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Burgundy & Provence

7th Jul 2024 | 7 nights | Uniworld | S.S. Catherine

No-fly option available on this sailing
Ultra-luxury cruising
All-inclusive
Excursions included
Tips included
Free wi-fi
Arles
Avignon
Viviers
Tain l-Hermitage
Lyon
Mâcon
No-fly option available on this sailing
Ultra-luxury cruising
All-inclusive
Excursions included
Tips included
Free wi-fi
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Itinerary Overview

Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes. Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers. And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can hike the vineyards of the Rhône and pedal through Lyon, a city designed with bike riders in mind. Explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
7th Jul 2024 Sunday
Arles
2
8th Jul 2024 Monday
Arles
3
9th Jul 2024 Tuesday
Avignon
4
10th Jul 2024 Wednesday
Viviers
5
11th Jul 2024 Thursday
Tain l-Hermitage
6
12th Jul 2024 Friday
Lyon
7
13th Jul 2024 Saturday
Mâcon
8
14th Jul 2024 Sunday
Lyon

Unlike river cruise companies that emphasize identical vessels, Uniworld takes the opposite approach to décor and design, ensuring that all ships have individual personalities. For S.S. Catherine, which was christened by Catherine Deneuve, the image is elegant, comfortable, colourful and whimsical.

From its home port in Lyon, the 159-passenger ship travels to Burgundy and through Provence on France's Rhone River. The second new-build for Uniworld (though the line is constantly refurbishing ships), S.S. Catherine has some similarities in layout and décor to S.S. Antoinette. In both cases, a unique-to-Uniworld cabin design means that some staterooms have private balconies and French verandahs (one nifty new touch on S.S. Catherine is the addition of a screen to keep flies away). The ships' art collections are stellar, and they each have a real swimming pool, which is fairly unusual on the rivers.

Uniworld is part of the family-owned Travel Corporation, which operates 24 different travel companies, ranging from Trafalgar to Contiki Holidays to Red Carnation Hotels. The Tollman family is very hands on in terms of creating the unique ambiences onboard its ships; S.S. Catherine's designers were Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, the family matriarch, her daughter Toni Tollman, and Brian Brennan. The ambience reminds us of a super-luxurious country house hotel. No costs were spared in outfitting it with silk wall coverings, lavish furnishings, and a compelling and beautifully curated art collection (don't miss the contrasting green Murano chandelier or the fabulous waterfall that encircles the glass lift).

Also unforgettable on S.S. Catherine is the Bar du Leopard. Taking multi-functional to a new level, the lounge serves as the ship's secondary eatery, dance venue and chill-out space. It is clubby and yet also funky, thanks to the leopard-print fabrics, elephant-head bar rails and other safari-themed fixtures.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Bar du Leopard is its glassed-in swimming pool. Because low-slung bridges on the Rhone River limit sun deck features, S.S. Catherine's pool has been spared nothing, and the result is a gorgeous space. In keeping with the lounge's jungle theme, it has a lush, garden-esque mosaic tile mural.

Other public areas include the lavish and sprawling Van Gogh Lounge, which is the primary gathering space onboard; there's a bar and tables both inside and outdoors. Enrichment and other entertainment activities take place in the lounge. There's also the Matisse Terrace, the ship's top deck sun lounge that has chess and shuffleboard in addition to comfortably padded chaise loungers.

S.S. Catherine has a gift shop that incorporates a 24-hour coffee station and café tables, serving as an additional place to gather. There's free Wi-Fi and a well-stocked laundry room with complimentary washers and dryers.

The shore excursion offerings are also superb and varied. On a typical seven-night Burgundy/Provence cruise, tour options will either allow you to see a port's marquee attraction – or, for those who are veteran travellers – visit something more offbeat. Uniworld's Go Active program emphasizes use of the ship's bicycles and Nordic walking sticks (which are also available to all passengers, free of charge, when not in use for tours) as well as hiking and kayaking (for passengers who prefer to move more slowly, there's also complimentary Gentle Walking Tours). Uniworld's Do As The Locals Do tours, typically offered at an extra charge, include activities such as a guided visit of Lyon's world-famous food market.

The Cezanne Restaurant is forward on the Avignon Deck and is the main dining venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two options: A lavish buffet with stations for hot food and cold salads (or, at breakfast, eggs prepared to order and yogurts, fruits and pastries) and also a menu for à la carte fare. At dinner, the restaurant is menu service only. The cuisine onboard is continental, with a contemporary flair.

Uniworld also considers creature comforts as important as design. Cabins, in particular, are reminiscent of top-notch hotels, with custom-made Savoir of London beds, fabric-covered walls, and marble bathrooms with heated floors and towel racks, and really roomy showers.

The 80 cabins, in eight categories, are situated on three decks. The majority of staterooms measure between 162 and 194 square feet. There are five suites forward on the upper Camargue Deck that measure 305 square feet. The Royal Suite, on the same deck, measures 410 square feet. The largest suite has a separate living room and a bathroom with a rain shower and bathtub.

All the suites and Category One cabins, also on the upper deck, have balconies. The two Category Two staterooms here have French balconies. Cabins on the middle Avignon Deck feature French balconies. The 13 cabins on the lower Saint Remy Deck, which include one single cabin, have fixed windows.

Standard cabin amenities include a marble bathroom with Asprey products, towel warmer, bathrobe and slippers, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV and complimentary bottled water. Additional amenities in each suite include butler service, room service breakfast, daily fruit and cookie plates and evening canapes, DVD player, iPod dock, tea- and coffeemaker, refrigerator, bottle of wine on arrival and free laundry service.

Camargue Deck
Avignon Deck
Saint Remy Deck

Best for...

Affluent travellers who enjoy a touch of opulence with their luxury.

Not the best for...

Young families, passengers with mobility issues and anyone who prefers subtle elegance over opulence.

Who goes on Uniworld cruise ships?

Uniworld attracts affluent, sophisticated travellers. The bulk of passengers fall into the traditional 60-plus river cruise age group, but a good sprinkling of people aged 40 to 60 are also drawn to the stylish onboard ambience. In addition, Uniworld was one of the first lines to offer themed family cruising, and those sailings attract multigenerational groups.


Do I have to dress up on a Uniworld cruise?

Somewhat. Uniworld passengers run to smart-casual by day, but at night they almost always opt for dressier outfits, especially at the captain's welcome and farewell festivities. For those meals, as well as select dining ashore or concert options, the line suggests men bring a sports jacket and women, a cocktail dress or pantsuit. With that said, Uniworld only asks that cruisers not wear shorts to dinner.


Is everything free on Uniworld cruises?

No, but the experience is fairly inclusive with some differences depending on the itinerary. In general, unlimited drinks, most shore excursions, Wi-Fi and gratuities (onboard and on shore) are all included in the cruise fare. Access to onboard bikes and a self-service launderette are also complimentary. You will pay extra for some shore excursions, as well as spa and beauty treatments.


What are Uniworld's most popular activities?

The ports of call draw passengers off the ship for much of the day and when they return onboard, they tend to spend quite a lot of time in the public rooms socializing. The indoor and outdoor pools attract more passengers than usual on river cruises, and the gym and spa facilities get plenty of use. Whenever offered, passengers gather for onboard programs, such as wine tastings, culinary classes and local group performance of traditional regional arts. Speakers from the line's Signature Lecture Series also usually draw a crowd. Dancing in the evening can prove popular depending on the passenger mix.


Dining

  • 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

Excursions

  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Let's Go” and “Village Day” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the striking S.S. Catherine
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Experiences

  • 1 country: France
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

No-Fly River Cruises

No-Fly River Cruises with Uniworld

Uniworld want to make a luxury cruise as easily accessible as possible. You can now access a large range of our European itineraries via Eurostar. Begin your journey from London St Pancras or Ashford and travel directly into the heart of Europe’s best cities.

Prices based on:

Classic
Classic

  • Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (162 sq ft - 15 sq m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, safe, direct-dial telephone and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Cabin Grade Fly Cruise
CLASSIC £4,251 pp

French Balcony
French Balcony

  • Lavishly appointed river view stateroom (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, safe, direct-dial telephone and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Cabin Grade Fly Cruise
FRNCH £5,291 pp
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