Grand UK, Mediterranean & Black Sea
This Grand Voyage begins in Leixoes, gateway to Porto, and ends in magnificent Istanbul. Along the way are iconic Spanish cities – Cartagena and Barcelona and Italian gems such as Florence, Rome and Naples. An exploration of the Adriatic begins in Dubrovnik with its Grand Renaissance and Gothic buildings, and then Pula and Hvar via the stunning city of Venice. Medieval buildings and ancient sites abound in Balkan cities like Koper, Kotor, and Durres, while Greece and Turkey offer sacred sites – Olympia, Corinth, and the legendary city of Troy. From Istanbul Discovery sails into the Black Sea – visiting lands that have witnessed heroic sieges and been the playground of powerful dictators and Russian Tsars. Yalta with its elegant palaces, and Sevastopol with its history of the Crimean War, lead to Odessa and Nesebur and back to Istanbul.