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Day 3: Eselnita - Boat Trip to the Iron Gates (St. Ana Monastery, Decebalus rock sculpture)

Breakfast "with a view" in the morning, then we head to Orsova where we will start our relaxing day with a boat trip to the Iron Gates.

We cross the narrow Danube Gorges and the large basin by boat, admiring the incredible natural treasures of "Cazanele Mari" (the "Big Gorges" next to Ciucarul Mare peak) and "Cazanele Mici" (the "Small Gorges" next to Ciucarul Mic peak). During the cruise, catch sight of the Tabula Traiana, a Roman plaque memorializing Trajan's epic military road; and the massive cliff-face carving depicting the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, who fought against the Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan to preserve the country's independence. At 42.9 m in height and 31.6 m in width, it stands as The World's Largest Rock Sculpture on a River's Bank, according to the World Record Academy!

During the boat ride, we can also stop and visit two caves that are only accessible via the Danube: Ponicoava and the Veterans' Cave (optional; to be agreed at the spot with our boat driver). For Ponicoava Cave, the entrance is very spectacular, we simply go with the boat straight from the Danube inside the cave; while for Veterans' Cave, we will have to hop off the boat and climb some stairs up to the cave.

Then, we will visit the St Ana Monastery, located on Dealu Mosului, in Orsova city; built in the 60's, the monastery overlooks both the city and the Danube, so we will be able to enjoy a great bird's eye view of the river, from the top of the mountain.

Finally, we return back to Eselnita, to our pension. Time to relax as you wish, by the pool, enjoy an optional dinner and overnight.