Black Sea Odyssey12 nights from £6,905pp

Le Bougainville

30 Jul - 11 Aug 2022


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Departing from Istanbul, PONANT brings you an itinerary along the coastlines in the Black Sea, to discover the Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian and Georgian shores. During this 13-day cruise, Le Bougainville will take you to exceptional natural and historic sites. Your trip will begin with the discovery of the city of Nessebar, in Bulgaria. The architecture of this city established over 3,000 years ago is extremely rich, inherited from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilisations that succeeded one another here. You will then head north to Bulgaria with a port of call in Varna. Renowned for its fine sandy beaches, this major city also features an important architectural heritage from the end of the 19th century, such as the Cathedral of the Assumption, built after the cathedral of Saint Petersburg. Further north, Odessa, the pearl of the Black Sea. This city will win you over with its unique charm resulting from the mix of Slavic and Mediterranean cultures. Don't miss the chance to visit its palaces, its catacombs, its magnificent opera house, and of course take a detour via the legendary giant stairway immortalised in the film Battleship Potemkin. Your ship will then head to the East, to discover the lively seaside towns of Sochi, on the « Russian Riviera », at the feet of the Western Caucasus mountains, and Batumi, in Georgia. Your ship will then make its way to the Turkish coast, where the ports of call will be of great cultural and historical interest. First, Trabzon and Samsun, at the gateway to Anatolia, then, not far from Bartin, the ancient city of Safranbolu, boasting typical Ottoman architecture. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was a major caravan station between Europe and the East. Then you will reach Istanbul, a rich historical UNESCO listed site, at the end of a magnificent cruise.

Day 1
Istanbul, Turkey 30 Jul 2022
Day 2
Nessebar, Bulgaria 31 Jul 2022
Day 3
Varna, Bulgaria 1 Aug 2022
Day 4
Odessa, Ukraine 2 Aug 2022
Day 5
Odessa, Ukraine 3 Aug 2022
Day 6
At Sea 4 Aug 2022
Day 7
Sochi, Russia 5 Aug 2022
Day 8
Batumi, Georgia 6 Aug 2022
Day 9
Trabzon, Turkey 7 Aug 2022
Day 10
At Sea 8 Aug 2022
Day 11
At Sea 9 Aug 2022
Day 12
At Sea 10 Aug 2022
Day 13
Istanbul, Turkey 11 Aug 2022

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After selecting your cabin, you'll be assigned a Ponant specialist as your personal cruise concierge. They will ensure that you get the most out of this cruise at the best possible price.

Le Bougainville

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the third ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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Unlike the giant ships of other cruise companies, our ships offer a more welcoming feel and a unique atmosphere. It also enables our ships to access original and quieter ports of call, guaranteeing exclusive cruises and attentive and personalised service for all our guests. From Antarctic ice to Pacific lagoons, Mediterranean coves to Asian shores, Ponant has sailed through every sea on the planet for nearly thirty years.

Our experts have put all their efforts into creating routes which enable you to access the Earth's treasures by sea. Every year, we organise more than 200 cruises, visiting more than 100 countries and nearly 400 ports on 100 different routes.

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