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Wildlife of the Danube Delta

The Danube

from £1,539 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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Stay overnight in lively Bucharest before sailing along one of Europe's most beautiful rivers

Contrast the cultural capital city of Bucharest with the natural wonders of the scenic Danube Delta on this fascinating cruise to the Black Sea Coast in the company of an expert naturalist...

Including...

2 nights in a hotel, 5 aboard the ship

18 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners

Excursions

  • Tour of Bucharest
  • Two days Delta exploration aboard a smaller vessel

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Day 1 UK to Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania

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


Day 2 Bucharest

Parliament building in Bucharest

Enjoy an included tour of the lively capital of Romania, 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

Bid farewell to the capital after breakfast and transfer to Tulcea where you will embark Amadeus Royal. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner on board as you remain moored here overnight.

Tulcea Romania Europe

Day 4 Tulcea to St Georghe

Wild horses along the Danube Delta

Set off this morning and sail through the stunning 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 Delta to reach the Black Sea coast.

You 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

Pelicans on the Danube Delta

April is the perfect time to see the wildlife of the Delta and today you are in for a treat as you will step onto 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 believe to make the reserve their home. Many more migrate thousands of miles to spend time in the biosphere at different times of the year. Keep an eye out for herons, pelicans, several varieties of eagle, songbirds and seabirds plus species from as far afield as Siberia – including polar grebes and cranes – and China – egrets and Mandarin ducks.

Day 6 Danube Delta

Explore the Danube Delta

Enjoy another day onboard a smaller ship, negotiating lakes and marshes which are inaccessible to larger cruise vessels. This evening return to Amadeus Royal before resuming your cruise.

Day 7 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.

Remain moored here overnight.

Braila Romania Europe

Day 8 Braila to Bucharest to UK

University Square, Bucharest

This morning, disembark Amadeus Royal for your return flight to the UK.


Bucharest Romania Europe

Your Expert Naturalists

Martin Hughes-Games - Joining the 2020 and June 2021 dates

Joining you on your holiday will be Martin Hughes-Games, a former presenter on BBC television programme Springwatch. Martin will regale passengers with a 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. He will also bring the wildlife of the Danube Delta to life each day, with fascinating insights into the animals and birdlife, plus their UNESCO-listed habitat.

Martin Hughes Games

Stephen Moss – Joining the August 2021 date

A lifelong naturalist, Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s foremost nature writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. He was an original producer of BBC’s Bafta-winning series Springwatch and has also worked on Big Cat Diary and Birds Britannia, in addition to writing a monthly column for The Guardian and regular appearances on BBC Radio 4. Stephen will join you for the second half of your cruise to deliver talks on both his experiences producing wildlife documentaries and focusing on the bird and wildlife of the Danube Delta, as well as reading excerpts from his new book Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names. Free copies of the book, signed by the author himself on board, is included for all passengers booking this cruise.

Stephen Moss

Please note

Some of the highlights may only be seen on optional excursions at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Wildlife of the Danube Delta

The Danube

from £1,539 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required