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Burgundy and Provence

7-Night Cruise from Avignon to Lyon (or reverse)

tulip time cruise

UNI Burgundy and Provence
2017 & 2018 Departure Dates & Pricing

Avignon to Lyon (or reverse) - 8 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Avignon to Lyon

Skip to Lyon to Avignon itinerary

Day 1: Avignon (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Marseille International Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Avignon. (D)

Day 2: Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking tour -or- Tarascon walking tour

Enchanted by the light and the vivid colors of Provence, Vincent van Gogh produced more than 300 paintings and drawings in just 15 months, including Starry Night. During your walking tour, discover Van Gogh’s Arles, as well as a wealth of fascinating Roman monuments, among them the Amphitheater and the Baths of Constantine, which were built in the fourth century for the emperor’s personal use. Or opt instead to explore the historic heart of Tarascon, with its charming Provençal architecture, medieval church, and beautifully preserved Renaissance palace. If you’re entranced by Provence’s distinctive printed fabrics, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about them at the Souleiado Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala dinner. (BB, L, WD)

Day 3: Avignon

Featured Excursions: Choice of Avignon walking tour and Palace of the Popes - or- exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” walking tour -or- exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River (kayak ride available only for May-September departure dates)

Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brims with history, culture, art, and life, and you will capture all of that on your walking tour of the “City of the Popes.” Start at the Medieval ramparts and continue to Clock Tower Square, where colorful café terraces face the magnificent City Hall, the Opera Theatre, and the classic mansions. Then it’s on to Popes’ Palace Square for an inside view of the maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels that make up the grand Palace of the Popes, where seven fourteenth-century popes resided during a turbulent period in church history. Or opt instead to discover Avignon’s picturesque hidden alleys and secret squares on an exclusive guided tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Alternatively, spend a fun and relaxing afternoon paddling the clear, tranquil waters of the Gordon River. You’ll paddle from Collias to Remoulins, gliding under the arches of the 2,000-year-old UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard. (BB, L, D)

NOTE: The kayak ride on the Gardone River is only available for May-September departure dates.

Day 4: Viviers

Featured Excursion: Exclusive “Intimate Viviers through music” tour

Lovely Viviers, which developed around its 12th- century cathedral, retains much of its historic charm. Founded in the fifth century, Viviers was once an important regional capital; stone houses, dating to the Middle Ages, still line the tiny lanes. You’ll walk through its charming Old Town, seeing a mix of medieval and Renaissance structures, including the Maison des Chevaliers (House of Knights), before climbing Rue du Château to reach St. Vincent Cathedral. After enjoying the stunning views, you’ll be welcomed into the 12th-century cathedral for a lovely recital of music composed by Puccini, Bach, and Handel. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Tournon (Tain l'Hermitage)

Featured Excursion: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage “Village Day” with wine tasting -or- Hermitage Vineyards walking tour with wine tasting, and exclusive Lyon “Illuminations” tour

Nestled among famous vineyards, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for true connoisseurs of wine. Visit Tournon and its historic castle, then cross the Marc Seguin suspension bridge and indulge in some midvalley Côtes du Rhône wines from the Hermitage, a wine-growing district credentialed by Louis XIV. Or, if you’re feeling particularly active, you can visit the Hermitage vineyards. Spectacular views await, as do delicious wines and delectable treats. This evening, see Lyon by night on a stunning “Illuminations” tour—unravel the secrets and scandals of the past, all while admiring the beautifully lit cityscape. (BB, L, D)

Day 6: Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour -or- exclusive Silk Weavers walking tour -or- exclusive guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Rhone River banks

Lyon is France’s lively and creative capital of gastronomy. Today you’ll stroll Les Halles, Lyon’s world-famous food market, like a local, taking in the 59 elaborate food stalls, bars, and restaurants. Enjoy the hum and thrum of this culinary mecca. Or, you can visit the city’s old Quartier St. Jean, as you follow in the steps of the great silk weavers. You’ll see spectacular examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the Cour des Loges and La Tour Rose, before meeting with a modern-day silk weaver who will demonstrate his or her stunning craft on a Jacquard loom. Alternately, if you’re feeling active, you can take a bike ride along the peninsula, a strip of land with the Saône on one side and the Rhône on the other.   This outing gives you a little taste of what is like to live in Lyon, as well as a little exercise.  (BB, L, FD)

Day 7: Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Beaune, Hospices de Beaune, and open-air food market visit

Located in the heart of Burgundy, Chalon sur Saône is an important center of the French wine trade. Burgundy’s wines are celebrated all over the world; in fact, the wines of this region, along with those of Bordeaux, are the reason France is famous for its wine. You will journey to nearby Beaune to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, a charitable hospital founded by the Chancellor of Beaune in 1443. Marvel at the multicolored tile roofs of this architectural jewel, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy. The hospice monks were given some vineyards in the 15th century so they could make wine to auction in order to help support their charities, and to this day the tradition continues. You’ll find plenty of local delicacies at the open-air market: Burgundian and Jura cheeses, heirloom vegetables, honey, sausages. The stalls spread out from the covered market into the pedestrian streets around the hospice. (BB, D)

Note: The open-air food market visit will take place in Arles on the reverse direction cruise (Lyon to Avignon).

Day 8: Depart Lyon (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport for your return flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to Paris, the “City of Light.” (CB/B)

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Detailed Itinerary: Lyon to Avignon

Skip to Avignon to Lyon itinerary

Day 1: Lyon (Embarkation Day)

Arrive at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship docked in Lyon. (D)

Day 2: Macon (Beaune)

FEATURED EXCURSION: Beaune, Hospices de Beaune

Located in the heart of Burgundy, Chalon sur Saône is an important center of the French wine trade. Burgundy’s wines are celebrated all over the world; in fact, the wines of this region, along with those of Bordeaux, are the reason France is famous for its wine. You will journey to nearby Beaune to visit the famous Hospices de Beaune, a charitable hospital; the hospice monks have been making wine for auction (in order to support their charities) since the 15th century. You can marvel at the hospital’s magnificent multicolored tile roof before exploring the bounteous market stalls. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.(BB, D)

Day 3: Lyon

FEATURED EXCURSIONS:Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour -or- exclusive Silk Weavers walking tour -or- exclusive guided "Go Active" bike tour of the Lyon Peninsula, and exclusive Lyon "Illuminations" tour

Lyon is France’s lively and creative capital of gastronomy. Today you’ll stroll Les Halles, Lyon’s world-famous food market, like a local, taking in the 59 elaborate food stalls, bars, and restaurants. Enjoy the hum and thrum of this culinary mecca. Or, you can visit the city’s old Quartier St. Jean, as you follow in the steps of the great silk weavers. You’ll see spectacular examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the Cour des Loges and La Tour Rose, before meeting with a modern-day silk weaver who will demonstrate his or her stunning craft on a Jacquard loom. Alternately, if you’re feeling active, you can take a bike ride along the peninsula, a strip of land with the Saône on one side and the Rhône on the other. This evening, see Lyon by night on a stunning “Illuminations” tour—unravel the secrets and scandals of the past, all while admiring the beautifully lit cityscape. (BB, L, FD)

Day 4: Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage

Featured Excursion: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage “Village Day” with wine tasting -or- Hermitage Vineyards walking tour with wine tasting

Nestled among famous vineyards, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for true connoisseurs of wine. Visit Tournon and its historic castle, then cross the Marc Seguin suspension bridge and indulge in some midvalley Côtes du Rhône wines from the Hermitage, a wine-growing district credentialed by Louis XIV. Or, if you’re feeling particularly active, you can visit the Hermitage vineyards. Spectacular views await, as do delicious wines and delectable treats. (BB, L, D)

Day 5: Viviers, Avignon

Featured Excursion:Exclusive “Intimate Viviers through music” tour 

Lovely Viviers, which developed around its 12th- century cathedral, retains much of its historic charm. Founded in the fifth century, Viviers was once an important regional capital; stone houses, dating to the Middle Ages, still line the tiny lanes. You’ll walk through its charming Old Town, seeing a mix of medieval and Renaissance structures, including the Maison des Chevaliers (House of Knights), before climbing Rue du Château to reach St. Vincent Cathedral. After enjoying the stunning views, you’ll be welcomed into the 12th-century cathedral for a lovely recital of music composed by Puccini, Bach, and Handel. (BB, L, D)

Day 6: Avignon

Featured Excursions:Choice of Avignon walking tour and Palace of the Popes or exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking tour -or- exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River 

Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brims with history, culture, art, and life, as you’ll see on your walking tour of the “City of the Popes.” Start at the medieval ramparts and continue to Clock Tower Square, where colorful café terraces face the magnificent City Hall, the Opera Theatre, and classic mansions. Then it’s on to Popes’ Palace Square for an inside view of the maze of galleries, chambers, and chapels that make up the grand Palace of the Popes, where seven fourteenth-century popes resided during a turbulent period in church history. Or opt instead to discover Avignon’s picturesque hidden alleys and secret squares on an exclusive guided tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Alternatively, spend a fun and relaxing afternoon paddling the clear, tranquil waters of the Gardon River. You’ll paddle from Collias to Remoulins, gliding under the arches of the two-thousand-year- old UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard.   In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala dinner. (BB, L, D)

Note: Kayak ride available only for May-September departure dates.

Day 7: Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Arles walking tour with food market visit -or- Tarascon walking tour 

Enchanted by the light and the vivid colors of Provence, Vincent van Gogh produced more than 300 paintings and drawings in just 15 months, including Starry Night. During your walking tour, discover Van Gogh’s Arles, as well as a wealth of fascinating Roman monuments, among them the Amphitheater and the Baths of Constantine, which were built in the fourth century for the emperor’s personal use. Then visit the food market, and you’ll find plenty of local delicacies, including Burgundian and Jura cheeses, heirloom vegetables, honey, and sausages. Or opt instead to explore the historic heart of Tarascon, with its charming Provençal architecture, medieval church, and beautifully preserved Renaissance palace. If you’re entranced by Provence’s distinctive printed fabrics, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about them at the Souleiado Museum. (BB, L, WD)

Day 8: Avignon (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your return flight home. (CB/BB)

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.

2017 & 2018 Departures Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Avignon
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/ fixed window

Category 4 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Category 3 - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ french balcony
Category 2 - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category 1 - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Royal Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Mar 26, 2017
$3,149
$3,599
$4,499
$4,799
$5,399
$6,999
$9,099
Apr 9, 2017
$3,449
$3,899
$4,799
$5,099
$5,699
$7,299
$9,399
Apr 23, 2017
$4,149
$4,599
$5,499
$5,799
$6,399
$7,999
$10,099
May 7,2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
May 21, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Jun 4, 2017
$4,649
$5,099
$5,999
$6,299
$6,899
$8,499
$10,599
Jun 18, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Jul 16,2017
$4,449
$4,899
$5,799
$6,099
$6,699
$8,299
$10,399
Jul 30, 2017
$4,349
$4,799
$5,699
$5,999
$6,599
$8,199
$10,299
Aug 13, 2017
$4,349
$4,799
$5,699
$5,999
$6,599
$8,199
$10,299
Aug 27, 2017
$4,649
$5,099
$5,999
$6,299
$6,899
$8,499
$10,599
Sep 10, 2017
$4,749
$5,199
$6,099
$6,399
$6,999
$8,599
$10,699
Sep 24, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Oct 8, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Oct 22, 2017
$4,049
$4,499
$5,399
$5,699
$6,299
$7,899
$9,999
Nov 5, 2017
$3,449
$3,899
$4,799
$5,099
$5,699
$7,299
$9,399
2018 Departures
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/ fixed window

Category 4 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Category 3 - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ french balcony
Category 2 - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category 1 - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Royal Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Mar 25, 2018
$2,799
$2,899
$3,699
$3,899
$4,299
$6,199
$8,299
Apr 8, 2018
$2,799
$2,899
$3,699
$3,899
$4,299
$6,199
$8,299
Ap 22, 2018
$3,399
$3,499
$4,299
$4,499
$4,899
$6,799
$8,899
May 6, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
May 20, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jun 3, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jun 17, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jul 1, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jul 15, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jul 29, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Aug 12, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Aug 26, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Sep 9, 2018
$4,199
$4,299
$5,099
$5,299
$5,699
$7,599
$9,699
Sep 23, 2018
$4,199
$4,299
$5,099
$5,299
$5,699
$7,599
$9,699
Oct 7, 2018
$4,199
$4,299
$5,099
$5,299
$5,699
$7,599
$9,699
Oct 21, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Nov 4, 2018
$2,799
$2,899
$3,699
$3,899
$4,299
$6,199
$8,299
From Lyon
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/ fixed window

Category 4 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Category 3 - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ french balcony
Category 2 - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category 1 - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Royal Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Mar 19, 2017
$2,949
$3,399
$4,299
$4,599
$5,199
$6,799
$8,899
Apr 2, 2017
$3,249
$3,699
$4,599
$4,899
$5,499
$7,099
$9,199
Apr 16, 2017
$3,749
$4,199
$5,099
$5,399
$5,999
$7,599
$9,699
Apr 30, 2017
$4,449
$4,899
$5,799
$6,099
$6,699
$8,299
$10,399
May 28, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Jun 25, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Jul 9, 2017
$4,449
$4,899
$5,799
$6,099
$6,699
$8,299
$10,399
Jul 23, 2017
$4,449
$4,899
$5,799
$6,099
$6,699
$8,299
$10,399
Aug 6, 2017
$4,349
$4,799
$5,699
$5,999
$6,599
$8,199
$10,299
Aug 20, 2017
$4,449
$4,899
$5,799
$6,099
$6,699
$8,299
$10,399
Sep 3, 2017
$4,749
$5,199
$6,099
$6,399
$6,999
$8,599
$10,699
Sep 17, 2017
$4,749
$5,199
$6,099
$6,399
$6,999
$8,599
$10,699
Oct 1, 2017
$4,549
$4,999
$5,899
$6,199
$6,799
$8,399
$10,499
Oct 15, 2017
$4,249
$4,699
$5,599
$5,899
$6,499
$8,099
$10,199
Oct 29, 2017
$3,649
$4,099
$4,999
$5,299
$5,899
$7,499
$9,599
2018 Departures
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category 5 - Lower Deck fwd & aft w/ fixed window

Category 4 - Lower Deck w/ fixed window
Category 3 - Middle Deck fwd & aft w/ french balcony
Category 2 - Middle Deck w/ french balcony
Category 1 - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony
Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Royal Suite - Upper Deck w/ open-air balcony

Mar 18, 2018
$2,799
$2,899
$3,699
$3,899
$4,299
$6,199
$8,299
Apr 1, 2018
$2,799
$2,899
$3,699
$3,899
$4,299
$6,199
$8,299
Apr 15, 2018
$3,399
$3,499
$4,299
$4,499
$4,899
$6,799
$8,899
Apr 29, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
May 13, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
May 27, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jun 10, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jun 24, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jul 8, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Jul 22, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Aug 5, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Aug 19, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Sep 2, 2018
$4,199
$4,299
$5,099
$5,299
$5,699
$7,599
$9,699
Sep 16, 2018
$4,199
$4,299
$5,099
$5,299
$5,699
$7,599
$9,699
Sep 30, 2018
$4,199
$4,299
$5,099
$5,299
$5,699
$7,599
$9,699
Oct 14, 2018
$3,999
$4,099
$4,899
$5,099
$5,499
$7,399
$9,499
Oct 28, 2018
$3,399
$3,499
$4,299
$4,499
$4,899
$6,799
$8,899
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
2018 Departures: Port Charges are additional $140 per person.

Prices Include:

▪ 7-night Cruise in selected riverview stateroom 
▪ 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 Dinners
▪ Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
▪ Shore excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options, fully hosted by English- speaking local guides
▪ Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
▪ 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
▪ Services of an experienced Cruise Manager and attentive, all English-speaking staff
▪ State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
▪ Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
▪ Captivating onboard local entertainment
▪ Cultural enrichment, including a Signature lecture: "Vincent Van Gogh's Troubled Destiny"
▪ 24-Hour Room Service (new in 2017)
▪ Concierge services
▪ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services
▪ Free Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
▪ Airport to ship//ship to airport transfers on Embarkation and Disembarkation days. Transfers are subject to transfer guidelines. Please ask for details.
▪ Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure (airfare)
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Port charges (In 2017: Port charges are included in the cruise prices)
▪ Personal expenses
 

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