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Discovering Turkish Treasures

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Sophia Hagia in Istanbul, Turkey Sophia Hagia in Istanbul, Turkey

25 Oct 2025

Rhodes

12 nights

Balmoral

Your cruise at a glance

Hand-crafted highlights

Our team has designed this cruise to showcase grand, ornate landmarks. In Istanbul, you can marvel at the elaborate mosaics and domed elegance of Hagia Sophia, the imperial treasures of Topkapi Palace and the Ottoman architecture of the Blue Mosque, while Valletta’s St John’s Co-Cathedral will enchant with its intricate Baroque detailing and masterful frescoes. Embarking on an exploration of Turkish traditions promises captivating experiences. Delve into the rituals of tea culture, savour flavoursome meze, rejuvenate in the soothing hammams, and amble amongst the vibrant, bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar. Historic sites such as Lindos Acropolis and Ephesus showcase the legacy of the region’s rulers.

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Highlights

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Explore Ornate Turkish Landmarks  

This itinerary has been meticulously crafted to include destinations which will allow you to uncover ornate Turkish landmarks. In Istanbul, you can explore the Byzantine marvel that is Hagia Sophia, an architectural wonder that has served as a church, mosque and museum, and the iconic Blue Mosque, an example of Ottoman opulence adorned with exquisite blue tiles and grand domes which dominate Istanbul’s skyline. The waterfront Dolmabahce Palace, known for its ornate interiors, Topkapi Palace and the majestic Süleymaniye Mosque also await exploration.

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Isanbul's Grand Bazaar

Experience the Turkish way of life

Throughout this cruise, you will have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the Turkish way of life. In Istanbul, you can explore the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops, and sample locally produced Turkish kebabs. Visit a Turkish bath, or Hammam, which offers a unique bathing experience combining cleansing, relaxation and socialising, or experience the Turkish tea culture. Representing hospitality, tradition and community, it holds a significant place in the country’s social fabric. Tea houses, known as çay evi, are popular meeting places where people gather to socialise, play games and engage in conversation over glasses of tea.

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

Balmoral
Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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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 03:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Fly Cruise fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 03:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Fly Cruise fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £3,999 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,399 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £5,199 pp

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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £5,899 pp

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Owner's Suite (OW)

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Freedom Fare From £6,999 pp
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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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Each of our cruises has been carefully designed for you to get the very best out of your time on board; and now you can enhance your cruise to make it even more special.

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