Scenic Rivers of France & Into the Heart of Seville

20th Jul 2023 15 nights Sails from Dover Braemar M2317
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,299 per person
Braemar cruising the River Seine Braemar cruising the River Seine
FREEDOM FARE FROM £2,299 per person
£200pp Free On Board Spend or £400pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2023 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 13 to 15 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

Making full use of her smaller size, and ability to sail narrow, shallow waterways, Braemar takes you on a journey along meandering rivers in France and Spain, passing through gorgeous countryside scenes on the way to fascinating, culture-rich riverside cities. The Guadalquivir River is your picture-perfect route into Seville, where iconic attractions such as Plaza de España, the Moorish Alcázar Palace and spectacular Gothic Cathedral, are within easy reach of Braemar’s central berth. An overnight stay in Seville also affords time to not only savour the raw emotion of a traditional flamenco performance, but be taught the dance by a local bailaora too. In France, the countryside scenes of the Loire River will delight en route to Nantes, gateway to famous Loire Valley vineyards. Stay in Nantes, and many highlights – from Château des ducs de Bretagne to Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul – await just a gentle walk from the ship’s gangway.[ReadMore]

Sailing the River Seine will be another standout experience; serene glides to and from Rouen present views of some of Normandy’s most picturesque landscapes and charming communes perched along the river banks. Whilst in Rouen, there’s plenty of time to immerse yourself in the city’s fascinating history; you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time amongst the charming streets and abundance of centuries-old sites, such as the spectacular Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Gros Horloge and Place du Vieux-Marche. Rouen is also close enough to Paris for tours to see the capital’s iconic landmarks. At the mouth of the Seine, the cobbled streets and historic Vieux Bassin of Honfleur are also yours to explore too.  

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.