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French River No-Fly Cruise Break w/Meals

Balmoral, France River Cruise
£399
per person
Based on 2 sharing
£200 OFF!
Reference:
OFFFRABOU4
Destination:
France River Cruise
Resort:
France River Cruise
Property:
Balmoral
Duration:
5 Nights
Board Basis:
Full Board
Rating:

Includes:
5 Nights on board Balmoral
 
Sail from Dover
 
Full Board - see full details below
 
Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues
 
Complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
 
A full programme of evening entertainment
 
On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
 
Drinks Package upgrade option available

Dates:
19 Oct (£399 Dover port)

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Holiday Information

An in-depth exploration of the beautiful River Seine awaits you on this invigorating cruise, with hours of scenic cruising perfectly complementing extended calls at two enchanting, classically French cities. In just five nights, you’ll pack in rich culture, stunning architecture, remarkable history and beautifully unspoilt countryside scenes, so you’re sure to feel inspired throughout your holiday.

Balmoral
Balmoral

You’ll enjoy a delightful start to your French flavoured journey of discovery, taking in views of picturesque countryside and pretty communes as your ship sails the Seine en route to Rouen. A two-night stay in Normandy’s regional capital will then afford you plenty of time to capture the essence of the city at leisure. You could explore Rouen’s links to Joan of Arc at Place du Vieux Marché, where the ‘Heroine of France’ was burnt at the stake; marvel at the city’s spectacular Gothic-style cathedral; admire the traditional half-timbered houses and much more – a walking tour is a great way to see the sights. Alternatively, you could make the most of your extended stay to take a tour to nearby Paris, and see the famous landmarks of the French capital including the Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Eiffel Tower. The enchanting Claude Monet House and Gardens is within reach on tour from Rouen, too.

A journey back along the Seine in daylight hours follows, offering you another chance to take in the river’s postcard-perfect scenes from the comfort of your ship. Perhaps enjoy the view from the comfort of Balmoral’s lounges with a glass of your favourite tipple in hand, or over traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge as you sail towards Honfleur, where you exploration of the Seine comes to a rewarding end. Once docked in Honfleur, you’ll have plenty of time to wander the charming, café-lined 16th century cobbled streets of this historic maritime city, in search of highlights including St Catherine’s Church – France’s largest timber-built church – and the Vieux Bassin, with its lofty slate and timber-fronted houses and colourful fishing harbour.

Itinerary

Saturday 19 October - Dover

Sunday 20 Oct - Cruising River Seine, France

Slicing through the gorgeous lush-green countryside of Normandy's Parc naturel régional des Boucles de la Seine, the route this 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.

Simply sit back, relax and take in stunning scenes of rolling valleys, floral fields and charming communes dotted with historic churches and traditional houses that have inspired many famous artists over the years, including Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.

Monday 21 October - 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.

Tuesday 22 October - Rouen, France

Tuesday 22 October - Cruising River Seine, France

Tuesday 22 October - 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.

Vieux-Bassin, Honfleur’s colourful old harbour, is lined with 16th to 18th-century lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses. Its sloping cobbled streets have long been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son, Eugène Boudin.

A visit to the 15th century St. Catherine's Church, a vaulted timber structure erected by shipbuilders, is a must, as is the maritime museum and Notre Dame de Grâce – a 17th century chapel containing various paintings and models. The chapel also offers fabulous views of the town, the Seine estuary and the impressively-engineered Normandy Bridge that crosses it.

Wednesday 23 October - Honfleur, France

Thursday 24 October - Dover, United Kingdom

Included in your cruise

  • Comfortable, stylish rooms and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning

  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more

  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks

  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music

  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym

  • A wide choice of engaging 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

  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Chargeable extras
Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included. Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra. All Inclusive upgrade can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

Balmoral

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Balmoral is named after the Scottish residence of the British Royal Family, and the Scottish theme runs throughout the main dining venues – the Ballindalloch, Avon and Spey – where guests can enjoy tantalising menus prepared by expert chefs.

Featuring 710 well-appointed rooms and suites and a selection of comfortable lounges, bars and inviting public areas which have been extensively refitted and improved as part of a fleet-wide refurbishment programme, Balmoral provides guests with ample space in which to relax and share a memorable cruise experience with hundreds, not thousands, of fellow travellers. And, as guests have come to expect, there is always an array of superb entertainment on offer throughout the day, from lectures and hobby classes to live cabaret and comedians, ensuring you can make the most of your time on board.

Dining

Dining on board Balmoral is always a highlight of any cruise. With six fantastic dining venues to choose from, you'll always find there's a tempting selection of dishes, all perfectly prepared by expert chefs.

Take a seat in the beautiful Ballindalloch, Spey and Avon restaurants to start the day with a breakfast cooked just the way you like it, or indulge with a mouthwatering five-course á la carte dinner every evening; and help yourself to the tempting buffet at the Palms Café. For an extra special treat, The Grill offers cooked-to-order steaks and seafood; while al fresco dining at its finest can be enjoyed at the newly installed The Poolside.

Dining included:

Breakfast À la carte & buffet
Lunch À la carte & buffet
Afternoon Tea À la carte & buffet
Dinner À la carte & buffet
Supper Club Buffet

Extras:

  • The Poolside restaurant | £15pp
  • The Grill | £20pp
  • Premium Afternoon Tea | £8.95p
  • The Bookmark Café | coffees & chocolates

Bars & Lounges

Whether it's watching the evening show at the beautifully refurbished Neptune Lounge; taking in stunning views over a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Observatory Lounge; sampling premium gins at the Lido Bar; or having a refreshing pint at the Morning Light Pub, you'll find there are plenty of places to unwind on board Balmoral.

The flagship in this fleet features several stylish, spacious and comfortable bars and lounges, providing plenty of choice and variety. Each venue has ample room to relax and never feels overcrowded, an advantage of cruising on board a smaller cruise ship, so it's always a pleasure to enjoy the fantastic entertainment and share a drink or two with new-found friends.

Upgrade to All Inclusive

From only £19 per person, per night* (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings),

The All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade is another service offered to ensure your holiday is relaxing and enjoyable. By upgrading to All Inclusive, you can treat yourself to that extra glass or two of your favourite tipple, without having to worry about the bar bill at the end of your cruise – it’s already covered.

All inclusive - In the bars & lounges

  • A selection of soft drinks (post-mix on pump), served by the glass: Pepsi, lemonade, tonic waters, juices & mineral/spring water
  • A choice of three red, three white & two rosé wines by the glass
  • Selected Cava by the glass
  • Selected branded beers in cans or on draught
  • Selected cider in cans
  • Selected house spirits: white rum, gin, vodka, whisky, brandy & Irish Cream
  • Bar Manager's selection

All Inclusive - In the restaurants & buffet areas

  • A selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass
  • A choice of three red, three white & two rosé wines by the glass
  • Selected branded beers in cans
  • Regular tea & coffee

All Inclusive - Premium drinks are discounted too:
Guests with the All Inclusive Upgrade can also save 50% off premium and branded drinks, other red & white wines (excluding Champagne or sparkling wine), cocktails & bottled water

Chargeable extras

Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Shore Tours.

*Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra. All Inclusive upgrade can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

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* Additional Charges

If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy. Booking fee’s apply on all bookings and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Minimum booking fee £6 per person.

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Disclaimer

All property information is the tour operators brochure description and is provided by an independent source. Facilities and amenities described herein can not be guaranteed by the Agent. All holidays are subject to availability changes. When a deal is gone, it is gone.

Certain countries require visas prior to travel. It is your responsibility to check for any necessary visa or inoculation requirements for your destination.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information click here.

Book Now:

0114 250 4090
Reference: OFFFRABOU4
Request a call-back »
Book With Confidence:

ABTA Number: J4920. Trading Since 1991. Agents for Atol Protected Tour Operators. Members of the Advantage Travel Partnership. Find out more About us.

This offer was last checked 19 August 2019.

* Additional Charges

If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy. Booking fee’s apply on all bookings and will be confirmed at the time of booking. Minimum booking fee £6 per person.

Terms and Conditions

Voyager Travel Direct Terms and Conditions

Disclaimer

All property information is the tour operators brochure description and is provided by an independent source. Facilities and amenities described herein can not be guaranteed by the Agent. All holidays are subject to availability changes. When a deal is gone, it is gone.

Certain countries require visas prior to travel. It is your responsibility to check for any necessary visa or inoculation requirements for your destination.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information click here.

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