Sailing the Black Sea Aboard Variety Voyager
April 22-May 5, 2014
photo by - Glen Allison
Admire Istanbul's Hagia Sophia before boarding the luxurious Variety Voyager for an exciting Black Sea journey. Cruise past the historic palaces and colorful yalis (villas) along the Bosphorus, and under two dramatic bridges that link Europe and Asia, before entering the Black Sea. From the port of Samsun, Turkey, drive to Amasya, a city dramatically situated in a deep river gorge that was capital of the kings of Pontus from 333 to 26 BCE, and also visit the 19th-century Hazeranlar Mansion, now restored and housing an ethnographic museum. In Trabzon, long an important trading port on the Black Sea, tour the Old Town, with its cobblestone streets and bustling bazaar. In Batumi, Georgia, stroll through the peaceful Botanical Gardens and explore the ruins of ancient Gonio fortress.
Spend a day on the 'Russian Riviera' in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics, or drive into the Caucasus Mountains to the resort of Krasnaya Polyana. In Yalta, tour landmark Alupka Palace and see Livadia Palace, site of the historic 1945 meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. Depart from the port of Sevastopol to visit the ancient Greek and Roman site of Chersonesus. In Odessa, view the five-domed Uspensky Cathedral with its extraordinary icons and see the renowned opera house. Enjoy a private concert in a neighboring 19th-century palace, now home to the Literature Museum. From Constanta, Romania, fly by chartered plane to Suceava and drive through the countryside to see fabulous painted churches. Discover the town of Nessebâr, Bulgaria, whose Byzantine ruins and picturesque fishermen's houses have long attracted artists and poets, before concluding in Istanbul.
Study Leader Information
We are delighted to be accompanied by Dr. Helen C. Evans, a Metropolitan Museum of Art curator of Byzantine art, whose award-winning exhibitions include Byzantium: Faith and Power (2004) and Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (2012). She will be joined by Professor Carole Fink, a specialist in European International History, who is currently finishing a book on the global Cold War.
April 22 - Depart for an overnight flight to Istanbul
April 23 - ISTANBUL, TURKEY
April 24 - Day at sea
April 25 - SAMSUN, TURKEY
April 26 - TRABZON, TURKEY
April 27 - BATUMI, GEORGIA
April 28 - SOCHI, RUSSIA
April 29 - Day at sea
April 30 - YALTA, UKRAINE
May 1 - SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE
May 2 - ODESSA, UKRAINE
May 3 - CONSTANTA/SUCEAVA,ROMANIA
May 4 - NESSEBAR, BULGARIA
May 5 - ISTANBUL/ Return to USA
Please email National Trust Tours for questions about this program. Be sure to include your mailing address if you are requesting a paper copy of the brochure for this program.