On board MS BREMEN from Catania to Istanbul

A multi-ethnic sea in its purest form

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“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
Cruise number: BRE1419

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

Itinerary

Sun, 28.09.2014

Scheduled flight Munich – Catania
Catania/Sicily, departure 21.00 hrs

Mon, 29.09.2014

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 30.09.2014

Cruise through Corinth Canal

Masterpieces set in stone
Your “Expedition Knowledge” begins in a fantastic fashion with a cruise through the needle’s eye that is the Corinth Canal. Few ships can navigate the canal – narrow and breathtaking passage between steep walls of rock. You will never escape your awe.

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.
Alternatively, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Safranbolu*:

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”
The famous Russian spa city of Sochi, venue of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and football World Cup in 2018, will also win your heart with oleanders and citrus trees growing against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus. Explore the “Nice of Russia” on a city tour* and gain insights into the traditions of tea cultivation on Mr Kosman’s tea plantation*, which has its roots in the tsar era. Be absorbed in the natural wonders around Sochi on a walk in Sochi National Park*.

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
Istanbul/Turkey, arrival 6.00 hrs
scheduled flight Istanbul – Germany

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

following:

  • 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