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Old Orhei Archaeological Complex (Orheiul Vechi) Tours and Tickets

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Moldova’s most important archaeological site and ecclesiastical complex is found about 12.5 miles (20 km) southeast of the modern city of Orhei and follows a pronounced meander in the Răut River. The complex is close enough to the capital city of Chişinău to make a fascinating day trip through time as it forms an open-air history book dating right from the Dacian early settlers around the 4th century BC through the Middle Ages and almost to modern day.

Stretching over 220 hectares of untamed river valley, the complex counts ancient Dacian fortifications, medieval earthworks, the remains of Turkish wash houses, caves dug into the soft limestone rock and Orthodox monasteries among its manifold attractions. There’s a small exhibition center near the rural village of Trebujeni that sells a guide to the marvels of Old Orhei (40 lei) as well as an ethnographic museum in nearby Butuceni.

Orthodox monks built the cave monastery into the valley’s limestone ridge in the 13th century and all that is visible from the outside is a bell tower and stone cross. Although it was abandoned in the 18th century, a few monks returned in 1996 and the monastery is slowly being brought back into use; its jewel-like stone interior is once more covered in icons and frescoes. In the same year services resumed at the Orthodox church that stands high on the ridge; this was built in 1905 but was closed down under Soviet rule before Moldova threw off the shackles of Communism in 1989.

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Tue–Sun 10am–6pm
Butuceni, Orhei, Orhei, MD-3502
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Best of Moldova: Cricova Winery & Old Orhei Tour including Curchi Monastery

Best of Moldova: Cricova Winery & Old Orhei Tour including Curchi Monastery

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You will get an excellent opportunity to visit one of the oldest wine productions in Moldova - the wine cellars of Cricova Winery, most visited in Moldova. It represents an unique underground city, well-known all over the world by its huge labyrinths of streets, & especially by its excellent wines. It's also a good way to visit the most valuable natural and cultural heritage of Moldova - Old Orhei reservation, together with Curchi Monastery, which is one of the most beautiful monasteries in our country. A full day Tour to see Best Sights of Moldova!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Authentic Moldova - Excursion to Orhei Vechi

Authentic Moldova - Excursion to Orhei Vechi

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To discover authentic Moldova! Get ready for an exciting excursion. You will discover the Curchi Monastery, the historical site of Orhei Vechi and its troglodyte monastery. Orheiul Vechi is a spectacular archaeological complex located 60km from Chişinău. The panorama is breathtakingly beautiful. Beyond the impressive natural landscape, a group of troglodyte caves, hosting the oldest monasteries and sacred places, combines the history of the Golden Horde period and today, revealing ruins of palaces, citadels, dwellings, giving visitors ample information on a history that extends from the 10th century BC. To the present day.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Orhei Vechi Monastery Complex Tour from Chisinau

Orhei Vechi Monastery Complex Tour from Chisinau

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The Old Orhei (Orheiul Vechi) monastery complex sits on the Răut River, north of Moldova’s capital, Chişinău. With this guided tour, save yourself a trip to Chişinău’s chaotic central bus station and avoid waiting around for buses, and travel by private vehicle instead. Take a guided tour of the site including the 13th-century cave monastery, and enjoy a traditional Moldovan lunch and wine tasting.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Bike Tour to Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) and Branesti Cellars

Private Bike Tour to Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei) and Branesti Cellars

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The Museum Complex "Orheiul Vechi", it's a museum in open space. It contains the remains of different civilizations: in stony caves it is certified the presence of the first human establishments, lasting from a few thousands of years. In V-III centuries B.C. there was a powerful Dacia fortress. The place is famous as well for its cave monasteries. The underground kingdom "Pivniţele din Brăneşti" (Brănești Cellars) is located in a scenic area in the coast of Orheiul Vechi. It always arouses astonishment of numerous local and foreign visitors. "Pivniţele din Brăneşti" have a total area of 75ha, stretching on a distance of 58 km at a depth of 60 m under the ground. "Pivniţele din Brăneşti" produce white and red wines, sparkling, dry, semi-dry and dessert. Particularly popular are the collecton wines and the wines produced by special technology, such as Madeira, Marsala, pastoral wine.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour to Old Orhei and Curchi Monastery in one day

Private Tour to Old Orhei and Curchi Monastery in one day

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Discover Old Orhei Archeological Complex and Manastirea Curchi (Curchi Monastery) on a full-day, private tour from Chisinau that includes a traditional Moldovan dinner with paired local wines. Combining the two Orthodox sites offers a fascinating look at Moldova’s tradition of religious art and architecture, and you’ll have the flexibility to enjoy each destination at your own pace without being rushed by a rigid group itinerary.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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4 Days Wine tour Moldova with accomodation included, WINE FESTVAL 2022

4 Days Wine tour Moldova with accomodation included, WINE FESTVAL 2022

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Visitors and guests will surely enjoy the aroma and bouquet of Moldovan wines. It’s true culture and traditions revive. Undoubtedly, the wine event will surprise the locals and the guests of the capital by its diversity and enormity.
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  • 4 days
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$780.00
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1 DAY:Privat tour to Old Orhei and Monastery Complex Moldova.

1 DAY:Privat tour to Old Orhei and Monastery Complex Moldova.

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Dear Guest Explore medieval history in Moldova with us. Discover the most popular Old Orhei Archeological Complex and Manastirea Curchi (Curchi Monastery) on a full-day, private tour from Chisinau. Dear guests “Be our Guest” you have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful and famous places in our country, this the excursion will start from Chisinau and we go to the picturesque and long history of Old Orhei, the hills, and peaks here will fascinate you enormously plus the 1-hour trip to the famous and holy shrine where we have to walk on foot. today we’ll visit one of the most picturesque sites of Moldova – the Cultural and Natural Reserve “Orheiul Vechi” (Cave Monastery Complex) After lunch, we will explore the most beautiful Monastery from Moldova. Church Monastery, Orhei Church Monastery is one of the most important architectural monuments of Bessarabia.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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The STORY of a NON-EXISTING country

The STORY of a NON-EXISTING country

How about celebrating the Independence Day of a non-existing country? Strange, isn’t it? Strange but possibile… Transnistria is a breakaway part of Republic Of Moldova, who has all the necessary things to be a country (government, local currency, National Bank, local car license plates for the cars, flag, police, army, etc.) but except one thing….it is not recognized by nobody except... South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno Karabah, all sister “countries” being in the same situation. And like any normal country they have a National Day, and they celebrate it! So let’s go and see how they celebrate, meet locals and talk to them, visit their capital Tiraspol, understand their religion - Russian orthodox, see their country, history and see for yourself how they live and what they have to offer. An unrecognized country celebrates its independence - Transnistria!
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  • 4 days
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Behind the Iron Curtain

Behind the Iron Curtain

In Romania you can enjoy visiting famous communist “achievements” like: House of the People, Major Industrial Sites, House of the Press and many more attractions. Transnistria has about 505,000 inhabitants, and this breakaway region is recognized as a state by the South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh only.
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  • 8 days
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DayTour to Curchi, Old Orhei Monasteries Complex with lunch Moldova

DayTour to Curchi, Old Orhei Monasteries Complex with lunch Moldova

Wine tasting and lunch at Pivnitele from Brane winery located in the forest near Orheiul Vechi in Branesti village. It has 50 km of underground cells, reaching to depths of 60 m beneath the surface.  There are two tasting halls at Branesti, one of which is located underground. The halls are decorated with wood and metal that reproduces images related to vine cultivation and winemaking. You will be able to escape from civilization and city noise.
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  • 7 hours
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Old Orhei Archaeological Complex (Orheiul Vechi) hours of operation: Tue–Sun 10am–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.