Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Cycle & sail the wildlife rich UNESCO Danube Delta
  • Journey to the shores of the Black Sea
  • Historic Monasteries of Celic Dere & Saon
  • Romanian dish of Sarmale
  • Whitewashed reed buildings of Letea

Cycle and sail the lagoons, lakes and reed islands of Romania’s wildlife rich Danube Delta, one of Europe’s last untouched corners of wilderness. In the company of Delta Cormorants and Great White Egrets, journey from the town of Tulcea to ’Mile 0’ where the Danube empties into the Black Sea.

Exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Archipelago, the Delta is the worlds third largest region of biodiversity and is a sanctuary for over 300 species of birdlife. Guided by a local wildlife expert, this journey will uncover the flora, fauna and Romanian folklore of this vast UNESCO wetland.

Day 1: Arrive Bucharest, Transfer Tulcea

Your boat is moored at the Danube Delta gateway town of Tulcea. A single timed transfer to Tulcea will depart Bucharest Henry Coanda Airport (Otopeni) at 2pm. On reaching the boat, you’ll be greeted by the on-board crew and have time to get to know your fellow cyclists over dinner that evening.


Overnight: Tulcea


Day 2: Tulcea to Sfantu Gheorge

During the morning sail to Nufaru, your guide will brief you about the day ahead as you cruise through the rolling Bestepe Hills. Hopping onto the bikes at Nufaru, the route follows the Danube eastwards to Murighiol. From here you’ll rejoin the boat to explore Danube birdlife and wilderness before reaching the Black Sea port of Sfanta Gheorge.


Cycle: 31km


Overnight: Sfantu Gheorge


Day 3: The Journey to ‘Mile O’

Cycling a well-graded gravel track, your guide leads you north to ‘Mile 0’ at Sulina where the Danube empties into the Black Sea. With far reaching reed and marshland to your left and the Black Sea to your right, there is ample time to explore the wildlife and chat to the local fishermen along the way.


Cycle:  25km


Overnight:  Sulina


Day 4: Gulf of Musara to Crisan

From the bird lovers paradise of Musara Bay you’ll pedal to the timeless village of Letea, with its distinct white and blue washed reed houses. Todays route explores Romania’s oldest nature reserve, Letea Forest, which has since been declared a world heritage site due to its distinct sub-tropical climate. The day ends with an afternoon cruise to the fishing village of Crisan, where the boat moors for the night.


Cycle:  Crisan


Overnight: 23km


Day 5: Safari through the Danube Delta

A day off the bike as your captain sails into the heartland of the Delta to seek out the diverse flora and fauna. One of the largest expanses of reed beds in the world, the sedate waters of the Delta are a delight to explore. If you’re lucky you may encounter a rare sighting of a Black Stork or the blue beaked White Headed Duck. In the late afternoon the boat leaves the tranquil waters of the Delta for Tulcea and the last night onboard the boat.


Cycle: None


Overnight: Tulcea


Day 6: Monasteries of Dobrogea

Riding the rolling landscape of Dobrogea leads to the monastery of Celic Dere, considered to be the regional centre of Orthodoxism. The rich, fertile lands are home to some of Romania’s finest vineyards and the views across the floodplains reach as far as neighbouring Ukraine.


Cycle:  26km


Overnight: Tulcea Guesthouse


Day 7: Lagoon Tour to Kap Dolosman

After a short bus transfer to the town of Babadag, it’s onto the bikes for a gentle ride to the medieval fortress of Enisala. Sitting high over the Danube, there are impressive views over Lagoon Razim. Beyond Razim is Lake Golvita, the two of which are separated by the Greek-Roman excavations of Argamum. In the late afternoon you will return to the guesthouse in Tulcea for a Romanian farewell dinner.


Cycle: 42km


Overnight: Tulcea Guesthouse 


Day 8: Transfer to Bucharest, Onward Travel

After breakfast a single timed transfer to Bucharest Henry Coanda Airport (Otopeni) will depart at 9am. Should you wish to extend your stay in Bucharest, we are happy to arrange extra hotel nights for you.

Your Boat - The Dragonul


The Dragonul, is formed of 3 boats; a towing raft for
bicycle storage, a smaller boat which will navigate the tributaries and canals
of the Danube when on exploration and the main vessel which will be your
floating hotel for first 5 nights of your trip. Comprising of sundeck, an air conditioned
restaurant and bar there is plenty of space to relax and observe the flora and
fauna from the comfort of the boat.


All cabins are en-suite. There is no air
conditioning in the cabins, but the nights on the water do cool off and all
cabins have opening windows.