• On arrival in Bucharest, we meet our local guide and drive northwards to Zarnesti. This journey of approximately three hours takes us gradually into the forested Carpathian Mountains, and we arrive at our accommodation during the evening.
    • Accommodation: Accommodation: Guesthouse in Zarnesti, 3-nights on full board basis.
    • Over the next couple of days we explore the surrounding area around Zarnesti in search of the region’s mammals and birds. One of the locations we visit during our time here is the Zarnesti Gorges, where we hope to see wallcreeper, treecreeper, crag martin, alpine swift, both black and white-backed woodpeckers, and honey buzzard. Another site we visit is the nearby forest meadows in search of Ural owl, nutcracker, three-toed and black woodpeckers, plus an array of passerines.        
    • On both days in the late afternoon, we head to the Stramba Valley, which has a number of hides that are used for watching bears. At this time of year, the bears are still hungry after hibernating through the winter months and are particularly active foraging and searching for their food. 
    • Today we travel east, leaving the Carpathian Mountains behind, to Tulcea. The drive takes most of the day, however there will be stops en route to stretch our legs and perhaps do a spot of birding. Some of the species that we have the opportunity to see could include European bee-eater, lesser-spotted eagle, levant sparrowhawk, collared flycatcher and imperial eagle. 
    • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Tulcea, 1-night on full board basis.
    • We have two full days to explore the Danube Delta and enjoy its abundance of wildlife. We experience the delta both from the water on our own private boat, and also on foot on the extensive network of trails, as well as making use of some specialist hides.
    • The Danube Delta is arguably the best preserved delta on the whole continent. Covering more than 5,000 square kilometres, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1991. This wetland wilderness is genuine paradise for wildlife – more than 300 bird species have been recorded and almost 90% of the aquatic fauna found in Europe is found here. Muskrats, minks, golden jackals and otters are just a few of the mammals that we may spot.
    • However, the other real highlight of the delta is the sheer profusion and diversity of birdlife that lives here. With raptors and waterbirds aplenty, there is certainly more than enough to be looking for. From the 300 species, some of the birds that we hope to see are golden eagles, pied avocet, common kingfisher, hoopoe, European rollers, red-footed falcons and pygmy cormorants. An iconic sighting in the Danube Delta is to see large flocks of both Dalmatian and white pelicans. 
    • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Crisan, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • This morning we spend more time exploring the Danube Delta to search for some of the species that we may not have seen yet, before driving back to Tulcea this afternoon for our last night in Romania.
    • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Tulcea, 1-night on full board basis.
    • Today, we drive back to Bucharest which will take approximately three and a half hours, again stopping en route to break up the journey and stretch our legs. On arrival at Bucharest airport, we check-in for our return flight back to the UK.  

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • All meals
  • Accommodation
  • Guided activities

Accommodation

We stay in comfortable guesthouses; all rooms have an en suite bathroom. 

Meals

All meals are included.

Breakfasts and dinners taken at the guesthouse. Lunches are mostly picnics with an occasional sit-down lunch at one of the region’s traditional restaurants.  

Birds

By early June, the vast majority of the migrant birds have arrived in Romania and many of the birds in the Danube Delta are nesting at this time of year too. 

  • Dalmatian pelican
  • Golden eagle
  • European roller
  • Red-footed falcon

Mammals

Romania is one of the best countries in Europe to look for mammals. Early June is a particularly good time to look for brown bears as they are actively foraging for food after a long hibernation. However, there are plenty of other mammals for us to find. 

  • European brown bear
  • Golden jackal
  • Chamois
  • European otter 

Reptiles

Romania is an excellent place to see reptiles and amphibians, with 36 and 23 species respectively. The Danube Delta in particular is haven to many of these species. 

  • Fire salamander
  • Adder
  • Sand lizard
  • Steppe-runner 

Flora

The Carpathian Mountains in Romania hold a wealth of botanical treasures. With different plants and flowers found at various altitudes, it is certainly an excellent place to enjoy the flora which includes more than 50 species of orchid. The flowers in the Carpathians are at their best from June until mid-July. 

Boat trips

During our stay in the Danube Delta, we explore this wilderness by boat and on foot. For the boat trips we have our own private vessel for exploring the various channels and waterways in the delta. 

Walking

The walking in the Carpathians is mostly easy, with a few short, reasonably steep sections. In the Danube, the walking is easy and the trails are level due to the terrain in this part of Romania. The walking during the itinerary is done at a easy-going pace to allow us to spot and enjoy the wildlife and scenery.

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Bucharest – London. 

Ground transport

By minibus with a local driver. We explore as wide a variety of habitats as possible, and when in the delta we use our own private vessel.

Altitude

During our time in the Carpathian Mountains we will travel to over 1,000 metres above sea level. 

Climate

Sunny and warm, with temperatures ranging from 11-25⁰ Celsius in June, with a chance of rain showers and thundery summer downpours. The lower temperatures and rain showers are more likely to occur when we are in the Carpathian Mountains.

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