Tulips & Chocolates

9th Apr 2021 7 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2108
FROM ONLY £899 per person
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FROM ONLY £899 per person

A springtime cruise to stimulate your senses, this indulgent seven-night sailing offers you chances to smell the sweet seasonal scents of fabulous flora, treat yourself to sumptuous chocolates, see some of Europe’s most iconic sights and much more, as smaller-sized Braemar takes you closer to elegant, attraction-packed cities in Belgium and the Netherlands.

After a short foray to the French city of Honfleur, complete with charming, 16th century cobbled streets, France’s oldest timber church and the colourful buildings and picturesque marina of Le Vieux Bassin, the treats of Antwerp are yours to unwrap. [ReadMoreMob]Braemar will sail the winding Western Scheldt River into the heart of Belgium’s beautiful second city, before docking overnight to allow you plenty of time to explore at your own pace. The mighty Cathedral of Our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts – which houses the works of Rubens and other Flemish masters – are among many gems to discover in Antwerp, a city famed for its legendary diamond district, while no visit is complete without stopping by one of the friendly cafés or chocolate shops to sample authentic Belgian chocolates. Should you wish to venture further afield, a tour to Ghent can provide an equally captivating mix of attractions – such as St Bavo’s Cathedrals – and artisan chocolatiers. [ReadMoreDesk]

In the Netherlands, two days of rewarding exploration begins in the exciting, contemporary city of Rotterdam. In contrast to the sights of classic Antwerp, Rotterdam brings a futuristic twist to your itinerary, with its innovative architectural highlights, including the unusual Markthal and unique Cube Houses; impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge; and bustling commercial port. Finally, it’s on to the culture-rich Dutch capital, Amsterdam. There’s a host of attractions to discover here, from the grand structures of the historic, UNESCO-listed Canal Ring – best seen on a boat tour of the city’s famous waterways – to the fascinating Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum. A full day stay will offer you the chance to tick many of the highlights off your ‘must-visit’ list. What’s more, thanks to your specially timed spring visit to Amsterdam, you could revel in the vibrant colours and sweet scents of millions of tulips Keukenhof Gardens, the best place to see various species of Holland’s iconic flora in all their seasonal splendour.

Real ships
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.

Refurbished in 2017, elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.