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10 Days Danube Delta Birdwatching Tour in Transylvania, Romania

Pension Deság-Villa, Deságpataka u., 15 szám Comuna Zetea Sub Cetate Comuna Zetea Județul Harghita 537300 RO, Sub Cetate 537364, Romania

Guided Birdwatching Tour Romania

If you are a birdwatcher or you love birds, you should not miss this opportunity to join Ecotours Kondor in Romania! This country should be high on the list of destinations for every birdwatcher. Come and have the best days of your life!

Overview

  • Starting and ending point: Bucharest
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: White and Dalmatian pelicans, ruddy shelduck, ferruginous duck, Paddyfield Warbler, Calandra Lark, pied wheatear, Levant Sparrowhawk, long-legged buzzard, Short-toed, booted and lesser-spotted eagles, sombre tit, herons, egrets, black stork, glossy ibis, white-tailed eagle, bee-eater, roller, grey-headed woodpecker, thrush nightingale, raptors, rock thrush, isabelline wheatear, nutcracker, crested tit, ring ouzel, wallcreeper, alpine swift, Ural, and Tengmalm's owl
  • Languages: English, Romanian

Highlights

  • 10 game viewing
  • 2 full days in the Danube Delta
  • Opportunity to see pelicans, hawks, eagles, nightingales
  • Explore Danube Delta, Black Sea Coast, Carpathian Mountains
  • Services of professional tour leaders and guides
  • All travel costs mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation

9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Romanian, English
Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay in various accommodations. Specifically, on your first to four nights, you will stay at Pension Deság-Villa. On your fifth to seventh nights, you will stay at Hotel Tulcea. During the last two nights, you will stay at Hotel Bavaria Blu.

Program

Day 1 (Thursday, September 12, 2019): Arrival in Bucharest

You will meet your English speaking guide at Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) and then travel to Mamaia on the Black Sea Coast birding en route.

  • Accommodation: Pension Deság-Villa

Day 2 (Friday, September 13, 2019): Histria and Vadu

You will visit one of the best birding areas in Europe, the wetlands of Histria and Vadu. Muddy pools, ponds, extensive reedbeds, steppe, and sandy scrub attract many resident and migrating bird species including White and Dalmatian pelicans, ruddy shelduck, ferruginous duck, and paddyfield warbler.

  • Accommodation: Pension Deság-Villa

Day 3 (Saturday, September 14, 2019): Danube Delta

You will visit Cheia Gorge in the morning to look for raptors, Calandra Lark and pied wheatear. Then you will head north towards the Danube Delta, crossing Babadag Forest.

Levant sparrowhawk, long-legged buzzard, short-toed, booted and lesser-spotted eagles, and sombre tit have all been sighted there. They also stop at the castle of Enisala. Arrive at your floating hotel in Tulcea in the afternoon.

  • Accommodation: Pension Deság-Villa

Days 4 and 5 (Sunday and Monday, September 15-16, 2019): Danube Delta

You will spend two full days birding along the rich waterways in the heart of the Danube Delta! You will also visit Mila 23, Fortuna Lake, and Letea Forest among others to look for pelicans, herons, and egrets.

You will also see black stork, glossy ibis, white-tailed eagle, bee-eater, roller, grey-headed woodpecker, and thrush nightingale. Optionally, you can stay aboard a floating hotel throughout the two days, otherwise, you will stay in a hotel in Tulcea and take small motorboats in the Delta.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Tulcea

Day 6 (Tuesday, September 17, 2019): Southern Carpathians

You will leave the Delta and head for the Macin Hills to look for raptors, rock thrush and isabelline wheatear. Later on, you will drive north to reach a hotel in the Southern Carpathians.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Tulcea

Days 7 (Wednesday, September 18, 2019): Southern Carpathians

In the Southern Carpathians, you might see nutcracker, crested tit, and ring ouzel. Optional programme can be a detour to see "Dracula's Castle" near Bran.

You will search wallcreeper, alpine swift, Ural, and Tengmalm's owl. In the evening, Ecotours Kondor offers another optional programme, a visit to the bear hides to watch brown bear.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Tulcea

Days 8-9 (Thursday-Friday, September 19-20, 2019): Southern Carpathians

In the Southern Carpathians, you might see nutcracker, crested tit, and ring ouzel. Optional programme can be a detour to see "Dracula's Castle" near Bran.

You will search wallcreeper, alpine swift, Ural, and Tengmalm's owl. In the evening, Ecotours Kondor offers another optional programme, a visit to the bear hides to watch brown bear.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Bavaria Blu

Day 10 (Saturday, September 21, 2019): Departure

Travel through Sinaia, birding en route and arrive at Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP).

Activity level

  • Generally easy to moderate walks
  • Some longer drives expected

Location

This wildlife tour will take place in the beautiful country of Romania.

Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is the largest river delta in Europe and one of the best birding sites in the continent. There is no better place for those who would like to enjoy spectacular birdwatching with huge flocks of pelicans.

You will also find waders, cormorants, reedbeds full of warblers, lakes, and marshes full of ducks, herons, egrets, and ibises. Woodpeckers, hoopoe, roller, bee-eater, and golden oriole are plentiful and it is an excellent place for raptors as well.

Dobrogea and Black Sea Coast

On the Black Sea Coast of Dobrogea sought after raptors fly overhead such as Levant sparrowhawk, booted eagle, long-legged buzzard, and in the forests, hills, and plains nearby, you find pied wheatear, rock thrush, and sombre tit.

The extensive wetlands along the sea provide habitat for rare resident species and thousands of migrating birds as well, including pelicans, ruddy shelduck, and Paddyfield Warbler.

The Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains provide a contrast and a good opportunity to discover exciting mountain species including Ural and Tengmalm's owl, wallcreeper, alpine swift, ring ouzel, and nutcracker. There is also a chance to see rare mammals such as chamois and brown bear.

Food

The price includes three meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, and dinner that consists of at least two courses.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Bear watching
  • Wolf watching in the Carpathians
  • Spend two to three nights on a floating hotel on Danube

What's included

  • 10 game viewing
  • 2 full days in the Danube Delta
  • 1 day in Histria and Vadu
  • Visit to the famous Babadag Forest
  • 3 days in the Southern Carpathians
  • Services of tour leaders
  • All travels mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Trip materials
  • Transfer from and to Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP)

What's not included

  • Flight to and from Bucharest
  • Optional activities and entrance fees involved
  • Airport and other departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Extra meals
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Telephone calls
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Compulsory personal insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Transfer from this airport is included. Ecotours Kondor will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Henri Coandă International Airport Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 70 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Thursday September 12, 2019
Departure: Saturday September 21, 2019

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