Romania’s Danube Delta & the Carpathians – a Wildlife Paradise

Pelicans, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Ffestiniog Travel Group, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Mila 23, Danube Delta - © Alan Heywood

Holiday Highlights

  • Stunning wilderness scenery
  • Abundance of bird and animal life
  • Remote villages with a traditional way of life
  • “Homestay” accommodation, full of character yet with all necessary facilities
  • Covasna and Comandau steam forestry railway
  • Many meals from locally sourced organic produce
  • 12 days from £2,495pp
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Tour Dates:
Friday 15 May to Tuesday 26 May 2020

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 find 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 late 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

By 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, egret, glossy ibis, white tailed eagle and both white and Dalmatian pelican. There is absolutely no requirement for prior knowledge of ornithology – just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful unspoilt delta scenery.

Day 6 – Panciu Winery

Transfer to Tulcea by boat and from there by road via Galati and Focşani to the Panciu Winery for a 1-night stay. Here we have a tour of the winery, wine tasting and dinner.

Day 7 – Annual Shepherds’ Festival

After a short drive into the Carpathian Mountains, we visit the shepherding festival at Negrileşti, a big event in the rural calendar marking the annual migration from winter to summer pastures. Continuing across the Carpathians, we enter Transylvania and stay near Covasna for 2 nights.

Day 8 – Covasna and Comandau

Visit a most unusual former narrow gauge forestry railway 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.

Day 9 – Braşov

Morning drive to Braşov for a 2-night stay. Here we find an old Saxon city, now beautifully restored and, after a short guided walk, there is some free time to explore, including an option to take the cable car for a panoramic view of the city.

Day 10 – Bear Sanctuary and Bran Castle

Bears and wolves are common in this part of Romania though difficult to see in the wild, so today we visit a sanctuary for those animals which have, for various reasons, been unable to survive in their natural habitat. Nearby is the famous Bran Castle which we visit.

Day 11 – Across the Carpathians by Rail

After a leisurely morning, we 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

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Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel Gara de Nord, Bucharest

Casa Alexandru & Alexandra, Mila23

Domeniile Panciu, Sârbi

Zabola Estate, Zabola

Bella Musika Hotel, Braşov

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 boutique hotel or good quality guest house with en-suite facilities
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 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: £2,495
Single room supplement: £320
Deposit for this holiday: £200

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