French River Cruising to Bordeaux

Departed 23rd Aug 2018 8 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1821
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One of the best things about Fred. Olsen’s river cruises is that you can enjoy relaxing journeys along picturesque, size-restricted waterways aboard smaller, ocean-going cruise ships. This cruise is no exception, featuring hours of stunning daytime scenic cruising as Braemar takes you closer to historic, culture-rich cities via beautiful French rivers.

The first of three historic cities you’ll visit is Lorient, a city that feels typically French today but was once of one of Germany’s most important U-boat stations. Here you can visit the concrete caverns of the Keroman Submarine Base; admire the post-war architecture; and take in the fine selection of galleries and museums, all before embarking on a memorable journey to Bordeaux. Your ship will sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne Rivers straight into the ‘Pearl of Aquitaine’, so the historic highlights of the UNESCO-listed city centre will be just the length of the gangway away. And, as you’ll stop overnight in Lonely Planet’s 'top city to visit in 2017', you’ll have plenty of time to take in Calihau Gate, the 13th century Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cours du Chapeau-Rouge; and visit Cité du Vin for an incredible culinary experience.  Wine lovers won’t want to miss the chance to tour to the world-renowned vineyards of the stunning Medoc region too. [ReadMore]

Your fabulous French foray concludes with a call into Rouen. After sailing into the heart of Normandy via the winding River Seine, head into the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ to discover an abundance of attractions found just a short distance from your ship’s berth. The spectacular Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the iconic Gros Horloge and Place du Vieux-Marche – where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake – in particular are not to be missed. Alternatively you could taste the rich flavours of the Normandy region, or join a tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens before heading for home. The journey from Rouen is sure to be simply unforgettable as Braemar sails 60 nautical miles back along the River Seine, offering unspoilt views of lush green countryside and quaint communes dotted along the riverbanks – the perfect end to this eight night late summer escape.