Moldova Tours & Holidays
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Firmly wedged between Romania and Ukraine, tiny Moldova can rightly lay claim to being one of Europe’s least spoiled destinations. Since author Tony Hawks famously played the entire Moldovan international football team at tennis for a bet, the country has emerged to become one of Europe’s most engaging and intriguing travel destinations. Still a place for the purist, Moldova’s rolling landscapes are home to some of the most productive vineyards in the world and beneath its fertile ...
Firmly wedged between Romania and Ukraine, tiny Moldova can rightly lay claim to being one of Europe’s least spoiled destinations. Since author Tony Hawks famously played the entire Moldovan international football team at tennis for a bet, the country has emerged to become one of Europe’s most engaging and intriguing travel destinations. Still a place for the purist, Moldova’s rolling landscapes are home to some of the most productive vineyards in the world and beneath its fertile hills you can find, quite literally, miles of underground wine cellars that are amongst the largest anywhere in Europe.
Well and truly less trodden, the roads through Moldova take you across a land still boasting the unique charms of a more easy-going existence, where the hospitality is infectious and the food is honest and rich. And then of course there is the wine. How many other countries have a national holiday to celebrate their favourite tipple? Steeped in Romanian tradition and with a history that encompasses Turkish and Russian expansionism, the country is richly blessed with ancient fortresses and a rich and varied cultural diversity. And a short trip across the Dniester River brings you to the self-declared republic of Transnistria, without doubt one of the oddest spots anywhere on the European mainland.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF MOLDOVA
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WHEN TO GO
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Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Moldova though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Moldova the official unit of currency is the Moldovan Leu.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour leader will be able to advise you accordingly.
Language & Religion
The official languages of Moldova are Moldovan and Russian
Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion with 96% of the population claiming membership in either of two Orthodox denominations, Moldovan (88%) or Bessarabian(8%). Adher-ents of other religious groups, constituting less than 10 percent of the population, include Roman Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Seventh-day Adventists, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baha'is, Jews, Unifica-tion Church, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and evangelical Christian groups.
Moldova is 2 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
Moldovan cuisine is a style of cooking related to the people of Moldova and its breakaway region of Transnistria. It consists mainly of ingredients such as beef, pork, potatoes, cabbage, and a variety of cereal grains. The local cuisine is very similar to Romanian, and also draws inspiration and elements from other cuisines in the region, including Greek, Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian, with a great influence left by the Ottoman cuisine. In Moldova the best-known dish is a well-known Romanian dish, mămăligă (a cornmeal mush or porridge). This is a staple polenta-like food on the Moldovan table, served as an accompaniment to stews and meat dishes or garnished with cottage cheese, sour cream, or pork rind.