Wander through a wealth of historic sites and architectural treasures, sample local Georgian wines, and cruise through the winding canals of the Danube delta.
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the Pera Palace Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before our welcome dinner and briefing. *Accommodation*: Pera Palace Hotel
Choose from several tours that reveal the highlights of this legendary city, including the Sultanahmet district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All tours will include lunch, after which, there is leisure time to explore on your own. Return to the Pera Palace Hotel this evening for dinner and overnight. *Accommodation*: Pera Palace Hotel
After breakfast, several guided tours will be available, offering a more in-depth exploration of the city. Or, choose a morning at leisure with lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, board Le Bougainville and cruise toward the Black Sea up the scenic Bosporus, a strait which runs through the center of Istanbul. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
From the port at Bartin, travel inland to Safranbolu, a World Heritage Site. Once an important center of saffron production and stopover for Silk Road caravans, Safranbolu boasts a wealth of well-preserved Ottoman architecture. A walking tour visits the marketplace as well as a mosque, traditional house, and Turkish hammam that date back to the 16th century. Enjoy lunch in a converted Ottoman caravanserai, with free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship in Bartin. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
From the port of Samsun, drive inland to Amasya, former capital of the kingdom of Pontus during the third century BC. Explore the photogenic alleys lined with 19th-century Ottoman-era houses, the ethnographic museum, and an Islamic seminary. Enjoy lunch overlooking the town and Pontic Tombs. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
Ancient Greeks settled in Trabzon along a branch of the Silk Road from Asia. A highlight of our visit is a morning drive in the countryside to see the 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine Sumela Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliff face in the monastic tradition of Greek Orthodox architecture. Meet with a local expert who will share details on the extensive project to restore the magnificent interior frescoes to their former glory. Then take a stroll through this stunning alpine setting that is also a national park. This afternoon, explore the 13th-century Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine church with exquisite frescoes, and spend some free time wandering through Trabzon. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
Today the ship docks in the charming port of Batumi. Visit the colorful farmers market and take a relaxing walk through the lovely Botanical Gardens. After lunch on board, take a short drive to the ruins of ancient Gonio Fortress, which dates back to the first century AD. Return to Batumi for a dinner of regional delicacies and Georgian wines at a local restaurant, accompanied by a fantastic folk performance of traditional music and energetic dances. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
This Russian mineral-spring resort community with a sub-tropical climate is sometimes called the Russian Riviera. This morning, explore the town with a special visit to Stalin’s dacha. Well-hidden among trees on the outskirts of town, this house was a favorite summer retreat for the infamous leader. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
Attend lectures today and enjoy the passing scenery during a relaxing day at sea. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
Odessa’s European-Russian heritage is evident as we ascend the Potemkin Steps to explore cobblestone streets lined with shady plane trees. Explore the compact central district’s spectacular architecture, including monuments, statuary, parks, and ornate 19th-century gems such as the Opera House and Gagarin’s Palace. We also visit one of the country’s oldest archaeological museums, housing an extensive collection of Ukrainian artifacts ranging from the Paleolithic age to the medieval period. Enjoy free time this afternoon to stroll the graceful boulevards, with the option to dine ashore on your own. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
The Danube is Europe’s second longest river as well as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Take a walking tour of the small port of Tulcea and visit the Danube Canal Museum and Danube Ecologic Museum. Then, board a local boat to explore this wetland habitat looking for over 200 species of birds, including pygmy cormorants, purple herons, white-tailed eagles, and Dalmatian pelicans. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
Histria was Romania’s earliest-founded city and flourished as an extraordinary trading center, later to be abandoned and swallowed by alluvial deposits and sand. The site has been under excavation since its rediscovery in 1914. We walk through fascinating seaside ruins, tour the new museum, and spot birds in this wetland environment. Next we explore Constanta where we tour the archaeological museum and view one of the largest Roman mosaic floors in Europe. In the late afternoon, enjoy wine tasting and a cultural performance on board. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
The modern port city of Varna was once the Greek colony known as Odessos. We disembark in the morning and visit Varna’s archaeological museum that chronologically traces the progress of human society in the region over the course of millennia, and includes the oldest worked gold in the world. We also explore the extensive remains of the 2nd-century Roman thermae, or public baths, which make up the largest Roman ruins in Bulgaria. Or take a tour of the Balchik Botanical Gardens and Aladzha Rock Monastery. Reboard the ship for lunch as we sail toward Turkey. *Accommodation*: Le Bougainville
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for homeward flights. Tour ends here.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm
Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups
may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip
is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer
service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core
principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.
For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You
must be able to walk distances of one to three miles, unaided, over sometimes
uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones, and climb stone steps that at times
may not have handrails. Opportunities will also be available for optional
hikes requiring more exertion.
You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Instanbul and
Istanbul/home city. Please contact our in-house Air Department for fare
quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.
Le Bougainville features innovative and environment-friendly equipment,
elegantly designed suites, and lounge areas that open to the outside. All
suites feature ocean views and private balconies, while public spaces include
an underwater lounge, as well as a pool, outside bar and dining area,
theater, single-seating dining room, panoramic lounge, sun deck, salon, and a
spa and fitness room. Le Bougainville carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
* Six decks of guest facilities.
- Deck 0 (not pictured in deck plan)
– Blue Eye Underwater Lounge.
- Deck 3 – guest suites, reception, main lounge, pool, outdoor bar and
dining area, boutique, theater, and doctor’s office.
- Deck 4 – guest suites and restaurant.
- Deck 5 – guest suites and bridge.
- Deck 6 – guest suites, panoramic lounge, and outdoor seating.
- Deck 7 – guest suites, sun deck, outdoor seating, salon, spa and fitness
* Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
* The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent
upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
* Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.
* All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, with two twin beds
that can be reconfigured into one king, a well-appointed en suite
bathroom, closets, desk, IpodTM players, small refrigerator, flat-screen
TV, personal safe, hair dryer, bath robes, French toiletries, individually
controlled air-conditioning and heating, and *American style outlets (two
flat prongs) at 110 volts*.
* Category 1, 2, 3, and 4 suites are 19 square metres and have a sliding
glass door leading to a 4 square metre private balcony.
* Category 5 suites are 27 square metres and have a sliding glass door
leading to a 6 square metre private balcony.
* Category 6 suites are 32 square metres and have a sliding glass door
leading to a 8 square metre private balcony.
* Suites are 45 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 30
square metre private patio. The owner’s suite is the same size as the
suites and features a Jacuzzi on the private balcony.
* The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
* Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must
be made in advance.
* Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style.
* Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses.
When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.
* Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24
hours a day.
* Le Bougainville carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
* Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are
available on board. Rates are posted.
* The Euro is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa,
MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard
* Wi-fi access is available throughout the ship. Rates are posted.
* Airfare from your home city/Istanbul and Istanbul/home city
* Excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes
* Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
* Passport and/or visa fees;
* Travel insurance
* Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other
than listed above), and other incidentals
* Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
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