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Turkey/Georgia/Bulgaria

Odyssey at Sea: The Best of the Black Sea

Embark on an epic adventure delving into the storied past of the Black Sea as you explore Turkey, Georgia, and Bulgaria.
Program No. 23513RJ
Length
12 days
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4,399
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Turkey/Georgia/Bulgaria

Odyssey at Sea: The Best of the Black Sea

Embark on an epic adventure delving into the storied past of the Black Sea as you explore Turkey, Georgia, and Bulgaria.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,399
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Length
12 days
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Starts at
4,399
Special Offer
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Program No. 23513RJ

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Oct 9 - Oct 20, 2022
Ship Inside 4,399
Ship Outside 4,999
Ship Balcony 6,899
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Aug. 10, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

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Ship Inside Ship Outside Ship Balcony
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Accommodation Details

A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.

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Accommodation Details

A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.

A representative picture of a cabin in this category.
Accommodation Details

A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

Oct 9 - Oct 20, 2022
Ship Inside 5,399
Ship Outside 5,999
Ship Balcony 8,399
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Aug. 10, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

At a Glance

Turkey, Georgia and Bulgaria — 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 the Aegean Odyssey!
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…

  • Discover two Istanbul gems with a local expert, the breathtaking Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Blue Mosque.
  • Set off on a field trip to Varna’s Archaeology 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.
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Keith Muras
Keith Muras served the British Foreign Office focusing on security and intelligence dimensions of international issues. During his service, he moved to Moscow, working in the former Soviet Union in the depths of Cold War. Keith gained first-hand experience and became expert on the Soviet KGB and its activities. In his 23-year career, worked and travelled extensively in support of foreign policy objectives, focusing on countering the threat from domestic and international terrorism and espionage. Keith and his wife now live quietly in rural England.

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

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Keith Muras served the British Foreign Office focusing on security and intelligence dimensions of international issues. During his service, he moved to Moscow, working in the former Soviet Union in the depths of Cold War. Keith gained first-hand experience and became expert on the Soviet KGB and its activities. In his 23-year career, worked and travelled extensively in support of foreign policy objectives, focusing on countering the threat from domestic and international terrorism and espionage. Keith and his wife now live quietly in rural England.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Istanbul: The Imperial City
by John Freely
Whether you call it Byzantium, Constantinople, or Istanbul, the “old Turkish hand” John Freely tells the story of each creation and decline up to today’s Istanbul under the Turkish Republic. Spirited and colorful, Freely gives his readers a lively account of the turmoil each incarnation brought. In addition to “page turning history”, Freely gives a complete listing of monuments & museums in the city - he has lived there for decades. This is the one to read on Istanbul if you have a short list of books and limited time to get into its history.
Turkey: A Modern History
by Erik J. Zürcher
A revised edition looks at Turkey's modern day changes and continuations into a capitalist and modern world. Focuses on the 1950s and forward, Zürcher focuses on politics, military, human rights issues, Turkey's relationships with Europe and the West and their ambivalent relationship with the Middle East.
Ataturk: A biography of Mustafa Kemal - Father of Modern Turkey
by Lord Kinross
Kinross tells the story of Ataturk in such an engaging way that you stay glued to the page. Beginning with his birth in 1881 in Salonika, Greece, during the usual Balkan struggles, the book traces his youth through his early education and military service. Along the way Kinross reveals the experiences that formed Ataturk’s rebel spirit, leads you through the evolution of his hatred for the rich, the corrupt, and the abusive religious and political classes. He takes you onto the battlefield where Ataturk’s leadership and inspiration routs the Greeks who invaded Turkey in the aftermath of W.W.I. Kinross takes you step by step through the formation of a new, secular Republic, free of domination by Sultans, Moslem Caliphs or foreign countries, and describes how Turkey secured a place among nations. You’ll learn of Ataturk’s commitment to equality for all people, men and women alike, and how he lead the new Turkish nation westward by adopting the western alphabet overnight, creating a new Turkish language, and provided free education for all. A “must read” in order to understand present-day Turkey’s struggle to maintain the secular principles Ataturk established.
Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey
by Anastasia M. Ashman, Jennifer Eaton Gokmen
As the Western world struggles to comprehend the paradoxes of modern Turkey, Tales from the Expat Harem reveals its most personal nuances. This illuminating anthology provides a window into the country from the perspective of thirty-two expatriates from seven different nations—artists, entrepreneurs, Peace Corps volunteers, archaeologists, missionaries, and others—who established lives in Turkey for work, love, or adventure. Through narrative essays covering the last four decades, these diverse women unveil the mystique of the “Orient,” describe religious conflict, embrace cultural discovery, and maneuver familial traditions, customs, and responsibilities. Poignant, humorous, and transcendent, the essays take readers to weddings and workplaces, down cobbled Byzantine streets, into boisterous bazaars along the Silk Road, and deep into the feminine stronghold of steamy Ottoman bathhouses. The outcome is a stunning collection of voices from women suspended between two homes as they redefine their identities and reshape their world views.
Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
by Stephen Kinzer
A passionate love for the Turkish people and an optimism that its ruling class can complete Turkey's transformation into a Western-style democracy mark Kinzer's reflections on a country that sits geographically and culturally at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Kinzer, the former New York Times Istanbul bureau chief, gives a concise introduction to Turkey: Kemal Ataterk's post-WWI establishment of the modern secular Turkish state; the odd makeup of contemporary society, in which the military enforces Ataterk's reforms. In stylized but substantive prose, he devotes chapters to the problems he sees plaguing Turkish society: Islamic fundamentalism, frictions regarding the large Kurdish minority and the lack of democratic freedoms. Kinzer's commonsense, if naeve, solution: the ruling military elite, which takes power when it feels Turkey is threatened, must follow the modernizing path of Ataterk whom Kinzer obviously admires a step further and increase human rights and press freedoms. Kinzer's journalistic eye serves him well as he goes beyond the political, vividly describing, for instance, the importance and allure of the narghile salon, where Turks smoke water pipes. Here, as elsewhere, Kinzer drops his journalist veneer and gets personal, explaining that he enjoys the salons in part "because the sensation of smoking a water pipe is so seductive and satisfying." Readers who want a one-volume guide to this fascinating country need look no further.
The Crimean War: Then and Now
by David R. Jones
A vast collection of photos, gathered by Dr. Jones over a number of years and several visits to the Crimea, juxtaposed beside original paintings and photographs of the Crimean War reveals a unique visual records of one of the most important conflicts of the 19th century in the European continent.
Harem - The World Behind the Veil
by Alev Lytle Croutier
The author left Turkey at age 18 for the US, returning 15 years later to visit her birthplace and family. Intrigued upon learning that her grandmother had lived in a harem, she interviewed aunts and other family members about their recollections. About that same time (mid 1970’s) the Harem of Topkapi Palace was opened to visitors. With thoughtful research and richly illustrated, Croutier pieces together a realistic description of daily life in the Sultan’s Harem. Her fascinating insights into customs, food and ceremony of the Palace through 450 hundred years, make this an enjoyable read. The addition of family photographs and an amusing chapter about Western misconceptions of the term “harem” sets this work apart from all other books of its kind.
The Black Sea, A History
by Charles King
A history of the region of the Black Sea by Charles king, that investigates the numerous connections that have made the crossing point of the Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East a place in which religious communities, linguistic groups, empires and states met and co-existed for centuries.
Eyewitness Guide Turkey
by Eyewitness Guides
Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact book is a thorough overview of Turkey, its history, traditions, cultures and sights. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.





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