The first day paddling is 20-25 km and then sailing by boat 12-15 km on the lake, where the Danube is wide and often winds blow. Lunch is organized on the boat during the sailing. Starting in 9, oo and docking is planned about 17,oo. The second day is first sailing by boat on the lake, about an hour, and than with canoes paddling about 18-20 km until the Trajan table. The return is by boat the same route that paddled. While sailing through the most beautiful part of the Iron Gates Gorge, lunch is served. Start at 9, oo and docking about 18, oo.
THE FIRST DAY
From the village Dobra (1021 km), where the Floating Island catamaran is anchored with canoes and all appropriate equipment and after a short training, the canoe paddling starts through the Iron Gates Gorge with the catamaran right behind. After an hour of paddling, we come to a whirlpool called Gospođin vir (1011.5 km) where the Danube narrows to 210 m and ships can only pass alternately. There, the Danube is surrounded by steep, vertical, smooth cliffs and despite the fact that there is no flow, the water simply boils. Powerful whirlpools are created, which makes the paddling extremely interesting, while the surrounding cliffs create a tense atmosphere. Whirlpools stem from enormous depths, as much as 82 m, which is lower than the level of the Black Sea.
After the Gospođin vir, the Danube spreads, but the coast is still steep, inaccessible. Paddling a canoe in these conditions is a challenge, which makes it interesting and quite an adventure. The Floating Island catamaran is behind the canoes during the entire paddling tour. There is about 3.5 to 4 hours of paddling before reaching the archaeological site Lepenski vir (1004 km), on the right side, but high above level of the Danube The paddlers then board the catamaran where they have lunch while enjoying a panoramic sail to Donji Milanovac (991km). Tha catamaran docks at the river Poreč (998km). Free time.
THE SECOND DAY
At the river Porecka where The Floating Island is anchored, after boarding, we sail for less than an hour to the entrance of Veliki Kazan. The paddling tour stars near the village of Golubinje. We paddle next to the steep, inaccessible coast where the Danube becomes narrow.
After half an hour of paddling, before the entrance to Veliki Kazan, the paddlers reach the first cave of the Danube. It is small, but since it can only be reached by canoe or kayak, it represents quite a challenge for any paddler. The cave is about 20-30m long and being so narrow, the paddlers have to enter one by one. The entrance is small but upon entering, the arch expands thus creating a mythical and mysterious atmosphere.
The paddling continues towards the entrance of Veliki Kazan. The entrance is quite impressive because the Danube narrows down to 170 -210 m. The banks are very steep and the cliffs are over 700m in height. Because of its great depth, of up to 70m, the Danube creates whirlpools making canoeing there extremely exciting and challenging.
Upon entering Veliki Kazan, the paddling continues along the Romanian coast. Steep banks, over 300m high, make the paddling exciting and the quiet, calm rivers fulfill the serene atmosphere. After half an hour of paddling and entering Veliki Kazan on the Romanian coast, the Danube has carved a great cave in the cliffs. The entrance is quite large, allowing even fishing boats to enter. After entering the cave, it showcases its magnificence.
The height of the arch, the gloom, the murmur and the air flowing from the darkness where the cave disappears, make this experience unforgettable. After about 30m from the entrance, in the half-light another wonderful creation can be seen. A small sand beach. Boats gather there, torches are lit and paddling takes place in the dark... After ten minutes of paddling through Veliki Kazan, we come across another cave. It is a few meters above the level of Danube, but it posseses an impressive arch. The Cave was originally a refuge since the ancient times. Later, it was used by all the armies that have controlled Danube from that area.
After leaving Veliki Kazan, everyone has lunch on the anchored catamaran. The paddling then continues for a period of about half an hour until reaching the entrance of Mali Kazan. The Danube narrows down again and the paddlers can enjoy unusual and inaccessible areas which are also quite serene. The paddling continues to the famous Trajan's Table where the catamaran is waiting for everyone. The Floating Island takes us back to Donji Milanovac, going back the same way which we came by paddling. The Catamaran docks in the river Porecka.
Timetable – Itinerary
09,oo - 13,3o paddling 09,oo - 10,oo sailing
13,3o do 14,oo lunch on catamaran 10,oo - 14,oo paddling
14,oo do 17,oo sailing 14,oo - 14,3o lunch
Free time 14,3o - 18,oo sailing
Difficulty of paddling: Easy
OFFER (two days)
The price includes:
Logistics of the ship - catamaran "Floating island"
Paddling training on a canoe or a kayak
Canoe and kayak rental with equipment
Lunch on board (from the pot fish soup or goulash - as arranged by the group) without drinks
Base price: 112 EUR (56 EUR/ day)
Payment: 50% for reservation date, 50% on departure day
Minimum number 8, number maximum 12 guests
NOTICE: Price of basic package for two days in Iron gate gorge is 112 euros! This price does not include overnight stays, meals (dinner and breakfast), guided tours, entrance fees, transfers minibus. We can book for you accommodation in a private rooms at a price 13 euros/ night, and a meal you can themselves from stores or in a local restaurants at a cost 4-7 euros meal.
The Iron Gates and Danube Caves
(the basic offer includes two days of paddling)
Photos by S. Lukic.