We start to explore by motor boats along the shadowed Cocos channel and the wider and calmer Mustaca channel. We have selected to tour the Holbina area, one of the most spectacular areas of the Danube Delta comprised of a network of small channels, ponds, smaller marshes, and ever-changing floating islets made of reeds (called "plaur"), a paradise for the large flocks of birds. Here we stop our engines and glide on the crystal water in silence propelled by our boatsmen's oars. On our way back to the Anastasia, we'll stop for a short visit at a small fishery and meet some Lipovan fishermen. From early spring until late autumn, the Lipovans live in small traditional settlements erected on the banks of the channel.
After a late lunch on the floating hotel we continue our cruise on the rectified course of Sfantu Gheorghe channel to reach our overnight mooring station – the entrance of the Dranov channel.
Dranov channel – an old branch of the Danube. The Dranov channel used, together with channels Dunavat and Mustaca, to supply lake Razim with fresh water. Some unconventional ways of fishing such as wooden fences reduced the water volume and width of the channel making of this one of the most picturesque routes of the Delta.
Very close to the channel's end we'll drop anchor and have lunch. We'll continue to explore the flooded woodlands of willow and poplar heading to lake Razim and the southern part of Holbina area by motor boats. We'll return to the floating hotel for dinner after having visited Dranov fishery.
Perisor. The sun rises from the Black Sea and sets in the Delta, wildness and beauty, the beach and sand banks, white and yellow water lilys, willows, roots bents, channels and lakes, wild boars and wild hogs, sturgeons and pikes, pelicans and cormorants colony, seagulls and white egrets, peace and relaxation. In one word – fascinating.
After lunch we'll make all the preparations for a pitoresque dinner and campfire and you can choose between boat trips or swimming and getting a tan at the sea.
Perisor islet. We are heading to Tarita for our walk on the islet. We'll see the abandoned fish pools renowned now for the pike fishing. On our way back we will keep our eyes open for otters, muskrats or raccoon dogs and birds nesting.
During lunch we will raise the anchor, continuing our route, on board of the floating hotel, upstream from the Perisor channel to get to the next night falling place – entrance in the Perivolovca channel – where we throw the anchor near a poplar forest on the left shore of the Sf Gheoghe channel.
Early breakfast for fishermen and boarding on the motor boats for the optional fishing program. The other guests will serve lunch during the journey the floating hotel takes on Garla Perivolovca, after that they will embark too on the motor boats for visiting the reservation Taranova, Gorgostel, Chiril, Isaac, Dubcova and many others from a large ‘necklace' of lakes which are always a resting or feeding place for colonies of swans, pelicans and cormorants. We'll visit the lakes and notice that its fish is shared between the fishermen and birds. After visiting some traditional fishing settlements we'll return to the floating hotel have lunch and head upstream on Sfantu Gheorghe branch. Farewell dinner on board the floating hotel.
Early in the morning, in the silence of the sunrise, we raise the anchor and we will sail upstream on the channel Dranov, maybe overflown by whitetailed eagles-specie of eagle protected by law – continuing our journey to the final destination, Murighiol.
We will serve lunch around 3 P.M. and we will say goodbye.