8 Days 7 Nights
Period
France
Location
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Avignon (Embark) (D)
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.

 

Day 2 | Tarascon (BB/L/WD)
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 EXCURSIONS: Arles walking tour A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

Day 3 | Avignon (BB/L/D)
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.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: 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 4 | Viviers (BB/L/D)
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 EXCURSIONS: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

 

Day 5 | Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage), Lyon (BB/L/D)
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: Lyon – Musée des Confluences. 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 6 | Lyon (BB/L/D)
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.

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

 

Day 7 | Mâcon (Beaune) (BB/FD)
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.

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices or Mâcon walking tour. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

 

Day 8 | Lyon (Disembark) (CB/BB)
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.

 

FD Farewell Gala Dinner   CB/BB Continental Breakfast/Buffet   Lunch   Dinner   WD Welcome Gala Dinner

Cruise includes

TRAVEL

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • All transfers on arrival & departure days. Terms apply

EXPLORE

  • 1 country: France
  • 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” & “Village Day” 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

TASTE

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest & freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee & tea, soft drinks & mineral water

EXPERIENCE

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures
  • All gratuities both onboard & onshore

Price per person

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PEACE OF MIND COMES WITH EVERY UNIWORLD CRUISE

Being mindful, well-informed and prepared are essential traits of an experienced traveler, and we approach each Uniworld cruise with that same thorough care and mindset. We’ve taken great measures to ensure that when you travel with us, you can rest easy knowing that your plans and adventures are in the hands of a dedicated worldwide team.

SECURITY MEASURES ON EUROPE SHIPS

  • We keep all outside doors and access to the interior of the ship locked whenever docked. Only guests can access the ship using a key card.
  • All guests and luggage are verified against the manifest at check-in.
  • All deliveries are thoroughly inspected before being brought onboard.
  • Cameras are present at the entrance of the ship and in public areas, and are monitored by our reception staff.
  • Portable boarding pass scanners are available at the gangway.
  • Guests have 24/7 access to the front desk.
  • Trained security staff are posted at the gangway 24 hours a day.

AN ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Emphasis on the “all”

Extra dirty Grey Goose® martini with locally harvested olives? It’s all yours. As is everything else you can think of. Our ultra-inclusive amenities have led to us being named the “Most All-Inclusive River Cruise Line” by Cruise Critic.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
Everything you could ever ask for. And then some

  • Impeccable service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
  • Intimate and beautifully designed ships, carrying an average of just 130 guests
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • All scheduled airport transfers
  • Elegant and well-appointed riverview staterooms and suites, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir® beds for an incredible night’s sleep
  • In-suite butler service
  • Delicious onboard dining
  • Unlimited beverages, including many premium spirits and wines
  • A wide selection of personalized excursions, led by English-speaking local experts
  • A number of excursions curated exclusively for Uniworld guests
  • Onboard fitness center
  • Onboard exercise and wellness classes, led by certified wellness instructors in Europe
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking poles for onshore use
  • Shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Onboard entertainment and Signature Lectures

IT’S YOUR WORLD. AND IF IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU
it’s very important to us

When it comes to service, we know the tiniest of details sometimes have the biggest impact. Getting ready for a day exploring Frankfurt is a shimmer brighter when your butler has already pressed your pants exactly how you like. Breakfast in bed becomes even more relaxing when your waiter serves you coffee already prepared to your liking—two sugars and a splash of soy milk. And a late-night cocktail is never more enjoyable than when the bartender sourced your favorite Bordeaux wine from a store in town while you were exploring Saint-Émilion’s astonishing 12th-century Monolithic Church.

We actually have a name for the little niceties that take your cruise from great to grand—Tiny Noticeable Touches (or TNTs for short). Our commitment to TNTs sets the stage for our service philosophy. By getting to know you, your interests, your preferences and your style, we’re able to deliver an experience that is just the way you’d like it to be.

“NO REQUEST TOO LARGE, NO DETAIL TOO SMALL.”
We don’t just say it. We really mean it, as evidenced by the many repeat guests who choose Uniworld time and time again.

THE TNT MODEL
The most highly trained, dedicated and tenured staff of all river cruise lines. | Butlers trained to the same standards of excellence required by Buckingham Palace. | Act with honesty, speak with integrity and treat our guests like royalty.

EVERY MEAL IS A MASTERPIECE
Savour The Local Flavours Of The World

Our commitment to culinary excellence is evident every time you enjoy a homemade croissant delivered to your room by your butler, or when you pair your freshly caught seafood dinner with a wine that was bottled just miles down the road.

When dining onboard, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced from the destinations you visit. Our farm-to-table approach takes our chefs to regional farms, local markets and artisanal producers to ensure that every meal is an adventure in and of itself. We treat cooking as an art form—a very delicious art form.

Our focus on serving memorable meals comes directly from worldrenowned Mrs. Beatrice Tollman—founder of our sister Red Carnation Hotel Collection, author of the highly acclaimed cookbook A Life in Food and the inspiration behind the culinary philosophy onboard. Mrs. Tollman’s personal recipes are guest favorites on our dining menus. Pro Tip: Don’t order a salad without sampling her favorite dressing.

YOU’LL LOVE THIS CLUB
Uniworld River Heritage Club

After your first Uniworld cruise, you will be automatically enrolled in our River Heritage Club loyalty program and begin receiving benefits, savings and rewards reserved exclusively for our loyal guests.

CLUB BENEFITS*:

  • Save 5% on any cruise or cruise/tour.
  • Join the Captain for a members-only cocktail party onboard.
  • Complimentary onboard laundry service weekly on ships in Europe and Russia, and once per cruise on ships in India, Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • Complimentary in-room fruit platter waiting for you upon arrival.
  • Exclusive e-magazine.
  • Milestone Gifts to celebrate guests who have joined us for multiple cruises.

A WORLD OF VALUE
included with every cruise

Made-to-order meals prepared using only the freshest ingredients, unlimited beverages and curated shore excursions are just some of the many inclusions that make Uniworld the greatest value on the river.

As you read through the following 2018 itineraries to search for your best vacation yet, use this legend and icons as a guide to discover all that is included with each voyage, such as special dinner celebrations, visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites and much more.

HIGHLIGHT

Why River Cruise and Why Uniworld

E-BROCHURE

E-Brochure: Uniworld-E-Brochure-2018BoutiqueRiverCruises.pdf

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