Cultural Cities of France & Spain

1st Jul 2021 13 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2120
Night view on The Pont de pierre in Bordeaux

On an immersive journey of discovery encompassing five captivating cities, capture the beauty and diverse culture of some of France and Spain’s most engrossing regions. In beautiful Bordeaux, you’ll benefit from Balmoral’s ability to dock alongside the promenade; simply walk the length of your ship’s gangway and you’re in the city’s UNESCO-listed centre, perfectly placed to discover highlights – such as Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cité du Vin – bursting with rich history and wine heritage. Alternatively, for an in-depth insight into famous wine culture, visit one of Medoc’s small family run vineyards, to learn about producing the legendary local tipples, and taste them at source too. [ReadMore]

Visiting Spain’s verdant northernmost regions provides plenty of opportunities for memorable cultural discovery too. You’ll call at the Basque town of Getxo, gateway to Bilbao – famed for its iconic Guggenheim Museum and prestigious restaurants serving traditional local cuisine – and the legendary Rioja wine vineyards; and at Gijon for tours to Avilés,– home of the world renowned Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre and several fantastic cider houses. Returning to France, a rare visit to Saint Malo on the gorgeous coast of Brittany allows time to visit the magnificent fortified island of Mont-Saint-Michel, while Honfleur is sure to delight with its fascinating maritime heritage and charming Vieux Basin district.

Your Itinerary

  • An immersive journey of French and Spanish cities
  • Capture Bordeaux’s arts, culture and wine heritage
  • There’s a rare visit to Saint Malo and charming Honfleur
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Bringing the world closer

Our size advantage means we can take you to places that some of the larger cruise vessels simply can’t. We dock close to the heart of some of the world’s most beautiful cities and can take you on scenic cruising adventures showcasing inspirational landscapes. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to make the most of this advantage.

Smaller but spacious

Aboard our smaller, friendlier ships you'll find there's plenty of room to stretch out by the pool, enjoy a drink and great conversation with like-minded guests, and make the most of your time away. Sailing with hundreds, not thousands, of others allows you to get ashore faster too, and make the most of each destination.

Service with a smile
Waitress with drinks and guest on deck, Boudicca

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 fact, 97% of guests rated Fred. Olsen’s friendly, attentive staff ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’.

Balmoral, carrying up to 1,350 guests is small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you.

Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.