Ancient Athens and Treasures of the Black Sea
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Our adventure begins in Athens, home to innumerable wonders. Youll visit the Acropolis – built by the Greeks in the 5th century – and have time to discover the city before we embark on our exploration of the Black Sea. More than simply a body of water; this is a keeper of secrets. Some say its the location of Noahs Biblical flood; others suggest its the site of the lost city of Atlantis.
Day 1 UK – Athens, Greece
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Athens. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel located close to the Acropolis Museum.
Day 2 Athens
This morning well enjoy a tour of Athens, including a visit to the fascinating Acropolis Archaeological site and Acropolis Museum. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. Maybe take a wander around Plaka, the old town and browse the colourful flea market in Monastiraki.
Day 3 Athens – Piraeus
Following a relaxing morning, we transfer to the busy port of Piraeus to embark our ship and floating luxury hotel for the next two weeks.
Day 4 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
The star attraction today is the ancient Roman port city of Ephesus. Once the second largest city in the Roman Empire, its marble-made Arcadian Street stretches from the 24,000-capacity Great Theatre (where St Paul used to preach) to the harbour. Nearby sites include the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean, and the House of Virgin Mary, where Mary is supposed to have spent her last days. This evening we enjoy an unforgettable performance of Bach, Mozart and Brahms from a 12-piece string orchestra at the ancient Odeon in Ephesus.
Day 5 Bosphorus Strait
A day at sea as we traverse the Bosphorus Strait, a natural, strategic waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and onwards through the Aegean to the Mediterranean. As such it is the only sea link between the eastern European countries of the Black Sea and the rest of the world.
Day 6 Varna, Bulgaria
A cosmopolitan city with buried treasure in its past, the Black Sea port of Varna is perfect for strolling, taking in its history and beautiful mix of architecture. Check out the treasure for yourself – the Gold of Varna is on display at the Archaeological Museum – or meander your way around the stunning seaside park. No matter what you do, be sure to sample the regions fabled wines.
Day 7 Constanta, Romania
A cultural and economic centre for over 2,600 years, Constanta holds archaeological treasures. The charming old town centre, historical monuments, ancient ruins, grand casino, museums and shops, and proximity to beach resorts make it a seaside gem that isnt on the map for most cruises. Plus, beautiful Bucharest is just a shore excursion away.
Day 8 Odessa, Ukraine
Founded by Katherine the Great, this brilliant jewel on the Black Sea boasts pastel-hued, neo-classical buildings, the bustling Pryvoz market, and the iconic Potemkin steps. Deribasovskaya Street is a pedestrian paradise with endless shops, cafes and monuments, and the world-renowned Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre is an opulent blend of Viennese, Italian and French architecture.
Day 9 At sea
Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay shipshape with a class at the fitness centre, or lounge the day away on the sunny pool deck.
Day 10 Sochi, Russia
The Russian Riviera Black Sea resort of Sochi lies in a tiny portion of Russia that enjoys a subtropical climate – making it an ideal holiday destination. Though once known for its balmy temperatures and picturesque sunsets, its world debut as the host of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games has made Sochi a year-round hotspot. The vibrant city offers impeccable views, and quick access to the spectacular hiking trails of Agura Valley.
Day 11 Batumi, Georgia
Emerging as one of the most popular destinations on the Black Sea, Batumi wows with its palm-lined promenades, charming Old Town, modern, and eye-catching architecture. Keep your eyes peeled for unique buildings like Alphabet Tower, replicas of the great Alexandria lighthouse and the Acropolis, and even an upside down White House.
Day 12 Sinop, Turkey
A charming city perched on the Black Sea, Sinop has a colourful and tumultuous past thats been carefully documented in the areas many excellent museums. Its also home to stunning views, lively open-air cafes and restaurants, a busy waterfront area, and fortification walls stretching up to 30-metres tall.
Day 13 At sea
A day at sea to relax. In the evening, savour inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C Plus, youll find plenty of evening entertainment, from shows at the Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.
Days 14-15 Istanbul (overnight)
East meets West in the storied city where Europe and Asia meet. Start in Sultanahmet Square and you can easily explore the intricate architecture of Topkapi Palace, the cathedral-turned-mosque-turned-museum of Hagia Sofia, and the brilliant blues of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. You can sample kebabs, mezes and more at the citys endless restaurants and taverns.
Day 16 At sea
A final day at sea as we sail towards Athens. Time to relax on deck with a good book, socialise with new-found friends, and reflect on a memorable adventure.
Day 17 Piraeus – Athens – UK
We disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. On arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.