Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Black Sea

As we embark on our signature Black Sea cruise, centuries of history unfold before us, bringing with it the architectural treasures, contemporary cultures, and stunning landscapes of Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. A Zegrahm Expeditions Black Sea tour encapsulates four UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Romania’s winding Danube Delta; and Sochi, Russia, the home of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and known as Russia’s Riviera, thanks to its subtropical climate and mineral springs. It’s the little moments you’ll remember on our Black Sea tour...visiting busy bazaars and finding that perfect treasure to bring home, sampling regional wines in the land where Jason and his Argonauts searched for the Golden Fleece, and drinking in the views from a cliffside monastery in Turkey.

Upcoming Black Sea Expeditions

  • Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    October 4October 18, 2016

    Centuries of history and architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria—and its busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.

Beyond the Destination

  • Khinkali and wine

    The Supra - A Georgian Feast of Tradition and Taste

    June 2, 2015

    While sampling the local cuisine is an integral part of any travel experience, you’ll find that partaking in a traditional Georgian supra is much more than time set aside to simply eat.

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    Caviar and vodka

    On Location: Happy Hour on the Black Sea

    April 25, 2015

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2012

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    Pygmy cormorants

    On Location: Our Black Sea Finale

    April 25, 2015

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2009

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  • Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea 2014 Field Report

    November 15, 2014

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey: Converging in Istanbul, our flights touched down at the busy Ataturk International Airport from many different parts of the world. Seven different nationalities were brought together for the start of our odyssey around the Black Sea, and a happy buzz filled the opulent Pera Palace Hotel.

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    Announcing Our 2015 Expedition Line-Up

    January 9, 2014

    We are thrilled to announce our 2015 expedition line-up! Our founders, field directors, and program managers have crafted 39 unique adventures for the 2015 season, with itineraries spanning all seven continents.

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    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea 2013 Field Report

    November 1, 2013

    Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Island Sky: Welcome to Istanbul! On arrival at the historic Pera Palace Hotel, some of us opted to unwind in the luxury of this newly renovated landmark. Others chose to relax at a nearby hamman, the ultimate Turkish bath experience, or to set out to explore the city.

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  • Sumela fresco, Turkey

    Welcome Home to our Black Sea Explorers!

    October 15, 2012

    Kevin Clement was so inspired by his time circumnavigating the Black Sea, he put pen to paper and crafted a poem to remember.


    The Discharge of the Trite Brigade

    The verse that started it all (my contest entry):

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    European robin

    On Location: The Black Sea

    October 7, 2011

    A palette of white darkening to slate-grey painted the storm clouds around the ship as we steamed in the direction of Yalta, Ukraine. As it turned out, we weren’t the only ones caught out in the driving rain and wind on this particular day in the Black Sea. Some migrant land birds, on their way to wintering grounds far to the south, had found themselves in a bit of a predicament. 

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    Great Blue Heron, Danube River Delta

    On Location: The Danube River

    September 26, 2011

    With a fiery orange sun rising above the sea to our stern, we maneuvered into one of the main channels at the mouth of the 1,750-mile long Danube River. The delta of this river covers an amazing 5,000 square kilometers and, as we looked out over the ship’s railing, we came to realize that we were completely surrounded by extensive reed beds stretching out to the horizon.

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  • Cappadocia, Turkey

    Distinctive Turkey

    January 19, 2010

    Zegrahm's Turkey tour partner was born in the Caucasus Mountains. Having covered every mile of his beloved homeland, Yasar Karadag has educated travelers for over 20 years on its cultural, archaeological, and natural splendors.

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    Istanbul, Turkey

    On Location: Our Black Sea Symphony

    October 20, 2009

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2009

    When we embark on a voyage, we are most often thrilled with the wonderful visuals and intense learning experiences which a new destination affords. Zegrahm's Black Sea voyage has certainly provided all of these things but is also, almost magically, set to music.

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    Amasya, Turkey

    On Location: Circumnavigating the Black Sea

    September 24, 2009

    On the Black Sea, history lies in many layers. Jason and the Argonauts rowed these waters searching for the Golden Fleece. Mark Twain explored this sea in the 1800's on the ship, Quaker City, perhaps the first voyage of its kind. We travel though this sea experiencing history, past and present, first-hand.

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More Options for Exploration

At Zegrahm we offer a unique line-up of expeditions each year. Please let us know if you'd like to be notified the next time we add a departure to this region and we will be sure you are the first to know.

Interested in a personalized adventure to this region? Visit our Private Travel page to read about the unique journeys our Private Travel team can create, then request a customized itinerary of your own.