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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.
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Day 1: Individual arrival to BucharestIndividual 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)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 marshland. 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 merging 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-BucharestAfter breakfast, we will transfer by bus back to the Romanian capital Bucharest. Plan to arrive at the airport at approximately 1:00pm. Or you could extend your stay with additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.
Apr 22; May 13, 24; Jun 5, 16; Aug 26; Sep 6, 23; Oct 1, 2017
Bikes available to rent (must be reserved in advance) include:
Pedals: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:Helmets are available to rent (€25, 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.
4-Star HotelboatYou will be accommodated and caringly looked after on a modern 4-star floating hotel (cabins approximately 97 square feet). Comfortable and cozy hotel boat with restaurant (air-conditioned) and spacious sundeck with deckchairs. The meals are traditionally prepared with a lot of fish, meats, and vegetables. For lunch, picnics or lunch packs will be offered. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom.
4-Star Guesthouse, 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 cycle amidst the Danube Delta flat, sandy or paved paths, 2 days asphalted country roads in a gently hilly landscape (some traffic).
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 endNearest 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 €245 per car, which seats 1 to 3 people.
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