Cruising to the Heart of Seville & Bordeaux

9th Sep 2020 13 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2024
FROM ONLY £1,899 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,899 per person

With Braemar able to dock closer to the heart of each destination, you can explore some of Spain and France’s finest cities, including beautiful Bordeaux and stylish Seville, with ease. Engrossing architectural, historical and cultural delights await, from striking cathedrals to traditional tapas bars, all on this endlessly rewarding journey of discovery.

Of the five stunning cities on this carefully planned itinerary, Bordeaux and Seville are sure to stand out as highlights of your holiday. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll sail into – and dock within – the centre of both of these highly-rated destinations, where your exploration starts at the end of the gangway. Step ashore in Seville and you’ll find the enchanting Parque de Maria Luisa and the iconic Plaza de España just a short walk away, while the Moorish Alcázar Palace and spectacular Gothic Cathedral – the largest of its style in the world – are within easy reach. An overnight stay affords time to savour the raw emotion of a traditional flamenco performance too. In Bordeaux, Braemar takes you into the UNESCO-listed historic centre, with its pedestrianised boulevards, neoclassical architecture and world-famous sites, such as the Grand Theatre and Place de La Bourse. Beyond the city itself, tours to the Medoc vineyards offer an authentic taste of Bordeaux’s legendary wine culture. [ReadMoreDesk]

In addition to a memorable overnight stay in Seville, your five days on Spanish shores will also include time in authentic Galician cities, as well as another ancient Andalusian gem. In La Coruña, Braemar will again dock closer to the city centre and its plethora of landmarks, including the Baroque-style Cornide Palace and ancient Torre de Hercules. La Coruña is also the ideal starting point for tours to Santiago de Compostela – one of Christendom’s three global spiritual capitals – and its spectacular cathedral. On Galicia’s northwest coast, Vigo is ripe for your exploration too; sandy beaches, a stunning historic quarter and a scenic bay await. After Seville, three days in Andalusia concludes in Cádiz. Among a maze of ancient cobblestone streets and alleys, you’ll find fascinating historical sites and traditional eateries serving tempting tapas – a real taste of Andalusia. Authentic regional flavours are also on offer at nearby Jerez, ‘sherry capital of the world’. On tour to Jerez, you can also visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art for a very special dressage show.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Refurbished in 2017, elegant 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.