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Athens (Piraeus) To Athens (Piraeus) - SL220920015 Silver Spirit departing 20 Sep 2022

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Silver Spirit
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
20 Sep 2022
Duration
15 Nights
From / To
Piraeus / Piraeus
Ports of call
Piraeus - Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey - Trabzon - Batumi
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Location Location
 
In In
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Date 20/09/2022
Location Piraeus
In
Out 19:00
Date 21/09/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Calling all skywatchers, umbraphiles and astronomers! Extremely rare and very exciting, a full solar eclipse is a bucket list experience if ever there was one. Scheduled for 4th December, 2021 the next eclipse will take place only in Antarctica and we will be positioned in the small path of totality for maximum effect. This experience is not available for the average cruisers; imagine being surrounded by brilliant light one minute, then complete blackout the next, before enjoying the mysterious shadow-play as we wind back to the blinding white of Antarctica.

Watch how the curious wildlife will react to the eclipse, making sure to note their behaviour and let the onboard naturalist know. Other onboard expedition staff will share their insightful knowledge in order to help you gain a better understanding of this phenomenal phenomenon. As if a trip to the seventh continent was not special enough!

Date 22/09/2022
Location Istanbul, Turkey
In 08:00
Out

A chaotic, colossal collision of east and west – start your day in Europe and end it in Asia, all without breaking a sweat. Sprawling across two continents, the city has been toed, froed and yanked between countless civilisations over its history, leaving a multi-layered, majestic tapestry of culture to untangle. An army of narrow minarets puncture the skyline, while the soaring towers of palaces and labyrinths of bazaars – where bargains are the reward for brave hagglers – fill up this dynamic city of 15 million people. View less

With a rich portfolio of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, Istanbul enjoys one of the world’s most dynamic skylines and has an intense, infectious energy. The vast Aya Sofya is the starting point for exploring this huge city’s deep wealth of cultural treasures. Built in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox church, it was later transformed into an Ottoman imperial mosque – and latterly a museum. Cast your eyes up to take in the full scale of the colossal dome, one of the world’s largest, which floats on a magnificent bed of light. See the Blue Mosque, with its glorious blue İznik tiles, or head to the Galata Tower which was once the tallest structure in Istanbul, and is ideal for a panoramic view of the city. Grab handfuls of dates and spices, shop for jewellery and patterned fabrics as you’re swallowed whole by the Grand Bazaar – one of the world’s biggest and busiest covered indoor markets. To understand Istanbul is to visit its kahvehans. Few rituals are taken as seriously as Turkish coffee – prepared to be incredibly strong. Sweeten the aftertaste with Turkish delight, or baklava – try the smooth pistachio version called kuru baklava.

Date 23/09/2022
Location Istanbul, Turkey
In
Out 18:00

A chaotic, colossal collision of east and west – start your day in Europe and end it in Asia, all without breaking a sweat. Sprawling across two continents, the city has been toed, froed and yanked between countless civilisations over its history, leaving a multi-layered, majestic tapestry of culture to untangle. An army of narrow minarets puncture the skyline, while the soaring towers of palaces and labyrinths of bazaars – where bargains are the reward for brave hagglers – fill up this dynamic city of 15 million people. View less

With a rich portfolio of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, Istanbul enjoys one of the world’s most dynamic skylines and has an intense, infectious energy. The vast Aya Sofya is the starting point for exploring this huge city’s deep wealth of cultural treasures. Built in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox church, it was later transformed into an Ottoman imperial mosque – and latterly a museum. Cast your eyes up to take in the full scale of the colossal dome, one of the world’s largest, which floats on a magnificent bed of light. See the Blue Mosque, with its glorious blue İznik tiles, or head to the Galata Tower which was once the tallest structure in Istanbul, and is ideal for a panoramic view of the city. Grab handfuls of dates and spices, shop for jewellery and patterned fabrics as you’re swallowed whole by the Grand Bazaar – one of the world’s biggest and busiest covered indoor markets. To understand Istanbul is to visit its kahvehans. Few rituals are taken as seriously as Turkish coffee – prepared to be incredibly strong. Sweeten the aftertaste with Turkish delight, or baklava – try the smooth pistachio version called kuru baklava.

Date 24/09/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Calling all skywatchers, umbraphiles and astronomers! Extremely rare and very exciting, a full solar eclipse is a bucket list experience if ever there was one. Scheduled for 4th December, 2021 the next eclipse will take place only in Antarctica and we will be positioned in the small path of totality for maximum effect. This experience is not available for the average cruisers; imagine being surrounded by brilliant light one minute, then complete blackout the next, before enjoying the mysterious shadow-play as we wind back to the blinding white of Antarctica.

Watch how the curious wildlife will react to the eclipse, making sure to note their behaviour and let the onboard naturalist know. Other onboard expedition staff will share their insightful knowledge in order to help you gain a better understanding of this phenomenal phenomenon. As if a trip to the seventh continent was not special enough!

Date 25/09/2022
Location Trabzon
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Dramatically carved into the rock overlooking the sea, the first impression of Trabzon is one of wonder. The 14th century city, overlooking the Black Sea, is famed for its golden towers and impressive mosaics, as well being a vital part of the legendary Silk Road. Such was its fame in its heyday that even Marco Polo was a fan. The city is sometimes referred to as the City of Sultans, as it was here that the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent was born. View less

The tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman ruled over at least 25 million people from 1520 to 1566. The city’s old town has kept its charm with Ottoman-era houses, pedestrian-only streets, and naturally, a lively bazaar. For those who want to venture a little further outside the city’s walls, you will be richly rewarded. A short 30-minute drive will take you through beautiful scenery to some jewels of the region’s past. These include the St. Sophia Museum, the Gulbahar Hatun Mosque and the spectacular Sumela Monastery. Legend has it that two Athenian monks had a vision where the Virgin Mary asked them to build a monastery in a secluded valley. The result is Sumela, perched between sea and sky. The monastery is located in the Altindere National Park and its vibrant frescos both inside and out have been expertly preserved. It is not only the architecture that has been conserved in Trabzon. Culinary delicacies are rich and varied and many traditional dishes, including the city’s prize export anchovies, are commonplace.

Date 26/09/2022
Location Batumi
In 08:00
Out 21:00

As part of the ex-USSR, Batumi, on the coast of Georgia, was slow to arrive on the travel map. However, as the iron curtain lifted, so emerged a gorgeous Black Sea city. And unsurprisingly so – Batumi’s blue-flag beaches, sub-tropical climate and wealth of tradition, culture and landmarks make the city a sensational option for travellers. Batumi’s deep harbour and southwest location in the Caucasus region means it was important trading city, with citrus fruit and tea among the main exports. However, its privileged position also made attractive to invaders.

Over the years, the city has been part of many different empires including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Ottoman and, most recently, Imperialist Russia. Such a patchwork of history is bound to have left a mark and a you only need to stroll through the splendid old city to evidence of past influences. The city’s eclectic architecture ranges from traditional 19th-century Russian houses, ultra-modern high-rise masterpieces and (now) brightly-coloured Soviet-era apartment buildings all next to or within a few blocks of each other. During the Russian era, Batumi’s borders were closed (the Turkish town of Sarpi is just 20-minutes away), and the city’s prominence dwindled. When the borders opened again in the early 1990s, a brand new Batumi emerged, proud and keen to show the world what it was made of. The city modernised with Las Vegas style bright lights, yet even with these modern attractions, Batumi’s charismatic belle époque glamour is hard to beat.

Date 27/09/2022
Location Sochi
In 08:00
Out 22:00

The foothills of the western part of the Caucasus Mountains provide Sochi with a stunning backdrop. Sheltered by these mountains, the Black Sea city has been a popular Russian resort area for nearly two centuries. Its most outstanding characteristics are a favorable climate, beautiful landscapes, beaches, parks, health spas and mineral springs.
The town began to flourish when the area’s potential as a health resort was recognized in the late 1800s. A decade later, the first of several grand spa hotels opened. Today, Sochi is considered to be the heart of the Russian Riviera with nearly two million people visiting every year. They enjoy the resort’s beautiful setting and take advantage of the curative powers of its mineral springs, especially those at the renowned Matsesta.
Thanks to the area’s subtropical climate, a great variety of vegetation is found all around Sochi. In addition to mimosas, oleander, magnolia and palm trees found lining the streets, the Dendrarium (botanical gardens) features an even greater display of exotic greenery.

Date 28/09/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out

Calling all skywatchers, umbraphiles and astronomers! Extremely rare and very exciting, a full solar eclipse is a bucket list experience if ever there was one. Scheduled for 4th December, 2021 the next eclipse will take place only in Antarctica and we will be positioned in the small path of totality for maximum effect. This experience is not available for the average cruisers; imagine being surrounded by brilliant light one minute, then complete blackout the next, before enjoying the mysterious shadow-play as we wind back to the blinding white of Antarctica.

Watch how the curious wildlife will react to the eclipse, making sure to note their behaviour and let the onboard naturalist know. Other onboard expedition staff will share their insightful knowledge in order to help you gain a better understanding of this phenomenal phenomenon. As if a trip to the seventh continent was not special enough!

Date 29/09/2022
Location Odessa, Ukraine
In 08:00
Out 23:00

In recognition of the inhabitants’ valiant stand against the enemy, Odessa was proclaimed the “Hero City.” Fortunately, many of the 19th-century French-style buildings survived, adding greatly to Odessa’s numerous attractions. A stroll along Primorsky Boulevard usually ends at the historic Potemkin staircase, which numbers 192 steps and extends 455 feet. The pride and glory of Odessa is its neo-classical Opera House where musical events conducted by Tchaikovsky and ballets featuring Anna Pavlova were held.

Thanks to a temperate climate and miles of prime beaches, Odessa and its surrounding resort areas are popular tourist destinations. Scores of visitors flock to the “Riviera of the Black Sea,” taking the waters in seaside spas, touring opulent palaces and enjoying spectacular performances at the Opera House. Many of Odessa’s residents are eager to engage in a conversation with visitors and try their foreign language skills, accepting with pride favorable comments about their “Hero City.”

Date 30/09/2022
Location Constanta
In 13:00
Out 20:00
Date 01/10/2022
Location Bourgas
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Long ignored as a holiday destination, Bulgaria has enjoyed something of a secret renaissance in recent years. We say secret as to the uninitiated, Bulgaria still hovers under a shadow of ex-communism and bad weather. But scratch the surface and you’ll find a country that is choc-full of natural beauty, rich history and welcoming locals. Bourgas (or Burgas) is testimony to all of these.

A sweeping beach and sea garden makes for an ideal day of sunning, strolling and relaxing, while the neat little city offers much in the way of urban entertainment. Enjoy some of the best restaurants in the country, opting for the banitisa – a locally made pastry dish prepared with cheese and eggs. Marvel at its stained glass windows in the church of Saint Cyril and Methodius or shop for gold or pretty painted ceramics to take home in the afternoon. A superb Ethnographic museum as well as the local art gallery is a good way of understanding Bulgarian culture beyond what the guide books will tell you. If however your interests lie in the more leisurely pursuits, then Bourgas will not disappoint. Four lakes can be found in the outskirts of the city, the most notable of which, Lake Atanasovsko has thermal mud pools and superb bird-watching opportunities. Lake Pomorie and Lake Burgas are protected natural reserves that are light years from the city centre, despite being only 19 and 6 kilometres away! And don’t miss a trip to St. Anastasia island (the only inhabited island in the Bulgarian Black Sea). Not only does the island have a lovely (ex)monastery that has survived many pirate skirmishes, but a hair-raising history! Over time the monastery became a prison, yet over 90 prisoners managed to escape in the mid-1920s, apparently transferred back to the then USSR. A Bulgarian film “On the Small Island” shot on site, tells the story and is well worth a watch prior to visiting.

Date 02/10/2022
Location Cruise The Bosporus
In 08:00
Out 10:30

Cruise the mythic Bosphorus, the 19-mile waterway that defines – and divides – Istanbul. On the European side, the Topkapi Palace presides over the southern limit, while the minarets of great mosques puncture the sky. On the Asian side: the Selimiye Barracks, where Florence Nightingale was based, or the small but oh-so-beautiful jewel of the Ottoman Empire, Semsi Pasa mosque.

The river has been a strategic link for centuries, separating the two continents with the Black Sea and Russia to the north and the Mediterranean – via the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean – in the south. The river was crucial to the Soviet Navy during the Cold War and even today, the river is one of the busiest in the world: around 48,000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal. Yet, you would never imagine it to be such an important thoroughfare: amateur fishermen cast their lines into the water while families buy chestnuts or mussels from stalls along the waterfront, permeating the waterfront with a feeling of yesteryear. The etymology of the word is particularly interesting: coming from the Tracian word for “passage of cow”, the river was named after Io (lover of Zeus) was turned into a cow to protect her from Hera’s (Zeus’ wife) jealousy. Io – in the form of a cow – fled to the Bosphorus to escape, but Hera sent a swarm of flies to disturb her, eventually drowning her in the adjacent sea. Today, we know this sea as the Ionian Sea.

Date 03/10/2022
Location Kusadasi, Turkey
In 08:00
Out 23:00

Since the late 1970s, Kusadasi has grown from a fishing village into a sprawling tourist center, serving thousands of visitors who flock here to visit the nearby ruins of Ephesus. Despite an incredible building boom and an influx of shops, Kusadasi has managed to retain much of its original charm.
The major attraction remains the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus, considered to be the most important one in all of Turkey. The history of this ancient city dates as far back as the 10th century BC. Many of the remarkable structures seen today are the result of an extraordinary excavation and restoration program. As you walk along the white marble road, grooved by ancient chariot wheels, the two-story Library of Celsus presents a striking sight. In addition, there are temples, houses of noblemen and community buildings lining the ancient streets. Nestled into the mountainside is the 25,000-seat amphitheater, still used today for performances during the Festival of Culture and Art.

Date 04/10/2022
Location Santorini, Greece
In 09:00
Out 19:00

Of all the Cyclades Islands, Santorini is often considered the most dramatic. Once an active volcano, in approximately 1620 BC, the volcano erupted with such force that the center of the island literally exploded, leaving a submerged crater. The island’s small villages were preserved in the ashes giving a fascinating view of everyday life from 3,600 years ago.

Santorini’s landscape offsets its simple buildings, which shine in the brilliant sunlight. The rich volcanic soil is ideal for grapes and the local vines produce a crop known for its “special volcanic taste.”

Date 05/10/2022
Location Piraeus
In 07:00
Out

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