Sailing the Black Sea Aboard Variety Voyager

September 24 - October 7, 2015

photo by - Glen Allison

Admire Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia before boarding Variety Voyager for an exciting Black Sea journey. From Samsun, Turkey, drive to Amasya, former capital of the kings of Pontus. See the glorious frescoes at Sumela Monastery near Trabzon and step ashore in fanciful Batumi, Georgia. Spend a day on the “Russian Riviera” in the Olympic city of Sochi to visit Stalin’s summer villa and the Caucasus mountains. Then fly by chartered plane from Constanta to Suceava to marvel at the vibrant colors of the painted churches in Romania’s countryside. Discover Varna and Nessebar in Bulgaria before concluding in Istanbul. An optional post-program in Istanbul is also offered.

Study Leader Information

We are delighted to be accompanied by Dr. Sarah Graff, a Metropolitan Museum of Art assistant curator of ancient Near Eastern art, who helped organize the Met’s current exhibition, Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age.

Tour Itinerary


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