Odyssey at Sea: The Best of the Black Sea

Embark on an epic adventure aboard our first-ever floating campus, delving into the storied past of the Black Sea as you explore Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
Program No. 23513RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine — history-rich countries on the shores of the Black Sea. Beyond the spectacular coastline of each lurks Cold War mysteries and stories untold, and you’ll dive into their thrilling, hypnotic past with a local expert on an epic learning adventure aboard our first-ever floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey! Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. Make history with us and come aboard for our inaugural season!

For an easy travel experience...

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Istanbul

Experience the lively streets and vast history of Istanbul on an independent exploration with a one-night stay in the heart of the city before your Odyssey at Sea voyage.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Together with a local expert, explore two Istanbul gems, the breathtaking Church of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
  • Explore the highlights of Odessa including a visit to the Shustov cognac factory, complete with a special tasting.
  • Set off on a field trip to Varna’s Archeology Museum, home to the world’s oldest manufactured gold.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Odyssey at Sea: The Greek Isles, Ephesus & Istanbul" (#23587) for even more learning adventures on board the Aegean Odyssey.
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Nigel West
Nigel West is a military historian specializing in intelligence and security issues. In 1989, he was voted The Experts' Expert by a panel of spy writers. He is the European Editor of the Washington D.C.-based International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence and a lecturer at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Va. In 2003, he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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