Cruise Port Atlas | Constanta, Romania Day Trips | Attractions

Constanta, Romania Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Constanta: Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America, Princess, MSC Cruises

Key Attractions: Casino, St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Ovid Square, National History and Archaeology Museum, Roman Mosaics, Archaeology Park, Mamaia, Histria, Bucharest, Tropaeum Traiani, Danube River Delta,

National History and Archaeological MuseumOvid Square / National History and Archaeological Museum / Roman Mosaic

Port to Casino / Catherdral / Genoese Lighthouse - 1.5 KM, 4 minutes
Port to Ovid Square / Museum / Mosaic - 2 KM, 5 minutes
Port to Archaeological Park - 2.6 KM, 5 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Roman poet Ovid, well-known for his biting satire and erotic poetry, managed to offend enough of the leadership to earn exile to one of his empire's most distant outposts, Tomis (now Constanta) in 8 AD. Here he wrote complaint poetry for the last 8 years of his life. To commemorate his residence a sculpture was erected in front of the city hall, which now serves as the National History and Archaeological Museum. Displays include Archaic Greek, Classic Greek, Roman and later art and artifacts, including the 3rd century BCE sculptures "Glykon - the Snake" and "Goddess Fortuna." Next door to the Museum is the building that houses over 9000 square feet of Roman mosaics from the 3rd century AD.

Other local sites of interest are the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Casino, the Archaeological Park, the Great Mahmudiye Mosque and the Hunchiar Mosque.

Romanian, Byzantine and Islamic   Museums with Art and Artifacts  

Uneven surfaces and hills    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Photo of Museum by CruisePortAtlas.com

Mamaia BoardwalkMamaia Beach Resort Area

Port to Mamaia Beaches - 8-14 KM, 13-22 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Mamaia is located north of the city on a sandy spit between the Black Sea and the Siutghiol Lagoon. It is densely developed with many hotels, restaurants, night clubs, beach clubs and typical beach shopping venues. It might remind you of the Jersey shore! It even has a boardwalk (actually it's paved). Above the boardwalk is a cable car with frequent stops, though it was not functioning the day we were there. It is common to see topless sunbathers on this beach, due to the many Germans who vacation in the area.

     

    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of Mamaia by CruisePortAtlas.com

BucharestTriumphal Arch and surrounding park

Port to Bucharest - 230 Km, 2.5-3.5 hours by bus
Link to Full-Page Google Map

On our visit to Constanta, the Bucharest tour was sold out, so it is important to book this in advance if you are interested. Those who went said the drive was long and not very scenic and much of the tour was from the bus viewing the massive government buildings that were built during the communist era. Nonetheless, they seemed to be glad they went. Sites worth a visit include the Parliament Palace (second only to the Pentagon in size for an office building), the neighboring Civic Center, the Triumphal Arch (constructed after World War I), and a large number of houses of worship including synagogues of historic significance. Unfortunately, much of the old city was destroyed by the Communist dictator, Ceausescu. In Herestrau Park, there is an outdoor display of Romania's rural buildings in an area known as the Village Museum.

Monuments and Monumental Buildings   Romanian Dancers   Formal Gardens and Parks  

Flat Walking    Wheelchair Accessible - viewing from bus

Roman Baths in HistriaHistria

Port to Histria - 52 KM, 1 hour
Link to Full-Page Google Map

From the 7th century BCE when the Greeks first arrived until the defeat of the Roman for in the 7th century AD, Histria was an important trading center for Greeks and later Romans with the tribes of what is now Romania. The ruins in this area offer clues to the life of the Mediterranean colonists who settled here. The area also includes an archaeological museum.

Museum   Ruins of Greek and Roman settlers  

Strenuous Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of Baths at Histria by Cristian Chirita

Tropaeum TraianiTropaeum Traiani

Port to Tropaeum Traiani - 66 KM, 1 hour 5 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Tropaeum Traiani translates to Trajan's Trophy and is monument built in 109 AD to commemorate Trajan's conquest of the Dacians in 102 AD. This event led to the Romanization of the population and of the language. The monument was rebuilt in 1977 after it was destroyed by time. Many of the original reliefs are housed in a nearby museum.

Museum   Ruins of Greek and Roman settlers  

Strenuous Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of Tropaeum Traiani by Cristian Chirita

Danube DeltaDanube River Delta

Port to Danube Delta - 150 KM, 2 hours 10 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

North of Constanta near the city of Tulcea is Europe's second largest river delta, the massive and fragile Danube Delta, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. One of Europe's least populous regions, the are offers bird watchers and nature lovers a unique view of European flora and fauna. Important bird species include cormorants, white-tailed eagles, marsh terns, Dalmatian pelicans and various species of heron.

        

    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Photo of Danube Delta Windmill by Spiridon Manoliu

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible