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Black Sea Cruises

A Black Sea cruise offers a unique opportunity to explore a region which still offers much mystique. A sumptuous cruise to this fascinating land will promise a wealth of experiences leaving you with a deeper understanding of the interesting places and the charming people that you visit. You can marvel at the ancient treasures, stand in wonderment before the stunning palaces and admire the awesome architectural masterpieces.  Soak up the colourful history and be greeted by lively folklore performances when you venture ashore.

See the brightly fresco-ed Sumela Monastery in Turkey (pictured above), precariously positioned 1,300m above sea level from where it was thought that prayers had less distance to travel. 

Keen to get on board ? Then waste no time by flying directly from the UK to the point of embarcation on a fly cruise.  The fascinating culture and captivating beauty of the destinations visited on a Black Sea Cruise are just waiting to be discovered.  For the ultimate in glamour, you can even travel in supreme sophistication and comfort on a Black Sea luxury cruise.

For more cruise holiday suggestions in Europe, take a look at our European Cruises.


Black Sea Cruise Lines

Before you set sail on your magical voyage your cruise line will have carefully selected the golden highlights of the glittering itinerary that you will follow and will offer you the opportunity of getting to know some of the destinations through a full programme of fascinating shore excursions. These excursions will enrich your whole holiday experience and are the safest, most convenient and most comfortable way of exploring an area before you return to the luxury of your ship. Below are some of the most poignant icons that you must see on your cruise in the Black Sea.

 


Black Sea Cruises in Turkey

Stop off in one of the most spectacular Black sea cruise destinations, Istanbul. An unforgettable city where the history and culture of Europe and Asia combine in stunning harmony. Take a walk down the narrow cobbled streets of Trabzon and enjoy the fascinating history of this strategic Black Sea Port. Don't miss the Archaeological Museum, St Sophia's Church and the Ataturk Pavillion for an interesting insight into this colourful country.


 

Recommended Shore Excursions


Istanbul
  • Ottoman Wonders-The Blue Mosque is a magnificent place to see. Nearby is the Topkapi Palace which was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans
  • Old City Tour- Discover the Old City's greatest Byzantine and Ottoman imperial relics and treasures.
  • Spice Bazaar- The bazaar was constructed in 1663 as part of the Yeni Mosque complex, in order to generate funds for the maintenance of the mosque

Black Sea Cruises in Russia

Enjoy the balmy subtropical climate as you disembark to visit one of the Black Sea's pearls.  It is not difficult to see why Sochi is the medicinal destination of choice for so many who visit to restore their health.  This beautiful city will impress you with its eminent Museums and 19th century Russian Orthodox Church of Michael Archangel.  Take a trip to see Stalin's Dacha and enjoy the outstanding panoramic views of Sochi, the majestic mountains and the glorious coastline from the summit of Mount Akhun.

Recommended Shore Excursions


Sochi Shore Excursions
  • Russian Tea tasting- Sample tea grown at the plantations while enjoying Russian folklore dance
  • Matsesta Springs- A major tourist attraction the hot sulphur springs is the city's most renowned health spa
  • Stalin's Dacha- See the site of the former summer residence of Joseph Stalin





Black Sea Cruises in Ukraine

Set against a backdrop of lush green wooded hills, the fashionable resort of Yalta sits proudly on the emerald green coastline and is a firm favourite amongst the Russian aristocracy. Take a trip ashore to enjoy the wonderful Russian Orthodox temple, Chekhov's house now preserved as a museum and also the magnificent Livadia Palace.  Take a ride along the beautiful Crimean Riviera and don't forget to stop at the Swallow's Nest (pictured right) for breathtaking photo opportunities.  Visit Odessa, home to the famous Potemkin Steps and also Sevastopol, where modern buildings stand side by side with ancient landmarks.


Recommended Shore Excursions

Yalta
  • Palaces of Yalta-Visit the delightful Loire-style Palace of Alexander III and The Livadia Palace, the summer residence of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II.
  • Nikitsky Botanical Gardens-One of the oldest and biggest botanical gardens in the world. Stroll along shady alleys and enjoy the fresh Crimean air
  • Massandra Winery-Take a tour to this unique place that has one of the biggest wine collections in the world

Sevastopol
  • Crimean War-Visit the sites of the first battle of the Crimean campaign.
  • Bakhchisaray Khan's Palace- Built by slaves and craftsman from Iran and Turkey, visit the residence by the Crimean Khan Sahib I Giray in 1532
  • Black Sea Navy Fleet Museum-Founded in 1869 by the participants of Sevastopol defence of Crimean War period (1854-1855)
  • Sevastopol City Tour- Visit the Panorama Museum, which was opened in 1905 and the St Vladimir's Cathedral built in 1888



Odessa
  • Odessa Palaces-See the three Odessa Palaces
  • City Walk-Learn about the foundation of Odessa and visit the most famous attractions in Odessa such as the Potemkin Staircase
  • Catacombs-Make your way out of the city though the countryside passing small villages and farms into the town of Nerubayskoye. Explore the catacombs which during World War II were used as underground forts by the Soviet Army




Black Sea Cruises in Romania

Rich in culture and heritage, the busy port of Constanta lies at the beginning of your Romanian adventure.  Dig a little deeper and you can venture into the heart of Romania to discover a fascinating history in this intriguing country.  See the largest mosaic in Europe and admire St Paul and St Peter's Cathedral.  The Archaeological museum plays host to a vast array of interesting objects and sculptures from the Ancient City and a colourful folklore performance will give you a valuable insight into the country's history.  Don't leave before you have taken a trip to sample some of the most delicious wines at one of the many vineyards.  
 

Recommended Shore Excursions

    Constanta

  • Constanta and Zamfirei's Wedding- Enjoy a Romanian folkloric show of a traditional wedding and tour the old city centre and explore the city of Constanta
  • Ancient Histria-Visit the ancient city of Histria, the 'Romainian Pompeil', with one of the largest Roman mosaics in the world
  • Sightseeing and Wine Tasting- Have your camera ready for when you come across the famous statue of Roman poet 'Ovid' and sample some of the most popular wines from the region

     

Black Sea Cruises in Bulgaria

Travel ashore to experience the colourful narrative of Bulgaria, rich in historic monuments with a veritable bounty of treasures from Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine times. Enjoy the pleasant coastal town of
Nessebar, (pictured left), with some of Bulgaria's finest beaches and its myriad of magnificent churches. Visit the Monastery of St George and the Cathedral of St Cyril and Methodius in Sozopol for the beautiful frescoes and incredible wooden altar. The folklore performance and traditional lunch in the charming town of Bourgas will leave you with warm memories before heading back to your ship for your onward journey.

 

Recommended Shore Excursions

    Nessebur

  • Bulgarian Experience-Bulgaria's rich culture and traditions are great to experience while on your tour through Nessebur such as Bulgarian cooking and dancing
  • Ancient Nessebur-Discover the rich heritage of Nessebur, while walking the narrow streets
  • Two Towns-Visit two ancient towns on the Bulgarian South Coast. Enjoy a walking tour of Nessebur's popular sites including a visit to the Church of St. Stephen




Find out more about Black Sea cruises in Onliner Magazine, special feature Best Kept Cruise Secrets.

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