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Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias in Spain Picos de Europa National Park, Asturias in Spain

20 Oct 2024

Liverpool

7 nights

Bolette

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Visiting three Spanish cities, this week-long getaway has been designed to showcase historic architecture and traditional food and drink. Getxo is the perfect base from which to explore Bilbao, home to the famous Guggenheim Museum, and sampling pintxos, the Basque country’s version of tapas. Gijón is famous for cider, or sidras, as it’s known nationally. The apples grown here have been used for centuries to produce the traditional drink of the Asturias region. A visit to La Coruña, gateway to the UNESCO-listed city of Santiago de Compostela, and a scenic cruise past the Tower of Hercules – said to be the only Roman lighthouse in existence – is not to be missed. Pico de Europa National Park is home to jagged peaks and verdant valleys full of wildlife such as the Iberian Wolf and the Cantabrian Brown Bear. 

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Highlights

Pico de Europa National Park, Spain

Espana Verde's mountainous landscapes

Northern Spain's landscapes are a mesmerising combination of rocky mountains, scenic coastlines, and charming villages. Pico de Europa National Park enchants with its rugged peaks, deep canyons, and lush valleys, providing unrivaled opportunities for outdoor excursions, while charming fishing villages are dotted along the coast, their colourful cottages reflected in the sparkling waters of the Bay of Biscay. Costa da Morte, with its wild and windswept cliffs, conjures images of untamed beauty and a rich maritime history. The wooded slopes and secret valleys of the Cantabrian Mountains conceal a plethora of natural beauties awaiting discovery. 

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Austrian cider and apples

Northern Spain's way of life

Northern Spain's gastronomic and cultural variety is a wonderful expression of flavours and customs. Rioja wine and pintxos are popular in the Basque Country, as are the melodious melodies of Euskara music. Asturian cider runs freely, based on a heritage as old as the Cantabrian Mountains themselves, while Galicia's coastal bounty produces exquisite seafood delicacies such as Pulpo a la gallega and savoury empanadas, which evoke the spirit of the Atlantic. Throughout this culinary journey, Euskara in Basque and Galician connects generations to their ancestry, creating a rich cultural fabric across the northern Spanish landscape.

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The Guggenheim museum, Bilbao, Spain

Captivating architecture in Northern Spain

Northern Spain's cultural landmarks are both diverse and captivating. On this Bolette cruise, take the opportunity to visit Santiago de Compostela, with its renowned cathedral which attracts pilgrims from all over the world to embark on the Camino de Santiago, a journey of spiritual importance. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is a modern architectural masterpiece that showcases contemporary art against the backdrop of industrial tradition, while La Coruna, also known as the 'Glass City,' dazzles with its contemporary style, which combines sleek glass structures with ancient beauty along its waterfront area. Each destination on this Northern Spain cruise provides a unique viewpoint on art, history, and innovation, contributing to the cultural environment of the region.

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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.

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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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Sample Shore Tours

At each port of call on your cruise, we carefully research and hand pick Shore Tour options for you, designed for you see as many of the world's best destinations as possible.

Below, you will find some sample Shore Tours which will give you an example of what to expect on your cruise. Your Shore Tours will be available to book approximately 8-13 weeks prior to departure via your My Cruises account.

Panoramic Tour & The Guggenheim

Journey through Bilbao, passing the Ensanche Area and the bridges over the Nervión River and enjoy views of Bilbao from Artxanda Mountain before visiting the Guggenheim Museum.

££££

Getxo (Bilbao)

 La Rijoa Vineyards

La Rioja Vineyards

Discover the region of La Rioja, renowned for its vineyards and high-quality wines, with visits to the Bodegas Campillo winery, Laguardia and the winery of Eguren Ugarte.

££££

Getxo (Bilbao)

Austrian Pouring Cider

Asturian Cider Pouring

Visit the Cider House to explore the family museum and uncover the history of the Cider Tunnel, peruse the apple trees plantations, and enjoy a tasting.

££££

Gijon

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Explore the city of Santiago de Compostela and visit the Conventual de San Francisco, the Faculty of Medicine, and the world-famous Plaza del Obradoiro.

££££

La Coruña

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.

Arantxa Sardina
Art & Culture

Arantxa Sardina

An accredited lecturer with the Arts Society and hailing from Santander, Arantxa will be speaking on the culture and way of life in Northern Spain as well as the art and architecture of the Guggenheim and Santiago de Compostella.

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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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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 15:00 19/04/2024, 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.

Freedom Fare From £2,099 pp
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Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted (BJD)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,099 pp
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Balcony Suite (BS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,199 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,799 pp
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Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted (PSD)

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

Freedom Fare From £2,799 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 £3,699 pp
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Cruise Offers

Solo traveller offer available   Saver Fare
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What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

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

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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