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The Heart of the Black Sea: Istanbul Roundtrip

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Istanbul, Turkey / Embark
Day 2 : Nessebur, Bulgaria
Days 3-4 : Odessa, Ukraine
Day 5 : Yalta, Ukraine
Day 6 : Sevastopol, Ukraine
Day 7 : Bartin, Turkey
Day 8 : Istanbul, Turkey

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Culture and history await your arrival Watch the sun set over ancient seas Walk through history History comes alive on your expedition cruise Take time to soak in the view

Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey / Embark

Embark this afternoon and set sail for your Black Sea cruise.

Day 2 Nessebur, Bulgaria

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.

Day 3-4 Odessa, Ukraine

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.

Day 5 Yalta, Ukraine

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.

Day 6 Sevastopol, Ukraine

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.

Day 7 Bartin, Turkey

Port details pending.

Day 8 Istanbul, Turkey

Return to Istanbul in time for disembarkation this morning.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
Superior Stateroom
Superior Stateroom
$0
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
Deluxe Stateroom
Deluxe Stateroom
$0
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
$0
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
$0
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
$0
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
$0
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite - Deck 5
$0
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite - Deck 6
$0
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
Owners Suite
$0
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Fares include:
* The cruise at full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
* Captain's welcome cocktail
* Mineral water, coffee, wine served with meals, afternoon tea
* 24 hour room service (selected menu)
* Evening gatherings and organized entertainment

Fares do not include:
* Air transportation and airport taxes
* Port and safety charges
* Gratuities
* Optional shore excursions
* Personal expenses on board
* Personal insurance
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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