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

Pelicans, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Danube Delta, Romania - © Alan Heywood
Pelican, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Sunset at Mila 23, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Ffestiniog Travel Group, Danube Delta - © Ramona Cazacu
Everything comes by boat, Danube Delta - © Alan Heywood
Mila 23, Danube Delta - © Alan Heywood
Shepherding Festival - © Ramona Cazacu

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
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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 bears in the mountains in the company of experts and encounter a rural life that makes Romania so appealing.

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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

We take the train to Tulcea and then transfer by boat to our guesthouse 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 – Vrancea Mountains

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

Day 7 – Annual Shepherds’ Festival

The shepherding festival is a big event in the rural calendar and we enjoy a visit. In addition to the blessing of the sheep by the local priest, there are performances of traditional songs and dances by local groups in the village hall. During the afternoon, we hope to visit a nearby vineyard for a short guided tour including wine tasting.

Day 8 – A Leisurely Walk

We take a not too strenuous walk to enjoy the mountain scenery and rural life. We also discover the track bed of an old forestry railway. There is an optional evening watching for bears which are common in this area.

Day 9 – Covasna and Comandau

We 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. We continue by road to Zarneşti in the foothills of the Piatra Crailui Mountains.

Day 10 – Choices to Make

Two optional excursions to choose from today. Take a pleasant guided walk, which includes a limestone gorge, or visit nearby Bran Castle before continuing by road to Braşov to explore this old Saxon city, now beautifully restored. The latter group returns to Zarneşti by local train. 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

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Selected Hotels

Ibis Hotel Gara de Nord, Bucharest

Pensiunea Vanessa, 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 guesthouse or family “homestay” with en-suite facilities
  • All breakfasts, 6/7 lunches 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
  • Please note that the bear watch and admission to Bran Castle are optional extras

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