French River Cruising with Bordeaux
Onboard Fred. Olsen - Boudicca
Why book…
  • Enjoy unspoilt views of gorgeous countryside and pretty communes as your ship sails the Seine
  • Climb up the spectacular 158 spiral steps of Tour de la Lanterne to savour panoramic views of La Rochelle
  • Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux or admire the artworks at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux
Overview Itinerary
The Ship
The intimate Boudicca delivers high-quality service and a welcoming atmosphere from the moment you step on board. With a total passenger capacity of 880 — rare in modern cruising — she is a ship that provides you with more space for relaxing, as well as greater access to shorelines that larger ships can't reach. The range of dishes and dining venues on Boudicca is remarkable. Breakfast offers hot and continental options alongside fresh pancakes and omelettes, while dinner menus bring Scandinavian herring platter, Indian-spiced butterfish, Irish stew, Norwegian salmon, and braised venison. You also have Far East specialities and al fresco dining to enjoy during your time at sea. Indulge yourself in some retail therapy, relax in a hot tub and unwind in a welcoming bar or traditional lounge. You can entertain yourself with swimming, ballroom dancing, spa sessions, and card games during the day before spending the evening watching live comedy acts and music performances. A cruise on Boudicca offers you close-up views and limitless luxury.

On Boudicca, you have the chance to experience some of the best dining at sea. Choose from one of three main dining rooms — Tintagel Restaurant, The Heligan Room and Four Seasons Restaurant — which all offer a choice of high-quality food and varied menus each night. The Grill lets you relax poolside and dine al fresco with dishes here including: shrimp salad, burgers, blueberry cheesecake, grilled seafood, and fillet steak. Head to Secret Garden Café to enjoy a relaxed buffet-dining experience, or The Bookmark Cafe for espressos, teas and luxury chocolates.

During the day, The Marquee Bar offers refreshing drinks — including premium gins — to enjoy in the sun. One of the favourite spots for guests to have an early-evening drink is The Observatory, which offers a relaxing pianist, welcoming atmosphere and views of the sunset. Head to the traditional British-style Morning Light Pub for a relaxed and informal ambience where you can enjoy good company, then go to Lido Lounge for a range of beers, spirits and cocktails. The highlight of most nights is Neptune Lounge where there are cabarets, live music, bright costumes, and dancing shows. Or for some peace and quiet, try Iceni Room which offers leather seats along with tea and coffee making facilities.

Fred. Olsen's entertainment venues include swimming pools, hot tubs, spa, sauna, gym, shops, library, cards room, arts and crafts sessions, and golf nets. During the evening, head to Neptune Lounge where you can enjoy singers, dancers, comedians, and magicians. There's also the casino which features roulette and blackjack.
Day 1: Dover, UK
Arrive in Dover and embark on board Boudicca
Day 2: Rouen, France
The port city of Rouen sits on the River Seine and is the capital of northern France's Haute-Normandie region. Tracing its routes back to the Roman era and the Middle Ages; the city's skyline is dominated by the spires of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Explore the Gothic Saint-Ouen and Saint-Maclou churches and medieval half-timbered houses in the cobblestoned pedestrian centre. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Place du Vieux Marche in 1431 and her illustrious history is brought to life at Historial Jeanne d'Arc museum. Admire artworks by Rubens, Modigliani, Pissarro, Renoir, and Monet at Musee des Beaux-Arts.
Day 3: Rouen, Cruising River Seine
Today the ship follows a leisurely but winding route along the picturesque Seine River - France's second longest waterway - between the historic cities of Honfleur and Rouen. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Normandy as the scenery of Parc Naturel Regional des Boucles de la Seine unfolds on the banks of the river. As you admire this stunning landscape, you'll understand why it was the inspiration for works by famous artists such as Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: La Rochelle, France
La Rochelle is a coastal city in southwestern France and is often known as La Ville Blanche ‘the White City’ and the stunning city’s luminous limestone facades glow in the bright coastal sunlight. Discover the 600 different species at Aquarium La Rochelle or climb up the spectacular 158 spiral steps of Tour de la Lanterne to savour panoramic views of the city. Journey back in time and visit the Musée Maritime, highlights include the trio of retired boats moored there. Musée du Nouveau Monde and Musée des Beaux-Arts are both well-worth a visit too. Savour delicious seafood at the waterfront seafood café, Andre.
Day 6 - 7: Bordeaux, France
The port city of Bordeaux sits on the Garonne Rive in south-western France, at the heart one of the country's wine-growing regions. Take a stroll around the UNESCO listed Old Town and climb the 229 steps of Pey-Berland Tower at Gothic Cathedrale Saint-Andre. Stop by Place de la Bourse – home to the Miroir d'Eau reflecting pool and the Three Graces fountain. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux or admire the artworks at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Discover all things wine-related at La Cite du Vin cultural centre, before following one of the six wine routes through Bordeaux Wine Country.
Day 8: Lorient, France
In the Second World War, Lorient was targeted by Allied bombing raids. As a result, the city was rebuilt and today you notice a lot of 1950s architecture. Many of the buildings in the city are relics of the days when the French Navy had a large base; including an 18th century watchtower and two windmills. Visit the Keroman Submarine Base, one of Germany's most important Second World War boat bases, and discover Lorient's importance in the war. Close to the harbour there is a museum and exhibition where you can find out more about the historical shipbuilding and fishing port. Adventure to Scorff Valley and Blavet Valley and enjoy picturesque countryside surroundings.
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: Dover, UK
Disembark in Dover and make your way home.
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Offer based on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) sharing an Interior Stateroom/Cabin Prices unless otherwise stated. All offers subject to availability and can change without notice and may go up or down in price.
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September 2019 - 9 Nights - Sailing from Dover
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