One of the best things about a Fred Olsen River Cruise is that you get to enjoy relaxing journeys along meandering waterways in the comfort of our smaller-sized, more intimate cruise ships.

This French River Cruise is no exception, featuring unforgettable scenic cruising as The Braemar takes you to culture-rich towns via picturesque waterways.

First you’ll wake up to the sight of gorgeous French countryside and charming communes lining the banks of the Gironde and Garonne Rivers during an early morning cruise to the UNESCO-listed heart of beautiful Bordeaux. Docking overnight in the centre of this city allows you plenty of time to explore and discover the many highlights at leisure. The centuries-old Cathédrale St-André, fantastic Musée des Beaux-Arts, stunning Jardin Public and Esplanade des Quinconces,  home of the historic Monument aux Girondins, are just a selection to tick-off your ‘must-visit’ list. You can even take a trip to the magnificent Medoc region to sample delicious wines at a world-famous vineyard.

After calling into La Pallice for tours to pretty La Rochelle and the wonderful waterways of ‘Green Venice’ and visiting the quaint town of Honfleur; The Braemar will sail to the centre of Rouen. Make the most of your extended stay here to discover an abundance of unique sights and attractions, such as the striking gothic cathedral, ornate Palais de Justice, and the exact spot where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. Alternatively join a tour to Paris to wander along the Champs Elysées and pose for photos at the iconic Eiffel Tower. Upon departure from Rouen you’ll glide along the winding River Seine as you head for home – the perfect end to this fantastic French River Cruise with IOW Tours.

Cabin Prices

Guaranteed Cabin Prices

I Grade  – Interior 2 Berth £1,055
N Grade  – Interior 1 Berth £1,573
E Grade  – Porthole 2 Berth £1,222
C Grade  – Picture Window 2 Berth £1,379
B Grade  – Picture Window 2 Berth £1,417
Prices guaranteed within allocation up to 16 weeks prior. All prices quoted per person.
Full payment required 16 weeks prior. Cabin Deposit 15% of Booking Value.

On Request Cabin Prices

H Grade  – Interior 2 Berth from £1,096
M Grade  – Interior 1 Berth from £1,743
F Grade  – Porthole 2 Berth from £1,217
L Grade  – Porthole 1 Berth from £1,986

Large Superior Ocean View, Balcony & Suites available on request, call for details.

Deposit must be paid with 24 hours of request to secure.
This tour is run by Greatdays Holidays and all payments are made to them, in line with ABTA Bonding Regulations. This holiday is bonded by ABTA.
Insurance is a requirement of this tour.


Taxi Pick and Return from Home to Southampton Cruise Port

All Inclusive Drinks Package*

Full Board & Snacks on-board

Ensuite Ships Cabin

Entertainment on-board

On-Board Gratuities

Formal Nights, Afternoon Teas, Late Night Buffet

Room Service

5 Course A La Carte Dinners


Friday – Southampton Departure

After a local pick-up you will cross to board the ship mid-afternoon.

Saturday – English Channel Cruising

Cruise across the Channel to France. Explore the ships facilities during the day.

Sunday –  Cruising the Gironde & Garonne rivers

Become enveloped by beautiful countryside and verdant vineyards as you enter Bordeaux via France’s scenic Gironde and Garonne rivers, a 50 nautical mile journey only ships like The Braemar can navigate.

Monday – Bordeaux, France

Docking right in the heart of the city, it’s easy to explore beautiful Bordeaux, the largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include the Palace de la Bourse (Place Royale), the 15th century Cailhau Gate and the Grad Theatre. The region is also renowned for its high-quality wines and a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a tasting… or two.

Tuesday – La Rochelle (from La Pallice), France

From La Pallice visit the lively ‘White City’ La Rochelle, for arcaded walkways, half-timbered houses, engaging museums and an array of tempting local delicacies. It’s also the gateway to the Cognac region, where you can see the production of the brandy.

Wednesday – Cruising

Relax on-board and enjoy the great facilities this ship has to offer with your Inclusive Drinks Package and Full Board.

Thursday/Friday Honfleur, France

Honfleur’s 16th century cobbled streets and historic harbour are ideal for enjoying a gentle stroll, before relaxing in one of the charming cafés. As well as marvelling at the town’s eye-catching architecture, visitors can enjoy tours to the Claude Monet House and Gardens or the iconic Bayeux Tapestry. With 2 days here, there is plenty of time for a shore excursions – Paris & the Champs Elysées is not far away!

Saturday Cruising the River Seine

Sail over 60 nautical miles along the winding, picturesque Seine River, the inspiration and subject of painters for centuries – it’s an experience highly rated by Fred Olsen guests. Make sure you’re out on deck for a romantic journey, showcasing glorious architecture and close – up views of the gorgeous French countryside, speckled with pretty houses.

Sunday – return to Southampton & Taxi Home