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Bike and Barge Danube: Danube Delta | Floating Hotel

This cycling trip by “hotel boat” leads you through the stunning beauty of Europe’s last natural  paradise  Danube Delta  to kilometer “0”,  where the mighty Danube River ends into the Black Sea. The tour takes you through Romania’s Delta, the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas. You will travel along canals with floating reed islands, lagoons and lakes. The landscape  alternates between gently rolling hills, swamp and prairie land and amazes everyone with its diversity and beauty. Life in small fishing villages is tranquil, the solitude and silence of the  almost  impenetrable thicket many times interrupted only by the calls of Dalmatian Pelicans, Cormorants and Egrets. Under expert guidance you will discover the fauna and flora of this landscape, which is also rich in history. Enjoy Romanian hospitality and cuisine on board of your floating hotel and in the cosy guesthouse.

Highlights
– Biosphere reserve Danube Delta
– The monasteries of Celic Dere and Saon
– The antique colony Argamum
– The medieval fortress of Enisala

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  • Dates/Prices

  • Accommodation

    Your ship
    Comfortable and cosy hotelboat with restaurant (air-conditioned) and spacious sundeck with deckchairs; cabins (approx. 9 m²) with private facilities.

    The ship association exists of a raft with cabin tract, sun deck and restaurant as well as a main ship with an engine. Besides there is an accompanying boat that fetches the cyclists also from the narrowest canals of the delta and brings them back to the main ship and there is as well another small one with a platform especially for the bicycles. In the air-conditioned restaurant typically Rumanian specialities are served – you are surprised from the ingenuity of the national kitchen!

    Cabins:
    The cozy cabins are equipped with separate beds and two windows. Showers and toilets are provided in each cabin. The windows can be opened. The cabins have a size of approx. 9 m² and no airconditioning is installed in the cabins. However, the evenings on the water are not especially hot. The windows are equipped with insect protection, therefore you can enjoy your nights.

    Guest house 4* in Tulcea
    This  comfortable hostel, with air-conditioned rooms, is about 5-10  minutes walk from the market square.

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  • Program Danube Delta

    Tour Details Danube: Danube Delta | Floating Hotel

    Day 1: Bucharest
    Individual  arrival to Bucharest/Airport; 2  p.m  bus transfer (approx.  4  h) to the starting point Tulcea in the Danube Delta; Embarkation on the comfortable floating hotel. Dinner and overnight on hotel-boat.

    Day 2: Nufaru – Sfantu Gheorge, approx. 31 km/18.6 mi.

    Along the most southern Danube arm through the nature reserve  Bestepe  Hills. A wonderful view deep down into the  Delta will make you forget some ascents.  At the small fishing village Murighiol we enter into a maze of channels, floating islands, dense forests and a pure wilderness experience by boat. Overnight on hotel-boat.

    Day 3: The journey to kilometer “0”, approx. 25 km/15 mi.

    A bumpy gravel path – on the right the open range of the Black Sea, on the left side the lush green reeds and marsh land. In the loneliness of the Danube Delta Cormorants and Great White Egrets are our permanent companions. Kilometer “0” at Sulina: the Danube has reached its final destination at the lighthouse and starts to merge with the salt of the sea. Overnight on hotel-boat.

    Day 4: Gulf of Musura – Crisan, approx. 23 km/13.8 mi.

    Along  the  bird’s paradise Musura-Bay the path leads you to the  picturesque village Letea. It seems as if time stands still here. The houses are made of reed and loam, lovely painted in blue and all surrounded by contemplative silence. Close to the village, located on a sandbank,  a special wonder of nature can be observed – a tropical forest with climbing plants and lianes. We will reach the fishing village Crisan by boat. Overnight on hotel-boat

    Day 5: The Fauna & Flora of the Danube Delta (day of rest)  

    During  the cruise through a labyrinth of narrow waterways we pass by small  fishing villages and again experience the incredible diversity of the Fauna and Flora of the UNESCO World Heritage Danube Delta. In the afternoon we return from a surreal dream world to the vibrant city life of Tulcea. Overnight on hotel-boat.

    Day 6: Monasteries of the Dobrogea, approx. 26 km/15.6 mi.

    Round trip through a gently undulating  landscape to the orthodox monastery  Celic Dere, the biggest convent of the Dobrogea territory. The beautiful monastery of Saon with its distinctive windmill is located amidst vineyards right on the bank of the Danube. From a ridge you have a fantastic view over the extensive and green floodplain directly of the border to the Ukraine. Transfer back to Tulcea. Overnight at Tulcea guesthouse 4*.

    Day 7: Lagoon-tour to the cape Dolosman, approx. 42 km/25.2 mi.

    By  bus we travel to the old town  Ceamurlia de Jos. The  nature reserve of Cape Dolosman  with  the  Greek-Roman  excavations  of Argamum separates the Delta-lakes Golovita and Razim. By bike you reach the medieval fortress of Enisala, which is located high above the Danube.  Let us enjoy a breathtaking view over the Lagoon Razim! Overnight Tulcea guesthouse 4*.

    Day 8: Transfer Tulcea – Bucharest

    After breakfast bus transfer back to the Romanian capital  Bucharest; arrival at the airport approx. 1 p.m.; possibility of additional nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.

    All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

    When you do not want to cycle one day, you can skip the bike tour and relax on board while cruising to the next town.
    Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.

  • Included

    Included
    – 5 nights on hotelboat, 2 nights in comfortable guesthouse 4* in Tulcea
    – Schedule incl. all transfers according to itinerary from/to Bucharest (day 1 + 8)
    – Bike-Guide / Wildlife-Guide
    – Support van and support boat
    – Full Board: breakfast, lunchbox or picnic, dinner
    – bed linen and towels; cleaning of the cabin
    – Folklore show
    – Informational material per cabin

    NOT INCLUDED:
    – Transfers to/from Bucharest,
    – Reservation fee
    – Rental bicycle,
    – Entrance fees & excursions,
    – Parking fee,
    – Drinks on board,
    – Personal (travel) insurances,
    – Gratuities (at your discretion).

    Reservation fee: €15 per booking/group (obligated)
    Bike rent for 21 gear bike: €89 per person

  • Cabin types and prices

    Departure dates 2018 – Danube Delta:

    Season 1: April 21, September 29
    Season 2: May 9 and 19; June 4 and 17; August 25; September 8 and 22

    Tour price 2018 per person in Euro – Danube Delta:

    Departures Season 1 Season 2
    2-bed cabin / room                     999 1,209
    1-bed cabin / room                  1,369 1,579
  • Good to know

    General information
    With our experienced local wildlife- and bike-guides you learn to recognize birds by their noise  or  in  flight, discover  rare  plants  and  animals, learn  about  the  life  of  the  Delta residents  and  the  incredible  eventful  past  of  this  region, which already  fascinated the Romans, Greeks and Dacians. You are accommodated on a modern floating Hotel and in a family run, comfortable  4*  guesthouse.  The meals are traditional with fish, meat and vegetables, for lunch picnics or lunch packs will be offered. You cycle in groups of 12-20 people. Therefore it is necessary to have some  experience in bike tours. Sand- and gravel roads require to be in an average physical shape, but should be succeed by everybody, as the daily stretches are quite short. Some stretches are done  by  boat  or bus. Itinerary is subject to change – in case of higher forces (water  level,  technical breakdown). Before and after your bike tour you also have the possibility to book extra nights in Tulcea or Bucharest.

    Rental bikes & equipment  
    – 21-speed-hybrid bikes with  caliper brake including panniers: € 89 per bike/week
    – Bike helmet-rental,  limited availability  (€  25,- payable locally). We advice you to bring your own good-fitting helmet.
    E-bikes are not possible on this trip.

    Tour profile
    Level 2; amidst the Danube Delta flat, gravel or paved paths, 2 days tarmaced country roads in a gently hilly landscape (sometimes some traffic).

    Catering:
    The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast, packed lunch and a warm dinner in the evening. The catering consists of full board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. Vegetarian catering is possible, please announce this with reservation and discuss it again with the tour guide on site.

    Minimum of participants
    12 people (has to be reached 4 weeks before  cruise start  at the latest). Maximum number: 20 persons

    CONTACT:
    Boat Bike Tours BV
    ’t Prooyen 3-B
    1141 VD Monnickendam
    The Netherlands
    Tel: +31 299 313071
    Fax: +31 299 313065
    info@boatbiketours.com
    www.boatbiketours.com

    The organisation/executive tour operator: Rad & Reisen GmbH, Vienna (A).
    The tour operator is entitled to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants has not been reached. We recommend using a travel and cancellation insurance.

    Stand: September 4, 2017

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