Boutique French River Cruise

Uniworld River Cruise

Our Best Offer Ever is back by popular demand, with savings of up to 30% on select 2018 voyages. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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AAA member benefits

  • Complimentary one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast and scheduled transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Uniworld ship
  • OR a $150 per person shipboard credit

 

Inclusions

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 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
  • 6 days of excursions, including CHOICE IS YOURS options, all fully-hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided GO ACTIVE, DO AS THE LOCALS DO,  VILLAGE DAY, and GENTLE WALKING programs
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

 

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River
  • Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting
  • Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, and Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit

 

ITINERARY

Day One: Avignon (Embark)   

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 Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship docked in Avignon.

 

Day Two: Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today – Arles or Tarascon – each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles inspired Van Gogh to create over 200 paintings – including “Sunflowers” and “The Yellow House” – in just 15 months. The town has existed since the 6th 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. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon, which boasts a spectacular castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon.  Its many medieval sites also include a 12th century church. No matter which of these friendly Mediterranean towns you visit, you’re sure to enjoy your stay basking in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight.

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

CHOICE IS YOURS Excursion options: Arles walking discovery tour or Tarascon walking discovery tour

 

Day Three: 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 mighty Palace of the Popes and much more today, and you’ll have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Avignon is also home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon.” 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.

Included: Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

CHOICE IS YOURS Excursion options: Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard

 

Day Four: Viviers   

Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers with encounters that really reveal the heart and soul of the French people, their culture, and their traditions. No matter whom you get to know – a pottery maker, a dance teacher, a local homeowner – you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience 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 – with 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 and the laity in the lower part. Your exploration will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

CHOICE IS YOURS Excursion: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

 

Day Five: 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 have a chance to taste the local specialty: wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.

CHOICE IS YOURS Excursion options: Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting

 

Day Six: 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.  Explore two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Admire 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. Experience 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 the 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.

CHOICE IS YOURS Excursion options: Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon walking tour, Exclusive silk weavers walking tour, or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour

 

Day Seven: 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 is your gateway to Beaune.

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

CHOICE IS YOURS Excursion options: Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, and Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit

 

Day Eight: Lyon (Disembark)   

Disembark the ship.

 

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Our Best Offer Ever is valid for new, individual bookings on select 2018 itineraries and departure dates made between 11/6/2017 and 3/31/2018. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. All fares and savings listed are in US Dollars. Fares featured are for cruise or cruise/tour only, per person (unless otherwise noted) based on double occupancy. Rates for single guests are available upon request. Maximum savings featured are per cabin, based on double occupancy for travel in a Category 1 stateroom aboard River Queen, on the 8/10/2018 departure of Legendary Rhine. Rates and savings vary by itinerary, departure date, and category of accommodations. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or program, except River Heritage Club savings/benefits. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply.

*Combinable with AAA Member Benefit and other Uniworld promotions, excluding all air offers. AAA Vacations® amenities are applicable to select 2018 itineraries and departure dates only, subject to availability. If the AAA Vacations® amenities are forfeited, no cash reimbursement will be given. Other restrictions may apply. Uniworld reserves the right to withdraw or change the offers at any time. For complete details, general information, and terms and conditions applicable to all Uniworld trips, please contact your AAA motor club and/or AAA travel agency.The $125 per person AAA Member Benefit Savings is based on an 8- to 13-day itinerary length. The $250 per person AAA Member Benefit is based on 14-day or more itinerary length.