BLACK SEA SIGHTS & TURKISH DELIGHTS

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Nessebar, Bulgaria

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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

wine

walking

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Nessebar, Ancient Nessebar & Wine Tasting
Join your guide to see some of ancient Nessebar’s finest sites that earned the town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. View the exquisite examples of local medieval architecture, represented by The churches of Christ Pantocrator and St. John the Baptist. Pass by the tiny Blessed Savior and continue to the agora, where the ruins of the Old Metropolitan Church are proudly standing. You will discover the winding cobbled paths and have time to take a moment at the small square, surrounded by wooden houses, dating to the 19th century. Enter the New Metropolitan Church (also known as St. Stefan's Church) and enjoy the colors of its murals. You will leave Nessebar for a 17-mile drive to the Pomorie wine cellar. Being one of the oldest wineries in Bulgaria, it houses 100 oak casks where wines of local and international brands are maturing. After a short guided tour in the winery, leave the casks and join a wine-tasting session, supervised by the winery's experts. Taste two reds and two white wines in the open air restaurant, located on the very rim of the Black Sea. In the end, you will have an opportunity to purchase the wine of your choice if you so desire.

Please note:  This tour includes a considerable amount of walking on uneven and cobblestone lanes. There will be at least 60-90 steps to negotiate at the beginning of the tour.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  These destinations are not wheelchair accessible.


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5.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

dining

walking

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Nessebar, Celebrating with the Locals
Come along and take part in the celebrations of one of the most cherished Bulgarian holidays – the 24th of May, day of the Slavonic alphabet, created by the brothers Cyril and Methodius, celebrated by all people engaged in education – scholars, teachers, students. Following a 50-minute drive, you will arrive in Burgas, where preparations are already taking place. Visit the main church in town, bearing the name of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Then, follow your guide through the city center, where school children are lining up for the forthcoming procession. Pick your viewing spot and watch the colorful procession. Follow the crowds to the Maritime Park, where traditionally concerts and performances are held in the open-air theater. Walk down to the pier, a symbol of Burgas, and enjoy the wonderful views revealed. After all the excitement and hustle, sit back and relax in one of the best restaurants in town, enjoying a delicious lunch and lovely atmosphere.  

Please note: This tour involves considerable walking on flat paved terrain, with about 30 steps to negotiate throughout. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


price $115
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5.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

wildlife

walking

dining

concierge
Nessebar, Concierge Collection: Via Pontica Birdwatching Tour
Depart Nessebar for a 30-mile drive to Burgas and the nearby Nature Conservation Center (Poda), where you will have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with some of the 290 bird species inhabiting the area. There is no other Bulgarian city, surrounded by three lakes of different salinity and the Black Sea, which together form a natural bird habitat all year round. Poda shelters the only mixed colony of the Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Black-crowned Night Heron, Grey Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret and Purple Heron along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Being the westernmost coastal point of the Black Sea, the area is also part of the Via Pontica migratory route of the birds.  Your visit to the center will begin with an orientation talk about the conservation work of the center, its history and present day activities. Your hosts will introduce the bio-diversity of the local ecosystem and the most interesting and rare birds spotted in this territory. Next, have your cameras and binoculars ready and step outside on the terrace to view some of the 50 bird species that have chosen Poda as their nesting place. Continue with a guided walk along the shore to explore even more birdwatching opportunities.  Reboard your private vehicle, and continue to yet another birdwatching spot, where you may see even more species and enjoy a light picnic style lunch.

Please note: This tour involves walking on flat unpaved terrain, with some gravel and sand and about 20 steps to negotiate. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Birdwatching equipment is provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own if available.


price $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

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Nessebar, Taste of Bulgaria
Today’s tour offers you the opportunity to explore some of ancient Nessebar’s finest sites and glimpse into the traditions and customs of the Bulgarian people. Begin with a walk in Old Nessebar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, viewing the exquisite examples of local medieval architecture, represented by the churches of Christ Pantocrator and St. John the Baptist. Pass by the tiny Blessed Savior and continue to the agora, where the ruins of the Old Metropolitan Church are proudly standing. Enter St. Stefan’s Church with its colorful murals, covering an area of 7,535 square feet.  Board your coach and continue inland to reach a complex exhibiting the lifestyle and traditions of the Bulgarian family from the past century. You will see an old watermill whose wheel is still turning after more than a century of operation and a private chapel with beautiful wood carved iconostasis and colorful murals. You will have the opportunity to taste traditional Bulgarian specialties, and to observe a cooking demonstration of the famous Bulgarian banitsa – cheese and egg pastry pie. Round off your Bulgarian experience with a folklore performance by a local ensemble, introducing you to their rhythm, music, dance, traditional costumes, and haunting bagpipe sounds.      

Please note:  This tour includes a considerable amount of walking on uneven and cobblestone lanes. There will be at least 60-90 steps to negotiate at the beginning of the tour.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.

price $99
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2 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco

walking

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Nessebar, Town Walk
Replete with narrow, cobblestone lanes, quaint houses, and churches of various styles and architecture, the entire Old Quarter of Nessebar has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your sightseeing walk will visit impressive churches, which are the heart of the unique atmosphere of the town.  Step inside the Church of St. Stefan, built at the end of the 10th century. Its exquisite colorful murals cover 7,535 square feet of the walls, and the amazing collection of iconostasis icons reveal its great artistic and archaeological value. Proceed on through the narrow streets of two-storied period houses, with stone-built ground floors and protruding wooden upper floors, small town squares, and quaint shops. See the 4th century Old Metropolitan Church, situated on the highest spot of the peninsula. Enjoy the profusion of sidewalk vendors offering up a wide array of art work and handicrafts.  Stroll down to the main gates of the old town, viewing along the way the churches of Blessed Savior, St. John the Baptist, and Christ Pantocrator. By the main gates the Archaeological Museum is situated, housing chronologically arranged halls displaying jewelry, coins, ceramic pottery, statues, plaques, and a magnificent collection of icons. On completion of your tour you can choose to follow your guide back to the quayside or remain in town. 

Please note:  This tour includes a considerable amount of walking on uneven and cobblestone lanes. There will be at least 60-90 steps to negotiate and none of the buildings are wheelchair accessible.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


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Odessa, Ukraine



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

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Odessa: Catacombs 
Boarding your coach, you will embark on a scenic drive into Odessa's surrounding countryside, passing small villages, farms and gardens as you journey to the village of Nerubaiskoe. Originally established as a southern Cossack military settlement at the end of the 18th century, it is here where you will gain entrance to the impressive labyrinth of famed underground catacombs that stretch far beneath the local landscape. The catacombs were first made in order to provide the city of Odessa with limestone for its buildings. Odessa and its surrounding environs are considered to have the largest network of underground tunnels in the world. Escorted by your guide, you will take a fascinating walk into the catacombs and stop at the WWII command post that was used by the Soviet Army as part of the resistance effort. Before leaving Nerubaiskoe you will also visit the local museum which includes among its many artifacts, a recreation of the WWII resistance headquarters. Return to Odessa to continue your tour at Shevchenko Park. In the park you will walk along Alley of Glory to view the Unknown Sailor Memorial and the eternal flame to those who fell, defending Odessa - the hero-city during the World War II.

Please note: This tour is not advised for guests with limited mobility or people who suffer from claustrophobia. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable shoes and a light jacket as the temperature in the catacombs is considerably lower than the temperature outside.


price $79
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

walking

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Odessa: Jewish Heritage
This fascinating tour is one of the best ways to become acquainted with Odessa's magnificent historical, architectural and cultural heritage. Starting off from the pier, it's a short drive to the Catherine's Square with a photo stop at the monument to Catherine the Great – the founder of Odessa. Walk to the lovely chestnut tree-lined Primorsky Boulevard, a much revered location for tourists and local Odessans alike. On this guided walking tour, you'll discover the boulevard's allure in its numerous inviting benches and magnificent, panoramic views of the harbor and sea, including the City Hall, the highly cherished monument to the Duc de Richelieu, the fabulous Odessa Opera House. One of the boulevard's most illustrious sights is the renowned Potemkin Steps, originally known as the Boulevard Steps. Built in 1837 and extending 465 feet, the steps are arguably the very best place to view the sparkling waters of the bay and the bustling port. Also seen is the Pushkin Monument which honors the once-exiled famous poet. Rejoining your coach, you'll travel to the Old Main Synagogue. This now active synagogue was revived following the end of the Soviet era. Next, you'll travel to Holocaust Monument for a photo stop. Proceed for a visit to the local Jewish restaurant for refreshments in traditional style. Your final stop before returning to the ship will be the unique Museum of History of Odessa Jews opened in 2002 as a private museum. The exhibition describes a 200-year period of the Jewish community in Odessa (from fragments of tombstones of pre-Odessa time till photos and publications of late 1990-early 2000). Then you will go back to port.

Please note:  This tour is wheelchair accessible.  Foreign currency is accepted, credit cards are not used.  Order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunglasses, cap, umbrella, photo and video equipment. Wear modest clothing to enter the synagogue.


price $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

wine

walking

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Odessa: Odessa Grand Mansions and Wine-tasting
Your guided walking tour will begin with a short transfer to Catherine's Square with a photo stop at the monument to Catherine the Great – the founder of Odessa. Continue your walk to the lovely chestnut tree-lined Primorsky Boulevard, a much revered location for tourists and local Odessans alike where you will embark on a guided walking tour. One of the Boulevard's most illustrious sights is the renowned Potemkin Steps, originally known as the Boulevard Steps. Built in 1837 and extending 465 feet, the steps are arguably the very best place to view the sparkling waters of the bay and the bustling port. Continue along Primorsky Boulevard and stroll by the 19th century estate of Mikhail Vorontsov before stopping at a small square between the bridge and Gogol Street. You will walk along the so-called Mother-in-Law Bridge via Shakh's Palace which embodies a Medieval fortress. Next, you will visit Scientists' House that was formerly owned by Count M. Tolstoy. This stunning, yet petite mansion, built for Tolstoy in 1832, includes a picture gallery designed by Felmer, one of the architects of the Odessa Opera House. You will visit Odessa Philharmonic, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It is considered an outstanding architectural masterpiece that creates the inimitable façade of the Southern Palmira. It is deservedly included to the Top-10 of the most interesting sights in the city. Enjoy the musical performance in the small hall of Odessa Philharmonic. Next, you will have wine tasting of Ukrainian wines in the Odessa famous restaurant Bernardazzi.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible and requires walking and climbing steps so is not advised for guests with limited mobility.  Foreign currency is accepted, credit cards are not used.  Order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunglasses, cap, umbrella, photo and video equipment.


price $159
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Sochi, Russia



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

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Sochi, Panorama & Olympic Park
Enjoy a guided drive around Sochi viewing the Russian Orthodox Church of Michael Archangel, Art Square, and the Winter Theatre before traveling to the renowned Matsesta Spa, one of Sochi's oldest and most popular sulfur-springs spas that’s housed in a palatial building. The word Matsesta literally means "fire water" and was named so by the ancient Adygs. The waters here are said to contain over 27 minerals, including sulfur, iodine, and bromine, and are considered to be therapeutic for the treatment of several medical conditions.  Drive to a local restaurant for refreshments. Then take the astounding journey along the highway—part of the Olympic legacy—that crosses the breathtaking canyons and gorges to the Olympic mountain venues. Upon arrival, hop on an Olympic Park golf-car and ride to see the Olympic venues, including the Fisht Stadium, the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Iceberg Skating Palace, the Shayba Arena, the Adler Arena Trade and Exhibition Center, the Ice Cube Curling Center, the Main Media Center, and the first circuit hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Russia.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring your sunglasses, umbrella, and photo or video camera. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $99
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

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Sochi, Panorama, Stalin’s Dacha, Olympic Park
Enjoy a guided drive around Sochi viewing the Russian Orthodox Church of Michael Archangel, Art Square, and the Winter Theatre before traveling to the renowned Matsesta Spa, one of Sochi's oldest and most popular sulfur-springs spas that’s housed in a palatial building. The waters here are said to contain over 27 minerals, including sulfur, iodine, and bromine, and are considered to be therapeutic for the treatment of several medical conditions. Take a short scenic drive around Sochi up into the lush green hills that overlook the city’s pebble-strewn beaches. Here, nestled amongst towering California pine trees, you’ll find the imposing 2-story villa that was once Joseph Stalin's secret dacha. The subdued grey-green color of its imposing façade was intentional, serving to camouflage it from prying eyes, unfriendly visitors, or possible artillery attacks from the sea. Built in 1937, this stately residence with its shaded verandahs is now open to the public and serves as a remarkable and historic hotel for well-connected visitors to Sochi. The villa remains nearly as it was in Stalin's time, with most of its original fixtures still in place. There’s even a life-sized wax image of Stalin, seated at his desk, before a silver inkpot that was presented to him by Mao Zedong. You will appreciate the magnificent views from the roof of the Radisson Blue hotel during refreshment. Hop on an Olympic Park golf-car and ride to see the Olympic venues, including the Fisht Stadium, the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Iceberg Skating Palace, the Shayba Arena, the Adler Arena Trade and Exhibition Center, the Ice Cube Curling Center, the Main Media Center, and the first circuit hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Russia.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring your sunglasses, umbrella, and photo or video camera. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $129
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8 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

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Sochi: Krasnaya Polyana
The world-famous Krasnaya Polyana settlement lies only 30 miles (50 km) away from the seashore of the warm Black Sea, up in the Caucasus Mountains, in the valley of the beautiful Mzymta River, and on the way to this fantastic place.  You will enjoy the drive along the mesmerizing highway crossing mind-blowing canyons and gorges. You will pass through the city along a scenic highway and make the first stop in the gorge of Ah-Tsu, where the warm air of the coast and fresh mountain air form a healing cocktail. Next, the bus will continue to Rosa Khutor - the heart of the resort of Krasnaya Polyana. There you will transfer to a cable car and, accompanied by a guide, you will rise to a height of  7,612 feet (2320 meters) above sea level. From the panoramic platform at the top, a breathtaking view of the Caucasus Mountains and Olympic infrastructure can be seen. After the descent from the top you will be treated to a delicious lunch in a restaurant. At the end of lunch, you will visit the ethnographic park My Russia. On the territory of 3.3 hectares, 11 thematic pavilions are located, demonstrating the architecture of the Russian regions: the Caucasus, Suzdal, Central Russia, Moscow, Krasnodar Region, St. Petersburg, Russian North, Kazan, the Urals, Siberia and Buryatia. “Russia is in miniature,” our guests affectionately say. Here, at the fair, you can buy unique traditional utensils, haberdashery, souvenirs, art products, jewelry and much more.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring your sunscreen. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $199
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8 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

dining

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Sochi: Russian Tea Houses, Stalin’s Dacha & Olympic Park
On this tour you will learn about the history of creating, building and developing Sochi as a large balneal resort. Take a 60-minute drive to the Uch-Dere Tea Plantations where you will hear a short talk by the local agronomist about tea growing in Russia.  You will participate in a tea tasting ceremony at the Russian Tea Houses and enjoy a folk show.  You will have a 45-minute drive to the historic city center of Sochi and see the Winter Theatre, the Sea Port, Primorsky Boulevard, and the health resorts resembling magnificent palaces. Next stop will be Joseph Stalin's Dacha, then it’s a 45-minute drive along the picturesque coastal highway to Sochi to discover the Sochi Olympic Park where you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Then board golf-cars for a ride around Olympic Park. You will see the Olympic venues (the Fisht Stadium, the Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Iceberg Skating Palace, the Shayba Arena, the Adler Arena Trade and Exhibition Center, the Ice Cube Curling Center, the Main Media Center) and the first circuit hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Russia. You can take memorable pictures by the Olympic Cauldron on the Medals Plaza Square, the Wall of Champions, the Olympic Rings, and in front of the Olympic venues. You are bound to get unforgettable memories and beautiful photos!

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring your sunglasses, umbrella, and photo or video camera. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $239
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5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Sochi: Stalin’s Dacha & Russian Tea Houses
Among towering California pine trees, you will find the imposing 2-story villa that was once Joseph Stalin's secret dacha. The subdued grey-green color of its imposing facade was intentional, serving to camouflage it from prying eyes, unfriendly visitors or possible artillery attacks from the sea. Built in 1937, this stately residence with its shaded verandahs is now open to the public and serves as a remarkable and historic hotel for well-connected visitors to Sochi. The villa remains nearly as it was in Stalin's time, with most of its original fixtures still in place. There is even a life-sized wax image of Stalin to be found here, seated at his table before a silver inkpot that was presented to him by Mao Zedong.
Leaving the dacha you'll next travel to the Russian Tea Houses in Uch-Dere Village. One of Sochi's renowned tea plantations is your destination today and upon arrival, an agronomist will give a highly informative talk about the history of Russian tea growing. Time will be allotted to capture some memorable photos from this picturesque location before proceeding to the tea chalet for a treat of some delicious Russian tea. As you relax and enjoy your tea and homemade sweets, a troupe will entertain you with a lively folkloric performance. Then you drive back to the seaport.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring your sunglasses, umbrella, and photo or video camera. Order of sites visited may vary.


price $129
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Istanbul, Turkey



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

walking

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Istanbul, Bazaars of Istanbul
This is a great opportunity to visit the most famous and unique bazaars of Istanbul. After a short panoramic drive to the old city, your first visit will be the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. Built in 1663, the Spice Market is still the 2nd-largest covered bazaar in Turkey and it is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic herbs and all the spices of the East including cardamom, turmeric, saffron, rose water and much more. Then, you will continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 64 streets. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered bazaar in Turkey, with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. You may also enjoy a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return to the ship..

Please note: All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $39
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

sightseeing

boating

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Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise & Grand Bazaar
This relaxing tour features a motor yacht cruise along the Bosphorus, during which you can discover the history of this fascinating city.  Take a short scenic drive to embark on your private motor yacht to sail on the famous Bosphorus waterway, from where there are excellent views of the Asiatic and European shores. Magnificent 19th century palaces are dotted along both banks and, as you cruise along, enjoy views of the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and the few remaining towers of the Anadolu Hisar. Passing beneath the great Bosphorus Bridge, you will be rewarded with the sight of curving domes and rising minarets, wrapped in a hazy veil. Istanbul has one of the loveliest skylines in the world and is without doubt a city built to be appreciated from the water. A refreshment of coffee, tea or a local soft drink will be served during your cruise. Then, you will continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 64 streets, with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. You may also enjoy a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return to the ship.

Please note: All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. Wear comfortable walking shoes. this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.


price $79
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5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

unesco

essentials
Istanbul, Byzantine Treasures of Istanbul
A scenic drive will take you across the Galata Bridge into the heart of Istanbul, where the historic area of Istanbul was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. You will see Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and Constantine Column which are remaining from the original Hippodrome. Next, you will visit one of the greatest buildings in the world: St Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during the reign of Emperor Justinian (AD 537) and remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The great dome, the semi-domes, the north and south tympana and the vaults of the narthex, aisles and gallery were all covered with gold mosaics, many of which are still intact today.  You will visit the Underground Cistern. This amazing underground cavern measures roughly 210 feet wide and 420 feet long, with a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water. The 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern were salvaged from pagan temples destroyed during the Roman Empire’s conversion to Christianity. Then, you will continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 64 streets and more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. You may also enjoy a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving.

Please note:  All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. The covered section of the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays; shopping will take place in stores just outside the Grand Bazaar. Professional photography and flash are not allowed.


price $79
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

concierge
Istanbul, Concierge Collection: Private Half Day Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1 - 10 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $699
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2.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing

concierge
Istanbul, Concierge Collection: Turkish Bath Experience
Your scenic drive will take you through the old town to reach your destination of relaxation, Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Turkish bath. It was built by Mimar Sinan by order of Hurrem Sultan, wife of Suleyman the Magnificent, near Hagia Sophia in the 16th century (1556 – 1557). The building is in the shape of a classical period Ottoman bath and is a type of double bath. Women and men sections were built on the same axis in this bath for the first time, which was a new idea in Turkish bath architecture. You’ll be welcomed in the Hammam Square and directed to the changing room and provided with takunya (wooden sabots) and pestemal (loincloth). Relax on the marble ‘kurna,’ a marble platform, to help you unwind, before being taken to the heated ‘gobektasi’ for a rub down massage and bubble bath. The steamy atmosphere and relaxing rub down will help your mind and body drift away in the fantastic surroundings of authentic Turkish interiors.

Please note: Minimum age is 6 years. Male and females bathe in separate areas. Towels will be provided and a thin bath towel will be available to wear in the bath over swimwear if you choose. Guests must be physically fit for this tour with no breathing or cardio problems. A Turkish bath is a hot and steamy environment.  


price $239
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8 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

dining

unesco

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Istanbul, Highlights of Istanbul
A scenic drive will take you across the Galata Bridge into the heart of Istanbul, where the historic area of Istanbul was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor.  Next, visit Blue Mosque, also known as The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, a true study in color. It displays a multitude of domes and over 20,000 shimmering blue Iznik tiles in more than 50 different tulip designs, and 216 stained glass windows, on the interior. After a short walk, you’ll enter the awe-inspiring Topkapi Palace Museum, a huge walled complex that hugs the Bosphorus and is displaying an extraordinary collection of art, artifacts, and jewels, including the famed Topkapi Diamond. The windows promise breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara. A delightful lunch, featuring Turkish specialities and beverages, will be served in a local restaurant. You will taste delicious Turkish cuisine cooked in Ottoman and Turkish styles. Arrive at Hagia Sophia, also known as St. Sophia, the Church of Holy Wisdom with its rich mosaics and marble pillars and coverings. You will continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 64 streets. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. You may also enjoy a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving.

Please note: Modest attire is required; when visiting the Blue Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, which will be provided at the Mosque. Shoes must be removed to enter mosque(s). Shoe bags will be provided for mosque visits. Blue Mosque is undergoing a major restoration inside and areas may not be open to visit. Lines to enter may also be long. There is ongoing restoration of the Topkapi Palace, which may result in some exhibits being closed. Professional photography and flash are not allowed. All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic.  


price $169
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8.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

dining

walking

sightseeing

unesco
Istanbul, Istanbul Deluxe Part I
A scenic drive will take you across the Galata Bridge into the heart of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The historic area of Istanbul was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986.  You’ll see the Byzantine Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life, and monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor. From there it is a short walk to the Blue Mosque. This incredible monument was completed in 1616 and is a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. Nearby is the Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans. The palace consists of courts, pavilions, mosques, fountains.  Lunch will be served at Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet. You will eat traditional Turkish cuisine in a lovely atmosphere.  After lunch, you will visit the famous St. Sophia Museum, built during Emperor Justinian’s reign in AD 537. St Sophia’s dome was then the largest in the world and it remained the greatest church in Christendom for centuries. Next, visit the magnificent Underground Cistern, built during the reign of Justinian. This 6th century subterranean water reservoir feature a ceiling supported by 336 Corinthian columns and is known as the Underground Palace. Last, you will visit the world famous Grand Bazaar. You may also enjoy a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return to the ship.

Please note: This excursion can be taken as a standalone tour but for the best experience should be combined with Istanbul Deluxe Part II—an unforgettable combination and by far the best way to fully experience this marvelous city. Modest attire is required; when visiting the Blue Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, which will be provided at the Mosque. Shoes must be removed to enter mosque(s). Shoe bags will be provided for mosque visits. Blue Mosque is undergoing a major restoration inside and areas may not be open to visit. Lines to enter may also be long. There is ongoing restoration of the Topkapi Palace, which may result in some exhibits being closed. Professional photography and flashes are not allowed. Expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul. All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $179
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

culture

walking

unesco

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Istanbul, Ottoman Wonders
A scenic drive will take you across the Galata Bridge into the heart of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The historic area of Istanbul was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Your first stop on this fascinating tour will be at the Blue Mosque, named for its richly adorned interior of magnificent Iznik tiles. Next, you will visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace - residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. This setting provides a magnificent view. As the imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. Then, you will continue to the famous Grand Bazaar, where you will explore some of its 64 streets. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered bazaar in Turkey, with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs are all sold in its small shops. You may also enjoy a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return to the ship.

Please note: Expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul. Modest attire is required; when visiting the Blue Mosque, knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered and women must cover their head with a scarf, which will be provided at the Mosque. Shoes must be removed to enter mosque(s). Shoe bags will be provided. Blue Mosque is undergoing a major restoration inside and areas may not be open to visit. Lines to enter may also be long. There is ongoing restoration of the Topkapi Palace, which may result in some exhibits being closed. Professional photography and flash are not allowed. All tours in the Old Town require considerable walking, as it is closed to traffic. The covered section of the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays; shopping will take place in stores just outside the Grand Bazaar.


price $79
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

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Istanbul, Palaces of Istanbul
After boarding your motorcoach at the pier, make the short journey to the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace. Stretching over 1,960 feet on the shore of the Bosphorus Straight, the palace stands as a symbol of glamour and decadence of the Ottoman Empire of the 19th century. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the Palace, explaining the many sumptuous and magnificent details. Built for the Sultan Adbulmecit and his family, the Palace is considered the grandest of all the Ottomon imperial palaces and boasts 43 large salons, a 4.5 ton Bohemian crystal chandelier and a glass façade that measures over 3,000 feet long.  Your next destination will be the stunning Beylerbeyi Palace. Built between 1861 and 1865, Beylerbeyi was used by Sultan Abdul Aziz as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state. Designed in an ornate Baroque style the palace features 26 rooms, 6 sitting rooms, a valide sultan room (used for the mother of the sultan) and 2 bathing pavilions - one for the men and the other for the sultan's harem. On your tour you'll marvel at the extravagant pool and fountain that resides inside the reception hall, the large Bohemian crystal chandeliers and the intricately woven Turkish carpets.  At the conclusion of your tour, you will return to the ship.

Please note: Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Flash photography is not allowed in the Palaces; a fee applies to all video and still cameras. There are approximately 52 steps inside the Beylerbeyi Palace. Protective over-shoes will be provided at Beylerbeyi Palace entrance for use inside.  


price $69
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Athens, Greece



5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Airport
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.



price $125
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

unesco

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Athens, Acropolis & New Museum Tour & Transfer to Windstar Hotel
The ancient remains of Athens constitute one of the brightest jewels of the Mediterranean. The Ancient City and the Acropolis have been kept fairly intact. You will see perhaps the most famous temple of the Ancient City, the Parthenon. Walking up a winding path towards the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will pass through the Propylaea, which is the entrance to the Acropolis and see the Erechtheum Temple, built between 421-405 B.C. and famous for its exquisite attention to detail. You will also see the Porch of the Caryatids, (or Porch of the Maidens), in the distance. Reinforced by man, the natural fortress of the Acropolis stands 230 feet above the city. You cannot help but be impressed by the wide-sweeping view below. The intent of the new Acropolis Museum is to house every artifact found on the archaeological site.  You will see the unsurpassed quality of the masterpieces of ancient Athens, including the entire sculpted decoration of the Parthenon as it was on the building. You will see many architectural phases and thousands of finds that provide valuable insight into the everyday activities of ancient Greece.

Please note:  There is no shopping stop organized but guests can explore the shops at the Acropolis. The path up to the Acropolis is winding and may be challenging for those with mobility issues.


price $125
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

concierge
Athens, Concierge Collection: Full Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 4-6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1049
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

concierge
Athens, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $575
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

concierge
Athens, Concierge Collection: Half Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 4-6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $680
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