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$272.60 Private & Custom Tours

Brancusi Homeland Highlights-Private tour from Bucharest

During a two day trip through Wallachia,we invite you to discover Horezu Monastery,a UNESCO World Heritage Site,two magnificient natural wonders in the area-Oltet Gorges and Woman's Cave,and some insights into the life of one of Europe's great sculptors,Constantin Brancusi,whose masterpieces can be admired in Tragu Jiu. 1st Day:Highway I Bucharest-Pitesti,Ramnicu Valcea,Horezu Monastery,Polovragi Monastery,Oltet Gorges,Woman's Cave,Targu Jiu.Built in 17th century by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu,Horezu Monastery is a masterpiece of the Romanian architectural style known as "Brancovenesc",characterized by rich sculptural details,religious compositions,painted decorative works and a rich collection of frescoes and icons dating back to the end of the 17th century and the beginning of 18th century.Therefore,the monastery is one of the 25 Romanian sites included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The nearby Horezu Village is one of the biggest and famous potterycentres in the country.Its fame crossed the borders of the country and people from all over Europe come here to buy the beautiful Horezu ceramic.Woman's Cave,the first electrified cave in Romania. 2nd Day:Brancusi Memorial House in Hobita,Brancusi sculptures in Targu Jiu(the Endless Column,the Kiss Gate,the Table of Silence)Ecaterina Teodoroiu HOUSE(WORLD WAR I HEROIN)Scornicesti(Nicolae Ceausescu's birth village)Pitesti,Bucharest. Constantin Brancusi was a Romanaian-born sculptor who started his career in Paris.Formal studies took him first to Bucharest,then to Munich and finally to Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

$232 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Discovering Romania 2 days Private Tour from Bucharest

Day 1: Depart at 8 o'clock from Bucharest. Visits to the Princely Court and Church of Vlad Tepes in Targoviste, Curtea de Arges Monastery, Corbii de Piatra (Stone Ravens) Monastery, Pitesti, Ramnicu Valcea. Arrival and accomodation at Ranca (10 hours).Day 2: Depart at 9 o'clock from Ranca. Visits to Constantin Brancusi World War I monuments in Targu Jiu, Brancusi Memorial House in Hobita, Scornicesti – the ex-communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s birth village, arrival in Bucharest. (9 hours). Vlad Tepes in Victor Hugo’s “Légende des Siècles”Romanians have a great deal of respect for Prince Vlad Tepes – The Impaler (known in Western Europe as Count Dracula), for he was a great ruler and a fearless fighter against the Ottoman threat. Vlad Tepes was famous for his cruelty against the Ottomans, and for his keen sense of justice. He is remembered as the ruler in whose time one wasn’t afraid of being robbed in the street, considering that the Middle Age was a dangerous era for travelers. According to Romanian chronicles, during Vlad Tepes’ reign, thieves were impaled to on stakes if they were caught. Thus, according to a Romanian legend, one golden cup was left at the fountain at Targoviste Princely Court for the thirsty travelers to drink; no one dared to take it away. The cup disappeared several years later, after Vlad Tepes’ death.In his “Légende des Siècles”, Victor Hugo describes how Vlad Tepes won the battle against Sultan Mahomed ‘s army , who came to conquer Wallachia. On their way to Targoviste, the capital of Wallachia, the Ottomans were shocked by the view of burning houses and fields. Furthermore, the water in the fountains was poisoned and no food could be found. When they arrived near Targoviste, a grotesque image unfolded in front of them: twenty thousand dead Ottoman prisoners were impaled on stakes , in the field surrounding the fortress. Scared and horrified by the cruelty of the Romanian Prince, the Ottoman officers decided to retreat and let Vlad Tepes win the battle, that did not even take place. 

$301.60 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Tour in Transylvania with Hunyadi or Corvin Castle and Targu Jiu from Bucharest

Day 1:Breakfast. Departure towards Transylvania. There are over 50 castles, fortresses and fortified churches on these ancient lands! We invite you to discover the top three most beautiful of all, Bran Castle – better known as Dracula’s Castle, Peles Castle – former royal residence, an architectural jewel and Rasnov Fortress – one of the best preserved peasant fortress of Transylvania with a breathtaking view over the Brasov region! Prahova Valley and Brasov, where are these wonderful sights located, is also one of the most beautiful mountain regions of Romania! In the evening we will walk on the medieval charming streets of Brasov! Dinner and overnight in BrasovDay 2:Breakfast. In this second day we will go further into Transylvania and we will visit Fagaras Town, the politico-administrative center of these lands in the past. The main attraction is Fagaras Fortress, surrounded by a moat, is is the only fortress of its kind in Romania. From 1948 until 1960 the castle was used as a prison. In one its towers of the castle was “The Iron Lady”, a medieval torture device. The castle is hosting now Fagaras Country Museum dedicated to local history and municipal library.Next, we go towards Sibiu which is the heart of Germanic Transylvania known as Hermannstadt. We visit Brukenthal National Museum, the Large Square which is the historic center of Sibiu, the Little Square which is the second largest historic place of Sibiu, the Evangelic Church, the Liars’ Bridge, the Ethnographic Museum. Dinner and overnight in SibiuDay 3:We start the last day by visiting Hunedoara. We cannot come here and not visit Corvin Castle - Hunyadi Castle. Located in the city of Hunedoara Corvin Castle, also called Hunyadi Castle dates from the XIV- XV, one of the most famous owner was none other than Iancu de Hunedoara, the great defender of Christianity before the Ottoman invasion .The castle has elements of Gothic , Neo- Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Then, on our way to Bucharest, we stop at Târgu Jiu , the capital of Gorj County in the Oltenia region of Romania and home of important works of nationally and internationally known artist and sculptor Constantin Brancusi. He made his career in France and was considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. Formal studies took him first to Bucharest, then to Munich, then to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1905 to 1907. At Targu Jiu you will see some of his most important pieces of art, "Table of Silence", "The Gate of the Kiss" and "Endless Column" which commemorate the courage and sacrifice of Romanian's who in 1916 defended Târgu Jiu from the forces of the Central Powers. Late in the evening we arrive in Bucharest.