Circumnavigation of the Black Sea: Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria

Detailed Itinerary


Saturday & Sunday, August 30 & 31, 2014 - Home | Istanbul, Turkey
Depart home on August 30th and arrive in Istanbul the following day. Transfer to our hotel for a two-night stay. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.

Monday, September 1 - Istanbul
AM sightseeing includes the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque). In the PM, explore the Grand Bazaar and/or explore Istanbul on your own. (B)

Tuesday, September 2 - Istanbul | Embarkation
AM visit to the 6th-century cathedral of Agia Sophia, the Underground (Basilica) Cistern, and the Archaeological Museum. PM transfer to the port to embark Aegean Odyssey, our home for the next eleven nights. (B,D)

Wednesday, September 3 - At Sea
Cruise along Turkey’s northern coast, relax, and enjoy lectures and the ship’s amenities. (B,L,D)

Thursday, September 4 - Trabzon
AM excursion to the Sumela monastery, built high in the mountains in the 4th century. PM at leisure to explore Trabzon on your own. (B,L,D)

Friday, September 5 - Batumi, Georgia
AM choice of two excursions, either to the well-preserved Hellenistic and Roman Gonio Fortress, or to the Botanic Gardens that cover 279 acres and feature more than 1,000 varieties of roses. PM at leisure in Batumi. (B,L,D)

Saturday, September 6 - Sochi, Russia
AM visits in Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and often referred to as the “Russian Riviera,” include Stalin’s Dacha (summer home). Cruise in the PM, enjoying lectures and the ship’s amenities. (B,L,D)

Sunday, September 7 - Feodosiya, Ukraine
AM visit to the remarkable Genoese fortress at Sudak, built in the 14th and 15th centuries and perched high along a cliff top above the sea. PM at leisure to explore Feodosiya on your own. (B,L,D)

Monday, September 8 - Yalta
AM visit to the Chekhov House-Museum and the Livadia Palace, site of the 1945 conference between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. PM at leisure in Yalta, or take an optional excursion (additional cost) to the 19th century Vorontsov (Alupka) Palace and to view stunning Swallow’s Nest Castle. (B,L,D)

Tuesday, September 9 - Sevastopol
AM visit to the Panorama Museum, whose circular painting and displays depict the 349-day, 19th century siege of Sevastopol; and drive to Balaklava battlefield, site of the “Valley of Death” Charge of the Light Brigade. PM visit to the underground Balaklava Naval Museum, once a Soviet nuclear submarine base, built into a natural cave in the harbor. (B,L,D)

Wednesday, September 10 - Sevastopol
Today you will have time at leisure in Sevastopol or a choice of optional excursions (additional cost): an AM visit to ancient Chersonesos, founded by the Greeks in 422 B.C. and later the birthplace of the Russian Orthodox Church; and/or a PM visit to Bakhchysaray, Tartar stronghold from the 16th - 18th centuries, including the Khan’s Palace. (B,L,D)

Thursday, September 11 - Odessa
AM walking tour of great sites of Odessa, including the Opera House, Potemkin Steps, and Archaeological Museum. Cruise in the PM, enjoying lectures and the ship’s amenities. (B,L,D)

Friday, September 12 - Nessebur, Bulgaria
Cruise in the AM, enjoying lectures and the ship’s amenities. Early PM arrival in Nessebur to explore the beautiful old town, including the Byzantine-style Church of Christ Pantokrator, the 5th century Old Metropolitan Church, and the Archaeological Museum. (B,L,D)

Saturday, September 13 - Istanbul, Turkey | Disembark | Fly Home
AM disembarkation in Istanbul. Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)


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