French River Cruising in Five Nights

Departed 19th Oct 2019 5 nights Sails from Dover Balmoral L1927
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An in-depth exploration of the beautiful River Seine awaits you on this invigorating cruise, with hours of scenic cruising perfectly complementing extended calls at two enchanting, classically French cities. In just five nights, you’ll pack in rich culture, stunning architecture, remarkable history and beautifully unspoilt countryside scenes, so you’re sure to feel inspired throughout your holiday. [ReadMoreMob]

You’ll enjoy a delightful start to your French flavoured journey of discovery, taking in views of picturesque countryside and pretty communes as your ship sails the Seine en route to Rouen. A two-night stay in Normandy’s regional capital will then afford you plenty of time to capture the essence of the city at leisure. [ReadMoreDesk]You could explore Rouen’s links to Joan of Arc at Place du Vieux Marché, where the ‘Heroine of France’ was burnt at the stake; marvel at the city’s spectacular Gothic-style cathedral; admire the traditional half-timbered houses and much more – a walking tour is a great way to see the sights. Alternatively, you could make the most of your extended stay to take a tour to nearby Paris, and see the famous landmarks of the French capital including the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower. The enchanting Claude Monet House and Gardens is within reach on tour from Rouen, too.

A journey back along the Seine in daylight hours follows, offering you another chance to take in the river’s postcard-perfect scenes from the comfort of your ship. Perhaps enjoy the view from the comfort of Balmoral’s lounges with a glass of your favourite tipple in hand, or over traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge as you sail towards Honfleur, where you exploration of the Seine comes to a rewarding end. Once docked in Honfleur, you’ll have plenty of time to wander the charming, café-lined 16th century cobbled streets of this historic maritime city, in search of highlights including St Catherine’s Church – France’s largest timber-built church – and the Vieux Bassin, with its lofty slate and timber-fronted houses and colourful fishing harbour.