European Rivers and Canals August 7th 2019

European Rivers and Canals

August 7th 2019 for 9 Nights

9 Nights

Full Board

August 7th 2019 for 9 Nights

Coach transfer to Newcastle for afternoon departure

European Rivers and Canals

Cruising on Balmoral

From £1,464 per person


  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and individually controlled air conditioning
  • All meals throughout your cruise – from five-course a la carte dining to late night snacks
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day and early evening, including morning coffee with biscuits, afternoon tea with sandwiches and cakes, and in-cabin sandwiches and late-night snacks
  • All evening entertainment, including dancing and cabaret shows
  • On board leisure facilities including gym, swimming pools and jacuzzis
  • A choice ofon board activities and lectures
  • Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet



Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral is a classically styled ship exuding a welcoming, friendly atmosphere and a warming, home-from-home feel. Capable of carrying up to 1350 guests in pure comfort, Balmoral is the largest and newest ship in the Fred. Olsen fleet but never feels overcrowded, ensuring those on board always enjoy ample space and receive Fred’s renowned personal, attentive service.


A range of dining options are available on Balmoral, with mouth-watering menus to suit all tastes on offer in the elegant restaurants; and the fantastic selection of bars and lounges are perfect for enjoying a pre-dinner drink, sumptuous afternoon tea and superb entertainment. The Marquee Bar has its very own Gin Menu, including a variety of premium gins; while the Observatory lounge offers spectacular panoramic views from the bow of the ship, and also features a glass dance floor designed for late night entertainment. The broad spiral staircase at the heart of the ship is one of Balmoral’s key features, as is the stunning walkways towards the beautiful Ballindalloch Restaurant, which features photographs and paintings from Fred’s private collection.


There’s also a comfy pub with occasional live music or comedy, cabaret and shows in the Neptune Lounge, and the serene Atlantis Spa and Salon, where guests can treat themselves to a range of treatments from manicures to massages – the perfect holiday indulgence. Balmoral also features two swimming pools and bubbling Jacuzzis, ideal for keeping fit and for relaxing in the sunshine.

Wednesday 07 August 2019 – Newcastle, UK

Coach transfer to Newcastle for afternoon departure

Thursday 08 August 2019 – Cruising


Thursday 08 August – Friday 09 August 2019 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Golden age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands’ historic capital, Amsterdam. This celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafes.

Saturday 10 August 2019 – Cruising

Cruising Western Scheldt River, Belgium

Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 August 2019 – Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp is the country’s biggest port and often recognised as its capital of cool. It has proved an alluring city for centuries, attracting lovers of art, fashion and, of course, diamonds – over 80% of the world’s rough diamonds pass through the city’s famous diamond disrict at some point or other.

Monday 12 August 2019 – Cruising

Cruising River Seine

Monday 12 - Tuesday 13 August 2019 - 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.

Wednesday 14 August 2019 – cruising River Seine

Slicing through the gorgeous lush-green countryside of Normandy’s Parc naturel regional des Boucles de la Seine. 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.

Wednesday 14 August 2019 – 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 the Impressionist painters and poets.

Friday 15 August 2019 – Cruising

From beautiful coastlines to a fascinating industrial heritage, Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, is a modern, vibrant and stylish city. Famous for being the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, Belfast offers visitors the chance to visit the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the fascinating Titanic Experience.

Saturday 16 August 2019 – Newcastle

After disembarking the ship, travel home.

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