Constanta, Romania

Introduction to Constanta, Romania

2500 years ago, as part of Greek colonization in Pontus Euxinus (Black Sea), Tomis was founded.

Situated at the crossroads of several commercial routes, Constanta lies on the western coast of the Black Sea. Recalled by several Byzantine writers under the name of Constantia or Constanta.Today, Constanta has a superb archaeological museum, while Trajan’s victory monument is at Adamklissi. Landmarks include the Ovidiu’s Square, Roman Mosaics and the Genoese Lighthouse.

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CLASSIC CONSTANTA (TOUR A)

  • Discover one of the oldest towns in Europe
  • Learn more about the history of Romania, from its early beginnings to the present day
  • Admire the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral - the largest of its kind in southern Romania
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Take in Constanta’s highlights on this insightful tour.

After a short drive you will reach the Orthodox Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. The cathedral is the largest of its kind in the southern Romania and was built in the 19th century. Learn more about the Romanian Orthodox Church and its particularities during your visit. Near the Orthodox Cathedral you will find a Greek archaeological site that dates back to the ancient time.

You will then walk further to the Old Town, passing by the Turkish Mosque. Built in the 19th century at the orders of the German King Carol I of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen, the mosque is the largest of its kind in Romania.

Re-boarding your tour coach, you will drive a short while to reach the Old Town of Constanta, which was once the agora of the ancient Greek settlement Tomis, guarded by the statue of the Roman poet Ovid. Here you will enjoy a visit to the History Museum, one of the richest museums in Romania. Step by step you will learn more about the history of Romania, from its early beginnings to the present time. Mammoth teeth, unique pieces in Eastern Europe, religious medieval objects and ancient mummies are just some of the highlights of the museum.

Right next to the History Museum you will find the Roman Mosaic, the largest mosaic in Eastern Europe. The colourful pavement served as a pedestrian area during the Roman occupation of the city. Geometrical and floral motives build the design of the 2,000 year old mosaic. Enjoy some time at leisure in the Old Town before returning to your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and a few steps to negotiate throughout, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. In the museum, there are steps to negotiate up to the first floor – no lift is available. Flash photography is not permitted inside the cathedral. Shoulders, knees and arms must be covered when entering the cathedral.  Please note that this tour may operate in a different order to that described. 


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GREEK AND ROMAN HERITAGE (TOUR C)

  • Discover the oldest and largest archaeological site in Romania
  • Visit the Archaeology Museum, where you will find a fascinating collection of ancient objects
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Learn more about Greek and Roman heritage in Romania as you take in insightful visits to the ancient Citadel of Histria and the Archaeology Museum.

Leaving the quayside you will enjoy a scenic drive to Histria, the oldest and largest archaeological site in Romania. Discovered in 1914 on the shores of Sinoe Lake, it was named after the ancient Greek name for the Danube River – Istros. The site is believed to date back to 657-656 B.C. The citadel was founded by the Greeks and eventually conquered by the Romans. After it was attacked several times by barbarian tribes, the citadel was abandoned in the 7th century A.D.

Your visit commences with a walk through the archaeological site, where you can still see some portions of the public buildings, columns, carved pedestals, ruins of Roman baths and basilicas. Visit the Archaeology Museum, where you will find an interesting collection of ancient artefacts including amphorae, Greek and Roman inscriptions, jewellery and bas-reliefs.

Next, you will drive back to Constanta for a walking tour of the Old Town, beginning at Ovid Square, where you will find the statue of the Roman poet. Explore the Roman Mosaic, which was founded in 1959, and was built as a market and warehouse in the 4th century AD. During your walk, pass by the Turkish Mosque dating from the 19th century, the Orthodox Cathedral of St Peter and Paul and the ruins of the Tomis Fortress. View the Casino and Genoese Lighthouse before returning to your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and a few steps to negotiate throughout, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Flash photography is not permitted inside the cathedral. Shoulders, knees and arms must be covered when entering the cathedral

 


Constana, Romania

HIGHLIGHTS & SHOPPING (TOUR F)

  • Take in the highlights of Constanta
  • Delight in some free time for some shopping for your holiday souvenir
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Take in the highlights of Constanta
  • Delight in some free time for some shopping for your holiday souvenir

Explore the main sights of Constanta, the largest city in the region.

After a short drive from the ship to the old town of Constanta, you will visit the History Museum with its impressive collections of ancient artefacts. Right next to the History Museum, you will find the Roman Mosaic, the largest mosaic in Eastern Europe. The colourful pavement served as a pedestrian area during the Roman period of the city.

Continuing with your walking tour, you will pass by the Turkish Mosque from the 19th century as you head towards the Orthodox Cathedral. The cathedral is the largest of its kind in southern Romania and was built in the 19th century. Here you will learn more about the Romanian Orthodox Church and its particularities. Near the Orthodox Cathedral you will find an archaeological site dating back to the ancient time.

Next, enjoy a drive to the shopping area of Constanta, where you delight in some free time to browse the local shops or simply relax in a café. After the free time, you will embark on a sightseeing tour of Constanta, with a drive through the town and back to your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES! 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and a few steps to negotiate throughout, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Flash photography is also not permitted inside the Cathedral. Shoulders, knees and arms must be covered when entering the Cathedral.

 

 


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HIGHLIGHTS & WINE TASTING (TOUR D)

  • Admire the highlights of Constanta’s Old Town
  • Sample local wines as you witness a traditional folklore performance 
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Explore the highlights of Constanta before discovering the history of winemaking in Romania; a tradition that dates back 2,500 years.

Begin your tour with a drive to the Old Town of Constanta. As you disembark your tour coach you will see the famous Roman Lupa Capitolina statue, before discovering the Folk Art Museum. During your visit here, you will be given a brief lesson on the Brancovenesc style of architecture, which is the typical Romanian architecture style. Inside the museum are approximately 16,000 exhibits from all the ethnographic regions of Romania.

From here you will walk to Ovid Square, where you will visit the impressive collection of artefacts from the Greek, Roman and Thracian civilizations. You will then continue to the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, constructed between 1883 and 1885 and featuring impressive chandeliers and paintings.

Continuing on, drive to the west of Constanta to a local restaurant. Upon arrival here, you can enjoy a wine tasting session featuring some of the finest Romanian wines, and witness a show featuring folkloric music and dance.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOUR?  This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and a few steps to negotiate throughout, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Flash photography is not permitted inside the cathedral. Shoulders, knees and arms must be covered when entering the cathedral. There is a photo tax of approximately six Euros inside the Folk Art Museum (price correct at the time of printing). 

 


Old Town Bucharest

OLD TOWN BUCHAREST (TOUR G)

  • Visit the cultural city of Bucharest
  • Travel through the Romanian countryside
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch and folklore performance

 

Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 10 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

This tour gives you the opportunity to discover Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.

In the 15th century, Prince Vlad Tepes, who became known later as the legendary Count Dracula, had his fortress here, on the banks of the river Dambovita. Nowadays, Bucharest enchants its visitors with its centuries of history, as well as its modern quarters, and was once known as the Little Paris of the East. 

You will commence your drive of approximately three hours through the fields of the Dobrogea region, which were used during the centuries as a place of exile because of the area’s rough climate. This part of the country, with large fields, is now commonly used for agriculture, so as you look out of the window you can see acres of vineyards, and miles of cornfields, sunflowers and wheat.  As you drive through the many villages, you will also catch a glimpse of Romanian countryside living.

As you arrive in the eastern part of Bucharest you begin your fascinating city tour. You will make your first stop at the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon and the highlight of your its day. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the palace is the world's largest civilian administrative building, most expensive administrative building and heaviest building.

Your tour continues with a drive along the wide boulevards of Bucharest, arriving at the famous Old Town of Bucharest. Savour lunch at Caru’ cu Bere, one of the most famous restaurants in Romania, where you can listen to an orchestra playing Romanian folk music and enjoy some traditional dancing.

After lunch, enjoy a guided walk of the Old Town  during which you will visit the impressive Stavropoleos Church, built in 1724; buildings boasting various architectural styles like Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau; the Palace;  Princely Court of the Impaler and Manuc’s Inn, built in 1808 with its massive, multiple-balconied courtyard. While much of Bucharest has changed beyond recognition over the past two decades, nothing compares to the recent transformation of the Old Town, which in the past few years has turned what was very much a no-go area into the Romanian capital’s liveliest entertainment district.

After a full day of exploring, you will re-board your coach for your drive back to Constanta and your awaiting ship.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To enter the Parliament Palace you will be required to show your passport for security reasons. 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and over 200 steps to negotiate at the Parliament Palace (a lift is not available), therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Lunch will include one glass of wine, bottled water and coffee.

 


Constana, Romania

THE BEAUTIFUL DANUBE DELTA (TOUR B)

  • Travel through Constanta’s wonderful countryside
  • Discover this unique region of Europe
  • Cruise along the Danube Delta - the second largest delta in Europe
Boat Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 9 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Discover the waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, forming the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. The Danube Delta is home to over 300 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes.

As you depart the quayside you will enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Constanta followed by a scenic drive through the region of Dobrodgea, famous for its sunflower fields and vineyards. After an approximate two-hour drive, you will reach the small town of Tulcea, also known as “the Gate of the Danube Delta”. Here, you will briefly admire your surroundings before boarding the Danube boat to begin your exploration. The maze of canals, willows, oaks and sand islands offer the perfect breeding ground for countless species of birds, some of them unique to Europe, coming from China or Africa. Some 300 species of birds make the Danube Delta their home - among them cormorants, pelicans, Arctic geese, swans and herons.

As you enjoy your cruise along the Danube Delta, you can savour a typical lunch with fish specialities from the delta. After approximately five hours of sailing in this bird paradise, you return to Tulcea, where you re-board your coach for the return drive to Constanta.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES! 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility providing the guests can board the coach and boat unaided. There are approximately ten steps to negotiate to the upper deck where lunch will be served. Don’t forget your cameras or binoculars. Due to the month of our visit we cannot of guarantee the sightings of wildlife that may be seen, as they are subject to seasonal change.


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THE PEARL OF THE BLACK SEA (TOUR E)

  • Take in the highlights of Constanta
  • Enjoy a visit to Mamaia, considered one of the most famous resorts on the Black Sea coast
 
Activity Tour
Price£17.00 - £27.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Take in the highlights of Constanta
  • Enjoy a visit to Mamaia, considered one of the most famous resorts on the Black Sea coast
Explore the main sights of Constanta, the largest city in the region, and Mamaia, located on the coast of the Black Sea. 
 
After a short drive from the ship to the old town of Constanta, you will visit the History Museum with its impressive collections of ancient artefacts. Right next to the History Museum, you will find the Roman Mosaic, the largest mosaic in Eastern Europe. The colourful pavement served as a pedestrian area during the Roman period of the city. Continuing with your walking tour, you will pass by the Turkish Mosque from the 19th century as you head towards the Orthodox Cathedral. The cathedral is the largest of its kind in southern Romania and was built in the 19th century. Here you will learn more about the Romanian Orthodox Church and its particularities. Near the Orthodox Cathedral you will find an archaeological site dating back to the ancient time. Walk along the beautiful promenade and admire the Casino and the Genoese Lighthouse, which was built in the 14th century. 
 
Next, enjoy a drive to Mamaia, one of the most famous resorts on the Black Sea coast. Enjoy approximately one hour of free time at the beach. Take a stroll along the promenade, browse the nearby shops or simply relax at a café whilst admiring views of the beautiful Black Sea before the return journey back to your ship in Constanta. 
 
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES! 
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and a few steps to negotiate throughout, therefore it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Flash photography is also not permitted inside the Cathedral. Shoulders, knees and arms must be covered when entering the Cathedral. 
 
 

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