The Black Sea: Crossroads of Culture from the Ancient Past to the Present« All Corinthian cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category E||Category D||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category AA||Category VS||Category PHS|
|Sep 4 '13
A limited number of cabins have been designated for single travelers in Categories C - A at a small single supplement. Additional cabins are available at either 1.2 or 1.7 the double occupancy rate.
Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey / Embark
Named Constantinople by Emperor Constantine the Great in a.d. 330, Istanbul has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Here the traditions of East and West commingle, evident in the diverse architecture of the city. Board Corinthian and overnight.
Day 2 Istanbul
Istanbul, set on the Bosphorus, is a city that blends the cultures and traditions of East and West. Tour the city’s principal landmarks, including the majestic Hagia Sophia basilica, built by the emperor Justinian I in A.D. 537; the Topkapi Palace, once the principal residence of the Ottoman sultans and, from the mid-15th to 19th centuries, the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire; the Blue Mosque; and the Grand Bazaar, where you may enjoy time at leisure.
Day 3 Amasra
Arrive in Amasra, a town situated atop a headland sheltering two bays. Known as Sesamus in ancient times, Amasra is one of the most beautiful towns on the coast. Founded by Milesians in the 6th century b.c., the city later became an important possession of both Byzantium and Genoa. On a tour of this pleasant and idyllic town, visit the Genoese citadel, which crowns one of the promontories with a formidable constellation of towers, battlements, and gates.
Day 4 Samsun / Amasya
From Samsun, drive to Amasya, which (legend has it) was founded by the Amazon queen Amasis. Admire its setting amid a narrow gorge on the Iris River, flanked by cliffs. Ascend to the cliff-top fortress for panoramic views and probe the rock tombs of the Pontic kings, which were carved into the cliff. Also visit the 15th-century Sultan Beyazit Mosque, whose buttressed domes and columns commend it as an architectural hallmark, before savoring lunch at a hilltop restaurant with postcard-perfect views. Visit the Archaeological Museum in Samsun before returning to the ship.
Day 5 Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine
In the mid-19th century, the Russian imperial family chose Yalta for its summer residence, and almost overnight the town mushroomed into an elegant and popular resort. Tour the Alupka Palace, a stunning 19th-century edifice with both English Tudor and Byzantine embellishments, and Anton Chekhov’s House. After lunch, visit the Livadia Palace, famed site of the 1945 Yalta Conference among Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.
Day 6 Sevastopol, Ukraine / Chersonesos / Bakhchysaray
Arrive in Sevastopol, a beautiful port city and the former base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the days of Catherine II until the fall of the Soviet Union. Drive to nearby Chersonesos, an ancient city founded by Greeks in the 5th century B.C. that became a prosperous trading post. Return to Sevastopol to visit the Panorama Museum, featuring a circular, three-dimensional work of art depicting the defense of the city during the Crimean War. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Sevastopol, or alternatively, drive to the Crimean interior to explore Bakhchysaray, the seat of the Tatar state from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Visit the imperial Khan’s Palace, built in 1519.
Day 7 Odessa
Stroll through Odessa’s elegant leafy streets, lined with stately mansions. Discover its prime landmarks, including the grand, Viennese Baroque-style Opera House; the historic Potemkin Steps, site of the 1905 uprising of workers and sailors from the battleship Potemkin; and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to meet with local families in their homes, or enjoy time at leisure in the city.
Day 8 Constanta, Romania
Arrive in Constanta, Romania’s main port. A tour of the city will include the Ruins of Tomis Danubius, the Archaeological and National History Museum, the Archaeology Park, the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Piata Ovidiu, the central square of the old quarter where you will have time at leisure.
Day 9 Nessebur, Bulgaria
Arrive in charming Nessebur, known in ancient times as Messembria. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and its old timbered houses. Visit the Byzantine churches of St. Stephen and Christ of the Pantocrator and the Archaeological Museum.
Day 10 Istanbul / Disembark
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your independent return flights home.
Itinerary NotesPROGRAM INCLUSIONS
• 9-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
• Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the program arrival and departure dates
• Port and embarkation taxes
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $1700, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||$500|
|90-61 days||55% cruise cost|
|60-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 100
- Luxury Expedition Ship
Recently re-launched after extensive refurbishment, redecoration and other improvements, the all-suite Corinthian offers the finest in small-ship cruise travel. Taken together with her limited guest capacity, excellence of design, craftsmanship, and material, Corinthian’s spaciousness and intimate ambiance combine to make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.
This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 spacious suites, each of which affords ocean views and is equipped with luxurious attention to detail and amenities.
Attractive Amenities & Public Facilities:
The luxuriously appointed public facilities include a restaurant accommodating guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, an expansive library with Internet access, gym, spa, beauty salon, boutique, Jacuzzi, doctor’s office, and ample deck areas for relaxing and sunbathing. An elevator serves all decks.
Decorated with rich fabrics, handsome wood, polished brass, rare antiquities and fine works of art, the yacht’s public spaces are warm and inviting. These include:
• Library with Internet access
• 2 Lounges with audiovisual facilities
• State-of-the-art gym/spa
• Beauty salon
• Elevator to all passenger decks
• Dining room
• Two sun decks
• Swimming platform
Each of the 50 suites all of which affords ocean views, measure 215 square feet or more and is appointed with a sitting area or separate living room, twin or queen-size beds, spacious closets and climate control. Guests staying in the spacious Penthouse Suites and Veranda Suites will also enjoy a private balcony, private butler service, and other exclusive in-suite amenities. Additional amenities for all suites include:
• Satellite TV, DVD/CD player
• Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries and teak floor
• Plush terry robes and slippers
• Fresh flowers and fruit basket
• 24-hour room service
Safety and Security:
Corinthian complies with the latest international and U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations and is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing, an ice-strengthened hull and a fleet of Zodiacs. Corinthian is staffed by 60 European officers and crew.
Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks, windows and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view
Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433.
Deluxe suites, Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq ft. Suites 246 - 252
Deluxe suites, Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq ft. Suites 336 - 341
Deluxe suites, Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431
Deluxe suites, Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq ft. Suites 505 - 506
Deluxe Veranda Suites, Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq ft. Suites 507 - 518
Deluxe Penthouse Suites, Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq ft. Suites 601 - 604