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Danube Delta Cruises

Sure, planning your vacation to the last detail is something that you might like very much. It’s great to know that whatever it is, you have it covered.

[adsense]But sometimes, you simply want to relax and enjoy your time. You get a few days free from work or school and all you want is to sit back and relish in the beautiful scenery that parades in front of you.

If your idea of a relaxing holiday involves a quiet adventure through Europe’s largest wetlands, then booking a Danube Delta cruise might be your best choice. The many tour operators here offer complete services, leaving you free to completely immerse yourself in this fabulous ambiance.

Danube Delta Cruise

What about kids?

Booking a cruise for your family, you’ll probably need to forget all about that ‘quiet’ and ‘peaceful’ stuff I was talking about above. Having your kids running around, while you’re catching fish or bird watching is definitely not going to be a low-pitched experience 🙂

It will be unforgettable on the other hand. Your kids don’t get to play in a place like this every day.

So, where can you sign up for a Danube Delta cruise?

There are quite a few operators who would be happy to take you and your friends or family for a  ride. Below you’ll find some of them, in no particular order. Note that I’m not affiliated with them in any way and  the content of their websites is their responsibility.

Here they are:

Isrom Delta

Phone: +40  723 194264
Mobile Phone: +40 720 047337
Website: www.isromdelta.ro
Email: [email protected]

Sincron SRL Tulcea
Phone: +40 722 281125, Phone/Fax: +40 240 517173
Website: www.sincrondelta.ro
Email: [email protected]

Absolute Carpathian Brasov
Website: www.absolute-nature.ro
Phone: +40 368 413524; mobile: +40 788 578796; Fax: +40 368 413524
Email: [email protected]
Contact person: Simona Munteanu

Calypso SRL
Mobile: +40 (0)374 003.520
Phone: +40 (0)240 506.180
Phone: +40 (0)240 506.181
Phone: +40 (0)240 506.182
Fax: +40 (0)240 506.183
Website: www.calypsosrl.ro
Email: [email protected]

Dasler SRL
Phone: +40 745 776776
Website: www.daslerdanubedelta.ro
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Europolis SA Tulcea
Phone: +40 240 512443, Fax: +40 240 516649
Website: www.europolis.ro
Email: [email protected]

Ibis SRL. Tulcea
Phone: +40 240 512787
Mobile: +40 722 381 398
Website: www.ibis-tours.ro
Email: You can use their contact page

[adsense]Liscom SRL
Phone: +40 745 832995, +40 742 137885, +40 240 536726
Website: www.indanubedelta.ro
Email: [email protected]

Macsim Delta SNC Tulcea
Phone: +40 744 200314
Website: www.pelicantours.ro
Email: [email protected]

ACR Tulcea
phone: +40 240 515151
Website: www.acr.ro
Email: [email protected]

AMATOUR SRL Tulcea
phone: +40/240/518894, Fax: +40/240/518953
Website: www.amatour.ro
Email: [email protected]
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Contact persons:
Anamaria Cristea (+40.726.218.170)
Ioan Cristea (+40.744.320.394)

Dunărea Sălbatică SA
Phone: +40/722.680402
Website: www.wilddanube.ro
Email: [email protected]

Finesse SRL București
phone: +40 213 167428, Fax +40 21 316.74.18
Mobile Phone: +40 745 051171
Website: www.finesse.ro
e-mail: [email protected]

Gggociman
Phone/Fax:+40 0240 532010
Website: www.hotelgggociman.ro
Email: [email protected]
Contact person: Andreea David (+40 0729 882491)

Serano
Phone: 0241 624 141; Fax: 0241 624040
Mobile Phone: +40 0720 300314, +40 0751 088088
Website: www.hotelplutitorserano.ro
Email: [email protected]
Facebook Page

Egreta 1
Phone:  0731 260 722
Website: www.hotelplutitor-deltadunarii.ro
Email: [email protected]

Delta Explorer
Contact Person: Eugen Dinu ([email protected], + 40 730 017 037)
Contact Person: Sorin Mirica ([email protected], + 40 721 082 805)
Website: www.deltaexplorer.ro

 

As you can see, there are quite a few options that you can choose from to set up a realy nice cruise in the Danube Delta. You need to check each of these websites and find the offer that best suits your needs.

Some of these are full cruise organizers, while some of them are simply floating hotels.

Go ahead and take a pick! And sure enough, drop me a comment below with the company that you chose.

To your awesome holiday!

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Read Europolis to Get a Full Grasp of The Old Life in Sulina

I just finished reading Europolis, written by Jean Bart, the pseudonym of Eugeniu Botez. I had written an article about him and it was appropriate to go ahead and read his work to better understand what he was doing. I bought it in the Danube Delta Museum gift shop a few days ago.

[adsense]I won’t tell you all the details because it will spoil the story if you decide to go ahead and read the book. (Which I totally recommend!) I made the mistake of reading the foreword before the rest of the book and that pretty much ruined it for me.

What I will tell you, however, is that the story takes place in the port of Sulina, around the early 1930. The book itself was published in 1933. A critic wrote once that Jean Bart used the whole story as a pretext of conserving that unique way of life that he witnessed during his many.

EuropolisAs the author himself says, Sulina is the only place in the country where you could see authentic port life. While Constanța, Brăila or Galați were cities with a port attached, Sulina was just a port. Everything there revolved around commercial maritime activities.

Unlike the popular belief, Jean Bart actually made it a point throughout the book to mention that Sulina wasn’t really that great a place to live in. Most of the time it was pretty boring, and although there were numerous nationalities living  together peacefully, they were all here just trying to get rich, holding great rivalries towards one another.

He did indeed, as some critic mentioned, exaggerate with the word cosmopolite. The main characters of the story are part of the Greek community, which, at the time, represented more than half of the population.

What is fact and what is pure fiction?

Knowing the place where the action takes place, you can’t help but wonder which parts are true and which are just made up?

The city of Sulina

First, the description of the city is, in my opinion, almost a hundred percent true. I can’t say that I know for sure that the names of the restaurants are the original ones, but having been there, what he’s saying about the place is pretty accurate.

Just for that, I believe that the book is worth ten times the amount I paid for it. There’s no museum trip that will give you a better picture of the city than that.

The real people in the story

[adsense]The characters were inspired by the lives of real people in Sulina at the time. As captain of the port, Jean Bart knew closely his community and always scribbled notes of the events in the city so he could later use them in his books.

Evantia, the central figure in the story, was actually a real person. Much later, in the 1960s, Al. Protopopescu caught up with her. She mentioned that ‘the writer had played superbly with her life’. Although she did come to Sulina with the same boat the the American, she wasn’t his daughter..

She had tremendous respect for Jean Bart for handling the details of her life in such a delicate manner, although she couldn’t understand why the writer finished the book the way he did.. “For, look ‘ere, I have outlived the lot of them.”

Her tomb can be found in the catholic part of the maritime cemetery in Sulina. Had I read the book a month earlier, I would have made a point to get there and see it. Oh well, maybe next year.

Damn, I just slipped a spoiler in there. Ok, here’s another one…

You know the two old lighthouses, on the left and right side of the Danube? At the time they were right at the point where the Danube’s course finished and entered the Black Sea. Now, the seashore has moved east another two or three kilometers.

Well, at some point in the story, somebody jumps in the water from the right bank lighthouse and makes a point not to swim out.

But can you guess who?

I won’t tell you if it’s Evantia or not. You’ll have to read Europolis to find out.

Buy your copy of Europolis from here!

P.S. There’s also a english version!

That’s true! Europolis was translated to English throughout the years, but it’s quite rare and you’ll hunt for it.

Get your English copy from here.

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Europolis – The Town of the Delta Documentary

I mentioned in the past how I hate it when somebody who makes a documentary about the Danube Delta always puts that sad, melancholic music as the soundtrack… Why do people insist on doing that?

[adsense]If you spend just one day in the Delta you’ll realize that it’s nothing like that. It’s actually action packed and full of life.

Well, the other day I was researching for the article on Jean Bart and somebody mentioned somewhere about a Bulgarian documentary about the city…

What? Bulgarian?  I had to see it.

Well, unfortunately, I could only find a trailer on IMDB and to be honest, that’s all I needed to see to get an idea.

Europolis – The Town of the Delta

Europolis - The Town Of The Delta DocumentaryThe video has the name Europolis in it, and for anyone who’s into everything Danube Delta like me, that does catch you attention.

So, the movie gets on the right foot from the start… Who knows, maybe I’ll find out something new about Sulina.

Unfortunately, once you watch only 20 second of it, you realize that yet again it’s yet again the crap old “The place is doomed, deserted, nobody wants to live here anymore” mumbo jumbo. With the equally crap voodoo soundtrack, of course.

I would have placed a video here so you can get an idea, but I can’t because there’s nothing on YouTube for me to embed. Good! They don’t deserve it! You can see it on IMDB.

Why do people insist on making these retarded videos where they only point out what’s not cool here? Wouldn’t it be much more interesting to make a video where they present the cool stuff that took place in the past and are still taking place today?

To the creator of the documentary (in the crazy chance that he’ll accidentally read this), FUCK YOU!

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Get Ready to do Windsurfing in Danube Delta

Who said that the Danube Delta is that place where you can go to relax and enjoy a peaceful day by the lake?

[adsense]Oh yeah, I might have mentioned it a couple of times… me, and pretty much everybody else…

Well, it turns out that there’s more to it than you might think.

Sure, every documentary or presentation video you’ve seen has that soft, chill-out music that we all know.

And I hate it!

That’s not how things are around here.

The reality is that the Danube Delta has become the playing ground for a whole new breed of adventure seekers.

As it turns out, there are now a few places where you can indulge yourself in the mystical sport of windsurfing. Yeah, I’m serious.

Windsurfing In the Danube Delta

If you think that fishing may not give you enough thrill for your vacation, then suit up and get your surfing gear, because that’s the one thing that will definitely get your blood rushing.

So where can you windsurf?

So far, there are two kick ass places that have all the right things in place to give you an awesome experience.

[adsense]One is the Murighiol Lake, just outside the village with the same name and only about 40 kilometers away from Tulcea. The convenient part is that you can actually reach this place by car. You just drive up there, rent the equipment and you’re on for a mind-blowing experience.

The other one is Mila 23, one of the truly old-fashioned fishing villages in the Delta. The place is surrounded by umpteen lakes and canals which give you a awe-inspiring décor in which to have fun.

There’s a place you can rent all the necessary gear, so it’s all super convenient.

Another place where you can do that is Gura Portiței, a really nice resort located on a stretch of soft sand between the Black Sea and the Razim Lake. What’s really cool is that you can actually surf both in the sea and in the lake. It’s all on you.

Of course, if you actually have you own gear, you can windsurf anywhere. I’ve seen people do it in Tulcea’s marina, so there really are no limits. If you know how to stay away from all the boats, of course.

What next?

Now that you’re ready to do this, get down here! And let your friends know about it on Twitter and Facebook!

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Danube Delta Map

A good map is indispensible when you want  to make the most of your Danube Delta holiday.

[adsense]In a land where the landscape that is continuously changing, you really want to know where you’re going.  Just in the last couple of years, a completely new island rose to surface just north of Sulina. This place is alive!

Although the locals that will take you to places know these canals better than they know their children, you still want to have at least an idea of where you are.

Below I set up a map that will help you get a better image of the Danube Delta. You can zoom in and click on those pelicans to find out more about each location.

Once you get here, you’ll find Danube Delta maps on paper at every corner. The hotels will hand them out for free.

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How to get to the Danube Delta

Maybe I’ve been talking a little too much about all the cool thing you will do in the Danube Delta… Certainly, there’s plenty of stuff to do, but probably the first question one should ask is: how do I get here in the first place?

You journey to your designated spot in the Delta has two steps: Getting to Tulcea, the most important city around these places, and from here, you have to take a boat to your final destination. Here are all the details:

Getting to Tulcea

From Bucharest

Chances are you’ll be coming from Bucharest. Your plane will land at the Henry Coandă International Airport, or at Băneasa Airport.

[adsense]From there, the most convenient way is to rent a car and then head eastbound on the A2 motorway for about 100 kilometers, then turn left towards Slobozia and follow the 2A road through Țăndărei, cross the Danube at Giurgeni, pass throught Hârșova, and from there just follow the 22A and you’re in Tulcea in no time. The whole road is about 300 kilometers long.

You can also choose to go by train, although the trip is going to be painstakingly long. Almost 7 hours actually. I seriously don’t recommend is, but if you really want it, you can take the 780 Express Bus from the airport which will take you to Gara de Nord, Bucharest’s main train station. The train leaves towards Tulcea twice a day, at 5:05 in the morning and 3:10 in the afternoon.

The most popular way is by far the bus. The trip takes about four and a half hours, and it will definitely shake your bones. The bus is operated by Augustina SRL and the station is on Calea Plevnei, number 242A. There’s a bus every two hours, from 7 in the morning till 5 in the evening.

Danube Delta Boat

From Constanța

[adsense]Reaching Tulcea from Constanța is a pretty straight forward thing to do. With a car, you just have to follow the E87 road northbound for 125 kilometers and you’re there.

If you arrive at the Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport, you have to go to Constanța first and then choose one of the other means. There’s no car rental service at the airport, but there’s a small bus that will take you to the city for about 5 Euros.

You can take the one of the busses operated by Trace Trans Corporation. They leave every two hours from 6 in the morning till late in the evening.

From Brăila and Galați

If you’re coming from these places, it’s all easy. You simply have to cross the Danube and then follow the 22 road (or 22B if coming from Galați) and you should be here in about an hour.

How to get from Tulcea to your final destination in the Delta?

Well, I made a post about it quite some time ago, talking about all the means of transport available in the Delta. So, it’s best if you just visit that page.

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How Can You Get Around In The Danube Delta?

Knowing that Danube Delta is one of the most isolated places in Romania, you would expect to have quite some trouble getting around. But that’s not necessarily true. If you’re going to Sulina or Sfantu Gheorghe, your only choice is by water, but you have plenty of options to choose from.

Transport by boat

[adsense]First of all, there’s the national nautical transport company (Navrom) which has regular fares with two types of ships.

The classic ships are pretty big, with a capacity of about 300 passengers, and connect Tulcea to Sulina,  Chilia Veche and Periprava every two-three days at 1:30 pm. They’re not the most comfortable and definitely the slowest means of transport. A normal fare takes about four-five hours, depending on the destination. But they’re my favorite because you can just relax and have a great time. There’s plenty of space inside, on the deck or on the rooftop. With a couple of friends, it can be the most memorable trip you’ll ever take.

Classic Ship in Danube Delta
Classic Ship in Danube Delta

There’s also the catamaran or the speed ship that will get you to Sulina or Sfantu Gheorghe in about three hours. They’re cool, but a little crowded and you don’t have so much freedom as with the classic ship.

There are also quite a few private transporters. They have Russian built speedboats which look fantastic. Unfortunately, sometime in their past, they had their original engines changed to something a little less powerful, so now, instead of flying over the water like they used to, they just cruise along normally. They’ll still get you to Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe in less than an hour and a half, so they’re a great choice. They’re very comfortable, but you can’t hang out outside and you won’t get to see much of the scenery. You’ll only see a burr 😉

And of course, you can also hire a small boat and get anywhere you want, anytime you want. You’ll get plenty of offers simply walking along the Danube in Tulcea.

Transport by car

Well, to get to most places, you have to take a boat. But I wish that were the case everywhere. Nowadays, this once remote, isolated paradise is crossed left and right by quite a few cars. If you’re going to Chilia Veche for instance, you can take the classic ship and enjoy the scenery and the beautiful wildlife.

[adsense]But you can also take the car, if you want to get there a little faster. You simply cross the Danube in Tulcea and then follow the dirt road and you’ll eventually get to your destination. There are even a few regular busses that follow this road a couple of time every day. They definitely don’t offer five star comforts, but will get you there.

But what if you’re stuck in Sulina your most burning desire is to get to the Anonimul Film Festival in Sfantu Gheorghe? No worries, there is a regular bus going from Sulina to Sfantu Gheorghe and you’ll get there just in time to catch the fireworks. It’s a dirt road, so the ride will be a little bumpy.

A friend of mine told me she once got stuck in the sand and they had a little fun trying to get out of there. But hey, what are the chances of that happening to you? The drivers are pros and know the road like the palm of their hand :d

But all in all, I will kindly ask you to avoid using the cars as much as possible. I was mentioning in an earlier post how you can no longer walk peacefully from Sulina to the beach because you have to make room to all the taxis… I find that unacceptable… you’re in the middle of nature where you expect to get some peace from all the commotion of the big cities.