5 Facts & Points of Interest

Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

7. Getting Lost One of the best ways to absorb all that Venice has to offer is to simply get lost in the intricate, narrow, winding back streets that make the city so intriguing. Cross the famous bridges, explore the old districts and absorb the Venetian way of life. Although many huge ‘megaships’ may be banned, Fred. Olsen’s smaller ships are still welcome in ‘La Serenissima’. Venice, Athens & the Adriatic Departs Avonmouth (Bristol) 17th May 2014 • 28 nights Boudicca • D1408 Prices from £2,299 Venice & the Beauty of the Adriatic Departs Southampton 13th September 2014 • 22 nights Braemar • M1426 Prices from £1,999 Prices are based on two sharing an inside ‘I’ grade, twin-bedded cabin, subject to availability. To book, visit fredolsencruises.com, contact a travel agent or call 0800 0355 226 5 FACTS...about TALLINN 1. The Estonian capital was known as Reval throughout most of its history 2. At the end of June the city experiences ‘White Nights’, where the sun barely sets before midnight and rises again around 4am 3. Tallinn was a European Capital of Culture in 2011 4. Residents of the city used some of the tunnels under the Old Town as bomb shelters during World War II. The tunnels are now a popular tourist attraction 5. The Old Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 Points of Interest LÁTRABJARG, ICELAND The westernmost point of Iceland is home to Látrabjarg, the largest bird cliffs in Europe. These phenomenal cliffs are 14 kilometres long and almost 441 metres high: they attract birds in vast numbers. The millions of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and gannets which dot these precipices present visitors with spectacular photo opportunities. It’s a rare treat to witness these wonderful species in their natural habitat. Three ships in the Fred. Olsen fleet are sailing past this extraordinary natural wonder in 2014, so you have the chance to experience it for yourself. New year Fireworks Three of the best places to celebrate the New Year with Fred. in 2014: Madeira – Canary Islands Christmas & New Year cruise, 21st December 2014 Spend New Year’s Eve in Madeira and enjoy the mesmerising display of pyrotechnics, said to be one of the largest in the world. Docked in the harbour on board Boudicca, you’ll have the best seat in the house as the skies above Funchal Bay are set alight. Tenerife – Canaries New Year & the Caribbean, 30th December 2014 On New Year’s Eve the streets of Santa Cruz, Tenerife, become full of life as the whole town turns out for the celebrations; with lively music and dancing that lasts through the night. Join in with the fiesta atmosphere on board Braemar as you watch the fantastic midnight fireworks display fill the night sky. Gibraltar – Christmas, Canaries Style, 21st December 2014 After enjoying a delicious à la carte meal on board Balmoral, wander out on deck to see in the New Year in the milder climes of Gibraltar. As the clock strikes midnight, sit back and enjoy the traditional fireworks display from the harbour. A truly memorable experience. 17


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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