Portugal & Spain Discovery

9th Dec 2020 8 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2031
FROM ONLY £799 per person
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FROM ONLY £799 per person

For a rewarding pre-Christmas escape, head to Spain and Portugal to discover the delights of a trio of captivating cities. You’ll have opportunities to delve into fascinating history and culture, marvel at magnificent architecture and even sample traditional local flavours, while the sight of Christmas lights and decorations in each city is sure to leave you filled with festive spirit too. [ReadMoreMob]

To kick-off this exciting eight-night cruise, Balmoral will lead the way to Portugal’s historic, charming capital, Lisbon.With two days to explore in-depth, you have ample time to uncover Lisbon’s many highlights, including a collection of insightful museums, architectural gems and iconic monuments that offer an insight into the city’s rich maritime heritage. Jerónimos Monastery, Tower de Belem, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and much more awaits – taking a ride on a classic tram is a great way to take in the sights. For an authentic taste of the city, be sure to visit the famous Pasteis de Belém to sample the crumbly egg custard tarts Lisbon is famous for. Stopping overnight affords you a chance to enjoy a memorable evening exploration too, listening out for the sounds of traditional fado music and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere as you wander picturesque streets illuminated by twinkling fairy lights. [ReadMoreDesk]

After Lisbon, the Portuguese delights continue with a chance to venture into Oporto. Though Balmoral docks in Leixões, Portugal’s UNESCO-listed second city is just a short journey away. Take the trip and you’ll find you’re never far away from arresting attractions in Oporto – particular highlights include the city’s world-famous port wine cellars, the charming Ribeira Historic District and the pastel-fronted buildings lining the banks of the Douro River, best seen on a tour aboard a traditional Rabelo boat. Finally, after a short sail to northern Spain’s gorgeous Galicia region, you’ll arrive in La Coruña. Again, a plethora of attractions await you here, including the ancient Torre de Hercules and pretty Maria Pita Square, where you’ll see the striking facades of ornate buildings such as Palacio Municipal adorned with festive lights and decorations. La Coruña is also your gateway to Santiago de Compostela, where you can stop-by the city’s small, yet enchanting Christmas Market and revel in the sight of the its spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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’.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.