PRIVATE Danube Delta Tour in Mila23 Village, with Daily Trips included

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Personalize your holiday in the Danube Delta by choosing a private program in which you have the freedom to decide your daily destination. Along with a guide dedicated only to you, you can discover the authentic Letea, the interesting Sulina, the remote Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), the fascinating lakes or the picturesque Caraorman.

We, Discover Danube Delta travel agency, organize this tour, having our own fleet of boats, an enthusiastic team of local guides in collaboration with 4 guesthouses which are exclusively in our network.

The price includes: accommodation in one of the best 3* locations, in Mila 23, full board (all meals included), water transfers, boat trips and the best guides in the Danube Delta. The program is carried out in the 4 guesthouses which are exclusively in our network: Fisherman’s House, Vanessa, Dalmatian Pelican and Alexandru & Alexandra.

The first and last day are dedicated to transfers, the rest of the days being dedicated to trips in the Danube Delta. The boat you will go with is an open boat, equipped with bench seats with backrest and pillows for your highest comfort, with very good stability and safety.

A program proposal looks like this (example of a 4 days / 3 nights program):

Day 1

Schedule of the day:

Meeting at the embarking point | Departure from Tulcea (by boat) |Accommodation at the guesthouse | Dinner | Sunset trip

Meeting and boarding

The departure for this holiday is from Port Tulcea Aval. After you pass the barriers from the entrance to the port, 200 meters straight ahead, there is the pontoon where is written “DEBARCADER PASAGERI” (“PASSENGERS’ WHARF). You can find us on the pontoon in the Souvenir Shop.

To complete the payments (if any) and the communication regarding the boat you will be traveling with, we will be waiting for you at our embarking point, at the agreed time.

The accommodation (check-in) at the guesthouse can be made only after 14:00 and the last hour to leave from Tulcea differs depending on the season (at least 2 hours before sunset).

The embarking will be performed according to the instructions of our staff. You will be called out and you will be indicated the boat you are going with. Please do NOT board the first boat you find at the dock, because several companies embark from this place and you risk getting to another location.

Car parking

  • Personal cars can be parked in Tulcea, right in the yard of Port Aval, in a private, guarded parking.
  • The cost of parking is Euro 5/day/car (parking price is NOT included in the trip price and it is informative, as it can be modified by the port administration, without notice).
  • For parking spaces no bookings are made and the number of spaces is limited.

Transfer and accommodation at the guesthouse

We will go to Mila 23 on one of the most beautiful routes in the Danube Delta, we will cross Canal 36, Canal Sireasa, Canal Sontea, Canal Olguta, Old Danube until Mila23 village. The transfer lasts about 2 hours.

Our guide will lead you to the pontoon of the guesthouse you will be staying in (the guesthouse chosen by you for this program). In the guesthouse you will be awaited by the house staff, who will hand you the key of the allocated room (according to the voucher).

In the evening, the host will await you with a delicious dinner.

Sunset trip

It lasts approximately 2h, depending on the sunset time, each season.

The boarding for the trips is made from the pontoon of the guesthouse where you are staying (the same one you disembarked before). Please come at the pontoon 10 minutes before the departure hour, to have enough time for boarding.

Day 2

Schedule of the day (purely informative, you can discuss with the guide the departure hours or the destination of this day):

Schedule of the day:

8:30 – Breakfast | 9:30-13:30 – Morning trip on the lakes | 14:00 – Lunch | 16:00-20:00 – Evening trip on the lakes | 20:30 – Dinner

Trips on the lakes

We leave on the trip on the lakes around the Mila23 village, on 2 trips of about 4 hours each, one in the morning and one in the evening. Depending on the Danube water level as well as the fresh information we have about where large groups of birds feed on the lakes near by Mila23 village, we will choose the best route every day.

Day 3

Schedule of the day (purely informative, you can discuss with the guide the departure hours or the destination of this day):

Sunrise trip – starts 30 minutes before sunrise | 8:30 – Breakfast | 9:30 – Departure on a trip to Letea | 12:30 – Trip to Letea Forest (by safari car + by foot) | 14:30 – Lunch | 20:30 – Dinner

Sunrise trip

The evening before the trip, the guide will inform you of the departure time for this trip. Depending on the month of your holiday, the sunrise time differs. The trip lasts about 2 hours. Considering that in the morning the weather is colder than during the day, please take a jacket with you.

Trip to Letea Forest

We go on a trip to Letea Forest and Letea Village. The trip to Letea is a day full of contrasts, starting on the water, we pass through the desert area of the Letea Levee and reach the Letea Forest. With a route through the northern area of the Danube Delta, very close to the pelicans colony Rosca-Buhaiova, the largest colony of White Pelicans in the world, in the 2-2.5 hours until we reach to Letea village we will explore a wild, spectacular area. From Letea Village we take a safari car and go to Letea Forest. There are about 7 km from the village to the forest, we travel by car then on foot about 20-30 minutes, on the route approved by ARBDD. We see the points of great interest, we walk through the fine sand then we return to the village and we can have lunch at a local, authentic household, where the hosts cook simple and traditional food. We also want you to see an alternative to Lipovan food, the “hahola” food (Ukrainian), which, although similar, has its particularities. After lunch we return to the boat and start to go back, over the lakes, towards Mila23. We arrive at the guesthouse around 19:00.

Lunch at the local household in Letea

You should know that this is not a restaurant and no other dishes can be ordered. Lunch is always based on fish caught in the morning of that day and it is composed of first plate (a traditional fish soup), second plate (fish with potatoes in the oven) and the famous donuts of Letea, as a dessert. The hosts have a very simple service system and can only offer complete menus.

It is a long, demanding trip, so please have the minimum required equipment with you.

Day 4

Schedule of the day:

8:30 – Breakfast | 9:30 – Embarkation for the transfer to Tulcea | 11:30 – Disembarkation in Tulcea, the end of the program.

Transfer to Tulcea

It is made, for the most part, on the same route as on arrival, with a higher speed than on trips. It is the last part of our program and we reserve, especially for this moment, some beautiful places that we want to show you on the way. We disembark at the same pontoon from which we left and we say goodbye.

If you are leaving Tulcea with public transport, we recommend you consider a booking after 1 o’clock P.M.

Other trips:

Besides the trips described above, we still have 3 standard destinations from which you can choose:

Trip to Caraorman

Schedule of the day:

8:30 – Breakfast | 9:30 – Departure on the trip to Caraorman | 20:30– Dinner

We leave for the trip to Caraorman. We descend on the Old Danube to Crisan and from here we will visit the lakes Obretinul Mic, Obretinciuc, Isac, Lacul cu Lebede and the canals Litcov and Perivolovca. The road to Caraorman village continues on the canal with the same name. From the pontoons in Caraorman we are taken by the car with which we will go to Caraorman Forest. After about an hour’s visit of the forest and sand dunes, we return to the village for lunch at a “haholi” (Ukrainian) household. After lunch, the beautiful sandy streets bordered by traditional houses, will guide us on the way to the boat (leisurely stroll, approx. 20 minutes). We return to the Mila23 village, on a different route that includes lakes and Delta’s canals.

Visit of the Caraorman Forest: We go by a field car or tractor with trailer through the forest, on the authorized route.

In the evening we are awaited with a dinner based on fish, cooked traditionaly.

Trip to Sulina

Schedule of the day:

8:30 – Breakfast | 9:30 – Departure to the trip to Sulina | 20:30 – Dinner

We go on a trip to Sulina. We descend on the Old Danube to Crisan and from there on the Sulina branch to the Sulina city. We take a stroll on the streets that still preserve the grandeur of an international port where we will enjoy the 3 old churches, the Jean Bart lighthouse-museum and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Alexander. At noon we have lunch in a local restaurant and then we give you free time to go to the beach. Optionally, you can visit the famous Sulina Cemetery. At 18:00 we meet at the boat and leave to Mila23.

In the evening we are awaited with a dinner based on fish, cooked traditionaly.

Trip to Sfantu Gheorghe and  Sacalin Lagoon

Daily schedule:

8:30 – Breakfast | 9:30 – Departure on the trip to Sfantu Gheorghe | 20:30 – Dinner

We go on the trip to Sfantu Gheorghe, through Crisan, passing near Caraorman. We cross Lake Puiu, Lake Erenciuc, we pass very slowly through the small reservation Arinisul Erenciuc and we see the few Alder Trees that have remained in this area. Next to Sf. Gheorghe village we enter the Sacalin lagoon, a unique area in the Danube Delta, a place of feeding and refuge for thousands of birds.

After visiting the Sacalin lagoon, we go to the Sfantu Gheorghe village where we have a lunch break in a local restaurant.

After lunch we stroll a bit through the village to see the surroundings and then you have time to go to the beach. At 17:00 we meet at the boat. We start towards Mila23, on Garla Imputita passing near Sulina, continuing on the Danube until Crisan and then on Dunarea Veche. We arrive at the guesthouse sometime in the evening and our dinner is prepared in the Lipovan style.

It is a long, demanding trip, so please have the minimum required equipment with you.

The price of this tour is:

No of pers2 nights accommod / 1 day trips
 Fisherman’s HouseVanessaDalmatian PelicanAlexandru Alexandra
2-3 pers630620600600
4-5 pers470460450450
6-7 pers380370360360
8-9 pers360350340340
+10 pers350340330330
Single suppl60504040
No of pers3 nights accommod / 2 day trips
Fisherman’s HouseVanessaDalmatian PelicanAlexandru Alexandra
2-3 pers890880860860
4-5 pers670660640640
6-7 pers600590580580
8-9 pers550520500500
+10 pers500480440440
Single suppl90706565
No of pers4 nights accommod / 3 day trips
Fisherman’s HouseVanessaDalmatian PelicanAlexandru Alexandra
2-3 pers1200115011301130
4-5 pers900860830830
6-7 pers830800780780
8-9 pers770670640640
+10 pers710620570570
Single suppl120908585
No of pers5 nights accommodation / 4 day trips
Fisherman’s HouseVanessaDalmatian PelicanAlexandru Alexandra
2-3 pers1550145014301430
4-5 pers1000940920920
6-7 pers940900870870
8-9 pers850800780780
+10 pers790720690690
Single suppl150115105105
No of pers6 nights accommod / 5 day trips
Fisherman’s HouseVanessaDalmatian PelicanAlexandru Alexandra
2-3 pers1900180017501750
4-5 pers1160112010701070
6-7 pers11001000960960
8-9 pers1050960920920
+10 pers960850800800
Single suppl180135125125

Prices are in euro (EURO), per person, per tour and include VAT.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation at the chosen guesthouse, in a double or single room (according to your request) for the number of nights chosen
  • Full board (first day dinner, breakfast, lunch and dinner on trips, last day breakfast)
  • Boat trips and guide, according to the number of days in the table (the boat and guide are allocated only for your group)
  • Safari car for visiting the Letea forest
  • Field car or tractor with trailer for visiting the Caraorman forest
  • Sunrise trip (one trip / program)
  • ENGLISH guidance (guide member of APGDD)
  • Artistic program “Lipovan choir” (starting with 1st of May until 15th of September on the Wednesday and Saturday evenings)
  • Boat transfers, Tulcea – Mila23 and return
  • Fees for visiting the Danube Delta

Optional:

  • Single supplement, according to the table above

The price does NOT include:

  • Beverages, other than water at the table
  • Means of transport in Sulina or Sfantu Gheorghe
  • Insurance of any kind (travel, goods, etc.)

Children policy:

  • Children under the age of 5 are charged with 50% of the price of the package
  • Children aged between 5-12 years pay 75% of the price of the package
  • Children over 12 years old are considered adults
  • The supervision of the children throughout the holiday rests exclusively with the parents.

*Do not forget that the trips are long, the trip to Letea lasts the full day, we travel by boat, with a safari car and on foot. It can be too much for a small child, especially in the summer when it is very hot.

Accommodation in the Danube Delta, Mila 23

You can choose from the 4 guesthouses 4 guesthouses, which are exclusively in our network.:

The Fisherman’s House 3* (click on the link for details and photos)

Casa Vanessa 3* (click on the link for details and photos)

The Dalmatian Pelican 3* (click on the link for details and photos)

Alexandru & Alexandra 3* (click on the link for details and photos)

Trips in the Danube Delta

With no roof, tarpaulin or windows. The boat looks like in the photos on the website. The speed for our trips is low/medium, our boats are NOT speed boats. These are boats manufactured by the largest Romanian manufacturer of boats, according to our concept. All our boats has upholstered bench and backrests for a maxim comfort. Every person on the boat will receive a life jacket, mandatory to wear it during the boat trip.

We want to show you the beauties of the Danube Delta, to see birds in flight and flocks of pelicans soaring.

What we see – All the time we will try to learn something about the places we travel through, about the birds and the flora of the Danube Delta. Each season has its beauty, each area of the Delta has something particular that we will help you understand in order for you to see what makes the Danube Delta so special.

Travel speed – Our travel speed is low, we are specialized in slow trips, intended for visiting the Danube Delta.

Spring in the Danube Delta | Summer in the Danube Delta | Autumn in the Danube Delta

Personal equipment

  • Long pants and blouses with long sleeves to protect you from the sun
  • Sun hat (not cap)
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Hiking shoes

Please take these recommendations very seriously, the weather in the Danube Delta can be very capricious and you may suffer if you are not well protected.

Equipment in the Danube Delta (click on the link) – In order not to have surprises on the spot, read this article on our blog.

Our strengths:

  • Team of local guides with experience in this domain since 2004.
  • High rated accommodation and meals.
  • Original programs, developed and runed by us.
  • Programs with no hidden charges.
  • We are constantly on the field, we know what changes every day, where birds and animals are.
  • Licenced Travel Agency in collaboration only with authorized guesthouses.
  • Boats specially built for tourism (open boats), stable and secure.

Contact

Email: office@alternativetravel.ro

Phone: +40757894456 / +40749120009

Bookings

Request a booking implies acceptance of the terms and conditions.

Bookings are based on a 20% deposit of the total price of the program.

The remaining balance has to be payd in within 30 days before the tour starts. If the tour is booked less then 30 days before departure, the full price will be paid.

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