April 22–May 5, 2014
Admire Istanbul's magnificent Hagia Sophia before boarding Variety Voyager for an exciting Black Sea journey. From the Turkish port of Samsun, drive to Amasya, capital of the kings of Pontus from 333 to 26 b.c. Tour Trabzon's Old Town, and step ashore in Batumi, Georgia, to explore the ruins of ancient Gonio fortress. Spend a day on the "Russian Riviera" in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. In Yalta, see Livadia Palace, site of the historic meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. From Sevastopol, visit ancient Chersonesus. Enjoy a private concert in a nineteenth-century palace in Odessa, and fly by chartered plane from Constanta to Suceava to see fabulous painted churches in the Romanian countryside. Discover Nessebar, Bulgaria, before concluding in Istanbul. Optional Istanbul prelude.
Traveling with You: Helen Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art in the Department of Medieval Art. Listen to Helen discuss the cross-pollination that occurs when borders are crossed in her Connections episode, "Borders," and explore her 82nd & Fifth episode, "Cinematic," about a plate depicting the battle of David and Goliath.
Land/Cruise Rates: From $9,995
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Above: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey