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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey from top view at sunset Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey from top view at sunset

12 Mar 2024

Limassol

16 nights

Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

This cruise has been designed to showcase the Eastern Mediterranean and provdide you with the opportunity to experience scenic cruising of the Strait of Messina, the Aeolian Islands and Stromboli, accompanied by commentary from your on team on board Bolette. Immerse yourself into the culture of the region as you arrive in Lisbon, and enjoy the chance of discovering how the decadent, crisp and creamy Pasteis de Nata are made; or delve into ancient empires and kingdoms, such as the Acropolis in Athens, reachable from Piraeus. Elsewhere, you can discover the landmarks of Istanbul, such as the Hagia Sophia mosque and Grand Bazaar, the renowned maze of souqs set in exquisite surroundings. 

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Highlights

Celsius Library Ephesus, Turkey

Iconic Ancient Sites

This cruise aboard Bolette takes you to an abundance of important historical sites through the Eastern Mediterranean, including the 6th century Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Ephesus in Kusadasi, renowned for its historical significance as home to the Temple of Artemis, and the iconic Acropolis of Ancient Greece. Classical Historian and former Anglican priest, Chris Newlands, will join you on this cruise to deliver a series of informative talks relating to key landmarks in the regions you are visiting, and the history that shaped these cities.

The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, Greece

A Flavour of Eastern Mediterranean Culture

You’ll have the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures on this particular cruise. The medieval Old Town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases remarkable examples of architecture and fortifications from various eras, which blend seamlessly with local traditions and modern Mediterranean charm; while in your Turkish ports of call, you will witness a vibrant tapestry of influences from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Sample renowned cuisines such as baklava, marvel at the traditional bazaars and barter good-naturedly with for the best bargains, or enjoy a Turkish bath – or hamam. 

Ruins of archaeological site Nora, Cagliari, Sardinia

How civilisations shaped the Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean has been shaped by numerous cultures over thousands of years, leaving indelible marks on the history of the area. The legacy left by the Romans was a foundation for modern societies to build upon, and their vast networks of roads and aqueducts enabled trade and agriculture to thrive; which can be seen in many archaeological sites today. On this cruise you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Ruins of Nora in Cagliari, wander amongst the excavations and explore remains of Carthaginian warehouses and Roman buildings. Meanwhile, from Istanbul, visit Topkapi Castle, the official residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire for around 400 years; now home to a fascinating museum of artefacts from this era. European and Middle Eastern Historian Ronnie Landau, will join you on board Bolette, speaking about Ancient Greece and the contribution of their people to the world; with sessions designed to be thought-provoking and informative, and delivered with great humour.

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Life On Board

Introducing Bolette

With just 690 cabins Bolette fits perfectly in our fleet of smaller ships. With her warm, welcoming atmosphere, timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising.

Bolette in Olden, Norway
Bolette at sunrise

Bolette

Bolette is one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet. 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.

690 cabins
1,338 guests
657 crew
62,735 GT
24.5kts max speed
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Our Signature Experiences

To make your experience even more special, our Journey Planners have designed a unique programme of Signature Experiences which will allow you to discover real insights about the culture and nature of the places we are visiting, so you can arrive in each destination fully prepared to get the most out of your visit.

Itinerary Insights

We have carefully curated a programme of events to give you a deeper understanding of each of the destinations you will be visiting

Scenic Discoveries

Our Scenic Discoveries are designed to allow you to enjoy seeing the world from the unique perspective of our ships

The Ship and the Sea

Maritime is in our DNA - our history in shipping goes back almost 200 years

The Sky at Sea

There’s very little in the natural world more beautiful than a clear night sky, sunrise or sunset seen at sea

Treats of the Region

We love to bring a taste of the region's food, drink, local tastes and culinary traditions to life on board

Your Guest Speakers

We’ve arranged for some wonderful guest speakers to join us for this cruise. They will be delivering a programme of insightful talks and activities to deepen your cultural, artistic and historical understanding of the destinations we will be exploring, well as helping you to enjoy the natural beauty of the places we visit.

Chris Newlands
Historian

Chris Newlands

A classical historian and Arts Society speaker, Chris spent two years living in Algiers. He will be joining us on this cruise to speak about his experiences and explore historical topics which relate to some of the ports of call we will be visiting.

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Turkey/Greece

Heather Hope

Animated public speaker and travel writer Heather has travelled the world, gaining a deep understanding of the history and challenges people face everyday. During your cruise, she will share true stories and teach you about the history, culture and economics of this fascinating region.

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Glenn Patrick
Astronomy

Professor Glenn Patrick

Physicist Glenn Patrick has spent most of his career working at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. He will be on hand delivering a series of talks on earth and science subjects as well as leading stargazing sessions out on deck.

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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 18:00 27/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 18:00 27/02/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites have a private balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Saver Fare From £3,899 pp
Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp

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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

Bolette's Balcony Junior Adapted Suites have a balcony and sitting/bedroom area.

Saver Fare From £3,899 pp
Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

Located on deck 6, Bolette's Balcony Suites have a private balcony

Saver Fare From £3,999 pp
Freedom Fare From £4,599 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Bolette’s Premier Suites are located on Deck 7, and have a private balcony.

Saver Fare From £5,199 pp
Freedom Fare From £5,799 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

Bolette's Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and located on deck 7.

Saver Fare From £5,199 pp
Freedom Fare From £5,799 pp
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Olsen Suite (OW)

The Olsen Suite is the largest suite on Bolette, with a private balcony and sitting area.

Freedom Fare From £7,899 pp
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there is a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

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