Safari experience in the Danube Delta
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Exploring the Danube Delta should be on everyone’s bucket list. Discover its rich wildlife and cultural heritage in a 4-day Danube Delta tour with departure from Bucharest. The Danube Delta is Romania’s most diverse biosphere reserve, and it is included in UNESCO‘s patrimony. Take a boat ride on the Sulina Branch, explore the traditional village of Mila 23, and venture into the northernmost subtropical forest in Europe, Letea Forest.
- Private transfer Bucharest-Tulcea and return;
- Boat transfer from Tulcea to Mila 23 and return;
- Day trip to Letea Forest;
- Day trip to Sulina;
- Acces to the Danube Delta Reservation;
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Danube Delta;
- Private English speaking tour guide;
- 3 Dinners.
- Airline tickets;
- Travel insurance;
- Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages;
- Entrance fees to monuments/sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary;
- Photo tax;
- Tips for guide/driver;
- Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.
Departure from Bucharest
Your day trip will start early in the morning when our tour guide will pick you up. From Bucharest, you will be directly transferred to Tulcea, the place where the Danube River splits into three narrow channels (Sulina, Chilia, and Sfântu Gheorghe) before spilling into the Black Sea. Also known as Europe’s Amazon River, the Danube River forms a natural border between Romania and Bulgaria. The Danube Delta is filled with rare species of plants and birds, and it is the perfect spot to enjoy the unspoiled nature. All of these earned it a spot on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
At 16:00 we will depart from Tulcea for a traditional fishing village located in the heart of the Danube Delta, Mila 23. The village was founded by the Lipovans, a group of Russian refugees that blend in perfectly with the surrounding scenery. Certain areas of the Delta can only be explored via rowing boats or kayaks, and the narrow channels surrounded by tall trees and lush vegetation stand as a barrier between civilization and unspoiled nature.
Throughout your trip through the Danube Delta, you will constantly enjoy birdwatching sessions that will introduce you to the flora and fauna of this remarkable biosphere reserve, with bushy reed beds and birds such as redbreasted geese and dalmatian pelicans. The redbreasted goose is classified as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Danube Delta – Sulina
After breakfast, we will leave for one of the oldest human settlements in Romania by following the Sulina Branch. The port of Sulina was mentioned for the first time more than 1,000 years ago under the name of Selina, and it the most eastern point in Romania. Rowing down the Sulina Branch will reveal countless species of birds, water snakes, and fish.
In Sulina we will visit the most important landmarks of the village: the old churches, the 55 feet tall lighthouse located in the middle of the town, the museum inside the lighthouse, and the St. Alexander and St. Nicholas Cathedral, an important tourist attraction that was built over the course of 62 years, between 1910 and 1982. It was built in order to celebrate Dobruja’s liberation from the Turkish occupation through the Romanian War of Independence.
In Sulina, you will have a short break at your disposal to enjoy a warm delicious lunch, and then we will take a bus trip to the nearby beach. For the next 3 to 4 hours you can swim in the sea, discover the local wildlife, or take a stroll along the beach. Upon request, you can take a relaxing walk through the beautiful Sulina cemetery, and then reunite with the rest of the group on the beach.
We will then take a boat back to the local guesthouse where we will spend the night.
Day trip to the Letea Village and Forest
After a delicious breakfast, we will take a boat to the Letea, a beautiful village filled with numerous traditional houses built with wood and clay, with thatched roofs and painted in lively shades of blue and green. From there, we will take an offroad tour of the nearby Letea Forest, the northernmost subtropical forest in Europe. Here, you will see the world’s only oak forest on salty sand, lianas, and a subtropical flora that cannot be found elsewhere in Romania, filled with a diversity of wildlife such as wild horses.
Upon returning from the forest we will take a short walking tour through the village to see and photograph the traditional houses that still stand in this forgotten corner of the world, chat with the locals, and taste some fruits from the local trees.
After touring the village, you will have free time for lunch, after which we will go and see what a sunset in the Danube Delta looks like.
The rest of the day is at your disposal, so you can choose to go fishing, take a walk, or just relax in the guesthouse. In the evening, some local fishermen will organize an outdoor cooking session using the simple, traditional means used by the first inhabitants of these places to cook a delicious fish meal.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tulcea by boat, and then we will take a car back to Bucharest.