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Nesebur, Bulgaria

The Black Sea: Crossroads of Culture from the Ancient Past to the Present

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Istanbul, Turkey / Embark
Day 2 : Istanbul
Day 3 : Amasra
Day 4 : Samsun / Amasya
Day 5 : Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine
Day 6 : Sevastopol, Ukraine / Chersonesos / Bakhchysaray
Day 7 : Odessa
Day 8 : Constanta, Romania
Day 9 : Nessebur, Bulgaria
Day 10 : Istanbul / Disembark




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Nesebur, Bulgaria Istanbul, Turkey Amasya, Turkey Sumela Monastery Odessa, Ukraine

Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey / Embark

Named Constantinople by Emperor Constantine the Great in a.d. 330, Istanbul has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Here the traditions of East and West commingle, evident in the diverse architecture of the city. Board Corinthian and overnight.

Day 2 Istanbul

Istanbul, set on the Bosphorus, is a city that blends the cultures and traditions of East and West. Tour the city’s principal landmarks, including the majestic Hagia Sophia basilica, built by the emperor Justinian I in A.D. 537; the Topkapi Palace, once the principal residence of the Ottoman sultans and, from the mid-15th to 19th centuries, the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire; the Blue Mosque; and the Grand Bazaar, where you may enjoy time at leisure.

Day 3 Amasra

Arrive in Amasra, a town situated atop a headland sheltering two bays. Known as Sesamus in ancient times, Amasra is one of the most beautiful towns on the coast. Founded by Milesians in the 6th century b.c., the city later became an important possession of both Byzantium and Genoa. On a tour of this pleasant and idyllic town, visit the Genoese citadel, which crowns one of the promontories with a formidable constellation of towers, battlements, and gates.

Day 4 Samsun / Amasya

From Samsun, drive to Amasya, which (legend has it) was founded by the Amazon queen Amasis. Admire its setting amid a narrow gorge on the Iris River, flanked by cliffs. Ascend to the cliff-top fortress for panoramic views and probe the rock tombs of the Pontic kings, which were carved into the cliff. Also visit the 15th-century Sultan Beyazit Mosque, whose buttressed domes and columns commend it as an architectural hallmark, before savoring lunch at a hilltop restaurant with postcard-perfect views. Visit the Archaeological Museum in Samsun before returning to the ship.

Day 5 Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine

In the mid-19th century, the Russian imperial family chose Yalta for its summer residence, and almost overnight the town mushroomed into an elegant and popular resort. Tour the Alupka Palace, a stunning 19th-century edifice with both English Tudor and Byzantine embellishments, and Anton Chekhov’s House. After lunch, visit the Livadia Palace, famed site of the 1945 Yalta Conference among Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.

Day 6 Sevastopol, Ukraine / Chersonesos / Bakhchysaray

Arrive in Sevastopol, a beautiful port city and the former base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the days of Catherine II until the fall of the Soviet Union. Drive to nearby Chersonesos, an ancient city founded by Greeks in the 5th century B.C. that became a prosperous trading post. Return to Sevastopol to visit the Panorama Museum, featuring a circular, three-dimensional work of art depicting the defense of the city during the Crimean War. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Sevastopol, or alternatively, drive to the Crimean interior to explore Bakhchysaray, the seat of the Tatar state from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Visit the imperial Khan’s Palace, built in 1519.

Day 7 Odessa

Stroll through Odessa’s elegant leafy streets, lined with stately mansions. Discover its prime landmarks, including the grand, Viennese Baroque-style Opera House; the historic Potemkin Steps, site of the 1905 uprising of workers and sailors from the battleship Potemkin; and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to meet with local families in their homes, or enjoy time at leisure in the city.

Day 8 Constanta, Romania

Arrive in Constanta, Romania’s main port. A tour of the city will include the Ruins of Tomis Danubius, the Archaeological and National History Museum, the Archaeology Park, the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Piata Ovidiu, the central square of the old quarter where you will have time at leisure.

Day 9 Nessebur, Bulgaria

Arrive in charming Nessebur, known in ancient times as Messembria. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and its old timbered houses. Visit the Byzantine churches of St. Stephen and Christ of the Pantocrator and the Archaeological Museum.

Day 10 Istanbul / Disembark

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your independent return flights home.


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Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks, windows and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites *342-*345,*428, *429 *Partially obstructed view
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Deluxe suites, Ariadne & Leto Decks with window and sitting area. 215 sq ft. Suites 334 - 335, 433.
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Deluxe suites, Athena Deck with portholes and sitting area. 275 sq ft. Suites 246 - 252
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Deluxe suites, Ariadne Deck with windows and sitting area. 225 sq ft. Suites 336 - 341
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Deluxe suites, Leto Deck with window and sitting area. 235 sq ft. Suites 420 - 427, 430 - 431
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Deluxe suites, Cleo Deck with forward windows and sitting area. 285 sq ft. Suites 505 - 506
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Deluxe Veranda Suites, Cleo Deck with private balcony and sitting area. 245 sq ft. Suites 507 - 518
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Deluxe Penthouse Suites, Phoebe Deck with private balcony, window and sitting area. 260 sq ft. Suites 601 - 604


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• 9-night cruise aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Corinthian
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
• All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Open bar aboard ship throughout the cruise
• Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the program arrival and departure dates
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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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