Rouen Cruises

Ariel view of Rouen and river, France
Ariel view of Rouen and river, France

The ‘City of a Hundred Bells’, Rouen, is capital of the French region of Normandy. This 2,000-year-old port city on the River Seine, important in Roman times and the Middle Ages, is a unique city rich with monuments and museums.  

Rouen’s narrow pedestrianised streets lined with tall, half-timber houses and a statue marking the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, is a pointer to the city’s dark history. Devastated by fire, the plague and bombs in the past, modern Rouen is now a vibrant cultural centre, and one of Normandy’s most engaging destinations.[ReadMoreMob]

The skyline is dominated by the spires of Cathédrale Notre-Dame, much-painted by  Claude Monet. The Gothic churches of Saint-Maclou and Saint-Ouen are also must-see attractions, two of the best examples of gothic architecture in France and a important part of Rouen’s history. [ReadMore]

The city's beautiful botanical garden – Jardin de Plantes de Rouen, is also worth a visit. Its 600 different plant species and various gardens, including a rock garden, rose garden and a garden full of medicinal plants, are a joy to wander through.

Cruises to Rouen

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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