The Heart of the Black Sea: Istanbul Roundtrip Cruise

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.

      Days 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.

                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