Cruise roundtrip from Istanbul, appreciating history's richness and today's complexities, June 19-27, 2015.

*Please note: Princeton Journeys, the tour operator and the ship company are monitoring the political situation in the region and are prepared to make itinerary adjustments should the circumstances so warrant.

It has been at least a half century since the Black Sea region has held the attention of the world as it does today. Join your fellow Princetonians for a seven-night cruise in this important area, in the comfort and safety of the five-star Tere Moana. The itinerary as planned today showcases stunning classic ruins and some of the Black Sea's most intriguing destinations — Istanbul, Safranbolu, Amasya, Odessa*, and Nessebar.

Experience the ebb and flow of European history at the confluence of ancient trade routes, from the magnificent landmarks of Istanbul, the ruins of the sixth-century B.C. Greek-founded town of Nessebar (in current-day Bulgaria) and the architectural influence of Safranbolu, all UNESCO World Heritage sites. From Constanta, Romania, explore Histria and the Danube River delta before returning to Istanbul.

An optional post-cruise extension to Cappadocia will be offered.

About the Study Leader

Michael A. Reynolds *03, Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, will serve as Princeton Study Leader on this program.

His research areas include Ottoman and modern Middle Eastern history, Russian and Eurasian history, the Caucasus, international relations, empire, nationalism, Turkish foreign policy, and US foreign policy. He holds a BA in Government and Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard University, an MA in Political Science from Columbia University, and PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is the author of Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires, co-winner of the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize, a Financial Times book of the summer, and a Choice outstanding title.

Trip Details

  • Dates: June 19-27, 2015
  • Cost: From approximately $5,495 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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