Romania’s Danube Delta

Romania’s Danube Delta overview

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Prices from: £2,220.00
Single supplement from: £245.00
Duration: 12 days
Maximum group size: 12 people
First available departure: 14 May 2018
Last available departure: 14 May 2018
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Romania’s Danube Delta

Romania boasts some of the last true wilderness areas in Europe and these are teeming with wildlife, some of which is unique to the area. We search for rare wading birds in the Delta and bears in the mountains in the company of experts whilst introducing you to the rural life that still makes Romania so appealing.

Pelican, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Sunset at Mila 23, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Ffestiniog Travel Group, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Flight to Bucharest

Morning flight from London to Bucharest, arriving mid-afternoon. Short city tour to main points of interest including Ceauşescu’s Palace and Revolution Square. Evening meal included at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – From Bucharest to the Danube Delta

We take the train to Tulcea and then transfer by boat to our guesthouse in the tiny village of Mila23.

Days 3 to 5 – Exploring the Delta

We are joined by an English speaking specialist for three days of bird watching, mostly by boat. Likely sightings amongst those too numerous to mention are bittern, squacco heron, glossy ibis and both white and Dalmatian pelican. There is absolutely no requirement for prior knowledge of ornithology – just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful unspoilt delta scenery.

Day 6 – Vrancea Mountains

We transfer to Tulcea by boat and from there by road via Galati into the Vrancea Mountains for a 3–night stay in Lepsa.

Day 7 – A Leisurely Walk

We take a not too strenuous walk to enjoy the mountain scenery and rural life. We also discover the track bed of an old forestry railway. There is an entirely optional evening watch for bears which are common in this area.

Day 8 – Annual Shepherds’ Festival

The shepherding festival is a big event in the rural calendar and we enjoy a visit. In addition to the blessing of the sheep by the local priest, there are performances of traditional songs and dances by local groups in the village hall.

Day 9 – Covasna and Comandau

We visit a most unusual former narrow gauge forestry railway line on two levels which were once linked by rope worked incline. The line is only very rarely operated but we have chartered a steam train on both levels. Lunch included in Comandau. We continue by road to Zarneşti in the foothills of the Piatra Crailui Mountains.

Day 10 – Choices to Make

There is the opportunity to take a pleasant guided walk, including a limestone gorge, or take the branch train from the nearby Zarneşti station to Braşov for a look around this old Saxon city, now beautifully restored. A picnic lunch is provided for the walking group.

Day 11 – Across the Carpathians by Rail

After a leisurely morning, we transfer by road to Braşov to catch the main line train to Bucharest. Our scenic route takes us across the mountains through the ski resorts of Predeal and Sinaia.

Day 12 – Bucharest to London

Lunchtime flight from Bucharest to London arriving mid-afternoon.

Due to the limited number of rooms in “homestay” accommodation, this tour will be limited to 12 persons.

Price Includes

  • Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
  • Rail travel as specified
  • Other travel by private mini-coach
  • Hotel accommodation in Bucharest
  • Other accommodation in good quality guest house or family “homestay” with en-suite facilities
  • All breakfasts, 6/7 lunches and 10 evening meals
  • Airport and other transfers
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour, local professional Romanian guide plus specialist guides where required. Please note that the bear watch is an optional extra