Flora and fauna in the Danube Delta, Tulcea County, Romania. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Artur Mikolajewski

Danube Delta in Sulina, Romania. Photo via Flickr:ank@
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Danube Delta

Romania Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle nature’s paradise in Europe!

  • Nature lovers and birders take note! This combination bike tour and bike and boat tour meanders 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.

    This is the second-largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas. You will travel along canals with floating reed islands, lagoons, and lakes. The landscape alternates between gently rolling hills, swamp, and prairie land, and has amazed mankind with its diversity and beauty since the Romans, Greeks, and Dacians.

    Life in the small fishing villages you will encounter along the way is tranquil; the solitude and silence of the almost impenetrable thicket are interrupted only by the calls of Dalmatian Pelicans, Cormorants, and Egrets.

    Under expert guidance, you will discover the flora and fauna of this landscape, rich in history as well, and enjoy Romania hospitality and cuisine.

    Highlights:

    • Biosphere of the Danube Delta (Third largest biodiversity in the world, exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.

    300 species of birds
    3,450 animal species
    1700 plant species

    • Orthodox monasteries of Celic Dere and Saon
    • Ancient colony of Arganum
    • Medieval fortress of Enisala

    Did you know that the Danube River is the most international river on the planet? The Delta, known for its biosphere with birds, animals, and plant species, is also home to a fascinating mix of cultures and people!

    All of our bike boat tours in Romania can be found here. Interested in more? Check out all of our Danube Bicycle Tours.

  • 2020

     Season 1Season 2
    2-bed cabin £ 1031 $ 2,284 1213 $ 1828 NOK 11422 kr 10544 $ 1,371 £ 1243 $ 2,755 1463 $ 2204 NOK 13777 kr 12717 $ 1,653
    1-bed cabin £ 1370 $ 3,038 1613 $ 2430 NOK 15189 kr 14021 $ 1,823 £ 1583 $ 3,509 1863 $ 2807 NOK 17543 kr 16194 $ 2,105

    Season 1: April 18 and September 1, 2020
    Season 2: May 2, May 9, May 16, June 7, June 18, August 24, September 9, and September 16, 2020


     

    extra options

    2020

    Extra nights

    Tulcea (4 *)

    Twin/double: £ 37 $ 81 43 $ 65 NOK 405 kr 374 $ 49

    Single room: £ 56 $ 124 66 $ 99 NOK 622 kr 574 $ 75

    Bucharest (4*)

    Twin/double: £ 44 $ 98 52 $ 78 NOK 490 kr 452 $ 59

    Single supplement: £ 79 $ 175 93 $ 140 NOK 876 kr 808 $ 105

    Helmets (limited availability): free on board

    **Transfer to Bucharest one way (only needed if extra nights are booked, as transfers on Day 1 and Day 8 are included): £ 246 $ 546 290 $ 437 NOK 2731 kr 2521 $ 328

    **price per car (1-3 people).


     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly into the International airport Bucharest Otopeni, also known as Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) located 18 km north of the city.

    Local Travel

    Meeting point for everybody (even if you booked a pre/post tour night in Bucharest city) is at 2 p.m. at the airport Otopeni / arrival hall / basement / in front of the Carrefour express Supermarkt. The guide will be waiting for you there. The transfer bus will also wait at the parking in the basement, Travel time is approximately 4 hours into the Danube Delta to Tulcea. Estimated time of arrival in the Delta is at 7.00 p.m. After embarkation on the hotel boat, you will enjoy dinner together with your other travel companions.
    If you are arriving early to enjoy a day or two in Bucharest, from the airport, you can reach the center with a taxi (depending on the traffic, approx. 25 min) or alternatively by public transportation in approx. 40-50 min. The express bus line (line 783) travels to the city center. If you have booked the Hotel Berthelot in Bucharest through us, you will get off the bus at the station "Roman Square" and then take further the bus 126 or 368 to Luterna Station. From here, the hotel is within walking distance. You will find the bus stops directly in front of the arrival halls at the airport or at the exits at the train station in Bucharest.To order a taxi, look for the multi-language touch screens in the arrivals hall. They are fully automated and very easy to use, and you can choose from the full range of Bucharest taxi companies: all have their tariffs clearly displayed. Once you have decided, take the ticket which will be printed, and simply go outside to wait for your taxi.
    Check the company name and ID number with the one on your ticket. Beware of driver inside arrivals soliciting fares. You should also ignore the sign saying ’Rapid Taxi.’ These are overpriced taxis permitted to wait directly outside the internal arrivals terminal, underneath international arrivals.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The prevailing continental climate, with only 18 inches of annual rainfall, is influenced by proximity to the sea and the humidity rising from countless inland lakes and small waterways. A good website to use when researching regional weather such as average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Please book early as this tour has proven to be very, very popular.

    Remarks

    With the experienced local wildlife and bike guides you learn to recognize birds by their noise or in-flight, discover rare plants and animals, learn about the life of the Delta residents and the incredible eventful past of this region, which already fascinated the Romans, Greeks, and Dacians. You are accommodated, on a modern 4 floating Hotel and in a family-run, comfortable 4 guesthouse. The meals are traditional with fish, meat and vegetable, for lunch picnics or packed lunches will be offered. You bike in groups of 12-20 people. Therefore it is necessary to have experience cycling in crowds! Sand- and gravel roads require strength and balance, but can be enjoyed by everybody as the daily stretches are quite short. Some stretches are accomplised by boat or bus.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Comfortable and cozy hotel boat with restaurant (air-conditioned) and spacious sundeck with deckchairs; cabins (9 m2) with private facilities for 5 nights. 2 nights in comfortable 4 star Guest House Tulcea.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board a comfortable hotel boat for 5 nights and 2 nights accommodations in comfortable 4* guesthouses in Tulcea
  • Transfers from/to Bucharest on Days 1 and 8
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and dinner
  • 24-speed city touring bicycle with an aluminum frame, mudguards, comfortable gel saddles, panniers, handle bar bag, and anti-puncture tires
  • Bike guide/wildlife guide
  • Support van and support boat
  • Maps and tour information (1 package per room)
  • GPS tracks available

What’s Not Included

  • Helmets, limited number on board for borrowing, though it is strongly recommended that you bring your personal well-fitted helmet
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Tulcea 4 star guesthouse and in 4 star facility in Bucharest. Please see pricing.

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1213 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Season 1: April 18 and September 29, 2020
Season 2: May 2, May 9, May 16, June 7, June 18, August 24, September 9, and September 16, 2020

Skill Level

This is a guided, combined hotel and bike and boat tour on sand, gravel, or asphalt roads that require experience on the bike. However, daily mileage is not excessive and some stretches are completed by bus or boat. The landscape has rolling hills with some traffic.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Danube Delta Map

Day 1: Bucharest - Tulcea (arrival)
Day 2: Nufaru - Sfantu Gheorge, 19 mi. (31 km)
Day 3: Journey to "Mile 0", 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 4: Gulf of Musura - Crisan, 14 mi. (23 km)
Day 5: The Fauna and Flora of the Danube Delta (rest day)
Day 6: Monasteries of the Dobrogea, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 7: Lagoon tour, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 8: Transfer Tulcea - Bucharest (departure)

**All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc. 

Day 1: Individual Arrival
Individual arrival to Bucharest Airport and bus transfer at 2 pm (approx. 4 hrs) into the Danube Delta to Tulcea. Embarkation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Nufaru - Sfantu Gheorge, 19 mi. (31 km)
Cycling along the most southern Danube arm through the nature reserve Bestepe Hills, which means five hills, you will forget the ascents when you experience the views into the heart of the Danube Delta. At the small fishing village, Murighiol, you arrive onboard by a maze of channels, floating islands, dense forests, and pure wilderness experience. The village is home to the ruined Roman city of Halmyris, one of the most important ancient sites in Romania and though the work of uncovering and preserving has begun, much of the ruins remain unexcavated, providing the opportunity to see an ancient city still in the process of being uncovered. Overnight onboard the boat hotel.

Day 3: The journey to mile “0”, 16 mi. (25 km)
The route today begins on a bumpy gravel path – on the right, the wide-open of the Black Sea, on the left, the lush green reeds and marshland into the loneliness and solitude of the Danube Delta. Cormorants and Great White Egrets are common sightings. Mile “0” is at Sulina: the Danube has reached its destination! This port town was mentioned for the first time more than 1,000 years ago under the name of Selina in a work written by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenetes. It once bustled with traders from Europe and the Middle East, adventurers and sea pirates. The 60-foot-tall lighthouse, located in the north of the town, was built in 1802 and restored in 1870. It is here that the long journey of this mighty river starts to meld with the salt of the sea. Overnight onboard the boat hotel.

Day 4: Gulf of Musura - Crisan, 14 mi. (23 km)
Through the bird's paradise of Musura Bay, the route leads on natural streets to the picturesque village Letea, forgotten by time. In this village, the houses are made of reed and loam,  painted a lovely blue. A deep silence pervades. Nearby, with trees more than 500 years old, is the Letea Reserve. Oak, black poplar, elm, ash, and thorny shrubs are smothered in the tropical creeper named Periploca, a Mediterranean plant with reddish-brown bark and simple, glossy leaves, giving the Letea Forest its tropical look. Here, you may also encounter black-bellied foxes, wild horses, boars, falcons, and white-tailed eagles. The surrounding sand dunes are home to tortoises and lizards.  Next, the fishing village of Crisan with a few houses spreading over the right bank of Sulina, and a fishery on the other bank, will be reached by boat. Overnight onboard the boat hotel.

Day 5: The Fauna & Flora of the Danube Delta (rest day)
During a boat ride through a labyrinth of narrow waterways, you will pass by small fishing villages and again experience the incredible diversity of the Fauna and Flora of the UNESCO World Heritage Danube Delta.  The area of floating reed islands, forests, pastures, and sand dunes covers 3,000 square miles and is home to a vast array of wildlife. In the afternoon you return from this surreal dream world to the vibrant town life of  Tulcea. Overnight onboard the boat hotel.

Day 6: Monasteries of the Dobrogea, 16 mi. (26 km)
Today, you cycle a loop through a gently rolling landscape to the Orthodox nunnery, Celic Dere, the biggest convent of the Dobrogea territory, rich in history and containing meaningful religious relics. One of the most important icons is the one representing  Jesus Christ, brought to the convent around 1806. It can be seen in the Chapel Church and bears the name of “The icon that cleans itself” because at one point the icon was blackened by the passing of time but then, unexplainably,  the face of Christ lightened. The legend says that the icon was brought by a soldier. He told the monks that even though it looked soiled, one day it would clean itself, and the eyes of Christ would open. After almost 200 years from that day, more than half of this icon is now lightened. The romantic Abbey of Saon with its distinctive windmill is located amidst vineyards right on the bank of the Danube. Near parks from a ridge, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the extensive, green floodplain directly on the border to Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea. Overnight in the Tulcea 4* guesthouse.

Day 7: Lagoon tour and the Dolosman Cape, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today, the tour begins by bus to Ceamurlia de Jos. The nature reserve of Cape Dolosman with the Greek-Roman excavations of Argamum separates the Delta lakes Golovita and Razim. By bike, you reach the medieval fortress of Enisala, which is located high over the Danube. Here you will enjoy the breathtaking view over the Lagoon Razim. Overnight in the guesthouse in Tulcea.

Day 8: Disembarkation - Transfer Tulcea-Bucharest
After breakfast transfer by bus back to the airport Otopeni/Bucharest; approximate arrival is 2 PMPlease keep this in mind when booking return flights! We recommend that you book flights after 4 PM. Possibility of additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.

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Tour Reviews

  • Lorna M. 3 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    Really knowledgeable guides who were good company. Interesting week cycling, sailing along the Danube, finding out about flora and fauna, wine tasting... has a fabulous time

  • Anne E. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part? Seeing a sea otter cross over the track 10 metres in front of me.

  • Nancy L. 12 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The barge accommodation and the staff are fabulous. Guides were fantastic. Everyone aims to please. Food is plentiful. We didn't see many birds but wind and weather are not controllable. I would have liked more biking and less on rocky paths. The days riding on roads through villages were great but the dike path not so good. I would travel with this company again for sure.

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