French Rivers with Bordeaux

29th Aug 2022 11 nights Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) Balmoral L2225A
Save £250pp Was from £1,549pp Now from £1,299pp

Summer Celebration Offers: applicable on selected May to September 2022 sailings, as indicated; cruise L2211 & T2212 are excluded. Applicable for new bookings made from 22/04/22 to 31/05/22, inclusive. Summer Celebration discount is up to £250 per person off current selling prices, saving amount varies per cruise from £150 per person up to £250 per person, up to two guests per cabin. Prices shown include Summer Celebration discount. Summer Celebration offer is subject to availability and is capacity controlled. Bookings made via Tour Operators are excluded from all Summer Celebration offers. Summer Celebration Terms & Conditions can be viewed here.

Aerial panorama of Nantes city center in Loire Atlantique, France Aerial panorama of Nantes city center in Loire Atlantique, France
Save £250pp Was from £1,549pp Now from £1,299pp

Summer Celebration Offers: applicable on selected May to September 2022 sailings, as indicated; cruise L2211 & T2212 are excluded. Applicable for new bookings made from 22/04/22 to 31/05/22, inclusive. Summer Celebration discount is up to £250 per person off current selling prices, saving amount varies per cruise from £150 per person up to £250 per person, up to two guests per cabin. Prices shown include Summer Celebration discount. Summer Celebration offer is subject to availability and is capacity controlled. Bookings made via Tour Operators are excluded from all Summer Celebration offers. Summer Celebration Terms & Conditions can be viewed here.

£150pp FREE On Board Spend or £300pp when booking a Suite

*Applicable to new bookings from 16/03/2022 on 2022/23 cruises sailing from the UK, of 10 to 12 nights in duration, see terms & conditions.

includes £250 pp saving + Free Spend

Making full use of her smaller size, Balmoral takes you on a discovery of meandering waterways, gorgeous landscapes and fascinating, culture-rich riverside cities.[ReadMoreMob] Discover the very best of Bordeaux; Balmoral docks alongside the promenade in this elegant city, so you can 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. Alternatively, tour to one of Medoc’s small family run vineyards, to learn the region’s wines and taste them straight from the barrel. Your departure from Bordeaux will be memorable too, sailing the scenic Gironde and Garonne rivers.

Picture-perfect scenes of lush-green countryside fronted by quaint communes come into view during a gentle journey along the Seine. Meanwhile, Rouen awaits your exploration on the banks of the river; this enchanting city alive with French history and wandering the charming streets amongst its highlights, such as the gothic cathedral and medieval architecture of Place du Vieux-Marché, is like walking back through centuries. Rouen is also close enough to Paris for tours to see the capital’s iconic landmarks. At the mouth of the river, the cobbled streets and historic Vieux Bassin of Honfleur are also yours to explore.

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 

1. WE ARE PROUD TO SAIL OUR OWN COURSE

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'.

2. SMALLER IS BETTER

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.

3. HAND-CRAFTED, NOT MASS PRODUCED

We pride ourselves on putting our all into the Fred. Olsen cruise experience. Our itineraries are created from scratch every year, our service is genuinely personal and each and every area of our ships is designed by hand.

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.