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Burgundy & Provence
(Lyon to Avignon)

8 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – Lyon (embark)
Arrive at the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Macon (Beaune)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Beaune and Hospices de Beaune
Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome and Gala Dinner.
Day 3 – Lyon
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour
Delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a guided tour of Les Halles, Lyon’s world-famous food market, taking in a tantalizing array of elaborate food stalls, bars and restaurants. As an alternative, you can choose a walking discovery tour of the city’s old Quartier St. Jean, where you'll meet an artisan who will demonstrate the refined art of silk weaving. For something more active, you can opt to do your sightseeing by bicycle. This evening, enjoy a extra special "Illuminations” tour of the city.
Day 4 – Tournon, Tain l'Hermitage
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain I’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting
You'll have an opportunity to experience this famous wine district in one of two ways today. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or, you can choose a guided hike through the verdant Hermitage vineyards, followed by a tasting of distinctive local wines.
Day 5 – Viviers
FEATURED EXCURSION: Exclusive “Village Day” “Intimate Viviers through Music” tour
Founded in the fifth century, Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm, with narrow lanes and historic structures, such as the Maison des Chevaliers (House of Knights). See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, you can go inside the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.
Day 6 – Avignon
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes visit OR exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River
Enjoy a guided walking discovery tour of picturesque Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before venturing inside the grand Palace of the Popes. Or, you can choose to explore a different side of the city on a guided tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Yet another alternative is to “Go Active” with a guided kayak ride on the tranquil Gardon River. You'll glide under the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO-designated site that was built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.
Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May–September departure dates.
Day 7 – Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour and open-air food market visit OR Tarascon walking discovery tour
On today’s walking discovery tour of Arles, you’ll see a number of sites associated with Vincent van Gogh, as well as some fascinating ancient Roman monuments. You can also explore the city's expansive open-air food market, where you’ll find plenty of local delicacies, including Burgundian and Jura cheeses, heirloom vegetables, honey, and sausages. Or, you can choose to explore the historic heart of Tarascon, with its medieval church, beautiful Renaissance palace and Souleiado Museum devoted to the region’s distinctive textiles. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Beaune on the onward direction cruise (Avignon to Lyon).
Day 8 – Avignon (disembark), transfer to Marseille Airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.
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All This Included
A journey through the beautiful landscapes that inspired the Impressionists.

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite all-inclusive journey through southern France, reveling in the same sun-drenched scenery that captivated the masters. Cruise the serene Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures, from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to the lively Les Halles food market in Lyon. Discover an ancient Roman amphitheater still in use today, visit Avignon's majestic Palace of the Popes, and enjoy a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel while in enchanting Viviers. You’ll also spend time in Beaune, the wine capital of the region, and taste Côtes du Rhône wines at the renowned Hermitage vineyards. 

Connoisseur Collection (Select sailings)

Wine, prized truffles and a taste of history are only a few of the highlights of this special culinary journey. You’ll visit the culinary mecca of Lyon, France’s culinary capital and home to l'Institut Paul Bocuse, founded by a true ambassador of modern French cuisine. Hunt for “black diamonds” with a truffle farmer and his expertly trained hound, and celebrate the tradition of winemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime induction ceremony you’ll rave about for years to come. 
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the striking S.S. Catherine
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • 1 country: France
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Vincent van Gogh's Troubled Destiny"
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard S.S. Catherine
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation. 
  • Itineraries and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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