Romania’s Danube Delta and the Carpathians. A Wildlife Paradise

Comandau train, Romania - © Alan Heywood
Great White Pelican, Danube Delta, Romania - © George Bouros
Squacco heron, Danube Delta, Romania - © George Bouros
Glossy Ibis, Danube Delta, Romania - © George Bouros

Holiday Highlights

  • Stunning wilderness scenery
  • Abundance of bird and animal life
  • Remote villages with a traditional way of life
  • Characterful “Homestay” accommodation with all necessary facilities
  • Covasna and Comandau steam forestry railway
  • Many meals from locally sourced organic produce
  • 12 days from £2,065pp
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Tour Dates:
Monday 15 May to Friday 26 May 2017

UK’s Leading Specialist Operator to Romania

Discover some of the last true wilderness areas in Europe, teeming with wildlife. We search for rare wading birds in the Delta and bears in the mountains in the company of experts and encounter a rural life that makes Romania so appealing.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Flight to Bucharest

Morning flight from London to Bucharest, arriving mid-afternoon. Short city tour to main points of interest including Ceauşescu’s Palace and Revolution Square. Evening meal included at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – From Bucharest to the Danube Delta

We take the train to Tulcea and then transfer by boat to our guest house in the tiny village of Mila23.

Days 3 to 5 – Exploring the Delta

We are joined by an English speaking specialist for three days of bird watching, mostly by boat. Likely sightings amongst those too numerous to mention are bittern, squacco heron, glossy ibis and perhaps even the rare great white pelican. There is absolutely no requirement for prior knowledge of ornithology – just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful unspoilt delta scenery.

Day 6 – Vrancea Mountains

We transfer to Tulcea by boat and from there by road into the Vrancea Mountains for a 3-night stay in Lepsa.

Day 7 – Annual Shepherds’ Festival

The shepherding festival is a big event in the rural calendar and we enjoy a visit together with opportunities to see local craftsmen at work.

Day 8 – A Leisurely Walk

We take a not too strenuous walk to enjoy the mountain scenery, search for wild animal footprints and discover the track bed of an old forestry railway. We also have an entirely optional night watch for bears which are common in this area.

Day 9 – Covasna and Comandau

We visit a most unusual former narrow gauge forestry line on two levels which were once linked by rope worked incline. The line is only very rarely operated but we have chartered a steam train on both levels. Lunch included in Comandau. We continue by road to Zarneşti in the foothills of the Piatra Crailui Mountains.

Day 10 – Choices to Make

There is the opportunity to take a pleasant guided walk, including a limestone gorge, or take the branch train from nearby Zarneşti station to Braşov for a look around this old Saxon city, now beautifully restored. A picnic lunch is provided for the walking group.

Day 11 – Across the Carpathians by Rail

After a leisurely morning, we transfer by road to Braşov to catch the main line train to Bucharest. Our scenic route takes us across the mountains through the ski resorts of Predeal and Sinaia.

Day 12 – Bucharest to London

Lunchtime flight from Bucharest to London arriving mid-afternoon.

Due to the limited number of rooms in “homestay” accommodation, this tour will be limited to 12 persons.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel Gara de Nord, Bucharest

Pensiunea Vanessa and Pelicanul Cret, Mila23

Casa Tisaru, Lepsa

Pensiunea Mosorel 1, Zarneşti

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Flights in Economy Class by scheduled airline
  • Rail travel as specified
  • Other travel by private mini-coach
  • Hotel accommodation in Bucharest
  • Other accommodation in good quality guest house or family “homestay” with en suite facilities
  • All breakfasts, 6/7 lunches (mostly picnic) and 10 evening meals
  • Airport and other transfers
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour, local professional Romanian guide plus specialist guides where required

Price per person

Escorted holiday: £2,065
Single room supplement: £205
Deposit for this holiday: £200
   
Rates of exchange used are as at 1st August 2016

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