|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||17 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Apr 21; May 2, 16, 23, 30; Jun 21; Aug 22; Sep 5, 19; Oct 1, 2015|
|Start city:||Tulcea, Romania|
|End city:||Tulcea, Romania|
This cycling trip by “hotelboat” meanders through the stunning beauty of Europe's last natural paradise, the Danube Delta. Pedal 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 of Europe’s deltas. 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 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 Romania hospitality and cuisine on board your floating hotel and in the cozy guesthouse.
With our experienced local wildlife and bike-guides you will learn to recognize birds by their calls, discover rare plants and animals, and hear about the life of the Delta residents and the incredible eventful past of this region, which historically fascinated the Romans, Greeks and Dacians.
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Day 1: Individual Arrival
Individual arrival to Bucharest/Airport. Meet your local representative at 2:00 p.m and transfer by bus (approximately 4 hours) into the Danube Delta to Tulcea. Embark on the comfortable floating hotel where you'll enjoy your first dinner of the trip.
Overnight on boat.
Day 2: Nufaru – Sfantu Gheorge (19 miles/30 km)
Cycle 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 by boat into a maze of channels, floating islands, dense forests and a pure wilderness experience.
Overnight on boat.
Day 3: The journey to mile “0” (16 miles/25 km)
Travel a bumpy gravel path--on the right side view the wide open of the Black Sea; on the left enjoy the lush green reeds and marsh land. In the loneliness of the Danube Delta, cormorants and great white egrets are our companions.
Finally you reach mile “0” at Sulina; here the Danube has reached its destination at the lighthouse and starts melting with the salt of the sea. The thought of the long journey of this mighty river gives us pause.
Overnight on boat.
Day 4: Gulf of Musura – Crisan (14 miles/23 km)
Cycle through a paradise of birds, Musura Bay, on natural streets to the picturesque village Letea. It seems as if time stays still here. The houses are made of reed and loam, lovely painted in blue, and a contemplative silence envelopes us. Nearby, the village, located on a sandbank and a special wonder of nature, can be seen – a veritable tropical forest with climbing plants and lianes. We will reach the fishing village Crisan by boat.
Overnight on boat.
Day 5: The Fauna & Flora of the Danube Delta (rest day)
During the boat ride through a labyrinth of narrow waterways, we 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 afternoon we return from a surreal dream world to the vibrant town life of Tulcea.
Overnight on boat.
Day 6: Monasteries of Dobrogea (16 miles/25 km)
Take a round trip through a gently rolling landscape to the Orthodox nunnery Celic Dere, the biggest convent of the Dobrogea territory. The romantic, dreamy abbey of Saon with its distinctive windmill is located amidst vineyards right on the bank of the Danube. Near parques from a ridge, enjoy a fantastic view over the extensive, juicy green floodplain directly on the boarder to the Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea.
Overnight in Tulcea guesthouse.
Day 7: Lagoon tour to the cape Dolosman (28 miles/45 km)
Travel by bus to the old, Turkish-populated village Babadag. Then by bike we will pass nesting sites of bee-eater colonies and reach the medieval fortress of Enisala, which is located high over the Danube. Lets 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.
Overnight in Tulcea guesthouse.
Day 8: Disembarkation – Transfer Tulcea-Bucharest
After breakfast, we will transfer by bus back to the Romanian capital Bucharest; Plan to arrive at approximately 2 pm. Or you could extend your stay with additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.
Apr 21; May 2, 16, 23, 30; Jun 21; Aug 22; Sep 5, 19; Oct 1, 2015
|Low season:||Apr 21-May 1; Sep 20-Oct 8, 2015|
|High season:||May 2-Sep 19, 2015|
Bikes available (must be reserved in advance) include:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmets are available to rent (€15), payable upon arrival. Please make a note on the booking form to reserve in advance. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene.
Comfortable and cosy hotelboat with restaurant (airconditioned) and spacious sundeck with deckchairs; cabins with private facilities.
4-Star Guest house, Tulcea
This comfortable hotel, with air-conditioned rooms, is about 5-10 minutes walk from the market square.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
You will be accommodated and caringly looked after on a modern 4-star floating hotel. Comfortable and cozy hotel boat with restaurant (air conditioned) and spacious sundeck with deckchairs; cabins with private facilities. The meals are traditionally prepared with a lot of fish, meats and vegetables. For lunch, picnics or lunch packs will be offered.
You cycle amidst the Danube Delta flat, sandy or paved paths, 2 days asphalted country roads in a gently hilly landscape (some traffic). The tour is leisurely and is for cyclists in average physical condition.
You bike in groups of 12-20 people. Therefore it is good to have some experience in bike tours. Sand- and gravel roads require a bit of physical condition, but should be bikeable by everybody as the daily stretches are quite short. Some stretches are done by boat or bus.
The itinerary is subject to change – in case of uncontrollable forces (water level, engine- or drive-breakdown, weather).
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Bucharest, Romania
Please note that if you choose the itinerary as planned, transfer to/from the Bucharest airport and the tour start/end is included in the tour package.
However, if you add extra nights in Tulcea at the end of the tour, you will have to book a separate transfer for €220 per car, which seats 1 to 3 people.
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Romania's rich and varied history is full of triumph and tragedy, and it’s gorgeous natural landscapes will charm you. The Danube River and the Carpathian mountains are two of the most impressive natural landmarks of Romania. The Transylvania region, made famous by Bram Stoker's "Dracula" story, is also a popular destination.
The old-world charm of Bucharest, known as the "Paris of the East," can be witnessed in the blend of old and new – many of the buildings from the Soviet era still stand side-by-side with newer buildings. The fall of the Iron Curtain revealed to the world a victorious and vibrant country that has become a top destination in Eastern Europe.
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The following exceptional cancellation fees are applying for all bike & boat/bike & river cruise tours:
A NO-SHOW is in effect, if a client does not show for tour departure, is not willing to join tour departure or missed departure by his own fault. No refunds are possible for discontinuance of tour or for any services not utilised. We strongly recommend a travel and/or cancellation insurance.
LIABILITY FOR LUGGAGE TRANSPORT AND CLIENT'S OWN BICYCLES
The daily luggage transport subjects any luggage to a greater deal of "wear and tear". We recommend the use of sturdy bags. Only one piece of luggage per person with a maximum weight of 20 kg can be transported. We are not responsible for minimal damage on handles and corners of the bag, caused by daily usage. For substantial damage or loss, the maximum insurance amount is € 360,00 per person.
The transport of client's own bicycle is at their own risk. We are not responsible for eventual damage that may occur. We strongly recommend a baggage and bicycle insurance.
BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Effective are the laws of the official "General Travel Conditions (ARB 1994)" in full together with the following amendments: Adaptation to the amendment to the Consumer's protection law BGBl. 247/93 Debated by the Consumer-political Counsel of the Federal Ministry of Health, Sports and Consumer's Protection according to § 73 Abs. 1 GewO 1994 and § 8 of the decree of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs in the text of 1994 regarding the performances of travel agencies.The complete text can be looked into in any Austrian travel agency or requested by the tour operator.
PROTECTION OF CLIENT'S PAYMENTS
Protection of client's payments is according to the guidelines of the European Union dated June 13, 1990 (90/314/EWG, article 2 Z1) - as well as the Austrian law of travel agent security decree (RSV) BGBl. II Nr. 16/1999. RAD & REISEN GmbH, Schickgasse 9, A-1220 Vienna, is registered under FN 103860K in the official company register, Commercial Court Vienna, DVR: 0648256. RAD & REISEN is registered under No. 1998/0074 in the register of tour operators at the Federal Ministry of Economy and Labour, Vienna. In the event of insolvency the tour packages organised by RAD & REISEN, are insured by a bank guarantee at RAIFFEISENLANDESBANK BURGENLAND, Raiffeisenstraße 1, A-7001 Eisenstadt under No. 70.042.023. This insurance is valid for services paid, but not rendered and for eventual costs of clients return to home base. According to § 7 Abs. 1/Z 4 RSV, the tour operator RAD & REISEN announces, that it accepts a down payment of maximum 20 % of tour price not earlier than 11 months before tour departure. Down payments and deposits taken earlier than 11 months prior the confirmed tour end and down payments and deposits exceeding the secured amounts are not covered by the travel agent security decree. Liability of RAIFFEISENLANDESBANK BURGENLAND against the costumer only covers an amount up to the payments in respect and is limited by the total sum insured. In case that the total sum insured does not cover all titles in full, claims will be carried out pro rata. In the event of insolvency all claims above and beyond the bank guarantee have to reach the handling agent EUROPÄISCHE Reiseversicherung AG, 1220 Vienna, Kratochwjletrasse 4, Phone. +43/1/317 25 00, Fax: +43/1/319 93 67, within 8 weeks of insolvency date. Additionally RAD & REISEN takes part in an insurance fund according to § 8 RSV.
The booking must be effected in written, per e-mail or internet and is binding upon forwarding the booking to us. A booking for individual customers travelling together cannot be handeld seperately. One participant has to assume responsibility for booking handling, down payment, final payment and receipt of booking confirmation as well as travel documents. A down payment of € 100,00 per person plus an optional insurance rate has to be paid upon booking, the final payment must reach our bank account free of charge at the earliest 14 days prior tour start. Travel documents will not be sent before receipt of the full amount. Please note that bank transfer may last up to 14 days! If the total amount is not received in time prior tour start a fee of € 25,00 has to be charged. As travel documents are sent by mail, RAD & REISEN - EUROCYCLE is not liable for timely arrival at the customer. Payment may also be effected by credit card.
CHANGES OF BOOKING
In case of booking change regarding number of participants, category, tour dates, transport or itinerary, a re-booking fee of € 50,-- per booking. Change of booking is only possible until 28 days prior tour-start. Change of the travel date within 28 days before original tour-start is only possible with full cancellation and rebooking according to cancellation fees - can be seen below.
CONTENT OF CONTRACT, INFORMATION AND OTHER SERVICES
The customer is liable by himself for the adherence to all regulations on travel documents and visa, customs regulations, exchange control legislation and sanity regulations valid at the time of travelling. Participation at ones own risk. Any participant is liable for the adherence to traffic regulations and has to be equal to the physical demands of the journey selected. Minors have to be accompanied by their parents or entitled adults. Reaching beyond his duties, the tour operator has to provide sufficient information on his services. The description of the services offered in the brochure or catalogue valid at the time of booking as well as any other information given are objects of agreement provided that there are no separate agreements. The overnight towns stated in the catalogue are the principally used destinations. However, we assume your agreement to the use of accommodation in other villages in the individual case without any reduction.