Arrival and transfer to Zarnesti (app. 3h drive) to a local guesthouse where you will be accommodated in comfortable twin rooms with private toilet and hot shower. Available also accommodation in the medieval town of Brasov (different cost!).
Today we are driven to the point where we start a guided hike in the Piatra Craiului National Park. The first part takes us through Zarnesti gorge, an impressive limestone canyon. With 40 – 80 m high walls, it gives us the chance to look for rare birds like Wallcreepers, Alpine swifts, Crag Martins and also to admire impressive Jurassic geological formations.
For those interested only in birds, you can stop here and enjoy the scenery. Those interested also in hiking will continue to Curmatura Cabin. On the way, we can see signs of wildlife, rare or endemic species of flora and insects, as well as shepherd camps. If the weather allows us, we can see the entire limestone ridge (22 km long) which was declared scientific reserve due to the presence of rare and endemic species of flora and insects.
Difficulty: easy (stop down in the gorge)/medium-hard.
The Narcissus Forest, bear hide
After breakfast we leave by car to go to the Narcissus Forest, a 400ha protected oak forest, to observe wildlife, especially butterflies, insects and birds (app. 1 h drive). We’ll also walk in the area to discover the tracks larger animals leave on the ground. We stop at theedge of the forest for lunch (picnic) and relaxation. You will have some time for walking on your own on this amazing forest and enjoy the numerous species of birds, insects and plants. Today is very feasible to see Ural Owls, Tawny Owls, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Corncrake, Great Grey Shrike, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Fieldfare and few other rare birds, as well as numerous species of butterflies and insects.
In the afternoon we’ll have dinner in Sinca Noua village at one of the local entrepreneurs then head to a local bear hide for a chance to see bears (a facility where bears are attracted with food for observations- chances to see the bears: 99%). Late in the evening we drive back to our guesthouse in Zarnesti, to prepare for the next day.
Transfer to Bucovina
As the distance is appreciable, we take a full day to get to our next destination: Bucovina. On the way we stop to stretch our legs with a half an hour break at the Bicaz Gorge and lunch (sandwiches prepared from Zarnesti). In the afternoon we arrive in Gura Humorului. You’ll be accommodated in rustic and comfortable double rooms with private toilet and hot shower.
Visits to the painted monasteries
We take the next two days to visit 5 of the famous painted monasteries of Bucovina: Moldovita, Sucevita, Putna, Humor and Voronet.
Transfer to Crisan
As the distance is appreciable, we take a full day to get to our next destination: the Danube Delta. In the afternoon we arrive in Murighiol, from where we take a private boat to our 2* guesthouse in Crisan, a small fishermen village located right in the centre of the Danube Delta. You’ll be accommodated in basic but comfortable twin rooms with private toilet and hot shower.
Boat trips in the Danube Delta
We’ll be driven by small boats through a chain of beautiful lakes and channels where we’ll see a great variety of birds like White Pelicans, Dalmatian Pelicans, Glossy Ibis or Pigmy Cormorants, to mention just some of the rarest species you have the chance to see in great numbers.
Transfer back to the airport and departure. Depending on your flight schedule we depart for a 4h drive back to the airport. We advice you to take an afternoon flight, as during night there is no traffic allowed in Danube Delta.