Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine is one of the least known counties of Europe. It became an independent republic following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Moldova is a country with beautiful landscapes and fascinating history. Chișinău, the capital is a lively, modern city and a great place to spend a few days. One of the biggest draws of Moldova is the wine. Cricova Winery near Chișinău  has 120 Km of underground tunnels some of which have existed since the 15th century. Around 50 Km to the north of Chișinău lies the archaeological and monastic complex of Orheiul Vechi which includes a 13th century cave monastery.

For those that want to visit somewhere really unusual, tours can be arranged to the self declared republic of Transnistria. The capital, Tiraspol is like stepping back into the Soviet era. Russian is the main language here and the currency is the Transnistrian Ruble.