Discover Europe's last natural paradise per bike and boat! This cycling trip by “hotel boat” meanders through the stunning beauty of Europe's last natural paradise Danube Delta to mile "0", where the mighty Danube River empties into the Black Sea. The tour takes you through Romania’s Delta, the second largest and best preserved in Europe. You will travel along canals with floating reed islands, lagoons and lakes. The landscape alternates between gently rolling hills and swamp and prairie land and amazes one 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 and enjoy Romanian hospitality and cuisine on board of your floating hotel and in the cozy guest house. Highlights are the biosphere reserve Danube Delta, the orthodox monasteries of Celic Dere and Saon, the antique colony Argamum, the medieval fortress of Enisala and many others. With our experienced local wildlife and bike-guides you will learn to recognize birds with their noise or in flight and discover rare plants and animals, about the life of the Delta residents and the incredible eventful past of this region, which already fascinated the Romans, Greeks and Dacians. You will be accommodated, caring looked after, on a modern 4**** floating hotel and in a family run, comfortable 4**** guest house. The meals are traditionally with a lot of fish, meat and vegetable. For lunch picnics or lunch packs will be offered. You will cycle in groups of 12-20 persons, you bring already some experience in bike-tours. Sand- and gravel roads require a bit of physical condition, but should be succeed by everybody as the daily stretches are quite short. If possible longer routes to choose. Some stretches will be done by boat or bus. Itinerary is subject to change - in case of force majeure (water levels, engine- or drive-breakdown). Before and after your bike-tour you also have the possibility to book extra nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.
Day 1: Individual arrival
Individual arrival to Bucharest Airport. At about 02:00 p.m bus transfer (~4h) to Tulcea in the heart of Danube's Delta. Embarkation on the comfortable, floating hotel.
Day 2: Nufaru - Sfantu Gheorge, ~31 km/20 miles
Along the southernmost Danube arm you ride 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 you enter by boat into a maze of channels, floating islands, dense forests and a pure wilderness experience.
Day 3: The journey to mile “0”, ~25 km/15 miles
A bumpy gravel path - on the right side the wide open of the Black Sea and on the left side left the lush green reeds and marsh land. In the loneliness of the Danube Delta cormorants and great white egrets are our permanent companions. Mile “0” at Sulina: the Danube has reached its destination at the lighthouse and starts melding with the salt of the sea. The thought of the long journey of this mighty river let us pause.
Day 4: Gulf of Musura - Crisan, ~23 km/13 miles
Along the birds-paradise Musura-Bay you ride on natural roads to the picturesque village Letea. It seems that the time is standing still here. The houses made of reed and loam, lovely painted in blue, and all around a contemplative silence. Nearby the village, located on a sandbank, a special wonder of nature can be seen - a tropical forest with climbing plants and lianas. You will reach the fishing village Crisan by boat.
Day 5: The Fauna & Flora of the Danube Delta (rest day)
During the boat ride through a labyrinth of narrow waterways you will pass by small fishing villages and again experience very intensively the incredible diversity of the fauna and flora of the UNESCO World Heritage Danube Delta. In the middle of the Jungle - hidden away - the small wooden orthodox monastery of Stipoc awaits you. In the afternoon you return from a surreal dream world to the vibrant town life of Tulcea.
Day 6: Abbeys of the Dobrogea, ~26 km/16 miles
Today's round trip through a gently rolling landscape leads you to the orthodox nunnery Celic Dere, the biggest convent of the Dobrogea territory. The romantic, dreamlike abbey of Saon with its distinctive windmill is the next highlight. It is located amidst vineyards right on the bank of the Danube.
Day 7: Lagoon-tour to the cape Dolosman, ~42 km/26 miles
In the morning you will go by bus to the old, Turkish-populated village Babadag. By bike you are passing nesting sites of bee-eater colonies and reach the medieval fortress of Enisala, which is located high over the Danube. Let's take a breathtaking view over the Lagoon Razim! The nature reserve of Cape Dolosman with the Greek-Roman excavations of Argamum separates the Delta-lakes Golovita and Razim.
Day 8: Disembarkation - Transfer Tulcea-Bucharest
After breakfast there's the transfer by bus back to the Romanian Capital Bucharest. We can organize additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.
5 nights on hotel boat 4****
2 nights in comfortable guest house 4**** in Tulcea
7x full board
schedule incl. all transfers according to itinerary
1x travel documents per room
guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
season I (1039 €/person in double)
19.04. and 30.09.2019
season II (+ 210 €/person)
11.05., 25.05., 08.06., 19.06., 24.08., 04.09. and 18.09.2019
route (1)-(2): ~130-150 km/80-93 miles
in flat and sometimes gently hilly terrain on field paths and small by-roads with not much traffic
how to get there
by car: motorway to Bucharest
by train: station Bucharest
by plane: airport Bucharest
between Bucharest and Tulcea on the first and last day included, only on standard arriving and departure days, other days (in case of extra nights) on request for 280 €/ride
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