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Black Sea Odyssey

Istanbul Roundtrip - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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Begin your journey with the discovery of the city of Nessebar, in Bulgaria. Then set sail for eastern Romania, stopping in Constanta, where you can admire the precious heritage preserved in the national museum of History and Archeology. Further north, explore Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea. Later head to the East, to discover the lively seaside towns of Sochi, on the Russian Riviera, at the feet of the Western Caucasus mountains, and Batumi, in Georgia. Le Bougainville will make its way to the Turkish coast, where the ports of call will be of great cultural and historical interest. First, Trabzon and Samsun, at the gateway to Anatolia, then, not far from Bartin, the ancient city of Safranbolu, boasting typical Ottoman architecture.

With the exceptional presence on board of the journalist Christophe Barbier.  ​

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Istanbul, Turkey | Embark
Day 2 : Nessebar
Day 3 : Constanta
Day 4 : Odessa, Ukraine
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Sochi, Russia
Day 7 : Batumi, Georgia
Day 8 : Trabzon
Day 9 : Samsun, Turkey
Day 10 : Bartin, Turkey
Day 11 : Istanbul, Turkey | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover six countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia
  • Explore the ancient city of Nessebar and the city of Safranbolu
  • View the lovely Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea
  • Visit new ports of call on the Russian and Georgian coasts

Ship

Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Ruins of Byzantine church in Nesebar, Bulgaria Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Find traditional Ukrainian textiles in markets Wander through Odessa's streets A cluster of multicolored matryoshka dolls.

Day 1 Istanbul, Turkey | Embark

Embark on the Le Bougainville at the port of Istanbul.

Located on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful of all Turkish cities. Named Byzantium when founded by the Greeks, and then Constantinople under the Roman Empire, this city is steeped in history and, for this reason, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on Sultanahmet hill, the great Blue Mosque, the mysterious Hagia Sophia and the vast Topkapi palace and its countless mosaics, dominate the Marmara Sea. In the Beyazit district, the Grand Bazaar allows discovering elegant covered passages. A little further away, the delicate aroma of loukoum and spices will draw the visitors’ attention at the Egyptian Bazaar.

Day 2 Nessebar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Built on a peninsula on the south-west coast overlooking the Black sea, the town of Nesebar possesses an age-old history. Founded by the Greeks and then colonized by the Romans and the Ottomans, it is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You can ramble in the historical district without worrying about cars because the area is fully pedestrian. As you mosey through the streets, look out for the houses with wooden corbels, and, in the squares, admire the Byzantine sanctuaries and their astonishing multi-colored adornments, like Saint-Paraskevi church. The Archaeological Museum has a very rich collection of ancient vestiges. Don’t forget to try the local specialty, touloumbitchki dipped in syrup.

Day 3 Constanta

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Constanta, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Romania.

Day 4 Odessa, Ukraine

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Odessa is the third most populous city of Ukraine. It is a major tourism center, transport hub and seaport located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. 

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 6 Sochi, Russia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, see Sochi, a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia and Russia.

Day 7 Batumi, Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Batumi is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara and the third-largest city of Georgia, located on the coast of the Black Sea in the country's southwest.

Day 8 Trabzon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The cultural and historical capital of the Black Sea region, located in the north of Anatolia, Trabzon has an important historical heritage. Founded in the 7th century BC by the Milesians, the city was dominated in turns by the Romans, the Goths, and the Ottomans: all these different populations, kingdoms and empires have shaped this city’s very particular atmosphere. Not far from here, Altindere Valley National Park is renowned for its immense oak and conifer forests and is home to the ancient Sumela Monastery, nestled 1,200 meters high at the foot of an impressive cliff.

Day 9 Samsun, Turkey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The biggest city in the Black Sea region, Samsun lies on the coast of Turkey. This modern, industrial city is home to 75 archaeological sites that can be interesting to visit. It gives access to one of the most beautiful cities in Asia Minor: the city of crown princes, Amasya, sitting on the banks of the green river (Yeşil Irmak). Its magnificent Ottoman houses lining the narrow left bank, tucked between the river and the rocky outcrop, are sure to captivate you.

Day 10 Bartin, Turkey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the edge of the Black Sea in Turkey, Bartin is the prefecture of the eponymous province. It is surrounded by the Zonguldak provinces in the west, Karabük to the south, Kastamonu to the east, and faces the Black Sea to the north. It is the gateway to the mythical Safranbolu, a former caravan station that has preserved its typically Ottoman architecture and is now listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. It is also close to Amasra, a small, utterly charming seaside town.

Day 11 Istanbul, Turkey | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast at the ship, disembark at Istanbul.

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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