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Round-Trip Istanbul Aboard
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Dear Members and Friends of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
The Black Sea, that busy crossroad that has linked Europe and Asia for millennia, is steeped in history and legend. Join us next fall, when summer’s heat and crowds are gone, on an enchanting cruise to discover the cultural riches and lesser-visited shores of this inland basin.
We are delighted to be accompanied by Dr. Elizabeth J. Milleker, Senior Research Fellow and recently retired curator in the Department of Greek & Roman Art.
T R AV E L H I G H L I G H T S
◆ The cultural treasures of Istanbul, including Hagia Sophia and the exquisite Rustem Pasha Mosque
◆ The painted churches of Romania, world-renowned masterpieces of Byzantine art
◆ A visit to the 9th-century Bulgarian capital of Veliki Preslav, to see the medieval Round Church
◆ A morning excursion by small craft into the Danube Delta, home to over 300 species of birds
◆ Amasya, Turkey, with its picturesque Ottoman houses and ancient kings’ tombs carved into cliffs
◆ The seaside resort of Batumi, Georgia, or an excursion to the monastery and cathedral of Kutaisi
For those wishing to spend more time in Turkey, an optional three-night postlude in Cappadocia is offered. We hope to welcome you aboard this delightful autumn voyage, in the congenial company of members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Emily K. Rafferty President
T R A V E L I N G W I T H Y O U
Dr. Elizabeth Milleker
joined the Greek and Roman Department at the Metropolitan Museum in 1986 and worked as a curator there until her retirement in 2009. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Museum and pursues her own work on marble sculpture from Corinth, Greece. After graduating from Radcliffe College, Dr. Milleker studied at the École du Louvre and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. On her return to New York she founded and ran an art school, then continued her studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she earned her doctorate. Dr. Milleker was closely involved in the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries at the Metropolitan Museum. She has traveled widely, and has been a lecturer on numerous Met trips to Greece, Turkey, and Italy. Black Sea ROMANIA BULGARIA TURKEY UKRAINE Crimea MOLDOVA GEORGIA RUSSIA Nessebar Varna Constanta Suceava Istanbul Batumi Sochi Samsun Trabzon Amasya
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Round-Trip Istanbul Aboard
September 24 to October 7, 2015
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NEW YORKThursday, September 24
Depart New York on an overnight flight to Istanbul.
ISTANBUL, TURKEYFriday, September 25
Arrive in Istanbul this morning. Following lunch, see the impressive 6th-century basilica of Hagia Sophia before continuing to the pier to board Variety Voyager. Enjoy a champagne toast on deck as we cruise the Bosphorus, past historic palaces and colorful yalis (villas), and under two bridges that link Europe and Asia. Tonight we enter the Black Sea.
Saturday, September 26
During a day at sea, relax on deck, enjoy the amenities of our ship, and attend lectures about upcoming visits.
SAMSUN, TURKEYSunday, September 27
From Samsun, drive to the charming city of Amasya, situated in a deep river gorge. The capital of the kings of Pontus from 333 to 26 B.C., Amasya was later part of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Explore the 15th-century mosque and the archaeological museum, and admire the traditional Ottoman houses along the river. You may wish to climb the steps to see the Pontus royal tombs carved into the rock cliffs before lunch.
TRABZON, TURKEYMonday, September 28
Step ashore in Trabzon, long an important trading port on the Black Sea. Drive to the Sümela Monastery, built in the 4th century on the side of a steep mountain. In the afternoon, visit the villa where Kemal Ataturk stayed, now dedicated to him. The city’s late-Byzantine Hagia Sophia, converted from a church to a mosque, houses examples of vibrant frescoes and Islamic reliefs.
BATUMI, GEORGIATuesday, September 29
With its lovely tree-lined thoroughfares and mild weather, Batumi is a popular seaside destination with an air of fin-de-siècle elegance. Stroll through the peaceful Botanical Gardens and see works by Georgian artists at the Adjara Arts Museum. After lunch, discover the city’s fanciful architecture on a walking tour. Alternatively, take a full-day excursion to Kutaisi, the country’s second city, to visit the 12th-century Gelati Monastery and Academy, still housing mosaics and wall paintings from the period. Continue to the 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral, which has recently undergone a controversial renovation. After lunch, admire the collections of the State Historical Museum before returning to Variety Voyager. Dinner this evening features Georgian wines.
SOCHI, RUSSIAWednesday, September 30
Arrive today in Sochi, host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. See Stalin’s fascinating summer villa—painted green for camouflage—and visit the impressive Olympic facilities in nearby Adler. This afternoon sample local teas and snacks at a charming chalet in the hills, or drive into the Caucasus Mountains to the ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana, popular in summer for hiking, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. With extensive areas of forests, the Western Caucasus has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
AT SEAThursday, October 1
As Variety Voyager crosses the Black Sea to Romania, you may wish to visit the captain on the bridge or relax with a good book. Attend lectures in preparation for our visits on the western coast.
Fresco in Sümela Monastery near Trabzon
CONSTANTA, ROMANIAFriday, October 2
Arrive in Constanta and fly by chartered plane to Suceava. Drive through the bucolic Romanian countryside, passing horse-drawn carts and farmers, to Humor Monastery. Built in 1530, the church is the first in this region painted by refugee Byzantine artists, illustrated with biblical scenes and a depiction of the fall of Constantinople. At the Church of Moldovita, from 1532, view the vibrant blues and reds, and the fascinating exterior paintings. Following lunch, see Voronets Monastery, where the captivating blue hue of the frescoes has become famous as “the blue of Voronets.” Return by chartered plane to Constanta and the awaiting Variety Voyager. Dinner is on board.
CONSTANTASaturday, October 3
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Danube Delta area is home to rare birds and wildlife, including Europe’s largest pelican colony. On a morning excursion into the delta region by small craft, discover the unique flora and fauna. After lunch, see the remains of a Roman floor mosaic dating from the 4th century and tour Constanta’s National History and Archaeology Museum, with its collection of Greek, Romanian, Byzantine, and medieval objects.
VARNA, BULGARIASunday, October 4
Drive to Veliki Preslav, capital of the Bulgarian Empire in the 9th century, to visit the ruins of the medieval Round Church. Also known as the Golden Church, its interiors were decorated with mosaics, ceramics, and marble. We will also stop at the Archaeological Museum housing gold, silver, and bronze jewelry from the era, some of which appeared in the Met’s Glory of Byzantium exhibit in 1997. Following lunch, see the ruins of the royal palace at Pliska before returning to Variety Voyager. Those who wish to remain in Varna today will tour the impressive Archaeological Museum and sample local wines before a free afternoon.
NESSEBAR, BULGARIAMonday, October 5
Step ashore in Nessebar, whose Byzantine ruins and picturesque fishermen’s houses have long attracted artists and poets. Admire the richly decorated churches on a guided walking tour and enjoy free time in town. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon sail to Istanbul.
ISTANBULTuesday, October 6
Today explore the magnificent city of Istanbul, including the Great Palace Mosaic Museum and Rustem Pasha, one of the most exquisite Ottoman mosques by the 16th-century architect Sinan. The afternoon is free, perhaps to visit the Spice Market or the new Istanbul Modern. An optional visit to the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts will be offered (pending reopening). Gather this evening for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner.
ISTANBUL NEW YORKWednesday, October 7
Disembark Variety Voyager this morning and transfer to the airport for the return flights home. Or continue on the optional postlude to Cappadocia. ◆
Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul
© Gloria De Luca
Voronets Monastery, Romania
© Costel Slincu
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Sailing the Black Sea ◆ September 24 to October 7, 2015 R E S E R V A T I O N A P P L I C A T I O N
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◆ Twelve nights cabin accommodations aboard Variety Voyager
◆ All meals on the cruise, complimentary wine with lunch and dinner
◆ Sightseeing via private motorcoach and chartered flight, with local
English-speaking guides, as per itinerary
◆ Entrance fees for all included visits
◆ Lecture series
◆ Airport / pier / airport group transfers
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aboard and ashore
NOT INCLUDED IN RATES International airfare, passport and visa fees; transfers for those not on suggested group flights; alcoholic beverages other than wine at lunches and dinners; personal expenses; trip insurance; optional postlude; any other items not specifically mentioned as included.
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Cabins Decks Rates
Cabins 108 to 113 Marina Deck $9,995 Staterooms, double bed or twin beds
Cabins 101 to 107 Marina Deck $10,995 Staterooms, double bed or twin beds
Cabins 212 to 215 Riviera Deck $11,495 Staterooms, double bed or twin beds
Cabins 201 to 211 Riviera Deck $12,995 Staterooms, double bed or twin beds
Cabins 301 to 306 & 308 Horizons Deck $14,995 Master Staterooms, double bed or twin beds
Cabin 307 Horizons Deck $16,995 Owner’s Suite, double bed
Single cabin rates will be calculated at a supplement ranging from 30 to 100 percent of the cruise rate.
Christened in 2012, the luxury M.Y. Variety Voyager is built according to the most up-to-date international standards. Relax in the main lounge, enjoy a drink on the sun deck or use the internet in the library. The glass-enclosed dining room features panoramic views and an al fresco option, while the spa and gym offer massage, fitness equipment, and a sauna. All cabins have DVD players, flat-screen televisions, and bathrooms with marble finishing. Variety
Voyager does not have an elevator.
SPA & GYM 101 102 104 106 108 110 112 103 105 107 109 111 113 LIBRARY MARINA DECK MAIN LOUNGE RECEPTION BAR 201 203 205 207 209 211 213 215 212 210 208 206 204 202 214 RIVIERA DECK DINING ROOM 301 302 304 306 308 303 305 307 HORIZONS DECK
Balloons over Cappadocia
Cave dwellings of Cappadocia
OPTIONAL CAPPADOCIA POSTLUDEOctober 7 to 10, 2015
Spend three nights in Cappadocia’s moonlike landscape of fairy chimneys and troglodyte villages. Once part of the Hittite Empire, the area has been inhabited for thousands of years. Marvel at the painted cave churches of the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit a beautifully restored ancient caravanserai to witness a whirling dervish ceremony, inspired by the 13th-century mystical Sufi poet Rumi, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Cappadocia’s unique topography on an optional hot-air balloon ride. Accommodations are at the Argos in Cappadocia Hotel, built on the site of an ancient monastery.
OPTIONAL CAPPADOCIA POSTLUDE $1,860 per person. $525 single supplement. Includes three nights at the Argos in Cappadocia Hotel, three lunches, and one dinner. Internal flights Istanbul / Cappadocia / Istanbul.
Front cover: Saint George. Medallion. Gold, silver and cloisonné enamel. Byzantine, Constantinople. Late 11th to early 12th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.674).
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