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Seville & Bordeaux river Cruise.... from £2049pp

Seville & Bordeaux river Cruise.... from £2049pp

Saturday 14th to Saturday 27th September 2019 - Cruise on board the Braemar along the Gironde & Garonne to beautiful Bordeaux in France and the Guadalquivir to stunning Seville in Spain

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Refurbished in 2017, 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.

 

A timeless style flows throughout Braemar's  interiors. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views, and the polished wooden fixtures, decadent fabrics and elegant décor assume the feel of a traditional country house hotel. One of the focal points on Braemar  is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on.

 

Capable of comfortably accomodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar  has a uncrowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff providing a fantastic level personal, attentive service and catering to your every need. On board, guests can enjoy an unforgettable cruise holiday in the comfort and ample space of recently refreshed rooms and suites, and updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits, and fantastic daily entertainment from talented performers. What's more, as Braemar  is the shortest of the four ocean-going ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet, it is perfect for cruising rivers and bringing you closer to the heart and highlights of towns and cities across Europe and beyond.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Plenty of diverse sights and experiences await you on this 13-night cruise, thanks to Braemar’s  ability to bring you closer to five incredible destinations in Spain and France, including beautiful Bordeaux and stunning Seville.

  • Bordeaux offers world-famous landmarks and legendary wine culture; while Seville boasts attractions such as the Moorish Alcázar Palace and the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral – overnight stays in Lonely Planet’s  top cities to visit in 2017 & 2018 afford time to take in the highlights of each.

  • The Spanish leg of your adventure also features the authentic cities of Avilés, Vigo and Cádiz, with your smaller-sized ship docking a short distance from the centre of these Galician, Asturian and Andalusian gems.

  • Cost includes All inclusive Drinks Package, on board gratuities and door to port transfer

Sat 14 September

We collect you from your home and take you to your cruise ship in southampton

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Mon 16 September

Bordeaux, France
Widely regarded as the world’s wine capital, the graceful French city of Bordeaux offers far more than just vineyards and claret. Having rid itself of a rather sleepy image over the last decade, Bordeaux is now among one of France's most exciting and dynamic cities. While a sizeable number of its visitors still visit the city to get a taste of what makes this wine-rich region so special, Bordeaux has many other surprising secrets.

Stretched along the banks of the Garonne River, this City of Art and History is home to 362 historic monuments, with some buildings dating back to Roman times. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2007, Bordeaux’s Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th century mansions and popular art museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, are rare treats to discover. This urban and architectural ensemble includes public gardens that line the curving river quays, and the imposing Place de la Bourse, which overlooks the reflecting pool, Miroir d’Eau. The Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe, is a fine space to while away some hours

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Tue 17 September

Cruising Gironde & Garonne Rivers, France
The beautiful River Garonne is possibly south-west France's most important river, and arguably one of the region's most picturesque too.

Serving a number of important towns and cities, including beautiful Bordeaux, the River Garonne flows through beautiful French countryside, presenting you with stunning views to enjoy from your smaller cruise ship.

Just upstream from Bordeaux, the Garonne meets the Dore River and forms Western Europe's largest estuary, the Gironde.

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Fri 20 September

Cruising Guadalquivir River, Spain
The enchanting Guadalquivir is one of Spain’s longest rivers and a cruise along its winding course, through some of Europe’s richest, most fertile plains offers some fantastic natural scenery to cast your eye on.

At the mouth of the river, you’ll see the vast Doñana National Park – a huge protected marshland with a huge range of diverse fauna and flora – and the charming fishing town of Bonanza.

After sailing 49 nautical miles up the Guadalquivir – a feat only smaller-sized ships can achieve – you will glide straight to the heart of the Seville, where incredible historic architecture and stunning landmarks such as the Real Alcázar await.

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Sat 21 September

Seville, Spain
Compact, rich in history and famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville, is bursting with antique charm. Located on the plain of the Guadalquivir River, Seville’s old Roman city is now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

World-renowned for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighbourhood, the city’s significant landmarks include the ornate Moorish-Renaissance Alcázar Palace complex, and the 18th century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The colossal Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and the Giralda, an imposing bell tower built on a minaret.

Many arrive ready to soak up the atmosphere in the city’s old town and explore the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz Quarter, or rest on the banks of the Guadalquivir to admire the views of the stunning Metropol Parasol project, commonly known as Las Setas (Mushrooms), which helped to revitalise the Plaza de la Encarnación. It is the world’s largest wooden structure.

The tapas scene is one of the main cultural attractions of Seville. Visitors go from one bar to another, enjoying the small dishes. Popular desserts include pestiños, a honey-coated fritter; torrijas, fried bread with honey; roscos fritos, sugar-coated ring doughnuts; and magdalenas, while Seville oranges grow on trees lining the city streets.

The Sevillanos are masters of the art of celebrating and the city’s great annual festivals, notably the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, are truly awe-inspiring Spanish occasions

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Sun 22 September

Cádiz, Spain
Cadiz - one of Europe's most ancient cities - hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz's fascinating Old Town district is home to huge stone walls from the 1500s and the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.

Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).

Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals

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Tue 24 September

Cádiz, Spain
Cadiz - one of Europe's most ancient cities - hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz's fascinating Old Town district is home to huge stone walls from the 1500s and the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.

Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).

Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals.

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Wed 25 September

Avilés, Spain
The Spanish city of Aviles in the north-western province of Asturias, is steeped in history and architectural gems just waiting to be discovered. A former maritime and farming town, the scenic city of Aviles is now one of the country’s most important industrial centres.

The city centre remains stylish and easy to navigate, with plenty of high street stores, pretty cafes and a number of museums and galleries to visit, while the Old Town quarter is Aviles’ finest feature.

Largely pedestrianised, the Old Town consists of several historic squares and plazas, interlinked by a series of pretty boulevards from centuries past. The collection of stunning historic buildings includes the Camposagrado Palace, the Palacio de Valdecarzana - Aviles’ sole example of civil medieval architecture – plus a number of outstanding Gothic churches such as San Nicolás and San Francisco

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Fri 27 September

Returning to Southampton we collect you from the dock and return home to Devon

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D=Dinner, L=Lunch, FE=Full English Breakfast

From sampling fine wines and tempting tapas to marvelling at the world’s largest gothic cathedral, there are plenty of diverse experiences to discover as Braemar  brings you closer to five destinations in Spain and France, including beautiful Bordeaux and stunning Seville – Lonely Planet’s  top cities to visit in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Your visits to Bordeaux and Seville are certain to be highlights of this 13-night sailing, thanks to your smaller cruise ship’s ability to navigate size-restricted waterways and sail straight into the heart of both cities. The gorgeous Guadalquivir River is your scenic route to Seville, where Braemar  will dock overnight close to Parque de Maria Luisa and the iconic Plaza de España. You’ll be able to discover Seville’s very best attractions without losing time travelling to and from the ship; simply step ashore and explore to seek out sites such as the Moorish Alcázar Palace and the magnificent Gothic Cathedral. Your exploration begins at the end of the gangway in Bordeaux too; the famous landmarks of this French gem’s UNESCO-listed centre are within easy reach, while the nearby La Cité du Vin Museum offers a fascinating insight into the city’s legendary wine culture and cuisine. Another overnight stay here also affords you a chance to tour to the renowned Medoc vineyards; all before departing via the picturesque Gironde & Garonne rivers.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Brixham Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church
Buckfastleigh Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
Dartmouth Dartmouth Marks & Spencer
Ivybridge Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage
Kingsbridge Quay Kingsbridge Quay
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot opp Railway Station
Others Other pick up points are available
Paignton Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library
Plympton Plympton St Marys opp Church
Plymstock Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel
Torquay Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre
Totnes 7 Stars 2 Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons
Totnes KEVICC Totnes KEVICC
Wembury Wembury Odd Wheel Pub
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