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Turkey/Ukraine/Romania/Bulgaria

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
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,199
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Turkey/Ukraine/Romania/Bulgaria

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.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,199
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23513 RJ

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

May 4 - May 15, 2022
Ship Inside 4,199
Ship Outside 4,799
Ship Balcony 6,699
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by March 31, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 9 - Oct 20, 2022
Ship Inside 4,399
Ship Outside 4,999
Ship Balcony 6,899
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by March 31, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside Ship Outside Ship Balcony
A representative picture of a cabin in this category.
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.

May 4 - May 15, 2022
Ship Inside 5,199
Ship Outside 5,799
Ship Balcony 8,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by March 31, 2022 for free air from many cities! Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

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

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by March 31, 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, 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!
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.
  • 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 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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Alexander Motyl
Alexander J. Motyl is professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, as well as a writer and painter. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, USSR, nationalism, revolutions, and empires, he is the author of seventeen books of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. His paintings have been exhibited in major cities and are collected in two museums. A native New Yorker, Prof. Motyl received his doctoral degree in political science from Columbia University in 1984. He is ranked among the “Top Ten Most Influential Political Scientists Today.”

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

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Alexander Motyl View biography
Alexander J. Motyl is professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, as well as a writer and painter. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, USSR, nationalism, revolutions, and empires, he is the author of seventeen books of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. His paintings have been exhibited in major cities and are collected in two museums. A native New Yorker, Prof. Motyl received his doctoral degree in political science from Columbia University in 1984. He is ranked among the “Top Ten Most Influential Political Scientists Today.”
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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.
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David Braund View biography
David Braund has been a professor of Black Sea and Mediterranean history at the University of Exeter since 1996. His main focus is the relationship between classical cultures of the Mediterranean and the north, across Europe and Asia. David combines traditional classical studies with archaeology, anthropology, and reflections on current events. He has taught at various universities over the years, including Cambridge, and was a research fellow at Oxford. In addition to the classical languages, he is fluent in Modern Greek, Russian, and Georgian.
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.
The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution
by Marci Shore
Exploring the winter of 2013-2014 this intimate book gives a first hand look at the Ukrainian Revolution. Collections of true stories from soldiers who fought to children who lived through it, Shore looks to the past to understand the revolution and also the future as they had hoped to make it.
The Museum of Abandoned Secrets
by Oksana Zabuzhko
Following 60 years of Ukrainian history, Zabuzhko weaves a dramatic tale of multiple generations and the secrets that refused to remain hidden. Though fiction, the story helps those who read it better understand the dim days of World War II up until the eve of the Orange Revolution.





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