Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure

27th Sep 2022 28 nights Sails from Dover Balmoral L2222
FROM ONLY £4,299 per person
Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey
FROM ONLY £4,299 per person

Be immersed in the remarkable history, rich cultures and breathtaking beauty of the Black Sea, as visits to five stunning cities in five different countries affords chances to discover world-famous landmarks, taste authentic flavours, seek-out areas of exceptional scenic beauty, and much more.

In unmistakable Istanbul, step back to the days of Ottoman rule at the glittering Topkapi Palace and fascinating Hagia Sofia; marvel at the mighty Blue Mosque; sample traditional Turkish delight and sweet Baklava; and experience the hustle and bustle of the Grand Bazaar.[ReadMoreMob] A tour from Sochi offers a visit to a Russian tea plantation on tour, to taste the local brew and see how locals harvest it, while some of Georgia’s most spectacular subtropical gardens, national parks and wine valleys await discovery from Batumi. [ReadMoreDesk]In the Ukraine, revel in Odessa’s melting pot of western European-influenced architecture, culture and art, and perhaps explore the city’s underground network of labyrinth-like, 17th century Catacombs. For a magical end to your Black Sea discovery, opt for a boat tour of Romania’s Danube Delta, a bird haven of peaceful marshlands and waterways, from Constanta.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ll get to experience the best of the Mediterranean on this incredible 28-night adventure too. Visit Gibraltar and enjoy grandstand views from the top of the ‘rock’; and sail into the magnificent Grand Harbour of Valletta, the 16th century walled capital of Malta and a treasure trove of Baroque architectural gems. Ancient Greek wonders also will reveal themselves; Piraeus is your starting point for exploring engrossing Athens, home of legendary ruins and temples such as the 2,500-year-old Parthenon and Agias Apostoli, while Olympia – the home of the Olympic Games – is within reach of Katakolon. Cities on Spanish shores will delight too. There’s time in the sun-kissed Menorcan city of Mahon and Cádiz, with its gorgeous coastline, ancient sites and traditional tapas bars. What’s more, to complement your time ashore to explore, Balmoral will also guide you through narrow straits and passages, including the Darnanelles and Bosphorus, for hours of unforgettable scenic cruising too.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.