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Discovering the Ancient Empires Of The Eastern Med Cruise

  • Departure DateSun 25th Feb 2024
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Bolette
  • 32 Night Cruise From Southampton
  • Cruise Only From £4,999 pp

Itinerary

  • Southampton
  • Malaga
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • La Goulette
  • Malta
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • Zakynthos, Greece
  • Limassol
  • Rhodes
  • Kusadasi
  • Istanbul
  • Athens
  • Cagliari
  • Cartagena, Spain
  • Lisbon
  • Southampton
  • Kotor

Prices from pp

TypeInteriorOcean ViewBalcony
Sail From UK
£5,699
Was£5,089
£4,999
£5,999

Sailing from the UK - cruise based on sailing from Southampton, call to discuss transportation options.
Voyage Code: T2404

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Day 1 - Southampton

Arrive: Sun 25 February 2024 / Depart: Sun 25 February 2024

Southampton offers fast and efficient check-in areas, spacious departure lounges with seating areas, café-bars and smart washrooms. If you wish to travel by car and park for the duration of your cruise, you can pay for and reserve parking in advance directly with the relevant company. Alternatively, if being dropped off or collected by taxi or private car, they can drive right up alongside the terminal building.

Day 2 - At Sea

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Malaga

Arrive: Thu 29 February 2024 / Depart: Thu 29 February 2024

The busy port city of Andalusia, the Spain of gazpacho and paella, flamenco and fiesta, recaptured from the Moors of the 15th century after 800 years of conflict. Enjoy the panorama from Gibralfara Castle, and visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, the birthplace of Picasso, and a wine cellar to try the famous local dessert wines. Or travel to Granada, to the glorious Alhambra, whose proud 14th century palaces and exotic gardens are Spain's finest expression of Moorish art.

Day 6 - At Sea

Day 7 - Palma de Mallorca

Arrive: Sat 02 March 2024 / Depart: Sat 02 March 2024

Palma is the cosmopolitan capital of Mallorca, the most popular of the Balearic Islands (if not the entire Meditteranean) - with its host of bars, restaurants and stylish shops, a palm-shaded seafront promenade, attractive Old Town, imposing Gothic Cathedral and 14th century Bellver Castle. Beyond lies some of Majorca's dramatic mountain-and-coast scenery, setting of Valldemosa, the hillside village whose ancient Carthusian monastery was briefly home to Chopin and George Sand.

Day 8 - At Sea

Day 9 - La Goulette

Arrive: Mon 04 March 2024 / Depart: Mon 04 March 2024

Tunis is a city where 19th century French boulevards and cosmopolitan western-style shops and entertainments rub shoulders with Arab tradition. Its maze-like 13th century Medina of Moorish houses and souks are amongst the best preserved of its kind in the Islamic world. Nearby are the poignant ruins of Carthage.

Day 10 - Malta

Arrive: Tue 05 March 2024 / Depart: Tue 05 March 2024

Strategically situated midway between Sicily and North Africa, Malta is in every sense a Mediterranean crossroads - a tiny island with an epic and heroic history in which invasion and siege have seen the influence Romans, Phoenicians, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Crusaders and, of course, Britain all leave an enduring mark upon its cultural heritage. The16th century walled capital of Valletta with its Grand Harbour is a treasure-chest bristling with Baroque architecture, its narrow streets a tempting honeycomb of colourful shops and stalls.

Day 11 - At Sea

Day 12 - Split

Arrive: Thu 07 March 2024 / Depart: Thu 07 March 2024

In the heart of Dalmatia, the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast dates back to the days of Diocletian. The old town is built around the harbour and much of the old city remains to this day. A visit to the Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian is well worth a visit. Other notable site include the cathedral; the Temple of Jupiter; the Golden Gate; the Silver Gate; and Peristyle Square.

Day 13 - Dubrovnik

Arrive: Fri 08 March 2024 / Depart: Fri 08 March 2024

There's no mistaking the past wealth and proud spirit of this ‘Jewel of the Adriatic', perched on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. An independent city-state for 600 years until conquered by Napoleon, Dubrovnik survives, despite recent events, as one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities - a timeless architectural showpiece, whose graceful churches and cloisters, palaces and fountains, mellow Baroque facades and encircling ancient walls, all seem more stage set than reality.

Day 14 - Bay of Kotor

Day 15 - Zakynthos, Greece

Arrive: Sun 10 March 2024 / Depart: Sun 10 March 2024

Famous for its loggerhead turtles, Zakinthos has some of the most beautiful beaches to be found. The most interesting sights can be found in Zakinthos city, witth the main sight to see continuing to be the Venetian fortress, rebuilt many times over the years after numerous earthquakes destroyed these fortifications.

Day 16 - At Sea

Day 17 - Limassol

Arrive: Tue 12 March 2024 / Depart: Tue 12 March 2024

Limassol is the chief port of the Republic of Cyprus. The city lies on Akrotiri Bay, on the southern coast, southwest of Nicosia; it is the island's second largest city and is also its chief tourist centre. Close by Limassol are the ruins of Kolossi Castle, where King Richard I of Englad is reputed to have honeymooned with Berengaria in 1191. Also worth visiting are the ruins of the 11th-century BC Mycenaean colony of Curium; and the ruins of Amathus, founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. The ancient city of Paphos - the fourth century BC capital to the Kings of Egypt - offers an enchanting excursion.

Day 18 - Rhodes

Arrive: Wed 13 March 2024 / Depart: Wed 13 March 2024

Largest island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes was the headquarters of the crusader Knights of St John before defeat by the Ottoman Turks. Within the capital's massive citadel walls the medieval Old Town presents a hive of narrow cobbled streets, dominated by the Avenue of the Knights and imposing Palace of the Grand Masters. More modern distractions await in the New Town while nearby is picturesque Lindos, clustered below a hilltop acropolis and Crusader Castle.

Day 19 - Kusadasi

Arrive: Thu 14 March 2024 / Depart: Thu 14 March 2024

Ku?adasi is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, and a gateway for the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus, one of the nation’s best preserved ancient cities. Numerous attractive cafes and restaurants scattered along palm-lined boulevards serving a variety of fresh seafood and local specialities add to the lively atmosphere of the town. For a slice of tranquillity many visit Ku?adasi’s various steam baths and the natural spas.

Day 20 - Cruise Dardanelles

Day 20 - Istanbul

Arrive: Fri 15 March 2024

Built on the shores of two continents and seat of successive Byzantine and Ottoman Empires for 1,500 years, Istanbul (the Constantinople of old) is a chaotic, cosmoplitan collision of East and West, past and present. Among its great wealth of monuments and landmarks are the ethereal Blue Mosque, glittering Topkapi Palace (once home of the sultans), vast Kapali Carsi (the world's largest covered bazaar) and the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market.

Day 21 - Istanbul

Depart: Sat 16 March 2024

Built on the shores of two continents and seat of successive Byzantine and Ottoman Empires for 1,500 years, Istanbul (the Constantinople of old) is a chaotic, cosmoplitan collision of East and West, past and present. Among its great wealth of monuments and landmarks are the ethereal Blue Mosque, glittering Topkapi Palace (once home of the sultans), vast Kapali Carsi (the world's largest covered bazaar) and the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market.

Day 22 - Cruise Dardanelles

Day 23 - Athens

Arrive: Mon 18 March 2024 / Depart: Mon 18 March 2024

The port of Piraeus brings you to Athens, one of the great names of antiquity, the city of Plato and Socrates, a cradle of Western civilisation and birthplace of democracy. You can step in to that history on the heights of the Acropolis with its glorious 2,500-years-old Parthenon dating from the Golden Age of Classical Greece. Below, in the heart of the city lies the ancient Plaka District's honeycomb of streets, little shops - and tavernas that come alive at night with the pulse of bouzouki.

Day 24 - At Sea

Day 25 - Strait of Messina

Day 25 - Cruising by Stromboli

Day 25 - Cruise Aeolian Islands, Italy

Day 26 - Cagliari

Arrive: Thu 21 March 2024 / Depart: Thu 21 March 2024

Sardinia's historic capital ‘between the sea and the mountains' was founded by the Phoenicians, developed by Rome and later subjected to a wealth of Pisan, Genoese and Spanish influences! Climb up from the mountain harbour side city to explore the picturesque Upper Town's old quarter - dominated by a medieval castle and cathedral and protected by walls nearly 1,000 years old. Or simply relax by one of the lovely beaches within easy reach.

Day 27 - At Sea

Day 28 - Cartagena, Spain

Arrive: Sat 23 March 2024 / Depart: Sat 23 March 2024

Today Spain's major commercial port and naval base, Cartagena lies on the coast of Murcia, its great indented bay guarded by rocky promontories, each topped by a fort. Founded in 221 BC by Hasdrubal, leader of the Carthaginians (hence the name) from North Africa, it has a fascinating history - and as Nova Carthage was long the Romans' principal settlement in their Iberian stronghold. Attractive promenades extend along the harbour, while to the northeast is the famous beach and watersports resort area of the lagoon-like Mar Menor.

Day 29 - At Sea

Day 30 - Lisbon

Arrive: Mon 25 March 2024 / Depart: Mon 25 March 2024

It was from historic Lisbon, built on seven low hills beside the wide Tagus estuary, that some of Europe's greatest explorers set sail in pursuit of the riches that built Portugal's former global empire in the New World, Africa and the Indies. Memories of that glorious past linger amid the grand avenues and elegant squares of the attractive capital's 18th century lower town - a vivid contrast with the colourful honeycomb of cobbled streets in the old Moorish Alfama quarter and the bohemian mood of the hilly Bairro Alto.

Day 31 - At Sea

Day 32 - At Sea

Day 33 - Southampton

Arrive: Thu 28 March 2024 / Depart: Thu 28 March 2024

Southampton offers fast and efficient check-in areas, spacious departure lounges with seating areas, café-bars and smart washrooms. If you wish to travel by car and park for the duration of your cruise, you can pay for and reserve parking in advance directly with the relevant company. Alternatively, if being dropped off or collected by taxi or private car, they can drive right up alongside the terminal building.

Day 14 - Kotor

Arrive: Sat 09 March 2024 / Depart: Sat 09 March 2024

The Old City is a highly preserved example of life in the Middle Ages, and the medieval architecture there has ensured its place as a UNESCO listed 'World Natural and Historical Heritage Site'.

Bolette From Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Our flagship Bolette is everything that our loyal guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship. Proudly bearing the name of Fred. Olsen Jr.’s great-great-grandmother, as many other Olsen vessels have over the years, she exudes classic, elegant style in her exterior and interior design, features spacious and comfortable public areas, and has all the facilities and special touches you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. While she’s one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So, in keeping with our smaller-ship ethos, you’ll find that you’re not overcrowded on board, Show lessand have plenty of space in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. And of course, with our friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too.

Ship Cabins

Interior Cabin

The Interior cabins can be found on Decks 1, 2 and 3, and are approximately 183 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.

Interior Cabin

Situated on decks 2 and 1 H Grade Interior cabins on Bolette have all the amenities and comforts guests need, and are positioned close to the ship's stairs and lifts, providing easy access to the other decks and their public areas. Deck(s): Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1 Size: 183 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed) Bathroom with shower 4 berth & 3 berth cabins available

Interior Cabin

Interior Cabin

Single Interior

Our Single Interior cabins can be found on Deck 1 and are approximately 183 square feet in size. Each room features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and shower.

Single Superior Interior

Our Single Superior Interior cabins can be found on Decks 2 and 7 and are approximately 183 square feet in size. Each room features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and shower.

Superior Interior Cabin

The Superior Interior cabins can be found on Decks 2, 3 and 6, and are approximately 183 square feet in size. The room consists of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower only.

Ocean View Cabin

These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. These cabins feature large picture windows. The bedrooms consist of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed while the bathrooms feature both a bath and shower.

Ocean View Cabin

These Ocean View cabins can be found on Decks 1 and 2 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. These cabins feature large picture windows. The bedrooms consist of two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed while the bathrooms feature both a bath and shower.

Ocean View Cabin with Porthole

Situated forward and aft on Coral Deck 2 and Marina Deck 1, Bolette's F Grade Ocean View cabins feature porthole windows that not only bathe the interior in natural light, but also provides guests with fantastic ocean views. Deck(s): Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1 Size: 140-160 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed) Bathroom with bath and shower over bath (unless indicated as shower only) Porthole windows

Ocean View Wheelchair Adapted

Situated forward and aft on Marina Deck 1, Bolette's FD Grade Ocean View Adapted cabins feature porthole windows that not only bathe the interior in natural light, but also provides guests with fantastic ocean views. Deck: Marina Deck 1 Size: 214 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed) Bathroom with roll-in shower Porthole windows

Single Ocean View

Situated on deck 3, 2 and 1, Bolette's K Grade Single Ocean View cabins provide guests with the comfort of soothing natural light, as well as wonderful ocean views, thanks to their large picture windows. Deck(s): Promenade Deck 3, Coral Deck 2 & Marina Deck 1 Size: 214 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted into a queen-size bed) Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only) Large picture window

Superior Ocean View Cabin

Our Superior Ocean View cabins are found on Deck 3. All featuring a large ocean view window. These cabins are approximately 214 square feet in size. The bedroom consists of two single beds which can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom has both a bath and shower.

Superior Ocean View Cabin

Our Superior Ocean View cabins can be found on Deck 2, midship, and are approximately 214 square feet in size. Each cabin features a large ocean view with a window, while the bedroom consist of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom features a shower.

Superior Ocean View Fully Restricted

These cabins can be found on Deck 3 and feature a picture window, but with a fully obstructed view. They are approximately 214 square feet in size. The cabins feature two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed and a bathroom with shower .

Superior Ocean View Wheelchair Adapted

These Superior Ocean View adapted cabins can be found on Decks 3 and 6 and are approximately 214 square feet in size. The rooms consist of two single beds that can be converted into a queen-size bed, with the bathroom featuring a roll-in shower only.

Terrace Cabin

The Terrace Cabins can be found on Deck 3, midship and are approximately 218 square feet. The bedroom features two single beds which can be converted into a queen-size bed. The bathroom has a shower. Sliding glass doors lead onto the walk-around Lower Promenade Deck.

Terrace Cabin

Terrace Cabin

Balcony Junior Suite Wheelchair Adapted

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites are a welcoming, comfortable space. Guests will find ample room to relax, and all the amenities they need during their stay, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside. Deck: Highland Deck 6 Size: 244 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted to one queen-sized bed) Sitting area Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only) Private balcony Floor-to-ceiling windows Access to mini bar and fridge Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suite

Balcony Suites

Our Balcony Suites are located on Deck 6 and are approximately 283 square feet in size. The bedroom feature two single beds that can be converted into one queen-size bed, while the bathroom features a bath & shower (unless indicated as shower only). There is a sitting area with floor to ceiling windows that lead to a private balcony. A mini-bar and refrigerator are also included in our Balcony Suites.

Junior Balcony Suite

Bolette's Balcony Junior Suites are a welcoming, comfortable space. Guests will find ample room to relax, and all the amenities they need during their stay, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside. Deck: Highland Deck 6 Size: 244 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted to one queen-sized bed) Sitting area Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only) Private balcony Floor-to-ceiling windows Access to mini bar and fridge Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Olsen Suite

As the largest of Bolette’s suites and cabins, the elegantly appointed Olsen Suite offers the most space and amenities of all the guest accommodation on board our flagship. Deck: Bridge Deck 7 Size: 1,181 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with king-size bed Separate sitting, dining and dressing areas Bathroom with oversize bath and separate shower Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers Large floor-to-ceiling windows Access to pantry, mini bar and fridge Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Premier Suite

At approximately 568 to 644 square feet in size, Bolette's Premier Suites are spacious and stylish, and feature all the amenities guests need for a comfortable, restful stay, as well as a few extra touches that help make for a even more special experience. Deck: Bridge Deck 7 Size: 658-644 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with king-size bed Separate sitting and dressing areas Bathroom with bath and shower Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers Large floor-to-ceiling windows Access to mini bar and fridge Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Premier Suite Wheelchair Adapted

At approximately 568 to 644 square feet in size, Bolette's Premier Adapted Suites are spacious and stylish, and feature all the amenities guests need for a comfortable, restful stay, as well as a few extra touches that help make for a even more special experience. Deck: Bridge Deck 7 Size: 658-644 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with king-size bed (single side approach to bed) Separate sitting and dressing areas Bathroom with bath and roll-in shower Private balcony with large table, chairs and sun loungers Large floor-to-ceiling windows Access to mini bar and fridge Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package

Single Balcony Suite

Bolette's Single Balcony Suites are a welcoming, comfortable space. Guests will find ample room to relax, and all the amenities they need during their stay, plus a private balcony for soaking up sunshine and scenery outside. Deck: Highland Deck 6 Size: 244 square feet (approx.) Bedroom with two single beds (can be converted to one queen-sized bed) Sitting area Bathroom with bath and shower (unless indicated as shower only) Private balcony Floor-to-ceiling windows Access to mini bar and fridge Guests benefit from complimentary Suite Dreams package
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