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Traditional dancers around the Black Sea

Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

14 Day Sample Cruise aboard Variety Voyager (ZE)
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Set sail throughout the Black Sea on this cultural 14-day small ship cruise. Taste the mouthwatering foods of the region, witness traditional dance, and wander the impressive hilly cities of the region. Begin in Istanbul, Turkey, and voyage to the exciting port cities of Bartin, Samsun, Sochi, Yalta, and more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Istanbul
Day 2 : Istanbul / Embark
Day 3 : Bartin / Amasra
Day 4 : Samsun / Amasya
Day 5 : Trabzon / Sumela
Day 6 : Batumi, Georgia
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

Ship

Variety Voyager (ZE)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traditional dancers around the Black Sea Sunset on the Black Sea Scenic views Charming port cities Spices found in markets around the Black Sea

Day 1 Istanbul

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the spectacular Pera Palace Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure before attending a welcome dinner and briefing at the hotel.

Day 2 Istanbul / Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning exploring Istanbul and board the Variety Voyager in the late afternoon. Settle in to your cabin as the ship sets sail towards the Black Sea. Cross 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock in Bartin and drive to the harbor town of Amasra. Admire the panoramic views of the coastline and rugged nearby islands as you walk the cobblestone streets. Visit the local market or museum, or enjoy a scenic hike around the area.

Day 4 Samsun / Amasya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the port of Samsun and drive inland to Amasya, the former capital of the kingdom of Pontus. The town, which features 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. Enjoy a feast of regional Turkish cuisine for lunch.

Day 5 Trabzon / Sumela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ancient Greeks settled in Trabzon along a branch of the Silk Road from Asia. Take a morning drive into the country-side to see the 13th and 14th century Byzantine Sumela Monastery, which is perched dramatically on a cliff face in the monastic tradition of Greek Orthodox architecture. Detailed frescoes, etched in brilliant blues, reds, and golds, cover the interior. In the afternoon, explore the 13th-century Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine church with exquisite frescoes, and spend some free time wandering through the modern city of Trabzon.

Day 6 Batumi, Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock in the charming port of Batumi and visit the colorful farmers market or take a walk through the lovely Botanical Gardens. Savor regional delicacies and Georgian wines during lunch before enjoying a folk performance of traditional music and energetic dances. In the afternoon, board a coach and take a short drive to the ruins of Gonio Fortress, which dates back to the first century A.D.

Day 7 Sochi, Russia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This Russian mineral-spring resort community is sometimes called the Russian Riviera. In the morning, explore the town and visit Stalin's dacha. Well-hidden among trees on the outskirts of town, this house was a favorite summer retreat for the infamous leader.

Day 8 Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, and take a scenic coastal drive to the elegant Renaissance-style Livadia Palace, which served as the summer home of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

Day 9 Sevastopol

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in the military port of Sevastopol for a tour of the submarine tunnels at Balaklava and the Panorama Museum, which depicts scenes from the Crimean War. After lunch, visit the nearby World Heritage Site of ancient Chersonesus, once a splendid Greek seaside colony.

Day 10 Odessa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Odessa's European-Russian heritage is evident in its cobblestone streets and shady plane trees. Explore the compact central district's spectacular architecture, which includes 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, which houses an extensive collection of Ukrainian artifacts , and enjoy free time in the afternoon.

Day 11 Danube River Delta, Romania

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board a local boat and explore the wetland habitat of the Danube, looking for over 200 species of birds including pygmy cormorants, purple herons, white-tailed eagles, and Dalmatian pelicans. Back on board, sample local vodka and Romanian snacks.

Day 12 Histria / Constanta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Histria was Romania's earliest-founded city and originally flourished as an extraordinary trading center, but was later abandoned and swallowed by alluvial deposits and sand. The site has been under excavation since its rediscovery in 1914. Walk through fascinating seaside ruins and tour the museum before exploring Constanta. In the late afternoon, enjoy wine tasting and a cultural performance on board.

Day 13 Varna, Bulgaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The modern port city of Varna was once the Greek colony known as Odessos. Disembark in the morning and visit Varna's archaeological museum, which chronologically traces the progress of human society in the region over the course of millennia. The museum also includes some of the oldest worked gold in the world. Explore the extensive remains of the 2nd-century Roman thermae, or public baths, which make up the largest Roman ruins in Bulgaria.

Day 14 Istanbul, Turkey / Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Istanbul and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your continued journeys.

Variety Voyager (ZE)

Per person starting at
$12,980
Your category 1 cabin
Category 1
$12,980
Range from 129-145 sq. ft. and feature two portholes. Either two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closet, flat-screen TV, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
A comfortable category 2 cabin
Category 2
$14,280
Range from 129-167 sq. ft. and feature either two portholes or two windows. Either two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closet, flat-screen TV, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Relax in your category 3 cabin aboard the Variety Voyager
Category 3
$15,980
Range from 145-216 sq. ft. and feature two windows. Either two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closet, flat-screen TV, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Your spacious category 4 cabin
Category 4
$18,380
Range from 227-248 sq. ft. and feature two windows. Either two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closet, flat-screen TV, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
The Variety Voyager's owner's suite
Owner
$19,980
The Owner's Suite is 292 sq. ft and features 4 windows. Either two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, closet, flat-screen TV, and individually controlled air-conditioning.

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 13 Dinners
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