After a sold out hosted Mediterranean ocean cruise in 2018, Patz & Hall has set their sights for a slower paced river cruise through Burgundy & Provence in 2019.
Join winemaker James Hall, sailing from Avignon to Lyon, France next fall aboard the #1 River Cruise Line as rated by Travel + Leisure, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ elegant S.S. Catherine will be your home away from home for 8 days of cruising the picturesque Rhône river. Imagine traveling through the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired artists Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin, while enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine. Together with your fellow Patz & Hall enthusiasts, you will discover four designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, hike the Hermitage terraced vineyards, tour the engineering marvel, Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct and so much more.
Consider arriving three days before the cruise for our optional Nice land program. This is a great way to kick-off your vacation and meet your fellow cruise travelers. You’ll be treated to a full day in Bellet, one of France’s smallest wine appellations. Food & Wine Trails has also arranged for two optional wine-themed shore tours from the ports of Avignon and Tournon with a guided tour at top wineries, with tastings and wine-paired lunch. Always a highlight of the cruise, these shore tours are unique and not to be missed.
For reservations call Food & Wine Trails at 800-367-5348 or download the Registration Form below.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Avignon to Lyon, France
Founder & Winemaker, Patz & Hall Winery
Destination: The Rhône River
To & From: Avignon to Lyon, France
Dates: October 20 – 27, 2019
Length: 8 Days
Ship: S.S. Catherine
Optional F&WT 2-night Pre-Cruise Program: The Cote D’Azur’s Charming Nice & The Wines of Bellet
F&WT Onboard Event: Welcome Reception
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour (AM) AND Tarascon walking discovery tour (PM
Uniworld Welcome Dinner
Optional F&WT Shore Tour: Chateauneuf-du-Pape & The Southern Rhone
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes (AM) OR Pont du Gard Roman Aquaduct visit (AM)
F&WT Onboard Program: Dinner with your Patz & Hall host
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day” (AM)
F&WT Onboard Event: Seminar & Tasting
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l-Hermitage Twin Villages stroll with wine tasting (AM) OR “Let’s Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting (AM)
F&WT Onboard Wine Program: Patz & Hall Wine Paired Dinner
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Lyon capital of Gastronomy tour (AM) OR “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon silk weavers (AM) AND “Let’s GO” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour (PM)
F&WT Onboard Wine Program: Patz & Hall Wine Reception
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Burgundy wine landscapes (AM), OR Mâcon walking discovery tour (AM)
Uniworld Farewell Dinner
Optional F&WT Shore Tour: Maconnais Meets Beaujolais
F&WT Onboard Event: Farewell Toast
5:30 – 6:00 PM
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, Food & Wine Trail’s optional pre-cruise program and shore tours, Uniworld’s Masterpiece 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.
Voted #1 River Cruise Line
by Travel + Leisure 2018 & 2019 World’s Best Awards
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises S.S. Catherine
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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
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.
The Grand Suite offers additional benefits, including a separate and spacious living room, and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, as well as a secluded toilet and bidet area.
Bar de Leopard Lounge
Van Gogh lounge
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 email@example.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: $875 per person is due at time of booking for all standard stateroom categories. Deposit amount varies by suite categories, see page 1 of the Registration form for details.
FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: June 12, 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.