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East meets West in a tempting blend of culture along these exotic shores. Breathe the same air where the Greeks, earliest Christians, and the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires flourished ages ago. Make a modern-day pilgrimage to the Sumela monastery, clinging to the cliffs outside Trabzon since the 14th century. Cast off and sail from Constanta, the Black Sea port where Jason and his legendary Argonauts landed. Absorb the peaceful balance of nature while surrounded by unsullied wildernesses and then flock to the Danube Delta, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Find your sense of adventure and run the rapids of the River Coruh, one of the fastest flowing in the world. As the countryside transitions into Asia on the western edge of Europe, discover centuries of peoples and cultures converging in one remarkable region.

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