French River Weekend

3rd Dec 2022 3 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M2232
FROM ONLY £399 per person
Beautiful panoramic view of Paris from the roof of the Triumphal Arch. Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful panoramic view of Paris from the roof of the Triumphal Arch. Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower.
FROM ONLY £399 per person
FREE On Board Spend up to £100pp plus tips covered

On-board spend/Tips covered offer: applicable to new bookings, made from 16/08/21 onwards, on sailings of up to 19 nights in duration, departing from the UK, between January 2022 and May 2023, excluding cruises L22SN, T2212, & M2223; cruises over 20 nights & Fly-cruises including M2233 are excluded. Free On Board Spend amount is per person (pp), up to two guests per cabin, amount varies per cruise up to £100 pp. E&OE.

As the busy Christmas period approaches, you can treat yourself to a well-earned break enjoyed amongst the sights and delights of beautiful French cities and countryside.[ReadMoreMob] After an overnight sail from Southampton, you’ll wake to views of the rolling forested valleys, lush-green fields and pretty communes that flank the winding River Seine, as Braemar takes you on a serene journey to Rouen.

Once docked at Normandy’s historic, culture-rich capital, you’ll be afforded ample time to explore at your leisure and take in its highlights; within the centre of the city, medieval and renaissance treasures, such as the symbolic Gothic cathedral, Gros Horloge and plethora of half-timbered houses, and the exact spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, await. Outside the cathedral, you could stop by the traditional Christmas market, for local treats and hot calvados too. Alternatively, you could opt for a tour to Paris, to experience the magic of a wander along the Champs Elysées at night, see the illuminated Eiffel Tower and much more.  

Your Itinerary

  • Scenic cruise the picturesque River Seine
  • Tour to Paris to explore the city’s landmarks
  • In Rouen visit the Notre Dame Cathedral
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Braemar is the shortest of Fred. Olsen's four smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships, with dimensions perfect for cruising picturesque, size-restricted rivers and docking in the heart of fascinating towns and cities.

Like the rest of the fleet, Braemar assumes the welcoming feel and intimacy of a country house hotel, and a sense of timeless style and elegance flows through the ship's comfortable bars and lounges, restaurants and spacious accommodation for up to 929 guests.

In recent years, we have seen a new era emerging in cruising.

There is a trend for everything to get bigger and busier, and for a cruise to be seen as an alternative to a large luxury resort, with a limitless flurry of activity. But this is not for us. Find out more 


We are free to do things a different way because we are family-run. Of course some people enjoy the bigger, busier cruises, but it is not for everyone, and it is not for us. We prefer to do things, 'The Olsen Way'.


We have fewer guests, so the atmosphere on board our ships is always warm and civilised. Our smaller ships allow us to visit the more interesting places that the world has to offer.


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