A European cruise itinerary with destinations in Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea will take you on a magical journey back in time, allowing you to experience the historical interests of Europe. Costa, Crystal, Celebrity, MSC, Oceania, Princess, Sea Cloud, Seabourn, Star Clippers, Silversea and Windstar all have European itineraries in Greece and the Greek Islands, Bulgaria, Turkey and the Black Sea. The itineraries of these cruises will be changing all the time and the cruise lines are always adding new destinations to spice up the itineraries, meaning that even if you have been to these areas before on past cruises there always something new to see.
When thinking about a European cruise itinerary in Turkey, Greece and the Black Sea, you should try and look at a map of the area and then make a list of the places that interest you. For example, Is a visit to the Parthenon on your “wish list” list? Close to Athens, Greece, this famous ruin is part of a fantastic collection of Greek history. Perhaps the Greek Islands of Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes or Mykonos, and the island of Cyprus hold more interest for you. A stop-over in Corinth will give you access to the Corinth canal, which connects the Aegean Ionian seas. Most Cruise itineraries in Greece usually stop in Katakolonw which is home of the first Olympic stadium and the Temple of Zeus, which you might remeber from school as being one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.
To be honest, no southern European cruise would be complete without a visit to the Turkish capital, Istanbul. Ships dock in the Bosphorus which is a 20 mile stretch of water that separates Asia from Europe and is lined with wooden villa structures, mosques and palaces. Istanbul is truly famous for its 500 year old maze of shops know and the Grand Bazaar in which you could easily spend an entire day. Kusadasi is also another popular tourist stop-off on a southern European cruise itinerary. Here you can visit the archaeological sites at the ancient city of Ephesus. As you journey through Turkey and the Black Sea you may also want to stop at Izmir or Bodrum .
Black Sea cruises usually include ports of call in Yalta, Odessa in the Ukraine, and in Nessebur, Bulgaria. In Yalta you might like to walk the seaside promenades and pay a visit to the neo-gothic castles. Odessa’s Potemkin Stairs stretch all the way to the city providing European cruise adventurers with a most grand entrance to this port. Nessebur is one of the oldest towns in Europe. With its romantic cobblestone streets and medieval architecture make it one of the most popular destinations in Bulgaria.