From LAX, Lufthansa, United and Air France offer connecting service (change of planes) to Chisinau. Restricted round-trip fares start at $1,738.
Leogrand Hotel, 177 Metropolit Varlaam, Chisinau; 011-373-22-20-12-01, www.leograndhotels.com. Doubles from $283.
Hotel Codru, 127 31 August 1989, Chisinau; 011-373-22-208-104, www.codru.md. Doubles from $157.
WHERE TO EAT
Grill House, 24 Armeana, Chisinau; 011-373-22-224-509, www.grillhouse.allmoldova.. Grilled meat and vegetables. Meals about $45.
La Taifas, 67 Bucuresti, Chisinau; 011-373-22-227-692, www.lataifas.allmoldova.com. Traditional Moldovan food. Meals about $30.
MoldovaTUR, 4 Stefan cel Mare Ave., MD-2001 Chisinau; 011-373-22-540-301, www.moldovatur.com.
Solei Turism, 64 Decebal, MD-2015; Chisinau 011-373-22-636-596, www.solei.md/eng/
Moldova is not a member of the European Union, but many businesses accept euros. Also, do not assume that restaurants, especially outside Chisinau, will accept credit cards or that you will find ATMs.
TO LEARN MORE
Contact the Moldova tourist board, www.turism.md/eng.