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The Danube Delta (Delta Dunarii) is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Dobruja, in the far eastern corner of Romania, at the border with Ukraine. The delta formed by the Danube River entering the Black Sea, it is world famous for its saline-marine ecosystems.

Dalmatian Pelican and Great Cormorant in the Danube Delta

The largest town, at the head of the delta, is Tulcea, where there is a visiting centre for the Delta. There are ferry services from Tulcea into the delta. Sulina and Sfântu Gheorghe are small towns, lying at the end of the Danube, on the Black Sea coast.

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Most resorts arrange for a ferry pickup at a prespecified Pier. The pier is about an hour drive from Tulcea

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  • 1 Tulcea Airport (Aeroportul Delta Dunării Tulcea). Flights are limited to general aviation, very few seasonal charters and some private jets. No scheduled flights.    

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  • Boat Tour in Sfintu Gheorghe (surub), Danube Delta, Sf Georghe (Tulcea). If you go to the Danube Delta make sure to go on a boat tour with Georgian Dumitru in Sf. Georghe. He was born in that village, studied ecology in Romania and the US, speaks fluent French and English and can show you the joys and downsides of delta ecology. He loves the area, takes pains not to disturb the ecosystem and knows some old, hidden channels. Once a year he goes on a two week canoe tour deep into the delta to study the ecological impact of pollution and development. If you want to know where to camp, how to avoid snakes, what plants to eat and how to cool beer to ideal temperature, he can help. Prices start from 50 / 45 lei per person per 2 hours. Longer half day trips 350 lei per boat (up to 4 passengers). His parents run a pleasant hostel in a sidestreet which he wants to turn into an ecology center. Ask for rooms or homemade fish. The guy is a world away from average tour operators, who tend to throw their beer bottles into the water and chase Pelikans so you can take a good picture.
  • [dead link] Iliuta Goean (surub), Danube Delta, Uzlina, +40 724089280. Guided photography tours

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