• Travelcode: 022

Natural Paradise Danube Delta by Bike + Boat

Europe’s last natural paradise

  • The tour takes you through Romania’s Delta, the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas, an untouched land of beauty, nature and wilderness. You will travel along canals with floating reed islands, lagoons and lakes.

    The landscape alternates between gently rolling hills, swamp and prairie land and amazes one with its diversity and beauty. Life in small fishing villages is tranquil, the solitude and silence of the almost impenetrable thicket many times interrupted only by the calls of Dalmatian Pelicans, Cormorants and Egrets.

    Under expert guidance you will discover the fauna and flora of this landscape, which is also rich in history. Enjoy Romanian hospitality and traditional food onboard of your floating hotel and in our cosy guesthouse.

    Tour profile / level 2

    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. Landscape has rolling hills with some traffic.

    Day 1: Bucharest

    Individual arrival to Bucharest/Airport; 02:00 p.m bus transfer (approx. 4 h) to the starting point Tulcea in the Danube Delta; Embarkation on the comfortable floating hotel. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 2: Nufaru – Sfantu Gheorghe , approx. 31 km

    Along the most southern Danube arm through the nature reserve Bestepe Hills. A wonderful view deep down into the Delta will make you forget some ascents. At the small fishing village Murighiol we enter into a maze of channels, floating islands, dense forests and a pure wilderness experience by boat. Overnight on hotelboat.

    Day 3: The journey to mile “0”, approx. 25 km

    A bumpy gravel path – on the right the open range of the Black Sea, on left side the lush green reeds and marsh land. In the loneliness of the Danube Delta Cormorants and Great White Egrets are our permanent companions. Mile "0" at Sulina: the mighty Danube has reached its destination at the lighthouse and empties into the Black Sea, in a myriad of shades and unforgettable sunsets. Overnight on hotelboat

    Day 4: Gulf of Musura – Crisan, approx. 23 km

    Along the birds-paradise Musura-Bay the way leads you to the picturesque village Letea. It seems as time stands still here. The houses made of reed and loam, lovely painted in blue and all surrounded by contemplative silence. Close to the village, located on a sandbank, a special wonder of nature can be observed – a tropical forest with climbing plants and lianes. We will reach the fishing village Crisan by boat. Overnight on hotelboat.

    Day 5: The Fauna & Flora of the Danube Delta, day of rest

    During the boat ride through a labyrinth of narrow waterways we pass by small fishing villages and again experience the incredible diversity of the Fauna and Flora of the UNESCO World Heritage Danube Delta. In the afternoon we return from a surreal dream world to the vibrant town life of Tulcea. Overnight on hotelboat.

    Day 6: Monasteries of the Dobrogea, approx. 26 km

    Round trip through a gently undulating landscape to the Orthodoxe monastery Celic Dere, the biggest convent of the Dobrogea territory. The beautiful monastery of Saon with its distinctive windmill is located amidst vineyards right on the bank of the Danube. From a ridge you have a fantastic view over the extensive and green floodplain directly on the border to the Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea. Overnight at Tulcea guesthouse 4*

    Day 7: Lagoon-tour to the cape Dolosman, approx. 42 km

    By bus to the old town Ceamurlia de Jos. The nature reserve of Cape Dolosman with the Greek-Roman excavations of Argamum seperates the Delta-lakes Golovita and Razim. By bike you reach the medieval fortress of Enisala, which is located high over the Danube. Let us enjoy a breath-taking view over the Lagoon Razim! Overnight Tulcea guesthouse 4*.

    Day 8: Tulcea-Bucharest

    After breakfast bus transfer back to the romanian capital Bucharest; arrival at the airport approx. 2 p.m. Please do not book any flights before 4 p.m.; possibility of additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.

    Important Information:

    Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.


  • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    Airport: Bukarest/Otopeni (OTP), Baneasa (BBU)
    Otopeni, (officially called Henri Coanda), Bucharest’s main airport, is 17km north of the city on the DN1. Opened in 1970 but recently extended, it is a spacious, efficient airport. After getting off the plane and easing your way through the passport control, you’ll find yourself in the baggage reclaim area. Ignore all of the services on offer here. You should especially ignore the currency exchange desks: they do not offer decent rates. Instead, grab your luggage, which usually arrives promptly, and then it’s off through customs to the arrivals area. (If your luggage fails to arrive, head for the small office on the left hand side of the exit, where staff will help you find out where it might have gone). In the arrivals area, there are loads of ATMs, a press shop and a small cafe. To the right, there is a passage leading to the departures terminal: the passage is lined with car hire desks and a few shops, including a chemist.


    TRANSFER

    Taxi transfer from airport - hotel (necessary if you have booked pre or post tour nights in Bukarest):

    To order a taxi by yourself, 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 the taxi company of your choice has informed you (via the screen) how long the taxi will take to arrive, and what ID number the taxi has (take the ticket which will be printed), you simply go outside to wait for your taxi.

    Just make sure you get into the correct taxi: check the company name and ID number with the one on your ticket. While most of the rip-off taxis of yore have now gone, there are still sometimes touts hassling visitors inside the arrivals hall: ignore them. You should also ignore the sign saying ’Rapid Taxi.’ These are overpriced taxis allowed - for some unfathomable reason - to wait directly outside the internal arrivals terminal, underneath international arrivals.

    Airport Baneasa: approx. 10 km away from Otopeni, is mostly used by low cost airlines.

    Taxi from/to the airport Otopeni: approx. € 10,- 

    From/to airport see via "Price".

    Reservation within flight dates necessary.


    PARTICIPANTS

    Minimum: 12 person
    Maximum: 20 person


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Helmets:
    Bike helmet-rental, € 25,-/week. We recommand you to bring your own helmet with you.

    Private bicycles:
    on request

    General information:

    With our experienced local wildlife and bike-guides you learn to recognize birds by their noise or in flight discover rare plants and animals, 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 lunch packs will be offered. You bike in groups of 12-20 people. Therefore it is necessary to have some experience in bike tours. Sand- and gravel roads require a bit of physical condition, but should be succeed by everybody as the daily stretches are quite short. Some stretches are done by boat or bus. Itinerary is subject to change – in case of high forces (water level, through no fault of one’s own engine- or drive-breakdown). Before and after your bike tour you also have the possibility to book extra nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.


    Arrival to Hotel Berthelot in Bucarest

    From the airport Henri Coandă (OTP) you reach the Hotel Berthelot with a taxi (depending on the traffic approx. 25min) or alternatively by public transport in approx. 40-50min. From the airport, you can get directly to the city centre with a so-called express bus line (line 783). Step off at the station "Roman Square" and then take further the bus 126 or 368 to Luterna Station. From there 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 Bucarest.

    If you travel to Bucarest by train, we recommend to take the metro and Bus or alternatively call a taxi for the way to the hotel. The hotel is approx. 2,2km away from the northern train station in Bucarest (Gara de Nord). The next metro stations are Piata Romana (approx. 10min by foot to the hotel) or Izvor (approx. 20min by foot to the hotel). From the northern train station, take the line M1 direction Dristor until Piata Victorei. There you change to the line M2 in direction Berceni (1 station) until Piata Romana. From the Piata Romana you can also take the bus line 126 or 368 to Luterna Station. You can recognize the metro stations from the big "M".

     

    CrisTaxi Bucarest: +40 21 94 66

    How to buy / handle tickets for public transport:

    You can buy an electric card, which is called "Activ" or "Multiplu". At the purchasing shops or at ATM’s you usually can book money on this electric card (mostly up to 50 lei, approx. € 12,-). Depending on the line and public transport, you use if you check in and check out on the buses, trams, and lines the amount of the ticket will be booked from your card.
    Normal tickets for the metro can also be purchased at all metro stations. Tickets valid for two journeys cost 5 lei (€ 1,10), while tickets valid ten journeys cost 20 lei (€ 4,50). You can also buy a daily ticket for 8 lei (€ 1,80), while a weekly ticket costs 25 lei (€ 5,60).
    You will also find more information on the official homepage of public transportation in Bucarest: www.ratb.ro


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  • Included services:
    • 5 nights on hotelboat 4*, cabins with private facilities, 2 nights in comfortable guesthouse 4* in Tulcea
    • schedule incl. all transfers according to itinerary from/to Bucharest (day 1 + 8)
    • bike-Guide / wildlife-Guide
    • support van and support boat
    • full board: breakfast, lunchbox or picnic, dinner

    • Folklore show
    • Road book, maps and information material per cabin
  • Choose Categories

    S1 21.04. - 28.04.18
    S2 09.05. - 16.05.18
    S2 19.05. - 26.05.18
    S2 04.06. - 11.06.18
    S2 17.06. - 24.06.18
    S2 25.08. - 01.09.18
    S2 08.09. - 15.09.18
    S2 22.09. - 29.09.18
    S1 29.09. - 06.10.18

    Extras

    Discount is not possible
     
       
    Bicycle & equipment  
    21-speed-bike 89
    bike helmet-rental, payable locally 25
       
    Additional nights
    Bucharest 4* (dbl/sgl) 51/89
    Tulcea guesthouse 4* (dbl/sgl)  39/59
       
    Transfer*  
    Tulcea - Bucharest 280
    * price per car (1-3 Pers.); only needed, if you book additional nights in the Danube Delta - Transfer day 1 und 8 included in the package.

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR
  • Welcome on board !

    The ship association exists of a raft with cabin tract, sun deck and restaurant as well as a main ship with an engine. Besides there is an accompanying boat that fetches the cyclists also from the narrowest canals of the delta and brings them back to the main ship and there is as well another small one with a platform especially for the bicycles.

    In the air-conditioned restaurant typically Rumanian specialities are served - you are surprised from the ingenuity of the national kitchen!


    CABINS

    The cozy cabins are equipped with separate beds and two windows. Showers and toilets are provided in each cabin. The windows can be openend. The cabins have a size of approx. 9 m² and no aircondition is installed in the cabins. However, the evenings on the water are not especially hot. The windows are equipped with insect protection, therefore you can enjoy your nights.


    CATERING

    The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast, packed lunch and a warm dinner in the evening. The catering consists of full board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. Vegetarian catering is possible, please announce this with reservation and discuss it again with the tour guide on site.


    LANGUAGES ON BOARD

    German, English

  • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

    The offered 21-speed-hybrid-bikes are citybikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

    E-bikes are not possible on this trip.

  • 5,7 16.06.2016 | David S. Natural Paradise Danube Delta by Bike & Boat

    Bikes, Birds and Boats in the delightful Danube Delta

    Having cycled Passau to Vienna, and Vienna to Budapest, we wanted to see a bit more of the Danube. The bike and boat tour was just right for us. We were the only English speakers - but everyone helped us with conversations. The guides were very good, ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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