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Tauck Launches First-Ever Black Sea Cruise


Tauck World Discovery has unveiled a new cruise itinerary on the Black Sea for 2007, marking the first Black Sea voyage for the 81-year-old tour, cruise, and safari operator. The 12-day "Istanbul & the Black Sea" itinerary, priced from $5,990 per person, double, includes a seven-night cruise aboard the luxury small ship Le Levant and four nights in Istanbul at the five-star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel. itinerary includes a visit to 6th century mosques, the palaces of sultans, and exotic spice bazaars in Istanbul, as well as a winery tour and a visit to a once top-secret, Cold War-era Soviet submarine base carved inside the base of a mountain. In all, the cruise visits four countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Turkey. The 330-foot Le Levant accommodates 90 passengers and a crew of 50. Among the ship's amenities are two restaurants, a library, two bars, a hair salon, a sauna, a swimming pool and a boutique. All guest staterooms are outside with large picture windows, and private teak and marble bathrooms, satellite televisions, VCRs, mini-bars, personal safes, hi-fi radios and twin or double beds. Included in the price are 29 meals on and off the ship, all shore excursions, wine with dinner aboard Le Levant, port charges and gratuities to all ship staff, drivers and local guides. Departures are scheduled in July and August 2007, with reduced singles pricing available on selected sailings. For more information, call 800-214-5158 or visit www.tauck.com.