Few vacation options have so few visitors and so many interesting places as do cruises in the Black Sea. Considering how cruising in the Black Sea, with all the beautiful coasts to see, has been appreciated since Jason and the Argonauts sought out the Golden Fleece, it is surprising that Black Sea cruises are not as yet among the best known of vacation options. But for travelers in search of a unique experience, Black Sea cruising presents a perfect opportunity.
A Black Sea cruise along the north shores presents one of the greatest vacation spots in the world, the Crimea. As a getaway for Russian Emperors since Catherine the Great, its mountainous shores feature beautiful beaches set below incredibly dramatic heights. Only here could a fantasy neo-Gothic castle like the Swallow’s Nest work so well, set on the edge of the Aurora Cliffs.
Sharing the same shoreline on an average Black Sea cruise are the Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Kherson. Both the sites of ancient Turkish fortifications intended to protect the shore from “barbarian Russians,” both cities became leading ports when the Russian Empire stretched south. Since 1991, the two cities have shared the distinction of being leading Ukrainian ports for Black Sea cruises, gateways to one of the most unique cultures of Europe.
Black Sea cruising along the western shore brings visitors to the Balkan countries of Romania and Bulgaria, favorite beachside vacation spots for Eastern Europeans since the height of the Cold War. The beautiful sands of Burgas are particularly ready for luxury Black Sea cruise visitors to enjoy. East of the Black Sea, Russia and Georgia are preparing to compete with their own unique coastal resorts, with Sochi to the north of the Caucasus, and Adjara to the south. Of course, the lengthy coasts of Turkey likewise provide plenty of exotic sunny escapes, not only for cruising in the Black Sea, but also the Mediterranean shore. And few cities in the entire world are as spectacular as the two-continent metropolis of Istanbul.
Of course, one of the biggest advantages to booking your Black Sea cruises with All Russia Cruises is the ability to seamlessly transition your vacation from ship to shore with fantastic tour extensions into Russia. After all, how many people do you know can say they followed up their cruises in the Black Sea with a journey north to see beautiful Kiev, or followed the route of the Varangians northward from Moscow to the Baltic shore at St. Petersburg by high-speed rail, or extended their travel adventure a further week with luxury travel on the Trans-Siberian? You will truly have plenty to tell after you return home.
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