Embark this afternoon and set sail for your Black Sea cruise.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the “city of 40 Byzantine churches” is a small medieval town perched on a rocky peninsula jutting out into the Black Sea. A real little gem on the Bulgarian coast, Nessebur will lead you through its serpentine streets to picturesque houses and small courtyards planted with fig trees.
Famous for the 192 steps of the Potemkin Steps, Odessa was immortalized by film maker Sergei Eisenstein in 1925. Founded in 1794 on the ruins of a Turkish fortress, Odessa is today a big commercial port which has retained the old-world charm of its neo-classical period. Its magnificent, world-renowned Opera and Ballet Theater was built in the 19th century by two Viennese architects and harmoniously blends Baroque and Renaissance styles. The historic center and long tree-lined avenues bordered by pristine white buildings never fail to inspire.
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Crimea, the mythical seaside resort of Yalta is encircled by mountains and has been the holiday resort of choice for russian aristocrats for centuries. A mild climate, long promenades by the sea and 19th century villas surrounded by palm trees have earned it the title “Russian Riviera”. It was here in the Livadia Palace where the famous 1945 Yalta agreements were signed. Other attractions include Pushkin’s house and the neo-Byzantine cathedral.
Situated on the extreme south-western tip of Crimea, Sevastopol glories in a rich historic past where each period has left its mark. There are numerous sites and monuments built in honor of the heroism and bravery of those who defended the city during the Crimean War. You will also find some magnificent ruins of the Greek Chersonese city from the 5th century BC.
Port details pending.
Return to Istanbul in time for disembarkation this morning.