Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Braemar, French River Cruising to Bordeaux ex Southampton Return
Ship: Braemar
Selected Sailing Date: 06 Apr 2018
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Cruise Description

8 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Braemar.

One of the best things about Fred. Olsen’s river cruises is that you can enjoy relaxing journeys along picturesque, size-restricted waterways aboard our smaller, ocean-going cruise ships. This cruise is no exception, featuring hours of stunning daytime scenic cruising as Braemar takes you closer to historic, culture-rich cities via beautiful French rivers.

The first of three enchanting cities you’ll visit on this fabulous French foray is Rouen, situated in the heart of historic Normandy. An overnight stay in the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ will afford you plenty of time to discover an abundance of attractions, including the spectacular Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the iconic Gros Horloge and the exact spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake at Place du Vieux-Marche. Alternatively you could tour to the Claude Monet House and Gardens; or head to nearby Paris in the evening and uncover the romantic French capital’s world-famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your departure from Rouen is sure to be magical, sailing 60 nautical miles along the River Seine and taking in unspoilt views of lush green countryside and quaint communes dotted along the riverbanks.

You’ll also experience memorable scenic cruising of the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne Rivers as your ship sails into beautiful Bordeaux. Once docked in the centre of the city, a collection of attractions will be just the length of the gangway away; and, as you’ll stop here overnight, there’s no reason to not take them all in. Over 360 historic sites await your discovery in Bordeaux's UNESCO-listed heart, including Calihau Gate, the 13th century Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Cours du Chapeau-Rouge; while the incredible Cité du Vin offers a culinary experience that lovers of French food and wine won’t want to miss. There’s also a chance to tour to the renowned vineyards of the beautiful Medoc region to find out more about how some of the world’s very best wines are crafted. Finally it’s on to Lorient, a city that feels typically French today but was once one of Germany’s most important U-boat bases. Here you can visit the concrete caverns of the Keroman Submarine Base; admire the post-war architecture; and take in the fine selection of galleries and museums, all before Braemar heads back to Southampton.

Highlights of this cruise:

Normandy's delightful 2,000 years old 'museum city' and busy river-port on the meandering Seine.

Bordeaux, France
Beautiful Bordeaux is world renowned for it's famous wines, but there's a lot more to this fine French city than vineyards and claret.

A former German U-Boat base, Lorient played a huge role in the Second World War and was a primary target for Allied bombing raids. Today, the rebuilt city is awash with post 1950's architecture and a number of museums and galleries to discover and explore.