BLACK SEA ADVENTURE

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Black Sea Circle - Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Romania.

Route: Black Sea circle Burgas to Burgas

For some the Black Sea nations are synonymous with conflict and Soviet-era grimness. Fortunately, those days have long passed and the Black Sea nations are charming visitors with their dramatic architecture, vibrant art scene and vivid scenery. Discover the Black Sea countries for yourself during this exciting adventure tour where you can discover the diversity of this countries from bustling cities packed with history to sun drenched islands fringed by white sand beaches and turquoise seas.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive Burgas
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
Burgas is the second-largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the fourth-largest in Bulgaria after Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. It is the capital of Burgas Province and an important industrial, transport, cultural and tourist center. The city is surrounded by the Burgas Lakes and located at the westernmost point of the Black Sea, at the large Burgas Bay.
Regardless of the season, the discos in the city are its trademark for great parties and excitement all the way. These are not just words – the special daily music selections, which include hits, dance and Latino music, as well as the stunning retro parties, are your night refuge from the boredom of the daily life. Relax and enjoy the sweet night life in Burgas.

Day 2 - 3 - Istanbul
We continue our journey by bus to Istanbul where you will have free time to explore the area and discover the contrasts of Turkey's cultural capital. Istanbul is an enchanting fusion of East and West. Narrow alleys are flanked by wooden Ottoman houses while a nearby funky restaurant and bar strip in the down-town area pumps out Turkish pop. There are many great places to explore including, but not limited to, the Blue Mosque, St Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, is nearly 400 years old and still an active mosque that non-Muslims can visit for free outside of the five daily prayers. St Sophia (Hagia Sophia) was built 1,500 years ago and was the largest enclosed space in the world. The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is the oldest and largest closed bazaar in the world, housing around 4,000 shops within 60 alleyways. It used to be the city's main trading centre, but now the bazaar is full of carpets, ceramics, jewellery and leather goods.
After our time in Istanbul we will board an overnight bus to Samsun, a city rich in history.

Day 4 - Samsun
Samsun is a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey. It is the provincial capital of Samsun Province and a major Black Sea port.
To Samsun's west, lies the Kızılırmak ("Red River", the Halys of antiquity), one of the longest rivers in Anatolia and its fertile delta. To the east, lie the Yeşilırmak ("Green River", the Iris of antiquity) and its delta. The River Mert reaches the sea at the city.
Paleolithic artifacts found in the Tekkeköy Caves can be seen in Samsun Archaeology Museum. Pazar Mosque, Samsun's oldest surviving building, a mosque built by the Ilkhanate Mongols in the 13th century; Batı (west) Park is a large park on land reclaimed from the sea, with a recently constructed "Amazon Village"; Haci Hatun Mosque dates from 1694

Day 5 - 6 - Trabzon
After arriving in the afternoon You can explore Trabzon at your own leisure. Trabzon is a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Trabzon, located on the historical Silk Road, became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Iran in the southeast and the Caucasus to the northeast
Trabzon formed the basis of several states in its long history and was the capital city of the Empire of Trebizond between 1204 and 1461. During the Ottoman period, Trabzon, because of the importance of its port, became a focal point of trade to Iran and the Caucasus.
On your second day you will visit the Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Ayasofya Müzesi), a stunning Byzantine church, is probably the town's most important tourist attraction and Uzun Sokak which is one of the most crowded streets of Trabzon. Other sites of the city include: Fatih Mosque, Yeni Cuma Mosque (originally the Agios Eugenios Church), Nakip Mosque (originally the Agios Andreas Church), Hüsnü Köktuğ Mosque (originally the Agios Elevtherios Church), İskender Pasha Mosque, Semerciler Mosque, Çarşı Mosque, Gülbahar Hatun Mosque and Türbe (commissioned by Sultan Selim I), Kalepark (originally Leonkastron).

Day 7 - 8 - Batumi
Batumi is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia. Sometimes considered Georgia's second capital, with a population of 180 000, Batumi serves as an important port and a commercial center. It is situated in a subtropical zone, rich in agricultural produce such as citrus fruit and tea. While industries of the city include shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing, most of its economy revolves around tourism. Since 2010, the face of the city has been transformed by the construction of new high-rise landmark buildings and the renovation of the Old Town. Today you can explore Batumi at your own leisure. Attractions include the Adjara State Museum; Batumi Botanical Garden, started (like the previous) by professor Krasnov (brother of the general Pyotr Krasnov); aquarium; circus; Medea statue and former resort area along the Black Sea coast.

Day 9 - 10 - 11 - Trabzon - Sochi
Today we will board the daily ferryboat in the afternoon to Sochi. Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, situated on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia and Russia. Greater Sochi sprawls for 145 kilometers (90 mi) along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains. Sochi will host the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paraolympic Winter Games in 2014, as well as the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until at least 2020. It is also one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
On your second and third day you can visit Michael Archangel Cathedral, a diminutive church built in 1873–1891 to Kaminsky's designs in order to commemorate the victorious conclusion of the Caucasian War; Arboretum, a large botanical garden with tropical trees from many countries and the Mayors Alley—the line of palm-trees planted by the mayors of different cities of the world and The Riviera Park. The park was established by Vasily Alexeyevich Khludov in 1883 in the part of the city which later became known as Khludovskaya. The park is popular with tourists and local residents alike. It has a variety of attractions, including an outcrop of funny statues and a "glade of friendship" where magnolia trees were planted by every Soviet cosmonaut, among other notables.

Day 12 - 13 - Port Kavkaz - Kerch
Today we will board the daily ferryboat from Port Kavkaz in Russia to Kerch in Ukraine.
Kerch (Ukrainian: Керч, Russian: Керчь, Crimean Tatar: Keriç, Old East Slavic: Кърчевъ, Ancient Greek: Παντικάπαιον Pantikapaion, Turkish: Kerç) is a city on the Kerch Peninsula of eastern Crimea, an important industrial, transport and tourist centre of Ukraine. Kerch was founded 2600 years ago, is considered one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine. Kerch has a number of impressive architectural and historical monuments. Ancient historical heritage of the city makes it attractive for scientific tourism. The most notable of Kerch's sights are: Site of ancient settlement Pantikapaeum (5th century BC–3rd century AD); Tsarskiy Kurghan (4th century BC) - burial mound for one of Bosporian kings; Church of St. John the Baptist (AD 717); Fortress of Yenikale (18th century); The Great Mithridates Staircase leading on top of the Mount Mithridat, contains 428 footsteps, built in 1833–1840 under the guidance of Italian architect A. Digbi; Obelisk of Glory on the Mount Mithridat, built after World War II. On day two i n Kerch You can explore the city at your own leisure.

Day 14 - 15 - Yalta - Sevastopol
We continue our journey by bus to Istanbul where you will have free time to explore the area.
Yalta is a resort city in Crimea, southern Ukraine, on the north coast of the Black Sea. The city is located on the site of an ancient Greek colony, said to have been founded by Greek sailors who were looking for a safe shore on which to land. Famous attractions within or near Yalta are:Yalta's Sea Promenade (Naberezhnaya), housing many attractions and being recently renovated (2003–2004); Armenian Church, built by V. Surenyants; A Roman Catholic Church built by N. Krasnov, a famous Russian architect; Yalta's cable car, taking visitors to the Darsan hill, from which one can see Yalta's shoreline. We will visit also the Livadia Palace and The Swallow's Nest. Livadia Palace was a summer retreat of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and his family in Livadiya, Crimea in southern Ukraine. The Yalta Conference was held there in 1945, when the palace housed the apartments of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other members of the American delegation. Today the palace houses a museum, but it is sometimes used by the Ukrainian authorities for international summits.The Swallow's Nest is a decorative castle near Yalta on the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine. It was built between 1911 and 1912 in Gaspra, on top of 40-metre (130 ft) high Aurora Cliff, to a Neo-Gothic design by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood. The castle overlooks the Cape of Ai-Todor of the Black Sea and is located near the remnants of the Roman castrum of Charax. Swallow's Nest is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Crimea, becoming the symbol of Crimea's southern coastline.
Today we will board the daily bus to Sevastopol.
Sevastopol together with Kronstadt and Gibraltar is one of the most famous naval citadels in Europe. It was founded in 1783 by Rear Admiral Makenzie, in Russian service, as a base for a naval squadron, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula. After World War II, Sevastopol was entirely rebuilt. Many top architects and civil engineers from Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and other cities and thousands of workers from all parts of the USSR took part in the rebuilding process which was mostly finished by the mid-1950s. The downtown core situated on a peninsula between two narrow inlets, South Bay and Artillery Bay, features mostly Mediterranean-style, three-story residential buildings with columned balconies and Venetian-style arches, with retail and commercial spaces occupying the ground level. Some carefully restored landmarks date back to the early 20th c. (e.g., the Art Nouveau Main Post Office on Bolshaya Morskaya St and the Art Museum on Nakhimovsky Prospect). It has been a long-time tradition for the residents of surrounding suburbs to spend summer evenings by coming to the downtown area for a leisurely stroll with their families along the avenues and boulevards encircling the Central Hill, under the famous Sevastopol chestnut trees, and usually ending up on the waterfront with its famous Marine Boulevard.
After our time in Sevastopol we will board an overnight bus to Odessa, a city rich in history.

Day 16 - 17 - Odessa
Odessa is the fifth largest city in Ukraine. The city is a major seaport located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea and the administrative center of the Odessa Oblast. The Museum of Western and Eastern Art is Odessa's most important museum, with large European collections from the 16–20th centuries together with art from the Orient. There are paintings from Mignard, Hals, Teniers and Del Piombo. Alexander Pushkin’s Museum details how Pushkin was exiled for a short period to Odessa and spent a very creative period in the city. The poet also has a city street named after him together with a statue. Other museums in the city include Odessa Archeological Museum and Odessa Numismatics Museum.The city's location on the coast of the Black Sea has also helped to create a booming tourist industry in Odessa. The city's famous Arkadia beach has long been a favourite place for relaxation, both for the city's inhabitants and its many visitors.

Day 18 Constanta
Constanța is the oldest extant city in Romania. It was founded around 600 BC. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. It is the capital of Constanța County and the largest city in the region.
Constanța is now an important cultural and economic center, worth exploring for its archaeological treasures and the atmosphere of the old town center. Its historical monuments, ancient ruins, grand Casino, museums and shops, and proximity to beach resorts make it the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism. Open-air restaurants, nightclubs and cabarets offer a wide variety of entertainment. Regional attractions include traditional villages, vineyards, ancient monuments and the Danube Delta, the best preserved delta in Europe.

Day 19 - Varna, Burgas
We continue our journey by bus to Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria.Varna is the third largest city in Bulgaria, with an area of 205 sq. km. Its situation on the Northern shore of the Black Sea, along with its richness in natural resources make it one of the famous resorts Europe wide, definitely the largest one in the Black Sea region. It also happens to be on the crossroads between Western Europe and the Middle East.
Overnight in Burgas.

Day 20 - Burgas
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today, please confirm with the reception the check out time. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Burgas, Bulgaria
Day 2 - Istanbul, Turkey
Day 3 - Overnight Bus to Samsun
Day 4 - Samsun
Day 5 - Trabzon
Day 6 - Trabzon
Day 7 - Batumi, Georgia
Day 8 - Batumi
Day 9 - Sochi, Russia
Day 10 - Sochi
Day 11 - Sochi
Day 12 - Kerch, Ukraine
Day 13 - Kerch
Day 14 - Yalta
Day 15 - Overnight Bus Sevastopol to Odessa
Day 16 - Odessa
Day 17 - Odessa
Day 18 - Constanta, Romania
Day 19 - Burgas, Bulgaria
Day 20 - Burgas

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Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: 17 night(s) in hotel(s), hostel(s) & guesthouse(s), 2 night(s) on overnight bus(s),
  • Meals: 17 breakfast(s), 1 lunch(es), 2 dinner(s)
  • Excursions: The Sultan Ahmed Mosque - Istanbul, Atatürk Kültür Sarayı (AKM - Palace of Culture), Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, The Sochi Museum of art , The Swallow's Nest and the Livadia Palace in Yalta , The Vorontsov Palace in Odessa and the Genovese Light tower in Constanta.
  • Transport: Train, Car, Minibus, Overnight bus, ferry, taxi
  • Age: 18-60, max. 70 (recommended)
  • Group: Average 8-12
  • Staff: local guides

Exclusions:

  • International flights and departure taxes
  • Domestic flight taxes if applicable
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • Optional excursions

The itinerary listed above is to be used as a guide only. Occasionally we may need to update this document and it may be different to the information printed in our current brochure. Tour leaders may need to make adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances during the tour. It is very important that you visit our website and review a copy of this dossier as close as possible to your departure date in case of changes that may affect your plans. Any last minute changes may also be posted in the latest news section of our website.