Highlights of France, Belgium & Holland

29th Oct 2020 7 nights Sails from Southampton Boudicca D2026
FROM ONLY £899 per person
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FROM ONLY £899 per person

With opportunities to explore five captivating cities, you’ll find this deeply enriching itinerary is packed with highlights ashore. From eye-catching architectural gems and world-famous museums, to iconic canals and legendary diamonds, there are attractions aplenty to uncover as Boudicca takes you to France, Belgium and the Netherlands in just seven nights.

Following in the footsteps of many lauded painters and poets, you’re sure to be inspired by quaint Honfleur. [ReadMoreMob]The charming cobbled streets of this historic city are a map of architectural treasures, including St Catherine’s Church – France’s largest timber-built church, while the Vieux Bassin district presents postcard-perfect scenes of colourful houses and a beautiful fishing harbour. In the Netherlands, an abundance of Dutch delights awaits. With a full-day to explore Amsterdam, you can delve deep into one of Europe’s finest capital cities and take your pick of the attractions. Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum and particular highlights. To view Amsterdam from a different perspective, take a boat tour of the city’s diverse districts via its iconic waterways. You’ll also have a chance to revel in Rotterdam’s modern marvels. The Netherlands’ futuristic second city boasts many impressive sights, such as the Erasumsbrug Bridge, innovative 1970’s Cube Houses and magnificent Markthal. [ReadMoreDesk]

In between Honfleur and Amsterdam, Boudicca also diverts to Belgium and Zeebrugge, gateway to UNESCO-listed Bruges. Opt to take the short journey to Bruges and you’re in for a rewarding day of exploration; the city is home to a unique mix of architecture and some of Belgium’s most sought-after landmarks. The Church of our Lady, the Madonna and Child sculpture, and the unmistakable medieval Belfry are must visit sites. For a memorable finale, you’ll return to Belgian shores before heading home, for an extended stop at Antwerp.  Once you’ve arrived in Belgium’s beautiful second city, you’ll have time to explore at your own pace. While the legendary diamond district is the jewel in Antwerp’s crown, there are plenty of other treasures to uncover here too; the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts are all highly recommended. In both Bruges and Antwerp, don’t miss the chance to indulge yourself with the sweet, rich flavours of authentic Belgian chocolates, produced by some of the world’s best chocolatiers, too.  

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
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 guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal Fred. Olsen service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.