The cruise in which the Fidelio takes part is a 13-day tour of Ukraine that begins in the Crimean resort city of Yalta. For three days, guests will stay in the fabulous city of Yalta, visiting such attractions as the stately Livadia Palace, the Renaissance-styled imperial summer home where in 1945, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill met to discuss the post-War division of Europe.
One of the most picturesque yet least discovoered cruise routes in Europe lies along the shores of the Black Sea. With our luxury ship you will be explore the in-shore beauty of Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Greece, while enjoying the signature 'too-good-to-be-true' service of the ship's crew
The Black Sea has been the waterway crossroads of its region since the time of the ancient Greeks. Jason and the Argonauts regarded its shores as the edge of the known world, the transition between their culture and those of the Scythians, and later between the Eastern Roman Empire and the barbarian world. As such, it has been a place of mystery since perhaps the time of Noah’s Ark (the legend of the deluge is said to have been born on its shores).
Today, the beaches of the Black Sea, so well beloved by the people of Eastern Europe, are slowly becoming known as special holiday stomping grounds for those from the West. A mix of various types of exotic sights line its shores, from the minarets and palaces of Turkey to the Orthodox domes and castles of Ukraine. Russia and Georgia compete against each other for the more adventurous tourists, as the former develops Sochi into an Olympic venue, and the latter builds Adjara into a subtropical paradise. The beaches of Romania and Bulgaria continue to draw central Europeans as they always had, even at the height of the Cold War.
Golden Ring Cruises provides a spectacular introduction to not only the Black Sea, but also the Greek Isles in the Aegean Sea, with the sailing of the world-class 290-meter long Celebrity Constellation in a grand figure-eight out of Istanbul. From Crimea’s most glorious city, Sevastopol, to the beautiful Bulgarian coastal city of Burgas, to the idyllic Mykonos islands, and finally to Athens and Ephesus on the Greek mainland, this stylish ship, rated 16th best of all medium-sized cruise vessels in the world, provides an elegant and entertaining way to see this part of the seven seas before it joins the ranks of the most popular cruise routes.
Of course, the real advantage of booking your cruise with Golding Ring 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, following a week or two on a beautiful Eastern Mediterranean Sea adventure, have then traveled northward 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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