France Cruises

Palais de la Bourse located at Bordeaux France
Palais de la Bourse located at Bordeaux France

Put simply, France is the promise of beautiful countryside, fine wines, stunning architecture, world-class galleries and museums and delicious food. The country represents a uniquely-refined chic that is especially true of its romantic capital, Paris, with its breathtaking monuments, charismatic Seine River and iconic history. [ReadMoreMob]

A cruise to this noble European land offers so much: vineyard tours, stunning beaches, soaring mountains and picture-perfect villages with cobbled streets, café terraces, cosy bistros, Bayeux Tapestries and the ubiquitous scene of people playing boules in shady squares. From Joan of Arc’s Rouen to UNESCO-listed Bordeaux, the republic’s heritage is never far away. The medieval island of Mont St Michel has 60 national heritage sites alone and the maritime past of Normandy lives on in towns like Honfleur.

The intimate rhythm of French life will get under the skin of every visitor that doesn’t resist it. Everyday rituals get transformed into unforgettable experiences, be that a croissant outside a street café, a stroll through Monet’s lily gardens, or blowing the cobwebs away on a Brittany beach awash with Celtic history.

Of course, French gastronomy goes beyond just eating well. The experimental spirit of the French means there is always something appetising to discover and try. From the crêpes of Lorient to the Cognac of La Rochelle, the nation’s culinary delights are endless. All of that coupled with the warm welcome proffered by the locals makes any cruise to France an unforgettable adventure.

Cruises to France

French River Cruising in Five Nights

French River Cruising in Five Nights

Departs: Southampton • Thu 17 Dec 2020
5 nights • Balmoral • L2032

  • If you’re after a short, yet immensely rewarding and relaxing pre-Christmas break, this escape to two historic, highlight-filled French cities is just the ticket.
  • Sail the beautiful River Seine to Rouen, where an overnight stay will afford time to connect with French history, marvel at the city’s stunning gothic cathedral, and even tour to romantic Paris.
  • There’s an overnight stay in Honfleur too, famed for its picturesque harbour and the historic Vieux Bassin quarter, which is fronted by colourful, towering timber buildings and spires.

From £499pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Rivers & Cities of France & Belgium

Rivers & Cities of France & Belgium

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Wed 09 Jun 2021
8 nights • Balmoral • L2118

  • For an inspirational summer cruise adventure, let small ship Balmoral whisk you away to the beautiful rivers, gorgeous countryside and charming cities of France and Belgium.
  • On the River Seine, you’ll sail through fabulous French countryside; have time to immerse yourself in Rouen’s rich, diverse history; and delve into Honfleur’s rich maritime heritage.
  • Cruising the picturesque Western Scheldt River begins two days in Belgium, before an exploration of Antwerp offers opportunities to discover an abundance of elaborate and iconic attractions.

From £1,199pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Cultural Cities of France & Spain

Cultural Cities of France & Spain

Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Thu 01 Jul 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2120

  • You’re in for a feast of diverse culture and enchanting beauty, as Balmoral takes you on an immersive journey of discovery to gorgeous and engrossing French and Spanish cities.
  • Docking alongside the promenade in Bordeaux makes it easy to capture the city’s arts, culture and wine heritage, or even tour to a famous family-run vineyard nearby.
  • There’s a rare visit to Saint Malo and charming Honfleur too; and in Spain, the cultural treasures and landmarks of Bilbao and Avilés await.

From £1,899pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Wine Regions of Portugal, Spain & France

Wine Regions of Portugal, Spain & France

Departs: Newcastle • Sat 04 Sep 2021
16 nights • Balmoral • L2128

  • Indulge yourself in the authentic flavours of Portugal and France, as you explore a gorgeous island and charming cities selected for their links to world-renowned wines.
  • You can join the celebrations at Madeira’s annual Wine Festival; visit Oporto, famed for its port wines; and even visit a family-run French vineyard.
  • There are plenty of other highlights too, from the tropical gardens and landscapes of Madeira to the historic sites of Bordeaux, where Balmoral docks close to the city centre.

From £1,999pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Uncrowded City Stays

Uncrowded City Stays

Departs: Southampton • Mon 07 Feb 2022
8 nights • Balmoral • L2203

  • Experience three beautiful European cities at their uncrowded best, exploring them – by day and by night – at a time of year when there are less tourists around.
  • Discover Antwerp’s highlights, such as the Diamond District and authentic Belgian chocolate shops, from Balmoral’s city centre berthing location.
  • Your small ship sails the Seine all the way to the historic French city of Rouen, while a full day in Amsterdam allows ample time to fully immerse yourself in the Dutch capital’s delights.

From £799pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

Canaries & Portugal with Funchal Flower Parade

Departs: Newcastle • Mon 02 May 2022
16 nights • Balmoral • L2211

  • Experience the excitement and traditions of Madeira Flower Festival, and immerse yourself in a fusion of floral colour, fragrance and beauty, on this very special springtime cruise celebration.
  • Explore Madeira’s lush landscapes and tropical gardens too; and seek out horticultural wonders – such as Tenerife’s poison gardens and the cactus gardens of Lanzarote – in the Canaries.
  • You can also delight in the maritime history of La Coruña and Lisbon, Portugal’s capital; and visit Claude Monet’s iconic house and gardens from Honfleur.

From £1,999pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Tulips & Chocolates

Tulips & Chocolates

Departs: Southampton • Fri 09 Apr 2021
7 nights • Braemar • M2108

  • Stimulate your senses on this indulgent springtime cruise, with chances to smell seasonal floral scents, indulge with sumptuous chocolates and see iconic sights, as Braemar takes you closer to stunning cities.
  • After a short foray to Honfleur, stop overnight in Antwerp to explore the legendary diamond district, revel in the city’s architecture, arts and culture and sample wares from artisan Belgian chocolatiers.
  • You’ll also visit futuristic Rotterdam and Amsterdam where you can tour the Dutch capital’s famous canals and marvel at the seasonal splendour of millions of tulips in spring bloom at the Keukenhof Gardens.

From £899pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux

Departs: Southampton • Thu 20 May 2021
8 nights • Braemar • M2111

  • A medley of rewards awaits you, from fine wine and culinary delights to diverse architecture and art, as Braemar takes you closer to the highlights of four culture-rich cities in Spain & France.
  • You’ll sail the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers straight into Bordeaux, where you can explore the city’s UNESCO-listed centre and sample world-famous wine culture from the moment you step ashore.
  • In Spain, visit Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria’s treasures; Avilés, for contrasting architectural gems and delicious Asturian cider; and La Coruña, the jewel in Galicia’s crown.

From £1,149pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

France and Spain with Seville

France and Spain with Seville

Departs: Southampton • Wed 02 Jun 2021
13 nights • Braemar • M2113

  • You’ll find plenty of opportunities for exciting and enriching exploration, with Braemar bringing you closer to the heart and highlights of fabulous French and Spanish cities.
  • Dock in the heart of Seville, courtesy of your ship’s smaller size, and seek-out historic sites with ease, plus catch a traditional flamenco show during an overnight stay.
  • Berth close to the attractions of La Coruna, Vigo and ancient Cádiz; and visit Nantes, gateway to the wine regions and vineyards of the Loire Valley.

From £1,799pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

French City Overnights with the River Seine

French City Overnights with the River Seine

Departs: Southampton • Tue 15 Jun 2021
8 nights • Braemar • M2114

  • Along gorgeous French rivers, scenes of picture-perfect countryside and destinations bursting with history and culture await your discovery on board.
  • Experience serene scenic cruising along the picturesque Loire River all the way into Nantes, the gateway to the famous vineyards of the Loire Valley.
  • On the Seine, visit Rouen and Honfleur to step back in time amongst the each city’s medieval architecture and historic landmarks; and admire pretty countryside and communes from your smaller ship.

From £1,099pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Flavours of France & Spain

Flavours of France & Spain

Departs: Southampton • Fri 20 Aug 2021
8 nights • Braemar • M2121

  • With each destination selected for its links to famous food and drink, and their many cultural highlights, you’re in for an authentic taste of France and Spain.
  • Braemar docks in the centre of Nantes, gateway to famous French vineyards sprawled across the gorgeous countryside of the Loire Valley.
  • Elsewhere in France, sweet Calvados and Pommeau will tempt in Honfleur; while in Spain, Getxo and Avilés offer traditional Basque tapas, Rioja wines and sweet Asturian cider.

From £1,199pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Rivers & Cities of France with Seville

Rivers & Cities of France with Seville

Departs: Southampton • Thu 02 Sep 2021
14 nights • Braemar • M2123

  • Experience what makes cruising with Fred. Olsen so special, with unforgettable scenic cruising and cultural city discovery, made possible by Braemar’s smaller size.
  • Sailing the Seine and Loire rivers presents views of the beautiful French countryside and charming communes, while plenty of highlights await ashore at Rouen and Nantes, gateway to the Loire Valley vineyards.
  • The Guadalquivir River is your picture-perfect route into the heart of Seville, where fine architecture, abundant cultural delights and sultry flamenco dancing awaits.

From £1,699pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

French River Cities

French River Cities

Departs: Southampton • Wed 27 Oct 2021
9 nights • Braemar • M2126

  • Let Braemar take you on an inspirational exploration of French river, making most of her smaller size to discover picture-perfect scenery and captivating cities.
  • Experience serene scenic cruising along the picturesque Loire River all the way into Nantes, the gateway to the famous vineyards of the Loire Valley.
  • On the Seine, visit Rouen and Honfleur to step back in time amongst each city’s medieval architecture and historic landmarks; and admire pretty countryside and communes from your smaller ship.

From £1,049pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Islands of the Mediterranean

Islands of the Mediterranean

Departs: Liverpool • Tue 04 May 2021
18 nights • Borealis • S2109

  • Sail into the Mediterranean in the spring and succumb to the scenic, historical and cultural charms of sun-bathed Spanish, Italian and French destinations on this enchanting island-hopping adventure.
  • Uncover Menorcan highlights such as impressive Monte Toro and glorious beaches; and take advantage of time in Mallorca to explore charming Palma, or take a scenic train ride to beautiful Sóller.
  • Marvel at the dramatic Prunelli Gorges on the fabulous French Island of Corsica; enjoy the scenery, wines and traditions of Sardinia, Italy; and revel in the rich history of Valletta, Malta’s ancient capital.

From £2,899pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

 Island & Inland Wonders of France & Spain

Island & Inland Wonders of France & Spain

Departs: Liverpool • Mon 19 Jul 2021
10 nights • Borealis • S2116

  • Enjoy an authentic taste of France and Spain, visiting regions and destinations selected for links to famous food and drink.
  • Visit Bordeaux, famed for its Medoc, Merlot and Saint Emilion wines – an overnight stay allows for a tour to an enchanting family-run vineyard, and see the city’s iconic sights too.
  • On Brittany’s beautiful coast, you can tour to the famed oyster town of Cancale; while in Spain, Getxo and Avilés offer traditional Basque tapas, Rioja wines and sweet Asturian cider.

From £1,499pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

French Cities & Spain

French Cities & Spain

Departs: Liverpool • Sun 26 Sep 2021
11 nights • Borealis • S2122

  • A full-flavoured cruise adventure combining French city discovery and scenic cruising with an authentic taste of northern Spain.
  • Borealis sails the picturesque Gironde and Garonne rivers to Bassens, your gateway to UNESCO-listed Bordeaux and some of France’s most famous countryside vineyards.
  • Visit La Pallice for tours to historic La Rochelle too, and St Malo on the beautiful Brittany coast, plus delight in authentic flavours of Spain with traditional pintxos, Rioja and cider in Avilés and Getxo.

From £1,599pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Flavours of France & Spain

Flavours of France & Spain

Departs: Dover • Thu 08 Apr 2021
9 nights • Bolette • T2107

  • Step on board Bolette for this nine-night French and Spanish city discovery and you’ll unravel the rewards of some of Europe’s most beautiful, culture rich regions.
  • Visiting northern Spain’s Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria regions, you can marvel at unspoilt coastal scenes, uncover prehistoric caves, sample traditional regional flavours, see famous landmarks and much more.
  • In France, visit the beautiful Normandy region and historic Honfleur; and take the chance to explore the rich history and wine heritage of enchanting Bordeaux.

From £1,249pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Western Med Discovery with Monaco

Western Med Discovery with Monaco

Departs: Dover • Thu 06 May 2021
16 nights • Bolette • T2111

  • Sail with style and sophistication during this exquisite exploration of the western Med, as Bolette takes you to stunning Spanish islands and cities, and the fabulous French Riviera.
  • Sample Mediterranean island life in Palma de Mallorca; take in the must-visit attractions of Barcelona, such as the iconic Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas; and delve into Cartagena’s rich Roman heritage.
  • On the gorgeous Côte d'Azur, the Romanesque architecture and Provencal markets of Toulon awaits; while glamourous Cannes and Monaco are the icing on the cake.

From £1,999pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Waterways of Belgium & France

Waterways of Belgium & France

Departs: Dover • Sat 29 May 2021
5 nights • Bolette • T2113

  • A five-night journey of discovery combining scenic river cruising through breathtaking countryside with visits to three inspirational cities, this is an enriching short break.
  • Enjoy a short French foray including chances to explore the charming cobbled streets and historic harbour of Honfleur, and the dramatic fortifications of St Malo and Mont St Michel.
  • There’s a memorable day in Belgium too; Bolette takes you on a journey along the Western Scheldt River to Antwerp, a city famed for its cathedrals, chocolate shops and sparking diamonds.

From £749pp

Fares Explained | What's Included

Rivers & Cities of France

Rivers & Cities of France

Departs: Dover • Fri 02 Jul 2021
9 nights • Bolette • T2117

  • Take in the scenic and city delights of gorgeous French region as Bolette guides you on a mesmerising journey of discovery.
  • Sail the picturesque Gironde and Garonne rivers to Bassens and visit Bordeaux, where you can immerse yourself in local arts, culture and world-famous wine heritage.
  • Visit the beautiful coast of Brittany for a rare call at Belle Ile and to discover the centuries-old treasure of St Malo or Mont St Michel; and, in Normandy, revel in the historic highlights of Cherbourg.

From £1,299pp

Fares Explained | What's Included