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Greek Islands & Corinth Canal

27th Sep 2019 25 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1925
FROM ONLY £4,499 per person
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FROM ONLY £4,499 per person

Specially crafted to present you with some of the most unique and authentic sights and experiences Greece has to offer, this outstanding itinerary features an extensive array of highlights. Cultural gems, ancient archaeological treasures, postcard-perfect scenery and much more; Fred. Olsen will bring it all closer to you. And, as if that wasn’t enough, elegant Braemar will guide you on a record-breaking, simply unforgettable sailing of the impressive Corinth Canal too.

An unmatched collection of Greek delights will reveal themselves at a host of incredible destinations including four gorgeous islands. The Cretan charm of picturesque Agios Nikolaos, which boasts interesting museums, striking Byzantine-era churches and stunning views of the beautiful Mirabello Bay, is sure to delight; while the remarkable ancient sites Rhodes never fail to impress. Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure trove of historical highlights such as the Avenue of the Knights and imposing Palace of the Grand Masters; however a tour to Lindos is highly recommended to marvel at the famous ruins of Greek temples and the Crusader castle. At Syros, one of the lesser-known islands in the Cyclades, Braemar will dock just 200 metres from the centre of Ermoupoli, walking distance to the town’s cathedral, museums and galleries, restaurants and Ouzeries. The last of your four island calls is at Argostoli, Kefalonia, which, with its palm-lined promenade, stunning beaches and vibrant town, is the perfect place to make the most of the glorious Mediterranean sunshine. [ReadMore]

There is plenty to discover on the Greek mainland too. An overnight stay in Patras affords time to explore one of Greece’s largest cities at your leisure, where highlights include the 6th century medieval castle and the striking Roman Odeum, which in fact pre-dates the Odeum in Athens. Katakolon, gateway to the world-renowned site of Olympia, offers tours to the home of the Olympic Games; though you could opt to visit the Mercouri vineyards and winery. The pièce de résistance is your memorable journey through the Corinth Canal. Braemar will be the longest ship to ever sail this remarkable waterway, which is as narrow as 81 feet wide, passing slowly between the canal’s carefully carved cliffs; and you will be on board to enjoy every moment of this unique experience.

For good measure, calls at attraction-packed destinations in Spain, Italy, Malta and Portugal are thrown in too. En route to Greece you’ll stop at Malaga to enjoy the sunshine of the Costa de Sol, and visit Valletta, one of the world’s most scenic cities. On your journey home, a call at Sicily and a scenic cruise by the Stromboli volcano makes for a rewarding taste of Italy; while vibrant Ibiza, the Roman city of Cartagena, Spain and Lisbon – Portugal’s capital – provide the perfect end to your holiday. 

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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.