Circumnavigation of the Black Sea« All Odyssey (ZE) cruise options
- Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey
- Day 2 Istanbul / Embark the Odyssey
- Day 3 Bartin / Amasra
- Day 4 Samsun / Amasya
- Day 5 Trabzon / Sumela Monastery
- Day 6 Poti, Georgia / Kutaisi
- Day 7 Sochi, Russia
- Day 8 Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine
- Day 9 Sevastopol
- Day 10 Odessa
- Day 11 Danube River Delta, Romania
- Day 12 Histria / Constanta
- Day 13 Varna, Bulgaria
- Day 14 Istanbul, Turkey / Disembark
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category 1/ A-Deck||Category 2/ Main||Category 3/ Main||Category 4/ Lido||Category 5/ Bridge||Category 6/ Balcony Suite||Owners Suite|
-Cabins are available for single occupancy between 1.6-1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey
Independent arrival and check-in at your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before your welcome dinner and briefing.
Day 2 Istanbul / Embark the Odyssey
This morning visit exquisite Dolmabahce Palace which reveals the opulent lifestyle of the last sultans of the Ottoman Empire. After lunch set out to explore the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque and continue to the beautiful Aya Sofya; this famed 6th-century symbol of the Byzantine Empire was for thousands of years the largest interior space in the world. Alternatively, visit the Byzantine Church of the Holy Savior of Chora, the beautiful Rustem Pasha Mosque, and the colorful Spice Bazaar.
In the late afternoon board the Odyssey and cruise toward the Black Sea up the scenic Bosporus, a strait which runs through the center of Istanbul and forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia.
Day 3 Bartin / Amasra
Today dock in Bartin and drive to the harbor town of Amasra. Your tour on foot reveals panoramic views of the Black Sea coastline and rugged nearby islands. Walk the cobblestone streets, where local houses are interspersed with archaeological remnants of Byzantine churches and Genoese castles. Visit the local market or museum, or enjoy a hike to cliffs overlooking the Black Sea.
Day 4 Samsun / Amasya
From the port of Samsun drive inland to Amasya, former capital of the kingdom of Pontus during its golden age in the third century B.C. The town of red-roofed dwellings and 19th-century Ottoman-era wooden houses is set along the dramatic Yesilirmak River Gorge. Explore photogenic winding alleyways, the ethnographic museum, and a medrese, or Islamic seminary. For lunch enjoy a feast of regional Turkish cuisine in a local restaurant high on a mountainside with commanding views of the town and the Pontic Tombs.
Day 5 Trabzon / Sumela Monastery
Ancient Greeks settled Trabzon along a branch of the Silk Road from Asia. A highlight of your visit is a morning drive in the countryside to see the 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine Sumela Monastery, perched precariously on a cliff face in the monastic tradition of Greek Orthodox architecture. Detailed frescoes, etched in brilliant blues, reds, and golds cover the interior. This stunning alpine setting is also a national park. This afternoon explore the 13th-century Aya Sofya, a Byzantine church with exquisite frescoes, and spend some free time wandering through the modern city of Trabzon.
Day 6 Poti, Georgia / Kutaisi
Dock at the port of Poti in the republic of Georgia. Situated in the southern Caucasus Mountains region, the country possesses a scenic beauty that is legendary; snowcapped mountains sweep down to lush forests and pastoral vineyards and plains.
Enjoy a full-day excursion inland to Kutaisi, a World Heritage Site. The city offers splendid monuments surrounded by sweeping mountain views. We visit the Gelati Monastery complex, one of Georgia’s most famed sites, founded by King David IV in the 12th century. During lunch be entertained with a performance of energetic traditional dances. Afterwards, stroll the cobblestone streets to visit Bagrati Cathedral, an imposing 11th-century church overlooking the river.
Day 7 Sochi, Russia
This Russian mineral-spring resort community with a subtropical climate is sometimes called the Russian Riviera. Spend the morning exploring the town with a special visit to Stalin’s dacha. Well hidden among trees on the outskirts of town, the imposing building became a favorite summer retreat for the infamous leader.
Day 8 Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine
Yalta is a seaside resort on the Crimean Peninsula, long a favored spot for Russian and Ukrainian elite who constructed palatial homes here. Visit the magnificent Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with its intricate Byzantine adornment. A scenic coastal drive brings you to the elegant Renaissance-style Livadia Palace, summer home of Tsar Nicholas II and location of the 1945 Yalta Conference.
Day 9 Sevastopol
This morning disembark in the military port of Sevastopol for a tour of the submarine tunnels at Balaklava and to view a panoramic painting depicting a scene from the Crimean War. After lunch visit the nearby World Heritage Site of ancient Chersonesus, once a splendid Greek seaside colony.
Day 10 Odessa
Odessa’s European-Russian heritage is evident as you ascend the Potemkin Steps to explore cobblestone streets lined with shady plane trees. Explore the compact central district’s spectacular architecture, including monuments, statuary, parks, and ornate 19th-century gems such as the Opera House and Gagarin’s Palace. Visit one of the country’s oldest archaeological museums; housing an extensive collection of Ukrainian artifacts ranging from the Paleolithic age to the medieval period. Among the exhibits are antiquities fashioned of precious metals, including Scythian jewelry and ancient coins.
Day 11 Danube River Delta, Romania
The Danube is Europe’s second longest river as well as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. The delta is an intricate maze of waterways, lakes, and rivulets that fan out as the mighty river meets its alluvial saltwater terminus.
From Crisan, board a local day boat to wind your way through this wetland habitat of over 200 species of birds, including pygmy cormorants, purple herons, white-tailed eagles, and Dalmatian pelicans. On board, sample local vodka and snacks prepared by our Romanian chef. Later, rejoin the Odyssey and sail downriver on the main Sulina channel.
Day 12 Histria / Constanta
Histria was Romania’s earliest-founded city and flourished as an extraordinary trading city, later to be abandoned and swallowed by alluvial deposits and sand. The site has been under excavation since its rediscovery in 1914. Walk through fascinating seaside ruins, tour the new museum, and spot birds in this wetland environment. Next explore Constanta where you tour the archaeological museum and view one of the largest Roman mosaic floors in Europe. In the late afternoon, enjoy wine tasting and a performance on board.
Day 13 Varna, Bulgaria
The modern port city of Varna was once the Greek seaside colony known as Odessos. Disembark in the morning and visit Varna’s archaeological museum that chronologically traces the progress of human society in the region over the course of millennia and includes the oldest worked gold in the world. We also explore the extensive remains of the 2nd-century Roman thermae, or public baths, which make up the largest Roman ruins in Bulgaria. Reboard the ship and sail toward Turkey in the afternoon.
Day 14 Istanbul, Turkey / Disembark
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for homeward flights.
Accommodations in hotels and on board the Odyssey as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; group transfers; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; $50,000 of emergency sickness/accident medical expenses and $75,000 in evacuation insurance;* all gratuities; internal air fare on the pre-extension.
All air transportation, except as noted above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is 30% cruise cost, 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 130 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 130 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|120 days or more||$950 per person|
|119-60 days||55% cruise cost|
|59-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 110
One of the finest adventure ships afloat, the Odyssey is a 110-passenger luxury expedition vessel, ideally suited for cruising in off-the-beaten-path locales. On all Odyssey expeditions, guests have access to a fleet of Zodiacs, which allows remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictates.
All cabins on a Clipper Odyssey cruise have an ocean view, safe, minibar, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, and sitting area with sofa. Beds can be configured for twin or queen-size sleeping arrangements, and all cabins have an en suite bathroom complete with shower and small bathtub. In the comfort of their cabin, passengers can track the progress of their expedition on the Global Positioning System broadcast—a highlight of a Odyssey voyage for adventure-minded guests.
Additional facilities include a gourmet kitchen featuring American and international cuisine, dining room, lounge, small library and gym, outdoor pool, and gift shop. An elevator services all passenger cabin decks.
A fleet of Zodiac landing craft can be launched in minutes to take passengers ashore in places where no infrastructure exists. The vessel is equipped with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and communication equipment including telephone, fax, and email.
An outdoor swimming pool, dedicated jogging track, and two sun decks offer ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Inside, the spacious public areas of the ship include two lounges, a small library, and a single seating dining room.
An experienced cruise staff, physician, and onboard lecturers accompany all voyages to enhance the passengers’ enjoyment of the places visited.
All meals are prepared to order on board. The ship's chefs, graduates of the finest American culinary schools, combine the highest quality American ingredients with the influences and spices of the places the Odyssey visits. The resulting "fusion cuisine" provides a taste of the destinations visited.
|Category 1/ A-Deck|
A Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area, portholes. Approx. 185 sqft
|Category 2/ Main|
Forward Main Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
|Category 3/ Main|
Main Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
|Category 4/ Lido |
Lido Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 175 sqft
|Category 5/ Bridge|
Bridge Deck, Outside Double Cabin with sitting area and a window. Approx. 230 sqft
|Category 6/ Balcony Suite|
Bridge Deck, Outside Suite with private veranda. Approx. 230 sqft
Bridge Deck, Outside Suite with separate bedroom and private veranda. Approx. 310 sqft