Discovering cultural highlights of Spain and Portugal

12th Oct 2022 9 nights Sails from Dover Bolette T2225
SAVER FARE FROM £799 per person
Panoramic view of the Cathedral Campo del Sur in Cadiz, Spain Panoramic view of the Cathedral Campo del Sur in Cadiz, Spain
SAVER FARE FROM £799 per person

With Bolette taking you to destinations entwined with the history of the Camino de Santiago, you’ll discover ancient pilgrimage routes, walk and explore them for yourself,[ReadMoreMob] and get a feel for how they helped to mix people and cultures across Europe.

Your cruise starts from Dover, with the iconic white cliffs as your backdrop, before gently cruising to Getxo, where guests can take a tour to nearby San Sebastian for the start of the Camino del Norte route. Bolette arrives in Getxo at sunrise, so you'll be sure to notice the striking architecture of the Guggenheim Museum - which you may have chosen as your subject in an on board Art Class at the Olsen Studio.  As Bolette leaves Getxo, Santa Ana Castle - topped with a lighthouse, guides her on her way to Lisbon, where you have the opportunity to experience the beginning of the Camino Portugués.[ReadMoreDesk]

 Attractions aplenty await in Lisbon, from monuments such as UNESCO-listed Belem Tower to Pasteis de Belem bakery. No visit to the Portuguese capital is complete without trying its famously delicious custard tarts - originally created by the monastery's monks from the surplus of egg yolks left over from the nuns' useing the whites to starch their habits. Also learn about the city's rich sea-faring history and how navigators led the way in spreading their Christian culture during the Age of Discoveries.

In Cádiz, enjoy a tour to watch a genuine Flamenco performance, spend time with the Bailaora to listen to how the tradition was brought to this region by the Roma gypsies, and what it means to them; and then learn some of the techniques used. Then, after Cádiz and the start of Via de la Platra, it’s on to the naval port of El Ferrol for the Camino Ingles and a chance to visit Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where the pilgrimage routes ultimately culminate - at the resting place of St. James.

 

While Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, she still has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So on board you’ll find you have more space in which to relax, in public areas such as the all-season pool and the beautiful two-tiered entertainment theatre, and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant lounges, bars and dining venues.
 
With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Bolette is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.