Ultimate Danube Delta Tour for Nature Lovers

Activity level
1/5
Easy
CULTURE INTERACTION
2/4
Moderate
HISTORY FOCUS
1/4
Basic
NATURE INTERACTION
4/4
Total
TYPE

Nature Tours

LANGUAGE
DURATION

7 days

PRICE

from €735

Summary

This Danube Delta tour is the ultimate adventure for nature lovers who get to spend 7 days in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Bird watching, nature observation, long boat rides and traditional villages discovery are the day to day activities of this private Danube Delta tour.

The focus? The rich biodiversity and the unique local culture of this amazing wetland, the best-preserved delta of the continent and a Biosphere Nature Reserve.

You’ll follow in the footsteps, or better said the boat routes of famous explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau who lead two expeditions in the Danube Delta in 1991. Surprised that such a place still existed in Europe, the French scientist filmed here one of the most beautiful documentaries ever made about the delta.

A labyrinth of reed, marshes, lakes, canals covered with water lilies, sand dunes and willow forests, the Danube Delta was soon after his visit declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over 300 bird species live here, besides the species also found in Western Europe, the delta being one of the best places to observe colonies of cormorants and pelicans who nest here in large numbers, and in autumn and spring countless birds that stop in the Danube Delta during their migratory routes.

The itinerary of the tour follows different boat routes every day for you to discover and observe as much as possible this natural wonderland.

Dinner and breakfast are included in the price for your entire stay in the Danube Delta.

This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Murighiol

Arrival at Otopeni International Airport. If the flight arrives until noon, direct transfer to Murighiol for the boat ride to the Danube Delta. The boat transfer from Murighiol to Uzlina is the start of your Danube Delta tour as your local guide will take you across reed canals and lakes, on less transited routes.

You’ll find out interesting facts about the biodiversity of the region, the third highest in the world, you’ll learn how the delta appeared and how it keeps changes and you’ll observe first-hand local life, whether its fishermen or some of the many bird species that live here.

Dinner will be served at the guest house.

Accommodation: 4 stars guest house in Uzlina

In case of an afternoon or evening arrival, the duration of the tour increases with one day, because the first night will be spent in Bucharest*.

*Accommodation: 3 stars hotel in central Bucharest

Driving time: around 4 hours


Day 2: The forest and village of Caraorman

Boat ride across several lakes and canals to Caraorman, a small and traditional village located in an isolated world, surrounded by waters.

The main attraction is the subtropical forest Caraorman where you’ll see some of the highest sandbanks in Romania and trees and plant species that are more common in a Mediterranean climate than in a temperate one. The biggest oak tree from the Danube Delta – 4 meters round and 400 years old – grows here. Also, a few pairs of the rare white-tailed eagle have been spotted in the forest.

Ukrainian style lunch in the village.

Bird watching on the boat ride back to the guest house where dinner will be served.

Accommodation: 4 stars guest house in Uzlina


Day 3: Where the Danube meets the Black Sea

A longer boat tour across many lakes and canals to the village Sfantu Gheorghe where the Danube flows into the Black Sea. Bird watching along the canals and close to Sacalin Island. Walk to the place where the Danube, after crossing 9 countries and 4 capitals, enters the Black Sea.

Return on a different itinerary to Uzlina, another few hours observing birds while crossing the reed islands and water lilies covered canals.

Dinner will be served at the guest house.

Accommodation: 4 stars guest house in Uzlina


Day 4: Transfer to Crisan

Boat transfer in the morning to Crisan where you will be accommodated for the following days. Bird watching along the route that will take you from Uzlina canal across three more lakes and two canals until reaching Sulina branch and the village of Crisan.

Leisure afternoon, simply relaxing at the guest house, kayaking or fishing.

Dinner will be served at the guest house.

Accommodation: 3 stars guest house in Crisan


Day 5: Mila 23 and more bird watching

Another traditional village, this time Mila 23, where some of the most important sports champions of Romania were born. In fact, Mila 23, Caraorman and Crisan gave 24 world champions.

This fishermen village, inhabited mainly by lipoveni, an ethnic group based on the descendant of Russian refugees that fled the Russian Empire during the 18th-century religious persecutions, is only reachable by water. The old fishing culture of the Danube Delta is still tangible in this small strip of land.

Lunch in the village and afternoon boat ride to Crisan. More bird watching on the two lakes and four canals crossed.

Dinner will be served at the guest house.

Accommodation: 3 stars guest house in Crisan


Day 6: One day in Sulina

Boat ride to the small city of Sulina, the most eastern point of Romania. Half of the day is spent visiting Sulina, including the Cosmopolitan Cemetery where people of 21 distinct nationalities are buried in three distinct sections: Christian, Muslim and Jewish. Afternoon at the beach and boat ride in the evening to Crisan, just in time for dinner.

The headquarters of the European Danube Commission in the 19th century, Sulina was back then one of the most ethnically diverse cities of the Old Continent. Mentioned for the first time in a document more than 1,000 years ago, Sulina was in the 14th century a Genovese port and almost 500 years later became a free port on the Danube River.

This role brought commercial prosperity and development as well as a guaranteed neutrality. At the end of the 19th century, the Greeks were the largest ethnic group, followed by Romanians, Russians, Armenians, Turks, Jews, Germans, Italians, Bulgarians and many more small groups of nationalities from all over Europe. In total, 10 countries had diplomatic representatives in Sulina where English, French and Greek were the main used languages.

The religious life was as varied as its inhabitants, four Orthodox churches: two Romanians, one Russian and one Armenian, a Jewish temple, an Anglican church, a Catholic church, a Protestant church and two mosques.

Accommodation: 3 stars guest house in Crisan


Day 7: Boat transfer to Murighiol

Boat ride to Murighiol, 2-3 more hours to observe wildlife and enjoy the magic of the Danube Delta. Car transfer from Murighiol to Bucharest.

Driving time: around 4 hours

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel in central Bucharest

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Notes

Activity

Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.

Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.

Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes

Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.

Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.

Culture

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.

High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.

Total: All about culture.

History

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.

High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.

Total: All about history.

Nature

Basic: Limited interaction.

Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.

High: Most activities take place in nature.

Total: All about nature.

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Price

5% discount from the total price for bookings done at least three months in advance

The price includes accommodation in a 3 and 4 stars guest houses in the Danube Delta and 3 stars hotel in Bucharest, breakfast every day except Day 1, dinners in the first 6 days, boat rides and transfers in the Danube Delta as mentioned in the itinerary, entrance fees to the Danube Delta Reserve, car transfers from the airport to Murighiol and from Murighiol to Bucharest.

The price also includes the services of a professional local guide in the Danube Delta who speaks English and French. Other languages are possible upon request.

The price does not include airfare, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, lunch meals, breakfast on Day 1, dinner on Day 7, additional services booked locally by the clients themselves, currency conversion fee (1%), payment-related fees (1% for credit card, 4.5% for PayPal, variable for bank transfers).

The price below is per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking. The price is based on two persons sharing a double room.

Discount rates for children under 14.

Group of 2 persons: €1,350 per person

Group of 4 persons: €900 per person

Group of 6 persons: €735 per person

In case your flight arrival on Day 1 takes place in the afternoon, one more day needs to be added to the tour, with an extra cost of €70 per person.

Payment methods

Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash (only for certain tours). The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the prices above.

Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.

Overview

TOUR STARTS

Bucharest (or other cities)

TOUR ENDS

Bucharest (or other cities)

INCLUDED MEALS

Breakfast every day

Dinner Day 1 to Day 6

ACCOMMODATION

Local guest houses in the Danube Delta

Hotel in Bucharest

NUMBER OF KM

Around 800

TRANSPORTATION

Car transfer to Murighiol, boat in the Danube Delta

ATTRACTIONS

Nature: the Danube Delta (UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve), boat rides, bird watching, nature observation, Caraorman forest

Cities and villages: Sulina, local life in traditional villages Mila 23, Caraorman, Sfantu Gheorghe

NOTES

The tour takes place from April to October.

Discount rates for children

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