Closer Spain & Cruising the Seine

11th Jun 2020 9 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D2014
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,199 per person

Step on board Boudicca for this nine-night French and Spanish city discovery and you’ll unravel the rewards of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture rich regions. In northern Spain, you’re in for incredible scenery, history and flavours as you get closer to stunning cities, while in France, unforgettable scenic cruising and visits to charming destinations will highlight why Normandy is one of Lonely Planet’s top regions to visit in 2019.

Straying away from the ‘beaten track’, you’ll spend three days of your holiday discovering Spain’s more authentic side, visiting cities in the picturesque regions of Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria. [ReadMoreMob]Santander, situated on the gorgeous Cantabrian coast amongst breathtaking beaches and mountains, is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Altamira Caves, renowned for their fascinating prehistoric paintings. In the pretty Asturian city of Avilés, you’ll dock close to a number of highlights and attractions, including the world-famous Óscar Niemeyer International Centre and the architectural treasures of the Old Town. You’ll find traditional siderias and pastry shops nearby too, offering an authentic taste of Asturias. Many Galician gems also await in La Coruña, where your smaller-ship will once again take you closer to the heart of this historic city and its impressive landmarks, such as the Baroque-style Cornide Palace and ancient Torre de Hercules. Further afield, the spectacular Santiago de Compostela is also within reach on tour from La Coruña. [ReadMoreDesk]

Your time in Spain is sandwiched between two visits to France’s beautiful Normandy region, where you’ll discover captivating cities and countryside scenes on the River Seine. Stopping at Honfleur, situated at the mouth of the Seine, affords you an opportunity to wander down the city’s charming, 16th century cobbled streets in search of highlights such as St Catherine’ Church; and explore the historic Vieux Bassin district, with it’s colourful, towering buildings and pretty fishing harbour. Boudicca will also take you along the Seine, passing by green fields, rolling valleys and the pointed spires of quaint waterside villages, all the way to Rouen for an extended stay in Normandy’s regional capital. Enjoy time to delve deep into French history at Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake; relax with a coffee at one of the friendly cafés in the historic centre; and visit the spectacular Gothic cathedral. Alternatively, you may opt to tour to the Claude Monet’s beautiful house and gardens; or even head to Paris on a romantic evening trip, to stroll the Champs-Élysées, see famous landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower and capture the French’s capital’s unmistakable culture.


Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.