Program Highlights
  • Cruise personally hosted by Vintners, Wayne & Gabrielle O’Connell
  • Onboard wine education program
  • Private onboard welcome dinner, seminar & tasting, reception and dinner with the winemaker
  • Exclusive Food & Wine Trails optional pre-cruise land program
  • Optional Food & Wine Trails private wine tour shore excursions in select cities
  • $100 per person shipboard credit for early bookings Uniworld’s All Inclusive Experience
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Join Vintners, Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell  Wayne O’Connell, as you follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey, while enjoying the incomparable wines, cuisine, art and history of southern France.  The same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you as you cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers.  Discover its many treasures – from Lyon’s lively Les Halles food market (Lyon is the home to Chef Paul Bocuse, considered an ambassador of modern French cuisine)…to the vineyards and wines of Burgundy, l’Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-pape…to Van Gogh’s Arles…to the medieval treasures of UNESCO-designated Avignon.  All ending with a burst of fireworks (weather permitting) on Bastille day. AMAZING!

Begin your holiday with Food & Wine Trail’s 3-night pre-cruise Burgundy program, then step aboard Uniworld’s SS Catherine for a journey through Burgundy and discover this quaint and peaceful region of rolling hills, narrow alleyways and rustic villages.  Where the countryside is sprinkled with medieval chateaux and ancient monasteries are reachable by foot or bicycle.  Along with exploring four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll have the pleasure of tasting the incomparable O’Connell Family wines during exclusive-to-the-group dinners, seminar and tastings.

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

Download O'Connell Family Wines Registration Form
  • Cruise Line

    Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

  • Ports of Call

    Lyon to Avignon, France



Vintners, O'Connell Family Wines


O’Connell Family Wines 2019

Destination: Rhône River
Dates: July 7 – July 14, 2019
Length: 8 Days
Ship: S.S. Catherine

July 04 - 07

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

July 07
Embark Ship
Depart 6:00 PM

F&WT Onboard Event: Welcome Dinner featuring O’Connell Family wines – 7:00 Cezanne Restaurant

July 08
Macon (Beaune)
Arrive 1:30 AM
Depart 5:00 PM

Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune OR Macon Walking discovery tour

Uniworld Captain’s Welcome Reception & Dinner

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Maconnais Meets Beaujolais

July 09
Arrive 1:30 AM
Depart 7:00 PM

Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour, Choice of: “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon walking tour OR Silk Weavers Walking tour OR “Let’s Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour

July 10
Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)
Arrive 6:00 AM
Depart 3:00 PM

Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour, 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 O’Connell Family Wines 5:00 – 6:00 PM Van Gogh Lounge

July 10
Arrive 9:30 PM
July 11
Depart 1:30 PM

Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

F&WT Onboard Event: Seminar & Wine Tasting 3:00 – 5:00 PM Cezanne Restaurant

July 11
Arrive 6:00 PM
Depart 6:30 PM
July 11
Ariive 9:30 PM
July 12

Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes OR Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard

F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Parker’s Passion for Chateauneuf-du-Pape

July 13
Depart 5:30 AM
July 13
Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
Arrive 8:30 AM
Depart 7:00 PM

Uniworld’s Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Arles walking discovery tour OR Tarascon walking discovery tour

F&WT Onboard Event: Wine Pairing Dinner 7:00 PM Cezanne Restaurant

July 13
Arrive 9:30 PM
July 14
Disembark AM

F&WT Optional 1-Night Post-Cruise Hotel Night in Avignon on Bastille Day

Per Person Pricing

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom$5,344$8,044
French Balcony Stateroom$4,844$7,294
Classical Stateroom - Waitlist Only $3,944$5,944

Suite category pricing available upon request and subject to availability            

Prices are per person based on two people per stateroom 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, 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. Single/Triple prices available upon request.

About the Ship

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

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

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
S.S. Catherine 

The stunning sophisticated S.S. Catherine is part of Uniworld’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-ft, 159-passenger S.S. Catherine is meticulously engineered and lavishly decorated with exquisitely crafted furnishing, hand-selected antiques, original paintings, and an indoor swimming pool with an intricate mosaic tile backsplash.  She 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.

Catherine Suite
Ship’s lobby                             Bar du Leopard lounge
Van Gogh lounge                         Cézanne Restaurant

Super Ship Catherine

Inauguration: 2014 | Length: 443 ft | Width: 37.5 ft | Voltage: 110/220 volts | Guests: 159

Terms & 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 receptionist@foodandwinetrails.com

    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: Per person is due at time of booking for all stateroom categories. Deposit amount varies by stateroom category, see page 1 of the Registration form for details.

    FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: February 27, 2019

    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.


    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.

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