SARICHIOI – MURIGHIOL – TULCEA – SOMOVA
Romania is one of the most inciting travel destinations in the world, offering pleasant surprising adventures.
This tour introduces you in the atmosphere of the South Eastern part of Romania.
Named Dobrogea, this region includes 2 counties: Constanta and Tulcea.
The latter is one of this country’s most sensational counties as regards nature and historical heritage.
Wondering why ?
Because it is the gate to the magnificent UNESCO site called Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation.
And since Michelin Green Guide awarded it with 3*, it definitely worth a visit.
Danube from mountain to sea
Danube - Europe’s Amazon - is the most international river in the world.
Having almost 3000 km length it is the second longest river in Europe (after Volga).
Springing from Germany (Black Forest Mountains), Danube gathers all tributary streams from the 10 countries it crosses.
Did you know that every year, for 200 days, Danube disappears into ratchel at only 36 km from its source ?
It also visits 4 capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade.
The giant water flow that cross Europe connecting worlds, ends in Danube Delta.
This happens after it covers 2860 km, when it meets Black Sea.
Incredible Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation
The great river Danube's journey through Europe ends to Black Sea.
There it spreads out a natural paradise unparalleled in Europe.
Here canals, lakes, reed islands, pastures and sand dunes cover over 5,165 sq km.
The largest and best preserved delta in Europe stretches over almost 3,500 sq km and is still expanding.
Danube brings here 8 times more alluviums than Rhine and 20 times more than Nile.
Danube Delta is the second largest and best preserved of European deltas.
The largest swamp of floating islands, lakes and forests, this is the youngest continental land in Europe.
Situated in Southeastern part of Romania, Danube Delta has the shape of Greek letter “delta”.
Dobrogea Plateau borders its Southwestern part, Ukrainian border – its Northern part and Black Sea – its Eastern part.
Countless fish from perch and carp to royal sturgeon and over 300 species of birds find shelter within this amazing wetland.
Europe’s unique natural reservation, Danube Delta is impressive for its unique scenery.
Danube Delta is an unique wetland on UNESCO World Heritage List for its biodiversity and stunning sceneries.
The scenery created by many species of plants and wildlife is area’s main attraction.
Its 1,150 kinds of plants range from sinuous lianas suggesting tropical forests to gently blossoming water lilies.
It boasts the third largest biodiversity in the world after Great Barrier Reef and Galapagos !
No wonder in 1991 UNESCO has designated Danube Delta a Biosphere Reservation.
This is the only delta in the world declared biosphere reservation in its entirety.
This paradise of birds is famous for its pelicans.
In Danube Delta there is one of the largest pelican colony in Europe. But also the famous Letea forest with its wild horses.
The bustards get to weight over 18 kg being the heaviest flying birds in the world.
Every spring 2500 birds leave Africa heading to Danube Delta.
On the way, they stop in the Hungarian steppe (puszta).
There, a very very long time ago, Danube used to stop in a sea before Carpathians.
But this happened only until it created the highest ravines of Europe, at Iron Gates.
Here, for 300 m, Danube is only 150 m wide and 90 m deep.
Iron Gates provides the electrical energy for 2 countries: Romania and Serbia.
Romania’s lowest population density is in Danube Delta.
Traditional houses have white-painted walls with blue-painted windows, flower-decorated doors and thatched roofs.
Within the reservation there are strictly protected areas where guests’ access is forbidden.
But even so, if you go along established routes open for visitors you still get to see quite a lot of Danube Delta.
Best time to pay a visit
This destination is ideal for a late spring, summer or early autumn days.
But the best time of the year to pay a visit here is spring, although the peak seasons are in May and September.
However, coming during the rest of the year has its advantages too: no mosquitoes, no crowds, surreal landscapes and… ice fishing !
DAY 1 – SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES. RARE BIRDS. TRADITIONAL VILLAGES.
Welcome and greetings to Bucharest or Constanta airport.
See the largest wind farm in Europe
See (by helicopter or car) the largest onshore wind farm in Romania and in Europe (600 MW capacity).
It surpasses its rival in Scotland (UK) – Whitelee Wind Farm (322 MW).
Lying at only 17 km west from Black Sea shore, it has excellent wind conditions.
It occupies 1,100 hectares of open field, 600 hectares in Fantanele and 500 hectares in Cogealac communes.
The 240 wind turbines have 100 m height, an average 99 m rotor diameter and 2.5 MW rated capacity each.
These represents about 10% of the green energy production of Romania (including large hydroelectric plants).
Fantanele-Cogealac Wind Farm is also the biggest direct foreign investment in Romania (EUR 1.1 bln).
American company Continental Wind Partners (CWP) that first envisioned the project sold it to CEZ Group, the actual owner.
This holds more than 40% of the green certificates market in Romania.
Transelectrica, the national electric power transmission company of Romania, uses the impressive wind farm.
Dolosman Promontory and Argamum / Orgame fortress
On good weather conditions, prepare for a remarkable panorama over Razim Lake.
And strong wind.
And an apart charm of the fortress’ walls if sun shines favors you.
Not to mention the flora and fauna you can find there.
Otherways, come back on a warmer day !
Archaeological sites: Histria
By the middle of the 7th century BC, colonists from Miletus founded a Greek colony on Dobrogea coast of Pontus Euxinus (Black Sea).
This had to exist for 14 centuries, until the 7th century AD.
One of the first Greek colonies founded in this sea’s basin, it was the oldest on its west coast.
The oldest town attested on the territory of nowadays Romania was also here.
This is a less known destination, of a wild beauty.
Situated in the middle of a fairy tale landscape it neighbors the Black Sea and the Danube Delta.
The last one’s is an unique wetland on UNESCO World Heritage List for its biodiversity and stunning sceneries.
DAY 2 – TULCEA
Stop for an hour or two at Danube Delta Museum.
Have lunch on the only steam war ship in the world.
Enjoy a leisure afternoon in Tulcea city.
DAY 3 – DANUBE DELTA BIOSPHERE RESERVATION
Prepare yourself for a 6 hours boat round-trip across Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation.
This includes a 2.5 hours 4×4 cars guided ride through forest.
With 700 years old trees, this forest is the only one in Europe with lianas.
Lunch box from resort.
Leisure afternoon in a resort.
Now it's the perfect time for a 6 hours boat round-trip across Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation.
This time it includes 4 hours visit of the Pirates’ Capital.
And lunch in Sulina.
Leisure afternoon in a resort.
Danube Delta culinary safari.
DAY 4 ~ DANUBE DELTA BIOSPHERE RESERVATION
Salute the pelicans
Did you ever imagine you could have your coffee with the pelicans ?
Well, we did.
So here you are watching the pelicans colony from only 30-40 m away.
Sunrise breakfast, coffee & drinks with the pelicans – guide from the resort.
Lunch in the resort.
Wild peonies and beach.
DAY 5 – NORTHERN DOBROGEA
Eat. Sleep. Bike.
Visit the Byzantine fortress.
Boat sail and fish on Danube Delta’s channels and Razim Lake.
Open fire lunch atop mountains
Day trip to some of the oldest mountains in Europe formed in the second part of the Paleozoic; picnic, guide and car assistance from resort.
Drive to Bucharest or Constanta airport.
* What to expect: highly customized itinerary planning & travel arrangements, upscale / luxury rooms and suites recommendations, traditional / fine dining top restaurants recommendations, all in city private transfers by chauffeured car, entrance fees.
* Base price (itinerary planning & all inclusive car rental): from 1,150 Euro for up to 6 guests.
* Tour type: escorted.
* Departures: all year round. Some activities are subject to weather conditions.
* Interests: family, romantic, gourmet, history, ruins / archaeology, monasteries, nature, wildlife, bird watching, photography, relaxing
* Available on request:
** Helicopter / jet transfer from Bucharest to Tulcea
** Helicopter tour over Danube Delta Biosphere reservation available on request
* Don’t forget your mosquitoes repellent !
Speak to your local expert and start creating your private bespoke tour !