Constanta Romania

One Day Tour to Constanta (the ancient city of Tomis) – 10 hours – shared

Situated at the crossroads of several commercial routes, Constanta lies on the western coast of the Black Sea. Constanta is more than just the entry point to the Black Sea coast. It is a place with a long and interesting past, attested by its many Roman vestiges, historic buildings, facades and mosques that color the Old City Centre.

Category:
Tour type

small group shared tour

Highlights of the trip

the Museum of Archeology and History Constanta; the Great Mosque; the Aquarium Constanta; the Roman Edifice with mosaic; the Black Sea cliff and the Royal Casino, Mamaia seaside resort

Price

99 Eur/adult, 55 Eur/child 7-12 years old

Operating Days

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Starting time

08:00 am

Duration

around 10 hours

Departure point

in front of the Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin St., Sector 1, Bucharest, Revolution Square – in front of the little garden)

Language

Live guide in English

Included

Transport by car/minibus, English speaking tour leader, Entrance fees

Not included

Lunch (around 50 lei per person) – there will be a stop on the way to eat together or separately

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Itinerary for the One Day Tour to Constanta

Bucharest – Constanta – Mamaia – Bucharest

First part it will be driving on the highway to Constanta, crossing the bridge over the Danube (the first bridge was built in 1895 by the Romanian engineer Anghel Saligny during King Carol I). Also, we will pass the Nuclear Power Plant made by a Canadian Company starting with the beginning of 1978. After 3 hours of driving, we will reach Constanta where we head to the Historical Center.

Constanta is the oldest town attested on the Romanian territory. The first documentary attestation of this city dates back to 657 BC when in the area was founded a Greek colony called Tomis. The Greek settlements have been conquered by the Romans in 71 BC and renamed Constantiana, after the sister of the Roman Emperor Constantin the Great. During the 13th Century, the town was developed by the Italian merchants from Genova. Constanta has declined during the Ottoman rule period. After the Romanian war of Independence 1877-1878, Constanta starts to rise back and has been developed until the present as the largest harbor in Romania.

Sights to be visited in Constanta:

The Museum of Archeology and History Constanta
Founded in 1878, the museum contains relics and pieces of architecture from the Greek and Roman period.

The Roman Edifice with mosaic
Discovered in 1959 by archaeological excavations, the edifice reveals an original Roman Mosaic, part of the commercial harbor, dating back to the 4th Century.

The statue of Ovidius
The statue representing Publius Ovidius Naso (43BC-17AC). The statue is located in the Ovidiu Square and was built in 1887 by the Italian sculptor Ettore Ferrari.

The Muslim Mosque
Built between 1910-1912 as a homage to the local Muslim community, the inauguration was made in the presence of Carol I (the first king of Romania). It was first named Carol I and later it was renamed Mahmud the Second. Going up in the Minaret Tower you can have a splendid panoramic view of the whole city of Constanta.

The Orthodox Cathedral
The Orthodox Cathedral Saints Peter and Paul was built between 1883-1895 by the famous Romanian architect Ion Mincu. It is a monument of Byzantine architectural style.

The Aquarium Constanta
Inaugurated in 1958 as the first public aquarium in Romania, you can see here a variety of fish species including a large collection of sturgeon.

After lunch, the day ends with the driving back to Bucharest.

The tour last approximately 12 hours.

Hotel pick-up/drop-off (within Bucharest)

The extra fee for hotel pick-up and drop-off is 20 Euro for a standard car (1-3 persons), 30 Euro for a minivan (4-8 persons) and 50 Euro for a minivan (9-16 persons) and the pick-up time is 07:30 am. If you want to book this extra service, please contact us. It is payable to the guide at the start of the tour.

The following hotels are located within walking distance from the departure point, and there is no need for a hotel pick-up: Hilton Athenee Palace, Radisson Blu, Berthelot, Amzei, Novotel, Grand Hotel Continental, Ramada Majestic, Capitol, Capsa, Opera, Mercure City Centre, Ambasador.

Please note that the cost of a taxi or Uber in Bucharest is not so high and it could be more convenient for you to take a taxi to the departure point. You can ask the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you. Just tell the driver to take you to the Athenaeum (“Ateneu” in Romanian) in front of Hilton Hotel.

Important

  • This is a small group tour, and we never take more than 16 people. However, most of the days we have less than 16 people in the group.
  • This tour is not suitable for families with children under 7 and people with walking (stairs climbing) disabilities. We strongly recommend booking a (with the same itinerary) in this case.

Notes

Please note that the timetable is subjected to change due to heavy city traffic and roadworks.
TravelMaker, as the company which organizes the trip, is not responsible if the visited sites are closed without prior notice and for any reason at the moment you arrive.

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