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Danube Delta & Carpathians Mountains Special Tour

    Discover the story behind the Carpathians and Danube Delta, visiting Transylvania with its main attractions and exploring the Danube Delta, often described as a birds paradise! 

Meet your guide in Bucharest. Transfer from Bucharest International Airport to Sinaia, the beautiful mountain resort surnamed “The Pearl of the Carpathians”. We will visit Peles Castle, one of Romania's most beautiful palaces once the summer residence of the Romanian kings. The construction of the castle began in 1875 and the building was inaugurated in 1883. The castle has 160 rooms, opulently decorated with leather, ebony, walnut and mother of pearl, with invaluable collections of art and furniture. Peles Castle was the prefered resting place for several Romanian monarchs, including King Carol I, who died here in 1914, as well as King Ferdinand and Queen Maria. 
Accommodation in Sinaia, 3* hotel, breakfast included.
After breakfast we will drive to Busteni, the most spectacular resort on Prahova Valley, at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains (Carpathians - Transylvanian Alps), elevation 1,110 m. We have the opportunity to take the cable car up on the top of the mountain at an altitude of 2.200 m, to visit the famous "Babele" and "Sphinx" - wind-modeled stone shapes.
Most travelers who come to Bucegi have heard about the Romanian Sphinx, a strange configuration of rock high on the mountain. Tourists are drawn to its human appearance: proportionate face, distinct lips, cheeks and large eyes beneath a wide forehead. The sight is a thrilling image for the imagination. It is believed the Sphinx, which stands 2,216 meters high, is a representation of the supreme divinity of an ancient people, the Pelasgi. They were a pre-Indo-European tribe who lived near the Aegean Sea, until the Greek tribes'migration up to Eland, Small Asia and Egypt.
Near the Romanian Sphinx on the Bucegi Platform, there also stands a group os stones known as "Babele", or Old Women. The rocks look like giant mushrooms. The three formations are each 3.5 meters high and the diameters of the pedestals vary between 2 and 4 meters.
 
In the afternoon, we will arrive in Brasov. We will visit the medieval part of the city with: The Black Church, The Town Hall, The Black Tower, The White Tower, Ecaterina’s Gate, Schei Gate and the Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe. Accommodation.
Departure to Bran, a famous village in Transylvania. 
Located right next to the famous Bran Castle, Bran will please you with its specific beauty. The breathtaking landscape invites anyone to walks. In any direction you may want to roam from Bran, there is no chance to get bored. Bran is famous for its home made smoked cheese, and the cheese in tree bark. Every meal here tastes better, because everything is home made and pure biological food. 
 
We will visit Bran Castle - Dracula's Castle - with its medieval atmosphere. This castle came to be connected with the legend of Dracula the Vampire. The castle was built between 1377 and 1382, on a 60 m high rock with a strategic, military and commercial purpose. The building has four towers positioned at the four cardinal points. The walls are made of stone blocks, the rooms and narrow corridors constitute a mysterious labyrinth of ghostly nooks and secret chambers, whilst in the inner courtyard there are artesian wells, connected to an underground network. The castle had both a military and a customs point purpose.
Accommodation in Bran in a guest house

Today we will leave behind us the mountains and we will cross Danube River on our way to Tulcea. The town of Tulcea (known as Aegyssus in ancient times) is the gateway to the Danube Delta, offering to visitors many attractions, among them four museums devoted to art, archeology, ethnography, and natural history.

Here starts our adventure in Danube Delta. The delta of the Danube River represents one of the last natural paradises in Europe, a network of channels, lakes, and lushly vegetated forests. It is home to a fascinating mix of cultures and peoples—and a huge diversity of birds, presided over by the greatest of them all, the pelican. The Danube Delta was included in the UNESCO Project as a Reservation of the Biosphere because its peculiar features and the originality and variety of the ecosystems (more than 25 types of natural ecosystems). 
- Accommodation in Crisan village – a traditional fishermen village.
Today we will admire landscapes, various species of birds (pelicans and herons) and plants.
Prepare your eyes for bird watching!
Today we will visit Mila 23, a famous fishermen village, one of the most beautiful places in the Danube Delta, surrounded by water and reed. All the population here has Lippovan origins. This is where Ivan Patzaichin - the greatest canoeist of all times, 4 golden medals at the Olympic Games, 8 times world champion – was born. The sunset here is amazing!
Accommodation in Mila 23 village.

Probably the best day for bird watching! We will also visit an amazing monastery, built in the middle of the water, in a wild place. Accommodation in Mila 23 village.

Today we will admire landscapes, various species of birds (pelicans and herons) and plants: bird watching!
Accommodation in Tulcea.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Bucharest or to Bucharest International Airport.
DEPARTURES DATA:
All year
DURATION:
9 nights/ 10 days
SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    - Transport by car/bus as per program
    - Transport by boat in the Danube Delta 
    - 9 nights accommodation in double rooms bed and breakfast
    - Full board on Danube Delta days: 3 meals/day (tea, coffee, mineral water - offered for free on boat)
    - Professional English speaking guide, including bird watching guide in Danube Delta
    - Taxes for the protected areas
     

RATES DOES NOT INCLUD:

    -Alcoholic drinks
    -Entrance fees to all the museums and touristic attractions included in the program.