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    Wildlife of the Danube Delta
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Birdwatching on the Danube Delta

The Danube

  • A car with a tick VIP on selected river cruises
  • A plate with a knife and fork Half board at hotel/Full board on ship

Observe the birdlife of the Danube Delta

A two-night hotel stay in the cultural capital city of Bucharest and the opportunity to see some of the main attractions during an included tour marks the start of your holiday. After embarking Spirit of the Danube in Tulcea, another included excursion visits the silver-domed Saon Monastery and Danube Delta Museum. Begin your five-night cruise along the Danube, passing through the untouched natural scenery of the wildlife-rich Danube Delta before stopping at the historic fishing village of St Georghe for a two-night mooring on the south east tip of the Danube Delta reserve.

From here you’ll venture into the delta on two included trips aboard smaller boats, which can negotiate the lakes and marshes which are out of reach to larger vessels. It is believed that over 300 bird species inhabit the reserve including herons, pelicans, eagles, songbirds and seabirds, so be sure to bring your binoculars, although these will be available on board. To enhance your experience further there will be wildlife themed talks from our expert host back on board Spirit of the Danube. Spend the final full day of your holiday in the Romanian town of Braila, where you can explore independently or head across the border to Moldova for an optional excursion to the traditional village of Valeni.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed5 nights Full Board on board, 2 nights Half Board in a hotel (2022 departures)

Bed5 nights All Inclusive on board, 2 nights Half Board in a hotel (2023 departures)

Dinner plate19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners

CocktailWine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship (2022 departures)

CocktailFree bar open 15 hours a day† (2023 departures)

PersonCruise Host

Plus…

  • Expert host
  • Drinks reception and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • All gratuities on board
  • Return flights and transfers

MapIncluded excursions

  • Bucharest city tour
  • Visit to Soan Monastery and the Danube Delta Museum in Tulcea
  • Two days Delta exploration aboard a smaller vessel

The free bar available in 2023 is open from 9am to midnight and serves non-branded alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Joining you on board

Martin Hughes-Games (June 18, 2022)

Joining you on your holiday will be Martin Hughes-Games, a former presenter on BBC television programme Springwatch. Martin will talk about his experiences in 30 years as a wildlife producer. Look forward to seeing a collection of exciting clips from his career, including jumping out of a hot air balloon while being chased by a peregrine falcon, testing the theory that piranha can strip a carcass to the bone in a matter of minutes in the Amazon and almost wiping out his film crew after thousands of tons of glacial ice fell onto them while they were trying to film polar bears.

Martin Hughes-Games

Miranda Krestovnikoff (June 13, 2023)

Radio and television presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff is an accomplished musician and a qualified scuba diver and will join this cruise departing June 13, 2023. Miranda is a resident wildlife expert on BBC One’s The One Show, having presented natural history stories for the last six years. She is a regular on BBC One’s Inside Out and one of the original members of the Coast team, exploring Great Britain’s shoreline. Miranda also specialises in history and archaeological programmes including the Channel 4 series Wreck Detectives and the BBC 2 series Hidden Treasure.

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Bucharest

Basarab Bridge, Bucharest, Romania

Fly to Bucharest and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Novotel Bucharest Hotel (4Q) for a two-night stay with dinners included.


Day 2 Bucharest

Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Enjoy an included tour of Romania’s lively capital city, Bucharest – popular with the jet set and known as ‘Little Paris’ in the 1900s. See the enormous Palace of the Parliament – dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s egotistical folly – and the Patriarchal Church. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore independently before dinner back at the hotel this evening.


Day 3 Bucharest to Tulcea

Tulcea City, Romania

Leave the capital after breakfast and transfer to Tulcea – a journey of approximately four hours plus a comfort stop for lunch en route – where you will embark Spirit of the Danube.

Enjoy dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.

Tulcea Romania Europe

Day 4 Tulcea to St Georghe

European bee eater in the Danube Delta

This morning an included excursion visits the Saon Monastery and the Danube Delta Museum. The complex, which is set atop a hill near the Danube Delta, incorporates a traditional windmill, several churches and the monastery with its three silver domes. It’s surrounded by a lake, orchards and a working farm which is home to ostriches and roaming peacocks. After your visit return to Tulcea where you can join a guided tour of the museum dedicated to the history of the Danube Delta.

Spirit of the Danube sets sail in the early afternoon bound for the beautiful scenery of the Danube Delta, a wetland biosphere that is Europe's second largest delta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The reed beds and groves of willow, oak and poplar provide sanctuary for over 300 species of bird! You will sail through the heart of the delta to reach the Black Sea coast, where your ship will moor for the next two nights at the historic fishing village of St Georghe, located at the very south east tip of the reserve, close to the longest stretches of beach on the Romanian coast. With a history dating back to the 14th century, the village is renowned for its traditional cooking and in particular its famous black caviar.

St Georghe Romania Europe

Day 5 Danube Delta

Pelican colony in the Danube Delta

This morning you are in for a treat as you will step aboard a smaller vessel to explore the waters and wildlife at closer quarters.

The Delta is known the world over as a haven for birdlife and more than 300 species are believed to inhabit the reserve. Many more migrate thousands of miles to spend time in the biosphere at different times of the year.

Keep an eye out for herons, egrets, storks, white and Dalmatian pelicans, pygmy cormorants, several varieties of eagle, and many songbird species.

Day 6 Danube Delta

Horses in the Danube Delta

Enjoy another morning on board a smaller ship, negotiating a different area of the delta, where the lakes and marshes are inaccessible to larger cruise vessels.

Your ship departs St Georghe late this afternoon and sails overnight across the border into Romania, towards Braila.

Day 7 Braila

The centre of Braila

Enjoy a full day in the Romanian town of Braila, once an important trading port and home to some elegant merchants’ villas as a result. You can explore independently or perhaps join an optional excursion across the border to Moldova.

Cruise through the night towards Chiciu.

Braila Romania Europe

Day 8 Chiciu to Bucharest to UK

Silistra and the Danube River, Bulgaria

This morning, disembark Spirit of the Danube and transfer to Bucharest, a journey of approximately two hours depending on traffic, for your return flight to the UK.

Village of Valeni

Perhaps add another country to your itinerary by opting to join this full-day excursion across the border to the Republic of Moldova to visit the traditional village of Valeni.

After a near two-hour transfer by coach across the border, head to a traditional household to meet the locals and perhaps share some homemade bread. Later visit a museum to learn more about the culture and community – including the local wine industry – and perhaps trying your own hand at traditional bread making. Enjoy a typical Moldavian lunch of vegetables and sarmalute – seasoned minced meat and rice, wrapped in vine leaves – perhaps with a drop of local wine and followed by a cookie.

After lunch you’ll take in a customary folklore dance before another workshop offers you the opportunity to learn the ‘Seven steps round’ dance for yourself, before you bid farewell to Moldova and transfer back to your ship.

Please note: In order to cross the Moldavian border you will require a passport with at least six months of validity remaining. The walk from the bus stop to the village is around 700 metres on a slightly uneven and sloped path.

Walking grade 3

Full day
Typical Moldavian lunch, sarmalute
Valeni Romania Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Birdwatching on the Danube Delta

The Danube