Enjoy a cruise of French rivers and gardens

French cruise

Join David Hurrion, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Associate Editor, on this exclusive tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in France.

8-night river cruise from £1,199 per person

Join us on this delightful scenic cruise along the beautiful Gironde, Garonne and Seine rivers that are only accessible to smaller, more intimate sized ships such as Braemar. Enjoy relaxing journeys along meandering waterways, offering mile-upon-mile of daytime scenic cruising through beautiful French countryside. Along the way you'll visit charming ports of call, including Rouen, Bordeaux and Lorient.

Enjoy a cruise of French rivers and gardens

Braemar

Join BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Associate Editor, David Hurrion, on an eight-night cruise of scenic French rivers. Your ship, Braemar, will take you on a relaxing cruise with stops at beautiful towns along the way, including Rouen, Bordeaux and Lorient. Plus, you'll enjoy three special visits to some of the best gardens in France - Monet's garden, Jardin Botanique de Bordeaux and Parc Botanique de Cornouaille.

What's included

  • Visit to Monet’s House and GardenMonet's Garden - photo Eric Sander ©
  • Exclusive visit to the Botanical Garden, Bordeaux
  • Exclusive visit to the Botanical Gardens of Cornouaille
  • Exclusive on board programme including David’s masterclass
  • Exclusive Gardeners’ Question Time
  • Drinks get-together with your host, David Hurrion
  • All inclusive drinks package
  • Eight-night cruise aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Braemar
  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation with TV, hairdryer, safe and air-conditioning
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, five-course a la carte dinner, late night buffet and self-service tea & coffee, in-cabin sandwiches and snacks
  • Varied daytime activities
  • Swimming pools, jacuzzi and gym
  • A choice of live evening entertainment, including dancing and cabaret shows
  • Overnight stays on board Braemar in Rouen and Bordeaux
  • Two formal nights
  • Baggage porterage to your cabin

The departure date is Thursday 28 June, 2018

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' cruise start from £1,199 per person for eight nights.

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Call 0800 170 7233 to book

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Your host, David Hurrion

Gardening journalist and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine Associate Editor, David has travelled the world with groups of gardeners to discover the best plants and gardens.

 

David will be your host on this exclusive French cruise, joining you on garden visits and aboard Braemar. Join him for his talk on how to make the most of your garden's microclimate, as well as a mini masterclass, in which he reveals the secret to creating your best garden ever,

Thursday 28 June - Southampton

Join Braemar in Southampton, settle in and look forward to your evening ahead with dinner and entertainment.

Friday 29 June - Rouen, France

Join your fellow gardeners today for the trip to Claude Monet’s House and Gardens, situated within reach of the banks of the River Seine.

Saturday 30 June - Rouen & cruising River Seine

Monet's Garden - photo Eric Sander ©Make sure you’re on deck this morning as you leave Rouen behind and Braemar cruises over 60 nautical miles along the winding, picturesque Seine River. This beautiful waterway showcases close-up views of the landscapes of rural France, speckled with pretty houses. Join David for drinks before dinner at the exclusive drinks party.

Sunday 1 July - Cruising,  Bordeauxexclusive talk

Join your host today for an illustrated talk and question time.

Monday 2 July - Bordeaux, France

Take in the highlights from the river as you sail in to the heart of Bordeaux this morning. Today we will visit the Botanical Gardens of Bordeaux, including time for you to explore independently this beautiful city.

Tuesday 3 July - Bordeaux and cruising Gironde and Garonne rivers

In late morning we say farewell to Bordeaux and cruise along the Gironde and Garonne Rivers – a 50 mile journey that only smaller ships like Braemar can navigate. Also, take part in the gardeners’ get-together with David Hurrion.

Wednesday 4 July - Lorient, France

From the port of Lorient we will  Cruise mapjourney to the charming city of Quimper and visit the Botanical Gardens of Cornouaille.

Thursday 5 July - Cruising

Brush up on your gardening skills with David Hurrion’s fun and informative masterclass.

Friday 6 July - Southampton

There's just time for breakfast and fond farewells before you make your journey home.

Horticultural highlights

Monet’s House & Garden

This famous garden comprises two distinct halves - The Flower Garden, which is the nearest to the house and set around the Grande Allee and its side paths, and the gorgeous water garden.

The Flower Garden in summer is full of flowering climbers, including roses that trail over iron frameworks, and leafy tunnels that provide shade and cool on hot summer days. Running parallel to the Grande Allee are beds full of perennials and annuals, punctuated by further roses.

In 1893 Monet purchased the meadowland across the railway and below the house and Flower Garden. Inspired by landscapes on Japanese prints, he diverted the River Ru into the meadow to form the Water Garden. Today, this is perhaps one of the most famous gardens in the world. At its centre, a pool reflects the water lilies, willows and celebrated Japanese bridge, which is decked in pink, lilac and white wisteria.

All photos of Monet’s garden credited to Eric Sander ©

Bordeaux Botanical Garden

Bordeaux Botanical Gardens is just a short journey on the right bank of the Seine. We will spend a couple of hours strolling around this garden which also gives striking views of the oldest part of the city.

The garden has six different sections and a field comprising 44 plots. One part is devoted to the soils and flora typical of the Bordeaux region. The well-designed water garden features collections of water lilies and other beautiful aquatic plants. In addition, there's an arboretum with a wide variety of trees and magnificent glasshouses containing Mediterranean-type vegetation. 

More holiday highlights

Rouen

Bordeaux

Braemar

From her five-deck high atrium area, you have access to the Fitness Centre, Palms Café, Coral Club and Thistle Restaurant, making it the focal point of the ship. Its light and airy feel, and beautifully painted mural, gives the Atrium a feeling of being in a country garden.

Enjoy a tasty lunch at the Palms Café and a delicious dinner at the grand Thistle and Grampian restaurants. Refresh at the Marquee poolside bar, or have a cosy drink in the Morning Light Pub. Spin to the music at the Neptune Lounge, and take afternoon tea in the Coral Club, or leave the world behind in the Atlantis Spa.

The departure date is Thursday 28 June, 2018

Prices for this exclusive gardeners' cruise start from £1,199 per person for eight nights.

Call to book

Call 0800 170 7233 to book

Quote Gardeners' World when booking to ensure you are getting the correct holiday deal.

Read what others thought of our previous holidays on our feedback page

Find out more about exclusive holidays and cruises, masterclasses and reader events from BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, in our travel and events video.

Feedback from previous holidays...

In August 2016 guests joined us on a special cruise of French rivers and gardens in celebration of the 25th anniversary of BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, hosted by Carol Klein, Matt Biggs and the magazine's associate editor, David Hurrion.

Here's what some of our guests thought:

"I think it was a very good cruise and the gardening group was very friendly and by wearing the BBC Gardeners World Magazine labels meant you could always chat to someone with like interests."

"The cruise was a great success - everything went smoothly. The meetings on board were interesting and entertaining and the visits to the gardens were excellent"

"This was a great holiday - food, accommodation, itinerary, organisation - as well as the gardening celebrities - all made it a holiday to remember. I will look out for others in the future."

For more feedback from previous holidays and events, please visit our travel feedback page and events feedback page

Terms & Conditions

This cruise is organised by Connoisseur Travel Service Ltd for BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine and are acting as agents on behalf of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Please refer to the cruise line’s individual terms and conditions. Please note all tours and places of interest mentioned, apart from the FREE tours mentioned, are not included in the cruise fare and may be visited on optional tours. All Inclusive Drinks package includes selected house wines, beers and spirits and soft drinks. See terms and conditions for full details. The experts hosting any of our cruises are subject to personal circumstances permitting. We plan to visit the gardens mentioned in the itinerary, however we reserve the right to change a visit should circumstances become necessary.