Closer and Rivers & Waterways | Europe
This carefully planned itinerary showcases the finest ingredients of a
Fred. Olsen sailing. Enjoy scenic river cruising that’s only available to smaller
ships such as Braemar; docking closer, in the heart of fascinating cities across
Spain and France; and an overnight stay in Seville that allows more time to
explore. Ashore there’s a host of top experiences available, from savouring
local cuisines to uncovering architectural wonders.
You’ll experience the benefits of smaller-ship
cruising right away as Braemar navigates the
Gironde & Garonne rivers. Sailing into the heart of
Bordeaux means your exploration starts at the end
of the gangway. This ‘City of Art and History’ hosts
landmarks such as the Grand Theatre and Place de
la Bourse, and is home to a total of 362 monuments.
No visit would be complete, however, without
sampling the famous wine culture at the Cité du
Vin museum or on an authentic vineyard tour.
Following some relaxing time at sea, you’ll reach
Seville, Lonely Planet’s top country to visit in 2018.
Fortunately, Braemar is small enough to make the
transit along the pretty Guadalquivir River, so you’ll
avoid the 90-minute bus ride from coastal Cádiz.
During your overnight stay in the city you’ll be
docked close to the enchanting Parque de Maria
Luisa and iconic Plaza de España, with the Moorish
Alcázar Palace and Gothic Cathedral within reach
too. The latter is of particular intrigue as the largest
of its style in the world and the home of Christopher
Columbus’ tomb. Your stay affords time to savour
an authentic flamenco performance too.
The ancient centre of Cádiz showcases a typically
Andalusian maze of narrow cobblestone streets,
alleys and squares that are perfect for exploration.
Considered Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited
settlement, Cádiz is also famed for its historic
watchtowers and plentiful tapas which, according
to popular legend, originated in the city. For a true
taste of the surrounding region, head to the ‘sherry
capital of the world’, Jerez.
Vigo was built over a Roman settlement and an
old hill fort. It sits at the heart of the Ria de Vigo
– a flooded river valley that forms the gateway to
Ria Baizas – making for an idyllic backdrop. The
largest city in Galicia is renowned for its rich fishing
heritage and is your starting point for exciting tours
to the Cíes Islands national park.
Charming Avilés rounds off your journey of
discovery. Docking next to the modernist Óscar
Niemeyer Centre will offer an exciting contrast
to the fascinating Old Town nearby. From here,
there’s also a tempting opportunity to sample
Asturian cider at a traditional cider house.
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