Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm
with all-inclusive drinks package
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Discover the Balkans Bridge Cruise

14th June – 2nd July 2022

19 days from £3,639pp

Journey from the middle ages through to modern times on this unique Bridge cruise, as you visit cities of deep historical importance and discover archaeological gems with fascinating stories to tell.
  • Bridge directed and hosted by our First for Bridge team
  • 18-night cruise on board Fred. Olsen’s Bolette
  • All-inclusive drinks package and pre-paid gratuities
  • No-fly cruise departing from Southampton
  • Explore iconic Balkan destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split and Kotor
  • Spend time discovering some lesser-known locations such as Neum and Durres
  • Two fantastic excursions included (to be confirmed)
  • Good single cabin availability

Club Standard Bridge

This holiday is a club standard bridge holiday licensed by the EBU (English Bridge Union) with Masterpoints awarded and duplimated boards used. We have recently introduced electronic scoring to our holidays and hand records are also provided. Our qualified & experienced directors construct a programme of interesting seminars and varied bridge sessions to offer variety during each holiday.

Experience an insight into the Balkan Peninsula’s centuries of fascinating history, shaped by various civilisations and changing eras. Visiting cities of deep historical importance, you’ll get to journey from the middle ages through to modern times, witnessing the marks that the Romans, medieval Ottomans and many other powers made during their rule in the region.

At each of the destinations, ancient monuments, walls, ruins and remarkably well-preserved archaeological finds all have their own stories to tell. Dubrovnik, Croatia’s ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is the pinnacle of this Balkan discovery; capture the beauty, as well as the history, of this UNESCO-listed city, with its imposing fortifications and terracotta-topped buildings. In Split, see the influences of Emperor Diocletian in the ruins of his 4th century palace; or tour to the war-torn town of Trogir, where impressive examples of centuries-old architecture await. Along the coast, Kotor beckons amongst scenes of Montenegro’s magnificent landscapes; the Venetian Works of Defence, built between the 15th and 17th centuries, will be in view of your ship and ready for your exploration.

Off the beaten tourist track, Bolette takes you to discover the historic sites of lesser-known destinations too; a highlight is a maiden visit to Neum, gateway to places showcasing the influence of Ottoman rule such as UNESCO-listed Pocitelj and the Mostar & Stari Most. There are also rare visits to the Albanian city of Durres, a city awash with the contrasting architectural wonders of various eras, and Reggio Calabria in Italy. What’s more, you’ll get to revel in the scenic splendour of Sardinia and the Strait of Messina; experience scenic cruising of the fjord-like Bay of Kotor; and – either side of your time in the Balkans – visit the culture-rich cities of Cádiz and Tangier.

In the evenings we have exclusive use of the card room for our usual First for Bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes where we can accommodate up to 12 tables. There will also be some daytime bridge and seminars available on sea days.

Your Accommodation



Proudly bearing the name of Fred. Olsen Jr.’s great-great-grandmother, as many other Olsen vessels have over the years, Bolette 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 the Fred. Olsen fleet, Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So you’ll find that you’re not overcrowded on board, and 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.

Ship Facilities & Amenities
  • 11 Bars & lounges
  • 6 Restaurants
  • Swimming pools
  • Entertainment programme
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzis
  • Sports Courts
  • Culinary Theatre hosting cookery classes and demonstrations
Cabin Facilities & Amenities
All cabins are equipped with the following:
  • Climate control
  • Interactive smart TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

Please click here to see the deck plan.