French Rivers & Bordeaux

25th Oct 2022 10 nights Sails from Dover Balmoral L2229
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
The Eiffel tower, Paris, France The Eiffel tower, Paris, France
FROM ONLY £1,299 per person
FREE Drinks Package OR £150pp On Board Spend

FREE All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade: offer applicable on selected sailings. Free drinks upgrade package comprises of selected house beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks – for terms & conditions, click here. Not combinable with any other offer, including, but not limited to Solo offers, Saver Fares - with the exception of Enjoyment Promise. All Inclusive Drinks offer is capacity controlled and subject to availability. 

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*On Board Spend £150 per person: On Board Spend amount applies to a maximum of two guests per cabin. Spend is non-transferable and no refunds will be given for the credit amount shown. No cash alternative will be given for unused Spend. Complimentary or chargeable upgrades will not alter the On Board Spend value, where applicable. On board spend is capacity controlled and subject to availability. E&OE.

During visits to five captivating cities, you’ll get a taste for the history, culture and culinary influences of France, plus sample some Spanish flavours too.[ReadMoreMob] Discover the very best of Bordeaux; after sailing the Gironde and Garonne Rivers, Balmoral docks alongside the promenade, so simply step off the ship and explore. You’re perfectly placed to take in highlights such as Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cité du Vin, bursting rich history and wine heritage. Alternatively, tour to one of Medoc’s small family run vineyards, to learn the region’s wines and taste them straight from the barrel.

Cruise the scenic River Seine all the way to Rouen too; a full day stay here allows ample time for a tour to nearby Paris, where you can see iconic sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, and perhaps indulge with the cuisine of one world’s culinary capitals. Elsewhere there are visits to Brest and Honfleur, where you may be tempted to try Camembert and Calvados while people watching at one of the French cafés. In Spain, Getxo is your gateway to Bilbao, famed for its Guggenheim Museum, prestigious restaurants serving traditional pintxos, and the legendary Rioja wine vineyards.

Bringing the world closer

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

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, carrying up to 1,350 guests is 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.