Cultural Cities with the River Seine

16th Oct 2020 9 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2029
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
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FROM ONLY £1,199 per person

Embark on this enriching journey of discovery and Black Watch will take you inland in the Netherlands, Belgium and France to uncover the diverse rewards of four fascinating cities. You’ll find your holiday is filled with cultural treasures, architectural wonders and famous historic sites, while scenic cruising of picturesque waterways will add captivating scenes to the collection of destination highlights.

After a relaxing two-day sail from Liverpool to the Low Countries, five consecutive days of city discovery kicks-off in contemporary Rotterdam. [ReadMoreMob]The futuristic architecture and landmarks of this Dutch city is sure to delight: the unusual Markthal, where you’ll find hundreds of stalls and shops; the iconic Cube Houses; and impressive Erasmusbrug Bridge are particular highlights. Departing via the Nieuwe Maas, you’ll see Europe’s busiest port in action – a fascinating glimpse of Rotterdam’s thriving maritime industry. Then there’s absorbing Antwerp, where a plethora of attractions will be within easy reach of your smaller ships central docking location. Step ashore in this Belgian gem and you’ll discover spellbinding sights, such as the tall, elaborate guildhouses of Grote Markt, just a short distance from the gangway. Take time to venture a little further and Antwerp’s most prized possessions will reveal themselves. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, world-famous Diamond District, mighty Cathedral of Our Lady and much more awaits. The sweet scents of delicious treats on offer at traditional Belgian chocolate shops are bound to tempt as you explore. [ReadMoreDesk]

Meandering along the River Seine in daylight hours, taking in glorious countryside scenes of green fields, rolling hills and charming waterside villages as Black Watch glides to Rouen; you’re in for an unforgettable start to three days in France. Once docked in Rouen, 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 for a tour to Claude Monet’s beautiful house and gardens; or to savour the flavours of Normandy. Finally, a cruise back along the Seine brings you to Honfleur, with its 16th century streets, distinctive architecture and pretty Vieux Bassin historic maritime district. Again, you’ll have time to explore this city in depth, or simply watch the world go by at one of the quaint cafés.

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.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. Refurbished at the end of 2016, the 804-guest Black Watch features stylish new décor, fittings and furniture, plus the new Black Watch Room restaurant.

What's more, new soft furnishing, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board, while the cinema has been upgraded too. Despite all these new features, Black Watch still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.