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

  • Istanbul, Turkey

    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

Interesting Perspectives from Our Explorations in the Black Sea

  • What is the Silk Road?
    Blog Post

    Spicing Things Up Along the Silk Road

    April 29, 2016 | Blog Post

    Gourmands who liberally grab for the pepper or nutmeg might take pause to think, that at one time in history, those seasonings were worth more than their weight in gold. Spices were such a precious commodity that many a war were fought over them; they helped to build—and topple—vast empires, and led to the great Age of Discovery and founding of new worlds.

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    Batumi, Georgia
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    Captivating Georgia

    April 26, 2016 | Video

    Olga Eggert was born in Crimea, Ukraine. Currently living on the Isle of Man, she has traveled with Zegrahm Expeditions for years as a lecturer, with an emphasis in the Black Sea region. Watch as she describes recent architectural growth in Georgia, and the overwhelming friendliness and positivity of the locals. 

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    Hagia Sophia, Trabzon, Turkey
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    The Church of Hagia Sophia

    February 23, 2016 | Video

    On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea expedition, marine archaeologist Susan Langley was delighted to share the history of Trabzon's Hagia Sophia church. The third, and youngest, of the Hagia Sophia's in Turkey, it began life as a church but later became a mosque, a museum, and then a church again.

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  • Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
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    A Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

    January 26, 2016 | Video

    On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, guests explored six countries on two continents, learning about the incredible history of the region. From Istanbul's hippodrome and Trabzon's Sumela Monastery to the art of Turkish coffee, our adventurers learned about the staggering historical dimensions and cultures of Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria. 

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    Turkish Coffee
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    The Art of Turkish Coffee

    January 8, 2016 | Video

    On our recent Circumnavigation of the Black Sea expedition, art historian Allan Langdale took some time to describe the process of preparing traditional Turkish coffee.

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    Istanbul, Turkey
    Field Report

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea Field Report, May 2015

    July 27, 2015 | Field Report

    Tuesday & Wednesday, June 2 & 3, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey / Embark Variety Voyager: Welcome to Istanbul!

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  • Khinkali and wine
    Blog Post

    The Supra - A Georgian Feast of Tradition and Taste

    June 2, 2015 | Blog Post

    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
    Blog Post

    On Location: Happy Hour on the Black Sea

    April 25, 2015 | Blog Post

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2012

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    Pygmy cormorants
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    On Location: Our Black Sea Finale

    April 25, 2015 | Blog Post

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea, 2009

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  • Circumnavigation of the Black Sea
    Field Report

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea 2014 Field Report

    November 15, 2014 | Field Report

    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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    Blog Post

    Announcing Our 2015 Expedition Line-Up

    January 9, 2014 | Blog Post

    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
    Field Report

    Circumnavigation of the Black Sea 2013 Field Report

    November 1, 2013 | Field Report

    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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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.