Danube Delta
Hotel boat
Danube Delta
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Danube Delta, Hotel boat

Europe's last nature paradise.

Cycle through the breath-taking beauty of one of the last nature paradises to the exact spot where the Danube and the Black Sea merge. Floating reed islands and inland lakes alternate with lagoons, canals and marshland. There are vast areas of rolling hills, marsh and steppe - it is a wonderful landscape, which wins everyone over with its diversity and its unspoiled state.  

Life in small fishing villages is tranquil. The solitude and the peace is often only disturbed by the screeching of pelicans, commorants or egrets. You cycle accompanied by expert guides through the flora and fauna of an eventful past. Along the way make sure that you enjoy the Romanian hospitality and delicacies both on the hotel boat and in comfortable guest houses.

 

Medium
Medium
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Guided group tour
  • Minimum number of participants: 12 persons
Catharina Binder
Catharina Binder
+43 6219 7444 145 Contact

Itinerary

Individual arrival to Bucharest or Bucharest airport if you are flying. At 2pm there is a bus transfer (approx. 4 h) to the starting point of the tour - Tulcea in the Danube Delta. You can then embark your comfortable floating hotel. Dinner and overnight stay will be on the hotel boat.

You will travel along the most southern Danube arm through the Bestepe Hills nature reserve . You get a wonderful view deep down into the Delta and it will make you forget about some of the ascents. When you get to the small fishing village Murighiol, we enter into a maze of channels, floating islands, dense forests and a pure wilderness experience by boat. Overnight on hotel boat.

You cycle along a bumpy gravel path – on the right is the open range of the Black Sea and on the left there are lush green reeds and marsh land. In the loneliness of the Danube Delta Cormorants and Great White Egrets are our permanent companions. Kilometer “0” at Sulina: the Danube has reached its 'final destination' at the lighthouse and starts to merge with the salt of the sea. Overnight stay on hotel boat.

The path leads you to Letea, a picturesque village. To get there you go past Musur bay, which is a bird paradise. It seems as if time stands still here. The houses are made of reed and loam and are painted in a lovely blue colour. They are surrounded by contemplative silence. Close to the village, located on a sandbank, a special wonder of nature can be observed – a tropical forest with climbing plants and lianes. We will reach the fishing village Crisan by boat. Overnight stay on hotel boat.

During the cruise through a labyrinth of narrow waterways, we pass by small fishing villages and experience the incredible diversity of the fauna and flora of the UNESCO World Heritage Danube Delta again. In the afternoon we return from a surreal dream world to the vibrant city life of Tulcea. Overnight stay on hotel boat.

Round trip through a gently undulating landscape to the orthodox monastery Celic Dere, the biggest convent of the Dobrogea territory. The beautiful monastery of Saon with its distinctive windmill is located amidst vineyards right on the bank of the Danube. From a ridge, you have a fantastic view over the extensive and green floodplain Ukraine's border. Transfer back to Tulcea. Overnight stay at Tulcea guesthouse 4*.

We travel to the old town Ceamurlia de Jos by bus. The nature reserve of Cape Dolosman with the Greek-Roman excavations of Argamum seperates the Delta lakes Golovita and Razim. By bike you reach the medieval fortress of Enisala, which is located high above the Danube. Let us enjoy a breathtaking view over the Lagoon Razim! Overnight stay at Tulcea guesthouse 4*.

After breakfast there is a bus transfer back to the Romania's capital, Bucharest. You will arrive at the airport at approx. 2pm. Please do not book any flights before 4 pm.  You can book additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest if you would like.

Tour character

Amid the Danube delta, you cycle mainly on sandy paths, gravel roads or tarmac country roads. The route is hilly and in parts you will be cycling on roads with traffic. 

With the local bike tour guide, you can learn how to recognise birds by their flight or sound. You discover rare flora and fauna, life of the Delta residents and the incredible and eventful past of this region, which even fascinated the Romans and Greeks.

Food on the trip is traditional with a lot of fish, meat and vegetables. At lunch, you will have picnics or a packed lunch. 

You cycle in a group of about 12-20 people and some cycling experience is required for this tour. Sand and gravel roads mean that you need a bit of fitness. However due to the short distances you cycle each day, the tour should be manageable for most people. It is possible to cycle further each day. Some sections are shortened by either a boat or bus ride. 

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 18, 2020 | Sep 29, 2020 |
Season 2
May 2, 2020 | May 9, 2020 | May 16, 2020 | Jun 7, 2020 | Jun 18, 2020 | Aug 24, 2020 | Sep 9, 2020 | Sep 16, 2020 |
Boat & Bike - Danube Delta, RO-DOSBB-08G
Base price
Surcharge 1-bed-cabin
1,099.00
400.00
1,349.00
400.00
Season 1
Apr 18, 2020 - Apr 18, 2020
Sep 29, 2020 - Sep 29, 2020
Season 2
May 2, 2020 - May 2, 2020
May 9, 2020 - May 9, 2020
May 16, 2020 - May 16, 2020
Jun 7, 2020 - Jun 7, 2020
Jun 18, 2020 - Jun 18, 2020
Aug 24, 2020 - Aug 24, 2020
Sep 9, 2020 - Sep 9, 2020
Sep 16, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
Bukarest
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Tulcea
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
51.00
89.00
39.00
59.00
51.00
89.00
39.00
59.00
Price
Rental bike 21-gear
94.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • Itinerary as mentioned
  • 5 nights aboard the hotel boat
  • 2 nights in comfortable 4* guest houses in Tulcea
  • Transfers according to itinerary from/to Bucharest airport to Tulcea (day 1 + 8)
  • Bike-Guide / Wildlife-Guide

 

  • Room/Cabin with shower and toilet
  • Support van and support boat
  • Full board: 7x breakfast, 6x packed lunch or picnic, 7x dinner
  • Maps and informational material per cabin
  • 1 detailed map and route description per cabin

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Bucharest airport
  • Transfer on arrival and departure day from the airport to the boat is included

Number of participants:

  • Minimum of 12 people (this number has to be reached at least 4 weeks before the tour starts)

Notes:

  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!

Accommodation

Catharina Binder
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Catharina Binder, Customer service

Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
5 stars
Annie Rice FR | 27.05.2019
Excellent, out of the ordinary
Everything about this trip was out-of-the-ordinary, from living on a floating hotel, to experiencing the wilds of the Danube delta by boat and bike, not to mention the birdwatching - hundreds of pelicans, storks, herons, white-tailed eagles, birds you can see with the naked eye, and the pretty, glossy ones such as rollers, bee-eaters, and a golden oriole. The trip was incredibly well organised and the two guides were excellent - thank you Lucian and Mihai for all your local and nature knowledge! It was also lovely to meet like-minded people (bird-watchers) from all over Europe - it was fun.
Catharina Binder
Catharina Binder answered:
Thanks a lot for this wonderful feedback!

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