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

What is Not Included

  • Return flights
  • Single supplement – price on request
  • Travel insurance €48.00 per person (+ 69 years double premium applicable)
  • Port charges €150.00 per person

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Avignon

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

Day 2 – Tarascon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Arles walking discovery tour

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.

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

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. 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.

Day 4 – Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

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.

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

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.

Day 6 – Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “silk weavers” walking discovery tour or exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bike tour, and exclusive “Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour”

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.

Day 7 – Macon (Beaune)

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

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.

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

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.

GRAND 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).

DELUXE FRENCH BALCONY

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.

FRENCH BALCONY

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

CLASSIC

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.

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin / Marseille

12.15 hrs.

15.45 hrs.

Aer Lingus

Lyon / Dublin

15.35 hrs.

17.00 hrs.

Fares from €199.00 per person + €70.00 luggage – call us for a price

Flight times are subject to change

Dates & Prices

Prices are per person sharing (flights not included)

START DATE

END DATE

CLASSIC

FRENCH BALCONY

DELUXE FRENCH BALCONY

SUITE

GRAND SUITE

Sun 30 Jun 2019

Sun 07 Jul 2019

€5,249.00

€6,299.00

€7,049.00

€13,199.00

€16,999.00

Sun 28 Jul

Sun 04 Aug

€5,249.00

€6,299.00

€7,049.00

€13,199.00

€16,999.00

Sun 25 Aug

Sun 01 Sep

€5,249.00

€6,299.00

€7,049.00

€13,199.00

€16,999.00

Sun 29 Sep

Sun 06 Oct

€5,549.00

€6,599.00

€7,349.00

€13,599.00

€17,399.00

Sun 27 Oct

Sun 03 Nov

€4,349.00

€5,399.00

€6,149.00

€11,999.00

€15,799.00

Sun 03 Nov

Sun 10 Nov

€3,449.00

€4,499.00

€5,249.00

€10,799.00

€10,799.00

Weekly departures available – price on request

Single room supplement – price on request

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

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.

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