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PATHS OF ANCIENT CULTURE | 10 Nights | Departs Sep 6, 2015

 

Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

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Constanta (Bucharest), Romania-port

Located just 150 miles east of Bucharest, Constanta is the gateway to Romania’s beautiful capital, as well as to the beach resorts just to the north and south of the town. The poet Ovid described his years of exile here in his famous poems “Ponticae” and “Tristia;” his tomb in marked by a statue in the square that bears his name. The Old Town is graced by lovely French and Art Deco architecture, and the city also boasts a world-class archaeological museum.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Visit to the Ancient Citidal of Histria
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Bucharest
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Constanta City and Roman Ruins
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Constanta Sights , Romanian Folk Show & Wine Tasting
    Seated TourMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Multi-Culture Tour
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Panoramic Constanta
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • The Wild Realm of the Danube Delta
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • A Visit to the Ancient Citidal of Histria

    Moderate Activity/Walking
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: cnd-006

    Twenty-six hundred years ago on the shore of Lake Sinoe in the northern part of Istria peninsula, the city of Histria was founded by the Greek colonists from Millet. It was the first Greek colony on the west shore of the Black Sea and is the oldest city in the Romanian territory. It was discovered in 1914 by the well-known Romanian archaeologist and historian Vasile Parvan. The trip to Histria is considered a special interest excursion for those who hold a particular interest in ancient history and archaeology.

    Leaving Constanta, Histria is located just 43 miles north of Constanta. A 60-minute drive by coach will take you through the scenic countryside while your guide introduces you to past history and present-day Romania. For eight centuries during the Greek and Roman times, Histria was a prosperous and developed city with paved streets, comfortable houses, aqueducts, gymnasiums, and temples. Histeria was a trading post backed by abundant fisheries as well as by the fertile hinterland which would produce an abundance of cereals. Furthermore, there was easy access from the north by crossing the Danube to Dacia's raw-materials of both silver and gold; as evidenced in the city's fine coinage. Here, you will visit the Citadel, the Histeria. Museum, and Ancient Citadel.

    Guests may see a variety of city walls from the Hellenistic, early Roman, and late Roman Empire, the remains of public buildings, baths, secular basilicas, Christian churches, shops, and workshops. The museum beside the ruins display a unique collection of highly valuable archaeological discoveries from the area. The city was destroyed several times by the invasions of the nomadic tribes, and, with time, it was left in ruins and was abandoned.

    Next, you will go on a hike to the remains of ancient Histria. The ruins, temples, sacred fountains and baths, represent what is left of the defense wall dating back to the Roman-Byzantine period. Then, the tour takes us to the fortress and the Museum of Histria, displaying sculptural and architectural fragments, amphorae, statuettes, ceramics, glass vases, coins, and jewelry. Histria together with the other ancient citadels on the northwest coast of the Black Sea represents proof that the Greek and later on Roman civilizations were in these parts of Europe.

    From there, you will reboard the coach for your return drive back to Constanta. Lastly, guests will visit the Folk Art (Ethnologic) Museum in Constanta, which connects the ancient past to the local traditions and customs by introducing tourists into the life style of the Dobrogean farmer.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this hiking tour which involves considerable walking for approximately 60 minutes on uneven surfaces and natural pathways and trails. In addition, there are approximately 32 steps to climb at the Histeria Museum, and 24 steps at the Folk Art Museum. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for guests who utilize a wheelchair.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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