Burgundy and Provence

From Avignon to Lyon on the S.S Catherine

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France. This same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you.

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 Les Halles food market. 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. 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 and Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

Highlights

  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Vincent van Gogh's Troubled Destiny"
  • 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
  • Max 159 passengers

What is Included

  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection on select summer departures
  • 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
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All Port charges (€168.00 per person)

What is Not Included

  • Flights are not included in price.
  • Single supplement from €1,800.00 (depending on cabin type) always applies to full price, discounts do not apply.
  • Travel insurance €48.00 per person (+ 69 years double premium applicable)

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Avignon

Arrive at Marseille Airport where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Avignon.

Day 2 – Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: 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. 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 Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – 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 centre, home to Avignon’s famous market hall. Here you will 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.

Day 4 – 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 favourites, such as olives, rosé wine and apricot juice, or you can enjoy your aperitif at a private mansion in the village.

Day 5 – Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of 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 have seen how the grapes are grown, taste the fruit that has been transformed by the vintners’ craft into legendary wine.

Day 6 – 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 with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. You have a 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 will be delighted to discover its heritage and you will 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.

Day 7 – Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Beaune, Hospices de Beaune and open-air food market visit

Beaune may not be a large town but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. You will recognize the Hospices de Beaune immediately by its fabulous multi-coloured tile roof, 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. Afterwards, check out the farmers’ market which spills from street to street in the Old Town. Cheeses, fruits, vegetables, local sausages, breads - all are on colourful display here. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

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

Day 8 – Depart Lyon

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Lyon Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to Paris.

Accommodation

S.S Catherine

Length: 135 m / Width: 11.4 m / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 159 / Staff: 57

Royal Suite: 1 (38 sq m) / Suites: 5 (28 sq m) / Category 1 Staterooms: 23 (18 sq m) / Categories 2–3 Staterooms: 38 (18 sq m) Categories 4–5 Staterooms: 12 (15 sq m) / Category 5 Single Stateroom: 1 (11 sq m)

Amenities include: Van Gogh Lounge with full service bar, Bar du Leopard with full service bar, Cezanne Restaurant, Matisse Terrace, The coffee Shop, Sun Deck, heated enclosed pool, well equipped fitness centre, Serenity River Spa, guest laundry, elevator, 24 hour speciality coffee and tea stations, free internet and WiFi.

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 centre, safe, separate spacious living room and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area. Marble bathroom includes L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers. Triple accommodation option available. The sofa converts into a comfortable bed to accommodate a third person. Many more additional special amenities and services (see important information for full details).

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 centre, and safe. Marble bathroom includes L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers. Triple accommodation option available. The sofa converts into a comfortable bed to accommodate a third person. Many more additional special amenities and services (see important information for full details).

Category 1 Stateroom

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

Category 2-3 Stateroom

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment centre, and safe. Marble bathroom includes: L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers.

Category 4-5 Stateroom

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (162 sq ft - 15 sq m). Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment centre, and safe. Marble bathroom includes: L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers.

Category 5 Single Stateroom

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (120 sq ft - 11.2 sq m). Sleeping sofa and a wall folding bed, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment centre, and safe. Marble bathroom includes: L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobe and slippers.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin / Marseille**

18.50 hrs.

22.10 hrs.

Aer Lingus

Lyon / Dublin

17.05 hrs.

18.25 hrs.

Fares from €208.00 + €50.00 luggage Call us for a quotation

**Dublin to Marseille flight operates on the Saturday prior to Sunday embarking (Day 1 of the above itinerary).The price for a centrally located 4* hotel in Marseille for 1 night is from €175.00 for a double/twin room in B&B.

Dates & Prices

Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)

Start Date

End Date

Category 5

Category 4

Category 3

Category 2

Category 1

Sun 08 Oct 2017

Sun 15 Oct 2017

€4,319.00

€4,769.00

€5,619.00

€5,869.00

€6,469.00

Sun 05 Nov 2017

Sun 12 Nov 2017

€3,279.00

€3,729.00

€4,579.00

€4,829.00

€5,429.00

Sun 25 Mar 2018

Sun 01 Apr 2018

€2,599.00

€2,699.00

€3,399.00

€3,599.00

€3,999.00

Sun 08 Apr 2018

Sun 15 Apr 2018

€2,599.00

€2,699.00

€3,399.00

€3,599.00

€3,999.00

Sun 06 May 2018

Sun 13 May 2018

€3,799.00

€3,899.00

€4,599.00

€4,799.00

€5,199.00

Sun 03 Jun 2018

Sun 10 Jun 2108

€3,799.00

€3,899.00

€4,599.00

€4,799.00

€5,199.00

Sun 15 Jul 2018

Sun 22 Jul 2018

€3,799.00

€3,899.00

€4,599.00

€4,799.00

€5,199.00

Sun 12 Aug 2018

Sun 19 Aug 2018

€3,799.00

€3,899.00

€4,599.00

€4,799.00

€5,199.00

Additional departures may be available on request. Early booking discounts may be applicable.

Suite prices from €5,799.00. Cruise also operates in reverse please contact us for sailings.

**Connoisseur Collection (select sailings): Lyon is France’s culinary capital and home to Chef Paul Bocuse, considered an ambassador of modern French cuisine. Experience some of the Bocuse magic at l’Institut Paul Bocuse. Go in search of the “black diamond” at a truffle farm where you will walk through the truffière with the owners and their trusted dog, learning how they cultivate the “black diamond.” Celebrate the tradition of winemaking at an induction ceremony by Saint Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage Winemakers Brotherhoods. Wine, truffles and a taste of history are only a few of the highlights of your culinary journey.

Optional Experiences

Pre-Cruise Extension in Paris (3 days)

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Paris city tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

Important Information

  • Prices listed are per person based on twin share.
  • Single supplement from €1,800.00 (depending on cabin type) applies for sole accommodation (limited availability)
  • Airfare is not included in prices listed above – please call us to book
  • Itineraries and vessels may change and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments
  • Additional departures are available upon request
  • Suite and Royal Suite special amenities and services: 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 staterooms and suites on the Camargue Deck have open-air balconies that, with the touch of a button, will raise the glass to create a completely enclosed conservatory. Suites provide triple-accommodation options. Adjoining staterooms are available; please enquire at time of booking.


How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card. A 2% surcharge applies only to balances paid by credit card

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