French River Cruising in Five Nights

27th Aug 2020 5 nights Sails from Dover Boudicca D2022
FROM ONLY £749 per person
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FROM ONLY £749 per person

Enjoy an enriching escape on this five-night, French flavoured journey of discovery that combines relaxing scenic river cruising with visits to three inspirational destinations to provide a plethora of unforgettable sights and experiences, including opportunities to unravel rich history, admire spectacular architecture and take in unspoilt countryside from Boudicca.

Your short summer foray to France will be filled with lasting memories, from the moment your smaller ship diverts down the River Seine to the moment you depart your final port of call. [ReadMoreMob]You’ll experience a very special start to your journey, waking up to the Seine’s gorgeous scenes of green fields, rolling hills and spire-laden villages en route to Rouen. Once docked in Normandy’s regional capital for an extended stay, there’s plenty of time to head ashore to uncover the city’s highlights. Perhaps choose to delve into famous French history at Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and behold the sight of architectural gems – such as the spectacular Gothic cathedral – on a rewarding walking tour. Alternatively, you could use your time here to tour to the Claude Monet’s beautiful house and gardens, or even to Paris for a chance to see the iconic landmarks of the romantic capital, such as the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. [ReadMoreDesk]

Upon departure from Rouen, you’ll indulge in another dose of the River Seine’s uncanny serenity and breathtaking beauty, before Boudicca sails south to St Malo, on the beautiful Brittany coast. Once a fortified island, St Malo features a fascinating Old Town encased by imposing granite walls, and beautiful beaches perfect for making the most of the late spring sunshine. Take the day to explore; or perhaps tour to the dramatic island of Mont St Michel, an iconic spired abbey which towers over a fairytale-esque collection of narrow alleys, medieval fortifications and over 60 French National Heritage Sites. Returning to the Seine, a visit Honfleur – situated at the mouth of the river – is a fitting finale. You’re sure to feel inspired here, like so many famous painters and poets before you, as you wander the charming 16th century cobbled streets and see the eye-catching timber-fronted tall houses of the historic Vieux Bassin – a reminder of Normandy’s fascinating maritime past.


Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.