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4 Days Danube Delta Safari in Romania

Mila 23, Crisan, Tulcea, Dobrogea, Romania

Charming Safari in Romania

Visit Romania's largest biosphere reserve in a four-day Danube Delta safari! You will visit some of the best-preserved villages of the area in order to discover the customs, traditions, and cuisine of the locals, and you will explore the vast biosphere in search of wildlife. Discover a wonderful corner of nature that charms through its authenticity, quiet, and mesmerizing settlements forgotten by the world. The Danube Delta is unique due to its wild nature and biodiversity that grows bigger and bigger each year, being Europe’s youngest piece of land.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 5 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Bucharest

Highlights

  • Day trip to Letea Forest and Sulina
  • Access to the Danube Delta Reservation
  • Visit Mila 23, a traditional fishing village in the Danube Delta
  • Private transfer from Bucharest to Tulcea and return
  • Boat transfer from Tulcea to Mila 23 and return
  • Private English speaking tour guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 delicious dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner

3 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 5
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a guesthouse in Mila 23, a traditional fishing village in the Danube Delta.

Program

Day 1: Departure from Bucharest

Your trip will start from Bucharest, and your guide will wait for you in Bucharest in order to transfer you 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 a unique biosphere reserve 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.

You will then reach 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 bird watching sessions that will introduce you to the flora and fauna of this remarkable biosphere reserve, with bushy reed beds and birds such as red breasted geese and dalmatian pelicans.

  • Overnights in Mila 23

Day 2: Danube Delta – Sulina

After breakfast, you will take a day trip to 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's the most eastern point in Romania. Rowing down the Sulina Branch will reveal countless species of birds, water snakes, and fish.

In Sulina you 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 Saint Alexander and Saint 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.

You will enjoy a warm delicious lunch at a local guesthouse on the shore of the Danube Delta, and then you will take a bus trip to the nearby beach. Here, you will have a few hours at your disposal, so 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. You will then take a boat back to the local guesthouse where you will spend the night.

  • Overnight in Mila 23

Day 3: Day trip to Letea village and forest

Today you will take a boat trip to 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, you will take an off-road 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 you 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.

Lunch will be served back at the guest house, and the rest of the day is at your disposal, so you can choose to 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. At dusk, you will go and watch as the sun sets through the willows of the Danube Delta, and then head back to the guesthouse to call it a day.

Day 4: Departure

On the last day of the Danube Delta tour, you will leave behind the wilderness of this land and head back to Bucharest, where you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Location

This safari will take you to the Danube Delta, in Romania. The Danube Delta is unique due to its wild nature and biodiversity that grows bigger and bigger each year, being Europe’s youngest piece of land. The area was included in the UNESCO Patrimony in 1990, and it is located only a couple of hours away from Bucharest, which makes it a perfect destination for a getaway.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with three dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • 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

What's included

  • Day trip to Letea Forest and Sulina
  • Access to the Danube Delta Reservation
  • Private English speaking tour guide
  • Private transfer from Bucharest to Tulcea and return
  • Boat transfer from Tulcea to Mila 23 and return
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 dinners

What's not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Entrance fees to monuments / sights other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals, other than mentioned in the itinerary and alcoholic beverages
  • Photography tax
  • Tips for guide / driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Various expenses such as room service, beverages, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP). Transfers from and to this airport are not provided.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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