Danube Delta Photography Experience
Join us this summer on our exciting photography trip to the Danube Delta - Europe’s largest wetland area and one of the most relaxing, unique and beautiful places in Europe. An area of stunning wild beauty the Danube Delta is a natural paradise - from its endless waterways to charming inland and seaside villages you’ll fall in love with this magical place.
It is a bird watchers paradise and the varied habitats in and around the wetlands of the delta attract a huge and diverse selection of birds. The Danube Delta’s location makes it the perfect stopping off point between the North Pole and the Equator for millions of migratory birds including eagles, egrets, vultures, geese, cranes, ibises, cormorants, swans and pelicans. Our visit is timed for a combination of good weather and wetland birds at their most abundant.
We’ll have plenty of time to capture the local wildlife and there will be many opportunities to take photos of the most stunning sunrises and sunsets. You could even try your hand at some new photographic techniques being taught by our professional photographer.
Visiting local villages, you’ll be able to to soak up the Romanian culture, try traditional food and experience their hospitality - they are the friendliest people!!
Wild, wonderful and utterly undiscovered…. this will an unforgettable trip!
Day 1 - Sunday 2nd June
Arrival at Bucharest International Airport and transfer to our hotel close to the city centre of Bucharest. We will have time to explore the charming and laid-back atmosphere of the old town with its collection of bars, cafes and bistros.
Old Town Bucharest
At the beginning of 1400’s merchants and craftsmen from Romania, Austria, Greece, Armemia established their stores and shops in this section of the city; a jumble of streets between Calea Victoriei, Blvd. Bratianu, Blvd. Regina Elisabeta and the Dambovita River.
The area soon became known as Lipscani, named after the many German traders from Lipsca or Leiptzig.
Today, the area is home to art galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, restaurants and night-clubs. Whilst walking in the narrow cobblestone streets one can imagine the long-gone shopkeepers outside near their stores, inviting bypasses to buy their wares.
Evening in a beautiful old-style restaurant to enjoy some Romanian food.
Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 2 - Monday 3rd June
After a sumptuous breakfast we will visit the Houses of Parliament which after the Pentagon, is the second largest administrative building in the world. This impressive building can accommodate 20,000 cars, has 1100 rooms, 12 stories and a massive underground bunker.
When construction started on June 25, 1984, the building was intended it to be the headquarters of the country's Communist government. Today, it houses Romania's Parliament, Bucharest International Conference Centre and Romania’s Museum of Modern Art.
In the afternoon we will visit Ceausescu`s house the Romanian dictator 1964-1989 who was executed in 1989 during the revolution against communism. It is an amazing building filled with beautiful pieces of art - the opulence that the dictator and his family lived in is shocking when you compare it to the poverty that the ordinary people of Romania were coping with.
Accommodation in Bucharest.
Day 3 - Tuesday 4th June
After our breakfast we will depart for Tulcea, a small port on the Danube Delta. We plan to be there by mid-afternoon and this is where we will board our river boat, Egreta 1. Travelling by boat is the only way to reach the places and birds that are impossible to see any other way. We plan to arrive in Crisan village by late afternoon. We can enjoy an evening meal and sunset on board and do some exploring locally. Overnight in Crisan.
Night on the floating hotel.
Day 4 - Wednesday 5th June
After breakfast we will take a boat to Caraman Forest - the jungle of the Delta. It is a sub tropical forest and a protected reserve with brown oak trees, white and black poplars, white willows and fluffy ash surrounded by sandbanks. Owls, white-tailed eagles, falcons, wildcats, boars and wolves, as well as many rare plants, thrive in the area.
We will have lunch onboard Egreta 1 and then spend the afternoon travelling to Mila 23. Mila 23 (so named as it is 23 miles from the coast) is a quaint traditional fishing village. Here the inhabitants are Russians, known as Lipovans, who left Russia in the reign of Catherine the Great during the 18th century. Their villages are distinctive with turquoise blue and white houses and onion-tower churches. We will spend the night onboard our river boat at Mila 23.
Night on the floating hotel.
Day 5 - Thursday 6th June
After breakfast we will make our way to Saint George.
Saint George is a small and isolated fishermen’s village situated right where the Danube meets the Black sea and it is the only place in the Delta where you can see both the Danube and the Black Sea at the same time. It has one of the longest beaches in the whole of Romania. It’s wild and perfectly unspoilt and if we’re lucky we might see some wild horses roaming around.
Weather permitting, we have the perfect location for stunning sunset photography.
Our evening meal will be in Green Village (a modern spa) which is where we will stay for the next two nights.
Day 6 - Friday 7th June
An early start is optional for those interested in a sunrise photography session on the beach.
Then spend the rest of the day relaxing in the peace and quiet of sleepy Saint George where you can enjoy various nature and water-based activities - including fishing, kayaking and birdwatching. You can visit the beach or simply relax and enjoy the grounds and facilities of the Green Village, including a swimming pool, outdoor cinema, gym and billiard room.
We will take an evening boat ride to the canals around Saint George where we will have the chance for more bird-spotting and some beautiful sunset photos. We will enjoy a farewell dinner at the restaurant in Green Village.
Day 7 - Saturday 8th June
After breakfast we leave St George and start our journey (first by speedboat and then by coach) back to Bucharest. Flight back home.
Price: £1450 per person in twin cabin/room for full week Sunday to Sunday.
Single cabin/room supplement: £300
Included in the price:
Accommodation - 2 nights in Bucharest 4* hotel, 2 nights on the floating hotel, 2 nights in 4* in Danube Delta
1 dinner in Bucharest
Full board 2 days on the floating hotel
Half board in Green village resort in Danube Delta
Transport from and to Bucharest
Speed boat from St George
Pre-Trip photography workshop
Included in the price of the holiday is a four-hour photography workshop for beginners or those looking for a refresher.
Photography coaching during the trip
Deposit of 30% to be paid at the time of booking - £ 435
Balance due by 1st of May 2019
If you have any questions or you’d like to book please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org