Bank Holiday Escape to France & the River Seine

2nd May 2024 5 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2411
FREEDOM FARE FROM £749 per person
View of the Eiffel tower, Paris, France View of the Eiffel tower, Paris, France
FREEDOM FARE FROM £749 per person
£50pp FREE On Board Spend or £100pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings made from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 7 to 9 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

A five-night escape offering a taste of France and the Fred. Olsen cruise experience at their finest, enjoyed during hours of serene river cruising and explorations of two enchanting cities. Sailing along the scenic River Seine makes for a memorable start to your French foray; relax on board Braemar, perhaps whilst enjoying the spring weather out on the open decks, as you witness the picture-perfect scenes of verdant countryside and rolling valleys fronted by quaint, traditional communes.[ReadMore]

On the banks of the Seine, with extended stays in Rouen and Honfleur, there’s ample time to discover the highlights of Normandy and explore tales of French history. In Rouen, you’ll feel as though you’re walking back through centuries as you wander the streets, squares and alleys amongst historic sites such as the grand Gothic Cathedral, Aître St. Maclou cemetery and where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake at Place du Vieux-Marché. You could also join a tour to Paris to see the French capital’s iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Louvre Museum; visit the house and gardens of the famous artist Claude Monet; and taste local specialities such as authentic camembert and calvados brandy.

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.