French River Cruising in Five Nights

24th Sep 2020 5 nights Sails from Southampton Balmoral L2025
FROM ONLY £699 per person
Honfleur harbour, France Honfleur harbour, France
FROM ONLY £699 per person

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]

A day of scenic cruising along the picturesque Seine ensures a delightful start to your French flavoured journey of discovery. You’ll be presented with views of gorgeous green fields, rolling valleys and pretty communes, all enjoyed from the comfort of Balmoral’s spacious lounges and open decks, as you sail peacefully inland to Rouen. Once docked in Normandy’s regional capital, there’s plenty of time to capture the essence of the city at leisure. 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, make the most of your extended stay to take a tour to nearby Paris, or perhaps to the enchanting Claude Monet House and Gardens. [ReadMoreDesk]

Departing Rouen in the evening, an overnight sail back along the Seine follows as you head to Honfleur, where your journey along one of France’s most exquisite waterways comes to a rewarding end. Honfleur is the perfect destination for two final days of exploration. Take 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.

Bringing the world closer
Braemar in Bordeux, France

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
Guest swimming in pool, Marquee deck, Boudicca

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’.

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.