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Main tour + Hiking the Măcin Mountains

Main tour + Hiking the Măcin Mountains

849€ per explorer

This private tour 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 6 days (5 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, a peasant household and the famous fortress of Enisala.

The third day is the extra day on the Main tour of Dobrogea and we will hike the oldest mountains in Romania and some of the oldest in Europe. Even if the highest altitude only reaches 467 meters in Țuțuianu Peak, in some points this mountain preserved the grandeur of another time with its massive basalt rocks. But don’t worry ’cause it will be a very light hike and you’ll definitely enjoy it.

During the fourth and the fifth 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 tour. 

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

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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 by a Russian-Lipovans family. If they are around, maybe we will have lunch together.
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Our next stop 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. Finally, our last 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!
  • 18:00 - 22:00 We return in Sarichoi, free time and dinner at the guest house.
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DAY 3 - Exploring Dobrogea
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Breakfast at the guest house.
  • 08:00 - 09:00 We hit the road to Greci, the village from which we begin to hike the Măcin Mountains which was formed approximately 300 million years ago.
  • 09:00 - 19:00 Accompanied by a renger of the National Park, we follow the Țuțuianu trail with a lenght of 7 km. But like we said, no worries about the difficulty because anyone with a minimum of physical condition can go through this trail and we will not rush at all. Ţuţuianu Peak is the most spectacular observation point on the Western frame of the Măcin Mountains, and also the highest peak (467 m). The panorama is vast and impressive - one can observe the Pricopan Summit (Culmea Pircopanului) and the peaks of the main ridge of the Măcin Mountains, including the cities Galaţi, Măcin, Brăila, the Greci Depression, the Chervant - Priopcea natural reservation, the distributaries of the Danube. In the forest area one sees Balkan, Mediterranean and Central European forest scenery, which mixed together give a great variety of foliage color. The Ţuţuianu Peak is also a very good observation point for many species of birds. We serve lunch on the trail. Doesn't sound like a real journey? This hike will be a milestone of your trip!
  • 19:00 - 22:00 We return in Sarichoi and dinner at the guest house.

The itinerary of this day has a length of 143 km and we will spend about 2 hours in the car.

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DAY 4 - 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 another 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 5 - 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 6 - 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)

MAIN TOUR OF DOBROGEA + HIKING THE MĂCIN MOUNTAINS
GROUP OF ROOM TYPE CAR TYPE RATE PER EXPLORER
4 explorers 2 doubles VAN – Mercedes V Klass 1379 EUR + VAT
5 explorers 2 doubles & 1 single VAN – Mercedes V Klass 1199EUR + VAT
6 explorers 3 doubles MINIBUS – Mercedes Sprinter 1029 EUR + VAT
7 explorers 3 doubles & 1 single MINIBUS – Mercedes Sprinter 939 EUR + VAT
8 explorers 4 doubles MINIBUS – Mercedes Sprinter 849 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
  • 5 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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