On board MS BREMEN from Istanbul to La Goulette (Tunis)

A Black Sea epic

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“Marvel at the Black Sea’s cultural legacy of numerous peoples, including the Huns, Mongols, Tartars, Ottomans, Greeks and Russians. It mirrors great historical events which themselves reflect the political themes of our times in an exciting fashion,” says Alexander von Sobeck, journalist and political expert.

from Istanbul to La Goulette (Tunis)

Cruise dates:from 11.10.2014 to 25.10.2014 (15 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1420

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Sat, 11.10.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Istanbul
Istanbul/Turkey, departure 20.00 hrs
Cruise through the Bosporus

Sun, 12.10.2014

Bartin, from 12:30 to 21.00 hrs

After an evening cruise through the Bosporus, enjoy a picturesque start to your cruise in the Turkish town of Bartin. The nearby located Amasra* situated idyllically between mountains and bays with its old city walls, beautiful citadel and untouched beaches that invite you to take a dip. Alternatively, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Safranbolu*

Mon, 13.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 14.10.2014

Sochi/Russia, from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs

The Russian spa city of Sochi, venue of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the football World Cup in 2018, is also an invitation for you to unwind. Gentle hills line the coasts against the backdrop of the Caucasus. Tea has been grown in the region for over a century. You can taste a sample at Mr Kosman’s tea plantation*. After a city tour and a stroll along the shoreline, you will know why the city is known as the “Nice of Russia”. Alternatively, enjoy a walk in Sochi National Park* and marvel at the city’s natural surroundings.

Wed, 15.10.2014

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*.

Thu, 16.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 17.10.2014

Odessa/Ukraine, from 8.00 to 23.00 hrs

Odessa is the most important port city on the Black Sea. Besides shipbuilding, the city is also known for its classical palaces, underground tunnel system and the famous Potemkin Stairs. Follow the Puschkins traces throughout Odessa* and enjoy a ballet evening in the opera house*, one of the most beautiful in the world.

Sat, 18.10.2014

Cruise on the Danube Delta and cruise on the Danube (Romania)

Experience a stunning natural backdrop on the BREMEN 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. In the delta, sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque countryside of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site from your box seat.

Sun, 19.10.2014

Nesebar/Bulgaria, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

You will feel like you have been transported back in time as soon as you reach Nesebar. The ancient towns of Nesebar and Pomorie* are like open-air museums with their winding streets and richly decorated facades – they are just as worthy a visit as Burgas and the charming town of Sozopol*.

Mon, 20.10.2014

Cruise through the Dardanelles/Relaxation at sea

The historic Dardanelles, alleged to be the final resting place of Achilles, give deep insights into Greek mythology. Your impressions will be exceeded by around 400 metres – the stone monastery of Meteora* is perched on bizarre rock pillars here and will be a destination during your trip to Volos. Alternatively, enjoy a beautiful journey through the countryside with the historic train to Pelion*, where you will pass olive groves and apple orchards.

Tue, 21.10.2014

Volos/Greece, from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs

Wed, 22.10.2014

Cruise through the Corinth Canal

The passage between the steep rock walls of the narrow Corinth Canal is a unique highlight. The BREMEN is one of few ships capable of navigating this passage and will bring you to Corfu – and Homer’s roots – in breathtaking fashion.

Thu, 23.10.2014

Kerkira/Corfu, from 6.00 to 13.00 hrs

Whilst exploring the Achilleion and the city of Corfu*, let your “Expedition Knowledge” fade away in the golden autumn light.

Fri, 24.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 25.10.2014

La Goulette (Tunis)/Tunisia, arrival 6.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Tunis – Germany

*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:



Expedition Knowledge: a kaleidoscope of cultures

On this “Expedition Knowledge” around the Black Sea, you will

experience a spiritual adventure. Experienced experts such as journalist

Alexander von Sobeck will enhance your knowledge and enrich your

experience with presentations and discussions on the present, past,

culture and politics, including on the following topics:

  • More for Putin? Russia and its interest in the region
  • The Yalta Conference: Germany’s fate in Crimea
  • Ethnic mosaics: the traces of a uniquely diverse population
  • Sochi between the Olympic Games and World Cup – opportunity or risk?
  • From ancient states to Orthodox monuments to the majesty of the tsars: cultural treasures tell great stories