A spectacular sailing that blends the finest ingredients of a Fred. Olsen cruise
itinerary. Enjoy hours of scenic cruising that’s limited to smaller ships; docking
closer, in the heart of fascinating cities across Europe; overnight stays with
more time to explore; and the opportunity to be part of a famous worldwide
event. Braemar will make a specially-timed visit to Seville to see sensational
fireworks for the end of the annual Feria de Abril (Seville Fair).
After leaving Southampton, you’ll start off in La
Pallice. This city is perfectly positioned for tours to La
Rochelle, which is affectionately known as the ‘White
City’ due to its limestone facades that glow in the sun.
La Pallice is also gateway to the famous Cognac
region, where you can learn about the production of
the famous brandy; and the enchanting marshlands
of Marais Poitevin (‘Green Venice’).
Braemar will then dock in Bordeaux, just a gangway
away from the centre. Much of the city is listed as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it was voted as
Lonely Planet’s top city to visit in 2017. Top landmarks
include Place de la Bourse and the Grand Theatre,
though no visit would be complete without sampling
the famous wine culture – immersive experiences
await you at La Cité du Vin or on an authentic
Following two relaxing days at sea, you’ll reach Seville.
Fortunately, Braemar is small enough to make the
transit along the pretty Guadalquivir River, so guests
don’t have to take a 90-minute bus ride from Cádiz
like those on larger ships. The highlight of your stay is
surely the chance to capture the final day of the
atmospheric annual Feria de Abril (Seville Fair). There
are horse-drawn carriages and flamenco dancers
that parade the streets and the air is perfumed with
sweet scents of orange blossom and jasmine – all
rounded off by a spectacular midnight firework
display. What’s more, with the Parque de Maria and
Plaza de España to hand, and the Moorish Alcázar
Palace and Gothic Cathedral within reach, you’ll be
able to see all the best highlights without losing time
travelling to and from the ship.
In historic Rouen you’ll find an array of options at
your disposal. Take a walking tour and see how the
city has inspired writers and painters for centuries,
uncovering tales of Joan of Arc, Richard the
Lionheart and more; taste the rich flavours of the
Normandy region; head to the Claude Monet House
and Gardens; or embark on an unforgettable evening
journey to romantic Paris.
Lastly, sail along the picture-perfect Seine River.
Make sure you’re out on deck for close-up views of
the countryside, which is speckled with pretty houses.
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