This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Moldova vacation, tailor made
On this itinerary you will visit the Cricova underground wine city and experience the electric train which was introduced to avoid CO2 emissions. The Stella Delux Hotel has adopted the standard international practice of requesting guests do not request bedding or towl changes every day thereby avoiding excessive energy use for washing. Clients will receive a copy of our responsible travel notes which offers advice on how they can minimise their impact on the local environment and our local agents also offer advice in-country on the same. The day tours, where possible, are conducted as walking tours to minimise emissions and all the entry fees paid to museums etc are an important part of the funding required to maintain the sites: Moldova is not a wealthy country so these entrance fees are essential to allow for site maintenance. All meals are sourced from local produce and of course there is plenty of time to sample the excellent wine which all helps to support the local communities.
Our local Moldovan agents pay fair salaries to all employees and regular training is provided to support future career development. Only local guides who are aware of local customs and cultures are employed which not only keeps the funds paid to staff within the local community but also helps avoid any potential cultural clashes between visitors and locals. The hotel we use in Chisinua, Stella Delux, is locally owned, managed and staffed.
On the visit to Orheiul Vechi lunch is taken in a Moldovan house “Casa Verde”, where you can sample some traditional Moldovan cuisine made from home-grown, organic vegetables and fruits, home-made food and locally produced wine. This lunch contributes an extra income for the home owners and allows visitors to experience local Moldovan life. Transport to and from Casa Verde is by horse and cart which is a great way for visitors to learn how local residents live.
We will donate £25 to ChildAid for every booking to Moldova made through Responsible Travel. ChildAid was established in 1973 and, over the years, has evolved into a charitable organisation involved in helping street children and those from families living in crisis in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. This is done through the sponsorship of children and abandoned babies with funds going towards providing long-term care. As one of the poorest countries in Europe, Moldova has limited resources to care for its disabled children. ChildAid has worked in Moldova since 2000 and seek to create opportunities for children living with disabilities, either though free therapies for the poorest families, social welfare support or educational and social inclusion. ChildAid works with Children's Health Centre in Chisinau to provide free treatment to over 200 children each year from the poorest families. The centre is now called The Tony Hawks Centre in recognition of the great support provided by the writer and comedian Tony Hawks, whose book “Playing the Moldovans at Tennis" is a humorous must-read book for anybody visiting Moldova. We can arrange visits to the Tony Hawks centre where you can meet the staff and learn more about their work. Any gifts, clothes or toys for the children are greatly appreciated. Child Aid is also running an appeal to raise vital funds – to make a donation or sponsor a child please visit their website: www.childaidrr.org.uk