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Grand tour of Northern Dobrogea

Grand tour of Northern Dobrogea

1069€ per explorer

This private tour to Northern Dobrogea is available in English guiding (on request in different languages), it starts in Bucharest (on request in Constanța), it has the accommodation in Sarichioi village and it lasts 8 days (7 nights).  

On the first day we will discover the historical center of Constanța, the old seaport at the Black Sea, and the ruins of Histria, the first pontic fortress on the map of the Roman Empire. In the evening we will arrive in Sarichioi, where we’ll be accomodated in a beautiful traditional guest house. On the second day we will explore the streets of the village where the largest community of Russian-Lipovans now live, after which we will visit an important agricultural farm in the region.

On the third day we will start by visiting a beautiful peasant household and the famous fortress of Enisala. Then we will follow the traces of the most important minorities in Dobrogea. So, the next stop of the day is at the Mosque of Babadag, the oldest monument of Muslim architecture on the territory of Romania. We will continue finding more about the community of Russian-Lipovans in Slava Rusă and Slava Cercheză villages, but also about cerchezi, another community arrived in Dobrogea from the Caucasus Mountains.

On the fourth day we will explore Jurilovca, another famous village for the great Russian-Lipovans community. Then we will arrive at the headland of Doloșman which rises imposingly 30 meters above the lake of Razim. In this place will find the ruins of Argamum Fortress (also known as Orgame), another important strategic point on the map of the Greeks and then of the Romans. In the second part of this day we will relax on the beaches of Gura Portiței, the new pearl of the Romanian seaside.

On the fifth day we will discover the northern part of this amazing region. In the first part we’ll visit the triangle of monasteries made up of Celic-Dere, Saon and Cocoș, the Paleocristian Church from Niculițel and the ruins of Noviodunum Fortress, another extremely valuable point on the map of the Roman Emperor. Then we will arrive in Măcin and we will enjoy a famous winery.

During the sixth and the seventh day we will explore the channels and the lakes of the Danube Delta and we will be amazed by its beauty absolutely impossible to describe in words. Together with our local guide, we will discover some of the delta secrets, this unique place in Europe, Biosphere Reservation and UNESCO Heritage.

Finally, on the last day we will return to Bucharest via Hârșova – Slobozia route, an extremely spectacular road thanks to its endless agricultural crops and hundreds of wind-farms.

Above, in the tabs of the page, you will find more details about the highlights of the itinerary + the timetable of it and the rates + the services included in this Grand tour of Northern Dobrogea.

Can we help you with any other information? Don’t hesitate to contact us! Are you already convinced that this trip to Dobrogea attracts you the best? Then make the first steps and book now by filling out the form on the last tab!

8 Days
4-8 explorers
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DAY 1 - Exploring Dobrogea
  • 07:00 - 07:15 We meet in Bucharest - pick up from your hotel or from another place established together.
  • 07:15 - 10:00 We hit the road to Constanța via A2 highway.
  • 10:00 - 14:00 We visit the main attractions of Constanța. This ancient seaport is known for more than two thousands years and has the name of Tomis, a former Greek and later Roman colony. Closer to the present, King Carol I was in love with this place and raised it to the rank of national and later international seaside resort.
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Lunch break in a great fishery located near the beach.
  • 16:00 - 20:00 We drive for about one hour to Histria where we visit the oldest urban structure in the country and the first pontic fortress on the map of the Roman Empire. Histria archaeological site covers 72 hectars and includes ruins of 7m high walls, a Roman forum, the temples of Aphrodite and Zeus, two Roman baths, eight basilicas, workshops and shopping areas. This whole place is one of the most important historical points in Romania and that’s for sure! After which, we continue our journey to Sarichioi village, the central point of this tour.
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Check-in and dinner at a traditional guest house recently built, respecting the specificity of the place, but with modern comfort.

The itinerary of this day has a length of 380 km and we will spend about 5 hours in the car.

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DAY 2 - Exploring Dobrogea
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 09:00 - 12:00 We discover Sarichioi by foot with its picturesque streets and houses, two old rite churches and the old fishing port located on the shore of Razim Lake. This colorful village is the heart of Russian-Lipovans community from all over the country and they are very active in keeping treir traditions alive. You will quickly convince yourself!
  • 12:00 - 15:00 We visit one of the most important agricultural farms in the region, a local business built with passion and stone by stone by a Russian-Lipovans family. If they are around, maybe we will have lunch together.
  • 15:00 - 20:00 Free time for relaxing at the pool.
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Dinner at the guest house.
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DAY 3 - Exploring Dobrogea
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 09:00 - 14:00 Our first stop of the day is in Enisala, a nearby village where we visit a museum which mirrors the quintessence of a traditional peasant household in the early twentieth century. So, in this way you will find out more about the authenticity of this beautiful region. Our next stop is at the famous fortress of Enisala. Dating back to the end of the 13th century and being one of the many fortresses built by the Genoese merchants who domidated the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea in that period, this is their single one in Dobrogea and an icon of the region for sure. Besides the historical value and impeccable presentantion, we also love this place for the fabulous view that opens in the top of the hill. You will surely fall in love! We continue by visiting the Mosque of Babadag, built in 1610, during the time of Sultan Mehmet III. The courtyard of the mosque also includes parsonage and the tomb of its founder. Then we arrive in Slava Rusă, another dobrogean village where the predominant population is that of the Russian-Lipovans (around 75% of the total). We visit Vovidenia, a nuns monastery, and Uspenia, a munks monastery. These two old rites monasteries are unique in the world. But this place has a much richer history. During the domination of the Roman Empire on this land, they founded here the Fortress of Ibida, which became at a certain moment stronger and more economically developed even than the urban millenaries Tomis, Callatis and Histria. We discover a few parts of the archeological site of Ibida.
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Traditional lunch break in a monastery, with local food ingredients cooked by the nuns. Trust us, you will want to pack some food and take away!
  • 16:00 - 18:00 On our way back to Sarichioi village via Ciucurova - Nicolae Bălcescu - Mihai Bravu - Zebil route, we will stop a few moments in Slava Cercheză to talk a little bit about cerchezi, this minority arrived from the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. Around 20.000 cerchezi established here at the end of the 19th century and besides the ethnic colors, they brought with them a lot of problems in the region. Isn't that fascinating the history of Dobrogea?
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Free time for relaxing at the pool in Sarichioi.
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Dinner at the guest house.

The itinerary of this day has a length of 87 km and we will spend about 2 hours in the car.

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DAY 4 - Exploring Dobrogea
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 09:00 - 13:00 Our first stop of this day is in Jurilovca, another place strongly marked by Russian-Lipovans traditions and a village considered one of the most beautiful in Dobrogea. The colorful houses have preserved the specificity of the place and are well maintained by the hard working local people. Then we arrive at the headland of Doloșman (Cape Doloșman) and we are amazed by the view over the lakes that opens here. For a couple of moments, you will remain speechless! Finally, we discover the archeological site of Orgame, an important fortress built by the Greeks since the 7th century BC. After being conquered by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the fortress was renamed as Argamum. The entire site lies on more than 100 hectares and we see here an access gate, portions of the defense wall (high and thick a few meters), Paleocristian basilicas and several streets.
  • 13:00 - 15:00 Transfer by boat (15 minutes) to Gura Portiței, a piece of heaven that we used to call it the new pearl of the Romanian seaside. Lunch break in a great fishery after we arrive.
  • 15:00 - 19:00 Free time for relaxing on the beach.
  • 19:00 - 22:00 We return in Sarichoi and dinner at the guest house.

The itinerary of this day has a length of 62 km and we will spend about 1 hour in the car.

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DAY 5 - Exploring Dobrogea
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 08:00 - 14:00 Our first stop of this day is at Celic-Dere Monastery, founded by two Russian-Lipovans monks in 1841. The name is token from the nearby brook. At the beginning it was a mixed monastery, but later the monks moved to the current Saon Monastery (our second stop) and this place thus remaining a nuns’s monastery (about 80 in numbers). The next stop is at Cocos Monastery founded in 1833 by three Romanian monks from Athos Mountain (Greece) and then at the Paleocristian Church from Niculițel, a basilica built in the 4th century AD, during the reign of Emperor Valerius. A few history-surprises await us here. Finally, we arrive at the ruins of Noviodunum Fortress, a former Roman castrum that was the base of the Classis Flavia Moesica and an important naval military base during the Roman Empire. The Roman emperor Flavius Julius Valens signed here with the Goths an important treaty of peace on a ship in the middle of the Danube River, neither on the territory of the empire nor on the enemy territory because the Visigoth King (Germanic) swore to his father that he will never tread on the Roman land. Isn't that fascinanting?
  • 14:00 - 19:00 We reach in Măcin at the vineyard of Sarica Niculițel, considered to be the oldest viticultural area known on the land of Dobrogea, a supplier of the Royal House of Romania in the present. Here we’ll take a traditional Dobrogean lunch, have a few tastings and then visit the wine cellar.
  • 19:00 - 22:00 We return in Sarichoi and dinner at the guest house.

The itinerary of this day has a length of 217 km and we will spend about 4 hours in the car.

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DAY 6 - Exploring Danube Delta
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Transfer by car to the harbor of Murighiol.
  • 09:00 - 14:00 We explore by boat alongside our local guide the southern part of the Danube Delta - the shelter of over 300 species of birds, the most famous being the white pelican and the curly pelican. In the waters are more than 100 species of fish and on the water you’ll see so many pond-lilies that you will not be able to count them.
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Traditional lunch break at a local resident in Sfântul Gheorghe, a small village accessible only by boat.
  • 15:00 - 18:00 We discover some special places of the village, we relax a couple of moments on the wild beach and we see the place where the Danube flows into the Black Sea. This moment will be a milestone of your journey!
  • 18:00 - 20:00 We return to the guest house following Sfântul Gheorghe (Saint George) branch, one of the three main waterways.
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Dinner at the guest house.
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DAY 7 - Exploring Danube Delta
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Transfer by car to the harbor of Murighiol.
  • 09:00 - 14:00 We continue to explore by boat alongside our local guide, now the central part of the Danube Delta. Our first stop is in the picturesque village of Mila 23, a place who gave us Ivan Patzaichin, the famous Romanian canoist (Russian-Lipovan as a religion), quadruple golden winner at the Summer Olympics in 1968, 1972, 1980 and 1984. Next we arrive in Sulina, the most eastern town in Romania, only accessible by water as well. Sulina became a town in the 19th century thanks to the establishment of the European Commission of the Danube, which transformed the place from a fishing village into an important town for European river traffic. Short city tour by foot.
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Lunch break in Sulina.
  • 15:00 - 18:00 We continue to explore the Danube Delta by arriving in the Caraorman Forest, alogside the Letea Forest being the northern subtropical forest in the world, among which one are secular species of quercus robus. One exemplary has an impressive age of 400 years and a 4-meter circumference. Moreover, the reservation hosts a large group of wild horses and some mammalian species like otter and rabbit. This short walk through the wild nature will be another milestone of your journey!
  • 18:00 - 20:00 We return to the guest house following the secondary channels and then the road.
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Final dinner at the guest house.
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DAY 8 - Returning to Bucharest
  • 07:00 - 10:00 Breakfast at the guest house and check-out.
  • 10:00 - 14:00 We return to Bucharest by going through Hârșova - Slobozia route.
  • Optional: If your program allows you, we can stay up to the evening to relax at the pool.

The itinerary of this day has a length of 283 km and we will spend about 4 hours in the car.

2018 SEASONAL RATES (APRIL - OCTOBER)

GRAND TOUR OF NORTHERN DOBROGEA
GROUP OF ROOM TYPE CAR TYPE RATE PER EXPLORER
4 explorers 2 doubles VAN – Mercedes V Klass 1719 EUR + VAT
5 explorers 2 doubles & 1 single VAN – Mercedes V Klass 1499 EUR + VAT
6 explorers 3 doubles MINIBUS – Mercedes Sprinter 1289 EUR + VAT
7 explorers 3 doubles & 1 single MINIBUS – Mercedes Sprinter 1199 EUR + VAT
8 explorers 4 doubles MINIBUS – Mercedes Sprinter 1069 EUR + VAT
Included:
  • Transport by car (with VAN or MINIBUS) with professional driver, fuel and road taxes
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bucharest or Constanța
  • English speaking guide and tourist assistance throughout the holiday
  • Transport by boat together with a local guide
  • 7 nights accommodation (in DOUBLE or SINGLE) with breakfast and dinner
Not included:
  • Access fees in the visited places (some of them)
  • Lunches, drinks and tips
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) = 19%
Optional:
  • Accommodation in Bucharest
  • Airport - hotel - airport private transfer
  • Travel guide in Bucharest
Payment steps:
  • 25% upfront payment after we confirm the availability of the requested tour and period.
  • 75% payment difference within 30 days of the chosen check-in date.
Cancellation policy:
  • 100% refundable for 60 days before the chosen check-in date (we return the entire advanced payment).
  • 50% refundable when cancelling between 30-60 days before the chosen check-in date (we return half of the advanced payment).
  • Not refundable when cancelling 30 days before the chosen check-in date (we don't return the advanced payement).

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