Romania’s Danube Delta and the Carpathians – a Wildlife Paradise
- 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
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.
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.
Ibis Hotel Gara de Nord, Bucharest
Pensiunea Vanessa, Mila23
Casa Tisaru, Lepsa
Pensiunea Mosorel 1, Zarneşti
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- 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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