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Grand Black Sea & Mediterranean 2023

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To book this holiday please contact our Sales Team directly on

0330 160 7700
or

a black sea odyssey

These wonderful odysseys, full of extraordinary highlights, and hopefully bathed in warm sunshine, see Ambience sail south into the blue Mediterranean and on through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea, before returning to explore some extraordinary, ancient wonders.

From wine-producing Portugal to historic Sicily, from the East-meets-West wonders of Istanbul to the colourful Black Sea ports, and from the treasures of antiquity in Athens and Egypt to the familiar sights of Gibraltar, beneath its famous Rock, these cruises are full of memorable moments throughout. 

What does this price include?

  • Comfortable, contemporary cabins and suites that feature TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A wide choice of British and International cuisine every day throughout your cruise
  • Plenty to do during the day, including playing bridge, practising your steps on the dancefloor and interesting, expert-led lectures to attend
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of the ship’s on-board leisure facilities
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point

Your Itinerary

View a full breakdown of your holiday to help you plan your trip

  • Depart: 17:00hrs

    Board Ambience in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 09:00hrs

    Depart: 17:00hrs

    The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to historic Porto. Famed the world over for its port wine, Porto is perched on the granite cliffs above the River Douro, the two banks linked by some vertigo-inducing bridges. Head into the Ribeira district to visit one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 07:00hrs

    Depart: 17:00hrs

    Ancient Cadiz, with its elegant squares, great Cathedral and wonderful Botanical Garden, is a fascinating city. Step ashore to explore or to join today’s optional excursions which will include a trip to Seville - the Cradle of Flamenco - with its sumptuous cathedral, famous bell tower, wonderful Alcazar and bullring. One of Spain’s greatest jewels, it sparkles more than ever during the celebrations of its annual Feria carnival.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 08:00hrs

    Depart: 15:00hrs

    In the Sicilian capital, Palermo, the island’s heritage is reflected by the vibrant, cultured inhabitants and its buildings. Visit the Cathedral, the Royal Palazzo dei Normanni, and the Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of its four historic quarters (the Quattro Canti).

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 13:00hrs

    Depart: 20:00hrs

    Today Ambience will arrive at Bulgarian Burgas, on the Black Sea. Known for its Byzantine influence, the Church of Saint Cyril and Methodius, famed for its stunning stained-glass windows, sits at the city’s heart. Step ashore to explore this fascinating place, which is surrounded by the Burgas Lakes. Highlights of today might include a visit to the fascinating Ethnographic Museum, which explores Bulgarian folk traditions, or the well-manicured Sea Garden, with its broad promenades and sweeping views..

  • Arrive: 07:00hrs

    Depart: 17:00hrs

    Today you’ll enjoy a fascinating call at the Romanian city of Constanta, on the Black Sea. The city is a popular stopping off point for trips up the Danube or to other coastal resorts on the Black Sea, but there’s plenty of museums, cafés and restaurants in the lively port area to explore.

  • Arrive: 08:00hrs

    Depart: 22:00hrs

    Odessa's most iconic sight must be the Potemkin Stairs, which stretch down from the statue of the Duke de Richelieu to the waterfront where the bronze figure of the Sailor's Wife keeps perpetual watch over the harbour. Explore this bustling city where neoclassical buildings are pastel painted, or head south to its ever-popular sandy beaches.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 06:00hrs

    Depart: 23:00hrs

    Head out on deck as Ambience sails back through the narrow strait of the Bosphorus to moor in Istanbul. Head ashore to discover the extraordinary Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque with its six minarets, and the great Byzantine church of Aya Sofya. Take in the colourful spice market, and visit the world’s largest covered bazaar, the vast Kapali Carsi. Enjoy a fascinating day here, giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy this fascinating, complex city.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 05:00hrs

    Depart: 19:00hrs

    Today Ambience docks in Piraeus for a visit to beguiling, bustling Athens. Don’t miss the chance to climb the Acropolis to the ruins of the Parthenon, one of the world’s most enduring monuments, and an awe-inspiring window onto the city’s fascinating Classical past.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 08:00hrs

    Depart: 18:00hrs

    Cyprus’ second city, Limassol, welcomes you today. Discover Limassol’s fascinating sights, excellent shopping, and compact old city – home to the city’s picturesque fishing harbour and yachting marina. Stroll through the streets of the Turkish Quarter surrounding the Castle, and don’t miss the historic Grand Mosque.

  • Arrive: 07:00hrs

    Depart: 23:00hrs

    Another extraordinary, exciting day awaits at Haifa, gateway to Israel and the Holy Land. Optional shore excursions include coastal resort city Tel Aviv, with its ancient neighbour Jaffa. Alternatively, travel into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem itself to discover the Wailing Wall, the labyrinthine souks of the Old City and Christianity's holiest shrine – the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 04:00hrs

    Depart: 22:00hrs

    Today you’ll tie up at the fascinating Egyptian city of Alexandria for visits to the Pyramids of Giza. Founded by Alexander the Great, this historic city was once the centre of the Hellenistic world, and is now a bustling port-city that preserves an air of nostalgia. During the Hellenistic period, Alexandria was home to a lighthouse that ranked among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as well as a storied library, which, today, is the disc-shaped, ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 07:00hrs

    Depart: 13:00hrs

    Sitting at the foot of Mount Etna, Catania is an ancient port on the east coast of Sicily, on the Ionian Sea. The city has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, most notably after the eruption of Mount Etna in 1669. At the city’s heart, spread around the Piazza del Duomo, is the UNESCO­-protected old town, one of Italy’s best-preserved – and largest – examples of Baroque architecture. Here you’ll find plenty of cafés and restaurants in which you can sit back, relax and perhaps enjoy a coffee, or some arancini.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 08:00hrs

    Depart: 14:00hrs

    A call in Gibraltar brings a first real taste of home. Wander past familiar British shops on Main Street, or perhaps take the cable-car to the top of the Rock for views across the Straits to Africa.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Spend today relaxing on board.

  • Arrive: 08:00hrs

    Say goodbye to Ambience, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • New rules apply when travelling to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Passport

    British passport holders need to have at least six months validity left on their passport and it needs to be less than ten years old; passports which have a longer validity than ten years are not valid for travel once the tenth anniversary of issue has passed. These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Mobile Roaming

    Roaming charges have been re-introduced by some UK providers when visiting the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Prior to travel, please do check with your phone operator for the most up to date information.

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