Explore Europe’s Oldest and Newest Land

Explore Europe’s Oldest and Newest Land

Area: Macin Mountains National Park and Danube Delta
Level rate: Medium
Dates of departure: April-October
Nr. of team members:2-7 + guide
Trip duration (days): 7
Gear: Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, tent, front light, good boots, waterproof and warm changing clothes, water can, sweets, first-aid kit , chlorine pills for disinfecting the water.

Pelecanus Crispus

Macin mountains and Danube Delta

Having a maximum high over 460 m Macin Mountains is showing an impressive outline, with their peaks growing suddenly near Danube. We need to mention that the difference of altitude between the Danube meadow and the main chain is considerable big and the rocky peak of Pricopan reproduces on a smaller scale, the proud of Meridional Carpathian Ridges (Fagaras Mountains).

Schedule

Bird-watching in Macin Mountains and Danube Delta. This tour is for active birdwatchers, those who can hike few hours carrying the tent, photo camera and gear or paddle in the Danube Delta.

Day 1. hiking on Macin Mountains

Transfer by car/minibus towards Macin Mountains National Park: Bucharest Airport Otopeni – Braila – Smardan– Luncavita – Valea Fagilor Nature Rezerve.

Pitching the tents. Stay over night (height: 100 m)

Having a maximum high over 460 m Macin Mountains is showing an impressive outline, with their peaks growing suddenly near Danube. We need to mention that the difference of altitude between the Danube meadow and the main chain is considerable big and the rocky peak of Pricopan reproduces on a smaller scale, the proud of Meridional Carpathian Ridges (Fagaras Mountains).
The Macin Mountains Protected Area is situated in one of Europe’s most outstanding natural regions, and can be considered to be a key component of the natural heritage of both Romania and the rest of the world. The richness of its biodiversity, its size and its location gives it the potential to become one of the regions more important protected areas.

Day 2. Hiking through the European beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest

Hiking through the European beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest towards the Tutuiatu Peak (467 m), the highest altitude of Dobrogea and Ioanesu Peak. Camping area at five minutes from Ioanesu Peak.

  • After breakfast (included) we leave our camp site, taking the tents with us.
    An easy hiking follows, for about 6 (six) hours
  • Height difference: 367 m
  • Picnic lunch(included)
    In the evening we set our camp and enjoy the great view next to the campfire
  • Picnic dinner(included)

Day 3. Hiking on Măcin Mountains

Hiking toward Greci village and Pricopan Ridge. Pitching the tents in the Piatra Râioasa Peak area (height: 200 m). Stay over night.

  • Breakfast(included)
  • Moderate hike
  • Hiking time – 6 (six) hours
  • Picnic lunch(included)
  • Visiting Greci Village(a large community of ex stone workers community), the Sulucu Mare Peak (370 m) and Pricopan Summit, the Dinosaurus and “The Sleeping Girl” (granite rock formations)
  • In the evening we set our camp next to Piatra Raioasa Peak
  • Picnic dinner(included)

Day 4. Macin – Tulcea - Danube Delta

Unpitching the tents and leaving the campsite for the Town of Macin(2h hike). Transfer by public minibus to the city of Tulcea and to Crisan (a typical Danube Delta village) by ferryboat. A canoe training, a little practicing and canoeing for Caraorman channel sleeping spot (south from Crisan).

  • Breakfast(included)
  • Easy hike through Macin Mountains
  • Transfer with a catamaran/ferry boat 47km
  • Picnic lunch (included)
  • Easy canoeing
  • Camping on a sandy beach on the side of Caraorman Chanel in the hart of the delta
  • Birdwatching
  • Picnic dinner(included)

Day 5. Canoeing in Danube Delta

Caraorman Chanel – Suez Chanel – Perivolovca Chanel – Litcov Chanel – Cuibul cu Lebede Lake (Nest of Swans Lake)

  • Easy canoeing
  • Breakfast(included)
  • Canoeing close to the Caraorman sand dunes
  • Picnic lunch (included)
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping and picnic dinner(included)

Day 6. Canoeing & Birdwatching in Danube Delta

Litcov Chanel – Lung Chanel – short visit to Obretin Lake – Sulina arm Breakfast(included)

  • Easy canoeing
  • Short visit to Obretin Lake
  • Lunch(included)
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping in Crisan village next to a traditional lipovan house
  • Traditional dinner(included)

Optional: In the last night we could accommodate in a pension house in Crisan Village (Not included)

Day 7. Leaving Danube Delta, transfer to Bucharest

Crisan –Tulcea – Bucharest

  • We wake up early in the morning and raise the camp.
  • Breakfast(included)
  • Transfer by ferry to Tulcea at 8:00
  • Lunch(not included)
  • Transfer from Tulcea to Bucharest by minibus and arrival in Bucharest around 17:00(270 km).


Note:      Please be aware that the present schedule is subject to alterations according to the weather condition, daily timing, the physical shape of the attendees, as well as unforeseen delays.

Price and details

The quote for the tour are:

Number of persons  Price/person (EURO)
2 767,-
3 665,-
4 547,-
5 477,-
6 431,-
7 398,-

And includes:
– All transfers in Romania (including Catamaran/Ferry boat transfer in Danube Delta)
– Accommodation: camping in tents
– All picnic meals that are mentioned as included
– Guiding service (English speaking) for the whole program
– Rental of specific equipment such as: kayaks, live vest, tents, etc.