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Fred. Olsen – Pilgrimage to Northern Spain – 2022

  • Bilbao, El Nervión

    Bilbao, El Nervión
  • The Guggenheim, Bilbao

    The Guggenheim, Bilbao
  • Lisboa City & River, Lisbon ©Photo by Turismo Lisboa

    Spain & Portugal Lisboa City & River, Lisbon
Bolette - T2225 - 12 October 2022 - 9 nights
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Sails from Dover

With Bolette taking you to destinations entwined with the history of the Camino de Santiago, you’ll get to discover ancient pilgrimage routes, walk and explore them for yourself, and get a feel for how they help to mix people and cultures across Europe. From Getxo, tour to nearby San Sebastian for the start of the Camino del Norte route; and in Lisbon, experience the beginning of the Camino Portugués. Then, after Cádiz and the start of Via de la Platra, it’s on to El Ferrol for the Camino Ingles and a chance to visit Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where the pilgrimage routes ultimately culminate.

You could tour from Getxo to nearby Bilbao and discover this culture-rich cities many highlights too, including the Guggenheim Museum, and learn about the origins of local Rioja wine and its production, while attractions aplenty await in Lisbon, from monuments such as UNESCO-listed Belem Tower to Pasteis de Belem bakery. No visit to the Portuguese capital is complete without trying its famous custard tarts. Taste, and explore the history of, tapas perhaps in Cádiz, or maybe even tour from here to Seville to watch and learn Flamenco. Meanwhile, El Ferrol is also your gateway to Cape Finisterre, an important pilgrimage site from Roman times.

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Wednesday 12 October 2022

Cruise Itinerary

Wednesday 12 October 2022

Departure from Dover, United Kingdom

Board the ship mid-afternoon before you set sail later that evening.

Thursday 13 October 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Friday 14 October 2022

Getxo (Bilbao), Spain

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.

Saturday 15 October 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Sunday 16 October 2022

Lisbon, Portugal

Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.

The city’s bridges include the Ponte 25 de Abril – similar to the Golden Gate in San Francisco – and the Ponte Vasco da Gama, which includes over 11km of viaducts. Lisbon’s many fascinating museums, include the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Coach Museum and the Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Monday 17 October 2022

Cadiz, 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 features huge stone walls from the 1500s and is home to a wealth of historic highlights, including 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).

Tuesday 18 October 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Wednesday 19 October 2022

El Ferrol, Spain

The Spanish city of El Ferrol in La Coruna province of Galicia, is named after the lighthouse that marks the entrance to the city’s harbour. Ferrol has been one of northern Spain’s most important seafaring cities since the time of Bourbon rule and is now a major naval shipbuilding and fishing centre. Impressive warships can often be seen being built, repaired and dismantled in Ferrol’s harbour.

Thursday 20 October 2022

At Sea

Enjoy a full day of cruising.

Friday 21 October 2022

Arrival at Dover, United Kingdom

After an early breakfast, disembark the ship for your journey home.

Important Ship Information Bolette

While she’s one of the largest ships, by overall size, in the Fred. Olsen fleet, Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests – keeping within the smaller ship ethos therefore, you’ll find that you’re not overcrowded on board.

Furthermore you’ll 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 one of the eleven stylish, spacious and comfortable bars and lounges, providing plenty of choice and variety.

There’s an undoubted sense of occasion to dining in Bolette’s main restaurant, a grand two-tiered venue featuring classical, elegant décor and a variety of seating options and table sizes, perfect for both intimate and large group dining.

You’ll find that there’s plenty to keep you entertained during the day on board Bolette, whether you prefer to while away the hours relaxing or engaging your body and mind. The ship’s facilities include two swimming pools, two jacuzzis and an impressive spa with a Thermal Spa, Aroma Room, Hydro Pool, two saunas and nine treatment rooms, while there are tennis and basketball courts and a Culinary Theatre

You’ll have days and nights to remember on board Bolette.

Date  Arrival Departure  Port of Call
Wed 12 Oct 2022 Early Night Dover, United Kingdom
Thu 13 Oct 2022 Cruising
Fri 14 Oct 2022 Early AM Late PM Getxo,(Bilbao) Spain
Sat 15 Oct 2022 Cruising
Sun 16 Oct 2022 Early AM Late PM Lisbon, Portugal
Mon 17 Oct 2022 Late AM Late Night Cadiz, Spain
Tue 18 Oct 2022 Cruising
Wed 19 Oct 2022 Early AM Late PM El Ferrol, Spain
Thu 20 Oct 2022 Cruising
Fri 21 Oct 2022 Early AM Dover, United Kingdom

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