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Grand France
From
US$5,299 Per Person
 

Enjoy the culture, history, cuisine, and romance of France for 15 days with our Grand France cruise and visit the some of the most beautiful regions of the country.

  • Country / Region
    France / Paris & Provence
  • Duration
    15 Days/14 Nights
From
US$5,299 Per Person
 

Enjoy the culture, history, cuisine, and romance of France for 15 days with our Grand France cruise and visit the some of the most beautiful regions of the country.

  • Country / Region
    France / Paris & Provence
  • Duration
    15 Days/14 Nights
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation in a riverview stateroomDrinksDrinks Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water ExcursionsExcursions Excursions including tour options with a local tour guideItineraryItinerary 14-night cruise between Paris and AvignonMealsMeals All meals onboard including welcome and farewell gala dinnersTransfersTransfers Transfers on arrival and departure daysInclusionInclusion Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticksInclusionInclusion Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Summary

Experience an unforgettable river cruise from Paris to Avignon. On board S.S. Joie de Vivre and S.S. Catherine, this 15-day cruise will take you to the stylish city of Paris, the history-drenched Normandy to the breathtaking hilltop villages of Provence and vineyard-rich Burgundy.


For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine, and romance of France, this grand voyage provides them all. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world. You’ll experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon in-depth shore excursions. Walk through Monet’s beloved gardens in Giverny, kayak under the arches of the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard outside Avignon, enjoy a recital of baroque favorites in a 12th-century cathedral in charming Viviers, and visit the famous Les Halles food market in lively Lyon. From the beaches of Normandy to the verve and romance of Paris, rich vineyard country to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, this itinerary in France is truly nonpareil.


The Grand France cruise is a combination of Paris & Normandy and Burgundy & Provence cruises.


Inclusions

  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on board S.S. Joie de Vivre and S.S. Catherine
  • 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" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients - 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
  • 2 Captain's welcome and 2 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
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • First class TGV train between Paris and Lyon
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

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Dates & Prices 

2019 Departure Dates

Avignon to Paris

Departure Date Classic French Balcony Suite Grand Suite
March 24 $5,299 $6,999 $11,999 $16,199
April 6 $5,999 $7,699 $12,699 $16,899
April 21 $7,099 $8,799 $13,799 $17,999
May 5 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
May 19 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
June 30 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
July 14 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
July 28 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
August 11 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
August 25 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
September $7,999 $9,699 $14,699 $18,899

Paris to Avignon

Departure Date Classic French Balcony Suite Grand Suite
March 24 $5,299 $6,999 $11,999 $16,199
April 7 $5,999 $7,699 $12,699 $16,899
April 21 $7,299 $8,999 $13,999 $18,199
May 5 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
May 19 $7,999 $9,699 $14,699 $18,899
June 16 $7,999 $9,699 $14,699 $18,899
June 30 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
July 14 $7,999 $9,699 $14,699 $18,899
July 28 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
August 11 $7,599 $9,299 $14,299 $18,499
September 22 $7,999 $9,699 $14,699 $18,899
October 6 $7,499 $9,199 $14,199 $18,399
  • All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $340 per person.
Itinerary 

Avignon to Paris

Day 1, Avignon
Arrive at Marseille International 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 representative and 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:

  • Mediterranean Arles walking discovery tour
  • Tarascon walking discovery 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 Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit.

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 “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting or Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll 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
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, Lyon - Paris
Disembark the striking S.S. Catherine and transfer to Paris via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, waits to carry you along the Seine on the next leg of your adventure.

Day 9, La Roche-Guyon, Vernon Giverny
Today is a celebration of Northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid chateau and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Chateau La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet—the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Or, take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Choice of Monet’s gardens at Giverny or “Let's Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner will be prepared for you.

Day 10, Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies’ D-Day invasion, a day that comes vividly to life today on an excursion to the beaches of 1944. Immerse yourself in the tactics, desperate courage and horrendous human cost of the 1944 Allied invasion of France, the first step in the ultimately victorious land campaign against the Third Reich. It began here, on these Norman beaches.

Featured Excursion:
Omaha Beach and Normandy American Cemetery

Day 11, Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)
Golfing? On a river cruise? This delightfully unexpected excursion—a Uniworld exclusive—features a dramatic links course set atop Normandy’s Alabaster Coast at the windy cliffs of Étretat .In a word, magnifique. Not into golf? Stroll through the beautiful Calvados countryside to seaside Honfleur, captured on canvas by generations of artists.

Choice of Honfleur walking discovery tour or Exclusive “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat.

Day 12, Rouen
Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking to spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied— Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

Featured Excursion: Capital of the dukes of Normandy

Day 13, Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Marie Antoinette’s hamlet to find out.

Choice of Palace of Versailles secret apartments or "Let's Go" biking Versailles Gardens and the Queen's Hamlet

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

Day 14, Paris
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, or join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods.

Choice of Paris city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour.

Day 15, Paris
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 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.


Paris to Avignon

Day 1, Paris
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2, La Roche-Guyon, Vernon Giverny
Today is a celebration of Northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid chateau and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Chateau La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet—the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Or, take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Choice of Monet’s gardens at Giverny or “Let's Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Day 3, Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies’ D-Day invasion, a day that comes vividly to life today on an excursion to the beaches of 1944. Immerse yourself in the tactics, desperate courage and
horrendous human cost of the 1944 Allied invasion of France, the first step in the ultimately victorious land campaign against the Third Reich. It began here, on these Norman beaches.

Featured Excursion: Omaha Beach and Normandy American Cemetery

Day 4, Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)
Golfing? On a river cruise? This delightfully unexpected excursion—a Uniworld exclusive—features a dramatic links course set atop Normandy’s Alabaster Coast at the windy cliffs of Étretat .In a word, magnifique. Not into golf? Stroll through the beautiful Calvados countryside to seaside Honfleur, captured on canvas by generations of artists.

Choice of Honfleur walking discovery tour or Exclusive “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat.

Day 5, Rouen
Walk in the footsteps of greatness in Normandy’s medieval capital, a city with a historic quarter that remains amazingly intact. From the cathedral Monet painted dozens of times to the cross marking to spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times. The roll call of famous people who lived or died in Rouen is long and varied— Richard the Lionheart, Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Claude Monet are among them.

Featured Excursion: Capital of the dukes of Normandy

Day 6, Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Marie Antoinette’s hamlet to find out.

Choice of Palace of Versailles secret apartments or "Let's Go" biking Versailles Gardens and the Queen's Hamlet.

Day 7, Paris
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the “City of Light” or you’ve been here many times before, there’s something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, or join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods.

Choice of Paris city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour

Day 8, Paris - Lyon
You’ll transfer from the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre cruise ship in Paris to the striking S.S. Catherine in Lyon via high-speed, first-class TGV train for the second half of this fabulous grand tour. Once you’ve settled into your new home, you’ll have some time to explore delightful Lyon, which is nestled alongside the Saône River.

Day 9, Macon
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.

Day 10, 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

Day 11, 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 12, 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 13, 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 14, 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 15, Avignon
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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