Mykonos, Gallipoli & Essence of the Black Sea

15 Days
Istanbul to Athens (Piraeus)
From (GBP)
£ 6,121
Dates & Pricing

2023 Istanbul > Athens (Piraeus)

Turkey has it all, explore Bartin, Sinop and Trabzon, before the fascinating location of the Black Sea makes for a truly spectacular opportunity to visit five countries all at once. Stop in Batumi, experience Sochi’s natural, historic and cultural beauty as it exudes from the beautiful Russian resort city and find out why Odessa is named the Ukraine’s Pearl of the Black Sea. Enjoy day trips to the Romanian town of Sulina, home to one of the most important ports on the Danube, and Varna, Bulgaria’s cosmopolitan maritime capital. Discover the historic Turkish battle sites of Çanakkale and be swept up in the east-meets-west vibe of Istanbul, before a wonderfully relaxing conclusion to your cruise in sun-soaked Mykonos.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
E01E
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Istanbul
Return City:
Athens (Piraeus)

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Istanbul, Turkey

    Your Black Sea cruise starts in the historic city of Istanbul, where you’ll board your luxury superyacht.

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    Topkapi Palace and cistern (extra expense, must be pre-booked)*

    Please book your flight to arrive into Istanbul prior to 03:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Bartin, Turkey

    Located on the edge of the Black Sea in Turkey, Bartin is the prefecture of the eponymous province. The calm city of timbered houses has an history that dates back to 1200 BC.

    Included Excursion

    Discover Bartin and Amasra

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Sinop, Turkey

    Sinop is one of the most beautiful natural harbours on the Black Sea coast. The 13th century Alaeddin Mosque, the Alaiye Medresse, the Balatlar Church as well as the old prison converted into a museum are of interest in the city.

    Included Excursion

    Historical Sinop prison and city tour

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Trabzon, Turkey

    Founded by Greek traders and once an important stop on the Silk Road became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries and a trade gateway to Persia in the southeast and the Caucasus to the northeast.

    Included Excursion

    City tour of Trabzon

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    Sumela mountain monastery (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Batumi, Georgia

    The city’s name comes from the location of its first settlement, on the left bank of the Bat River. Batumi is an attractive city and popular resort. 

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    Adjara traditions, cuisine and wine (extra expense)

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    Highlights of Batumi and visit to the Botanic Gardens (extra expense)

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    Petra Fortress and home visit (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Sochi, Russia

    Sochi is famous for a wide-ranging variety of attractions, both natural and historical-cultural: mountain canyons and underground caves, relict forests and nature reserves, waterfalls and lakes, cottages of famous people and museums - the list is endless.

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    Sochi panorama and Stalin’s Dacha (extra expense)

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    Hiking in the Western Caucasus (extra expense)

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    Russian Tea ceremony (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - At Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Odessa, Ukraine

    In contrast to other cities in the former Soviet Union, the "Pearl of the Black Sea" features a warm Mediterranean climate and cafe society feel. It is the third most populous city of Ukraine and a major tourism centre, seaport and transport hub located on the north western shore of the Black Sea.

    EmeraldPLUS

    Palaces of Odessa with private recital

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    Secrets of the underground Odessa (extra expense)

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    Cognac Workshop (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Sulina, Romania

    Due to her strategic position on the Black Sea, Sulina port was one of the most important ports on Danube. The waters of the Danube, which flow into the Black Sea, form the largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas. 

    Included Excursion

    Danube delta safari

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Varna, Bulgaria

    Bulgaria’s third city and maritime capital, Varna is the most interesting and cosmopolitan town on the Black Sea coast. A crossroads between the Middle East and Western Europe, its wealth is also due to the fact that it has been a well-known summer tourist destination since ancient times.

    Included Excursion

    A guided tour of Varna

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    Visit the botanical gardens and Palace of Romanian Queen in Balchik (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Nessebar, Bulgaria

    Originally a Thracian settlement, it became a Greek colony at the beginning of the 6th century BC. But the peninsular town possesses more than the remains of an assortment of iconic and historic eras.

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    Art and history tour (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Istanbul, Turkey

    Turkey’s economic, cultural and historic centre, Istanbul connects Europe and Asia, something evident from the wonderful east-meets-west vibe. Learn about its cultural heritage from architectural masterpieces and enjoy strong culinary diversity.

    Included Excursion

    Istanbul city tour

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Istanbul

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    Turkish Baths (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Canakkale, Turkey

    In the Marmara region of north-western Turkey, the Çanakkale Province is a destination of all-round intrigue. From the historic battlefields of Troy and Gallipoli, to the serenity of beautiful beaches, unique local food and wineries. 

    Included Excursion

    Guided tour of ANZAC cove and Gallipoli peninsula

    EmeraldACTIVE

    Guided bike tour of Canakkale

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Mykonos, Greece

    Named after Apollo’s grandson, this cosmopolitan Greek island in the heart of the Cyclades is built on myth and legend. Clear blue skies, renowned beaches and whitewashed windmills make it the perfect port stop.

    Included Excursion

    Walking tour of Mykonos

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Athens, Greece

    Today you’ll disembark and be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

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    Athens city tour with visit to the Acropolis (extra expense, must be pre-booked)*

    Please book your flight to depart out of Athens after 11:00 AM.

    *This DiscoverMORE is only available in conjunction with pre or post cruise accommodation. For guests not staying at our preferred hotel, own arrangements will need to be made to reach the meeting point of the DiscoverMORE.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Emerald Cruises cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 14 nights on board your superyacht
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Cruises Tour Manager
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Discover Bartin and Amasra
  • Historical Sinop tour and prison
  • Guided tour of Trabzon
  • Danube delta Safari
  • Guided tour of Varna
  • City tour of Istanbul
  • Anzac Cove and Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Walking tour of Mykonos

EmeraldPLUS
  • Palaces of Odessa with private recital

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided bike tour of Istanbul
  • Guided bike tour of Canakkale

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 41 superb meals including 14 Breakfasts (B), 13 Lunches (L), 14 Dinners (D)
  • Including a Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on board

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