You are invited to join Bob Williamson, proprietor of Ideology Cellars and his wife Joni for a gentle glide along France’s Rhône & Saône Rivers as unforgettable scenery unfolds through Burgundy & Provence.
Departing May 24, 2020 from Avignon to Lyon, this cruise is destined to be a journey of exquisite pleasures. You’ll enjoy the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discover its many treasures – from the medieval wonders of UNESCO designated Avignon, to Lyon’s lively river banks. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh; visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes; kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard and hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhône. The tradition of Burgundy & Provence is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Avignon to Lyon, France
Owners, Ideology Cellars
Destination: The Rhône River
To & From: Avignon to Lyon, France
Dates: May 24 – 31, 2020
Length: 8 Days
Ship: S.S. Catherine
Transfer from Marseille International airport to ship in Avignon (approx 1 hr 30 min)
Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes (AM) OR Pont du Gard Roman aquaduct visit (AM) OR “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon river (PM)
Optional Uniworld Masterpiece Collection Shore Tours (fee applies): Cooking lesson at La Mirande (AM) AND Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine tasting (PM)
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Arles walking tour (AM)
Optional Uniworld Masterpiece Collection Shore Tour (fee applies): Olive farm – Les Baux de Provence (PM)
Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”
Optional Uniworld Masterpiece Collection Shore Tour (fee applies): Truffle farm and lavender fields (PM)
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Tournon and Tain-l’hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting (AM) OR “Let;s Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting (AM)
Optional Uniworld Masterpiece Collection Shore tour (fee applies): Premium wine tasting on the Hermitage Hill
Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour (AM) OR Silk Weavers walking tour (AM) OR “Let’s Go” Lyon Peninsula bike tour (AM)
Optional Uniworld Masterpiece Collection Shore Tour (fee applies): Chef’s table lunch at Institut Paul Bocuse (AM)
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the Hospices (no lunch) (AM) OR Macon walking tour (no lunch) AM
Optional Uniworld Masterpiece Collection Shore Tour (fee applies): Chateau de Rully wine tatsing & lunch (AM)
Transfer from ship to Lyon airport (approx 30 min)
Prices are per person based on two people per stateroom (or single occupancy of a double stateroom as indicated in the fare chart) and include shipboard accommodations, all scheduled airport transfers, onboard meals, gratuities, port taxes, unlimited beverages of select wines, beers, and spirits, unlimited soft drinks, specialty coffee beverages and tea, complimentary Uniworld shore excursions, upgraded 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, optional pre-or post-cruise programs, Food & Wine Trails 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.
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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, this ultra-luxurious Super Ship marks the debut of an entirely new category of river cruising.
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
•Heated swimming pool
•Serenity River Spa
•24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
•Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
All staterooms and suites (shown above) 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.
Van Gogh lounge
Super Ship S.S. Catherine
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
$900 per person is due at time of booking.
FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: January 15, 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 www.uniworld.com/before‐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.