Discovering the Balkans, Corinth Canal, Mediterranean Islands and Seville

13th Mar 2024 42 nights Sails from Málaga Braemar M240609
FREEDOM FARE FROM £6,799 per person
View of Valletta, Malta View of Valletta, Malta
FREEDOM FARE FROM £6,799 per person

Visiting a collection of captivating Balkan and Mediterranean destinations known for their rich history and culture, and sailing simply unforgettable scenic cruising routes, you’re in for a very special cruise. Your Balkan discovery will provide plenty of sights and highlights; the pinnacle is time in Dubrovnik to revel in the beauty and heritage of this UNESCO-listed gem with its imposing fortifications and terracotta-topped buildings. Split is attraction packed too, with sites such as the ruins of Emperor Diocletian’s 4th century palace to take in, while a visit to Kotor – along the coast in Montenegro – is a chance to discover its mix of magnificent landscapes and centuries-old treasures. Rare visits to the Albanian city of Durres, awash with the contrasting architectural wonders of various eras, and ancient Crotone on Italy’s Calabrese coast, as well as journeys along the Strait of Messina and fjord-like Bay of Kotor will be memorable too.[ReadMore]

There will be excitement throughout your time in Greece, with a navigation of the Corinth Canal an outstanding highlight; your journey between the canal’s rugged cliffs, made possible by Braemar’s smaller size, will provide dramatic views rarely seen from an ocean cruise ship. The Cretan charms of Agios Nikolaos, and Rhodes’ remarkable ancient sites await you, whilst you’ve opportunities to delight in the palm-lined promenades, Ouzeries and beaches of Syros and Kefallonia, Ermoupoli and Argostoli. You’ve also chances to discover the iconic ancient sites of Olympia and Athens on tours from Katakolon and Pireaus. Across the Med, a stop at Malta is made to see its medieval sites, and two visits to Italy – at Trapani and Cagliari – offer pretty coastlines and plenty of historic sites too. On Spanish shores, discover Monte Toro and golden beaches on Menorca, and venture off the beaten track on Ibiza before finally, it’s on to Seville. The Guadalquivir River is your scenic route into the heart of the city, where Braemar docks close to attractions such as Plaza de España, the Moorish Alcázar Palace and the Gothic Cathedral. An overnight stay in Seville also affords time to not only savour a traditional flamenco performance, but learn the dance from a local bailaora.

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.

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.