ROMAN RUINS TOUR IN BUDAPEST
Your private guide picks you up, you give Where & When at bookingIf you like roman ruins, this is your tour in Hungary! Between the 1. and 4 centuries AC. this part of Hungary was an important province of the Roman Empire, and its border was the river Danube. The river makes a bend here, and this was #1 defending town in the area called Aquincum. With roughly 50 thousand inhabitants in the military and civilian town of Aquincum we have the ruins of 2 amphitheatres, the forum, many baths and temples, dwelling houses, streets, plumbing and sewer network and the city walls.
Driving from Budapest centre, the first surprise is the ruins of the huge amphitheater. Gladiators, wild beasts and parading soldiers entertained the proud, free Roman citizens of Aquincum and even visiting Roman emperors like Marcus Aurelius or Caracalla. Then we can discover the remaining parts of the roman military town among the 20th century buildings: the military bath, the city gates, and a once pretty and luxurious residence.
The highlight is the vast, open-air archaeological park of Aquincum civilian town, 15 minutes drive from the center of Budapest. We can walk down the 2000 years old stones and discover the street, plumbing and sewer network. See the ruins of the merchant houses with kitchen and facilities, meeting places and shrines, courtyards and fountains. We’ll visit the meat market and the Forum, centre of state religion where sacrifices to Jupiter were given. We’ll take an imaginery plunge in the big public bath and examine the amazing floor and wall heating of the Romans. Tombstones and altars tell us stories about everyday romans’ everyday life. We can also visit the reconstructed Painter’s House, elegant home of a Roman family in Aquincum.
There were about 50 factories selling in Aquincum: metal, glass, tannery, pottery. In the visitor centre there is a spectacular display of the fascinating objects found here surviving 2000 years. We proudly host the original parts of an amazing instument: a water organ! You can see and even hear the sound of the reconstructed organ in the exhibition. Finally, for kids there are good virtual games on roman life.
|Included:||Pick up at your hotel, private driving with commentaries in English, French, German or Hungarian to the roman ruins. Interior guiding in exhibitions. On the way back you have the choice: taxi, or adventurous public transport with more guiding back to the city, to your hotel or recommended restaurant.|
|Not included:||optional refreshments|