Flavours of France & Spain

20th Aug 2021 8 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2121
Little Skippers Sailing
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
Château des ducs de Bretagne in Nantes Château des ducs de Bretagne in Nantes
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person

Enjoy a taste of France and Spain at their most authentic, visiting destinations known for their links to famous food and drink, as well as their many cultural highlights. There’s an overnight stay in Nantes; allowing for explorations of famous French vineyards sprawled across the Loire Valley’s gorgeous countryside, and time to sample the city’s delicious tipples and local cuisine. Braemar is small enough to dock in the centre of Nantes, so many other highlights such as Château des ducs de Bretagne and Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul – are also easily uncovered just a short walk from your ship’s gangway.

Elsewhere in France, you’re sure to be tempted by the sweet flavours of locally-produced Calvados brandies and Pommeau in Honfleur, while you’ve a chance to delve into this charming city’s rich maritime history amongst its 16th century cobbled streets and iconic Vieux Bassin district. Meanwhile, there are plenty of opportunities for full-flavoured discovery in Spain’s verdant northern regions too; you could indulge with tapas and Basque pintxos – a staple of the traditional local diet – in Getxo, or tour to visit the legendary vineyards of the Rioja wine region; and taste, compare, and learn about the history of various Asturian ciders in Avilés.

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.

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’.