Discover Brancusi and enjoy the Palm Sunday traditions in Romania

About Tour

Constantin Brâncuși (February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957) was a Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. As a child he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. Formal studies took him first to Bucharest, then to Munich, then to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1905 to 1907. His art emphasizes clean geometrical lines that balance forms inherent in his materials with the symbolic allusions of representational art. Brâncuși sought inspiration in non-European cultures as a source of primitive exoticism, as did Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, André Derain and others. However, other influences emerge from Romanian folk art traceable through Byzantine and Dionysian traditions.

1 st Day

Arrival in Belgrade

April 21 st , 2021

Included highlights:

  • Arrival in Belgrade
  • Check in and may be going to some sites – depends on the arrival time. 

Included meals:

No meals included

2 nd Day

Belgrade – Novi lem – Iron Gates – Turnu

April 22 nd , 2021

Included highlights:

  • Departure in the morning
  • Visit Golubovac citadel
  • Visit Novi Lek
  • Iron Gate
  • Turnu accommodation

3 rd Day

Turnu – Industrial open coal mining sites Targu Jiu

April 23 rd , 2021

Included highlights:

  • After visit the archelogical Musem in Turnu (including the Apolodor from damscus bridge) driving towards Targu Jiu
  • See some open air coal mining 
  • See a typical CULA – bojar house from Oltenia region
  • Arrival in Targu Jiu
  • Visit the sites (walking time 1 hour) 
  • Accommodation near the parc

4 th Day

Targu Jiu – birth house of Brancusi – Hercule bath – Anina

April 24 th , 2021

Included highlights:

  • Visit Tismana monastery
  • Visit Hercules bath Roman therme
  • Anina – industrial archeology
  • Overnight in a very special house – the private house of king Ferdinard from Austria

Included meals:
  • Breakfast
5 th Day

Anina – Resita – Hateg area , Hunedoara area

April 25 th , 2021

Included highlights:

  • Visit the locks ioen air museum
  • Visit the Gajdu Furnal (giving steel to Eiffel for his tower in Paris) 
  • Visit an impresiive chirch in Hateg area
  • Visit dacian place from Sarmisegetzua
  • Industral archeology in Hunedoara
  • Overnight in Hotel Ferdinard in Hateg

Included meals:
  • Breakfast 
6 th Day

Hateg – Timisoara

April 26 th , 2021

Included highlights:

  • Interested in Danube schwabs heritage? can put accent on this!
  • Visit the birth village of Literarure Nobel Price winner Herta Muller
  • Visit Lenauheim – impressive museum 
  • Accommodation in Timisoara

7 th Day

Timisoara and sorroundings

April 27 th , 2021

Included highlights:

Timisoara will be EU cultural city 2023

  • Visit Timisoara 
  • Visit arroundings of Timisoara
  • Same accommodation in Timisoara

8 th Day

Timisoara – Belgrade airport

April 28 th , 2021

Included highlights:

Departure home. 

What People Say

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Have you ever wanted to go on a culture-wine-food tour? In California? France? Italy? Please, have some imagination! Be a little adventurous and go on one in Romania and Moldova. 

It was my good luck to participate in a tour organized by Ways Travel, during which i checked out the many wonders of Romania and Moldova. 

Our group on the bus was an international gang of nine – a Belgian, a German, a Norwegian, an Australian, a few Americans of interesting ethnic alloys and me, dual Dutch and American citizen. What can I say, it was an experience just sitting on a bus with these people and hear their war stories and get initiated into the workings of the behind-the-scenes travel industry. 

Leader of our tribe was the fabulous tour guide Victoria, who speaks four languages, English, German, Russian, Romanian, one of those people who makes a simple bilingual person such as myself feel humble and uneducated. 

The trip was a symphony of history, food, drink, music and dance. Dancing with the Gypsies no less. I tell you, it was fabulous, it was intoxicating. We got history – a dizzying whirl of wars and battles and bloody strife. Of conquests and annexations, of armies rampaging through the countryside, raping, pillaging and impaling. We heard colorful tales about Dacian tribes, the Roman Empire, the Red Horde, the Saxons, the Ottoman Empire, the communist era under Ceausescu. And let’s not forget to mention good old Count Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, who hailed from Transylvania. Really, we deserved every drop of hootch we got along the way to recover from all the tragedies we vicariously suffered through. 

In Romania we loved the beautiful towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara. In Sighisoara we missed seeing the house where Dracula was born because a movie was being filmed and they’d closed it off for visitors. Fortunately, we had a liqueur and brandy tasting to cheer us up. We hadn’t had lunch yet and our stomachs were empty, which helped raise the mood quickly. 

A highlight was our visit to the home of a Roma family in Transylvania and learning more about their culture and lifestyle. (You can read a story about this on my blog here.) Not all Gypsies are beggars living in the streets of large cities. It’s always a good thing to be disabused of your prejudices and preconceived notions. 

We stayed in excellent hotels and lodges, as well as in a humble hostel run by a monastery. We ate fancy restaurant food as well as simple village fare. We saw exquisite as well as cheery architecture, visited opulent cathedrals as well as the modest underground monastery chapel in Orhei Vechi, not far from Chisinau. The vino flowing across the miles was a charming mix of the good, the bad and the holy. The holy being the wine we tasted in a monastery, blessed by the priests. Unfortunately, the blessing did not transform it into nectar of the gods, but the dinner there was quite gourmet, all prepared from food grown by the monks without chemical assistance. 

We also visited Transnistria, which is a rather unique place, as most of you will already know. It is also home to the famous Kvint brandy factory and would you believe, we went there for a brandy dégustation – seven varieties of brandy. It was very informative, interesting and intoxicating. It was also lunch time, but fortunately there was food. We eventually struggled out of there, back on the bus, across the border that is not a border, and traveled down to the Purcari wineries in the south of Moldova where we were treated to . . . you guessed it . . . a wine tasting. Of ten types of wine. Not just any old village plonk, either. No, we got to sip the wine of kings, queens and tsars. Our livers got a workout that day. 

I’m going to stop here. There was more, much more, but I don’t want to give away everything, because what you should do, really, is check out Ways Travel’s website at www.ways.md .

Dearest Viorica, 

I really want to thank you enough for being the most amazing guide and introducing me to your tremendous country. What a priviledge it has been to travel back in time and catch the enduring presence of Moldovans through the centuries. I couldn’t imagine being transported through song and hear the love of family, hope & blessings being passed on. Family, food, friendship, sharing of thoughts and ideas connect us in real time and across time as well. 

This may not have been a clear chosen career path bat I must say you excel at it!!! Your ability to be flexible and accommodating is beyond the norm! I totally loved the book you helped create and will use it to dig deeper and continue to learn more about this country. 

The cooking, clothing weaving, embroidery, people have captured a part of my heart. The pictures we’ve taken will remind us of our time together for a lifetime & these stories you have shared will be retold and shared with many many others. 

Thanks so much again, 

Pat. 

Hi, Natalia! I contact you in order to thank you for your help, guidance & company while i was in your country. I will have to say, i did particularly love being with you, on those 2 trips i made. If you don’t mind me saying so, i think you are a lovely & charming person, and it was a great pleasure for me to meet you.