Voyages to Antiquity with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Church of the Resurrection (Savior on Spilled Blood). St. Petersburg

Welcome to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – the home of smaller, ‘closer’ cruising, on stylish ships that can take you to destinations that larger vessels cannot reach.

Working closely with John Kain, Director at Voyages to Antiquity, we have curated this very special cruise programme of 12 fascinating, culturally-rich itineraries [ReadMore]for you to enjoy, with expert guest speakers, exclusive shore tours hosted by VTA Tour Managers and group get-togethers in the privacy of our elegant lounges, together with Fred. Olsen’s multi-award-winning customer service, five-star cuisine and friendly, relaxed style. 

At Fred. Olsen, we pride ourselves on our tailor-made cruise experience, and we are delighted to have been awarded Cruise Critic’s prestigious ‘Best for Itineraries’ accolade in December 2019 – for a record fifth year in a row.

We are confident that many of you who enjoyed sailing on Aegean Odyssey will find Fred. Olsen’s ships a new home at sea, in the company of old friends, and we look forward to welcoming you on board.

What's included:

  • Two VTA escorted group shore tours on each cruise
  • All meals on board
  • Gratuities for Restaurant and Cabin staff on board
  • Private drinks party on board
  • VTA Guest Lecturers on selected cruises
  • Return flights and overseas transfers on fly-cruises
Former VTA passengers receive a 5% discount on all cruises
Ocean Cruises

28th July 2020 | 14 nights | Braemar | M2019VT | Sails from Southampton

  • Docking closer to the heart of a string of attraction-packed rich cities, Braemar brings the Baltic’s greatest architectural treasures, legendary landmarks and cultural highlights within easy reach.
  • See the art-nouveau delights of Riga and Helsinki; explore Visby’s beautifully preserved Old Town; see the impressive Royal Palaces of Copenhagen; and unwind with an authentic Finnish sauna experience.
  • Spectacular St Petersburg will be a highlight to savour: stopping overnight affords opportunities to seek-out the gems of the ‘Jewel in the Baltic Crown’ and even feel the emotion of an evening at the magical Russian ballet.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £2,299pp
Ocean View Room – £2,699pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £3,249pp
Balcony Room – Limited
Suite – £5,099pp
Single Room - £3,699

Peterhof, fountains, St Petersburg, Russia

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:

St. Petersburg - 8 hour tour dedicated to Peter the Great
Riga - 7 hour tour to Medieval Turaida & Sigulda

11th August 2020 | 16 nights | Boudicca | D2021VT | Sails from Dover

  • Embark on a mesmeric expedition to the remote regions and settlements of Greenland and revel in the spectacular natural beauty, unique culture and fascinating history of this remarkable country.
  • The experiences on offer are nothing short of incredible – highlights include a chance see and hear the creaking icebergs of Qooroq Ice Fjord up-close; and sail the immaculate Prins Christiansund.
  • You also get to immerse yourself in the authentic Norse heritage of Qaqortoq and enjoy an exclusive performance of traditional music and dance at Nanortalik’s Open Air Museum.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £2,899pp
Ocean View Room – £3,299pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £4,249pp
Balcony Room – £5,299pp
Suite – £5,199pp
Single Room - £4,899

Prins Christian Sund, Greenland

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:

Reykjavik - 8.5 hour tour to the Golden Circle with a geologist guide
Narsarsuaq - 1.15 hour tour to the Qoroq Ice Fjord

1st September 2020 | 8 nights | Braemar | M2023VT | Sails from Southampton

  • Heading away from Norway’s coastal routes and deep into the spellbinding fjordland will present you an opportunity to revel in the awe-inspiring natural beauty and drama of Fred. Olsen’s homeland.
  • Smaller-sized Braemar will take you closer the towering mountains, dramatic cliffs and lush-green, flora rich valleys of the breathtaking Hardangerfjord, Lysefjord and Nordfjord.
  • Visits to four enchanting destinations will provide highlights aplenty too; Stavanger’s charming Old Town; the spectacular Loen Skylift, within reach from Olden; Bergen’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf; and much more are yours to discover.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £1,549pp
Ocean View Room – £1,749pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £2,099pp
Balcony Room – Limited
Suite – £3,349pp
Single Room - £2,499

White houses in Stavanger old town, Norway

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:
Olden - 4 Hour Briksdal Glacier National Park tour, accompanied with a professor of geology
Eidfjord - 4 Hour Viking tour led by an expert Viking guide

11th October 2020 | 15 nights | Braemar | M2027VT | Sails from Southampton

  • As the autumn takes hold back home, you’ll swap the seasonal gloom for October warmth and get closer to the highlights of sun-dappled islands and historic cities in the western Mediterranean.
  • On Spain’s Mediterranean coast, you can immerse yourself in Cartagena’s rich Roman history; and revel in the vibrant atmosphere and stunning architecture – including the iconic Sagrada Familia – of Barcelona.
  • Ibiza and Menorca offer inviting beaches, unspoilt scenery and historical sites, while Marseille – with its trendy boutiques, galleries and architectural gems – adds a French flavour to your adventure.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £2,249pp
Ocean View Room – £2,599pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £3,149pp
Balcony Room – £4,249pp
Suite – £4,949pp
Single Room - £3,649


Couple walking in Malaga, Spain with Braemar in the background

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:

Barcelona - Half day architectural walking tour of Barcelona, focusing upon the Gaudi works led by an architect guide
Cartagena - 3.5 hour tour focusing on Roman Architecture led by an archeologist

17th December 2020 | 28 nights | Boudicca | D2030VT | Fly from Gatwick/ Manchester

  • For an unforgettable festive season, uncover scenic and spiritual wonders, rich history and culture, and experience a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration, on an Asian exploration of epic proportions.
  • Enjoy Christmas on board Boudicca and delight in the mosques, temples and towers of Georgetown and iconic Kuala Lumpur, before arriving in Singapore to see in 2021 with an unforgettable fireworks display at Marina Bay.
  • Your extended stay in Singapore allows time to discover Raffles Hotel and the Gardens by the Bay too, before Naha and Kōchi reveal quintessentially Japanese sights, from ancient castles and temples to beautiful Oriental gardens.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £5,999pp
Ocean View Room – £7,199pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £8,349pp
Balcony Room - Limited
Suite – £9,699pp
Single Room - £9,199

Mariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpar, Asia

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:

Singapore - 5 hrs - World War 2 Memorial Tour
Okinawa - 5 hours - Battle of Okinawa Tour
Kota Kinabulu - 4 hours - Colours of Borneo Tour
Tokyo - Mount Fuji & Hakone National Park Tour

7th January 2021 | 14 nights | Braemar | M2101VT | Fly from Gatwick/ Manchester

  • An exotic journey of discovery blending immersive history, authentic cultures with blissful indulgence, this cruise takes in seven absorbing island destinations for stunning landscapes, captivating cities, remarkable ancient sites and much more.
  • You’ll get to uncover Tortola’s swashbuckling pirate legends; explore Mayan ruins or snorkel coral reefs in Cozumel; and take a rare opportunity to learn of Guadaloupe’s fascinating slave history and colonial heritage.
  • Time in Cuba is sure to be an undoubted highlight: you’ll stop overnight in Havana, an opportunity to explore historic districts, sample authentic Cuban rum, and even see the sights from an iconic classic car.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £2,799pp
Ocean View Room – £3,049pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £3,449pp
Balcony Room – £4,499pp
Suite – £4,849pp
Single Room - £4,149

Capitol building in Havana, Cuna

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:

Cozumel - 9 hour tour to Chichen Itza
Havana - 4.5 hour tour to follow 'Hemingsway's Trail'

14th January 2021 | 14 nights | Boudicca | D2101VT | Fly from Gatwick/ Manchester

  • On an enlightening and enriching journey around Japan’s beautiful islands, you can experience the authentic cultures, traditions and spirituality of one of the world’s most intoxicating countries.
  • Be captivated by traditional Geisha dancing in Tokyo, or connect with the origins of the Samurai on tour to Kamakura; uncover the shrines and temples of Nagoya; and be part of a classic tea ceremony in Osaka.
  • Sample Japanese cuisine, such as sake and sushi; look beyond the infamous war history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to see stunning shrines, pagodas and scenic landscapes; and relax in Beppu’s famous hot springs.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £3,999pp
Ocean View Room – £4,399pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £5,199pp
Balcony Room – Limited
Suite – £5,649pp
Single Room - Limited

Itsukushima shrine in Hiroshima, Japan

Guest Lecturers:

VTA Tours Included:

Kobe - 8.5 hour tour to Ancient Nara
Ngasaki - 3.15 hours - Nagasaki Memorial Tour

28th January 2021 | 14 nights | Boudicca | D2102VT | Fly from Gatwick/ Manchester

  • Immerse yourself in Asia’s indomitable diversity, energy and beauty as you delve into a melting pot of spectacular sights and enriching experiences in modern metropolises, historic cities and stunning coastal locations.
  • Revel in the vibrancy of Hong Kong amongst its bustling streets and impressive skyline; and stop overnight in Singapore, with ample time to visit the Gardens by the Bay, Raffles Hotel and much more.
  • In Vietnam, you can delight in the big-city vibes of Da Nang and Nha Trang’s gorgeous scenes and golden sands; take a boat tour of Ha Long Bay’s idyllic islands and islets; and uncover fascinating war history in Ho Chi Minh City.

Prices per person
Interior Room – £3,549pp
Ocean View Room – £3,799pp
Superior Ocean View Room – £4,549pp
Balcony Room - Limited
Suite – £5,199pp
Single Room - £4,849

Hong Kong skyline at night

Guest Lecture:

VTA Tours Included:

Ha Long Bay - 5.5 - 6 hours - Zen Monastery & Ha Long Countryside
Ho Chi Minh City - 7.5 hours - Cu Chi Tunnels

River Cruises

9th August 2020 | 14 nights | Brabant | R201617V | Fly from Heathrow/ Manchester

  • Taking a rarely-sailed route through Germany all the way to Luxembourg and back, Brabant will present you with scenic, architectural delights along three difference sections of the sublime Moselle River.
  • You’ll revel in views of the enchanting Lower Moselle Valley, visit Cochem for the fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle, and stop at Trier en route to Luxembourg, where famous wineries and the exotic Päiperleksgaart Butterfly Gardens await you.
  • Your journey back includes scenic cruising of the breathtaking Middle Moselle Valley; time in medieval Bernkastel-Kues; a chance to take a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and marvel at Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Prices per person

Standard Room – £3,479pp
Juliette Balcony Room Strauss – £3,479pp
Juliette Balcony Room Mozart – £3,779pp
Juilette Balcony Suite - £4,949pp

Brabant cruising the Moselle River

Guest Lecturer:

VTA Tours Included:

Cochem - Reichsburg Castle - 2.5 hours tour
Nierstein - Nierstein Education - inc Wine Wagon Drive & Cellar Tour

11th October 2020 | 14 nights | Brabant | R2025VT | Fly from Heathrow/ Manchester

  • Embark on an epic voyage across Europe, sailing the mighty Danube all the way to the Danube Delta via incredible destinations and regions of spectacular beauty in four remarkably diverse countries.
  • Catch a traditional folklore show in Belgrade and sample Novi Sad’s local cuisine in Serbia; cruise the awe-inspiring Iron Gates gorge; and uncover Bulgarian gems in Vidin, such as the Baba Vida Fortress, and Ruse.
  • Take a boat tour safari of the breathtaking Danube Delta; visit Vukovar, gateway to the glorious Croatian wetlands of Kopački Rit; and in Hungary, learn of the history of paprika in Kalocsa before revelling in the delights of Budapest.

Prices per person

Standard Room – £3,349pp
Juliette Balcony Room Strauss – £3,949pp
Juliette Balcony Room Mozart – £4,149pp
Juilette Balcony Suite - Limited

Budapest city skyline and Danube river, Budapest, Hungary

Guest Lecturer:

VTA Tours Included:

Rousse - 4.25 hours - Rock Monastery & Wine Estate - with Rock Church being guided by a Bulgarian guide from the History Museum.
St. Gheorghe - 4 hours - The Danube Delta

For bookings and enquiries, please contact Fred. Olsen's Reservations Team on 0800 0355 078

Please quote the VTA group account code GRP0292 & relevant cruise code

Fares are per person, based on twin occupancy of the lead-in twin cabin, and are capacity controlled, and may change. Offers may be amended or withdrawn at any time without prior notice and are subject to availability and cannot be applied retrospectively. All bookings are subject to Fred. Olsen’s standard terms and conditions, available to view here and on request. Some ports may be at anchor. F.OCL reserves the right to amend itineraries for operational necessity. The VTA group cruise fares include pre-paid on-board gratuities and two pre-paid escorted shore tours which may be subject to change (D2030 includes four pre-paid escorted shore tours). VTA past passenger discount is not combinable with Fred. Olsen’s Oceans Club discount. Guest lecturers are correct at time of going to print (Feb 2020), but may be subject to change. The VTA private group drinks party and group tours are subject to minimum numbers. The VTA group cruises are operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, under the F.OCL ABTA W0637 and F.OCL ATOL 5016 bonding. They are marketed and promoted by Voyages to Antiquity.