A golden past and a sophisticated present: enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere mixing turbulent history and modern lifestyle on the coast of the Black Sea.
from Istanbul to Istanbul
|Cruise dates:||from 07.05.2016 to 14.05.2016 (7 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA 2|
| Cruise number:|| EUX1611|
This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]
Find out more about the city bridging two continents with our pre-cruise programme*. The EUROPA 2 will sail through the Bosporus and into the Black Sea as a prelude to your cruise.
Like an island of stone, the old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – lies in the middle of the sea. Wander through narrow cobbled alleys past original wooden houses and visit St. Stefan Church as well as boutiques and handicraft shops.
A Mediterranean climate, majestic manors and vast parks: Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics and one of the venues of the World Cup in 2018, is known as the “Russian Nice”. Come face-to-face with the turbulent past in the rooms of Stalin’s holiday home*, which have all been restored to their original condition. The hiking tour through the Agura gorge* promises to be a fascinating experience.
Following famous steps: ascend the Potemkin Stairs which lead directly onto the majestic Primorsky Boulevard. Or descend into the catacombs of Odessa* and explore a section of the vast tunnel labyrinth. A cultural highlight: an evening at the opera*.
International labels and the boutiques of national fashion designers line Deribasovskaya Street in Odessa. A stone’s throw away: the “Europe” shopping centre with a great selection of fashion, accessories and gourmet food.
Overwhelming: enter the trendy metropolis on the Bosporus in a sea of evening lights. Enjoy the night life before your cruise comes to an end the next day. Alternatively, stay a little longer in one of the most exciting cities in the world with our post-cruise programme*.
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.
* The pre- and post-cruise programmes and shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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