Burgundy & Provence 2019 with Uniworld - Our Best Offer

Burgundy & Provence 2019 with Uniworld - Our Best Offer

Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne & Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside & culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you.


FROM:R32 800


Package Information
DETAILS
Starting from R32 800
Package Validity Set departure dates 14 APR 2019.  *** Book & pay between 01 NOV 2018 - 31 DEC 2018 & SAVE up to 30% - discount already included in the price ***
Duration 7 nights
Destination France
Starts in Lyon
Ends in Avignon

Description

- All scheduled airport transfers on arrival & departure days
- 7 nights cruise accommodation in a riverview stateroom on-board the S.S Catherine
- All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
- Captains Welcome & Farewell Receptions
- 6 days of excursions including "Choice is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English speaking local expert
- Guided "Go Active", "Do as the Locals Do" & "Gentle Walking" programs
- Assistance of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Free internet & Wi-Fi access
- On-board local entertainment
- Cultural enrichment including a signature lecture: "Vincent van Gogh's troubled destiny"
- Port charges
- All gratuities, both on-board & onshore

 

** This cruise operates on varies dates between 24 MAR 2019 - 13 OCT 2019. Please enquire with you Travel Agent regarding prices for other dates **

 

 

Day 1

Lyon (Embark)

Arrive at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2

Mâcon (Beaune)

The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune.
Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes or Mâcon walking discovery tour

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3

Lyon

As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike ride—a great way to see the sights. Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive—and lovely—bike paths.

Featured Excursion:
“Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour
Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon silk weavers or Lyon capital of Gastronomy tour

Day 4

Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have a chance to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.
Choice of “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting or Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting

Day 5

Viviers

Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers; encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner—you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come. An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

Featured Excursion:
Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Day 6

Avignon

The walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore—including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d ’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon.
Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit

Day 7

Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including Sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.

Featured Excursions:
Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour
Tarascon walking discovery tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8

Avignon (Disembark)

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.

 

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