Cultural Cities with the River Seine

16th Oct 2020 9 nights Sails from Liverpool Black Watch W2029
FROM ONLY £1,049 per person
Black Watch cruising the River Seine Black Watch cruising the River Seine
FROM ONLY £1,049 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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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’.

Black Watch is the ultimate home-from-home at sea: spacious with a friendly, familiar feel and providing a traditional cruise experience. This classically-designed, 804-guest ship features stylish décor, fittings and furniture throughout, and comfortable, spacious bars and lounges including the beautiful Black Watch Room. 

What's more, soft furnishings, smart TVs and mini-bars enhance the accommodation on board. And while Black Watch features all of the modern amenities and facilities you would expect, she still retains her sleek, intimate style and has a warm, welcoming ambience - just like the rest of the Fred. Olsen fleet.