Black Sea Explorer

Cruise itinerary - Black Sea Explorer

What's included...

  • Gratuities - no need to tip!
  • Top class onboard activities/entertainment
  • Port taxes

Sailing Dates

08 Jun 15

07 Sep 15

Cities, sights and sensational scenery...

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Monday, Marmaris - TURKEY 

  • Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

  • Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
  • Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
  • Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.

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Tuesday, At Sea 

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Wednesday, Istanbul - TURKEY  08:00 - 19:00

  • Everything about Istanbul is a taste of the exotic. Fragrant bazaars echoing with the sound of haggling merchants. Belly dancers shimmying past in a flash of sequins and sparkle. The call of the muezzins wafting from ancient minarets. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable adventure in this spice-scented slice of the world.

  • The skyline of palaces and mosques will leave an indelible mark on your memory. See the world famous St. Sophia, a magnificent church that rises above the Old City of Istanbul.
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace and see the light shimmering through the stained glass windows onto 20,000 blue tiles
  • Stand before the Blue Mosque and marvel at its spectacularly decorated dome and six soaring minarets.
  • Lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleyways of the 14th-century Grand Bazaar, a rich tapestry of 4,000 shops selling everything from hand-woven rugs to embroidered slippers.

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Thursday, Nessebar* - BULGARIA  07:00 - 15:00

  • Nessebar is often referred to as Bulgaria’s Dubrovnik, thanks to its terracotta rooftops and millennia-old history. Set on a peninsula that juts out into the Black Sea, this ancient seaside town is haloed by some of the best beaches in the country.

  • The grand Renaissance buildings in Nessebar’s cobbled old town are really impressive. The spindly streets here are also crammed with jewellery stalls, cafés and craft shops.
  • Nessebar is one of Europe’s oldest towns, and it’s earned itself a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list. Don’t miss the 5th-century basilica down by the seafront, or the Old Bishop’s Residence in the heart of town.
  • Bulgarians voted nearby Bourgas the best place to live in the country. It boasts a seaside location, a university, and an orchard that's home to a farm of colourful peacocks.

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Friday, Sevastopol - UKRAINE  10:00 - 17:00

  • Sevastopol is less like a city and more like an open-air museum. Its tree-dotted streets are packed with nearly 2,000 monuments, memorials and landmarks, which chart the happenings of the 19th-century Crimean War. The three-year-long battle is said to have ended the dominant role of Russia in southeast Europe.

  • To really get to grips with the city’s wartime history, visit the Panorama Museum. Its grand-looking circular building was especially constructed to house the painting, ‘The Defense of Sevastopol’. The famous piece depicts the 349-day siege of the city in 1855.
  • The Balaklava Valley has been dubbed the ‘Valley of Death’ following the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, and it’s one of Sevastopol’s most visited and haunting sites.

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Saturday, At Sea 

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Sunday, Mykonos Town* - MYKONOS  09:00 - 18:00

  • A jewel in the Aegean, this sun-blushed island is sprinkled with sugar-cube houses and whitewashed windmills. It’s a popular corner of Greece loved by everyone, from millionaires to backpackers, yet somehow it’s managed to stay delightfully unspoilt.

  • Wander through the narrow labyrinthine-like lanes of Mykonos Town, or Chora as it’s also called, crammed with tiny churches, shrines, shops and cafés. Pause for a photo opportunity at the striking white Paraportiani Church.
  • Take a stroll along the seafront known as Little Venice. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for places that appeared in Shirley Valentine, like the colourful harbour for instance.
  • Relax at Platis Gialos beach, a long ribbon of golden sand on the south coast of the island. The coastline here is backed by a stretch of cocktail bars, many of which offer waiter service to the beach.
  • See the island’s sights in style – from the front seat of a four-wheel drive. Rev your way to the pretty village of Ano Mera and the beaches of Kalo Livadi and Ornos.

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Monday, Marmaris - TURKEY 

  • Turkey's biggest beach resort, Marmaris has a definite 'Riviera' feel to it. An elegant, palm-lined promenade weaves its way around the shoreline, while the marina plays host to a flotilla of gleaming white yachts.

  • Ancient and natural history are served up in Dalyan. Sail along the river and you’ll pass the fourth-century Tombs of Kings. Head to the beach and you’ll sunbathe alongside endangered loggerhead turtles, which have been making their nests here for centuries.
  • Discover a Turkish tradition with a visit to a hammam or Turkish bath. They’ve existed since Medieval times and normally have separate areas for men and women. When you get there, you’ll change into your swimwear before heading for the gobektasi, a heated stone where you’ll be treated to a body scrub that’ll leave you feeling really refreshed.
  • Smother yourself in therapeutic mud in celebrity haunt Dalyan. You'll feel film star fabulous in no time.

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  • Your holiday doesn't have to end just because your ship has docked for the last time. You can extend your holiday with our Cruise and Stay option
  • It means you spend a week cruising and another week at one of our hotels and apartments.
  • Or you can do it the other way round if you like - the hotel first and the cruise second.

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