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Western Med with the French Riviera

12th Oct 2019 16 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W1924
FROM ONLY £1,999 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,999 per person *

As the cold, wet weather of the British autumn sets in back home, you’ll be enjoying the warmth of Mediterranean Spain and the glorious Côte d'Azur. There’s more to your holiday than October sunshine though; a string of stylish destinations offer plenty of attractions, from glamourous resorts and glorious beaches to a plethora of historical and architectural delights.

With its wonderful climate, stunning scenery and inviting golden sands, Gibraltar is the perfect place to begin your escape from Britain’s autumn gloom – although the unmistakably British shops and red pillar-boxes are sure to remind you of home. Perhaps take a panoramic tour here to see the sights, followed by afternoon tea at a hotel on the iconic ‘rock’. Black Watch will then sail to the Spanish city of Cartagena. You’ll be spoilt for choice of attractions here; the medieval castle, Roman amphitheatre and Bateria de Castillitos are among many highlights. A morning arrival at Monaco follows, signalling the start of a wonderful weekend on the luxuriant French Riviera. This glitzy principality – the world’s second smallest country – is renowned for its luxury hotels, casinos, palaces and yacht-packed marinas; enjoy ample time to discover it all. A full-day stay also affords you opportunities to walk part of the famous Formula One Grand Prix Circuit; or even see the Prince of Monaco’s impressive car collection at the Top Car Museum. [ReadMore]

Then, after a short overnight sail, you’ll arrive in Cannes for another authentic taste of the Côte d'Azur. Your Sunday here is sure to be relaxing and rewarding; perhaps you’ll choose to uncover the grand art nouveau buildings of the elegant Boulevard de la Croisette, including the iconic Carlton Cannes Hotel, or wander the charming Le Suquet Old Quarter, perched on Mont Chevalier. Stunning beaches and a picturesque harbour await too. Returning to Spanish shores, a call into the incredible Catalan city of Barcelona will offer an abundance of memorable sights and experiences. A stroll along bustling Las Ramblas is highly recommended, while the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Eulalia is well worth a visit. Don’t miss the city’s collection of remarkable Gaudi architecture, including the magnificent Sagrada Familia. Finally, after visiting Palma de Mallorca to sample Mediterranean island life, you’ll stop at charming Cádiz. Enjoy a day here discovering highlights such as the Old Town, the cathedral and fascinating Archaeological Museum before heading for home.

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

 

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.

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.