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

8 days

PRICE

from €680

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 on 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 nature 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 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 to 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


Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Otopeni International Airport

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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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4.3. In the case of unforeseen events, except those mentioned at point 4.2, that could determine Us to cancel the tour before its start, the Clients will be fully reimbursed.

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At any time before a booking is confirmed, Uncover Romania Tours reserves the right to increase or decrease the prices of any of its travel products or/and services. The price of the tour can be modified by Us after signing the contract only in the case of important changes like alterations in the cost of transportation caused by an increase the fuel price, significant changes in the exchange rate of the currency in which the tour is paid or unforeseen increases of local taxes at the destination. The price cannot increase by more than 10% and cannot be modified under any circumstances in the 30 days before the start of the tour.

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The standard tours are the ones presented on www.uncover-romania-tours.com. The final price is the one mentioned on the website. The price includes the costs of accommodation and everyday breakfasts, tour leader services, transportation, including gas and driver, but also planning costs. The price does not include plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, specialized local guides if necessary.

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By tailor-made tours We understand all tours designed exclusively based on the personal preferences of the Client, according to his/her time availability, interests and budget, and communicated only to the Client. These tailor-made tours are either guided by a professional tour leader representing Uncover Romania Tours or are self-guided.

All tailor-made tours rates depend on the complexity and length of the tour. Besides the costs of the final product, including the costs of accommodation and everyday breakfasts, tour leader services, transportation, gas and driver and excluding plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, meals except breakfast, entry fees, photo or video taxes, specialized local guides if necessary, We charge an extra 10 EUR/hour for preparing tailor-made tours. Additional costs may be charged if We need to evaluate in person remote destinations or prepare adventure tours of high intensity.

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6.1. The Clients can cancel the contract partly or entirely at any time. If the reason for cancelling is attributable to them, they have the obligation to compensate Us for the prejudice caused if the cancellation takes places less than 30 days before the start of the tour. The values of the compensation cannot be more than the total price of the tour.

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7.2. Uncover Romania Tours  is obliged to inform the Clients as soon as reasonably possible if there is a major change in the tour itinerary. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made, the Clients may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

7.3. Uncover Romania Tours  reserves the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of the itinerary.

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Travelers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a legal guardian or an escort above 18 years old named by the legal guardian. One legal guardian or escort cannot be responsible for more than two minor travelers. In the case of more challenging adventure tours, You will need to specify whether You suffer from a medical condition which may affect your ability to complete the travel arrangements.

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You must have a valid passport and have obtained the visa by yourself. Citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area or the United States of America do not need a visa to stay in Romania for a period of maximum 90 days. Citizens with simple passports from other 58 countries are exempted from the Romanian visa requirement. Check the 58 countries here

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The travel insurance is compulsory for all our Clients and should be taken out before the departure date. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. The travel insurance is not included in the price of our travel products and/or services. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip or you will not be able to join the trip without it.

11. Validity

The prices advertised on www.uncover-romania-tours.com are based on costs in effect at the time of posting to the website. Uncover Romania reserves the right to alter prices of any travel product and/or services at any time prior to receipt of the first installment. Changes, revisions, or other amendments may be made to the offers from www.uncover-romania-tours.com before a booking is confirmed, and such changes, revisions or amendments shall be incorporated herein as of the date of such amendment

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The Clients acknowledge that the type of travel products and/or services booked requires considerable flexibility and acknowledges that they will permit reasonable alterations to their booking. The Client acknowledge that the routes, itineraries, types of transportation or schedules may be modified without prior notice due to various circumstances or events, such as sickness or mechanical breakdown, extreme nature phenomena in the location where the product and/or service will be operated, flight cancellations, strikes and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances which are beyond the control of Uncover Romania.

If We make a major change We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control.  In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by You. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.

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All our tours except the self-guided ones are run by a tour leader representing Uncover Romania Tours. The decisions of the tour leader are final on all aspects likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the tour. If the Clients fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or affects the well-being or mobility of the group, the tour leader may ask the Clients to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. The Clients must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and also agree to travel in accordance with responsible tourism guidelines.

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While we design only tours with a high level of safety, the Client acknowledges all tours involve a certain amount of personal risk and that it is also his or her responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of his or her itinerary.

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We will provide security for the money You paid for the travel products and/or services booked from us and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency, based on our OMNIASIG Insurance Policy number 27171.

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You agree to let Us use images of yourself taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose as long as these images do not offend your dignity. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes. You are entitled to deny the use of these images for this purpose based on the stipulations of the Romanian Law 677/2001.

18. Claims and complaints

If the Clients have a complaint about the tour he or she should inform the tour leader in order that he or she can attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be sent in writing to Us within 5 days of the end of the tour.

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The laws of Romania govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Romania.

20. Updating of terms and conditions

Uncover Romania Tours reserves the right to update and/or alter these terms and conditions at any time, and it is the Clients' responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms and conditions can always be found on www.uncover-romania-tours.com and will supersede any previous versions.

Price

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, dinners in the first 6 days, boat rides and transfers in the Danube Delta as mentioned in the itinerary, entry fees to the Danube Delta Reserve, car transfers from the airport to Murighiol and back to Bucharest, transfer to the airport on Day 8. 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 plane tickets, travel insurance, visa costs if applicable, lunch meals, dinner on Day 7, additional services booked locally by the clients themselves or other personal costs.

The prices below are per person and can vary according to the timing of your booking and the age of the tour participants (discount rates for children). The prices are based on 2 persons sharing a double room.

We offer discount rates for families.

Group of 2 Persons: €1,135 per person

Group of 4 Persons: €830 per person

Group of 6 Persons: €​680 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 €60 per person.

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

TOUR ENDS

Bucharest

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

PRICE from

€680
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