22 Day Ultimate France

Uniworld River Cruise starting in Bordeaux and finishing in Avignon

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Uniworld's 22 Day Ultimate France. The perfect journey for travellers seeking the crème de la crème of France. This triumvirate of France brings you the very best of each region - Paris and the Normandy coast in the north, vineyard-rich Bordeaux in the southwest and...read more
Overview
Operator: Uniworld
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 22 Days
From: Bordeaux to Avignon
Tour Code: UNIPHE_R
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Visits: France
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Bordeaux
Arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
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Cadillac
Featureed Excursions: Cadillac, chateaux, and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Chateau de Cazeneuve .
You're in for a treat as you embark on a fascinating study of Sauternes, the highly prized, golden-hued sweet wine that takes its name from the region. Visit one of the area's finest estates for a wine tasting, and then be treated to a delectable wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve, an 85-acre estate. Here, you'll gather for a delectable wine-pairing lunch and learn how easy (and fun) it is to pair a sweet wine with a whole new variety of dishes. Extend your celebration into the evening with the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: Sailing on this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be taken to your destination via motorcoach.
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Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac
Featured Excursions: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting .
Sail the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route and the prestigious 'châteaux road. ' You'll have a panoramic tour of the heart of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine-growing region and taste wines at one of its estates. If you wish for a more active exploration of the region, take a guided bicycle ride through Pauillac and the lush landscapes of historic estates that have seemingly remained unchanged for centuries. Do all those beautiful vineyards make you yearn to sample their fruit? Luckily, this adventure includes a stop at Château Lynch-Bages for a wine tasting.
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Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde, cruising the Dordogne River, Libourne
Featured Excursions: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress .
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, Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which wends its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses. Stop in the medieval walled village of Bourg-sur-Gironde, with a rich historic and architectural heritage, before heading back to Blaye, where you'll be guided through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Libourne (Saint-Émilion)
Featured Excursions: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting. Hilltop Saint-Émilion offers both exceptional architecture and historic vineyards. The Romans were the first to plant grapes here, and this was the first vineyard region to be protected by UNESCO because of its history. Saint-Émilion is entered by way of one of the seven gates that are part of the original medieval fortifications. Inside the walls, discover steep, narrow cobblestone streets, stores brimming with wine and wine tools, and the extraordinary 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved into a cliff - only the tower is aboveground; the rest of the church is subterranean. After touring Saint-Émilion, you'll visit the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate where you'll taste some of the world's most highly rated wines.
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Libourne, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux
Featured Excursions: Libourne 'Village Day' with farmers' market, and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux.
How could you visit this rich agricultural land without delving into a farmers' market? Libourne's sprawling farmers' market is a food lover's paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Cap the day off with the 'Bordeaux under the Stars' tour via an open-top bus for a view of this extraordinarily beautiful city illuminated at night.
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Bordeaux
Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Bordeaux walking tour OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back streets.
How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have two 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' as you stroll the most graceful streets with your local expert, including luxury food halls; local delicacies, such as canelés and chocolates; and popular wine bars. If you prefer a more active experience, join a guide for a bicycle ride through city. Celebrate your last evening onboard with the festive Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Bordeaux
Disembark the ship, transfer to Paris via TGV high-speed train, and embark your ship.
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Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys
Featured Excursions: Choice of Monet's Giverny OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' bike ride to Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard.
Monet often painted the little riverside town of Vernon, your port of call, so you are likely to recognize scenes the master rendered in oils on your way to his home in Giverny. You have a choice as to how you wish to journey to his home where he lived and worked for more than 40 years - via a short bus ride or by bike. Once there, you'll discover how Monet immortalized his home and gardens in his paintings. Later, cruise along the peaceful Seine to Les Andelys, where you may wish to hike up to Château Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart's 12th-century stronghold, offering inspiring views of the Seine. Cap the day off at the festive Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala dinner. Note: Giverny will be closed during the October 29 and November 5 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.
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Rouen
Featured Excursions: Choice of Rouen gourmet walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' golfing at Rouen's Mont-Saint-Aignan.
Victor Hugo called Rouen the city with a hundred bell towers - and easily the most famous is the one rising above Notre Dame Cathedral, which you'll visit. You will also see the Renaissance clock tower and the bronze cross marking the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Your tour includes stops to sample some delicacies of Normandy, including white cider and Camembert. For a more active experience, you have a choice to go golfing at Rouen's Mont-Saint- Aignan, just minutes from the city. This 18-hole course offers both veterans and beginners the chance to play in a beautiful setting surrounded by woods. Note: Golf excursions are open to a limited number of golfers.
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Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Honfluer walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided "Go Active" golfing in Etretat.
Travel through the bucolic Calvados countryside to Honfleur, an enchanting seaside town. You'll soon discover why impressionist painters came to paint its inspiring scenery. For those who want to continue their French golf experience, you'll want to go play at Golf d'Étretat, perched on the clifftops more than 150 feet above the sea, making playing golf here both a memorable experience and visual feast.
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Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Utah and Omaha beaches, Sainte-Mère-Église OR Juno Beach OR Bayeux, and Arromanches and the American Cemetery.
Normandy has been the setting for many battles over the centuries, including the D-Day invasion of WWll. You decide how you wish to experience it. For those wishing to visit the American airborne forces' landing beaches, you'll want to go to the historic Utah and Omaha beaches, along with Pointe du Hoc, one of the strategic strong points between the two beaches. You'll also visit Sainte-Mère-Église, which became the first town in France to be liberated, and its airborne museum. If you prefer to go to the Canadian landing beaches, journey to Juno Beach, where the 3rd Canadian infantry division came ashore; you'll see the exhibit at the Canadian Center. And for those who wish to see an astonishing millennium-old textile listed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, you'll wish to travel to Bayeux to view the famous 11th-century tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings. All groups will meet later in the day at the American Cemetery and Memorial honoring US soldiers. While here, you are welcome to participate in a special remembrance ceremony that includes a wreath laying, the American national anthem and a moment of silence.
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Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Palace of Versailles OR Chateau de Malmaison.
Dock in Mantes-la-Jolie, gateway to either an excursion to Versailles or Château de Malmaison. Versailles set the standard for opulence, not just in the 17th century but for the succeeding centuries as well. Tour the royal apartments, which still look much as they did when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette fled in 1789. Marvel at the magnificent Hall of Mirrors and walk through some of the fountain-filled gardens. Château de Malmaison, once home to Napoleon's first empress, Josephine, is filled with Empire-style furnishings, thanks to the keen eye of young Josephine. Here the empress entertained in elegance and created gardens that were world famous in her day. Cap your royal day off with the festive Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Paris
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' Seine riverbank bike ride.
Hemingway called Paris a moveable feast: Once you've experienced it, you will take it with you wherever you go. You have three choices for how you wish to experience the city. If you are experiencing Paris for the first time, you may wish to take a cruise along the Seine for an unforgettable look at the heart of Paris from the water and continue on a panoramic tour to see the City of Light's most famous sights, with a stop at the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. For those who wish to experience Paris as a true Parisian, join the 'Do as the Locals Do' tour. Take the Métro to the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris, and the great cathedral of Notre Dame. An expert in the history and architecture of this magnificent cathedral is your guide as you explore both inside and out. After you've admired Notre Dame's stained glass, flying buttresses and idiosyncratic gargoyles, cross the Archbishop's Bridge to the Left Bank and the Latin Quarter. Wander through the narrow streets where for centuries artists, writers, philosophers and the Sorbonne's students have lived and worked, argued politics, painted, sipped absinthe and lived the bohemian lifestyle for which the district is famous. And for those who prefer a more active exploration of the city, hop on a bicycle for a guided ride along the Seine.
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Paris (Disembark), transfer to Lyon via TGV high-speed train (Embark)
Disembark, transfer to Lyon via TGV high-speed train, and embark your ship.
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Macon (Beaune)
Featured Excursions: Beaune and Hospices de Beaune .
Beaune may not be a large town, but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. You'll recognize the Hospices de Beaune immediately by its fabulous multicolored tile roof - it's a symbol of Burgundy. Learn about Burgundy's celebrated wines on an excursion here, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. Celebrate the evening at the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Lyon
Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Lyon tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Lyon peninsula bike tour, and exclusive Lyon 'Illuminations' tour.
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. You have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts. Foodies will want to delve into France's capital of gastronomy with a guided tour of Les Halles, Lyon's world-famous food market, taking in a tantalizing array of elaborate food stalls, bars and restaurants. In addition to being known for its culinary heritage, Lyon is also known for its history with silk - at one time, almost a third of the city's population were silk weavers - so for those who enjoy this dignified fabric, you'll be delighted to discover its heritage, and you'll even have a chance to see a Jacquard loom in use. For a more active exploration of the city, pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind. Cap the day off on an evening tour showcasing the best way to see the city's architectural heritage, with over 100 sites illuminated.
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Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)
Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain-I'Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting.
Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage are an ideal destination for wine connoisseurs. Experience this famous wine district in one of two ways. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain-l'Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. If you prefer to explore the Hermitage vineyards more actively, then take a guided hike through the steepest vineyards on the Rhône, where the world-famous wines are produced. After you've seen how the grapes are grown, taste the fruit that has been transformed by the vintners' craft into legendary wine.
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Viviers
Featured Excursions: Exclusive intimate Viviers 'Village Day'.
Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm, with narrow lanes and historic structures. See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, you can go inside the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel. Before returning to the ship, spend time enjoying some local activities. You have a choice to learn the art of clay pot making at a demonstration, and then be treated to an aperitif of the local favorites, such as olives, rosé wine and apricot juice, or you can enjoy your aperitif at a private mansion in the village.
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Avignon
Featured Excursions: Avignon walking discovery tour with choice of Palace of the Popes OR Pont du Gard OR choice of exclusive 'Off the Beaten Path' Avignon walking discovery tour, and exclusive guided 'Go Active' kayak ride on the Gardon River.
Avignon - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is endlessly inviting: Cafés and boutiques line tree-shaded squares enlivened with street performers. Discover the city built by the Avignon papacy with your guide, including the vast Palace of the Popes, or visit the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard built by the Romans 2, 000 years ago. If you prefer to see a different side of the city, join a local expert to venture 'off the beaten path. ' Discover the city's picturesque hidden alleys and secret squares, strolling from enchanting Place Crillon to the Jewish quarter, and end at Place Pie, in the old city center, home to Avignon's famous market hall. Here you'll want to stroll through, as there is a treasure trove of Provençal delicacies on display. Later in the day, you can also 'Go Active' by paddling a kayak on the tranquil Gardon River. Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May through September departure dates.
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Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour OR Tarascon walking discovery tour .
Vincent van Gogh found inspiration in Arles, and you will, too. Under the spell of the Provençal light and the vivid colours of nature, he spent a period of impassioned work under these bright sunny skies. As you explore the capital of the Camargue region with your local expert, see Van Gogh's Arles, as well as a fascinating wealth of Roman monuments, such as the Amphitheatre and Constantine's baths. Afterwards, check out the farmers' market. Cheeses, fruits, vegetables, local sausages, breads - all are on colorful display here. For those who wish to discover another wonderful town along the Rhône, visit Tarascon, home to the oldest producer of French-made indiennes, Souleiado, established in 1806. In the evening, enjoy a festive Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Beaune on the onward direction cruise (Avignon to Bordeaux).
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Avignon (Disembark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseilles Airport, where you will return home.
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Bordeaux (Embark)
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. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so 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? Note: Ship schedule and order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Tour to port of destination by motorcoach and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to the impact of water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors.
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Cadillac
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.   Vous êtes arrivé à Cadillac, the area known for producing sweet dessert wines under the celebrated Cadillac AOC designation. You’re in for a treat!
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Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac
The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines seemingly stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive to the tip of the peninsula or join a guide for a vineyard bicycle ride, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate.   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.
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Blaye, Bourg-sur-Gironde, Cruising the Dordogne River, Libourne
The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another, with exotic flowers (brought here by local sea captains) all along the way.   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.
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Libourne (Saint-Émilion)
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.   With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.
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Libourne, Cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux
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 France’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market.
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Bordeaux
For Francophiles who are all Eiffled out, the city of Bordeaux is a delightful find, as elegant and sophisticated as big sister Paris, but with a younger and hipper vibe. Discover its many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels, the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming back streets.   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.
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Bordeaux (Disembark), Transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)
Disembark the breathtaking River Royale and transfer to Paris via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, waits to carry you along the Seine on the next leg of your adventure.
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La Roche-Guyon, Vernon (Giverny)
Today is a celebration of Northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid chateau and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet.   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.
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Rouen
Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking to spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious.   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.
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Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)
Golfing? On a river cruise? This delightfully unexpected excursion—a Uniworld exclusive—features a dramatic links course set atop Normandy’s Alabaster Coast. In a word, magnifique. Not into golf? Stroll through seaside Honfleur, captured on canvas by generations of artists.   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.
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Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies’ D-Day invasion, a day that will come vividly to life on an 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.   Immerse yourself in the tactics, desperate courage and horrendous human cost of the 1944 Allied invasion of France, the first step in the ultimately victorious land campaign against the Third Reich. It began here, on these Norman beaches, each of which was assigned a code name by the Allies as they planned their attack.
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Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Château de Malmaison, home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s empress Josephine, to find out.
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Paris
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.
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Paris (Disembark), Transfer to Lyon via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)
Disembark the S.S. Joie de Vivre and transfer via high-speed, first-class TGV train to Lyon for the fantastic final leg of your French adventure, where you’ll find the striking S.S. Catherine waiting to carry you through Burgundy and Provence.
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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, natural beauty, highly prized wines and rich bounty of the land—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.
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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.
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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 an opportunity to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.   Spend the day in the midst of Côte du Rhône wine country, exploring storied vineyards and picturesque villages.
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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 never forget.   An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied history 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. You’ll see both parts today on your walking tours; its picturesque rooftops and cobblestone streets always delight visitors.
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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 have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.   Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon.   Choose between two different ways to explore this intriguing and ancient city.
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Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns, each with an allure all their own. Renowned for its Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts a lovely 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 château that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.
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Avignon (Disembark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.
Uniworld Inclusions
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Included Meals
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 21 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 21 dinners
  • 3 Captain's Welcome and 3 Captain's Farewell Receptions
  • 3 Welcome and 3 Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 18 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
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 21-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale, magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, and striking S.S. Catherine.
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sightseeing Highlights
  • 1 country: France
  • 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • First class TGV train between Lyon and Paris, and Paris and Bordeaux
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 3 Signature Lectures
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • First class TGV train between Lyon and Paris, and Paris and Bordeaux
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 3 Signature Lectures
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Generations Family Program on select summer departures
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 18 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,' 'Village Day' and 'Gentle Walking' programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Included Meals
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 21 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 21 dinners
  • 3 Captain's Welcome and 3 Captain's Farewell Receptions
  • 3 Welcome and 3 Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 21-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the breathtaking River Royale, magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, and striking S.S. Catherine.
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Uniworld
Uniworld Reviews: (71)
River Cruises on Sale: 58
Gratuities: All Gratuities Included
Airport Transfers: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
Destinations: Asia & Europe
Deck Plans
Cat 5 (Classic)
Cat 4 (Classic)
Cat 3 (Deluxe)
Cat 2 (Deluxe)
Cat 1 (French Balcony)
Suite
River Royale
River Royale La Durance Deck
River Royale Bordeaux Deck
River Royale La Gironde Deck
Cabin Types
Classic Stateroom
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Classic Staterooms

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sqm)
  • Half-Height Window(s)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers
Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Staterooms

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sqm)
  • Picture Window
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers
French Balcony Stateroom
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French Balcony Staterooms

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sqm) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers
Suite
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Suites

  • Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sqm) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers
  • Additional special 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; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service
Prices & Dates
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Trip Starts Trip Ends Ship Retail Offer Save Our Price  
Sunday
14 Apr 2019
Sunday
05 May 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

15,799

per person

453

per person

15,346

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
28 Apr 2019
Sunday
19 May 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

16,599

per person

477

per person

16,122

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
12 May 2019
Sunday
02 Jun 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

17,199

per person

495

per person

16,704

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
09 Jun 2019
Sunday
30 Jun 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

17,199

per person

495

per person

16,704

per person

Enquire
Sunday
23 Jun 2019
Sunday
14 Jul 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

16,599

per person

477

per person

16,122

per person

Enquire
Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Sunday
28 Jul 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

17,199

per person

495

per person

16,704

per person

Enquire
Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Sunday
11 Aug 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

16,599

per person

477

per person

16,122

per person

Enquire
Sunday
04 Aug 2019
Sunday
25 Aug 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

16,599

per person

477

per person

16,122

per person

Enquire
Sunday
15 Sep 2019
Sunday
06 Oct 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

17,899

per person

516

per person

17,383

per person

Enquire
Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Sunday
20 Oct 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

17,899

per person

516

per person

17,383

per person

Enquire
Sunday
14 Apr 2019
Sunday
05 May 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

23,049

per person

671

solo traveller

22,378

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
28 Apr 2019
Sunday
19 May 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

24,549

per person

716

solo traveller

23,833

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
12 May 2019
Sunday
02 Jun 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

25,149

per person

734

solo traveller

24,415

solo traveller

Sold Out
Sunday
09 Jun 2019
Sunday
30 Jun 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

25,149

per person

734

solo traveller

24,415

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
23 Jun 2019
Sunday
14 Jul 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

24,549

per person

716

solo traveller

23,833

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
07 Jul 2019
Sunday
28 Jul 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

25,149

per person

734

solo traveller

24,415

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
21 Jul 2019
Sunday
11 Aug 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

24,549

per person

716

solo traveller

23,833

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
04 Aug 2019
Sunday
25 Aug 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

24,549

per person

716

solo traveller

23,833

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
15 Sep 2019
Sunday
06 Oct 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

26,499

per person

774

solo traveller

25,725

solo traveller

Enquire
Sunday
29 Sep 2019
Sunday
20 Oct 2019
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine

26,499

per person

774

solo traveller

25,725

solo traveller

Enquire
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Cabin Upgrades
Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
S.S. Bon Voyage & S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Catherine
Classic  (Prices Shown) $ 0
French Balcony $ 3,600
Suite $ 13,300
Grand Suite $ 21,600

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Your Global Journeys Cruise Consultant will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote.
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Tour Notes
Trip prices are per person, and reflect applicable discounts. Discounts are subject to availability, exclusive to Global Journeys and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change by Uniworld. Full terms & conditions are available here.

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