Special
Black Watch
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Black Watch, French River Cruising with Bordeaux ex Southampton Return
Selected Sailing Date: 01 Apr 2019
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Inside Cabin: AU $1,984.00
Outside Cabin: AU $2,255.00
Balcony: AU $3,789.00
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Cruise Itinerary
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Special Inclusions

BONUS - FREE DRINKS UPGRADE
Book by 31 October and you will enjoy selected house wines by the glass, selected beers, spirits and soft drinks all day and evenings without having to pay a penny more!

CRUISE FARE INCLUDES:
- 10 night French Rivers cruise aboard Black Watch roundtrip from Southampton
- All meals on board (excludes specialty dining)
- Entertainment on board
- Port charges & government taxes


Special Conditions

*Offer correct at 07Sep18 and subject to change. Offer subject to availability at time of booking and cannot be combined with other offers. Prices are per person twin share based on best available cruise fares, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Gratuities are payable on board and will be charged at £4.00 per person per day. Guests can vary the amount on board at the ship's Reception. Gratuities cannot be paid in advance prior to departure. Cruise fares shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised cruise fares shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. The prices shown are for a cash payment. Credit card fees of up to 2.5% will apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Please refer to Fred. Olsen Cruises Worldwide 2019/2020 brochure for full conditions prior to booking. Offer valid for sale to 31Oct18 unless sold out prior. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. Bonus free drinks package only available with new bookings and is not available on all Fred. Olsen cruise departures.


Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Southampton roundtrip aboard Black Watch.

Combining calls at five tempting destinations, including an overnight stop in beautiful Bordeaux, with a generous helping of scenic river cruising, this immersive exploration of France presents unforgettable experiences at every turn. Impressive architecture, remarkable historic sites, world-famous vineyards and much more awaits your discovery.

Your visit to Bordeaux will be wonderfully rewarding, with scenic cruising of the picturesque Gironde and Garonne waterways presenting views of gorgeous countryside scenes en route, and an overnight stay affording you time to explore the city at your leisure and in-depth. Courtesy of Black Watch’s smaller size, you’ll dock close to the centre of Bordeaux, much of which is UNESCO-listed, so your exploration of the ‘Pearl of Aquitane’ begins at the end of the gangway. Venture ashore and countless attractions, such as Calihau Gate, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Place de La Bourse, are sure to delight. You can sample Bordeaux’s famous wine culture too; invigorating experiences await at the Cité du Vin Museum, which offers a fantastic insight into the history of French wine and cuisine, and on authentic tours to the renowned vineyards of the Medoc region.

This 10-night French foray also includes a rare call at Saint Malo, on the stunning coast of Brittany. With its fascinating Old Town, this formerly fortified island begs for exploration; within the city’s imposing granite walls you’ll find magnificent examples of Romanesque and Gothic style architecture. Don’t miss the fairytale island of Mont St Michel, with its spectacular Benedictine abbey and collection of national heritage sites. Two enchanting cities situated on this inspirational River Seine await you too. You’ll visit Rouen after hours of relaxing daytime scenic cruising along the Seine, for chances to uncover tales of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lionheart, marvel at the stunning Gothic-style Cathédrale Notre-Dame, or even take a romantic trip to Paris. Back along the Seine, Honfleur is sure to leave you spellbound; take time to explore the charming 16th century cobbled streets and historic harbour here. Elsewhere, there’s La Pallice, gateway to the scenic landscapes and landmarks of La Rochelle; the flavoursome Cognac region; and the marshlands of Marais Poitevin.

Highlights of this cruise:

St Malo, France
Originally a fortified island, the walled city of St Malo at the mouth of the River Rance on France’s Brittany coast, is now connected to the mainland by a 'Sillon' causeway. Visiting this atmospheric port, once a stronghold for privateers (pirates approved by the king), is like stepping back in time.

The walls of St Malo, largely destroyed in World War II, have been painstakingly reconstructed. A magnificent grey granite citadel protects the old city, the cobbled streets of which are packed with interesting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. The main gate is Porte St-Vincent, home to the castle and town museum, and an eclectic mix of exhibits including maps and local artefacts. Saint-Malo Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, makes an impressive centrepiece.

From the beach outside the citadel it’s possible to walk at low tide to the small island of Grand-Bé, to see the tomb of the 19th century politician and writer, Chateaubriand. To the south is where the original inhabitants lived. They were converted to Christianity by St Malou, after whom they named the impregnable island when they moved there in the 12th century.

Bordeaux, France
Widely regarded as the world’s wine capital, the graceful French city of Bordeaux offers far more than just vineyards and claret. Having rid itself of a rather sleepy image over the last decade, Bordeaux is now among one of France's most exciting and dynamic cities. While a sizeable number of its visitors still visit the city to get a taste of what makes this wine-rich region so special, Bordeaux has many other surprising secrets.

Stretched along the banks of the Garonne River, this City of Art and History is home to 362 historic monuments, with some buildings dating back to Roman times. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2007, Bordeaux’s Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th century mansions and popular art museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, are rare treats to discover. This urban and architectural ensemble includes public gardens that line the curving river quays, and the imposing Place de la Bourse, which overlooks the reflecting pool, Miroir d’Eau.

The Place des Quinconces, one of the largest squares in Europe, is a fine space to while away some hours. Alternatively, other distractions include barista-run coffee shops, delicious food trucks, and exceptional restaurants and, of course, more fine wine than can ever be possibly drunk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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