Visit the fascinating and beautiful cities of northern Spain aboard the Fred Olsen Braemar on this great 8 night cruise departing from Southampton – with no extra supplement for single travellers!
Visiting the beautiful cities of La Coruña, Aviles, Santander and an overnight stay in Gexto (Bilbao) this cruise is a perfect blend of time to explore and time to enjoy the facilities on board.
|FROM||Dublin / Southampton, UK|
|DATE||28 April 2018|
Stray away from Spain’s ‘beaten track’ and uncover the country’s more authentic side, taking advantage of Braemar’s smaller size to delve deeper into one of the lesser-known, yet most rewarding, beautiful and diverse Spanish regions.
The first stop on your exploration of scenic Spain is La Coruña. Docking just 400 metres from the heart of this historic city means impressive landmarks such as the Galician Baroque-style Cornide Palace, the ancient Church of Santiago and the UNESCO-listed Torre de Hercules are all within easy reach. La Coruña is also your gateway to spectacular Santiago de Compostela – one of Christendom’s three global spiritual capitals – and its simply breathtaking cathedral. Then in the pretty Asturian city of Avilés, you’ll berth alongside the world-renowned Óscar Niemeyer International Centre – a ‘must-visit’ attraction during your day here. Once again you’ll be close to a selection of other highlights too, including the fine architecture of the Old Town and a number of traditional siderias where you can enjoy a glass or two of authentic Asturian sidra. Alternatively you could take a trip to Oviedo to marvel at the grand gothic-style cathedral and a number of UNESCO-listed sites; or tour to the Atlantico Botanical Garden, the only one of its type in Northern Spain.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Southampton, United Kingdom: Depart Late PM
Following a flight from Dublin to Liverpool, you will be transferred to the port to board the Fred. Olsen Braemar where you will begin your journey.
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: La Coruña, Spain: Early AM to Late PM
Day 4: Aviles, Spain: Early AM to Late PM
Day 5: Santander, Spain: Early AM to Late PM
The belle-époque elegance of El Sardinero aside, modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint. But Cantabria’s capital is an engaging one, nonetheless, making the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander. It’s a lively spot to spend a night or two, with fine urban beaches, busy shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, plenty of surf, and some intriguing cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.
Day 6-7: Getxo (Bilbao), Spain: Early AM OVERNIGHT Early PM
The underrated Getxo in Northern Spain, is an attractive seaside location, and the access port for Bilbao. Getxo’s wonderful beaches, beautiful architecture and truly impressive monuments include the UNESCO-listed Vizcaya Bridge – the world’s oldest transport bridge.
The town’s Old Port area, Algorta, is situated at one end of the Ereaga Beach and is a popular spot to soak up the sun, enjoy the vibrant nightlife and take advantage of the exciting water sports. At Ereaga’s other end, delightful palaces and gardens can be found and explored.
Getxo is also perfectly placed for tours to nearby Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque country, and home to the world famous Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Fine Art and its stunning 14th century Gothic-style cathedral.
Day 8: At Sea:
Day 9: Southampton, UK: Early AM
Following your disembarkation, you will be transferred to the airport to get your return flight to Dublin.
8 Nights accommodation aboard the Braemar, operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. (See ship info tab for more information on the Braemar)
4* Fred Olsen – Braemar
Elegant Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen’s four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities. Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship’s comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.
Dates & Prices
|28 April 2018||Was €1,989
|28 April 2018||Was €2,239
- Return flights Dublin to Southampton
- Return Transfers airport – port
- 8 nights accommodation aboard the Fred. Olsen Braemar
- Fine dining on a full board basis
- All onboard entertainment
- One check-in bag of 20kgs and one 10kgs carry-on per person
- Taxes and charges of €130
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
- Full payment due at time of booking
- 100% Cancellation charges apply
- Optional Insurance available on request (conditions apply)
- Drinks packages available to prebook – only €18 per person per night
- Gratuities from €5 per person per night payable at the end of your cruise onboard M.S. Braemar
- These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
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