|Romania: Danube Delta cruise|
|8 - 16 May 2016 (9 days)|
Natural History & More
One of the very few holidays to include a week on a ‘floating hotel’, exploring the spectacular wildlife of the Romanian Danube Delta.
At the end of a 1700 mile long journey across Europe, the great Danube River empties its water into the Black Sea. Here, the Danube splits into numerous channels and canals, creating the second largest delta on the continent. Vast expanses of swamps and forests, as well as a scattering of pretty lakes surrounded by thick reed beds, provide a perfect sanctuary for over 300 species of birds, many year round residents, plus summer breeders and spring and autumn migrants. On this tour it should be possible to see over 150 different bird species: previous trips have enjoyed sightings of Great Black-headed Gull, Red-footed Falcon, Paddyfield Warbler and Levant Sparrowhawk as well as huge numbers of herons, pelicans and terns. In the Delta, we stay on a very comfortable ‘travelling’ houseboat, which as well as being equipped with all the ’mod cons’ we might need, also has a lovely open deck for bird-watching and relaxing in the open air.
As well as enjoying the wildlife, we will learn about local conservation and how the lives of many of the people of the Delta, many living in remote fishing villages, are an integral part of the wetland ecosystem.
The holiday is aimed at providing a unique visit to one of the last remaining wilderness areas of Europe. Our local guides are experienced ecologists: their natural history expertise, together with that of our leader, will enable anyone with a general wildlife interest to enjoy this tour as well as those with a more specific interest in birds.
(Single Room Supplement £225)
Leader: Philip Precey with local guides