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Spanish City Discovery

24th Oct 2019 15 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L1928
FROM ONLY £1,799 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,799 per person
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Featuring eight diverse, culture-rich destinations in five beautiful regions, this fantastic 14-night cruise offers an in-depth, authentic exploration of Spain. Traditional tapas bars, architectural treasures, fascinating historical sites and range of cultural highlights; Balmoral will bring the many attractions of some of Europe’s finest cities closer to you.

Two stunning cities in Andalusia, a gorgeous region in sunlit southern Spain, will offer plenty of memorable experiences. In ancient Cádiz, charming old districts are yours to explore at leisure in search of majestic monuments such as the Torre Tavira watchtower and the 18th century cathedral; many of the city’s highlights are within easy reach of the port. Cádiz is also the gateway to Jerez, a city renowned for its sherry production and equestrian art. Then there’s a call at Malaga, where the Moorish-style Gibralfaro Castle and fantastic Picasso Museum are among many ‘must-visit’ attractions. This Andalusian gem is also the starting point for tours to Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace and to the picturesque mountaintop city of Ronda. In the Murcia region, Cartagena awaits your discovery. Be sure to take in the medieval castle and the Roman amphitheatre. [ReadMore]

You’ll have a day to sample the laidback Mediterranean island lifestyle of Mallorca, where Balmoral will dock at pretty Palma, before Barcelona – Catalonia’s cosmopolitan capital – beckons. You’re sure to be captivated by this iconic city. A stroll along energetic Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous street is always a memorable experience; while architectural wonders such as the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia and the many works of Gaudi, including the world-famous Sagrada Familia, present photo opportunities galore. Valencia has plenty to recommend it too. From a myriad of modern galleries, museums and contemporary architecture to a charming Old Quarter and traditional restaurants serving plentiful portions of Paella, Spain’s third largest city offers something for everyone. Finally, calls at two enchanting cities in the gorgeous Galicia region of northern Spain end your exploration. In Vigo, perhaps while away a few hours in the delightful Old Town; then, during a morning in La Coruna, take the chance to tour to the spectacular, UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1350 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.