Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

3rd Oct 2020 8 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2026
FROM ONLY £1,099 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,099 per person

A medley of rewards awaits you on this enriching journey to France and Spain aboard Braemar. You can savour fine wines and culinary delights, admire diverse architecture, uncover ancient art and much more, and it’s all made easier by your smaller ship’s ability to dock close to the highlights of each culture-rich city on this incredible itinerary.

The French leg of your adventure sees Braemar take you directly into beautiful Bordeaux via the gorgeous, size-restricted Gironde and Garonne rivers. [ReadMoreMob]Once docked in the heart of the ‘Pearl of Aquitane’, your exploration begins from the moment you step ashore. From your ship’s gangway, you can wander into the UNESCO-listed centre for a feast of attractions, including Calihau Gate, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Place de La Bourse. While the city sights always delight, no visit to Bordeaux is complete without sampling the world-famous wine culture too. Visit the Cité du Vin Museum for an immersive insight into the history of French food and wine; or perhaps opt for a tour the Medoc region vineyards, where some of the world’s best wines are expertly crafted. [ReadMoreDesk]

An enticing trio of destinations in Spain’s picture-perfect northern regions are sure to tempt you ashore to explore too. Scenic Santander not only boasts unspoilt beaches and architectural masterpieces, but is also a gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures, from the breathtaking Picos de Europa Mountains to the Altamira Caves, which are renowned for their remarkably well preserved prehistoric paintings. Diverting inland from Asturias’ picturesque coast, the pretty city of Avilés awaits. Braemar will dock alongside the modernist Óscar Niemeyer International Centre, immediately emphasising the striking contrast with the centuries-old architecture within the Old Town. Explore at leisure, then perhaps refresh yourself with a glass of traditional sweet cider, uniquely poured from a great height, at a rural sidreria. You’ll also dock within 400 metres of the centre of La Coruña, a Galician gem renowned for its impressive landmarks. The Baroque-style Cornide Palace and ancient Torre de Hercules are within easy reach here. Further afield, you could head to Santiago de Compostela – one of Christendom’s three global spiritual capitals – on a tour to marvel at the at the city’s simply spectacular cathedral.


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.