Cultural Cities of Scandinavia

11th Aug 2020 8 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2020
FROM ONLY £1,149 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,149 per person

With four distinctive destinations in Denmark, Sweden and Norway to explore, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in Scandinavia’s rich diversity on this enriching eight-night adventure. A plethora of artistic, aesthetic and cultural attractions awaits, and with Braemar docking closer to the centre of the action in almost every port, you’re in for an exciting exploration every time you step ashore.

Sailing to Scandinavia will be a memorable experience in itself, sailing peacefully by changing scenes of German towns, cities and beautiful countryside along the size-restricted Kiel Canal en route. [ReadMoreMob]Captivating Copenhagen is then yours to explore: head ashore here and you’ll find highlights such as the famous Little Mermaid statue and colourful Nyhavn waterfront district just a short distance from your ship’s gangway. Venture further for an insight into Denmark’s Royal heritage at the Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces; or perhaps delight in the charms of the legendary Tivoli Gardens amusement park. On to Sweden, where culture-rich Gothenburg reveals a wealth of attractions too. Among the best are Maritiman – the world’s largest floating ship museum; Götaplatsen Square; and the Volvo Museum, exhibiting historic cars, buses, machines, engines and some unique concepts. Gothenburg’s scenic beauty is something to savour too – a cruise of the city’s enchanting canals aboard a traditional ‘Paddan’ boat is highly recommended. [ReadMoreDesk]

An arrival into Oslo is the start of two memorable days in Norway, providing a fitting finale to your short, yet highly rewarding exploration of Scandinavia. One of the region’s most amenable destinations, handsome Oslo is renowned for its visual and cultural delights. The Vigeland Sculpture Park, displaying over 200 works from Gustav Vigeland; the National Gallery, home of Edvard Munch’s The Scream; and the spectacular Opera House are high on the city’s must-see list. The Akershus Fortress is also well worth a visit, for a fascinating insight into Oslo’s medieval heritage. Finally, Braemar takes you to Kristiansand, one of the most beautiful towns in southern Norway. Your sail into Kristiansand will be a highlight, passing by rocky islands and islets en route to the port. Once ashore you’re sure to be charmed by the town’s Renaissance style and elegant buildings, especially the traditional 17th century houses of Posebyen – the old town – and the perfectly-preserved Christiansholm Fortress from 1674.


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.