Circumnavigation of the Black Sea Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Small Ship Cruises, Guided Group
Destinations:
Turkey, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia
Programmes:
Small Ship Cruises
Trip Code:
ZVB
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

14 Days Land only
Min age: 17

Trip Overview

Centuries of history come to life on this epic voyage around the legendary Black Sea. This region is renowned for majestic scenery, varied wildlife, and rich cultural traditions. Voyage to all six counties ringing this inland sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria—and discover busy bazaars, archaeological treasures, and stunning landscapes that are home to a multitude of hidden cultural gems.

Our leaders on this tour have visited this region numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, culture, and wildlife of this intriguing corner of Europe. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see.

Trip Highlights

  • Choose from several tours highlighting Istanbul's wealth of historic sites and architectural treasures.
  • Enjoy an energetic performance of traditional dances in Georgia while sampling local wines.
  • Explore the grand city of Odessa, with splendid examples of elegant 18th- and 19th-century architecture, including a tour of the magnificent Opera House.
  • Cruise through the winding canals of the Danube River Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, as we search for over 200 species of birds.
  • Wander through a wealth of well-preserved Ottoman architecture in Safranbolu.

Is This Trip for You?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You must be able to walk distances of one to three miles, unaided, over sometimes uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones, and climb stone steps that at times may not have handrails. Opportunities will also be available for optional hikes requiring more exertion.

Airfare
You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Instanbul and Istanbul/home city. Please contact our in-house Air Department for fare quotes, reservations, or other air-related questions.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
17
Max group size:
160

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Istanbul
End City:
Istanbul

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ISTANBUL, TURKEY

    Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the Pera Palace Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before our welcome dinner and briefing.

    Accommodation: Pera Palace Hotel

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    EXPLORE ISTANBUL

    Choose from several tours that reveal the highlights of this legendary city, including the Sultanahmet district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All tours will include lunch, after which, there is leisure time to explore on your own. Return to the Pera Palace Hotel this evening for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Pera Palace Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    ISTANBUL / EMBARK LE BOUGAINVILLE

    After breakfast, several guided tours will be available, offering a more in-depth exploration of the city. Or, choose a morning at leisure with lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, board Le Bougainville and cruise toward the Black Sea up the scenic Bosporus, a strait which runs through the center of Istanbul.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    BARTIN / SAFRANBOLU

    From the port at Bartin, travel inland to Safranbolu, a World Heritage Site. Once an important center of saffron production and stopover for Silk Road caravans, Safranbolu boasts a wealth of well-preserved Ottoman architecture. A walking tour visits the marketplace as well as a mosque, traditional house, and Turkish hammam that date back to the 16th century. Enjoy lunch in a converted Ottoman caravanserai, with free time to explore on your own before returning to the ship in Bartin.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    SAMSUN / AMASYA

    From the port of Samsun, drive inland to Amasya, former capital of the kingdom of Pontus during the third century BC. Explore the photogenic alleys lined with 19th-century Ottoman-era houses, the ethnographic museum, and an Islamic seminary. Enjoy lunch overlooking the town and Pontic Tombs.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    TRABZON / SUMELA

    Ancient Greeks settled in Trabzon along a branch of the Silk Road from Asia. A highlight of our visit is a morning drive in the countryside to see the 13th- and 14th-century Byzantine Sumela Monastery, perched dramatically on a cliff face in the monastic tradition of Greek Orthodox architecture. Meet with a local expert who will share details on the extensive project to restore the magnificent interior frescoes to their former glory. Then take a stroll through this stunning alpine setting that is also a national park. This afternoon, explore the 13th-century Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine church with exquisite frescoes, and spend some free time wandering through Trabzon.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    BATUMI, GEORGIA

    Today the ship docks in the charming port of Batumi. Visit the colorful farmers market and take a relaxing walk through the lovely Botanical Gardens. After lunch on board, take a short drive to the ruins of ancient Gonio Fortress, which dates back to the first century AD. Return to Batumi for a dinner of regional delicacies and Georgian wines at a local restaurant, accompanied by a fantastic folk performance of traditional music and energetic dances.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    SOCHI, RUSSIA

    This Russian mineral-spring resort community with a sub-tropical climate is sometimes called the Russian Riviera. This morning, explore the town with a special visit to Stalin’s dacha. Well-hidden among trees on the outskirts of town, this house was a favorite summer retreat for the infamous leader.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    AT SEA

    Attend lectures today and enjoy the passing scenery during a relaxing day at sea.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    ODESSA, UKRAINE

    Odessa’s European-Russian heritage is evident as we ascend the Potemkin Steps to explore cobblestone streets lined with shady plane trees. Explore the compact central district’s spectacular architecture, including monuments, statuary, parks, and ornate 19th-century gems such as the Opera House and Gagarin’s Palace. We also visit one of the country’s oldest archaeological museums, housing an extensive collection of Ukrainian artifacts ranging from the Paleolithic age to the medieval period. Enjoy free time this afternoon to stroll the graceful boulevards, with the option to dine ashore on your own.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    DANUBE RIVER DELTA, ROMANIA

    The Danube is Europe’s second longest river as well as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Take a walking tour of the small port of Tulcea and visit the Danube Canal Museum and Danube Ecologic Museum. Then, board a local boat to explore this wetland habitat looking for over 200 species of birds, including pygmy cormorants, purple herons, white-tailed eagles, and Dalmatian pelicans.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 12

    HISTRIA / CONSTANTA

    Histria was Romania’s earliest-founded city and flourished as an extraordinary trading center, later to be abandoned and swallowed by alluvial deposits and sand. The site has been under excavation since its rediscovery in 1914. We walk through fascinating seaside ruins, tour the new museum, and spot birds in this wetland environment. Next we explore Constanta where we tour the archaeological museum and view one of the largest Roman mosaic floors in Europe. In the late afternoon, enjoy wine tasting and a cultural performance on board.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 13

    VARNA, BULGARIA

    The modern port city of Varna was once the Greek colony known as Odessos. We disembark in the morning and visit Varna’s archaeological museum that chronologically traces the progress of human society in the region over the course of millennia, and includes the oldest worked gold in the world. We also explore the extensive remains of the 2nd-century Roman thermae, or public baths, which make up the largest Roman ruins in Bulgaria. Or take a tour of the Balchik Botanical Gardens and Aladzha Rock Monastery. Reboard the ship for lunch as we sail toward Turkey.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    ISTANBUL, TURKEY / DISEMBARK

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for homeward flights.

    Tour ends here.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Le Bougainville

Le Bougainville features innovative and environment-friendly equipment, elegantly designed suites, and lounge areas that open to the outside. All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, while public spaces include an underwater lounge, as well as a pool, outside bar and dining area, theater, single-seating dining room, panoramic lounge, sun deck, salon, and a spa and fitness room. Le Bougainville carries a fleet of Zodiacs.

GENERAL

  • Six decks of guest facilities.

- Deck 0 (not pictured in deck plan)
– Blue Eye Underwater Lounge.    
- Deck 3 – guest suites, reception, main lounge, pool, outdoor bar and dining area, boutique, theater, and doctor’s office.
- Deck 4 – guest suites and restaurant.
- Deck 5 – guest suites and bridge.
- Deck 6 – guest suites, panoramic lounge, and outdoor seating.
- Deck 7 – guest suites, sun deck, outdoor seating, salon, spa and fitness room.

  • Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
  • Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.

SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, with two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, a well-appointed   en suite bathroom, closets, desk, IpodTM players, small refrigerator, flat-screen TV, personal safe, hair dryer, bath robes, French toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
  • Category 1, 2, 3, and 4 suites are 19 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 4 square metre private balcony.
  • Category 5 suites are 27 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 6 square metre private balcony.
  • Category 6 suites are 32 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 8 square metre private balcony.
  • Suites are 45 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 30 square metre private patio. The owner’s suite is the same size as the suites and features a Jacuzzi on the private balcony.

DINING

  • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
  • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style.
  • Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.  
  • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

SERVICES

  • Le Bougainville carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted.
  • The Euro is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.
  • Wi-fi access is available throughout the ship. Rates are posted.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

What to Take

Practical Information

Passport

Turkey

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Russia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Romania

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Bulgaria

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Ukraine

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Georgia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Turkey

From 2 March 2020, nationals of Great Britain, the European Union Schengen area, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland travelling to Turkey for tourist or business purposes will no longer need a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. If you’re travelling before 2 March, you will still need a visa.

Russia

All nationalities require a visa for Russia. These requirements will vary depending on your nationality. For British nationals visa applications must now be made in person at a visa processing centre, located in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. At the time of application, fingerprints will be taken. We will be providing a new type of service to assist with the application process; however we will no longer be able to submit the application on your behalf. It is your responsibility to arrange a visa prior to travel, but we will provide you with more information after booking to help and advice with this. The cost of the visa is currently GBP108.40. For more information please click here

Please note: The visa application takes approximently 20 working days. You can arrange for your passport to be posted back to you or returned to the visa processing centre to collect it in person. There is a £20pp charge to create an invitation letter if any pre or post tour accommodation is not booked with Exodus.

 

Romania

Bulgaria

Ukraine

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Georgia

Visas are not required for Georgia for UK passport holders, EU, Canadian and US nationals. Check with your travel agent or with the embassy for other nationalities.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Turkey

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Russia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever.

Romania

There are no specific health risks.

Bulgaria

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Georgia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Ensure all primary courses and boosters are up to date for life in your home country. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Tetanus.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Turkey's Timezone:
Europe/Istanbul +03 (GMT +03:00)
Russia's Timezone:
Europe/Moscow MSK (GMT +03:00)
Romania's Timezone:
Europe/Bucharest EEST (GMT +03:00)
Bulgaria's Timezone:
Europe/Sofia EEST (GMT +03:00)
Ukraine's Timezone:
Europe/Kiev EEST (GMT +03:00)
Georgia's Timezone:
Asia/Tbilisi +04 (GMT +04:00)

Electricity

Turkey's Electricity:

Standard European Adapter required.

Russia's Electricity:

Russia uses European standard two pin plugs.

Romania's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Bulgaria's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Ukraine's Electricity:

Standard European two pin plug

Georgia's Electricity:

European style two-pin Type C (Europlug) electrical plug is used. Voltage is 220-240 volts.

Money

Turkey's Currency

The national currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRL), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2019) of approximately 7.1 to the GBP, 5.7 to the USD, 4.3 to the CAD, 6.3 to the EUR, 3.9 to the AUD and 3.6 to the NZD.

There are no restrictions on the import of Turkish currency, though local exchange rates are invariably better than those in the UK. The exchange does fluctuate quite considerably, so it is best to check just before departure.

Russia's Currency

The national currency of Russia is the Russian Rouble (RUB), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 80 to the UK£ and 65 to the US$.

There are no restrictions on the import of currency, (subject to the maximum of US$ 3000 equivalent which may be brought into the country without declaration); though local exchange rates are invariably better than those in the UK. The exchange rate does fluctuate considerably, so it is best to check just before departure.

Romania's Currency

The national currency of Romania is the Romanian Lei (RON), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (February 2019) of approximately 5.3 to the GBP,  4.1 to the USD, 3.1 to the CAD, 4.7 to the EUR, 2.9 to the AUD and 2.8 to the NZD.

Bulgaria's Currency

The national currency of Bulgaria is the Bulgarian Lev (BGN), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 2.2 to the GBP,  1.7 to the USD, 1.3 to the CAD, 1.9 to the EUR, 1.3 to the AUD and 1.2 to the NZD.

 

Ukraine's Currency

The national currency of Ukraine is the Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 31.87 to the UK£ and 25.61 to the US$.

Georgia's Currency

The national currency of Georgia is the Lari (GEL), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 3.2 to the UK£ and 2.4 to the US$.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.