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  • 7 nights | 17 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €1039
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This cycling trip by "hotel boat" 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 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.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival to Bucharest
Individual arrival to Bucharest/Airport. Meet your local representative at 2:00pm 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/31 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)
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.

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 tropical forest with climbing plants and lianes. We will reach the fishing village Crisan by boat.
Overnight on boat.

Day 5: The Fauna and 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/26 km)
Take a round trip through a gently rolling 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, enjoy a fantastic view over the extensive, juicy green floodplain directly on the border to the Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea.
Overnight in Tulcea guesthouse.

Day 7: Lagoon tour to the cape Dolosman (26 miles/42 km)
Travel by bus 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. Enjoy a breath-taking view over the Lagoon Razim.
Overnight in Tulcea guesthouse.

Day 8: Disembarkation – Transfer Tulcea-Bucharest
After breakfast there is a bus transfer back to Bucharest with arrival to the airport around 2:00pm. Please do not book any flights before 4:00pm. You have the possibility to book additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route. Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Apr 19; May 11*, 25*; Jun 8, 19; Aug 24; Sep 4, 18, 30, 2019 (minimum 12 participants; *indicates fully booked date))
Low season: Apr 19, 2019 - May 10, 2019, Sep 30, 2019 - Oct 07, 2019
High season: May 11, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1039
High season surcharge
€210
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€380
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€92
Extra Nights, Bucharest
Per person, double occupancy
€51
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€89
Extra Nights, Tulcea
Per person, double occupancy
€39
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€59
Transfer
Per vehicle (1-3 persons), from Delta to Bucharest (only necessary if extra nights are booked)
€280
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Eurocycle Terms and Conditions

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellation fees for all bike and boat/bike and river cruise tours:

  • Up to 84 days prior to tour start 10% of tour price
  • 83-42 days prior to tour start 30% of tour price
  • 41-28 days prior to tour start 60% of tour price
  • 27-4 days prior to tour start 80% of tour price
  • up to 3 days prior to tour start or NO SHOW 90% of tour price

The following exceptional cancellation fees are applied for all applicable hotel nights:

  • Up to 28 days prior to tour start 20% of tour price
  • 27 - 14 days prior to tour start 30% of tour price
  • 13 - 8 days prior to tour start 50% of tour price
  • 7 - 4 days prior to tour start 70% of tour price
  • up to 3 days prior to tour start or NO SHOW 90% of tour price

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 utilized. We strongly recommend a travel and/or cancellation insurance.

In the event of extremely high or low water, the shipping company reserves the right to bridge stages by bus or even to cancel the trip at short notice without any legal claim arising therefrom (water levels are force majeure). The same applies for officially decreed repairs to locks or bridges, not announced in advance, or in the event of motor or propulsion damage to the ship without attributed fault

Special cancellation conditions for groups of 10 or more people:

Cancellation of the complete group
A cancellation of the complete group after the receipt of the booking confirmation is not possible -> 100% cancellation fee.

Individual cancellations
In case of individual cancellations up to maximum 10% of the original number of pax the general cancellation conditions for individuals come into effect:

Up to 84 days prior to departure: 20%
Day 83–day 42: 30%
Day 41–day 28: 60%
Day 27 – day 4: 80%
Up from day 3 – No show: 90%

In case of cancellation of more than 10% of the original number of pax the cancellation conditions for a complete cancellation of the group come into effect. *Group members may find replacement participants if they wish. Changes like this require a change fee of €25.

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. 

BOOKING CONDITIONS
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. Travel documents will not be sent before receipt of the full amount. As travel documents are sent by mail, the tour operator is not liable for timely arrival at the customer.
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 traveling. 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.

All photos used by permission. ©Eurocycle

Ratings

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  • 4 Star 1
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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 4
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Cori September 6, 2017

Great trip, awesome guides, very knowledgeable

The trip was more than we expected. The level of difficulty was a bit greater than we expected, heavy gravel roads and sandy areas. The last three days were quite hilly. But both myself and husband made it without using the van. We biked 150km in 5 days. One day of rest for bird watching, the Delta is a nature lovers experience.