On board MS BREMEN from Catania to Istanbul
A multi-ethnic sea in its purest form
“So near and yet so unknown: the Black Sea region is a melting pot of history in the heart of impressive natural surroundings. Here, the legacy of the tsars combines with the majesty of the East to form an experience rich in contrasts,” says Professor Michael Stürmer, historian and political expert.
from Catania to Istanbul
|Cruise dates:||from 28.09.2014 to 11.10.2014 (14 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
| Sun, 28.09.2014 |
Scheduled flight Munich – Catania
| Mon, 29.09.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 30.09.2014 |
Cruise through Corinth Canal
Masterpieces set in stone
| Wed, 01.10.2014 |
Volos/Greece, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs
In Volos, one of the most imposing architectural masterpieces of the Mediterranean awaits you: the stone monastery of Meteora*, which rests upon bizarre rocky peaks and is still home to monks and nuns. The charming landscape will beguile you – be it at the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site perched several hundred metres high or on a trip on the historic train to Pelion*.
| Thu, 02.10.2014 |
Cruise through the Dardanelles and the Bosporus
Cruise through historic terrain in the Dardanelles, whose strategic position was the focus of a bloody struggle in the First World War in the Gallipoli Campaign.
| Fri, 03.10.2014 |
Bartin/Turkey, from 13.00 to 21.00 hrs
After a late-night cruise through the Bosporus, the BREMEN’s first stop on the following day will be Bartin. Explore the nearby located Amasra* Turkish port town, idyllically located between mountains and bays, or bathe at the untouched beaches along the Black Sea.
| Sat, 04.10.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 05.10.2014 |
Sochi/Russia, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs
Naturally impressive: the “Nice of Russia”
| Mon, 06.10.2014 |
Trabzon/Turkey, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs
Back in the north-east of Turkey, you can visit the Sümela monastery*, or take a sightseeing tour of Trabzon*.
| Tue, 07.10.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Wed, 08.10.2014 |
Odessa/Ukraine, from 8.00 to 23.00 hrs
Walk on historic paths in Odessa: the famous Potemkin Stairs and classical palaces full of belle epoque nymphs and bulbous Orthodox spires shape the image of the city. Discover the German traces* in the city or enjoy a ballet evening in the opera house*, one of the most beautiful in the world.
| Thu, 09.10.2014 |
Cruise on the Danube Delta and cruise on the Danube (Romania)
You are also sure to have a box seat on deck when cruising on the Danube. Only a small and flexible expedition ship like the BREMEN can give you this special aspect of a Black Sea cruise. Let yourself be enchanted by the delta and the picturesque countryside of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site upriver.
| Fri, 10.10.2014 |
Nesebar/Bulgaria, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
Your visit to Nesebar and its must-see old town will be like a journey back in time. Be transported to a different age when you explore the ancient towns of Nesebar and Pomorie* with their winding streets and characteristic Black Sea houses, or Burgas and the charming town of Sozopol*. Returning from the diverse contrasts of the Black Sea, you will have a treasure trove of experiences from your “Expedition Knowledge”.
| Sat, 11.10.2014 |
Cruise through the Bosporus
Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – whether Greeks, Ottomans or Turks, they have all left their marks, with the result that the city can offer sights from all cultures and eras. Visit the fascinating old town of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, to name just a few of the highlights.
*These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are being planned and are subject to change.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: EXPEDITION KNOWLEDGE: SICILY – A CRUISE THROUGH CULTURAL HISTORY
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
Expedition Knowledge: a cultural region and centre of conflict
In the melting pot of the Black Sea, experience a real spiritual
adventure on this “Expedition Knowledge”. Well-known specialists like
historian and political expert Professor Michael Stürmer combine the
present, past, culture and politics into an intensive learning
experience with presentations and discussions on subjects including the
- Putin’s Russia: what are the goals of the great Eurasian power?
- On the lifeline of major history: Yalta and Crimea
- East or West? On the identity and future of the Black Sea states
- Fascinating Odessa – between the Potemkin Stairs, German traces and baroque grandeur
- The Gallipoli Campaign: the bloody birthplace of three nations