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Precongress Programme

Excursion to Danube Delta

The Danube River is the most international river on the planet - its course runs across — or forms a part of the borders of several countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and four capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade.

Formed over a period of more than 10,000 years, the Danube Delta continues to grow due to the 67 million tons of alluvia deposited every year by the Danube River.

The Delta is formed around the three main channels of the Danube, named after their respective ports: Chilia (in the north), Sulina (in the middle), and Sfantu Gheorghe (in the south).

The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve has the third largest biodiversity in the world (over 5,500 flora and fauna species), exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.

The Danube Delta is home to over 60% of the world’s population of pygmy cormorants (phalacrocorax pygmeus), 50% of red-breasted geese (branta ruficollis) and the largest number of white pelicans (pelecanus onocrotalus) and Dalmatian pelicans (pelecanus crispus) in Europe.

It also is home to the world’s largest reed bed expanse – 625, 000 acres / 240,000 ha. Some 15,000 people inhabit the Delta area, living in 28 villages and one city (Sulina). The area was first attested by Herodot of Halicarnas (484 – 425 B.C.). More than half of the Delta Biosphere Reserve is virtually intact.

Day 1: 01.09.2012 – Bucharest – Tulcea

In the morning at 07:00 o’clock we depart towards Tulcea .

Half day cruise to discover the Danube Delta through the maze of channels, waterways and lakes with its amazing bird and plant life. Lunch on board included.

For a vacation, the best accommodation choice in Tulcea . Beyond the unique beauty of the Delta, the tourists will have the opportunity to directly meet the customs and life of the local people, and, not to mention the cooking according to classic local recipes.

The dinner will be served at the Hotel Restaurant.

Accommodation at hotel Delta 4* in Tulcea.

Delta Hotel offers you 94 rooms with a generous space, benefiting from an unique view of the Danube Delta, and also offers the best comfort conditions in the 4 star class.

Day 2: 02.09.2012 – Tulcea - Bucharest

Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant.

Free time for visiting.

In the afternoon we depart to Bucharest for accommodation in your hotel.

A World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve the Danube Delta is one of the last surviving great wilderness areas of Europe and is most certainly its best wildlife sanctuary.

RATES

193 Eur/person - accommodation in single room (the rate is valid for minimum 30 paying pax, including accommodation, 1 excursions on the Danube Delta with boat,1 lunch on the bord,1 dinner, 1 breakfast, transportation with a 48 seater coach, English speaking guide).

Please contact the congress organizer at info@esa2012.org for tourism program.

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