Danube River, The Iron Gates, Romania

The Danube Tour

7-day tour

Whether you think of the Danube in terms of a Vienna – to – the Black Sea cruise or of the Euro Velo 6 cycling route, this river has always drawn attention. It has, with its empire borderland and trade route history, with the cultural and ethnic mix along its shores, the music taking one from old shepherd flutes and all the way to Strauss’ waltz or with the plethora of great wines and cuisines of the communities plying it. So we invite you explore it on shore, from village to village, from Ottoman fortresses to dramatic gorges, from vineyards to orchards and from the lush Danube Delta to a secluded Black Sea beach in a historic town. Interested? 😉

Type: private tour, cultural tour
Distance: 2200km / 1367mi
Country: Serbia, Romania
Accommodation: 3-star hotels and superior B&Bs

Note: where mentioned, hotels and guesthouses are samples. They can be replaced with similar comfort ones according to availability and itinerary changes (if such changes are agreed upon).

 

As a private tour, this tour is available at any moment. We kindly inform you that you have to take in consideration the schedule of the sights included in the program and the official national vacations. Please, contact us for more details.

How large the group is?

Our groups are never larger than 7 people.

How can I book a tour?

You just send us an email, tell us which tour you want to book, the period and the number of people in your group.

How can I pay?

We will send you a secure payment link. You can use your card, Visa or MasterCard only.

Do all the rooms have private bathrooms?

Yes, all the time. We use only clean hotels or superior B&Bs.

Is a Schengen visa available in Romania and Bulgaria?

Yes, a Schengen visa can be available.

Mircea Dinescu
Poet and entrepreneur, political activist and bonvivant at the very same time, there are no words enough and there is no exact word to describe Mircea Dinescu. Thankfully. A captivating figure when it comes to food, wine and generally speaking the Wallachian Plain he identifies himself with, Dinescu never beats around the bush, while his retort is as sharp as it is witty, his voice is as loud as it is subduing. There is nothing to hide when he shows around, as ups and downs are thrown on the table at the very same time, whether on TV shows or in the rural nook of the Cetate Cultural Port he founded down the Danube off Calafat. If there is a figure that epitomizes Southern Romania with all its stubbornness, spicy stews, great dry reds and rhythm, then Dinescu is there:
‘You catch that cat, shouted the Regent,
For it the Law can’t be so linient,
The foreign cat which does not give a dime
The Balkan cat, illegal and supine
Politically incorrect feline –
The hungry Balkan cat! […]’
(The Metaphysical Cat, translated by Constantin Roman)

Day 1
BELGRADE

– Arrival at BEG Airport
– Transfer to the city centre and accommodation
– 2 hour afternoon walk across the old town, taking in the Kneza Mihaila pedestrian,
the Kelemegdan Fortress, Princess Ljubica’s Residence, the old Cafe.

Accommodation, 3* hotel in Belgrade.

Kalamegdan Fortress, Belgrade, Serbia
Kalamegdan Fortress, Belgrade

Day 2
THE DANUBE GORGES

– Transfer to Smederevo and visit to the medieval fortress
– Transfer to Golubac and walk around the Devil’s Fortress scenically located down the
narrowing valley.
– Ride along the Danube Gorges on the Serbian side (the road is higher above the
river and allows better views)
– Optional: stop at Lepenski Vir and visit to the archaeological site

Accommodation in Donji Milanovac – Kladovo area, 3* guesthouse

Golubac Fortress, Danube River, Serbia
Golubac Fortress, Danube River

Day 3
OPENING UP

– Border crossing into Romania on the Iron Gate Hydroelectric Dam
– Tour of the Roman ruins in Drobeta – Turnu Severin, spotting Apolodor of Damascus’
bridge pillar
– Transfer on to Calafat, spotting Mircea Dinescu’s cultural port upstream from the
town
– Border crossing into Bulgaria along the Danube 2 Bridge
– Walk around the Baba Vida Fortress in Vidin

Accommodation, 3* hotel hosted by a heritage building in Vidin

The Iron Gates, Danube River
The Iron Gates, Danube River

Day 4
THE WALLACHIAN FIELDS

– Transfer back into Romania and scenic drive across farmland and picturesque
villages dotted by orchards and vineyards
– Stops along the way for pictures
– Afternoon border crossing into Bulgaria and evening walk down the Aleksandrovska
pedestrian, visiting the old Sveta Troytsa Church

Accommodation in Ruse, 3* hotel hosted by a heritage property with its captivating
history (let us only mention it was gambled on and lost at cards)

Wallachian Fields, Romania
Wallachian Fields, Romania

Day 5
TURNING UP NORTH

– Transfer on to Giurgiu in Romania and farther to Călărași
– Optional: visit to the lower Danube Museum
– Optional: typical lower Danube lunch at the vine-covered Comtot tavern in Oltenița
– Scenic drive down the river past Cernavodă into Brăila
– Walking tour across the old town, including Traian Square

Accommodation at 3* grandma’s. Or grandpa’s in this case: the Residenza Dutzu
with its rose-filled garden

Day 6
THE DANUBE DELTA

– Early start and ferry crossing over the Danube
– Scenic ride into Tulcea
– Boat ride (no road from here on) to Sulina
– Walk across the small, old town where cars are an odd, boat-ferried-in occurrence, with the Lower Danube Commission Lighthouse, the international graveyard and, at last, a secluded beach on the Black Coast

Accommodation, 3* guesthouse in town

Danube Delta, Romania
Danube Delta, Romania

Day 7
THE BLACK SEA

– Early morning transfer by boat to Tulcea
– Car transfer to Constanța
– Optional: on the way, detour to visit Enisala Fortress perched on top of a barren hill
– Tour of the old, peninsular section of Constanța, including the Aziziye Mosque and the Casino on the Black Sea walkway

Transfer to Constanța CND Airport for flight out

The Black Sea, Romania
The Black Sea, Romania

Included

 
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off (one per group)
  • Transport by modern car
  • Accommodation, 6 nights, 3* hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/driver
  • Entrance fees to sites included in the program
  • .Road, bridge and ferry charges according to route

 

  • Not Included

     
    • Flight ticket
    • Hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
    • Drinks (other than water)
    • Other meals except breakfast
    • Photographing or filming fees at the visited sites
    • Tips
    • Travel insurance