Birding in the Danube Delta

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Trip code: 
WBD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
New Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–10

Important bird migration routes to Africa cross Europe’s largest wetland - the Danube Delta. This is a feast for any ornithologist with this fertile and diverse region attracting thousands of birds and plants.

Be enchanted by the diversity and beauty of Europe's largest wetlands- the Danube Delta. A mecca for researchers, fishermen, tourists and birdwatchers alike; this truly special region offers a habitat for thousands of species. The most important bird migration routes towards Africa cross the Danube Delta which provides bird lovers with some of the most unique and rewarding birdwatching opportunities in the world. The Danube Delta offers not only a birdwatcher's paradise, but the chance to discover diverse cultures and old world charm.

Highlights

  • Discover the Danube Delta by boat- a Biosphere Reserve & UNESCO World Heritage
  • Premium birdwatching on important migration routes towards Africa
  • Be enchanted by nature & wildlife in Europe's largest wetland
  • Experience warm hospitality and learn about the Danube Delta's diverse culture

Key information

  • 2 nights in comfortable hotels and 3 nights in family-run villa
  • Group normally 4 to 10, plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and boat

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners 
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel inurance
  • Visa's & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Bucharest

    Our trip will begin in Romania's capital Bucharest. Those on the group flight will arrive very late in the evening. If you are interested in exploring Romania's capital city, we would recommend arriving a day or two earlier or extending your stay at the end of the trip. 

  • Day 2

    Transfer to Tulcea; onto Crisan and bird watching

    After breakfast we depart for Tulcea; the gateway to the Danube Delta. The transfer to Tulcea (300km) will be approximately a 4.5 hour drive. In Tulcea, we have lunch and time to stretch our legs before we take a high speed boat to Crisan in the Danube Delta. Along the way, we cruise slowly to observe and enjoy our first viewing of the bird life and nature. Later in the afternoon we arrive at our villa in Crisan, our base for the next 3 nights whilst we are in the Delta. Crisan is of one of the main fishing villages in the Delta and stretches for 7-8 kilometres on either side of the river. Instead of driveways, houses have a small wharf out the front. Settled over 100 years ago and with 500 inhabitants, this is a lovely village with a special atmosphere.
    Pensiunea Eden or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Bird and nature watching on Danube Delta

    After breakfast we start to discover the Danube Delta and it's deep mysteries. There are no roads here; to go through the Delta canals and lakes we use small boats (power and non-power motored). This morning we will travel along lakes Obretinul Mic, Obretinciuc and Lacub where we hope to observe pelicans (the symbol of the Danube Delta) and other birds acclimated to this aquatic ecosystem. In the Delta there are 550 pairs of Dalmatian and over 7,000 White pelicans. Cormorant, Pigmey cormorant, Glossy ibis and Red-footed falcons are just a few of the species we may discover. We  return to the villa for lunch and a break before taking another trip through the Delta in the afternoon to enjoy more spectacular birdwatching and nature.

    Pensiunea Eden or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Day trip on the Danube Delta to Letea Forest and Letea village.

    Today we travel on the Danube Delta along to the Letea Forest and village which is the largest dry land in the whole of the Delta. This forest is the oldest natural reservation in Romania (established in 1938) and was the initial foundation of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Here, time stands still, and the forest provides us with a wonderful array of flora and fauna, and of course bird life such as the Red-footed falcon, the White-tailed eagle, roller, hoopoe and even the Danube Delta horse. We will enjoy a pincic lunch whist we discover and explore the forest for the day before we return to Crisan later in the afternoon.
    Pensiunea Eden or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Bird watching on Danube Delta; transfer to Tulcea

    After breakfast we enjoy another bird watching excursion in the Delta before returning to Crisan for lunch. In the afternoon we take a transfer back to Tulcea where we spend the rest of the afternoon and overnight. Tulcea is located where the Danube flows into a wide bend before branching out in several directions. The town was settled over 2,600 years ago by the Greeks but these days it is a typical Romanian town and houses several museums about the area.
    Hotel Delta 4* or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Bucharest Airport; fly to London.

    After breakfast we bid farewell to the Danube Delta and take a transfer to Bucharest Airport (approx 4.5 hours), stopping for lunch along the way. The group flight will depart later in the afternoon back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Romania

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Romania

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Romanian cuisine contains different dishes and is influenced by several traditions and cultures (German, Hungarian and Ottoman cuisine) but still maintains it's own distinct character with a love for homemade cooking. Soups are a staple and much loved dish, main meals tend to be hearty with a strong focus on local produce and desserts are varied and plentiful.

In Bucharest and Tulcea, meals will be taken in the hotel restaurants where they serve a mixture of local produce and Romanian specialties. All meals will be provided by Pensiunea Eden during our 3 night stay in Crisan. The villa is known for it's traditional meals and fish specialties and are able to cater to all dietary requirements. But you must notify us at time of booking as the villa will need to know well in advance for any specific dietary requirements or allergies due to their remote location.

Romanian meals generally tend to include the following and you can expect the below, or something similar:

Breakfast: Tea and coffee, jam, cheese, cold meats, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, cereal and yoghurt.

Lunch: Usually soups or dishes with cold cuts, cheeses, other local produce and bread.

Dinner: Generally consists of regional locally produced cuisine that usually includes meat, vegetables/salad, potatoes/pasta and followed by a dessert.

Vegetarian/Vegans and other dietary requirements can be catered to provided we are notified at time of booking.

Weather

The Danube Delta climate is continental and has strong influences from the Black Sea with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The Danube Delta is also the driest and sunniest region of Romania and can have long periods of drought in summer. The Danube Delta also experiences strong and frequent winds, and storms can be occur during the spring and autumn. Summer days are often long and warm in the Danube Delta with ten to eleven hours of sunshine, whilst nights can range from pleasantly warm to cool outside of summer. September temperatures tend to be lower than those in July and August but at any time of the year changeable weather with cloud, rain and chilly daytime temperatures can occur.

Danube Delta

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded as activity level 1 (leisurely) with a wildlife rating of 4.

It is suited primarily for people who have an interest in birdwatching and who want to discover the Danube Delta. Whilst there is a heavy focus on birdwatching in the itinerary, the Danube Delta is a unique place to explore other types of wildlife and nature. This trip is not strenuous but there will be some long drives between Bucharest and Tulcea. The excursions on the Danube Delta will be in smaller open boats in order to reach lesser visited areas. Whilst we are in the Danube Delta, we will stay 3 nights in a family-run villa in the remote village of Crisan. In between boat trips in the Delta, there will be adequate down time and opportunity to relax and enjoy the nature back at the villa. Please be advised that during summer the Danube Delta can experience very warm and humid temperatures and you should pack and prepare accordingly.

IMPORTANT: The end of the trip for Land Only clients is at Bucharest Airport in the afternoon on Day 6 after the long transfer back from Tulcea. All departures can be combined with Carpathian Walking & Bears (Trip Code WVR) if you want to discover Romania's enchanting countryside as well.

About the Danube Delta: Each season the water level is changing and according to this the routes will be adapted to fit the present environmental conditions. In the spring the water level is high so that trips can be made on routes that normally are located on land. Beside this, various restrictions imposed by ARBDD (The Administration of Reservation Danube Delta Biosphere) may apply related with nesting times. Our guide is capable of finding alternative routes to avoid these restricted areas so we can still observe other bird life and nature of this wonderful area.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & pensions

Throughout the trip we will be accommodated in 2 comfortable hotels and 3 nights in a family-run villa.

Hotel Herastrau - Bucharest: We will spend the first night of trip in this hotel located on a lake in a beautiful park in Bucharest. The hotel is located in the north of the city, not too far from the airport. The hotel has free Wi-Fi in all areas and rooms are ensuite and have air conditioning, television and a minibar.

Pensiunea Eden - Crisan: We will spend 3 night's in the Danube Delta at the Pensiunea Eden, located in the village of Crisan. The villa is family-run and all rooms are ensuite, have air conditioning, television and a refrigerator. The villa provides you with access to the Danube Delta on both sides of the property, and has plenty of outdoor and indoor communal areas to relax in and enjoy a drink. The villa also has an outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) and they serve various fish specialties as well as Romanian cuisine.

Hotel Delta 4*- Tulcea: For our last night of the trip we will stay in Hotel Delta 4* in the Danube Delta gateway town of Tulcea. Centrally located and on the banks of the Danube Delta, the hotel provides en suite rooms with free Wi-Fi, minibar, television, balconies is some rooms and safe box facilties. The hotel also offers guests free use of their SPA centre with indoor pool, spa, fitness centre and wet sauna.

Single accommodation is available (on request) from £125 GBP.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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