wells, people selling flowers on the side of the street, men doing repairs "old school" with limited machinery, and even, some rare soviet cars from the 1950s. And of course, there were beautiful views of the numerous lakes, rivers and valleys. Veaceslav drew my attention to many details and gave thoughtful anecdotes - some historical, some personal - that really gave the tour a special touch. I really enjoyed this moment and recommend Veaceslav as a tour guide to get the insider Moldovan experience.
Superb introduction to the city
for Veaceslav’s tour (City Tour of Chisinau)
As a history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed Veaceslav's comprehensive yet relaxed tour. The city (and country) has a fascinating but complex modern history, and my understanding was greatly enhanced by Veaceslav's local expertise. Being a private tour, I especially enjoyed the many opportunities to ask questions and engage in conversation about living in Chisinau.
An excellent tour of Chisinau with a friendly and hospitable guide
for Veaceslav’s tour (City Tour of Chisinau)
We had a wonderful walking and driving tour around Chisinau with Veaceslav, whose warm personality more than made up for the freezing weather and snow. We took in the main square, a beautiful park, passed by several important religious sites and Veaceslav was very helpful in giving us tips for the rest of the day in the city. We spent the afternoon in the historical museum and then the modern art gallery. Veaceslav was so helpful, professional and friendly that we were able to book two more tours with him for the following days, which were also amazing, spectacular and infused with the same sense of pride and knowledge about his home country. Highly recommended!
Great layover time spending
for Veaceslav’s tour (City Tour of Chisinau)
I had a layover in Chisinau and I decided to have a short city center overview tour by car instead of being stuck in the airport premises. The guide/driver Gorita Veaceslav met me at the airport (extra 15 euro both ways) and took my hand luggage to his car. He was welcome and told me about the country/city and people. It was very interesting to listen to him. It was a combined riding/walking tour and despite freaking cold weather on that day, we did out best to walk and see.
I do recommend this tour company as reliable and this tour in particular for those short in time or with long layover in the airport. You will be pleased to spend 3-4 hours with Veaceslav showing you his home city.
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