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Natural Leaders in Western Palearctic

Romania, 8 days

Romania should be high on the list of destinations for every birdwatcher. It has such fantastic regions as the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania, the biggest river delta in Europe, the Danube Delta or the Black Sea Coast and Dobrogea area. This tour concentrates on the Danube Delta, the Black Sea Coast and Dobrogea, each is completely different and amazing areas.

Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is for those who enjoy spectacular birdwatching: huge flocks of pelicans, waders, cormorants, reedbeds full of warblers, lakes and marshes full of ducks, herons, egrets and ibises. Woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Roller, Bee-eater and Golden Oriole are plentiful.

Black Sea Coast & Dobrogea

On the Black Sea Coast of Dobrogea sought after raptors fly overhead and in the forests, hills and plains nearby you find Long-legged Buzzard, Levant Sparrowhawk, Booted Eagle, Pied Wheatear, Rock Thrush and Sombre Tit. The extensive wetlands along the sea provide habitat for rare resident species and thousands of migrating birds as well, including pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck and Paddyfield Warbler.



Fact File

  • 8 days in Romania
  • start and finish in Bucharest
  • visiting the Black Sea Coast and the Danube Delta
  • using 2 accommodations



  • 2 full days in the Danube Delta
  • 1 day in Histria and Vadu, one of the best birding areas in Europe
  • visit to the famous Babadag Forest
  • birding in the Macin Hills
  • exploring Cheia Gorge, a beautiful place not far from the coast
  • visiting the lakes along the Black Sea
  • superb scenery, rare bird species



4 nights in Mamaia, a resort at the Black Sea

3 nights on a floating hotel in the Danube Delta

Departure Dates


Ask for the actual price.

Our price includes:

  • all travel as noted in the itinerary;
  • all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);
  • 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);
  • services of the leader(s);
  • trip materials.

Not included:

  • flight to and from Bucharest;
  • optional programmes to places of interest and entrance fees involved;
  • airport and other departure taxes, tips;
  • food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries;
  • excess baggage charges;
  • telephone calls;
  • alcoholic beverages;
  • Compulsory personal insurance.

If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us.

Activity level

Generally easy to moderate walks

Some longer drives expected



We meet at our English speaking guide at the Bucharest airport and then travel to Mamaia on the Black Sea Coast.
We visit one of the best birding areas in Europe, the wetlands of Histria and Vadu. Muddy pools, ponds, extensive reedbeds, steppe and sandy scrub attract many resident and migrating bird species including White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Ruddy Shelduck, Ferruginous Duck and Paddyfield Warbler.
We head north towards the Danube Delta crossing Babadag Forest. Levant Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Short-toed, Booted and Lesser-Spotted Eagles, Sombre Tit have all been sighted here. We also stop at the castle of Enisala. We arrive to our floating hotel in Tulcea in the afternoon.
We spend 2 full days birding along the rich waterways in the heart of the Danube Delta! We visit Mila 23, Fortuna Lake and Letea Forest among others. We should see plenty of White and Dalmatian Pelicans, Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Squacco Heron, Pygmy Cormorant and many more species. 
 We leave the boat and head for the Macin Hills and Cheia Gorge to look for raptors, Rock Thrush and Pied Wheatear. We visit Lake Techirghiol that attracts Avocet, Black-necked Stilt and Stone-Curlew. We also drive to Hagieni Forest, where the variety of habitats supports raptors, woodland species, warblers and waterbirds.
We leave the Black Sea and head for Bucharest. "Eyes on the sky" for more raptors and if time permits we stop at interesting places en route.