The Biale Wine Cruise has been postponed to May 15, 2022

Program Highlights 

  • Cruise personally hosted by Biale Vineyards Founding Partner, Bob Biale and his wife, Wendy
  • Group Welcome reception and farewell toast featuring Biale wines
  • Biale wines served each evening onboard
  • Uniworld’s All Inclusive Experience
  • Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment

Early Booking Bonus: $100 Shipboard Credit 

  • Accommodations on the SS Catherine
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • Unlimited wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottle water
  • All onboard gratuities
  • Airport transfers to ship on arrival / departure dates
  • Uniworld complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Internet & WiFi
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

We are delighted to welcome back our valued partners at Robert Biale Vineyards in 2021.

Join one of the industry’s most respected wineries, Robert Biale Vineyards, along the Rhône and Saône rivers through picturesque Provence and southern France.  Enjoy the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine, along with impeccable Biale vintages served at every dinner onboard S.S. Catherine. Discovering the many treasures of France—stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh and visit the majestic Palace of the Popes.  From Lyon’s lively riverbanks to the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon, you will explore peaceful rolling hills, narrow alleyways, open-air markets, and rustic villages—where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

Your home-away-from-home for eight days is aboard Uniworld’s opulent S.S. Catherine, where you will enjoy an all-inclusive experience including: paid gratuities, beverages, wines and beers, internet and Wi-Fi access, superb shore excursions and gourmet meals.  As guests of Robert Biale Vineyards, exclusive wine-themed onboard events featuring hand-selected wines from the Biale library.

You’ll want to get your reservations in early for this one, as Biale Vineyards wine cruises sell out quickly.

For reservations call Food & Wine Trails at 800-367-5348 or download the Registration Form below.

Download Robert Biale Vineyards Registration Form
  • Cruise Line

    Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

  • Ports of Call

    Lyon to Avignon


Bob & Wendy Biale

Founding Partner Robert Biale Vineyards


Robert Biale Vineyards 2021

Destination: Rhône River
To & From: Lyon to Avignon
Dates: May 2 – 9, 2021
Length: 7-nights/8-Days
Ship: S.S. Catherine

April 29

F&WT Optional 3-Night Pre-Cruise Program: A  Journey Through Burgundy’s Côte d’Or

May 02
Lyon, France
Embark Ship
Depart 6:00 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Welcome Reception & Dinner featuring Biale Wines

May 03
Macon (Beaune)
Arrive 1:30 AM
Depart 5:00 PM

Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune or Macon walking discovery Tour

Uniworld’s Captain’s Welcome Reception & Dinner


May 04
Lyon, France
Arrive 1:30 AM
Depart 7:00 PM

Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Choice of Guided “Let’s Go” Lyon penninsula bicycle tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon walking tour or Exclusive silk weavers walking tour

May 05
Tournon (Tain-l'Hermitage), France
Arrive 6:00 AM
Depart 2:30 PM

Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

F&WT Onboard Event: Cocktail Party featuring Biale Wines

May 05
Viviers, France
Arrive 9:00 PM
May 06
Viviers, France
Depart 1:30 PM

Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

May 06
Chatenaeuf du Pape
Arrive 6:00 PM
Depart 6:30 PM
May 06
Avignon, France
Arrive 9:30 PM
May 07
Avignon, France

Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Choice of Avignon walking discover tour (AM) with Palace of the Popes OR walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard (AM)

May 08
Avignon, France
Depart 5:30 AM
May 08
Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon), France
Arrive 8:30 AM
Depart 7:00 PM

Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour (AM) and Tarascon walking discovery tour (PM)

F&WT Onboard Event: Wine Paired Dinner featuring Biale Wines

Uniworld’s Captain’s Farewell Reception

May 08
Avignon, France
Arrive 8:30 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Biale Farewell Toast

May 09
Avignon, France
Disembark AM

Per Person Cruise Pricing

CategoryDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
Grand Suite$9,414$18,214
Deluxe Balcony$5,514$10,134
French Balcony$4,814$9,084
Classic River View$3,914$7,514

Prices are per person based on two people per stateroom or single occupancy as stated above, and include shipboard accommodations, all scheduled airport transfers, onboard meals, gratuities, estimated $190 port taxes (subject to change), unlimited beverages of select wines, beers, and spirits, unlimited soft drinks, specialty coffee beverages and tea, complimentary Uniworld shore excursions, wines served with dinners provided by host winery, onboard wine program and limited travel management services. Prices do not include roundtrip air, premium wine and spirits, Food & Wine Trails’ optional pre-cruise program and shore tours, travel insurance, or all items of a personal nature. F&WT reserves the right to correct pricing errors or omissions. Prices will not increase after deposit received, except for fuel surcharges and any taxes, charges or levies imposed by government agencies.

About The Ship

Voted #1 River Cruise Line
by Travel + Leisure 2018 & 2019 World’s Best Awards

S.S. Catherine 
The stunningly sophisticated S.S. Catherine is part of Unworld’s award-winning collection of boutique river cruise ships, a vessel fittingly named in honor of the beautiful and legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve. Designed with the unique signature touches for which Uniworld is known, as Uniworld’s second ultra-luxurious Super Ship she continues the proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail.
The magnificent 443-foot, 159-passenger S.S. Catherine was many years in the making, meticulously engineered and lavishly decorated with exquisitely crafted furnishings, hand-selected antiques, original paintings, and an indoor swimming pool with an intricate mosaic tile backsplash. The S.S. Catherine also showcases an extensive art collection and many other opulent touches, including a hand blown Murano glass chandelier and life-size glass horse that were specially commissioned for the ship.
Public Areas & Amenities
  • Van Gogh Lounge with full-service bar
  • Bar du Leopard with full-service bar
  • Cézanne Restaurant
  • Gordes Terrace
  • Matisse Terrace
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Serenity River Spa
  • Guest laundry
  • Elevator
  • 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Staterooms & Suites
All staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a choice of pillows. Other amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, bottled water, and a safe.  Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, and bathrobes and slippers.
All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including in-suite special butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, full breakfast menu, daily fruit and cookie plate, elegant evening snack, robes and slippers, iPod® docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, free laundry and shoe shine service, bottle of wine upon arrival, Hermés bath products, one-per-person in-suite well-being treatment, and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard.

  Ship’s lobby

Bar du Leopard Lounge

Van Gogh Lounge

Cézanne Restaurant

Terms & Conditions

    The itinerary port and shore tour schedule as provided by Uniworld Cruises is based on their 2019 itinerary – please note it is likely this will change and be updated a few months prior to departure.  Schedule and times are subject to change without notice due to water levels, wind factors and other conditions.

    To book a stateroom on this sailing, you must submit a completed registration form with deposit. For your convenience the registration form can be completed and electronically signed online by all passengers traveling.

    For PC users the PDF form can be completed online, saved and returned via email to

    For MAC users, the process for properly filling in and saving a PDF form is slightly different than on a Windows machine. By default, the Mac’s Preview application is set to open all PDF files, but Preview will not save the data you put into the forms. Right-click on the pdf or hold down the Control key on your keyboard and click on it. A menu will appear, select “Open With”. Choose Acrobat Reader from the list of programs. From within Acrobat you will be able to fill in the fields and save the file with your text and submit the completed form via email.

    If you are paying for the deposit by check, mail to: Food & Wine Trails, 141 Stony Circle, Suite 260, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

    If you are paying for the deposit with a credit card, include your card information on page two of the registration form and FAX to (707) 526-9147.

    Deposit: $925 per person is due at time of booking

    FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE:  December 23, 2020

    All Guests will be required to check‐in online to complete and submit their PASSENGER INFORMATION FORM before final documentation will be processed. Check‐in online at‐you‐go/expresscheckin. Please complete Express Check‐in as soon as possible after making your booking.

    F&WT strongly recommends the purchase of (Allianz) travel insurance to safeguard your trip investment.


    Please note: Cruise escorts, experts scheduled to appear and onboard programming are subject to change with or without notice. For a complete listing of all tour conditions, please refer to page 2 of the registration form.