Black Sea Serenade

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SEP. 21 - OCT. 2, 2014 From $3,999
Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Greece
Aboard Riviera Activity Level: Moderate Activity Hide This
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Black Sea Serenade

SEP. 21 - OCT. 2, 2014
Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Greece
Aboard Riviera

Enjoy this new voyage and journey across the Black Sea aboard Oceania’s luxurious Riviera. Explore the ruins of ancient Ephesus, see the beautiful Crimean countryside and stroll along the buzzing seafront promenade of Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Indulge in the rich history and culture of legendary Yalta, Sinop and Odessa. Admire ancient ruins in Constanta, experience traditional dances in Nessebar and indulge your senses in the magnificent city of Istanbul.

Cost: From $3,999
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Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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310.206.0613 (P)
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travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Having one place to stay is advantageous with no packing and repacking along with awesome and inspiring sights – educational and memorable."
    Amelia Crawford ’68, Traveler
  • It is great to travel with Bruin alums. One of the first questions always asked is, 'What is your graduation year?' You get an immediate personal connection from the get-go!"
    David A. Smith ’61, Traveler

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DAY 1 | Sept. 21. Depart for Turkey

DAY 2 | Sept. 22. Istanbul, Turkey
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard Riviera in Istanbul, the magnificent city astride two continents and divided by the Bosphorus.

DAY 3 | Sept. 23. Nessebar, Bulgaria
Linked to the mainland by a man-made isthmus, Nessebar presents a welcoming blend of historical splendor and charming coastal atmosphere. Throughout this attractive Byzantine town, you’ll find plenty of time-tested treasures— offering everything you would expect from a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 4 | Sept. 24. Constanta, Romania
Nestled on the shores of the Black Sea’s western coast is Romania’s largest seaport, Constanta. An ancient metropolis, its 2,500-year-old archaeological treasures scatter about the city, intermingling with its Venice-like winding alleyways and the lingering remnants from Greek, Roman and Turkish rule.

DAY 5 | Sept. 25. Odessa, Ukraine
The lovely city of Odessa claims a captivating past echoed by timeless beauty. A walk through the city recalls cultural gems like the famed Potemkin Steps, rising from the waterfront, the stunning five-domed Uspenski Cathedral and remnants of Catherine the Great’s Odessa fortress.

DAY 6 | Sept. 26. Yalta, Ukraine
On the southern tip of the beautiful Crimean peninsula, along the pebbled coastline and warm waters of the Black Sea, is the legendary town of Yalta— once a favorite with Russian royalty. The town is home to Livadia Palace, which brought Yalta to the world stage in 1945 when it hosted the Yalta Conference, and the Swallow’s Nest, a romantic castle overlooking the sea.

DAY 7 | Sept. 27. Sevastopol, Ukraine
At once, Sevastopol fascinates and delights. Beyond its sapphire bay, are nearly 2,000 monuments, memorials and landmarks documenting the events of the Crimean War while neoclassical whitewashed buildings dot tree-lined streets. Balaklava, today a part of Sevastopol, is a former Crimean city and the scene of the ill-fated Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

DAY 8 | Sept. 28. Sochi, Russia
Considered the “Pearl of the Black Sea,” Russia’s largest resort town claims a mountainous coastline, a delightful seaside promenade, lush botanical gardens and an urban atmosphere among its glitzy high-rises. Today, the port buzzes with excitement as it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

DAY 9 | Sept. 20. Sinop, Turkey
On a strip of peninsula jutting into the Black Sea, Turkey’s most northerly city offers golden beaches that parallel the beauty of the Mediterranean and historic fortifications that have protected the city since the 7th century B.C. Once a prosperous Greek colony, mystery abounds here and ancient times come to life in temple ruins and incredible artifacts still being unearthed yet today.

DAY 10 | Sept. 30.  Cruising the Dardanelles and Bosphorus Straits
Under the expert guidance of superbly talented artists-in-residence, try your hand at an art form such as watercolor or needlepoint at Riviera’s Artist Loft, retreat to the luxurious lounges, or simply relax and take in the spectacular scenic views.

DAY 11 | Oct. 1.  Ephesus / Kusadasi, Turkey
The port of Kusadasi, until recently a fishing and farming village, is today a resort town offering splendid beaches and plenty of shops. Nearby is the legendary ruined city of Ephesus, a veritable museum of Greek and Roman history with impeccably preserved relics from its ancient past. Here you’ll find the Library of Celsus, the incredible Terraced Houses, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

DAY 12 | Oct. 2. Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Disembark and bid farewell to Riviera.

Accommodations
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Cruise to celebrated ports aboard the elegant and inviting Riviera, Oceania Cruises’ newest ship. Luxurious, yet refreshingly casual; spacious, yet comfortably intimate, the ideal mid-sized Riviera boasts some of the finest amenities at sea. With unparalleled service and cuisine that reigns supreme, this is cruising at its finest.

The Ambiance

  • Luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere
  • Elegant mid-size ship catering to just 1,250 guests, providing access to more exotic ports
  • Exceptional decor with museum-quality art
  • Teak decks and verandas
  • Resort casual attire—no formal nights
  • Heated pool and three whirlpool spas

The Distinction

  • Exceptional staff-to-guest ratio: 1 to 1.57
  • Bon Appétit Culinary Center—the only hands-on cooking school at sea
  • Award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness center
  • Enrichment programs, including guest lectures and the Artist Loft, featuring hands-on instruction from artists-in-residence

The Flavor

  • The finest cuisine at sea
  • Multiple dining venues, including six gourmet open seating restaurants at no additional charge
  • La Reserve by Wine Spectator, offering enlightening wine and food pairings
  • Unlimited complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, tea and juice

 

Pricing

Pricing: $3,999-$7,899
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Special Programs Available

  • Pre-Cruise Program Istanbul: Sept. 20-22, $549
  • Post-Cruise Program Athens: Oct 2-3, $499
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.0 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Having one place to stay is advantageous with no packing and repacking along with awesome and inspiring sights – educational and memorable."
    Amelia Crawford ’68, Traveler
  • It is great to travel with Bruin alums. One of the first questions always asked is, 'What is your graduation year?' You get an immediate personal connection from the get-go!"
    David A. Smith ’61, Traveler

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How to Book

STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Go Next. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please download brochure for this tour here.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.0 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Having one place to stay is advantageous with no packing and repacking along with awesome and inspiring sights – educational and memorable."
    Amelia Crawford ’68, Traveler
  • It is great to travel with Bruin alums. One of the first questions always asked is, 'What is your graduation year?' You get an immediate personal connection from the get-go!"
    David A. Smith ’61, Traveler