French River Cruising in Five Nights

19th Oct 2019 5 nights Sails from Dover Balmoral L1927
FROM ONLY £399 per person
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FROM ONLY £399 per person
SAVE up to 30%

Fares are per person, based on standard occupancy of the lead-in rooms, subject to availability. Warmer Cruising offers are valid for new bookings made from 14/08/19 to 15/10/19, inclusive, on cruises shown in the Warmer cruising brochure. For cruise D19GV savings are applicable from 17/07/19, and for cruises W1923, D192425 & D1925 savings are applicable from 24/07/19. Savings shown are based on recent selling prices and have been applied to the fares shown. Fly-Cruise prices include flight(s), APD and transfer(s) to/from the ship as arranged by Fred. Olsen. Guests can choose to book on a cruise-only basis. Guests booking on this option will need to arrange their own flights and transfers to/from the ship. See specific cruise page on this website for details.

No Single Supplement on selected grades

Warmer Cruising No Single Supplement Offer: applicable to new bookings made from 14/08/19 to 15/10/19, inclusive. Offer based on sole occupancy of specific grades of twin/double rooms, paying no single supplement, on selected October 2019 to March 2020 cruises, see specific cruise page on this website for details. Saver fare terms and conditions apply, see below. Solo offer is subject to availability and capacity controlled. Saver fares: full payment is required at time of booking. 100% cancellation charges apply and guests cannot transfer their booking to an alternative cruise. No room number – and in some cases, room grade – will be provided at the time of booking (room number will be advised on the cruise ticket). Additional discounts, including Oceans Loyalty discounts, do not apply. Dining time will be allocated automatically and cannot be changed; table sizes cannot be requested when booking a Saver fare. Not combinable with any other offer. E&OE.

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.

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.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.