- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the last 2 nights of the trip you will stay in a family run guesthouse based in Tulcea. Rooms are based on 2 people sharing with en-suite facilities. Your hosts provide hearty home cooked food and an insight into Romanian traditions, folklore and family life.
This tour is available on set departures from April to October. Prices vary
depending on the season. On clicking "book now" you will be able to check up to date prices for various dates.
Time of Year
If you have a specific date in mind, we suggest booking as early as
possible. Should your travel dates be flexible, April, May and September are slightly cooler months with
temperatures ranging from 15-20°C, where June, July and
August temperatures can hit up to 30°C. Due to the biodiversity is rich
throughout the sailing season and with over 300 bird species resident in the
Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast paradise.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
Day rides on this trip will be guided by your on-board tour leader and
wildlife guide. With our experienced local wildlife and bike-guides you learn
to recognize birds by their noise or in flight discover rare plants and
animals, about the life of the Delta residents and the incredible
Your tour guide will also give you a briefing each evening or in the morning
about the days cycle. If you would prefer to have a day off the bike, there is
always plenty of space for you on board to relax and take in the Danube from
Grade & Terrain
Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate
as the daily distance ranges from 23 - 50km. You will be cycling on dedicated
cycle paths, country lanes and some straightforward upaved roads or trails. This
tour is particularly well suited to couples and novice to moderate cyclists.
Bikes - Included
21-speed unisex hybrid bikes are included in the cost
of your trip. All bikes are equipped with mudguards, comfort gel saddle, and
anti-puncture tyres. EBikes are not available.
It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance
that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended
routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper
rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a
detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as helmet,
good shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight
clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Getting to and from Bucharest
By Air: Bucharest Henry Coanda (Otopeni) Airport is served by most major
scheduled and low-cost airlines including British Airways, Austrian Airways, EasyJet and RyanAir.
By Rail: If you
would like to combine this with another Danube Bike & Boat trip, it is
possible to take an overnight train from Budapest to Bucharest. The Trainline Europe has
details of schedules and ticket prices. Depending on your day of travel there
is an early evening sleeper service from Budapest, arriving into Bucharest
early lunchtime the following day.
On day 1
a single timed group transfer will depart Bucharest Henry Coanda Airport to
Tulcea at 2pm. On day 8 of the itinerary, a transfer from Tulcea will arrive at the
airport at approximately 1pm.
- 5 nights en-suite cabin & 2 nights 4* Guesthouse
- All meals
- Bike hire
- Wildlife & Cycle Guide
- Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
- Folklore show
- Travel to / from Bucharest
- Travel insurance
- Single cabin/room supplement(s)
- Additional nights in Bucharest
- Single Cabin/room(s)
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August.
How fit do I need to be?
This trip is graded as easy because the route is almost entirely flat. Daily distances are between 30 and 52 km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise that it is worth getting out on the bike before travelling. However, due to the wealth of flora and fauna on this trip, each day is about taking time to discover the region. The guide will always set an easy going pace, stopping regularly for points of interest.
Which is the best airport to fly to?
The best option is to fly into Bucharest Otopeni Airport from where a transfer to Tulcea is provided.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.
When does the boat sail?
The Danube Delta is a working river, there are lots of operational boats on the river. Depending on clearance and the Captains schedule the boat will then sail during the day when you are cycling (unless specified), if you like you can stay on the boat. The times of sailing can change from day to day but they do try to keep this on schedule to the itinerary. The boat will be moored each evening in a local port or sheltered stretch of river.