11 Reasons to Sail the Black Sea this Fall


Painted church of Modovia by Remus Pereni

We’ve got new experts—and new reasons—to join
“Sailing the Black Sea Aboard Variety Voyager,” September 24 to October 7.

  1. Paul Kennedy, Yale Professor of History
    The Yale historian and best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, has joined as lecturer, bringing a global perspective to strategic issues in the region.
  2. Metropolitan Museum of Art Lecturer
    Elizabeth Milleker, for many years a curator of Greek and Roman art at the Met, will enhance our appreciation of the region’s treasure trove of art, architecture, and archaeology.
  3. The Painted Churches of Romania
    Discover the region’s vibrantly colored churches, painted by artists fleeing the 16th-century fall of Constantinople, on an exclusive excursion by privately chartered plane, including the Voronets Monastery, which has been called “the Sistine Chapel of the East.”
  5. History
    The shores of the Black Sea were colonized by the Greeks as early as 800 B.C.E. Roman rulers, Byzantine emperors, Ottoman sultans, and Russian tsars have all held sway here, reflected in the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites on our itinerary. This is also where Stalin summered (see his villa in Sochi, painted green for camouflage).
  6. Mystery
    The Black Sea is the legendary home of the Golden Fleece sought by Jason and the Argonauts, and of the Amazon warrior women. Some scientists even believe it’s the site of the Great Flood described in the story of Noah’s Ark.
  7. Georgian Wines
    Wine has been produced in Georgia for more than 8,000 years. After setting sail from the country’s fin-de-siécle resort town of Batumi, we’ll enjoy a special tasting of Georgian reds and whites.
  8. Variety Voyager
    With just 36 cabins, our ship—the elegant Variety Voyager—offers the atmosphere, access, and pleasure of a private yacht.
  9. Amazing Vistas
    Drive into the Caucasus Mountains, which have been viewed as a dividing line between Asia and Europe and also contain Europe’s highest peak, Mount Elbrus. With extensive areas of forests, the Western Caucasus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  10. harpist

    Anita Burroughs-Price

    Heavenly Harp Music
    Anita Burroughs-Price, principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony, will join us aboard Variety Voyager to play melodies inspired by Constantinople and Eastern European composers.

  11. “Veni, Vidi, Vici”
    Julius Caesar wrote this famous phrase after his swift conquer of the formidable Kings of Pontus (whom we’ll learn all about during our tour of their capital city of Amasya, Turkey).

Sailing the Black Sea
Round-Trip Istanbul Aboard Variety Voyager

September 24 to October 7, 2015
From $9,995
No single supplement in all cabin categories!

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Rustem Pasha mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul

Academic Arrangements Abroad, together with leading cultural and educational institutions, is proud to offer a diverse portfolio of exceptional trips.
Call us at (800) 221-1944 or email trips@arrangementsabroad.com.

We look forward to having you aboard!


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