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.
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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.
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.
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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 ExcursionsSochi Shore Excursions
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
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.
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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.
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