Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

Hagia Sofia, Istanbul
July 18, 2021
14 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
160 Guests
From $12,990


Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary. Dates and rates are subject to change.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel, we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Rates for the Turkey's Cappadocia extension are $5,490 per person, double occupancy and $5,990 per person, single occupancy.

Pre-Trip Extension
Turkey's Cappadocia

Depart USA / Ankara, Turkey

July 13July 14

Depart on your independent overnight flight to Turkey. Arrive in Ankara on July 14 and check in to the Swissotel Ankara with the afternoon at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner.


July 15

Today, embark on a full-day tour of Ankara, Turkey’s capital. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which houses a rich collection of Turkish artifacts from prehistoric peoples to Hittite, Phyrgian, Lydian, and Urartian cultures; as well as the ancient Citadel of Ankara, with a history dating back to Phrygian times. After lunch, proceed to the Mausoleum of Atatürk, a national shrine dedicated to the founder of modern Turkey. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Ankara / Cappadocia

July 16

After breakfast, depart overland for magical Cappadocia. En route, make a stop at Hattusha. This World Heritage Site was the capital of the Hittite civilization, which thrived from 2000 to 1200 B.C. The nearby Yazlikaya Temple, which means “inscribed rock,” is a natural rock shrine that was a place of worship for thousands of years. Arrive in Cappadocia and check in to the Argos Hotel for dinner and overnight.


July 17July 18

During two magical days in Cappadocia, explore the extraordinary underground city of Kaymakli, where early Christians carved stables, kitchens, tunnels, and churches from the volcanic rock; Pigeon Valley, where hundreds of small caves were used to house birds; and Uchisar Castle, a solid rock used as a watchtower. The peaceful valley of Pashabagi is famous for its photogenic three-headed fairy chimneys. At Zelve, view the traditional rock village and cave homes that were inhabited until the 1960s. You will also visit Mustafapasa with its impressive Greek and Ottoman architecture and tour the open-air museum of Goreme to view dozens of homes and churches with well-preserved frescoes. A highlight of your time here is a whirling dervish performance during dinner at a local restaurant.

Cappadocia / Istanbul

July 19

This morning, transfer to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. After lunch at a local restaurant, take a walking tour of the historic Galata and Beyoglu districts. This evening, check in to the elegant Pera Palace Hotel and meet with the main group for dinner and overnight.