French Cities & Spain

26th Sep 2021 11 nights Sails from Liverpool Borealis S2122
FROM ONLY £1,349 per person
View on Bordeaux in the evening - France View on Bordeaux in the evening - France
FROM ONLY £1,349 per person

Combining enthralling French city discovery and scenic cruising with an authentic taste of northern Spain creates a truly rewarding, full-flavoured adventure. Borealis serenely sails through the countryside scenes of the Gironde and Garonne rivers to Bassens, your gateway to Bordeaux. Take the short journey into the heart of the ‘Pearl of Aquitane’ to uncover plenty of historical and architectural highlights, from Cathédrale Saint-André to Calihau Gate. A full-day stop at allows ample time to sample Bordeaux’s famed wine culture too; or even visit one of the family-run countryside vineyards nearby.[ReadMoreMob]

Elsewhere in France, La Pallice is your starting point for a tour to La Rochelle, a city rich in war history and maritime heritage that dates back to the 10th century, where modern bars, cafés and social hubs mix in with centuries-old monuments amongst the old districts and ancient streets. And, on the beautiful Brittany coast, you’ve a chance to explore fascinating St Malo, encased by imposing granite walls, or simply relax at the beach; or perhaps tour to the dramatic island of Mont St Michel and its iconic, fairytale-esque spired abbey. Meanwhile, in Spain, you could visit Avilés – on tour from Gijon – to indulge in the flavours of a city famed for it’s authentic Asturian cider; and sample traditional Basque pintxos and delicious Rioja wines in Getxo too.

Your Itinerary

  • A full-flavoured cruise of French cities and scenic cruising
  • Borealis sails the Gironde and Garonne rivers to Bassens
  • Visit La Pallice for La Rochelle, and St Malo on the Brittany coast
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Bringing the world closer

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

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’.

Borealis, like her sister ship Bolette, has capacity for less than 1,400 guests but is larger in overall size than the other vessels in the Fred. Olsen fleet. This means when you come on board for a memorable cruise holiday, to relax and enjoy a premium level of comfort – as well as our renowned personal service – in the elegant public areas, lounges, bars and dining venues, you have even more space in which to do so.

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and timeless style, and classic open deck spaces providing a place to fully immerse yourself in the magic of ocean cruising, Borealis is very much in keeping with what our guests have come to expect from a Fred. Olsen ship.