This trip offers you the unique opportunity to enjoy the wildlife enthusiasts’ paradise in the Danube Delta .Once arrived in the Danube Delta, we will make a boat cruise through the maze of channels, marshes, willows and reed islands and observe bird colonies (cormorants, white tailed eagles, pelicans and many others), the rich community of fish and animals, as well as a great diversity of plant species forming real floating or fixed islands on the water surface.
The Carpatia Floating Hotel “ St Constantin” (3*), situated in Sulina city- the terminus point for cruise liners sailing across the Delta towards the Black Sea – will be your host for the overnight, a wonderful location providing quality services, by its friendly and helpful staff.
In case the hotel will be fully booked, accommodation will be assured in a nice guesthouse of the same category (3*) in Sulina.
This trip will be also a good occasion to discover the picturesque old city of Sulina and also enjoy an unique boat trip to Letea forest, the only oak forest in the world grown on a sea bank, as well as to admire a wonderful sunset in the point where the Danube empties into the Black Sea by crossing the bay Musura (optional trip).
07:30 a.m. – Pick-up by car / minibus from your hotel.
10:30 – Arrival in Tulcea, “ the gate to the Danube Delta”.
Stop for a visit of the Danube Delta Eco-Tourist Museum Complex in Tulcea, including a permanent exhibition offering one the opportunity to see birds declared as nature monuments, species of rare animals protected at the national and European levels and a public Aquarium showing a collection of several indigenous species of fish from the Danube Delta and the Black Sea, reef species of fish, marine species of invertebrates and also some coral species from Indonesia.
13:00– Boarding on the speed boat for the transfer from Tulcea to Sulina, our destination point.
We will finally arrive in Sulina – a very special place, full of legends buried in its mysterious cemetery where princes, princesses, pirates and people of different religions sleep forever.
Once arrived here, accommodation will be assured on the floating hotel St. Constantin/ 3* guesthouse in Sulina.
- traditional dinner served on the floating hotel;
- participation to different activities: karaoke contest, society games and others
07:30 a.m. – Breakfast on the floating hotel.
08:30 a.m. – After having breakfast, we will have the pleasure to enjoy a trip to Letea Forest, the northernmost subtropical forest in Europe, where strips of desert vegetation specific to these areas alternate with stripes of ancient oak forest and meadow with specific vegetation of subtropical forest.
Besides the typical vegetation of this area, we will also have the chance to see free herds of wild horses grazing on the meadows, special attraction of this natural reserve as well.
Visit to the forest will be assured with a special vehicles that will drive us into the forest passing through the picturesque village of Letea with its traditional houses built in the local architectural style, clay, wood and reeds, painted and decorated in the style Lipovan and Haholi. The vehicles will not be able to enter in sensitive areas, but we will leave them in a specific point where we can get on foot quite easy to sand dunes and elder oaks.
12:00 – Stop for lunch in one traditional restaurant in Letea village (optional).
16:00 – Return to Sulina. Boarding on the speed boat for our drive back to Tulcea.
18:00 – Once arrived in Tulcea, our car / minibus will wait for us in order to drive you back to Bucharest.
22:00 – Drop-off to your hotel in Bucharest.
|No. of pax||1 pax||2 pax||3 pax||4 – 8 pax|
|Price (EUR/ person)||399||299||259||199|
For groups of more than 10 pax, prices will be calculated on request.
Above prices include:
- transportation by car (1-3 pax) or minibus ( 4 – 8 pax) from Bucharest to Tulcea and return from Tulcea to Bucharest;
- transfer by speed boat Tulcea – Sulina (1st day) / Sulina – Tulcea (2nd day);
- boat trip cruise to Letea village for the 2nd day and return by boat to Tulcea;
- accommodation with breakfast included for 1 night on St Constantin floating hotel;
- Professional English guide assistance ( for other languages, guide can be confirmed on request);
- Entrance fee to the Danube Delta Eco-Tourist Museum Complex in Tulcea;
- Visits included in the program
Above prices DO NOT include:
- Entrance permit for tourists in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation ( ARBDD tax): 5 lei/pax/day (the equivalent of 1.15 EUR/pax);
- Lunch and dinner – 12 EUR/pax ( they can be organized as optionals);
- Please note that in Letea there are no restaurants, so reservation for lunch in a typical household should be sent in advance in order to guarantee a quality meal.
- OPTIONAL price for lunch or dinner: 12 EUR/pax
- Optional boat trip on 1st Day to admire sunset to the place where the Danube river says good-bye to the old continent and flows into the Black Sea – 10 EUR/pax.
- Do not forget to have with you the following personal equipment, in order to avoid unpleasant events: comfortable travel clothes, sun protection cream, sun hat, sun glasses, rain jacket, mosquito cream;
- Please take into consideration that the timing, order of visits and boat itinerary may suffer changes depending on weather and traffic conditions, as well as on the summer of spring/autumn season
Tourist attractions on the itinerary:
Sulina city – the easternmost point of Romania and of the continental European Union, a city and free port in Tulcea county, situated at the mouth of the Sulina Branch of the Danube Delta.
Places recommended to see in Sulina:
The Lighthouse of the European Commission of the Danube – property of the European Commission of the Danube, restored with EU funds, a symbol of the activity carried out by the European Commission of the Danube in the easternmost point of the country.
“ St Nicholas” Greek Orthodox Church – Sulina’s prettiest church dating from 1867. The size and grandeur of the building attests to the Greek community’s wealth and influence at the time.
Sulina Cemetery – The town cemetery, 2km east of the center along the road to the beach, reflectsing the diversity of Sulina’s early inhabitants. You’ll find Romanian and Russian Orthodox, Greeks, Turks and Jews, all buried within close proximity of one another. In front of the small chapel there’s a row of British sailors, who succumbed to various afflictions in the mid-19th century while mapping the delta. There’s also a pirate’s grave, said to be the only one of its kind in Europe.
Letea forest – one of the most protected natural reservations in Romania, a place that is worth visiting in order to get a full grasp of the diversity that the Danube Delta has to offer.
It is well known for the hundreds of wild horses that roam around freely.
There are over 500 different species of plants and trees that one can find in the forest, many of which are exotic. For instance, this is the only place in Europe where you can find vines, much like the ones Tarzan used. Their seeds were brought here by the numerous migrating birds that come here every year.
The most spectacular however are the century old oak trees which have stood the test of time. There are many specimens which are 400 years old and a few which go for more than 700 years.
In just a couple hundred meters, one can see a spectacular change of scenery, from a subtropical forest to a desert, with huge sand dunes . Then, just a little farther, you run into a beautiful canal, covered with water lilies.