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Braemar
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Braemar, Greek Islands & Corinth Canal ex Southampton Roundtrip
Ship: Braemar
Selected Sailing Date: 16 Apr 2021
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Inside Cabin: AU $8,159.00
Outside Cabin: AU $10,759.00
Prices displayed are retail per person, twin share, to the Australian Travel Trade. Consumers please contact your local cruise agent to request this Cruise Abroad package. At time of booking please check current cruise fare and any inclusions. Prices are indicative only, subject to currency fluctuations and may change at any time without notice.

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Enjoy archaeological wonders of ancient towns, cultural and historical gems, beautiful beaches, postcard-perfect scenery and much more. Aboard Braemar, your smaller-sized ship, will bring you closer to it all with visits to gorgeous islands such as Crete, Rhodes and Kefallonia.

** FINAL CABINS SELLING - LIMITED NUMBER OF INSIDE AND OUTSIDE CABINS ONLY AVAILABLE **

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ guests experienced a breath-taking transit of the 6.4-kilometre-long Corinth Canal in Greece on Wednesday 9th October 2019, as 24,344-gross-tonnes, 195.82-metre-long, 22.52-metre-wide Braemar broke the existing record to become the largest ship ever to traverse this famous feat of engineering. The Canal is only 24 metres wide at its narrowest point.

Due to the interest this sailing has generated, the remaining cabins on the Greek Isles & Corinth Canal cruise in 2021 will sell out quickly.

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 25 night Greek Isles & Corinth Canal cruise aboard Braemar roundtrip from Southampton
- All meals on board (excludes specialty dining)
- Entertainment on board
- Port charges & government taxes


Special Conditions

*Offer correct at 15Oct19 and subject to change. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and cannot be combined with other offers. Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fares, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Gratuities are payable on board and will be charged at £5.00 per person per day (subject to change). Guests can vary the amount on board at the ship's Reception. Gratuities cannot be paid in advance prior to departure. Cruise fares shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised cruise fares shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2020/2021 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Offer valid for sale to 23Nov19 unless sold out prior. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.


Cruise Description

25 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

This specially crafted cruise will show you a tapestry of authentic Greek highlights. You'll get closer to cultural and historical treasures and postcard-perfect scenes of gorgeous destinations, and experience an unforgettable navigation of the remarkable Corinth Canal. All this on one outstanding 25-night voyage.

The Cretan charm of picturesque Agios Nikolaos, which boasts interesting museums, striking Byzantine-era churches and stunning views of the beautiful Merabello Bay, is sure to delight, while the remarkable ancient sites Rhodes never fail to impress. Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure trove of historical highlights such as the Avenue of the Knights and imposing Palace of the Grand Masters; however a tour to Lindos is highly recommended to marvel at the famous ruins of Greek temples and the Crusader castle. At Syros, one of the lesser-known islands in the Cyclades, Braemar will dock just 200 metres from the centre of Ermoupoli, walking distance to the town’s cathedral, museums and galleries, restaurants and Ouzeries. The last of your four island calls is at Argostoli, Kefallonia, which, with its palm-lined promenade, stunning beaches and vibrant town, is the perfect place to make the most of the glorious Mediterranean sunshine.

On the Greek mainland, an overnight stay in Patras affords time to explore one of Greece’s largest cities at your leisure, where highlights include the 6th century medieval castle and the striking Roman Odeum, which in fact pre-dates the Odeum in Athens. Katakolon, gateway to the world-renowned site of Olympia, offers tours to the home of the Olympic Games, though you could opt to visit the Mercouri vineyards and winery. The pièce de résistance is your memorable journey through the narrow Corinth Canal. Braemar is the longest ship to pass between the canal’s carefully carved cliffs; and you’ll be on board to enjoy every moment of this very special experience.

As if all that’s not enough, visits to attraction-packed destinations in Spain, Italy, Malta and Portugal are thrown in for good measure too. You’ll stop at Malaga to enjoy the sunshine of the Costa de Sol, and visit Valletta, one of the world’s most scenic cities. A call at Sicily and a scenic cruise by the Stromboli volcano makes for a rewarding taste of Italy; while vibrant Ibiza, the Roman city of Cartagena, Spain and Lisbon – Portugal’s capital will provide the perfect end to your holiday.

Highlights of this cruise:

Malaga, Spain
Situated on Andalusia's beautiful Mediterranean coast, Malaga offers everything you would expect from a city on the Costa del Sol: seemingly endless stretches of golden sand beaches, fantastic restaurants serving traditional tapas and friendly bars attract locals and holidaymakers alike.

There's much more to the region's captivating capital than busy beach resorts though. Dig a little deeper and a wealth of cultural, historical, artistic and architectural treasures reveal themselves, such as Catedral de Málaga, the statuesque and striking Alcazaba Fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Not-to-be-missed is the Picasso Museum, which exhibits a fantastic collection of masterpieces from arguably Malaga's most famous 'son', Pablo Picasso.

What's more, Malaga is also your gateway to Granada and the glorious Alhambra, where proud 14th century palaces and exotic gardens are Spain's finest expression of Moorish art; as well as the Ronda Valley, where on tour you can explore a charming old town and the picturesque El Tajo gorge.

Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes, the largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, is awash with fine beaches, wooded valleys, crystal-clear waters, ancient ruins and remnants of an occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades.

The Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that echo back to the days of the Byzantine Empire, and has recently been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status. Its sandstone architecture rarely fails to impress. The town is home to the medieval Street of the Knights and the castle-esque Palace of the Grand Masters, which is now a history museum. Further south, the town of Lindos has a steep footpath that climbs a 116m-high rock to its wonderfully-preserved Acropolis.

With frescoed churches, and eight months of Mediterranean sunshine every year, Rhodes can’t help but be a winner for its visitors.

Patras, Greece
The history of Patras – named after King Patreas who ruled Achaïa in around 1100BC – dates back over 3000 years. The city was once a major part of both of the Mycenaean and Roman civilisations, however there is little left here to remind you of Patras’ ancient past.

What was formerly a thriving trade centre is now a bustling university city, a place where modern architecture stands alongside a few surviving ancient treasures, and trendy bars, shops and restaurants line the busy pedestrianised streets and thoroughfares.

It is recommended to start your exploration of Patras at the famous street of Aghiou Nikolaou, which leads you into the Old City quarter. Here you can marvel at the ancient Medieval Castle, which was built in the late 6th century on the site of the old acropolis and offers fantastic views of the city, as well as the gorgeous surrounding scenery. The cobbled streets of the Old City offer a little glimpse into Patras’ past too, with their grand neoclassical mansions.

Elsewhere it is worth heading west of the acropolis to Ano Poli – the ‘upper city’ – to visit the Roman Odeum, which in fact pre-dates the famous Athens Odeum. In Ano Poli you will also find fascinating archaeological sites and the Patras Lighthouse. In the centre of the city, two fine historical monuments are sure to capture your attention: St Andrew Church, one of the biggest Balkan churches, and the Municipal Theatre, one of the first Opera houses in Europe.

Trapani, Italy
Located on the western coast of Sicily, the beautiful city of Trapani is a fishing port with a long history renowned for its Baroque-style architecture. The sickle-shaped spit of land Trapani's Old Town occupies, was once the heart of a great trading network stretching from Carthage to Venice.

Trapani’s highlights include The Dovecote, the city’s offshore medieval fortress, the restored 14th century Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, and the 17th-century Torre di Ligny watchtower, which houses the Museo di Preistoria e del Mare and its many archaeological artefacts. North of the impressive harbour, the Chiesa del Purgatorio Church holds wooden sculptures that are paraded through the city during Easter’s Processione dei Misteri.

There are several beautiful boulevards to walk around and enjoy, including Mura di Tramontana – arguably the prettiest of them all. A good range of shops and restaurants are on offer to enjoy and the boulevard delivers great views of the bay.

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