France Cruises

Traditional half-timbered houses in La Petite, France
Traditional half-timbered houses in La Petite, France

A seductive country synonymous with fine wines and delicious cuisine, stunning architecture and glorious scenic landscapes, diverse culture and iconic attractions, France oozes appeal that not many other places can match. Spend any time here taking in enchanting cities and spectacular scenery and you quickly understand why France has inspired so many of the world’s most famous artists, architects, musicians, poets and fashion designers over the years. [ReadMore]

With Fred. Olsen you can visit the picturesque Alsace region of northeastern France on an effortlessly rewarding river cruise along the River Rhine. You are sure to enjoy a memorable experience as Brabant glides along the Upper Rhine at the border of France and Germany, passing by lush-green fields, forests and majestic valleys and mountains, and through the locks of the Grand Canal d’Alsace.

Stops at stunning Strasbourg offer chances to discover the delights of the dynamic Alsatian capital too. Strasbourg offers something for everyone: beautifully preserved medieval landmarks, impressive modern architecture, fantastic museums and galleries and pretty parks – this eye-catching city has it all. An exploration of the historic centre, Grande Île – the first city centre to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – is highly recommended to see the mesmerising Cathédrale Notre-Dame, pretty half-timbered houses of ‘Petite France’ and much more. Also worth exploring is the thriving European Quarter, which is home to some of Europe’s most iconic and important buildings, such as the European Court of Human Rights and the European Parliament.

Cruises

Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley
Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley

Departs: Basel • Thu 04 Oct 2018
7 nights • Brabant • R1827

  • Experience river cruising with an extra special twist on a romantic journey filled with picturesque vineyards and gorgeous countryside scenery, resplendent castles, historic winemaking towns and much more
  • Look out for the hillside fortresses and forests of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley from the comfort of your boat’s decks; and enjoy a journey through only the most scenic areas of the Moselle Valley, including the size-restricted route to Bernkastel-Kues
  • Among many highlights awaiting you ashore are two of Europe’s most spectacular cathedrals, in stunning Strasbourg and iconic Cologne; Koblenz’s ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; and the imposing Reichsburg Castle, towering over charming Cochem

Flights are available on request. For the latest information, please call our Reservations Team on 0800 144 8630.

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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle
Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 05 Jul 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201112

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,799pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany
Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 05 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2011

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Reisling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle
Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 12 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2012

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany
Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 26 Jul 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2014

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Reisling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle
Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 26 Jul 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201415

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,699pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle
Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 02 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2015

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
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Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany
Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 16 Aug 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2017

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Reisling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,499pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle
Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 16 Aug 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R201718

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Sorry, this cruise is fully booked.

Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany
Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany

Departs: Cologne • Sun 06 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2020

  • Delight in a feast for your senses as handsome winemaking regions combine with scenic stretches of the Rhine and Moselle rivers to provide mouthwatering experiences for you to enjoy both on board and ashore.
  • You can sample some of the Moselle’s finest wines on tour from Bernkastel-Kues; visit the renowned red wine region of Ayr from Linz; and enjoy Riesling wine in your pick or Rudesheim’s welcoming wineries.
  • A stop at Nierstein affords an opportunity to learn of wine production in the Rhine Rhessen region; while in France, you can introduce Alsace wine to your palate. Visiting Breisach also offers a chance to explore the captivating Black Forest.

Fly-cruise from £1,699pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?

Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle
Tipples & Treasures of the Rhine and Moselle

Departs: Cologne • Sun 06 Sep 2020
14 nights • Brabant • R202021

  • Sailing the Rhine and Moselle rivers, you’ll experience an unforgettable fortnight of sensory delights – authentic wines, vineyards, landmarks and monuments – on this very special river cruising adventure.
  • During an invigorating first week, highlights include chances to tour to the rolling vineyards of the Moselle Valley from Bernkastel Kues; sample Riesling wine in Rudesheim; and introduce French wine to your palate in Strasbourg.
  • Iconic sites await you the following week, including the exquisite cathedrals of Strasbourg and Speyer; Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, reached via cable car; and the spectacular, UNESCO-listed cathedral of Cologne.

Fly-cruise from £2,899pp
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Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle
Iconic Landmarks of the Rhine & Moselle

Departs: Basel • Sun 13 Sep 2020
7 nights • Brabant • R2021

  • Bringing an array of the Rhine and Moselle’s historic and scenic treasures into focus, this absorbing journey offers chances to delight in the sight of impressive cathedrals, castles, famous vineyards and much more.
  • You can explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed historic centre and marvel at the exquisite Cathédrale Notre-Dame; see the spires and domes of St Stephen Cathedral in Speyer; and take a cable car to Koblenz’s mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.
  • The fairytale-esque Reichsburg Castle awaits you, and Cologne’s spectacular Cathedral is not-to-be-missed, while scenic cruising of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle Valleys will present unforgettable countryside views.

Fly-cruise from £1,599pp
Fares Explained | What's Included?