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Danube Delta

The mighty Danube River opens up onto the Black Sea in a labyrinth of channels, home to hundreds of species of birds. It is here in the Danube Delta and its surrounding forests and mountains, that we explore a vast variety of flora and fauna, both on foot and by boat.

The journey is led by long-time Slow Cyclist guide Mişu David, who has been a firm favourite with our Transylvanian guests for a number of years owing to his sharp wit and extensive knowledge of nature and wildlife. He is a keen naturalist with 15 years experience of guiding in the delta and Carpathians. As a child, he visited the Danube Delta nearly every year to live with locals and fish in the labyrinth of channels. He developed a passion for the local wildlife which has continued to grow ever since.

When to go

May

Price from

£1,950

What's included?

From the moment you touch down in Romania, everything is included so that while you are with us you can forget about your wallet, relax and enjoy your time in the Danube Delta.

Duration

6 nights

Scheduled journeys

Travel privately

Journey highlights

  • Boat through the delta’s labyrinth of channels, spotting some of the area’s 300 species of birds.
  • Learn from your expert guide Mişu, as well as researcher and botanist Mihai who will join the start of the journey.
  • Enjoy walks before breakfast to enjoy the stillness of the delta.
  • Meet fishing families and learn about the traditions and culture of the region.
  • Taste fresh fish from the delta, cooked in a variety of ways.
An eagle on a branch in Romania's Danube Delta, as seen on a Slow Cyclist journey
on the move

We're eschewing bikes in favour of two feet and small boats on this journey through the Danube Delta. It's the best way to slow down here, and seek out the region's vast array of flora and birdlife.

As well as boating through the channels, we’ll explore on land, walking through forests, sand dunes and eroded mountains. There will be opportunities to spot birds of prey, turtles and butterflies, and to learn about the area’s fascinating geology and tectonics. 
The Slow Cyclist founder Oli Broom
Oli says . . .
My good friend Mişu, who many of you will know from our Transylvania journeys, will share his passion and expertise for this unique and magical place and in May, we have chosen the very best month to visit.
A kingfisher on Romania's Danube Delta
itinerary

Danube Delta

Our 6-night itinerary, walking and boating through the magnificent Danube Delta is described below. 

Day 1 - Arrival

An afternoon transfer from Bucharest airport brings us to the edge of the ancient Macin “Mountains”, a group of forested hills to the west of the delta, where, time permitting, we will enjoy an introduction to the great variety of local wines. This will be followed by delicious dinner of local food, wine and homemade brandy. We stay overnight at a family-owned guest house in Greci village. Located in the middle of an epic landscape, at the foot of Tutuiatu peak, the guest house enjoys lovely views from the garden, hammocks and pool.

Day 2 - Dobrogea hills

After breakfast, we set out on a wonderful walk in ancient eroded mountains. Their origin offers a story on the area’s geology and tectonics and it’s a good location for spotting birds of prey, turtles and butterflies. We will enjoy lunch back at the guest house before a short transfer to the Babadag forest (a botanical protected area) to see various types of vegetation. Then we take a short transfer to the village of Murighiol, on the southern edge of the delta, where we will dine and stay at a charming blue and white painted guest house in the village.

Day 3 - Murighiol to Crisan

Early risers can enjoy a pre-breakfast bird watching walk in the salt marshes. The early morning light is excellent for photography and some shyer species can be observed at this time. Then from the mooring dock at Murighiol we embark on our first boat ride through the lakes and channels of the delta with bird watching stops along the way, taking all morning to reach the central delta town of Crisan. In the afternoon, there will be an option to either jump in the boat again, or canoe through the channels for a quieter afternoon of bird watching. Dinner will be at our guest house, home for the next three nights.

Day 4 - Letea Forest

Today we travel by boat to Letea with bird watching along the way. After walking through the remote old village we will arrive at the virgin forest of Letea with its 800-year-old oak trees and 10-metre high sand dunes, not to mention wild horses and many interesting species of plants and insects. A local fisherman will host us for lunch at his home before we make our return by boat to Crisan for dinner with a local family.

Day 5 - Kilometer Zero

Today is all about history and swimming. This morning, you may choose to take an early morning boat trip to Iacub Lake to catch the sunrise over the water. After breakfast we take to our boat for a fast two hour journey to Sulina on the main branch of the delta. Today we reach kilometer zero of the Danube: the point at which the river flows into the Black Sea. We’ll walk first through the only town in the delta that still preserves some of the 19th century small harbour town feel. After a local restaurant lunch, a 30 minute walk to the beach takes us to a natural sand beach where we can swim. Then it’s back on the fast boat to Crisan for our dinner.

Day 6 - Crisan to Murighiol

After breakfast at the guest house we spend the morning on a different slow boat route back to Murighiol for a delicious lunch back at the guesthouse we stayed in previously. In the afternoon we will visit an archaeological site with Roman ruins either by foot or by bike. We will spend our last dinner together at our wonderful guesthouse.

Day 7 - Departure

After breakfast we will say our goodbyes and transfer you back to Bucharest airport.

HOW TO BOOK

There are two ways to travel with us in the Danube Delta. You can either travel on a set-date Scheduled Journey or put together your own private party.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Scheduled Journeys

A wonderful opportunity to explore a fascinating part of the world, to meet like-minded travellers and make new friends in a group of Slow Cyclists assembled by us. 

TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS

Private Journeys

Many of our guests travel with friends and family, often in private groups of 4-12 people. Doing so means ultimate flexibility in the way you spend your time.

Upcoming Scheduled Journeys

Danube Delta
May 20, 2024
6 Nights
£1,950.00

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