Discovering the Balkans, Corinth Canal & Ancient Greece

13th Mar 2024 30 nights Sails from Málaga Braemar M240608
FREEDOM FARE FROM £5,449 per person
Beautiful view of Lindos bay, Rhodes Beautiful view of Lindos bay, Rhodes
FREEDOM FARE FROM £5,449 per person

A wealth of memorable sights and experiences await you, from discoveries of rich history and culture in iconic destinations to awe-inspiring scenic cruising, as Braemar takes you on an exciting journey through the Balkan Peninsula and the Med. The centrepiece of your Balkan discovery is time in Dubrovnik; capture the beauty, as well as the history, of this UNESCO-listed city, with its imposing fortifications and terracotta-topped buildings. A visit to Split is a chance to see the influences of Emperor Diocletian in the ruins of his 4th century palace, whilst in Kotor – along the coast in Montenegro – there are historic sights aplenty to discover amongst magnificent landscapes, including the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries. 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]

Your exploration of Greece will be one to remember, with cruising the Corinth Canal a particular highlight; revel in the excitement of this special cruise experience, made possible by Braemar’s smaller size, as you sail serenely between carefully carved, pinching cliffs. Memorable experiences await ashore too; 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. At Syros and Kefallonia, Braemar’s size-advantage comes to the fore again, allowing you to dock close to heart of Ermoupoli and Argostoli, where pastel-hued villas and palm-lined promenades, Ouzeries and glorious beaches exude Mediterranean magic. Meanwhile, on the mainland, Katakolon and Pireaus are gateways to the iconic landmarks of Olympia – the home of the Olympic Games – and Athens, such as the awe-inspiring Acropolis.

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.