Authentic Andalusia with Lisbon

20th Mar 2021 12 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2106
FROM ONLY £1,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,499 per person

Andalusia is bursting with authentic highlights, and on this rewarding getaway, you’ll experience the best of this breathtaking region. Immersive cultures and traditional cuisine, spectacular scenery and striking architecture: you’ll discover it all with Braemar sailing size-restricted, beautiful waterways and docking centrally in three captivating cities.

Your Andalusian adventure kicks-off on the sun-kissed Atlantic coast of Spain’s southernmost region, in pretty Cádiz. [ReadMoreMob]You could take the opportunity to indulge with the region’s finest traditional flavours during your time here: the bars and restaurants of Cádiz are renowned for serving some of the tastiest tapas on offer anywhere in Spain, while nearby Jerez – reachable on a tour – is the ‘sherry capital of the world’. Cádiz is also a haven for exploration; a wealth of wonderful sites await you in the charming Old Town, including the 18th century cathedral and Plaza de España. Then there’s Malaga, a city overflowing with aesthetic and cultural treasures. Perhaps marvel at the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress, and savour the many masterpieces from Pablo Picasso – a Malaga native – on display at the Picasso Museum, one of the many highlights of the ‘mile of art’. Alternatively, a tour to the hilltop city of Ronda is highly recommended. [ReadMoreDesk]

Four fabulous days in Andalusia come to a memorable end, with a relaxing journey along the gorgeous, palm-lined Guadalquivir River and an extended stay in sultry Seville. The Guadalquivir isn’t accessible to larger vessels, so guests on megaships can’t experience the natural beauty of this enchanting waterway. However, on board smaller-sized Braemar, you can sail the river all the way into the heart of Seville, taking in spectacular scenery en route. Once docked, enjoy ample time to explore the regional capital in depth. You could search the pretty squares and streets for historical and architectural attractions such as Alcázar Palace, the UNESCO-listed gothic cathedral and 16th century Casa de Pilatos; and enjoy indulge with authentic Andalusian flavours one last time at one of the many tapas bars. Don’t miss the chance to revel in the dramatic art of flamenco too: Seville moves to the sights and sounds of traditional music and dance. If all that wasn’t enough, in addition to your time in Andalusia, you’ll also visit the attraction-packed Galician city of La Coruña; and head to Lisbon, where an overnight stay will afford an opportunity to delve deep into the rich maritime history of Portugal’s picturesque capital.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Refurbished in 2017, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.