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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 aircondition 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • 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  familyrun,  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.

    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: Oct. 25th, 2016

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