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Join Bill, Dawn & Sam and the many fans of Williamson Wines for a river cruise along France’s Rhône & Sôane rivers. See picturesque villages up close as you slowly cruise by aboard Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine. Selected by Travel + Leisure as the #1 River Cruise Line for two consecutive years in 2018 & 2019, Uniworld offers an all-inclusive experience that includes complimentary beverages and shoe excursions.
Explore the regions that inspired Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin, learn traditional French winemaking techniques, discover incomparable modern French cuisine and taste the region’s famous Côtes de Rhone, Saint-Joseph and Croze-Hermitage wines. Together with your fellow Williamson Wine enthusiasts, you will visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, hike the Hermitage terraced vineyards, tour the engineering marvel Pont du Guard Roman Aqueduct – all this is possible with Uniworld’s shore tours. While onboard ship, enjoy hand-selected Williamson Wines during group gatherings, seminar & tasting and group dinners.
Kick this river cruise up a notch and delve deeper into France’s countryside with Food & Wine Trails optional pre-cruise land program and shore tours that have been curated exclusively for Williamson Wines guests.
Be sure to book early to reserve your stateroom and receive $100 shipboard credit per person.
For reservations contact Food & Wine Trails at 800-367-5348 or download the registration from below.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
Avignon to Lyon
Owners, Williamson Wines
Brand Ambassador, Williamson Wines
Destination: Burgundy & Provence
To & From: Avignon to Lyon, France
Dates: June 5 – 12, 2022
Length: 8 Days/7 Nights
Ship: Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine
F&WT Optional 3-night Pre-Cruise Land Program –
A Journey Through Burgundy’s Cote d’Or
NOTE: If you are participating in the Pre-Cruise program, we recommend flying into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. High speed trains to Dijon are available (but only operates later in the day).
GETTING TO DIJON FOR PRE-CRUISE GUESTS: The average journey time by train between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Dijon is 3 hours and 40 minutes with around 33 trains departing each day or you can take the high speed train direct from CDG to Dijon for 1 hr 40-minute train ride; but this only operates once a day in the later afternoon (around 6pm so you would miss the wine barrel making workshop unless you come in a day earlier into Dijon). Another option is to depart from the Paris Gare de Lyon Station in Paris and then take the high-speed TGV train which departs to Dijon Ville hourly. Tickets cost 55€ – 112€ and the journey takes 1h 37m.
Transfer from Marseille International Airport to the ship
F&WT Onboard Events: Welcome Toast in lounge & reserved seating dinner in restaurant with Williamson Wines
Uniworld Included Shore Tours: Arles walking tour
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Pont du Gard Roman Aquaduct Visit OR Avignon Walking Tour with Palace of the Popes (this tour does conflict with our F&WT tour, you won’t be able to attend both) OR “Let’s Go Kayak on the Gardon River
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Chateauneuf-du-Pape & The Southern Rhone (this tour conflicts with Uniworld’s day tours, including the Palace of the Popes)
Uniworld Included Shore Tour: Intimate Viviers “Village Day” (AM)
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Hermitage Hill & Wines of the Rhõne
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)
F&WT Onboard Event: Williamson Wines Tasting & Seminar in main restaurant
Uniworld Included Shore Tours, Choice of: Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour (AM) OR Silk weavers walking tour (AM) OR “Let’s Go” Lyon Peninsula bike tour (AM)
F&WT Onboard Event: Williamson Wine Paired Dinner in main restaurant
Uniworld Included Shore Tour, Choice of: Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices (no lunch) (AM) OR Mâcon walking discover tour (no lunch) (AM)
F&WT Optional Shore Tour: Maconnais Meets Beaujolais
Uniworld Captain’s Farewell Dinner
F&WT Onboard Event: Farewell Reception
Transfer from the ship to Lyon-Saint-Exupery Airport (approx. 30 min)
Prices are per person based on double occupancy 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, 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.
Voted #1 River Cruise Line
by Travel + Leisure 2018 & 2019 World’s Best Awards
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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.
Bar du Leopard lounge
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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 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.
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.