This tour takes you back in time to the Roman period as you explore the Roman sites and remains of Cartegna. Founded by the Carthaginians in the year 227 BC, the city rapidly became known as a naval city due to its large trading port area, which is still used today. Due to its five surrounding hills which have protected it through the ages, it was always a well-defended stronghold.
A short transfer from the pier brings you to your first stop, the Roman Theater and Museum. The Theater was only discovered in 1988 and since then, a huge excavation project has taken place in order to open the site to visitors and allow everyone to share in this amazing discovery. The Museum explains the evolution of the site and through its displays you will be able to see how the Theater looked in Roman times. Many of the remains that have been discovered during the excavations are on display here, but the highlight of your visit will surely be when you get to enter the theater itself and experience the enormity of the site, which during its heyday had a capacity for 6,000 people.
From here, you will take a 20-minute to the House of Fortune. Designed to give visitors an insight into how families lived during Roman times, you will be able to view the various rooms of the house, ranging from the meeting room to the banquet rooms and the bedrooms. Your time here truly gives you a real glimpse into how life was during this period of time.
Meeting your coach, you will then continue on to your next stop, The Archaeological Museum. This impressive museum contains one of the most important collections of inscriptions in Spain and an entire area is dedicated to the Roman period. Also on display here are additional remains from the Roman Theater, marble constructions and mosaics.
When your visit to the Archaeological Museum is concluded, you will transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking/standing. There are several steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate in the Roman Theater as well as steps required to enter the House of Fortune. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses, sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. It is also recommended that participants bring a bottle of water from the ship. The order of the sights viewed or visited may vary. Most shops in Cartagena close at noon Mon-Sat and do not open on Sundays.