Circumnavigation of the Black Sea

Odessa, Ukraine
October 4, 2016
15 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
100 Guests
From $12,980

Just Announced: $1,000 Air Credit

Enjoy an air credit of up to $1,000 per person for new bookings on this expedition—contact our office to learn more!

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Expedition Highlights

  • Visit Istanbul’s 16th-century Rustem Pasha Mosque and shop for exotic treasures at the vibrant Spice Bazaar.
  • Enjoy an energetic performance of traditional dances in Georgia while sampling local wines. 
  • Explore the grand city of Odessa, with splendid examples of elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture, including a tour of the magnificent Opera House. 
  • Cruise through the winding canals of the Danube River Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, as we search for over 200 species of birds.
  • Tour Safranbolu, an important center of saffron production and stopover for Silk Road caravans—this UNESCO World Heritage Center boasts a wealth of well-preserved Ottoman architecture.

The staff was outstanding—planning, explaining, participating, everything worked out with good humor and flexibility. The excursions provided a variety of experiences; the overall expedition was fun and we learned a lot!

Harold & Sarah N.

Expedition Team

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

Additional Exploration

Pre-Trip Extension:
Cappadocia & Istanbul
September 27October 5, 2016
From $4,980

Turkey’s Cappadocia region is a land of striking volcanic terrain marked by thousands of pyramid-shaped rock spires. Throughout the centuries, Cappadocia’s inhabitants have carved their homes and churches in these columns and in caves, creating tunnels and chambers in the rock. This pre-voyage extension highlights the region’s cultural treasures, beautiful vistas, and fascinating history. You will also enjoy additional time to explore Istanbul, Turkey’s magnificent cultural, political, and commercial center.

Trip Preparation: Gear Up!

  • Alpine Softshell Jacket
Adze Alpine Softshell Jacket

Designed to withstand the ups and downs of the mercury throughout your Black Sea exploration—from a windy cliffside monastery in Turkey to the mineral-spring resort of Sochi, Russia—this moisture-wicking, stretchy-for-comfort, wind-resistant jacket just may be your most-worn piece of travel clothing.

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