From the Golden Horn into the great inland sea of myths and legends, this is a journey through history. The great salt-water Black Sea has seen settlements on its shores for nearly 3000 years. It is an area that has witnessed many empires and more than its fair share of wars and invasions, from the time of Herodotus to the fall of the Soviet Empire. Scythians, Greeks, Persians, Romans, Goths, Huns, Vizigoths, Arabs, Khazars, Vikings, Poles, Seljuk Turks, Crusaders, Venetians, Mongols, Tartars, Genoese, Russians, Cossacks and the wars of the 19th and 20th centuries, have all greatly influenced the surrounding lands making the Black Sea one of the most fascinating and historically rich regions in the world.
We are indeed fortunate in having the 44-passenger MV Harmony to explore this fascinating region. Entering the Black Sea we will visit some delightful and fascinating places in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine including three calls on the Crimean Peninsula. Such a journey as this would be totally impractical by any means other than a cruise. In just ten days we will have seen and learnt so much. Whether your interest lies in ancient or military history, architecture, literature, contemporary politics or just in visiting some of the most atmospheric and fascinating places on earth, the Black Sea has a lot to offer. Local guides and our onboard guest speaker will contribute greatly to our enjoyment and understanding of this intriguing corner of the world where east meets west.