French River Cruising to Bordeaux

Departs Southampton  •  28th June 2018  •  8 nights
Braemar  •  M1816  •  Prices from £999.00 (cruise only)
Pont de Pierre stone bridge on the river garonne in Bordeaux, France at night with the st michel church in the background
Pont de Pierre stone bridge on the river garonne in Bordeaux, France at night with the st michel church in the background
Launch 2017
One of the best things about Fred. Olsen’s river cruises is that you can enjoy relaxing journeys along picturesque, size-restricted waterways aboard our smaller, ocean-going cruise ships. This cruise is no exception, featuring hours of stunning daytime scenic cruising as Braemar takes you closer to historic, culture-rich cities via beautiful French rivers.

The first of three enchanting cities you’ll visit on this fabulous French foray is Rouen, situated in the heart of historic Normandy. An overnight stay in the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ will afford you plenty of time to discover an abundance of attractions, including the spectacular Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the iconic Gros Horloge and the exact spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake at Place du Vieux-Marche. Alternatively you could tour to the Claude Monet House and Gardens; or head to nearby Paris in the evening and uncover the romantic French capital’s world-famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your departure from Rouen is sure to be magical, sailing 60 nautical miles along the River Seine and taking in unspoilt views of lush green countryside and quaint communes dotted along the riverbanks. 

You’ll also experience memorable scenic cruising of the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne Rivers as your ship sails into beautiful Bordeaux. Once docked in the centre of the city, a collection of attractions will be just the length of the gangway away; and, as you’ll stop here overnight, there’s no reason to not take them all in. Over 360 historic sites await your discovery in Bordeaux's UNESCO-listed heart, including Calihau Gate, the 13th century Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cours du Chapeau-Rouge; while the incredible Cité du Vin offers a culinary experience that lovers of French food and wine won’t want to miss. There’s also a chance to tour to the Medoc region's beautiful vineyards, where some of the world’s very best wines are crafted. Finally it’s on to Lorient, a city that feels typically French today but was once one of Germany’s most important U-boat bases. Here you can visit the concrete caverns of the Keroman Submarine Base; admire the post-war architecture; and take in the fine selection of galleries and museums, all before Braemar heads back to Southampton.

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Itinerary & Port Information

French River Cruising to Bordeaux
Date
Arrive
Depart
Destination
June 2018
Thu 28
Late PM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Fri 29
Early AM
Rouen
Rouen

Rouen

Normandy's delightful 2,000 years old 'museum city' and busy river-port on the meandering Seine.

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Sat 30
Early AM
Rouen
Rouen

Rouen

Normandy's delightful 2,000 years old 'museum city' and busy river-port on the meandering Seine.

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Sat 30
Early AM
Early PM
Cruising River Seine
Cruising River Seine

Cruising River Seine

Experience the unspoilt scenic beauty of Normandy as you sail along a winding, size-restricted section of France's second longest waterway, the picturesque River Seine.

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July 2018
Mon 02
Late AM
Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Beautiful Bordeaux is world renowned for it's famous wines, but there's a lot more to this fine French city than vineyards and claret.

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Tue 03
Late AM
Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Beautiful Bordeaux is world renowned for it's famous wines, but there's a lot more to this fine French city than vineyards and claret.

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Tue 03
Late AM
Late PM
Cruising Gironde & Garonne Rivers
Cruising Gironde & Garonne Rivers

Cruising Gironde & Garonne Rivers

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

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Wed 04
Early AM
Late PM
Lorient
Lorient

Lorient

A former German U-Boat base, Lorient played a huge role in the Second World War and was a primary target for Allied bombing raids. Today, the rebuilt city is awash with post 1950's architecture and a number of museums and galleries to discover and explore.

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Fri 06
Early AM
Southampton
Southampton

Southampton

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Pricing / Rooms

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11 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Poor
Itinerary: Poor
My cabin was under the show lounge stage; I could not only hear the music but also the taps of the tap dancing! Before the cruise I did ask the person I booked with whether the cabin would be noisy - they said they had never had any complaints. I mentioned the problem to reception on the Black...
My cabin was under the show lounge stage; I could not only hear the music but also the taps of the tap dancing! Before the cruise I did ask the person I booked with whether the cabin would be noisy - they said they had never had any complaints. I mentioned the problem to reception on the Black Watch at both the start and end of the cruise.
07 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Service rating : On every aspect the standard was high, staff helpful, speakers first class, as were food, entertainment, trips well organised in particular the visit to Riba.
Excellent value for money.
Product : Very simply an excellent Cruise, we were able to do the river cruises without having...
Service rating : On every aspect the standard was high, staff helpful, speakers first class, as were food, entertainment, trips well organised in particular the visit to Riba.
Excellent value for money.
Product : Very simply an excellent Cruise, we were able to do the river cruises without having to transfer to another to another ship, which was very important to us.
06 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Good
Itinerary: Good
Service rating : Everything went well staff very helpful ship very clean
Product : Everything was well done really couldn't fault it
03 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Excellent
Itinerary: Excellent
Nice relaxed ship, excellent staff/crew
03 Nov 2016
German Cities and Waterways (W1616)
Service: Poor
Itinerary: Good
Service rating : Disappointed with the Oceans Officer, our silver card had just expired by a couple of months despite me telling him that I had two hip replacements he was completely unsympathetic and abrupt. Will definitely make me think about sailing with Fred again
Product : Nice ports of call with...
Service rating : Disappointed with the Oceans Officer, our silver card had just expired by a couple of months despite me telling him that I had two hip replacements he was completely unsympathetic and abrupt. Will definitely make me think about sailing with Fred again
Product : Nice ports of call with good available time to see the sights
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