Sail through the heart of Burgundy and Provence on a magical journey where fine cuisine, wine, art, nature and history are a treat for all the senses. Writers, poets, artists, celebrities and the foremost chefs and sommeliers have all been inspired by the luminous landscapes of these sunny regions where ‘joie de vivre’ is a way of life.
7 nights all-inclusive cruise on the S.S. Catherine
The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients
Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Gala Dinners
All gratuities on board and ashore
All entertainment plus signature lectures
Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
Portable audio headset system on excursions
Complimentary use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
Included excursions and visits: 8
Choice of Arles walking discovery tour or Tarascon walking discovery tour
Exclusive guided ‘Go Active’ kayak ride on the Gardon River
Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard
Exclusive intimate Viviers ‘Village Day’
Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or exclusive guided ‘Go Active’ Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting
Exclusive guided ‘Go Active’ Lyon peninsula bicycle tour
Choice of exclusive ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Lyon walking tour or exclusive silk weavers walking tour
Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit or Mâcon walking discovery tour
Plus all these benefits:
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
Free connecting flights to London
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager and their expert crew
Scheduled direct flights
Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
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)
Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles has existed since the sixth century BC and so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings here. Tarascon boasts many medieval sites include a 12th century church and a 15th century castle, rich with tales of a beloved ruler. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 3 - Avignon
The walled city of Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalised in the folk song ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’. From a distance, the picture-perfect city centre 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. Explore a host of historic gems - including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. 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. As the epicentre of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalising contrasts. Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city: 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 - cycle paths.
Day 7 - Mâcon (Beaune)
Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune. 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. A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
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.