Discover Northern Spain

13th Nov 2023 6 nights Sails from Southampton Bolette T2329
FREEDOM FARE FROM £749 per person
Palace Magdalena in Santander, Cantabria, Spain. Palace Magdalena in Santander, Cantabria, Spain.
FREEDOM FARE FROM £749 per person
Solo traveller offer available

Fantastic reduced single supplement deals available on selected grades on this sailing. T&Cs apply*

£50pp FREE On Board Spend or £100pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Stray away from Spain’s ‘beaten track’ and uncover a blend of scenery, history and cultural as you journey between three regions in the country’s beautiful, diverse north. An extended stay in Getxo is a particular highlight, allowing for ample time to savour an authentic slice of the Basque Country. Perhaps choose to take a short journey to bustling Bilbao, where you can visit the unmistakable Guggenheim Museum; venture to the Rioja wine region and find out how some of Spain’s finest tipples are made; or head to San Sebastian, famed for its delicious pintxos and other Basque cuisine. Upon departure from Getxo, Bolette will take you on a scenic cruise past the Magdalena Peninsula, providing views of the impressive Royal Palace of La Magdalena.[ReadMore]

Your very special Spanish adventure also takes in Santander, capital of Cantabria. Nestled on the picturesque coast, Santander is the perfect place to soak up Cantabrian beauty. It’s also ideally placed for tours to the medieval towns of Santillana del Mar and Comillas; while there are also opportunities to discover the stunning Picos de Europa Mountains and the UNESCO-listed Altamira Cave paintings too. On the Asturias region’s Atlantic Coast, a visit to Gijon is a chance to delve into this lively city’s rich history, which dates back to Roman times; see its many, centuries-old architectural highlights and enjoy a wander around the pretty marina; and sample Asturian cider at traditional siderias.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.