Europe & Baltic Cruises
(Black Sea Cruise)
Begin and end your first cruise journey in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul, formerly known as both Byzantium and Constantinople, megacities of the ancient world. Sail to Ukraine where you'll uncover Yalta - full of fortresses and palaces, Sevastopol - with its naval warfare importance, and Odessa - known as the "Pearl of the Black Sea". You'll continue to Romania's Constanta, which dates back more than 2,500 years, initially founded by the Greeks as a fishing village. Sail to Bulgaria to explore Nesebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring an amazing mix of historic Greek and Roman architectural remains. All these on a luxury Silversea Cruise with private butler & private tours in Isttanbul.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
Boasting a wonderful location, the Sultanhan Hotel (4*) is a warm guest house reflecting Turkish hospitality, authentic décor, and oriental east culture. Located on one of the most popular streets in Istanbul, Sultanhan Hotel is close to the tram stop and all the major attractions in the city. The hotel is within walking distance of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Archaeology Museum, Obelisks, Suleymaniye, underground cistern, and the covered bazaar.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with a private guide who will show you the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, and Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans. The Harem section of Topkapi Palace is not included.
In Istanbul, enjoy a port transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll overnight at port this evening.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The newest vessel in the Silversea family, Silver Spirit offers the distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle Silversea guests adore, plus enticing enhancements including Stars Supper Club, an Asian-themed restaurant, an expansive 8,300-square-foot spa, a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and the largest suites in the Silversea fleet — 95% with private verandas. The Silver Spirit offers guests comfortable and spacious accommodations where you can relax, or alternately, the many facilities on board like the casino, beauty salon, pool deck, boutique shopping offer guests entertainment and indulgence aplenty.
This morning you'll have an early departure from Istanbul, making the northeastern voyage across the Black Sea to Yalta.
The Port of Istanbul is the most important one in the country. The old port on the Golden Horn serves primarily for personal navigation, while Karaköy port in Galata is used by the large cruise liners. Istanbul is a major highlight for any cruise in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, with ships arriving in from the Marmara Sea, past the Princes' Islands and Golden Horn to dock at the start of the Bosphorus strait, between Asia and Europe. The main cruise ship ports used in Istanbul are usually on the European side of the city, about 30 mins from the Old City.
Yalta is a 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. Yalta has a beautiful embankment along the Black Sea. People can be seen strolling there all seasons of the year, and it also serves as a place to gather and talk, to see and be seen. There are several beaches to the left and right of the embankment. The city also has a drama theater, plenty of restaurants, and an open-air market.
Sevastopol is a port city in Ukraine, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimea 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. Attractions include the Chersonessos National Archeological Reserve, The Panorama Museum and the The Black Sea Fleet Museum.
Odessa is a major seaport located on the shore of the Black Sea. Local attractions include; Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, Tolstoy Palace, Vorontsov Palace, Novikov Palace, Potocki Palace (Fine Arts museum) and Gagarin Palace (Literary museum). It is also known for its huge outdoor market, the Seventh-Kilometer Market, the biggest market of its kind in Europe. It has an international airport, and passenger ships and ferries connect Odessa with Istanbul, Haifa, and Varna.
Constanta is the oldest living city in Romania, founded around 600 BC. The city is located in the Dobruja region of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. One of the largest cities in Romania, Constanta 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.
Nesebar is an ancient town and one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, located in Burgas Province. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" and "Bulgaria's Dubrovnik", Nesebar is a rich city-museum defined by more than three millennia of ever-changing history. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations and seaports on the Black Sea, and its abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to include Nesebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.
This morning you'll arrive back in Istanbul, where you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
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