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Burgundy & Provence

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Provence
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
8 Days from $2,399 per person

Cruise the serene Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to the lively Les Halles food market in Lyon.

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite all-inclusive journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you.  While in Arles, discover a Roman amphitheater still in use after millennia. Visit Avignon's majestic Palace of the Popes. Enjoy a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel while in enchanting Viviers. Spend time in Beaune, the wine capital of the region, and taste the Côtes du Rhône wines while at the Hermitage vineyards.

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  1. Arrive at Marseille International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship docked in Avignon.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Arles walking discovery tour or Tarascon walking discovery tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  3. The walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore—including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

    Featured Excursions:
    Exclusive guided “Let's Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River
    Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard

    Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May through September departure dates.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  4. An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

    Featured Excursion:
    Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  5. If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have a chance to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  6. Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive—and lovely—bike paths.

    Featured Excursions:
    Exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon walking tour or Exclusive silk weavers walking tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  7. The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit or Mâcon walking discovery tour

    Note: The open-air farmers’ market visit will take place in Arles on the reverse direction cruise (Lyon to Avignon).

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch & Captain's Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner
  8. 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 Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you can continue your adventure with an extension to sparkling Paris.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  • Connoisseur Collection
  • Itinerary in reverse
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18 Mar 18 $2,999 pp
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Avignon to Lyon
Itinerary in reverse
1 Apr 18 $3,299 pp
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
Connoisseur Collection
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
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29 Apr 18 $4,499 pp
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
Connoisseur Collection
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Lyon to Avignon
17 Jun 18 $4,499 pp
$3,599 pp
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Avignon to Lyon
Itinerary in reverse
24 Jun 18 $4,699 pp
$3,289 pp
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Avignon to Lyon
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$4,339 pp
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
Connoisseur Collection
Itinerary in reverse
22 Jul 18 $4,699 pp
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Avignon to Lyon
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Lyon to Avignon
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$4,059 pp
$6,199 pp
$4,339 pp
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Avignon to Lyon
Connoisseur Collection
Itinerary in reverse
19 Aug 18 $4,699 pp
$3,289 pp
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$4,339 pp
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Lyon to Avignon
26 Aug 18 $4,699 pp
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$4,059 pp
$6,199 pp
$4,339 pp
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Avignon to Lyon
Itinerary in reverse
2 Sep 18 $4,699 pp
$3,289 pp
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$5,799 pp
$4,059 pp
$6,199 pp
$4,339 pp
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Lyon to Avignon
9 Sep 18 $4,299pp $4,399pp $5,199pp $5,399pp $5,799pp $7,699pp Request Quote
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Avignon to Lyon
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
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Lyon to Avignon
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Avignon to Lyon
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SHIP: S.S. Catherine
Avignon to Lyon
  • 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 $160 per person. 

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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  • All Meals All Meals
  • 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
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the striking S.S. Catherine
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

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

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “Vincent van Gogh’s Troubled Destiny”
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures

Length: 443 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 159 / Staff: 57

Suite: 6 (305 sq ft - 410 sq ft) / Staterooms: 74 (120 sq ft - 194 sq ft) / Rivers: Saone River, Rhone River

Uniworld is committed to building a fleet of ships that represents the absolute best in luxury river cruising, combining quality craftsmanship with high-tech innovations and custom-designed interiors. Our second Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, continues this proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail. The vessel’s opulent interiors include a two-story lobby with a specially commissioned Murano glass chandelier and whimsical life-size glass horse.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Royal Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview royal suite (401 sq ft - 38 sq m) with an open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment center, safe, separate spacious living room and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area

Triple accommodation option available. The sofa converts into a comfortable bed to accommodate a third person 

Marble bathroom includes L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Additional amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (305 sq ft - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment center, and safe

Triple accommodation option available. The sofa converts into a comfortable bed to accommodate a third person 

Marble bathroom includes L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Uniquely decorated and additional amenities and services, including: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment center, and safe

Marble bathroom includes: L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy 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. 

Lounge

Leopard Lounge

Restaurant

Pool

Van Gogh Lounge

Bar du Leopard

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  • 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 24 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.

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 or end in Paris.

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