The Orheiul Vechi Monastery
Well, besides the fact that volunteers in Romania are so close ...Moldova is a small forgotten country of Europe, but it shouldn't be! It is not frequented by tourists which really is what gives it its charm. It may not be set up well for travelers like Italy or England is, but if you do your research you may find some beautiful sites that you'll get to enjoy without any crowds. Because there are few tourists, you must be a bit adventurous!
Don't miss out on...
In Chisinau, you can explore the streets and parks and just get a feel of the city. Best known parks to check out are Cathedral Park and Stefan cel Mare Park! You'll find a beautiful cathedral and maybe stumble across the 24 hour flower market. There's also many options for eating out here, so get your fill. You'll be stopping here before heading on to the caves anyways, so may as well explore if you've got a few hours.
Buses run from Iasi, Romania (ILP volunteers home city) to Chisinau, Moldova (the capital city). Currently buses run twice a day and it's only a 4 hour trip. A bus ticket may cost you as little as $30. You could either stop there on your way to a vacation in Ukraine or simply fill your weekend with a tour of Moldova.
To head north to the monastery, buses leave daily from Chisinau from the Central Bus Station for nearby towns of Butuceni or Trebujeni. It's about an hour drive for about $5. You'll find the headquarters on the main road to the complex.
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