|Romania: Danube Delta, Carpathians and Transylvania|
|16 - 25 May 2013 (10 days)|
Natural History & More
one space for female sharing cabin
One of the few holidays to include a stay on a ‘floating hotel’, exploring the spectacular wildlife of the Romanian Danube Delta and the stunning Carpathian Mountains.
The Delta is one of the last remaining wilderness areas of Europe where, at the end of a 1700 mile long journey across Europe, the Danube River empties its water into the Black Sea. Here, the river splits into numerous channels and canals, creating the second largest delta on the continent. Vast expanses of swamps, forests and lakes surrounded by thick reed beds, provide a sanctuary for over 300 species of birds. We will also discover the local culture - many of the people of the Delta live in remote fishing villages, preserving a fascinating history that is an integral part of the wetland ecosystem.
Our home in the Delta is a very comfortable ‘travelling’ houseboat, which has a lovely open deck for bird-watching and relaxing. A taste of the local cuisine may (optionally) include fish and wild boar, accompanied by the local wine. Our excursions are either short walks or by small boat. We should see huge numbers of herons, pelicans and terns as well as roller, golden oriole and white-tailed eagle.
In the Carpathians, we stay in a small town at the end of a beautiful valley that is full of hay meadows still farmed in a traditional way, surrounded by ancient forests and stunning limestone gorges. Here, we will look for wallcreeper, black woodpecker and other mountain birds.
There are also exciting plants to see, both in the Delta and in the mountains, along with butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and bats! The expertise of our guides and leaders will enable anyone with a general wildlife interest to enjoy this tour as well as those with a more specific interest in birds.
Price £1595. Single Room Supplement £195
Leader: Chris Donnelly and Henry Stanier with local guides