Cycling trip by hotel-boat through the stunning beauty of Europe’s last natural paradise the Danube Delta to mile “0”, where the mighty Danube River empties into the Black Sea.
The bike tour takes you through Romania’s Delta the 2nd largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas. You will travel along canals with floating reed islands, lagoons and lakes. The landscapes alternate between gently rolling hills and swamp and 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.
This is the place where millions of birds from different places of Earth (European, Asian, African, Mediterranean) come to lay their eggs. Under expert guidance you will discover the fauna and flora of a landscape which is also rich in history, and enjoy Romania hospitality and cuisine on board your floating hotel.
• Biosphere reserve Danube Delta
• Orthodox Monasteries of Celic Dere and Saon
• Greek-Romanian settlement of Argamum
• Medieval fortress of Enisala
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Bucharest
Individual arrival to Bucharest/Airport; 02:00 p.m.. bus transfer (approx. 4 h.) to Tulcea in the Danube Delta. Embarkation on the comfortable Hotelboat. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Nufaru – Sfantu Gheorge (approx. 24 km bike)
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 forest and a wildernesse experience pure. Overnight Hotelboat
Day 3: Journey to mile “0” – the mouth (approx. 20 km bike)
A bumpy gravel path – the right the wide open of the Black Sea, 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. Overnight Hotelboat
Day 4: Gulf of Musura – Crisan (approx. 17 km bike)
Bike tour along the birds-paradise Musura-Bay on natural streets to the picturesque village Letea. It seems as time stands still here. The houses made of reeds and clay, lovely painted in blue, and all around a contemplative silence. Nearby the village, located on a sandbank a special natural phenomenon: a tropical forest with climbing plants and lianes. By boat we will reach the fishing village Crisan. Overnight Hotelboat
Day 5: Fauna and Flora of the Danube Delta (day of rest)
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 nature world to the vibrant town life of Tulcea. Overnight Hotelboat
Day 6: Monasteries of Dobrogea (approx. 27-34 km bike)
Round trip through a gently rolling landscape to the Orthodoxe 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 a fantastic view over the extensive, juicy green floodplain directly on the boarder to the Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea. Overnight in Tulcea guesthouse 4*
Day 7: Lagoon tour to Cape Dolosman (ca 31 km Rad)
By bus to the old, Turkish-populated village Babadag. By bike we are passing 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 excarvations of Argamum seperates the Delta-lakes Golovita and Razim. Overnight in Tulcea guesthouse 4*.
Day 8: Transfer Tulcea-Bucharest
After breakfast transfer by bus back to the Romanian capital Bucharest; arrival approx. 2 p.m. where your tour ends. Possibility of additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
International flights go in/out of Bucharest. There is a regular public bus shuttle into the central city. Taxi’s will cost approx. Euro 12
YOUR 4**** HOUSE BOAT
Comfortable and cozy hotel-boat with restaurant (air-conditioned) and spacious sundeck with deckchairs. Cabins are not large, however all have two single beds, an openable window, and come with private bathroom facilities.
The meals are traditionally with a lot of fish, meat and vegetable, plus each day lunch picnic’s or lunch packs will be offered.
TOUR RATING: Easy to Moderate
You will bike in groups of 12-20 persons. The cycling routes for five days are flat on quiet side roads and Delta trails. 2 days are on asphalted country roads in a gently hilly landscape (bit of traffic).
Some of the sand and gravel paths require a bit of physical condition, but should be suitable for anyone as the daily stretches are quite short.
Longer routes are available for more experienced cyclists wherever possible.
Some stretches will be done by boat or bus.
Itinerary is subject to change – (in case of high/low water level, engine break-down)
SCHEDULE and PRICE
2017 Dates: Sep. 6, 23 Oct. 1
2018 Dates: May 9, 19 Jun. 4, 17 Aug. 25 Sep. 8, 22
|Price per person, double occupancy||CAD||$2050|
|Discount for departure on April 21 and September 29||$315|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment