Exploring the Balkans & Adriatic with Venice

18th Sep 2023 26 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2326
FREEDOM FARE FROM £4,099 per person
Dubrovnik old town in Croatia Dubrovnik old town in Croatia
FREEDOM FARE FROM £4,099 per person
FREE On Board Spend £250pp

*On Board Spend: Free on board spend is £250 per person, valid for new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on cruise T2326. On Board Spend is non-transferrable. No refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused spend. Complimentary or chargeable cabin upgrades, where applicable, will not alter the on board spend value. On board spend is applicable for a maximum of two guests per cabin and is not combinable with any other offer. On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability. E&OE.

In cities famed for their historical importance, and places found off the beaten track, you’re in for an unforgettable insight into the Balkan Peninsula’s centuries of fascinating history, witnessing the marks that the Romans, medieval Ottomans and many other powers made during their rule in the region. At each destination, ancient monuments, walls, ruins and remarkable archaeological finds all have their own stories to tell. Dubrovnik, Croatia’s ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is the pinnacle of this Balkan discovery; capture the beauty, as well as the history, of this UNESCO-listed city, with its imposing fortifications and terracotta-topped buildings. In Split, see the influences of Emperor Diocletian in the ruins of his 4th century palace; or tour to the war-torn town of Trogir, where impressive examples of centuries-old architecture await. Along the coast, Kotor beckons amongst scenes of Montenegro’s magnificent landscapes; the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, will be in view of your ship and ready for exploration when you venture ashore.[ReadMore]

Bolette takes you to discover the historic sites of lesser-known destinations too; a highlight is Neum, gateway to places showcasing the influence of Ottoman rule such as UNESCO-listed Pocitelj and the Mostar & Stari Most. From Neum it’s also possible to tour to Sarajevo to discover the Tunnel of Hope from the siege of 90's, Tito's nuclear bunker and the assassination location of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. There are also rare visits to the Albanian city of Durres, with its mix of architectural highlights from the Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Ottoman eras, and the Croatian city of Rijeka. What’s more, you’ll get to spend two days in Venice, amongst its iconic monuments and canals; revel in the scenic splendour of Sardinia and the Strait of Messina; experience scenic cruising of the fjord-like Bay of Kotor; and – either side of your time in the Balkans – visit the culture-rich cities of Catania and La Coruna, as well as sun-kissed Gibraltar.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
 
With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.