Discovering the Balkans, Corinth Canal & Ancient Greece

13th Mar 2024 20 nights Sails from Málaga Braemar M240607
FREEDOM FARE FROM £3,599 per person
Aerial view of Croatian town Dubrovnik Aerial view of Croatian town Dubrovnik
FREEDOM FARE FROM £3,599 per person

On this exploration of the Balkan Peninsula and the Med, you’re in for an adventure filled with captivating experiences, from delves into the history and culture of iconic destinations to unforgettable scenic cruising. Time in Dubrovnik is the pinnacle of your 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, and – along the coast in Montenegro – discover Kotor amongst magnificent landscapes, where the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, awaits. Enjoy rare visits to the Albanian city of Durres, a city awash with the contrasting architectural wonders of various eras, and ancient Crotone, which has stood on Italy’s Calabrese coast since 4th century BC, too. Plus, delight in the scenic splendour of the Strait of Messina and fjord-like Bay of Kotor.[ReadMore]

On your Greek discovery, an undoubted highlight is an awe-inspiring navigation of the Corinth Canal, sailing between its carefully carved, pinching cliffs – a scenic cruising experience made possible by Braemar’s smaller size. There are visits to Greek islands too; your smaller ship docks centrally in almost every destination, closer to their highlights. Step back to the Byzantine era, taking in the Cretan delights and striking architecture of Agios Nikolaos; and trail the ancient sites of Rhodes, from Rhodes Town’s Palace of the Grand Masters and Avenue of the Knights to Lindos’ ruins. In Syros and Kefalonia, Ermoupoli and Argostoli exude Mediterranean charm, with pastel-hued villas and palm-lined promenades, Ouzeries and glorious beaches. Meanwhile, there are incredible attractions to uncover on the mainland; Katakolon and Pireaus are gateways to the iconic landmarks of Olympia and Athens.

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.