Day1: Transfer Bucharest – Tulcea. Dinner and accommodation at 3*/4* Guesthouse in Tulcea.
Day2-Day4: During these days we’ll explore Danube Delta’s narrow channels and lakes, bird colonies, reed beds and large willow forests. You will have the chance to see colonies of White Pelican, Dalmatian Pelican and Cormorants, also many Locustella and Acrocephalus warblers (Savi’s, Sedge, Paddyfield, Moustached, Marsh, Reed, Great Reed), egrets, herons, Common Sandpipers, Green Sandpipers and Greenshanks, Kingfishers, Penduline Tits and other reed bed species (including Little Bittern). Raptors will include frequent sightings of Marsh Harriers whilst the Red-footed Falcons will be seen in small groups hunting insects. The spectacular White-tailed Eagles are also a sight that our groups are often lucky to see.
One of the days we’ll visit the virgin forest of Letea, formed on a sandbank that is directly related to the delta’s origin and will pass through one of the oldest still inhabited villages in the Delta where time seemed to have stopped.
We will spend 2 nights at a Guesthouse 3* in Crisan- a village located in the center of the Danube Delta, on the Sulina Branch.
Day 5: Exploring Dobrogea region by car and short hikes or walks. We’ll reach some higher hills rights near the Danube where we will have a great view over the Delta. We can expect bird migration depending on weather. Birds like Long legged Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle and Marsh Harrier can be seen. We’ll walk through some forests where we have chances to see: Levant Sparrowhawk, Middle, Syrian, Grey-headed and Black Woodpeckers, Hawfinces, Sombre Tits, Ortolan Buntings etc. Another place that we can visit is Macin Mountains where there are some interesting species like Long-legged Buzzard, Isabelline Wheatear, Rock Thrush, Ortolan Bunting, Corn Bunting, Hoopoe, etc. Also the scenery here is wonderful, these mountains being the oldest in Europe. Dinner and accommodation at Guesthouse 3*/4* in Tulcea.
Day 6: After breakfast we shall travel southwards, passing through small villages. On our way we will make a stop to Deniz Tepe Hill where we have chances to see: Tawny Pipit, Skylarks, Calandra Larks, Short-toed Larks, Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Isabelline Wheatear etc. The Sinoe-Razelm lake complex lies to the south of the Danube Delta. An extensive sand spit has isolated the area from the Black Sea and has left behind a series of shallow, brackish lakes, which are extremely rich in birds. Our main stop – for lunch – will be at Histria-the ruins of a 7th Century BC greek colony, where there is a large salt marsh containing scattered pools. Herons and ducks can be seen in large numbers, Acrocephalus warblers can be seen quite well here, other birds possible are, Balkan yellow wagtail, some waders etc. This is also the main feeding area for the small delta population of Dalmatian Pelicans. We will have time to walk across the marsh to the ancient Greek-Roman port of Histria.
During this day we will have the opportunity to see also the Black sea Coast at Vadu and on our way back we will visit the Dobrogea Gorges, an old relict of the Caledonian orogeny with a lovely landscape were big numbers of European Ground Squirrels can be seen together with Pied Wheatear, Woodchat Shrike, Barred Warbler, Lesser Spotted Eagles, Booted Eagle etc. Accommodation at Guesthouse 3*/4* in Tulcea.
Day 7: Leaving early in the morning, we will make the transfer from Tulcea to Bucharest (4 – 4.5 hours drive with coffee stop).