Danube Delta, Romania
Photograph by Vadim Ghirda, AP
From April to September, millions of migrating birds visit the Danube Delta’s sandy islands, floating reed beds, cane fields, forests, and freshwater lakes. Situated in southeastern Romania, where the Danube River meets the Black Sea, the 2,200-square-mile UNESCO Biosphere Reserve—and Europe’s largest continuous marshland—hosts more than 300 species of birds, including white pelicans, red-breasted geese, and pygmy cormorants. With few roads, travel is almost exclusively by water. In the gateway village of Tulcea, hire a private boat with an ARBDD-licensed Associatia de Ecoturism guide, rent a kayak or rowboat, or hop one of the regular or fast ferries serving the delta’s three main navigable channels—Chilia, Sfantu Gheorghe, and Sulina. Ibis Tours, Naturetrek, and the Traveling Naturalist are among the outfitters leading small-group, bird-watching tours into the delta. Packages typically include Bucharest airport transfers, meals, English-speaking guides, and basic lodging in floating pontons (hotel boats). Near the fishing village of Murighiol (accessible by car) visit the Halmyris archeological site to observe ongoing excavations at the legendary Roman naval port and supply depot.
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