When you think of outstanding biodiversity regions, some big names might spring to mind: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, the Brazilian Amazon… Romania’s Danube Delta? Sure, it might sound out of place, but Europe’s largest wetland is actually one of the most biodiverse and beautiful places on earth. For nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and free-spirited explorers alike, a trip to the mighty Danube Delta is a real bucket-list box-ticker. Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat, a week of world-class birdwatching, or the chance to explore a true natural wilderness, The Danube Delta Experience is your perfect chance to achieve all this, and more.
The Danube Delta’s labyrinthine network of rivers, canals and lakes is a haven for hundreds of bird species including herons, pelicans and cormorants. You’ll spend your days drifting lazily along tranquil waterways strewn with lilies and lined with floating reeds, passing by sleepy fishing villages along the way. Visit wild forests, where horses roam freely through deserted plains, enjoy a variety of nature-based activities including kayaking and birdwatching, and discover untouched beaches as you journey through the delta. Conclude your tour with a trip to the spectacular Sachalin Peninsula, an important migratory and breeding site and a birdwatching hotspot. With long, warm days spent enjoying nature, this trip is perfect for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life!
The Danube Delta is a haven for an astonishing array of flora and fauna. Home to the world’s largest expanse of reed bed habitat, the delta’s intricate and labyrinthine maze of waterways offers the perfect breeding ground for huge numbers of bird species. Indeed, the delta boasts the highest concentration of bird colonies in the whole of Europe, and is visited by species from as far away as China and Africa! The delta is UNESCO heritage listed due to its unique biological importance and is, in all, home to around 300 different species of bird. However, the delta is home to far more than just birds: it also hosts a rich community of fish and animals, including foxes, wolves, boar, deer, wildcats and horses.
This tour allows travellers to enjoy and explore the stunning Danube Delta, without having a negative impact on the environment. The delta is Europe’s best-preserved river delta; to ensure that the delta remains intact, travellers on this tour discover the area in a non-invasive way, moving through the delta’s waterways by boat. Staying at locally-owned, boutique accommodation, travellers also bring a benefit local communities by generating a valuable source of income as well as jobs. With visits to traditional villages, travellers share in local cultures and customs, helping to preserve and learn more about ways of life in the area.
Upon your arrival in Bucharest, you’ll transfer from the airport to your boutique accommodation. Situated at the heart of the Lipscani district, you can spend the rest of the day soaking up the old town’s laid-back atmosphere with visits to bars, cafes and bistros.
After a morning transfer to Tulcea, you’ll begin your adventure into the Danube Delta, travelling by boat to the small fishing village of Crisan. Here, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as you dine on freshly caught fish at a sunset barbeque.
Spend the day in and around Crisan; go fishing, kayak along narrow canals, or simply enjoy the sunshine from the poolside!
Your tour continues with a boat transfer to the Ukrainian village of Letea via the pristine Old Danube Delta. You’ll stop in the village for a traditional lunch and a short excursion into the wild forest of Letea (keep a lookout for horses roaming the plains and stopping to drink from shallow water pools!) After lunch, travel to the fishing town of Sulina for a refreshing drink and a stroll, before heading to Sfantu Gheorghe.
Enjoy a free day in Sfantu Gheorghe to spend at your leisure. Explore the village, discover a beautifully wild beach, or simply make the most of Green Village’s excellent facilities, including an outdoor cinema, billiard room, and swimming pool!
Take a birdwatching excursion, travelling by boat into the Sachalin Peninsula. One of the most important migratory and breeding spots in the delta, you might see Dalmatian and white pelicans as well as numerous other bird species.
Today’s boat transfer brings you to Mahmudia in time for lunch. Next, you’ll begin the return journey to Bucharest, arriving in the evening for dinner and your final night’s stay.
Transfer to Bucharest airport for your onward flight.
- The rate shown is based on double occupancy
- A single supplement will apply (approximately £30 per night)
- Click 'Ask a Question' up above to find out more about this tour's departure dates and costs
- Group Numbers: 2 – 12 people
- Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to 'Ask a Question' as the operator can tailor something specific to your needs.
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- All in-country boat and road transfers
- Traditional Delta lunch in Letea
- Boat excursion to the Sachalin Peninsula
- The services of a bi-lingual guide
- The Danube Delta Experience booklet
- Welcome drink
- Lunches (apart from lunch in Letea) and dinners
- Personal expenses
- Extra activities
- Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!