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Burgundy and Provence

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

tulip time cruise

UNI Burgundy and Provence
2019 & 2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

Avignon to Lyon (or reverse) - 8 days

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Ship - S.S. Catherine

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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.

Day 2: 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: Choice of Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour -or- Tarascon walking tour

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

Day 3: 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 ont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit or Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes

Day 4: 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 5: 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 Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting

Day 6: 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 Lyon capital of Gastronomy tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon silk weavers

Day 7: Macon (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 Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 8: Depart Lyon (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to the Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport for your return flight home.

Departures & Pricing

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.

Day 2: Macon (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: Choice of 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 (Disembarkation Day)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your return flight home.

Departures & Pricing

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.

Departures Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin. Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
From Avignon
Cruise Embarkation Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
May 19, 2019
$4,399
$5,299
$5,799
$7,999
$10,099
Jun 2, 2019
$3,399
$4,299
$4,799
$6,999
$9,099
Jun 16, 2019
$4,399
$5,299
$5,799
$7,999
$10,099
Jun 30, 2019
$4,399
$5,299
$5,799
$7,999
$10,099
Jul 14, 2019
$3,399
$4,299
$4,799
$6,999
$9,099
Jul 28, 2019
$3,399
$4,299
$4,799
$6,999
$9,099
Aug 11, 2019
$4,999
$5,899
$6,399
$8,599
$10,699
Aug 25, 2019
$5,399
$6,299
$6,799
$8,999
$11,099
Sep 8, 2019
$5,099
$5,999
$6,499
$8,699
$10,799
Sep 22, 2019
$4,899
$5,799
$6,299
$8,499
$10,599
Oct 6, 2019
$4,299
$5,199
$5,699
$7,899
$9,999
Oct 20, 2019
$4,699
$5,599
$6,099
$8,299
$10,399
Nov 3, 2019
$3,499
$4,399
$4,899
$7,099
$9,199
Mar 29, 2020
$2,999
$3,899
$4,399
$6,599
$8,699
Apr 12, 2020
$3,599
$4,499
$4,999
$7,199
$9,299
Apr 26, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
May 10, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
May 24, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Jun 7, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Jun 21, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Jul 5, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Aug 2, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Aug 16, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Aug 30, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Sep 13, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Sep 27, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Oct 11, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Oct 25, 2020
$3,599
$4,499
$4,999
$7,199
$9,299
From Lyon
Cruise Embarkation Date
Classic
French Balcony
Deluxe Balcony
Suite
Grand Suite
May 26, 2019
$4,599
$5,499
$5,999
$8,199
$10,299
Jun 23, 2019
$4,799
$5,699
$6,199
$8,399
$10,499
Jul 7, 2019
$3,399
$4,299
$4,799
$6,999
$9,099
Jul 21, 2019
$3,399
$4,299
$4,799
$6,999
$9,099
Aug 4, 2019
$5,699
$6,599
$7,099
$9,299
$11,399
Aug 18, 2019
$4,999
$5,899
$6,399
$8,599
$10,699
Sep 15, 2019
$4,699
$5,599
$6,099
$8,299
$10,399
Sep 29, 2019
$4,699
$5,599
$6,099
$8,299
$10,399
Oct 13, 2019
$4,399
$5,299
$5,799
$7,999
$10,099
Oct 27, 2019
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Mar 22, 2020
$2,999
$3,899
$4,399
$6,599
$8,699
Apr 5, 2020
$2,999
$3,899
$4,399
$6,599
$8,699
Apr 19, 2020
$3,599
$4,499
$4,999
$7,199
$9,299
May 3, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
May 17, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
May 31, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Jun 14, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Jun 28, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Jul 12, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Aug 9, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Aug 23, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Sep 6, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Sep 20, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Oct 4, 2020
$4,499
$5,399
$5,899
$8,099
$10,199
Oct 18, 2020
$4,199
$5,099
$5,599
$7,799
$9,899
Nov 1, 2020
$2,999
$3,899
$4,399
$6,599
$8,699
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please Inquire.
Port Charges: Additional $170 per person (2019 departures); Additional $190 per person (2020 departures).

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 “Let's Go” programs
▪ 4 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
▪ 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
▪ Personal expenses
 

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