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River Cruising to Bordeaux & the Seville Fair

14th Apr 2018 14 nights Sails from Southampton Braemar M1809
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person
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Featuring overnight stays in fascinating, attraction-packed cities; over 300 nautical miles of unforgettable scenic cruising along beautiful, size-restricted rivers in France and Spain; and an opportunity to be part of a spectacular Spanish celebration, this fantastic fortnight aboard Braemar showcases what makes cruising with Fred. Olsen so special.

First-up on this captivating itinerary is La Pallice, your gateway to La Rochelle. Affectionately known as the ‘White City’ thanks to its fine limestone facades, La Rochelle is well worth a visit; although you might prefer to tour to the famous Cognac region or enchanting marshlands of Marais Poitevin from La Pallice instead. Then it’s on to Bordeaux where a collection of unmissable highlights will be just the length of the gangway away. Over 360 historic sites await in the UNESCO-listed heart of Lonely Planet’s 'top city to visit in 2017', including Calihau Gate, the 13th century Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cours du Chapeau-Rouge. An overnight stay affords you time to take in all the sights at your leisure, or perhaps venture to renowned Medoc region vineyards where some of the world’s very best wines are produced. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to look forward to the memorable journey along the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne Rivers after departing Bordeaux. [ReadMore]

Two days at sea follows as Braemar heads for the stunning Spanish city of Seville. Unlike larger ships, Braemar can sail straight into the city via the narrow and picturesque Guadalquivir River. This means you can experience all the excitement and festivity of the fabulous Feria de Abril from the moment you step ashore. Your overnight stay here coincides with the final day of this spectacular annual festival, so you can watch the horse-drawn carriages and flamenco dancers as they parade through the pretty streets, or even simply take in historic highlights such as the gothic cathedral and Plaza de España. Be sure to back on board your ship to enjoy unspoilt views of the fantastic fireworks at midnight. Finally, before returning to the UK, it’s back to France and the historic city of Rouen. Yet another overnight stay will afford your time to discover architectural wonders such as the incredible Cathédrale Notre-Dame, see the iconic Gros Horloge and visit the exact spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake; or embark on an unforgettable journey to romantic Paris. All this before enjoying a wonderful glide along the River Seine, the perfect finalé to this memorable cruise adventure.

Elegant 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.

Rest assured, all of the following comes as standard on every Fred. Olsen cruise:

  • Comfortable rooms and suites with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and individually controlled air conditioning
  • Tempting cuisine every day throughout your cruise - with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets and late-night snacks
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee at selected venues, afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, dancing and live music
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet (on cruises of 5 nights or more)
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Flights, as confirmed as part of a fly-cruise holiday

​Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Real ships
We’re not interested in gimmicks like zip wires, climbing walls or celebrity chefs. 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.