3 days / 2 nights
Ancient Fortresses in SE Romania (Dobrogea)
Tour ID: P1081
Bucharest -- Carsium -- Capidava -- Civitas Tropaensium / Tropaeum Traiani -- Constanta
Meet your English-speaking guide at your Bucharest hotel / airport
Travel from Bucharest to the region of Dobrogea (SE Romania) / Constanta
~ Carsium Fortress built in the first century AD, on the ruins of a Getic fortification.
~ Capidava Fortness, a fortified quadrangle-shaped settlement.
(impressive precinct wall, fortified settlement gate with a watch tower).
~ Tropaeum Traiani Citadel - the complex includes a basilica
and the "Tropaeum Traiani" monument
(built to commemorate Roman Emperor Trajan's victory over the Dacians).
The fortress' walls encircle 10 hectares /24.7 acres (irregular shape).
Sightseeing tour in Constanta (time permiting).
Overnight in Constanta.
Day 1 in brief:
Distance traveled: 425 km
Approx. travel time: 5 hours and 40 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Dobrogea ancient fortress, monuments, Constanta landmarks, Black Sea beaches.
Constanta -- Histria -- Argamum -- Enisala -- Halmyris -- Murighiol
After the breakfast,
travel from Constanta to Murighiol (Danube Delta).
~ Histria Citadel – the oldest Greek settlement in Romania,
visit the citadel and the antiquity museum (2000 y.o. showpieces)
~ Argamum, Citadel built by Greek colonists in the 7th century BC.
The site, covering around two hectares (five acres),
includes defensive walls, several streets and pre-Christian churches.
~ Enisala Citadel, one of the most picturesque in Dobrogea (SE Romania).
Enisala was built by the Byzantine and Genovese rulers at the end of the 13th Century.
~ Halmyris Citadel, built by the Romans over a Getic town.
It has a trapezoidal shape, with an area of about 2 hectares,
15 towers, three gates and three lines of defense.
Overnight in Murighiol.
Day 2 in brief:
Distance traveled: 230 km
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 50 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: Byzantine & Greek citadels, archaeological sites, Lake Razim.
Murighiol – Noviodunum – Dinogetia – Troesmis – Braila / Bucharest
After the breakfast,
travel from Murighiol to Braila/ Bucharest.
~ Noviodunum Citadel - headquarters of the Roman Empire fleet „Clasis Flavia Moesica”.
~ Dinogetia Citadel, a ancient Geto-Dacian settlement ,
which was later transformed, by the Romans, into a fortress; during the Antiquity, it acquired a major defensive role for the Roman province.
Highlights: the Praetorium, ruins of main buildings and the Roman bath.
~ Troesmis Citadel - one of the main Getic fortress in Dobrogea.
Sightseeing in Braila / architectural tour
and overnight in Braila
or travel from Troesmis directly to Bucharest.
Day 3 in brief:
Distance traveled: 180 km (if overnight in Braila)
Approx. travel time: 3 hours and 45 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Distance traveled: 405 km (if overnight in Bucharest)
Approx. travel time: 6 hours and 15 minutes (normal traffic, without stops)
Sights/ Activities: ancient fortresses, city of Braila/ architecture, rural SE Romania
Iaki hotel (Mamaia), 4-star
Penninsula Resort (Murighiol), 4- star
Guiding service / Professional guide
Hotel accommodations (breakfast and all taxex included)
Meals, other than breakfast
Did you know?
Tropaeum Traiani (Trajan’s Triumph) is a reconstruction of the triumphal monument ("tropaeum"),
erected by Roman veterans of the Dacian Wars in the Roman city Civitas Tropaensium (SE Romania).
(in south east Romania, Roman Dacia) dating to the 2nd Century AD.
Histria - Romania’s earliest-founded city and often called “Romania’s Pompeii,” -
flourished under Greeks and Romans as an extraordinary trading city
from the 7th century B.C. to the 7th century A.D.
After being abandoned and swallowed by alluvial deposits and sand, the site has been rediscovered in 1914.
Some attribute the nickname of Histria (“Romania’s Pompeii”) to Eusebius of Caesarea, also known as Eusebius Pamphili, a historian of Christianity, exegete, and Christian polemicist.
He was a scholar of the Biblical canon and is regarded as an extremely learned Christian of his time.
Histria was founded by Greek merchants in the mid VII century BC (657-6 BC according to Eusebius).
During its history, Histria was connected to major events of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine world.
It was one of the first Greek colonies founded in the basin of the Black Sea
and the oldest colony on the West coast.
The Greek geographers called the Danube the “Ister,” or “Hister” (the “Greatest of Rivers),”;
they thought that the Danube would connect the Black with the Adriatic Sea.
It is believed that the peninsula Istria got its name accordingly.
For many centuries the Danube was the border between the civilized Greco-Roman world
and the Germanic barbarians to the north.
This tour is available, year-round,
for groups and independent travelers.
Price: from 146 Euros / person (group 40 visitors).
Best time to visit: April - October