Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

20th May 2021 8 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2111
FROM ONLY £1,149 per person
Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, France Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux, France
FROM ONLY £1,149 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.

An enticing trio of destinations in Spain’s picture-perfect northern regions are sure to tempt you ashore to explore too. [ReadMoreMob]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 a replica of 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. [ReadMoreDesk]

The French leg of your adventure sees Braemar take you directly into beautiful Bordeaux via the gorgeous, size-restricted Gironde and Garonne rivers. 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. A return journey back along the scenic Gironde and Garonne in daylight hours will provide one final memorable experience; relax and take in views of sprawling green countryside and charming settlements as you head for home.

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’.