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Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

from $12,990.00

Wander through a wealth of historic sites and architectural treasures, sample
local Georgian wines, and cruise through the winding canals of the Danube
delta.

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All about the Circumnavigation of the Black Sea.

Centuries of history come to life on this epic voyage around the legendary Black Sea. This region is renowned for majestic scenery, varied wildlife, and rich cultural traditions. Voyage to all six counties ringing this inland sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria—and discover busy bazaars, archaeological treasures, and stunning landscapes that are home to a multitude of hidden cultural gems.Our leaders on this tour have visited this region numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, culture, and wildlife of this intriguing corner of Europe. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, nature walks, and
cultural tours
* All gratuities
* All accommodations
* World-class lecture and expedition team
* All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and
wine with lunch and dinner
* All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
* Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
* Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
* Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the Pera Palace Hotel.

    Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the Pera Palace Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before our welcome dinner and briefing.*Accommodation*: Pera Palace Hotel

  2. Day 2 Choose from several tours that reveal the highlights of this legendary city.

    Choose from several tours that reveal the highlights of this legendary city, including the Sultanahmet district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All tours will include lunch, after which, there is leisure time to explore on your own. Return to the Pera Palace Hotel this evening for dinner and overnight.*Accommodation*: Pera Palace Hotel

  3. Day 3 After breakfast, several guided tours will be available, offering a more in-depth exploration of the city.

    After breakfast, several guided tours will be available, offering a more in-depth exploration of the city. Or, choose a morning at leisure with lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, board Le Bougainville and cruise toward the Black Sea up the scenic Bosporus, a strait which runs through the center of Istanbul.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  4. Day 4 From the port at Bartin, travel inland to Safranbolu, a World Heritage Site.

    From the port at Bartin, travel inland to Safranbolu, a World Heritage Site. Once an important center of saffron production and stopover for Silk Road caravans, Safranbolu boasts a wealth of well-preserved Ottoman architecture. A walking tour visits the marketplace as well as a mosque, traditional house, and Turkish hammam that date back to the 16th century. Enjoy lunch in a converted Ottoman caravanserai, with free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship in Bartin.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  5. Day 5 From the port of Samsun, drive inland to Amasya, former capital of the kingdom of Pontus during the third century BC.

    From the port of Samsun, drive inland to Amasya, former capital of the kingdom of Pontus during the third century BC. Explore the photogenic alleys lined with 19th-century Ottoman-era houses, the ethnographic museum, and an Islamic seminary. Enjoy lunch overlooking the town and Pontic Tombs.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  6. Day 6 Ancient Greeks settled in Trabzon along a branch of the Silk Road from Asia.

    Ancient Greeks settled in Trabzon along a branch of the Silk Road from Asia. A highlight of our visit is a morning drive in the countryside to see the 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine Sumela Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliff face in the monastic tradition of Greek Orthodox architecture. Meet with a local expert who will share details on the extensive project to restore the magnificent interior frescoes to their former glory. Then take a stroll through this stunning alpine setting that is also a national park. This afternoon, explore the 13th-century Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine church with exquisite frescoes, and spend some free time wandering through Trabzon.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  7. Day 7 Today the ship docks in the charming port of Batumi.

    Today the ship docks in the charming port of Batumi. Visit the colorful farmers market and take a relaxing walk through the lovely Botanical Gardens. After lunch on board, take a short drive to the ruins of ancient Gonio Fortress, which dates back to the first century AD. Return to Batumi for a dinner of regional delicacies and Georgian wines at a local restaurant, accompanied by a fantastic folk performance of traditional music and energetic dances.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  8. Day 8 This Russian mineral-spring resort community with a sub-tropical climate is sometimes called the Russian Riviera.

    This Russian mineral-spring resort community with a sub-tropical climate is sometimes called the Russian Riviera. This morning, explore the town with a special visit to Stalin’s dacha. Well-hidden among trees on the outskirts of town, this house was a favorite summer retreat for the infamous leader.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  9. Day 9 Attend lectures today

    Attend lectures today and enjoy the passing scenery during a relaxing day at sea.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  10. Day 10 Odessa’s European-Russian heritage is evident as we ascend the Potemkin Steps.

    Odessa’s European-Russian heritage is evident as we ascend the Potemkin Steps to explore cobblestone streets lined with shady plane trees. Explore the compact central district’s spectacular architecture, including monuments, statuary, parks, and ornate 19th-century gems such as the Opera House and Gagarin’s Palace. We also visit one of the country’s oldest archaeological museums, housing an extensive collection of Ukrainian artifacts ranging from the Paleolithic age to the medieval period. Enjoy free time this afternoon to stroll the graceful boulevards, with the option to dine ashore on your own.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  11. Day 11 The Danube is Europe’s second longest river as well as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

    The Danube is Europe’s second longest river as well as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Take a walking tour of the small port of Tulcea and visit the Danube Canal Museum and Danube Ecologic Museum. Then, board a local boat to explore this wetland habitat looking for over 200 species of birds, including pygmy cormorants, purple herons, white-tailed eagles, and Dalmatian pelicans.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  12. Day 12 Histria was Romania’s earliest-founded city and flourished as an extraordinary trading center.

    Histria was Romania’s earliest-founded city and flourished as an extraordinary trading center, later to be abandoned and swallowed by alluvial deposits and sand. The site has been under excavation since its rediscovery in 1914. We walk through fascinating seaside ruins, tour the new museum, and spot birds in this wetland environment. Next we explore Constanta where we tour the archaeological museum and view one of the largest Roman mosaic floors in Europe. In the late afternoon, enjoy wine tasting and a cultural performance on board.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  13. Day 13 The modern port city of Varna was once the Greek colony known as Odessos.

    The modern port city of Varna was once the Greek colony known as Odessos. We disembark in the morning and visit Varna’s archaeological museum that chronologically traces the progress of human society in the region over the course of millennia, and includes the oldest worked gold in the world. We also explore the extensive remains of the 2nd-century Roman thermae, or public baths, which make up the largest Roman ruins in Bulgaria. Or take a tour of the Balchik Botanical Gardens and Aladzha Rock Monastery. Reboard the ship for lunch as we sail toward Turkey.*Accommodation*: Le Bougainville

  14. Day 14 Disembark Le Bougainville after breakfast.

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for homeward flights.Tour ends here.

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