If you fancy getting away from it all for just a few days, why not treat yourself to a mini cruise?
Fred. Olsen is offering two terrific mini cruise deals from Southampton, perfect for the seasoned voyager and sailing novice alike!
The France Mini Cruise departs on Friday May 27 and arrives at the first port of call, St Malo, on the Saturday morning, giving you all day to explore this fascinating walled city. Optional excursions include a tour of the medieval city of Dinan, a visit to the rocky island of Mont-St-Michel and a trip to experience the stunning landscape of Frehel Cape and La Latte Fort.
On Saturday night the Balmoral then sets sail for Honfleur, with options to tour Monet's Garden, discover Paris on a Seine river cruise, sample Normandy’s delights, or get up close to the Queen Mathilde Tapestry – better known as the Bayeux Tapestry – on display in the William the Conqueror Centre in the town of Bayeux. This excellent Bank Holiday voyage costs from £199 per person.
The Amsterdam, Belgium and France Mini Cruise leaves on September 1 and sails to Ijmuiden, Antwerp and Dunkirk, before returning to Southampton on September 5. There are plenty of captivating optional tours to choose from, including trips to Amsterdam city and canals, the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, a visit to the pottery city of Delft, a Rubens tour of Antwerp, Ghent and Belgian chocolates, and the battlefields of Waterloo. Prices for this superb Balmoral voyage start from £442 per person.
So, there you have it, a brief selection of the best mini cruise deals from Southampton.