CYCLING ROUTE #1 IN BULGARIA

740 KM JOURNEY IN SPACE AND TIME ON A BICYCLE

“…A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE – THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE CYCLING ODYSSEY”

Best in Travel 2024 – Lonely Planet

DUNAV ULTRA MAP

740 KM FROM KUDELIN TO DURANKULAK

ABOUT

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR IN TOURISM

Dunav Ultra is the winner of the “Innovation of the Year in Tourism” award of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Bulgaria.

RECOMMENDED BY LONELY PLANET

Dunav Ultra is recommended – Top 50 destinations in the world – “Best In Travel – 2024” by Lonely Planet, with a suggestion for travelling by bike.

EUROVELO 6 AMBASSADOR

The route of the Dunav Ultra overlaps the continental route Eurovelo 6. We support the development of Eurovelo in Bulgaria.

“TRAVELLING THE DUNAV ULTRA ROUTE IS BOTH A CHALLENGE AND AN ADVENTURE, AS WELL AS A PHILOSOPHICAL RETURN, DEEP INTO THE ROOTS OF OUR OWN ESSENCE.”

BORIS BEGAMOV

DUNAV ULTRA FOUNDER

KILOMETERS

SETTLEMENTS

VILLAGES

CITIES

PLAN YOUR TRIP IN ADVANCE

Plan your trip and prepare to visit one of Europe’s most exotic regions. Get ready for a real adventure

SET A REALISTIC TIMETABLE

Determine the purpose of the adventure. Depending on the pace, you will get into different situations and encounters in different places.

equipment

Road, gravel, or electric bike. Choose the appropriate equipment and your favorite type of bicycle. 

EXPLORE the main locations

Get to know the main characteristics of the region – geographical, historical, local traditions or food.

ready for adventure

Don’t be hesitant and start the adventure! Embark on a journey that will last a lifetime.

DANAV ULTRA BOARD – THE ESSENTIALS

The Story behind the route

The Dunav Ultra cycling route has a captivating history that dates back to 2014. Three adventurous friends embarked on an extraordinary journey, aiming to cover a remarkable distance of 700 kilometers near the northern border of Bulgaria.

Starting from the village of Kudelin, following the Danube River, and reaching Durankulak village on the Black Sea, they set a challenging time frame limit to succeed in covering the distance in less than 48 hours.

After many vicissitudes and mishaps, and far from the intended time – only one of them reached the endpoint, the initiator of the venture Boris Begamov.

In the following years, Begamov continued to push the limits since he returned for a new series of extreme adventures in the region. He organized campaigns while participating with fellow athletes, and managed to complete the 700 km track in less than 48 hours – by bicycle without gears – Single Speed (2015), and in the discipline – duathlon – including 640 km cycling + 40 km running (2016).

Since 2017, Begamov has dedicated himself to developing the route as a premier destination for adventure cycling.

Today, the Dunav Ultra route reigns as Bulgaria’s longest and most popular tourist cycling route. It attracts cycling enthusiasts from Bulgaria, Romania, and beyond, who eagerly participate in the annual mass ride, organized in various categories and disciplines.

* The Dunav Ultra route takes its name from the Danube River (Dunav = Danube in Bulgarian), as it follows the course of the river for more than 500 km.

Classic or Adventure

The Dunav Ultra route can be done in two ways (two different tracks) – Adventure and Classic. The Classic option is perfect for road bike enthusiasts, offering a fully laid artificial surface.

For those seeking a deeper immersion in the Danube region, the Adventure version takes you off the beaten path, with secondary roads and dirt tracks.

The Adventure ride offers a unique opportunity for those with a specific attitude, skills, time, and equipment. It , allows you to truly embrace the essence of this extraordinary experience.

Stages

For more convenient planning, we have divided the route into a total of 14 Stages. Eight of the Stages offer an Adventure version of the route. Each Stage ends in a settlement with the necessary logistical infrastructure for such an experience. The longest Stage is the section Silistra – Dobrich – 102 km and the shortest one is the Adventure version of the Stage Nikopol – Belene – 28 km. Detailed information about all Stages can be found in the Dunav Ultra mobile app.

Nature

The route crosses a large geographical area: tributaries of the Danube, protected areas, nature parks and reserves, lakes, wetlands and/or agricultural areas. Encountering the Danube and Dobrudzha region, in the right season, is an exotic and unforgettable experience for any explorer of new places.
The flora and fauna offer a specific and rich diversity of animal and plant species, and among the most interesting areas are: Nature Park “Persina”, Biosphere Park “Srebarna”, protected area “Kalimok-Brashlen”, the mouths of the rivers Timok, Iskar, Osam, Yantra and Cherni Lom, the swamp near the village of Malak Preslavets, the canyon Sukhata Reka and Durankulak Lake.

Cuisine

The region offers a specific cuisine based on local land and river bounty. Fishing is an everyday occurrence here and fish soup is a brand. Fish is most often offered fried, and is generally catfish, carp, grass carp, turbot, whitefish or chub.

The influence of the Vlach cuisine along the Danube is strong – various types of sarma (сарми), kachamak (качамак), jumerki (джумерки), Vlach salamura (саламура, a spicy dish between stew and soup) are present on traditional menus. In summer, fruit trees, vineyards and vegetables grow everywhere, including apricots, peaches, plums, melons, watermelons, etc.

In Vidin you can taste prosenik (просеник), in Silistra watermelon or beetroot madjun (маджун), and on the Black Sea coast – fresh horse mackerel and caragiose.
Apricot brandy is considered an elixir and wine is an integral part of the local people’s lifestyle. Among the most interesting places offering delicious fish soup are in Vidin, Svishtov, Ruse, Tutrakan, Popina, Vetren, Silistra and Durankulak.

The 100 Dunav Ultra Highlights

In 2018 we announced for the first time a list of the “100 Dunav Ultra Highlights”. A special selection brings together sites and themes characteristic of the region that we can touch with all available senses: cultural and historical sites, fortresses, archaeological sites, temples, museums, natural phenomena, animals, birds, local customs and food – all of them representing the identity of the Dunav Ultra route.

The list is updated annually, and detailed information about each site is included in the Dunav Ultra Mobile App.

Mobile application

The Dunav Ultra mobile app is the official guide to the Dunav Ultra route. The app offers a rich information base and geolocation of various logistical and recommended places – “bicycle friendly” accommodations, restaurants, local shops, bike repair shops, sights, and places of interest.
By accessing the Checkpoints functionality in the app – everyone who has traveled the route can get a Certificate.
Access to Control Points is obtained with a Personal Code included in the “Dunav Ultra Adventure” kit.

A Certificate

In 2018, for the first time, we introduced the issuance of a Certificate for each Dunav Ultra route traveled during the summer season. The certificate is a way of supporting our cause, and a proof of participation in the effective development of the region.

Anyone who verifies their passage through 26 previously announced Checkpoints along the route can obtain a Certificate. Marking is through our Dunav Ultra Mobile App, and access to Checkpoints functionality is obtained with a unique code – included in the Dunav Ultra Adventure Kit.

The other way to get a Certificate is to participate in the mass route ride that takes place annually, at the end of each summer.

Our cause

Invariably, since the creation of the Dunav Ultra, our cause is to promoting over 110 settlements where the route passes.

Our love for the Danube and Dobrudja unites our experience, vision, and dreams, to develop the region where the route passes as an attractive destination for cycling tourism.

Acquiring a Dunav Ultra Certificate allows you to participate effectively in the evolution of the region, and to be part of the Dunav Ultra community.

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List of all settlements through/around which the Dunav Ultra route passes

Kudelin, Vrav, Novo selo, Florentin, Yassen, Negovanovtsi, Kapitanovtsi, Gomotartsi, Koshava, Slanotrun, Kutovo, Antimovo, Pokraina, Vidin, Dunavtsi, Simeonovo, Botevo, Archar, Dobri Dol, Slivata, Orsoya, Lom, Kovachitsa, Zlatia, Gorni Tsibar, Kozloduy, Harlets, Glozhane, Mizia, Oryahovo, Leskovets, Ostrov, Gorni Vadin, Dolni Vadin, Krushovene, Baikal, Gigen, Zagrajden, Dabovan, Brest, Gulyantsi, Milkovitsa, Dolni Vit, Somovit, Cherkovitsa, Nikopol, Dragash Voivoda, Vabel, Lyubenovo, Lozitsa, Byala Voda, Dekov, Belene, Belene NPP site, Oresh, Svishtov, Vardim, Novgrad, Tsenovo, Krivina, Batin, Gorno Ablanovo, Obretenik, Dve Mogili, Ivanovo, Basarbovo, Ruse, Marten, Sandrovo, Slivo Pole, Ryakhovo, Babovo, Braslen, Nova Cherna, Tutrakan, Pozharevo, Dunavets, Dolno Ryakhovo, Malak Preslavets, Raven, Popina, Vetren, Turnovtsi, Bogdantsi, Zafirovo, Kolarovo, Srebarna, Aydemir, Silistra, Kalipetrovo, Kainarja, Bogorovo, Voinovo, Strelkovo, Sredishte, Kolartsi, Onogur, Telerig, Efreitor Bakalovo, Krushari, Ovcharovo, Paskalevo, Hitovo, Karapelit, Dobrich, Stefan Karadja, Gen. Kardam, Lyulyakovo, Preselentsi, Goritsa, Velikoovo, Sirakovo, Sarnino, Chernookovo, Spasovo, Bezhanovo, Zahari Stoyanovo, Staevtsi, Durankulak.

 

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