By creating Astro-Travels, we decided to turn our passion for nature, travels and astronomy into
a new business which comes as a continuation of the EuRo Eclipse 99 in Romania. At that time, we
dedicated an astro-tourism project to astronomers and eclipse chasers. Now we enlarged our orientation,
wishing to unveil some amazing places to everybody who is interested in approaching more to the
science of our universe. We begun with our natal Romania, and now we extend with La Palma Island - Canary.
Here is our team:
Gabriela Vaduvescu - General Manager
By education, Gabriela is a food engineer with more than one decade experience in marketing and
with a degree in Master in Business and Administration from Romania in 2007. She considers this
project as the best opportunity to use her knowledge and professional experience, as well as the
entrepreneurial aptitudes. Gabriela has dedicated fulltime passionately to this project, working
to apply marketing strategy, also to organize and supervise the entire activity of this project.
"Inspired by my husband's success with the project EuRo Eclipse 99 in Romania, we propose you now
another adventure. This time we create a project to offer you the possibility to discover new interesting
places of Romania or maybe to remember them... but your passion for stars or maybe your interest for science
and culture will not be forgotten. The joining between tourism and amateur astronomy is very auspicious,
as both sides are speaking equally about our world in which we live and about our universe from which we
are a part of Romania, through his big tourist potential, still insufficiently distinguished, speaks very
much about all these, through astral ethnographic motifs presented in its folkloric traditions and culture.
All these confirm us that the people always have been preoccupied about their origins and the universe in
which they are integrated... Our target is to fulfill your expectation with promptitude, professionalism
and originality, offering you a different concept of tourism. We invite you to join us and to convince
yourselves about these by choosing Astro Travels".
Ovidiu Vaduvescu - Coordinator Astronomer
Ovidiu holds two citizenships, Romanian and Canadian, and has traveled in more than 20 countries in four continents and two islands. He is a professional astronomer holding two titles of Doctor in Astronomy from Romania and Canada. Following two postdoctoral fellowships in South Africa and Chile, Ovidiu is currently employed as an astronomer at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in La Palma, while being a research associate of Paris Observatory (France) and the Astrophysical Institute of Canary (Spain). During the last decade since he settled abroad, he conducted astronomical runs at famous observatories such as in Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, France, Spain and Chile, besides his first astronomy job in his natal Romania. A professional astronomer by education, Ovidiu has remained an amateur astronomer by hearth, continuing to collaborate with amateurs from Romania, thanks to the Internet. In 1999 while having a small business in Canada, Ovidiu organized "EuRo Eclipse 99" in Romania in collaboration with SARM and Romantic Travel, offering six exciting astro-tours to about 200 guests from 15 countries which admired the last total solar eclipse of the millennium.
Adrian Buracu - Guide Accompagnateur Romania
Adrian is our tour agent representative in Romania and speaks three foreign languages. He has become a licenced tourism manager in 1999, since when he is leading the tour operator CORDIALTOUR. Holding more than two decades experience in tourism in Romania and Europe, Adrian has guided more than 1000 tourists during this time. He is based in Galati, Romania.
Valentin Grigore - Collaborator Astronomer Romania
Valentin is the President of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM), the national
society of astronomy of Romania with headquarters in Targoviste. Since 1992, Vali is member of the
International Meteor Organization (IMO). He is the founder of the Romanian meteor school and the yearly
national astronomical camp "Perseide", the most important amateur astronomical event in Romania which
will celebrate its 16th edition this year. During the last 15 years, Valentin leaded tens of educational
and observational projects in Romania and abroad. Leaded by Valentin, SARM organized in 2000 the
International Meteor Conference (IMC) in Romania. In August 1999, Valentin and Ovidiu brought almost
200 tourists and amateur astronomers from abroad to witness the total solar eclipse with the
astro-tourism project "EuRo Eclipse 99". In March 2006, Valentin coordonated the International
Expedition "Anatolian Eclipse 2006" in Turkey to observe another total Solar eclipse.
Dimitrie Olenici - Collaborator Astronomer Romania
Dimitrie is a professional astronomer working at Planetarium of the city Suceava. An experienced
public outreach officer, he is conducting daily shows for the public at the planetarium, giving
conferences, mass media talks, news for the press, outreach fliers, etc. Passionate of etno and
archeo-astronomy, Dimitrie is also conducting research of the Foucault pendulum effect during eclipses.
In the frame of educational process, he is organizing the astronomy contest Equinox, literary circle
Leonids of the pupils from Suceava, as well as the astronomy camp "Nights of Perseids". In 2006,
Dimitrie opened a small observatory in his natal village "Horodnicul de Jos", in fact the only
operating private observatory in Romania!
Ovidiu Tercu - Collaborator Astronomer Romania
Ovidiu is the coordinator of the Planetarium and the Astronomical Observatory housed by the Museal
Complex of Natural Sciences in Galati. He is also the president of the
astronomy club "Calin Popovici". Ovidiu has a vaste experience with public outreach programs, education
and diffusion of natural sciences to the large public, and a very ambitious agenda for the year 2008 -
the National year of Astronomy in Romania. During the last years, Ovidiu has presented a permanent TV
astronomy show on a weekly basis at the local TV Galati station, in fact the only permanent TV astronomy
show in Romania. Because of his efforts, the Astronomical Observatory of Galati has gained reputation
as a science center in the Eastern Romania.
Lucian Curelaru - Collaborator Astronomer Romania
Lucian is a computer programmer and amateur astronomer living in the city of Brasov.
He collaborated in a few public outreach projects, among which publishing of the Map of the Boreal
Sky, the astronomy software Celestial Maps, website development, etc. During the last years, Lucian
is also leading the only astronomy group in Brasov.
Antonio Gonzalez Hernandez - Collaborator Astronomer La Palma
Antonio Gonzales is the founder of Astrotour Isla Bonita
, the first astro tourism small business
in La Palma which started activity in 2008. Toni has more than 20 years experience as an amateur astronomer,
member of the astronomical group of La Palma island, member of the International Meteor Organization (IMO),
and also working on his own. Supported by the Cabildo of La Palma (insular authority), during the last years
Toni was very active in public outreach, especially for children, public activities, and also guiding
tourist groups to Roque de los Muchachos observatory.
Klaus Fuhrmann - Collaborator Astronomer La Palma
Klaus is an astronomer working now with Bochum University, formerly working at the Max Planck Institute, Germany, where he specialised in spectroscopy of stars and the Milky Way. He is also experienced with Astronomy outreach at all levels, from the beginner to the undergraduate student. Klaus moved to La Palma a few years ago looking for a quiet place and good skies.