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A Portrait of Majestic France

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Monet's Garden, Giverny
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
15 Days from $5,299 per person

The quintessential voyage for gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of all things French.  This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of lovely French landscapes.

Experience the romance of Paris. Marvel at magnificent Rouen Cathedral, and tour the former smugglers’ harbor in Honfleur and follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny.  Travel to beautiful Bordeaux and delight in the countryside of southwest France. Explore Roman Saint-Émilion, with its astonishing Monolithic Church, and ancient Blaye, with its famous citadel. Enjoy the best France has to offer with Uniworld’s plethora of exclusive excursions (including an exclusive wine tasting of famous Médoc and Sauternes wines and an extraordinary evening tour of Bordeaux) as you cruise four rivers, visit bustling cities and charming towns and sample myriad culinary delights.

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  1. Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. Visit the hilltop Chateau La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet—the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Or, take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

    Featured Excursions:
    Château La Roche-Guyon
    Choice of Monet’s gardens at Giverny or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride to Giverny

    Note: Giverny will be closed during the March and November cruise departure dates.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  3. The medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied— Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

    Featured Excursion:
    Rouen gourmet walking discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. Caudebec, a lovely little town on a serene loop of the Seine, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Honfleur walking discovery tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat

    Note: Golf excursion is open to a limited number of golfers.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies’ D-Day invasion, a day that comes vividly to life on today’s excursion to the beaches of 1944. Or travel even further into the past with an up-close look at the thousand-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman conquest.

    Featured Excursions:
    Arromanches and the American Cemetery
    Choice of Utah and Omaha beaches with Sainte-Mère-Église or Juno Beach or Bayeux

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Château de Malmaison, home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s empress Josephine, to find out.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Palace of Versailles or Château de Malmaison

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. You have a host of options for exploring incomparable Paris: See all the important sights via boat and motorcoach, explore the heart and soul of the city on a walk from Notre Dame to the Latin Quarter, or bike along the quays with a knowledgeable guide.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of “Heart of Paris” cruise and city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour or Exclusive guided “Go Active” Left Bank bicycle ride

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  8. Disembark the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre and transfer to Bordeaux via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the breathtaking River Royale, is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city. If time allows, why not stroll to the nearby food markets or take the tram to the popular Saint-Michel flea market, which is just a few stops away?

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  9. The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Meet a local Sauternes producer and also enjoy a delectable wine-pairing lunch at a 14th-century fortress.

    Featured Excursion:
    Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve

    NOTE: Sailing this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be transferred to your destination via motorcoach.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner
  10. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious “châteaux road.” Visit a celebrated winery for an exclusive special tasting. Or take a guided bicycle ride through the Médoc vineyards.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Médoc châteaux route with exclusive wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  11. Sail across the peaceful waters of the estuary, where fishing huts rise above grassy marshlands edged by limestone cliffs, as you make your way to the town of Blaye. A visual feast awaits you on a storied road named for the many flowers that line it.

    Featured Excursion:
    Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  12. The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes, lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate.

    Featured Excursion:
    Saint Emilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  13. The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce—the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market. Tonight, see Bordeaux under the stars on an exclusive illuminations tour of the city.

    Featured Excursions:
    Libourne “Village Day” with farmers’ market
    Exclusive Bordeaux under the Stars tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  14. How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have a wonderful selection of exclusive opportunities to see this magnificent place, whose seamless blend of classical and neoclassical architecture led to its being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Do as the Locals Do” with a walking tour of the city, or venture out on a bicycle ride through the city. Either way, you’ll have an up-close and personal view of one of the world’s most bustling and dynamic cities.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour or Exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the back streets of Bordeaux

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  15. Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.

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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
  • 2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain’s Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre and the breathtaking River Royale
  • First-class TGV train between Paris and Bordeaux (v.v.)
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 12 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by Englishspeaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Generations Family Program on select summer departures
  • Connoisseur Collection
  • Itinerary in reverse
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  • Connoisseur Collection : This departure features additional epicurean highlights spotlighting France's finest culinary traditions.

  • Itinerary in reverse : This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom. Single rooms are available at a supplement.  2018 port charges are an additional $280 per person.

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the cruise.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

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Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 1 (217 sq ft) / Staterooms: 64 (140-151 sq ft) / Rivers: Garonne River, Dordogne River

The River Royale was remodeled in 2014 to capture the essence of the Bordeaux region, with a timeless style that emphasizes elegance and comfort as you sail through southwestern France. Carrying no more than 130 passengers, this intimate ship is a wonderful place to savor the scenery, dine on exquisite cuisine, and relax with friends over drinks in the Salon Gascogne’s Aquitaine Bar and other richly appointed public areas.

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Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (217 sq ft - 20.2 sq m) with French Balcony

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV wit infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (140 sq ft - 13 sq m) with French Balcony

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice of pillows, built-in closets, hair dryers, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Category 2

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with full picture windows

Handcrafted Savoir of England beds draped in fine linens with choice pillows, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Bathroom features L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.

Reception

Restaurant

River Queen Lounge

River Queen Main Lounge

Serenity River Spa

Captain Lounge

Length: 410 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 128 / Staff: 52

Royal Suites: 2 (410 sq ft) / Suites: 8 (260 sq ft) / Staterooms: 54 (162-194 sq ft) / Rivers: Seine River

Uniworld’s newest Super Ship—S.S. Joie de Vivre—is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience. The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and art and antiques curated from renowned auction houses and private collections. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore. Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms.

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Features & Amenities

S.S. Joie de Vivre features lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and uniquely designed suites. All accommodations have custom-made-to-order Savoir of England beds with handcrafted headboards, high-thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, a menu of pillow options, and marble-lined bathrooms. Guests staying in suites also enjoy enhanced amenities and services, including professional butlers.

This meticulously designed ship features enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a beautiful lounge filled with art and antiques, multiple dining venues and bars, a well-equipped fitness center and enclosed heated swimming pool, Serenity River Spa, and a Deck de Montmartre with a life-sized checkerboard and comfortable seating, ideal for relaxing and savoring in the ever-changing views.

Le Club l'Esprit

Salon de Beaux-Arts

Suite

  • U.S. citizens traveling to France must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering France.

  • The currency in France is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in France, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in France. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Paris

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Hotel du Louvre (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Opera Garnier walking discover tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov Pricing: 
From $899 per person (single supplement $399)

July, Aug Pricing:
From $999 per person (single supplement $399)

May, June, Sept Pricing
From $1,099 per person (single supplement $499)

Additional fees may apply, please call for details. 
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin in Bordeaux and Paris.

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