Greek Heritage at the Black Sea
The tour starts in Constanta (due to airport access) and can continue either in Bulgaria or in Ukraine (Varna or Odessa Airports).
|Day 1||Arrival at Constanta Airport and travel to Mangalia (73 km)|
|Day 2||Visit Ancient Callatis and travel to Constanta (43 km)|
|Day 3||Visit Ancient Tomis (Constanta)|
|Day 4||Travel from Constanta to Histria Citadel and return to Constanta (67 km)|
|Day 5||Travel to Constanta Airport (39 km)
DAY 2 : Visit Ancient Callatis and travel to Constanta. (43 km)
1. Ancient Callatis. Mangalia is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the present territory of Romania. A Greek colony named Callatis was founded in the 6th century BC by the city of Heraclea Pontica. Its first silver coinage was minted approximately 350 BC. In 72 BC, Callatis was conquered by the Roman general Lucullus and was assigned to the Roman province of Moesia Inferior. Throughout the 2nd century AD, the city built defensive fortifications and the minting of coinage under the Roman emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla continued. Callatis suffered multiple invasions in the 3rd century AD, but recovered in the 4th century AD to regain its status as an important trade hub and port city. Both the inside walls of the Callatis Fortress and Roman ruins of the building can still be seen near the coast town of Mangalia. The former port city is currently covered by the sea. It was located in the south of the current port.
DAY 3 : Visit Ancient Tomis (Constanta)
2. ArchaeologicalMuseum in Constanta. The Archaeological Museum of Constanta houses an important collection of artifacts discovered in the area. The Treasury Hall displays 24 marble statues dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries which represent various deities such as Fortuna and Pontus, God of the Black Sea, and the fantastic “Glykon Snake”.
The Glykon Snake and Fortuna and Pontus, God of the Black Sea
DAY 4 : Travel from Constanta to Histria Citadel and return to Constanta (67 km)
Return to Constanta in the evening, in the Old Town (Ovidiu Square, Seafront, Casino, Cathedral, Mosque) and having dinner in one of the fishery restaurants in the Tomis Marina.