Anything from two days up, makes a trip up the Sf. Gheorghe branch possible, the oldest of the Danube’s branches. The first towns, Mahmudia and Murighiol, can be reached by car, saving time and money. However, going by water is better. It is, after all, the Danube Delta. Beautiful landscapes reveal themselves on the narrow and hidden canals, so ask the locals for help.
Nearly every pension also provides boat trips on the adjacent lakes and canals.
Still, as far as lodging is concerned, I would stop on this branch at the Cormoran Complex (Uzlina) and at Wels Ho- tel (Băltenii de Sus) recommended for tourists “in a hurry” who wish to capture a glimpse of the Delta’s soul.
On the Sfântu Gheorghe branch, people often talk about the town of the same name. It’s a a town that feels remote from the rest of the world, where the Danube merges into the Black Sea. Near Sfântu Gheorghe’s sandy beach is the venue for the Anonymous International Independent Film Festival, which takes place in August. During the daytime, the films are shown at the Green Village Cinema Complex.
Access to the town is only possible by boat, which can be taken from Tulcea (Tulcea – Sf. Gheorghe, 4 hour trip), Mahmudia (Mahmudia – Sf. Gheorghe, 2½ hour trip) or Murighiol (Murighiol – Sf. Gheorghe, 2 hour trip). The trips are organised by the Navrom Delta SA Tulcea company.