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.

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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.