Western Mediterranean Closer Cruise

11th Oct 2020 15 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2027
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person

Sailing to the western Mediterranean as autumn takes hold in the UK, you’ll swap the seasonal gloom back home for the endless highlights of sun-dappled islands and historic cities. Fascinating ancient sites, architectural wonders, traditional culinary delights and glorious golden beaches await, with Braemar taking you closer to beautiful destinations in one of Europe’s most diverse regions.

Along Spain’s gorgeous Mediterranean coast, Cartagena and Barcelona will have you spoilt for choice of memorable sights and authentic experiences. [ReadMoreMob]You can immerse yourself in Cartagena’s incredible history among the city’s many centuries-old sites, such as the medieval Castillo de la Concepcion, Roman amphitheatre and Bateria de Castillitos; and revel in Barcelona’s collection of remarkable Gaudi architecture, including the iconic, simply spectacular Sagrada Familia. Park Güell – a living museum of Gaudi-designed gardens, sculptures and landmarks – and Barcelona’s bustling Las Ramblas, where you can feel the buzz emanating from busy markets, bars and restaurants, are highly recommended for exploration. Visits to two beautiful Balearic Islands provide opportunities for laidback relaxation on some of the Mediterranean’s best beaches too, though you could opt to take in Ibiza’s UNESCO-listed Old Town of Dalt Vila and famous Las Salinas salt flats; and seek-out spectacular views on offer from atop Monte Toro – Menorca’s highest peak. [ReadMoreDesk]

Adding a French flavour to your Mediterranean adventure is fabulous Marseille, where Braemar – unlike larger ships – has special permission to dock closer to the heart of the action, at La Jolliette. You’ll discover attractions from the moment you step ashore here: trendy regenerated warehouses near the port are no home to many markets, boutiques and galleries. Delve even deeper and rich rewards such as the lively Old Port and historic quarter, overlooked by Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, and Cathédrale de la Major, await. Elsewhere, this enriching itinerary also includes visits to two captivating destinations in Spain’s picturesque Galicia and Andalusia regions. La Coruña, with its ancient and architectural gems, is a delight for sightseeing; and Cádiz offers an authentic taste of Andalusia, boasting miles of stunning coastline, historical sites galore and traditional tapas bars. Finally, Lisbon makes for a tantalising end to your holiday. With a day to enjoy in the Portuguese capital, you can immerse yourself in the city’s rich maritime heritage and visit the world-famous Pasteis de Belém bakery to taste the crumbly egg tarts for which it is renowned.


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.