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Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure

Be immersed in the remarkable history, rich cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Black Sea, as visits to five stunning cities in five different countries affords chances to discover world-famous landmarks, taste authentic flavours, seek-out areas of exceptional scenic beauty, and much more.

In unmistakable Istanbul, step back to the days of Ottoman rule at the glittering Topkapi Palace and fascinating Hagia Sofia; marvel at the mighty Blue Mosque; sample traditional Turkish delight and sweet Baklava; and experience the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar. A tour from Sochi offers a visit to a Russian tea plantation on tour, to taste the local brew and see how locals harvest it, while some of Georgia’s most spectacular subtropical gardens, national parks and wine valleys await discovery from Batumi. Show less

In the Ukraine, revel in Odessa’s melting pot of western European-influenced architecture, culture and art, and perhaps explore the city’s underground network of labyrinth-like, 17th century Catacombs. For a magical end to your Black Sea discovery, opt for a boat tour of Romania’s Danube Delta, a bird haven of peaceful marshlands and waterways, from Constanta.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ll get to experience the best of the Mediterranean on this incredible 28-night adventure too. Visit Gibraltar and enjoy grandstand views from the top of the ‘rock’; and sail into the magnificent Grand Harbour of Valletta, the 16th century walled capital of Malta and a treasure trove of Baroque architectural gems. Ancient Greek wonders also will reveal themselves; Piraeus is your starting point for exploring engrossing Athens, home of legendary ruins and temples such as the 2,500-year-old Parthenon and Agias Apostoli, while Olympia – the home of the Olympic Games – is within reach of Katakolon. Cities on Spanish shores will delight too. There’s time in the sun-kissed Menorcan city of Mahon and Cádiz, with its gorgeous coastline, ancient sites and traditional tapas bars. What’s more, to complement your time ashore to explore, Balmoral will also guide you through narrow straits and passages, including the Darnanelles and Bosphorus, for hours of unforgettable scenic cruising too.

This incredible 28 night adventure departs Dover on 27th September 2022, returning 25th October 2022. Please contact Cruise Connections for further details.

What's Included?

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning

  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more

  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks

  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music

  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym

  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day

  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)

  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point

  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

About Your Ship

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

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