21 February 2022

CIRCUMEUROPA, the first sea-river expedition of a Romanian crew around Europe, ready for launch.

The Wild Watch Association announces the launch of CIRCUMEUROPA, the first Romanian maritime expedition of a Romanian crew around Europe. The prospect of this unique expedition in Romania encompasses both the scientific dimension by investigating the level of water pollution the crew will navigate through, and the cultural one, sailing and generating performances in over 15 current and former European Capitals of Culture. Linking five rivers, four seas, five oceans and five straits, with one boat, the ideal ambassador of the fact that Timisoara is accessible from the water, through this cultural and scientific exploration we have identified the need to increase the awareness that the river Bega can be an important gateway to any place in Europe. Starting from Romania, the route of the exploration includes Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Malta, France, Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, passing through some of the current and former European Capitals of Culture.

“Healthy waters are fundamental to all life on earth, but unfortunately they are in a critical time right now. Culture is essential to our becoming intelligent beings. Sport is the foundation of human health. We are determined to do all we can to help. It is a challenge to become proactive in the coming years when we talk about the environment and culture. This is an opportunity to make a significant impact at European level. Through Culture, Science and Sport we have the power to accelerate change, we have no time to lose.” Cristian Ilea, initiator CIRCUMEUROPA.

To launch this expedition with cultural and research implications, the team CIRCUMEUROPA team is open to collaborations, encouraging the involvement of funders and partners. To this end, we invite those who wish to collaborate to contact us by e-mail and telephone

( +40723226640 – Cristian Ilea).

Here are the stages of this project:

Stages CIRCUMEUROPA 2022/2023

1 September – 30 November 2022

Timisoara – Novi Sad

Novi Sad – Sulina

Sulina – Istanbul

Istanbul – Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki – Athens

Athens – Eleusis 2023

Eleusis 2023 – Patras

Patras – Matera

Matera – Valletta

Valletta – Genoa

Genoa – Marseille

Marseille – Gibraltar


15 April – 1 July 2023

Gibraltar – Lisbon

Lisbon – Porto

Oporto – San Sebastian

San Sebastian – Bruges

Bruges – Rotterdam

Rotterdam – Amsterdam

Amsterdam – Essen

Essen – Linz

Linz – Pecs

Pecs – Novi Sad

Novi Sad – Timisoara

Exploration as a state of mind has always been one of the driving forces of human Time has come to understand by evolution exploration with the aim of saving wildlife (marine and animal) and to stop pollution.

For more details, please check the CIRCUMEUROPA website and our Facebook and Instagram, but also by email and phone ( +40723226640 – Cristian Ilea)

About Wild Watch

A non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 2015 in Timisoara, the Wild Watch aims to develop projects to protect the environment by promoting a responsible attitude towards nature and wild animals.


This expedition aims to investigate the level of pollution of the waters through which the crew will sail, promoting the Bega waterway and the city of Timișoara as a port on the sea the North Sea or the Black Sea, promoting Timisoara artists in the most important cities of Europe, the promotion of yachting among young people and last but not least, the promotion of the European Capital of Culture Timisoara 2023 programme in some of the former Capitals Cultural Capitals of Europe along the coast of our continent.

About the founder

Cristian Ilea has been an image director for over 25 years, he founded the Wildlife Romania project, 

the first virtual zoo with wild animals in the wild, he practices sailing and over 20 years and is the president/founder of Wild Watch since 2015.