Day 1 - London - Marseille - Avignon
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for a British Airways or another leading airline flight to Marseille. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port in Avignon to embark the S.S. Catherine (5T).
Day 2 - Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
Under the spell of the Provençal light and the vivid colours of nature, Vincent van Gogh spent a period of impassioned work under these bright sunny skies. Explore the capital of the Camargue region with your local expert, to see Van Gogh’s Arles, as well as a fascinating wealth of Roman monuments. Alternatively, visit Tarascon. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 - Avignon
Avignon - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is endlessly inviting: cafés and boutiques line tree-shaded squares enlivened with street performers. Discover the city 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. Alternatively, join a local expert to venture ‘off the beaten path’. Stroll 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. Later in the day, you can also ‘Go Active’ by paddling a kayak on the tranquil Gardon River.
Please note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available on May to September departure dates.
Day 4 - Viviers
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, before hearing a music recital inside. Before returning to the ship, you have a choice to learn the art of clay pot making at a demonstration, with an aperitif of the local favourites, or you can enjoy your aperitif at a private mansion in the village.
Day 5 - Tournon (Tain l’Hermitage)
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. Choose to explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain-l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or, take a guided hike through the steepest vineyards on the Rhône, with a tasting.
Day 6 - Lyon
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. Foodies will want to delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a guided tour of Les Halles, Lyon’s world-famous food market. Lyon is also known for its history with silk and you can discover its heritage, and have a chance to see a Jacquard loom in use. Or, pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind. Cap the day off with an evening tour showcasing the best way to see the city’s architectural heritage, with over 100 sites illuminated.
Day 7 - Mâcon (Beaune)
Beaune brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. At the Hospices de Beaune, learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion. Afterwards, check out the farmers’ market, which spills from street to street in the Old Town, with cheeses, fruits, vegetables, local sausages and breads on display here. Celebrate the evening at the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Please note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Arles on the reverse-direction cruise (Lyon to Avignon).
Day 8 Lyon - London
Disembark the ship and transfer to Lyon Airport for a British Airways or another leading airline flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.