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Romania's Danube Delta 8-day Bike & Barge Tour Level 2
This cycling trip by “hotel boat” leads you through the stunning beauty of Europe’s last natural paradise, Danube Delta, to kilometer "0", where the mighty Danube River flows into the Black Sea. The tour takes you through Romania’s Delta, the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas. You will travel along canals with floating reed islands, lagoons and lakes. The landscape alternates between gently rolling hills, swamp and prairie land and amazes everyone with its diversity and beauty. Life in small fishing villages is tranquil, the solitude and silence of the almost impenetrable thicket many times interrupted only by the calls of Dalmatian Pelicans, Cormorants and Egrets. Under expert guidance you will discover the fauna and flora of this landscape, which is also rich in history. Enjoy Romanian hospitality and cuisine on board of your floating hotel and in the cosy guesthouse.
Level 2 - amidst the Danube Delta flat, gravel or paved paths, 2 days on tarmac country roads in a gently hilly landscape (sometimes some traffic). Sand and gravel roads require cyclists to have an average physical shape, but should be accessable for everyone, as the daily stages are quite short. Some stages are done by boat or bus. Itinerary is subject to change – in case of higher forces (water level, technical breakdown).
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Individual arrival to Bucharest/Airport. 2pm bus transfer (approx. 4 hrs) to the starting point Tulcea in the Danube Delta. Embarkation on the comfortable floating hotel. Dinner and overnight on boat.
Nufaru – Sfantu Gheorge, approx. 31km
Along the most southern Danube arm through the nature reserve Bestepe Hills. A wonderful view deep down into the Delta will make you forget some ascents. At 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 boat.
The journey to kilometer “0”, approx. 25km
A bumpy gravel path – on the right the open range of the Black Sea, on the left side the 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 on boat.
Gulf of Musura – Crisan, approx. 23km
Along the bird’s paradise Musura-Bay the path leads you to the picturesque village Letea. It seems as if time stands still here. The houses are made of reed and loam, lovely painted in blue and all 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 on boat
The Fauna & Flora of the Danube Delta (day of rest)
During the cruise through a labyrinth of narrow waterways we pass by small fishing villages and again experience the incredible diversity of the Fauna and Flora of the UNESCO World Heritage Danube Delta. In the afternoon we return from a surreal dream world to the vibrant city life of Tulcea. Overnight on boat.
Monasteries of the Dobrogea, approx. 26km
Round trip through a gently undulating landscape to the orthodoxe 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 directly of the border to the Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea. Overnight at Tulcea guesthouse 4*.
Lagoon-tour to the cape Dolosman, approx. 42km
By bus we travel to the old town Ceamurlia de Jos. The nature reserve of Cape Dolosman with the Greek-Roman excavations of Argamum separates 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 Tulcea guesthouse 4*.
Transfer Tulcea – Bucharest
After breakfast bus transfer back to the Romanian capital Bucharest. Arrival at the airport approx. 2 p.m. Please do not book any flights before 4pm. Possibility of additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.
The itinerary is subject to change in unforeseen circumstances ( water level, technical breakdown etc.)
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