French River Cruising
Departing by Cruise
Duration 9 Days
Available June 2019

Journeys along beautiful rivers in daylight hours and calls at a trio of charming destinations in France and Belgium make for a spellbinding escape, packing gorgeous countryside scenes, cultural delights and wealth of historic highlights into this eight-night cruise aboard Balmoral.

Beginning your summer adventure in France, you’re sure to feel inspired throughout your time on the gorgeous River Seine. You’ll start with several hours of scenic cruising along the Seine, passing by unspoilt countryside and pretty communes as Balmoral heads for Rouen. Quaint, narrow streets packed with half-timbered houses and historic landmarks await discovery at your first port of call; Place du Vieux Marché, where the Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431, and Rouen’s spectacular Cathédrale de Notre Dame are not-to-be-missed. You could also tour to Paris from Rouen, for a romantic evening in the iconic French capital. Back along the Seine, charming Honfleur beckons before Balmoral continues on to Belgium. Honfleur offers plenty to fill your full-day here; eye-catching landmarks such as St Catherine’s Church – France’s largest timber church – and the historic Vieux Bassin maritime district are particular highlights. Stopping here until late also affords you time to tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights’ accommodation staying in an interior room – upgrades available at an additional supplement
  • 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

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Single supplements apply.

To speak to an adviser regarding more information for this cruise or to book this cruise, please call 0800 1707 233 and quote *DC THOMSON TRAVEL*

Itinerary

Saturday 15 June: Depart Rosyth – Late PM

Sunday 16 June: At Sea

Monday 17 June: Cruising River Seine & Rouen, France

Slicing through the gorgeous lush-green countryside of Normandy’s Parc naturel régional des Boucles de la Seine, the route Fred. Olsen’s smaller cruise ships sail along the River Seine – connecting the historic cities of Honfleur and Rouen – presents guests with simply unforgettable views to enjoy in comfort on board.

Tuesday 18 June: Rouen, 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.

Wednesday 19 June: Honfleur, France

Historic Honfleur in northern France’s Lower Normandy region is a quaint little port with a rich cultural and artistic heritage. One of France’s most visited towns, Honfleur – with its beautiful 15th and 16th century architecture and distinctive harbour – was the inspiration for Impressionist painters and poets.

Thursday 20 June: Cruising Western Scheldt River & Antwerp, Belgium

Located in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, the Western Scheldt River is an estuary of the Scheldt River, and is the only direct way to the North Sea.  An important shipping route for the port of Antwerp, the Western Scheldt River is formed in the east where the Schelde River enters the Netherlands from Belgium. An interesting route to cruise along, there are no bridges across the river, only a tunnel running from Ellewoutsdijk to Terneuzen, or foot ferries.

Friday 21 June: Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp is the country’s biggest port and often recognised as its capital of cool. It has proved an alluring city for centuries, attracting lovers of art, fashion and, of course, diamonds – over 80% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through the city’s famous diamond district at some point or other. Renowned for its charm and sparkle, Antwerp was one of Europe’s principle cities in the mid-16th century and has maintained the essence of its medieval past, despite severe bombing during World War II.

Saturday 22 June: At Sea

Sunday 23 June: Disembark at Rosyth – Early AM


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