Greece, Turkey & Black Sea Cruises

A European cruise itinerary with destinations in Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea will take you on a journey back in time, to lands steeped in history. Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, MSC, Oceania, Princess, Sea Cloud, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Star Clippers and Windstar all have European itineraries in Greece and the Greek Islands, Turkey, Bulgaria and the Black Sea. Itineraries change all the time, and all of the cruise lines are adding new destinations and ports of call on a regular basis.

Beach in Black Sea, Turkey

Beach in Black Sea, Turkey

When considering a European cruise itinerary in Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea, consult a map of the region and make a list of the ports of call that interest you the most. Is a trip to the Parthenon on your “must see” list, for example? Near Athens, Greece, this iconic ruin is part of an amazing collection of Greek history that is the Acropolis. Perhaps the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Patmos, Rhodes, and the island of Cyprus hold more allure for you. A stop in Corinth gives you access to the Corinth canal, which connects the Ionian and Aegean seas. Cruise itineraries in Greece often stop in Katakolon, home of the first Olympic stadium and the Temple of Zeus, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

No southern European cruise would be complete without a trip to Turkey’s main city, Istanbul. Ships dock in the Bosphorus, a 20-mile stretch of water separating Asia and Europe, lined with wooden villa-like structures, palaces and mosques. Istanbul is famous for its Grand Bazaar, a 500-year-old maze of shops in which you could spend an entire day. Kusadasi is another popular stop on a southern European cruise itinerary, where you can visit the archeological sites at the ancient city of Ephesus. As you travel through Turkey and the Black Sea, you may also wish to stop at Bodrum or Izmir.

Black Sea cruises include ports of call in Yalta, Odessa in the Ukraine, and in Nessebur, Bulgaria. In Yalta, walk the seaside promenade and visit the famous neo-gothic castles. Odessa’s Potemkin Stairs stretch all the way to the city – 142 meters - providing European cruise visitors with a grand entrance to this major port. One of the oldest towns in Europe, Nessebur’s romantic cobblestone streets and medieval architecture make it one of the most popular destinations in Bulgaria.