• The Danube Delta Experience
  • The Danube Delta Experience
  • The Danube Delta Experience
  • The Danube Delta Experience

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from £749 per person. Book here or call 0207 101 4061.

Discover Europe’s largest wetland and one of the most beautiful places on Earth on the wonderful Danube Delta Experience. An area of sheer wild beauty surrounded by an abundance of nature, the Danube Delta is a naturalists paradise with endless waterways inhabited by herons, pelicans and cormorants, and narrow canals lined with floating reeds and sparkling water lilies.

After a night in Bucharest, the adventure begins with a transfer by boat from Tulcea into the depths of the delta to the small fishing village of Crisan where you’ll feast on freshly caught fish surrounded by the panoramic sounds of nature at a sunset barbeque. The next day is spent venturing to the Ukrainian village of Letea by boat through the untouched landscape of the Old Danube Delta where guests are welcomed for a traditional homemade lunch on the edge of the wild forest of Letea where herds of wild horses rove the deserted plains pausing to drink from shallow pools of water.

Spend the next few days relaxing in the peace and quiet of sleepy Sfantu Gheroghe and enjoy a plethora of nature and water-based activities including fishing, kayaking and birdwatching. Head down to the wild sandy beach for some warm sunshine, explore the fishing village by foot or simply enjoy the grounds and facilities of Green Village. The experience also includes a boat trip to the Sachalin Peninsula, one of the most important spots for breeding and migration in the Delta where guests will witness flocks of white and Dalmatian pelicans.

Wild, wonderful and utterly undiscovered.


The Experience

Day 1: Arrival in Bucharest followed by an airport transfer to your boutique accommodation in the heart of the Lipscani district. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the laid back atmosphere of the old town with its collection of bars, cafes and bistros

Day 2: Morning transfer to Tulcea before travelling into the depths of the Danube Delta by boat all the way to the small fishing village of Crisan where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Delta and a barbecue at sunset featuring freshly caught fish

Day 3: Day spent in and around Crisan with the opportunity to get involved in some fishing, kayaking down the narrow water canals or simply enjoying the sunshine by the pool

Day 4: Transfer to Letea by boat via the Old Danube Delta stopping for a traditional lunch in the village along with a short excursion to the forest of Letea where you may well be able to spot wild horses. After lunch, the boat travels to the fishing town of Sulina for a drink and a wander before heading onwards to Sfantu Gheorghe

Day 5: Day spent in Sfantu Gheorghe at your leisure. Head down to the wild beach for some sunshine, explore the village or simply enjoy the luxurious facilities at Green Village including swimming pool, outdoor cinema, gym and billiard room

Day 6: Day in Sfantu Gheorghe including a bird watching excursion by boat to the Sachalin Peninsula – one of the most important spots for migration and breeding in the Delta. Witness flocks of white and Dalmatian pelicans along with many other types of bird and wildlife

Day 7: Boat transfer to Mahmudia in time for lunch before beginning the journey back to Bucharest by car then enjoy dinner in Bucharest for your final night

Day 8: Transfer to Bucharest airport for return flight

Tell me more about:  The Locations  |  The Seasons  |  The Highlights  |  The Booking Process  |  The Availability


The Price

The price for this experience includes:

Includes   Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country boat and road transfers

Includes   Accommodation 2 nights boutique B&B accommodation in Bucharest, 2 nights B&B accommodation in the fishing village of Crisan, 3 nights B&B accommodation in Sfantu Gheorghe

Includes   Activities Traditional Delta lunch in Letea, boat excursion to the Sachalin Peninsula

Includes   Other The services of a bi-lingual guide, the Danube Delta Experience booklet, welcome drink

Please Note: Our prices are based on two people sharing. For solo travellers, there is often a single supplement, please check the booking page of the experience for confirmation of the rates. For up-to-date prices, bookings and enquiries, please click here.

The Group

2 – 12 people

Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.


The Alternatives

The Romania Experience: This two-week epic adventure does not only include the full Transylvania Experience, but will also take you further north in Maramures, where you can truly take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the rural life in the village of Breb. Visit the underground amusement park at Turda Salt Mines, the traditional wooden churches, and the quirky Merry Cemetery and learn more about the communism history by a visit to the chilling Memorial of the Victims of Communism Museum. End the adventure with a few days in the tranquility of the Danube Delta, drifting on the waterways and marveling at the plethora of nature surrounding you – a naturalist’s paradise!



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The Country

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think of Romania and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of Dracula, vampires and gypsies. Yes, the spooky castles pitched on rocky hilltops are certainly vampire-worthy but the only real fangs you’re likely to be exposed to here are those belonging to the wild bears, wolves and lynx that roam the Carpathian Mountains. Once you place the stereotypes aside for a moment, you’ll soon understand how misunderstood, overlooked and vastly underestimated this country is.

From the untouched Transylvanian countryside and the beautiful mountain scenery in the Carpathian Mountains, the wooden churches and painted monasteries of Maramures and the medieval towns of Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara, to the Danube Delta’s abundance of birds and wildlife, and the magnetic buzz of the fast-paced capital of Bucharest, the variation and contrast across Romania is staggering.

Of course, there’s far too much to see in just one visit but here’s what to expect from the Danube Delta Experience…



Imagine introducing a Communist dictator to Paris for 15 years, add an earthquake for good measure and you’ll end up with something similar to what you have in Bucharest. Fortunately much of Bucharest’s past beauty still remains and you’re likely to find it with every wrong turn you make. It’s a city full of surprises and it’s this contrast that makes it such a fascinating place to explore.

At first glance the city might seem a little run down with remnants of its communist past on full view, however when you look a little closer and scratch beneath the surface it is a city of stunning contrast. In fact, it is the contrast that we love so much about Bucharest, its towering communist blocks sitting right next to the most beautiful buildings showcasing wonderful examples of belle époque architecture.

You’re also likely to notice a few things other things in Bucharest — cars and dogs! Romania’s capital has an abundance of both. The latter being a sad after effect of Nicolae Ceausescu’s programme of systematisation, where he methodically moved families from their houses to purpose built communist blocks and often household pets had to be left behind.  A lot of people seem to be intimidated or put off by Bucharest, but if you can get past preconceptions you might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

All of our Bucharest hotels are based in the old district of Lipscani (pronounced locally as Lip-scan), which is the beating heart of the city and our favourite place to wine and dine in the evenings. There are tons of quaint eateries and buzzing bars, you just need to get yourself lost amongst the historic backstreets or follow our recommendations for the best places to grab a bite or a few drinks.

Accommodation in Bucharest:

Includes Z Executive Hotel

Includes Rembrandt Hotel

Includes Grand Boutique Hotel

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.


The Danube Delta

The mighty Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the Black Sea, it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas and with 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands it really is a nature-lover’s paradise!

Teaming with the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe, the maze of canals bordered by thatch, willows and oaks entangled in lianas, offers the perfect breeding ground for countless species of birds, some of them from as far away as China and Africa. Huge numbers of Egyptian white pelicans arrive here every spring to raise their young, while equal numbers of Arctic geese come here to escape the harsh winters of Northern Europe.

Some 300 species of birds make Danube’s Delta their home; the best time to sea them being from early spring to late summer. But birds are not the only inhabitants of the Delta. There is also a rich community of fish and animals from wildcats, foxes and wolves, to boars, deer and wild horses. Altogether 3,450 animal species can be seen here as well as 1,700 plant species.


Facts & Figures


The Danube Delta Channels

The Danube Delta is comprised of an intricate network of waterways and lakes divided between the three main estuary channels of the Danube. Tulcea is located at the tip of the three channels and is the starting point from which you’ll explore the Delta. The channels or bratuls are named after their respective ports: Chilia (in the north), Sulina (in the middle), and Sfantu Gheorghe (in the south).

The Chilia Channel: The Chilia Channel represents the youngest of the Danube Delta branches and extends 72 miles along the Ukrainian border with several villages scattered along its shores including the settlement of Chilia Veche, which used to be a Greek colony, stretches for some 72 miles along the border with Ukraine and has the greatest flow of water (approximately 60%) of the three arms. Interestingly enough, a few centuries ago the port of Chilia was located directly on the Black Sea and was vital in connecting Europe to the Orient while nowadays it lies more than 25 miles from the sea! The channel is also home to the Ukrainian village of Letea and its protected forest.

The Sulina Channel: Stretching 42 miles from Tulcea to Sulina, the Sulina Channel is the shortest of the three bratuls encompassing the port of Sulina which, despite carrying only 18% of the total water flow in the Danube Delta, still represents the main navigation route for all through traffic. The fishing village of Crisan is also located on the Sulina Channel and was made accessible due to the canal that was dug up to ease river traffic between 1880 and 1902.

Accommodation in Crisan:

Includes Danube Delta Resort

Includes Delta Boutique & Carmen Silva Resort

The Sfantu Gheorghe Channel: Stretching some 67 miles and carrying 23% of the Danube’s total water flow, the Sfantu Gheorghe channel is home to a number of little fishing villages along its banks including the pretty village of Sfantu Gheorghe where you’re likely to be based.

Accommodation in Sfantu Gheorghe:

Includes Green Village Resort

Please Note: Accommodation will be allocated by Untravelled Paths subject to availability. In the event there is no availability we will use alternative accommodation of similar standard and quality.

Tell me more about:  The Itinerary  |  The Seasons  |  The Highlights  |  The Booking Process  |  The Availability


The Season

The Danube Delta bursts into life every spring when hundreds of birds begin their migration to the area in May. From this point onwards, the delta teams with wonderful wildlife until the end of September when the bird migration takes place at the beginning of autumn. Although it is possible to visit the Danube Delta outside of these times, the weather can be a bit miserable and most establishments shut up shop until the spring arrives.

Thanks to its proximity to the Black Sea and the humidity emitted from the large surface area of water, the climate during the season in the delta is predominately continental with lovely warm summers and long sunny days. In fact, with only 18 inches of rainfall each year you’re unlikely to encounter a drop of rain on your trip!

However, despite the high temperatures in summer, it is highly advisable to pack some warmer items of clothing for the evenings which can get a little chilly and also for days out on the boat to protect against any wind chill.

May: The last month in spring is one of the loveliest times of year to visit the Danube Delta as it corresponds to the migrations. The temperature is pleasant and the mosquitoes are yet to arrive. The perfect time if you’re serious about your birdwatching.

June: June is our second favourite time of year to visit the delta, behind May and September when the birds start their migrations. You’ll have warm sunny days on the water and cool breezy nights. Simply divine.

July & August: In the full swing of summer, visiting the Danube Delta in July and August affords long hot sunny days and blue skies but you’ll also have to deal with the mosquitoes. There are more crowds in the summertime than in spring or autumn but you’ll have lots of peace and quiet in the sleepy fishing villages of Crisan, Letea and Sfantu Gheorghe.

September: Along with May, the first month of autumn is the best time to visit to Danube Delta as you’ll witness the bird migration as they leave for warmer climes. If you’re an avid birdwatcher then this is the month to get yourself out here!


The Duration & The Calendar

The Danube Delta Experience takes place over seven nights and eight days and typically commences every Saturday during the season. However, the arrival and departure times of your chosen flights may well affect the exact duration of your stay. Many use the flexibility of booking their own flights to add an additional night or two (or three) in Bucharest at the beginning and/or end of the experience to make the very most of their time in Romania.

The calendar on the BOOK NOW page shows exactly when trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer. Click here to see available dates and rates on our calendar.

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The Highlights

There are hundreds of reasons why we think you would be mad not to experience the Danube Delta but here are a few of our personal trip highlights to help persuade you…

The Wildlife: Wildlife, wildlife and more wildlife, with flora and fauna in abundance. The Danube Delta hosts 98% of European aquatic fauna. This means over 3,400 animal species, the vast majority are unique to the world; approximately 300 bird species, most declared natural monuments; around 160 fish species; a vast array of mammals including fox, wild cat, wolf, bear, wild boars and water snakes; and over 1,150 plant species.

The Last Remaining Wilderness: As a biosphere reserve, the Danube Delta is a wild but fragile paradise. In fact, several areas have been declared official natural reservations and the delta itself is part of the United Nations’ list of natural monuments. Its patchwork of channels, streamlets, lakes and marshes can only truly be explored by boat making it an incredibly remote area and the epitome of sheer wild beauty.

The Traditional Fishing Villages: The Danube Delta’s sleepy fishing villages are like remnants of an ancestral world and represent one of our top experience highlights. Located in the heart of the delta community, the tiny fishing villages of Crisan, Sfantu Gheorghe and Letea offer an authentic insight into the traditional way of life in this area where the local people make their living from fishing. It’s no surprise then that fresh fish features on the delta menu and you’ll be treated to a traditional lunch at the Ukrainian village of Letea where you’ll sample their famous sour fish soup (ciorba de peste) which is typically served with big chunks of sturgeon, carp or pike and sprinkled with chili pepper or garlic.

The Birds: The vast array of birds in the Danube Delta deserves a special mention. With more than 300 species of migratory and resident birds including eagles, egrets, vultures, geese, cranes, ibises, cormorants, swans and pelicans, the Danube Delta is the ultimate bird-watchers’ paradise.

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The Grapevine

Don’t just take our word for it… have a read through the 5* reviews our past guests have left on Facebook and Trustpilot.



The Booking Process

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Just follow the steps below…

Includes Enquiry form: Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

Includes Confirmation: We will get back to you within 24 hours answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking. 

Includes Booking form: Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

Includes Payment: As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 6 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 25% deposit will be taken. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before travelling. Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 6 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

Includes Final confirmation: Shortly after you paid, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalized itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!


The Flights

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bucharest with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Includes London Heathrow                      Includes Bristol

Includes London Gatwick                          Includes Doncaster                  

Includes London Stansted                         Includes Glasgow

Includes London Luton                              Includes Dublin

Includes Birmingham                                 For other airports click here

Your airport transfers are 100% flexible allowing you the freedom to arrive and depart at any time you choose on the arrival/departure date whether that be at 6am in the morning or 11pm at night.

For those wanting to book additional nights at the beginning or end of the trip please note that your airport pick-up and drop-off will still be included provided that you book your accommodation for the extra nights directly through us. If not you will need to organise your own transfers to and from the airport. Please contact us if you need advice or assistance.

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The Personality

This experience is suitable for all ages and tastes from the young to the young at heart. It also matches with the below travel personalities and groups:

Includes The Nature Enthusiast

Includes The Wildlife Warrior

Includes The Animal Lover

Includes The Explorer

Includes The Free Spirit


The Group 

As the Danube Delta is largely explored by boat, the size of group we recommend is no more than six at a time. While we can certainly provide for larger parties, please be aware that this will often mean splitting the group up into smaller numbers in order to facilitate travel on the water through the delta’s narrow canals. We think the Danube Delta Experience is perfect for the following types of group.

Includes The Friends

Includes The Family

Includes The Couple

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The Booking & Enquiry Form

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, you’d like to check availability and prices or you have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Single Supplement: Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers there is a £25 single supplement per night (£175 total for the experience).

Extra Nights: If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

Special offers are highlighted in orange. Super special offers are highlighted in yellow.

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