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River Douro, France River Douro, France

02 Apr 2026

Newcastle

14 nights

Balmoral

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Hand-crafted highlights

Our Journey Planners have designed this cruise to showcase the rivers and cities of France and Portugal. From navigating the picturesque Seine – restricted to smaller ships like Balmoral – and the Garonne to meandering along the Douro on a tour and marvelling at views of Lisbon from the Tagus, scenic waterways await in abundance. Immerse yourself in local life, savouring pastéis de nata and riding the iconic trams in Lisbon, and delving into Parisian culture from Rouen. A rich history of port and fine-wine production can be uncovered in Oporto and Bordeaux. The latter invites exploration of wineries, wine museums, and the picturesque Saint-Émilion village nestled in the heart of the wine region.

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Highlights

Douro River, Oporto

Discover Scenic Riverside Cities

This cruise has been hand-crafted to take in the very best rivers and cities of France and Portugal. As we sail into Lisbon, you can soak in views from the River Tagus, including the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge and Belém Tower, while Leixões is your gateway to the city of Oporto and the Douro River. Surrounded by terraced vineyards, charming villages and historic landmarks, it winds its way through Portugal’s wine country, providing a picturesque journey. Balmoral will also divert into the scenic Gironde and Garonne rivers as she heads towards Bordeaux before cruising along the beautiful River Seine to reach Rouen. Flowing through the French countryside, soak in views of rolling valleys, historic bridges and quaint villages from the decks of Balmoral.

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Parisian Cafe

Experience Local Life

Throughout the cruise, you will have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in local life. Sample locally-produced camembert or Calvados in Honfleur, enjoy local treats such as sardines and Pasteis de nata in Lisbon, indulge in a wine tasting in the wine region of Bordeaux, and taste locally-produced Port in Oporto. In Lisbon, you can hop onto one of the iconic trams and explore the city like a local, while Rouen is your gateway to France's capital city, Paris. Immerse yourself in the Parisian culture for the day, with a visit to a local boulangerie to sample carefully crafted pastries or discover the café culture. An integral part of the city’s lifestyle, Paris is home to several iconic cafés, each with its own unique charm and character.

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Bordeaux Vineyard

Uncover the Art of Wine & Brandy Production

On this cruise, you can uncover the art of wine and brandy production, with calls into Bordeaux, and Oporto serving as gateways to the iconic Brandy, Bordeaux Wine and Port regions respectively. From Bordeaux, you can explore the vineyards, wine museums and UNESCO Saint-Émilion village located in the heart of the wine region or discover the production methods involved in Port Wine from Leixões. Only wines produced in the Douro Valley can be labelled as Port, with Oporto serving as the main hub for the aging, blending and export of the sweet wine.   

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Life On Board

Introducing Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate some of Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral retains a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open deck space.

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Fred. Olsen ship Balmoral sailing at dawn

Balmoral

Beautiful Balmoral is small enough to navigate Europe’s most picturesque waterways so guests can enjoy hours of scenic cruising. Balmoral offers a warm, civilised atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

710 cabins
1,325 guests
551 crew
43,537 GT
16kts max speed
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Treats & Pastimes

In addition to our Signature Experiences, we have a selection of lovely Treats & Pastimes for you to enjoy when on board. Just check your Daily Times each day for full details.

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Cabins, Prices & Offers

Cabin Options On Your Cruise

* Prices correct as of 02:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on two people sharing a twin cabin. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

* Prices correct as of 02:00 19/04/2024, based on the lowest available Cruise Only fare, and on sole occupancy. Please call +441473746175 for live availability & prices.

Cabin Grades

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Balcony Junior Suite (BJ)

Balmoral's Balcony Junior Suites have a large cabin area and private balcony

Freedom Fare From £4,499 pp
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Superior Suite (SS)

Located on decks 9 & 10, Superior Suites have a balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £4,899 pp
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Marquee Suite (MS)

Situated on deck 10, Marquee Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £5,999 pp
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Premier Suite (PS)

Located on deck 10, Premier Suites have a private balcony and large cabin area

Freedom Fare From £6,599 pp
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Owner's Suite (OW)

Exclusive Suite - please call for more details

Freedom Fare From £7,999 pp
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Cruise Offers

FREE On Board Spend OR Door-to-Door transfer up to 150 miles   Freedom Fare

What's Included

SO MUCH ALREADY INCLUDED

As well as our Signature Experiences, there are a host of other treats to enjoy on board our ships.

  • À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Daily buffet dining options
  • Late night Supper Club
  • Afternoon tea
  • Self-service tea & coffee
  • In-cabin dining & snacks
  • Evening shows
  • Live music & dancing
  • Dance classes
  • Lectures & talks
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Traditional deck games
  • Daily games & quizzes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzis
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fitness Classes

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