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Cartagena: Roman Theater, Forum, Castle and Panoramic Lift

1. Cartagena: Roman Theater, Forum, Castle and Panoramic Lift

Save money and visit 4 top museums and archaeological sites in Cartagena with this convenient combo ticket and optional audio guide. Get 1-time entry to the Roman Theater, Roman Forum Museum, Panoramic Lift, and Conception Castle and take advantage of transportation discounts. Start with any of the 4 attractions and get up to 15 days to visit each one after the first activation. Get exclusive discounts on tourist transports by simply showing your confirmation voucher at the tickets counter. Visit the Roman Theater Museum and journey into one of the most surprising discoveries of the city in recent decades. Marvel at the most important part of the site: the Roman Theater itself, one of the largest in Spain with a seating capacity of 7,000. Head to the Roman Forum Museum that stands at the entrance to one of the largest urban archaeological parks in Spain. Throughout its various halls, where a careful selection of pieces is exhibited, learn about the long history of the old Carthago Nova. Stroll through important remains of the glorious Roman era. Spot the Curia, or local senate, with its richly decorated marble pavement. See the Colonial Forum, the city’s neuralgic center, the distribution of which symbolized at various levels the hierarchy between the divine and the human. Visit the Sanctuary of Isis where the mystery cults of the Egyptian gods were celebrated, the old roads with cart tracks, and the port’s thermal baths and its magnificent entrance portico with its original flooring. Finish your visit to the Roman Forum Museum at the atrium building, with its high walls and pictorial decorations that transport you to the great banquets of the Roman Empire. Witness next the fortress of the Castillo de la Concepción (Conception Castle), one of the best points to discover the city and acquire an overview of its 3,000 years of history. Take in the best panoramic views of the city and its natural harbor atop the fortress, which is easily reached via the Panoramic Lift (included) to avoid having to walk up the hill.

Cartagena: Panoramic Double-Decker Bus Tour

2. Cartagena: Panoramic Double-Decker Bus Tour

Climb aboard a double-decker bus and go on a tour of Cartagena. The bus is equipped with a spoken explanation of the city’s highlights so you don’t miss any details. Enjoy the bus tour before stopping for an hour of free time to explore the city center and Cala Cortina beach. Ride through the old Cartagena and see its walls, buildings, and archaeological remains. Then, drive into the modern Cartagena, entering the commercial city center. Enjoy an hour of free time to explore your way. See city monuments and other places of interest as you stroll around. Take in views of the city’s waterfront and bay with its numerous “shore batteries.” If you’d like, head to the only urban beach in the city, Cala Cortina. At the end of the tour, head back to the meeting point.

Cartagena : Roman Theatre Museum Entry Ticket

3. Cartagena : Roman Theatre Museum Entry Ticket

Learn about the historical processes by which the Roman Theater in Cartagena was buried until its re-discovery. Step into the "Passageway of History” and learn about the development of the theater site dating back to the 1st century B.C. Find out how plays were performed during Roman times and the political implications of the Roman art world. See the remains of a Roman house with mosaic tiles, which was destroyed during the construction of the theater. Discover the history of Roman Spain with an entry ticket to the fascinating Roman theater in Cartagena.

Cartagena: Roman Forum Entry Ticket

4. Cartagena: Roman Forum Entry Ticket

Experience the Roman Forum in Cartagena, Spain, a museum that allows you to delve into the 19th- and 20-century histories of the Cerro del Molinete Archeological Park. Throughout its three floors, see a selection of the most significant pieces found in the excavations around the Forum, which includes the painting Apollo and the Muses, and many other famous works of art. Conclude the tour by viewing sites and remains from the glorious Roman era. There is the Colonial Forum, the Sanctuary of Isis, the port's thermal baths and ancient roads, and the Atrium House. Marvel at the beauty throughout this magnificent museum and be transported back to the Roman Empire.

Cartagena: Panoramic Lift & Conception Castle Ticket

5. Cartagena: Panoramic Lift & Conception Castle Ticket

Enjoy a hilltop castle from the Middle Ages along with city views, a history center & a panoramic lift in the center of the city of Cartagena. Set out on this journey through history from the Castillo de la Concepción. The medieval fortress of the Castillo de la Concepción is the best starting point to discover the city. The audio guides allow you to soak in the sight at your own pace. Acquire an overview of its 3,000 years of history. The Castillo de la Concepción stands on the hill of the same name, which has been home to a Roman temple dedicated to Asclepius, a Moorish fortress, a medieval castle, and a siren from the Civil War. Get panoramic views of the city and its natural harbor from the fortress. Get into the panoramic glass cabin to enjoy views of some of the most emblematic buildings of the city such as the remains of the Roman amphitheater with the superimposed Bullring or the military constructions of the 18th century, the Autopsy Pavilion, the Marina Hospital and the Antiguones Barracks. Reach the highest point of the Concepción Hill with the Panoramic Lift. Its 45 meters save the existing height between Gisbert Street and the top of the hill where the Torres Park and the Concepción Castle await you with the best views of the city and its bay. Admire the fishing port of Santa Lucía and the building of the Auditorium and Palacio de Congresos El Batel.

Cartagena: Guided Walking Tour with Tapas and Drinks

6. Cartagena: Guided Walking Tour with Tapas and Drinks

The “Tapa” has become a hallmark of the Spanish culture. On this excursion you’ll be able to enjoy several exquisite tapas and beverages during a delightful tour in the city of Cartagena. Your visit will begin at Cartagena harbor where you’ll meet your professional guide, who will answer any questions you have about local gastronomy and the history and culture of Cartagena. Truly emblematic places will be visited, such as the Consistorial Palace, Calle Mayor (a great example of Modernism in the city), the Casino, the Gran Hotel, San Francisco square, Casa Maestre of Cartagena... Several stops will be made during the visit to taste typical Spanish tapas, a real pleasure for all senses.

Cartagena: Punic Wall, Roman Theatre & Roman Forum Museums

7. Cartagena: Punic Wall, Roman Theatre & Roman Forum Museums

Explore the main archeological sites in Cartagena: Discover Punic Wall the oldest remains in the city which dates from the 3rd century BC. You will be able to know how Cathaginias settle down the city of Qart Hadast and hoy it was conquest by the Romans during the Second Punic Wall. Continue your visit in the Roman Theatre Museum, located in Cartagena´s Town Hall Squeare. The museum courtesy of the ingenious design by architect Rafael Moneo, you will start the visit in the Palacio de Riquelme, the building which provides entry to the museum, and then follow a history-themed passageway under the street to reach a new museum space, where the most emblematic pieces of all those found in the excavations are displayed. Visiting the museum will discover the history, architecture, works of art of this incredible roman monument, to finish in the Roman Theatre itself, one of the largest in Roman “Hispania”, with a seating capacity of 7,000, you will live an amazing experience. Roman Forum Molinete Museum is the best way to end a visit along the main sites of Cartagena; due to it is the largest urban archaeological parks in Spain. Start the tour in the museum, where throughout its various halls, where a careful selection of pieces is exhibited, you will be able to learn about the long history of Cerro del Molinete from today back to the old Carthago Nova. The visit concludes with a tour of important remains of the glorious Roman era that invite you to stroll through them: the Curia or local senate with its richly decorated marble pavement; the Colonial Forum, the city’s neuralgic centre, the distribution of which symbolised at various levels the hierarchy between the divine and the human; the Sanctuary of Isis where the mystery cults of the Egyptian gods were celebrated; the old roads with cart tracks; the port’s thermal baths and in particular its magnificent entrance portico with its original flooring; and to finish the Atrium Building, with its high walls and pictorial decorations that transport you to the great banquets of the Roman Empire.

Cartagena: Ancient Roman Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

8. Cartagena: Ancient Roman Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

Come and have a wonderful tour by the hand of our expert guides in this ancient city where you will enjoy a panoramic view of Cartagena, historically known as little Rome. In addition while walking trough the city you will be able to visit the Roman Theater and have a look at the Roman Forum. To conclude you will end this great experience with a special Tapa and a drink(soft, beer or wine, you choose!).

Cartagena: Guided City Private Walking Tour

9. Cartagena: Guided City Private Walking Tour

Explore the sights of Cartagena with a guide and learn about the history of this ancient city. See the Casa de Cervantes, the Murcia Casino, and the Roman Theater. Meet your guide near the port at the Plaza Héroes de Cavite. Admire the building facades on the waterfront as you make your way to the historical district. Pass by the imposing 18th-century city wall to the old town square. Take a moment to appreciate the town hall building, a stunning example of modernist architecture. Next, walk down Mayor Street, the city's main commercial artery. Check out the impressive collection of modernist Art Nouveau buildings, such as the casino, the Casa de Cervantes, and the Gran Hotel. Finish your tour with a walk around the stunningly-restored Roman Theater.

Cartagena: Tapas Guided Walking Tour with Roman Theater

10. Cartagena: Tapas Guided Walking Tour with Roman Theater

Sample delicious local food and delightful different drinks on a tapas walking tour of the port city of Cartagena. Hear all about local history as you stroll its streets, and top off your experience with a visit to the city's imposing Roman Theater. Meet your guide for a walking tour of the city. Learn about local culture, customs, and food as you taste a variety of tapas from the city's traditional bars and restaurants. Immerse yourself in an experience where each tapas is accompanied by a different drink. Eat and drink like a local with tapas featuring local products and the locations often off the tourist track. Listen to explanations from your guide as you eat and drink your way round this evocative city. Complete your experience with a visit to the Roman Theater at Carthago Nova. Marvel at a venue dating from the 1st century BC and regarded as one of the most important Roman theaters in the Iberian Peninsula.

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We had last minute port change due to weather. With Cartagena Spain added with less than 1 day notice ; we were looking last minute. The Tapas and Theater walking tour was wonderful. We were group of 6 and we were joined by another group of 3 and a couple. It was a perfect size. Everyone loved the tour. Our guide Veronica was terrific. Our pace was perfect and what we learned about the history both ancient and in the 20th century was great considering none of us were familiar with the city . The way Veronica continued to feed us information kept us all waiting for the next highlight. When you select a tour for a group you never know if everyone will enjoy. Veronica made it happen

Our guide was Veronica. Very knowledgeable and made the entire tour fun and enjoyable. Her knowledge of Cartagena history was excellent. The establishments we visited for tapas had great food and drink. Would recommend this tour.

Carmello was our guide today and he was fantastic. Very informative and personable! Highly recommended and the food and drinks were great too. Very good value for money! Thank you Carmello!

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour saw so much more than I would have if I had just walked about. I would advise people to book in advance when the cruise ships are in the queue was very long!!!!

Brilliant day. The tour took into account all of Cartagena and its history.