Black Sea Explorer

Cruise itinerary - Black Sea Explorer

What's included...

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

Sailing Dates

02 Jun 14

30 Jun 14

14 Jul 14

28 Jul 14

11 Aug 14

25 Aug 14

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 - 18:00

  • 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, Bourgas - BULGARIA  08:00 - 18:00

  • The Bulgarian city of Bourgas packs a lot into its centre – from pretty pedestrianised streets laced with galleries and restaurants, to a gold-sand beach. On the outskirts of town, a throng of lakes combines waterside walking paths with world-class bird-watching territory. As for the countryside beyond, it’s all craggy mountains and traditional villages.

  • Maritime Park is a long stretch of greenery stocked with fountains, statues and sculptures. It follows the coastline, so sweeping sea views are a given.
  • Wander the car-free city centre. Churches, pavement cafés and bookshops come in every shade of pastel, and there’s a collection of archaeological and natural history museums.
  • The Bourgas Lakes gather around the city. One is the largest lake in Bulgaria, another is home to endangered pelicans, while another is surrounded by canals.

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Friday, Constanta - ROMANIA  07:00 - 18:00

  • In Romania, Roman ruins sit alongside buildings that could’ve been air-lifted straight out of Paris. Constanta, its oldest city, is set on the ‘Littoral’ – the country’s answer to the French Riviera. Its famous casino, in particular, clocks up lots of visitors. The decadent-looking construction wouldn’t look out of place in glitterati favourite, Monte Carlo.

  • Romania has one of the oldest wine making traditions in the world and you can learn all about it at the Murfatlar Winery in Dobrogea.
  • Built by monks in the late 19th century, the Saon Monastery is now the home of an order of nuns. And you can sit down and have lunch with them when you visit.

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Saturday, At Sea 

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Sunday, Mykonos Town - MYKONOS  08:00 - 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.

What about Cruise & Stay?

Extend your holiday - add a week's stay

  • 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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