RR48400
A journey of exquisite pleasures
DETAILS
Starting fromR48 400
Package ValiditySet departure date: 05 NOV 2017.  *** Book by 30 JUN 2017 & SAVE R10 000 per person & a free upgrade to the next category, discount already included in the price ***
Duration7 nights
DestinationFrance
Starts inAvignon
Ends inLyon

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- All transfers on arrival & departure days
- 7 nights cruise accommodation in a riverview stateroom on-board the S.S Catherine
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captains Welcome & Farewell Receptions
- Welcome & Farewell Gala dinners
- 6 excursions including "Choice is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English speaking local expert
- Guided "Go Active", "Do as the Locals Do" & "Gentle Walking" programs
- Assistance of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- On-board local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment including a signature lecture: "Vincent van Gogh's troubled destiny"
- Port charges & taxes

 

** This cruise operates between NOW - 05 NOV 2017. Please enquire with you Travel Agent regarding prices for other dates **

 

 


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Avignon

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

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Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Arles walking discovery tour OR Tarascon walking discovery tour

Vincent van Gogh found inspiration in Arles & you will, too. Under the spell of the Provençal light & 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 & 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 & Gala Dinner.

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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, & exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is endlessly inviting; cafés & 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 & secret squares, strolling from enchanting Place Crillon to the Jewish quarter, & end at Place Pie, in the old city centre, 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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Viviers

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Viviers retains much of its medieval character & charm, with narrow lanes & 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 & 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, & then be treated to an aperitif of the local favorites, such as olives, rosé wine & apricot juice, or you can enjoy your aperitif at a private mansion in the village.

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Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Tournon & 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 & Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for wine connoisseurs. Experience this famous wine district in one of two ways. Explore Tournon & 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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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, & exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône & 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 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 & 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, & 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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Macon (Beaune)

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

Beaune may not be a large town, but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture & 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. 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 colorful display here. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception & Gala Dinner. Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Arles on the reverse direction cruise (Lyon to Avignon).

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Depart Lyon

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

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