Day 1 – Paris
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Monet’s Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard
Visit Monet’s former home and famous gardens, the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Later, you can hike up to Château Gaillard to see the ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold and take in the remarkable views. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: Giverny will be closed during the March 13 and 20 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.
Day 3 – Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Full day Normandy Beaches with choice of Arromanches 360° Cinema OR Juno Beach and Canadian Centre OR Tapestry Museum in Bayeux
Visit historic Omaha Beach and choose from several options: a circular cinema that brings D-Day to life; Juno Beach and the Canadian Centre; or travel to Bayeux to view its famous 11th-century tapestry. At the American Cemetery and memorial honoring U.S. soldiers, you may also join a special remembrance ceremony.
Day 4 – Caudebec-en-Caux
FEATURED EXCURSION: Rouen walking discovery tour
During your time in historic Rouen, you’ll see the city's medieval quarter, a large Renaissance clock tower, and the bronze cross marking the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
Another highlight is Rouen's Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, a favorite subject of artist Claude Monet.
Day 5 – Caudebec-en-Caux (Normandy Beaches)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Honfleur walking discovery tour
Travel through Normandy’s bucolic countryside to Honfleur, a charming seaside town painted by generations of artists.
Tour the former Smuggler's Harbor of Vieux Bassin—the town's most frequently painted scene—and St. Catherine's Church, built by shipwrights.
Day 6 – Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
FEATURED EXCURSION: “Vincent van Gogh’s Footsteps” walking discovery tour of Auvers-sur-Oise
Follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, where he spent the last two months of his life and created a number of notable works. You’ll also see the cemetery where he and his brother Theo are buried side by side.
In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 7 – Paris
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Paris city tour OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour
Today’s panoramic tour of Paris features all the top sights, with a stop at Luxembourg Gardens for a more intimate perspective of Parisian life. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” on an expertly tour of the lively Latin Quarter and Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris and the site of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Day 8 – Paris (disembark), transfer to Bordeaux via TGV high speed train (embark)
Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux via TGV high speed train.
Day 9 – Cadillac, Bordeaux
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cadillac, châteaux and Sauternes vineyards with exclusive artisanal wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve
Embark today on a study of Sauternes, the golden-hued dessert wine that takes its name from the region. Meet local winemakers, sample a variety of vintages and savor an elegant lunch with paired wines at a centuries-old manor house. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Note: Sailing on this stretch of the Garonne depends on the tides. If it is not possible to sail to Cadillac, you will be taken to your destination via motorcoach.
Day 10 – Cruising the Garonne River and Gironde Estuary, Pauillac
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Médoc panoramic tour with exclusive wine tasting OR exclusive guided “Go Active” vineyard bicycle ride with wine tasting
Cruise the Garonne to Pauillac, gateway to the fabled Médoc wine route. Get a panoramic tour of the celebrated Haut-Médoc wine region and taste wines at a local winery. Or, experience the local terroir in an entirely different way, with a wine tasting and a guided bike ride through lush Médoc vineyards.
Day 11 – Blaye, cruising the Gironde Estuary and Dordogne River, Libourne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
Head ashore for a wonderfully scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie, which winds its way through picturesque hamlets filled with old stone houses.
Later, you’ll have a guided walk through the imposing 17th-century Blaye Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 12 – Libourne (Saint-Émilion)
FEATURED EXCURSION: Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting
Saint-Émilion was the first UNESCO-designated wine-growing region, with vineyards dating from Roman times. The quaint city of the same name is known for its 12th-century Monolithic Church, carved out of limestone and extending partially underground. After your tour, visit a Premier Grand Cru estate for a wine tasting.
Day 13 – Libourne, cruising the Garonne River, Bordeaux
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Libourne “Village Day” with farmers' market, and exclusive private evening tour of Bordeaux
Libourne’s sprawling farmers' market is a food lover’s paradise, with stands selling fresh produce, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Explore its bounty with a local expert and take a peek inside the workshops of talented local artisans. Later, enjoy an exclusive evening tour of the city of Bordeaux.
Day 14 – Bordeaux
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Bordeaux walking tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride through the Bordeaux back street
Discover Bordeaux on a special tour featuring luxury food halls, local delicacies, grand 18th-century architecture and a popular wine bar. Or, see the sights on a guided bike ride. You’ll also have time to explore this charming and historic city on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 15 – Bordeaux (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
The quintessential voyage for gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of all things French.
This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of lovely French landscapes. Experience the romance of Paris and then sail the Seine to Normandy, discovering the gems of the region. Marvel at magnificent Rouen Cathedral, and tour the former smugglers’ harbor in Honfleur. Follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny and Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise. Then travel to beautiful Bordeaux and delight in the countryside of southwest France. Explore Roman SaintÉmilion, with its astonishing Monolithic Church, and ancient Blaye, with its famous citadel.
Journey through a land of noble wines, tasting the flavors of the regions as you go. Enjoy the best France has to offer with Uniworld’s plethora of exclusive excursions (including an exclusive wine tasting of famous Médoc and Sauternes wines and an extraordinary evening tour of Bordeaux) as your all-inclusive France river cruise takes you along four rivers, visiting bustling cities and charming towns and sampling myriad culinary delights.
14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the alluring S.S. Joie de Vivre and the breathtaking River Royale
All transfers on arrival and departure days
First class TGV train between Paris and Bordeaux
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain’s Farewell Receptions
2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
12 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
4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio- headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures