Join Us in Burgundy and Provence on March 22, 2020

Ready to book?  Click here to open the reservation request form in a new tab. 

Prefer your information in PDF?  Download brochures here:

Space is limited – reserve your cabin now! 

Cruise the 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 Lyon’s lively river banks. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes. Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel. And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard; hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhône; and pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind while in Lyon. Explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

This cruise begins in Lyon and ends in Avignon.  Your arrival airport will be Lyon and your departure airport will be Marseille.  Airfare is not included in the costs below.  You must depart the USA by March 21 in order to arrive on March 22. 

Special Group Savings

  •  $100 onboard credit per person (with minimum of 10 passengers)
  •  $600 savings from published cruise-only rates available to the public 
  •  Additional 10% savings if pay in full at time of reservation

All-Inclusive Luxury on UniWorld Boutique River Cruises – #1 River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure in its annual ‘World’s Best Awards’ for the second year in a row in 2019

  •  All gratuities included 
  • Complimentary transfers to/from port on arrival/departure days 
  • 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, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Let’s Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Village Day” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

 

Your Vessel:  S.S. Catherine

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.

“No request too large, no detail too small.” These are words we take to heart onboard every Uniworld ship. From creating one-of-a-kind ships that provide the perfect setting for your voyage, to ensuring that every detail of your time with us is flawlessly executed, we strive to go above and beyond to deliver a truly exceptional travel experience.

Uniworld elevates all-inclusive river cruising in Europe to an entirely new level.
As we see it, our guests deserve the absolute best of everything and the difference is truly in the details.

PUBLIC AREAS & AMENITIES
•  Van Gogh Lounge with full-service bar
•  Bar du Leopard with full-service bar
•  Cézanne Restaurant
•  Matisse Terrace
•  The Coffee Shop
•  Sun Deck
•  Heated enclosed swimming pool
•  Well-equipped fitness center
•  Serenity River Spa™
•  Guest laundry
•  Elevator
•  24-hour specialty coffee and tea stations
•  Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Ready to book?  Click here to open the reservation request form in a new tab. 

Staterooms and Costs 

 

 

French Balcony – $3099 per person plus $190 port charges, 10% discount available if paying in full 

French Balconies have sliding doors with a railing placed directly behind the glass, meaning you cannot step out onto a separate space.

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft – 18 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment center, and safe
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slipper

Deluxe Balcony – $3599 per person plus $190 port charges, 10% discount if paying in full

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft – 18 sq m) with open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment center, and safe
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Suites are available upon request. 

Ready to book?  Click here to open the reservation request form in a new tab. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Lyon (Embark)
Arrive at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry 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.


Day 2: Mâcon (Beaune)
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. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune.


Choice of Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices or Mâcon walking tour

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3: Lyon
As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike ride—a great way to see the sights. 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.


Choice of Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour or Silk weavers walking tour or “Let’s Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour

Day 4: Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)
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.


Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or “Let’s Go” Hermitage Terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting

Day 5: Viviers
Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers; encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner—you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come. 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:
Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Day 6: Avignon
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.


Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit or “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Day 7: Tarascon
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. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including Sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.


Featured Excursion:
Arles walking tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Avignon (Disembark)
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 Marseille International Airport for your flight home.

UniWorld Boutique River Cruises may also provide “Masterpiece Collections” – elevated excursions available for booking at extra cost. 

Ready to book?  Submit the reservation request below and I will send you a confirmation within 2 business days with a link to submit payment.   A deposit of 10%  or final payment with a 10% discount will be due 48 hours after putting your reservation on hold.