S.S Catherine sailing in Tain-l'Hermitage
S.S Catherine sailing in Tain-l'Hermitage
S.S Catherine
S.S Catherine
Avignon, France
Avignon, France
Discover the South of France with excursions included in your river cruise tour
Discover the South of France with excursions included in your river cruise tour
Cezeanne Restaurant and Bar du Leopard on S.S Catherine
Cezeanne Restaurant and Bar du Leopard on S.S Catherine
Relax on the indoor pool on board the S.S Catherine
Relax on the indoor pool on board the S.S Catherine
Enjoy butler service when booking suite staterooms. Van Gogh Lounge (left).
Enjoy butler service when booking suite staterooms. Van Gogh Lounge (left).
Deluxe Balcony (left) and French Balcony (right) Stateroom on S.S Catherine
Deluxe Balcony (left) and French Balcony (right) Stateroom on S.S Catherine
Grand Suite Stateroom on S.S Catherine
Grand Suite Stateroom on S.S Catherine

Burgundy and Provence River Cruise

All Inclusive 8 nights from €3,249 per person Including Flights


Southern France has long been a favourite for the romantics, the inspired and the cultural seeking wanders of yesteryear. During your seven nights on this exquisite journey guests will fall in love with the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine whilst discovering its many treasures along the way. From the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively river banks, you will be sailing in utmost luxury and style aboard S.S. Catherine.

S.S. Catherine, continues a proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail. The vessel’s opulent interiors include a two-story lobby with a specially commissioned Murano glass chandelier and multiple dining areas to enjoy.

In terms of your day-to-day excursions, this cruise caters for all interests. Art buffs will be drawn to stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh.  For those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, can kayak on the tranquil Gardon River or maybe hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhône.    Back onboard the aptly named Van Gogh lounge will provide the freshest farm to table dining in this region, with premium all-inclusive dining included throughout. (Uniworld)

We have included a night's stay in Avignon or Lyon before the cruise for an easier arrival.

All excursions are included on this river cruise and they have been curated so that you enjoy truly special experiences, such as…

  • Savour the flavours of Lyon with a local led Gastronomy Tour
  • For the more adventurous travellers enjoy a kayak experience on the Gardon River
  • Marvel in a once in a life time visit to the walled UNESCO fortress town of Avignon.
  • Enjoy delicious meals onboard throughout the cruise, with unlimited beverages and evening entertainment, all fully-inclusive

This itinerary can be enjoyed Avignon to Lyon or reversed.

Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Fly into Marseille airport where you will transfer to Avignon and check into your pre-cruise hotel.

Day 2

Enjoy your morning at leisure before transferring to your ship for ease and stress-free start to your cruise ahead.

Day 3
Tarascon (Arles)

Exploring the South of France couldn’t be better when walking through the beautiful city of Arles in Provence, an inspiration for many Van Gogh paintings and you can certainly see why. With an abundance of Roman architecture, you would think you were in Rome if it wasn’t without the distinguished French shutters and idyllic cobblestone streets stretching along the Rhone River. Enjoy discovering the coastal city charm on your guided walking tour.

Day 4

A truly stunning city with magnificent fortresses, gorgeous rivers and calming ambience. You will have the choice of joining a walking tour including a visit to the Palace of the Popes or seeing the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct. Today’s featured excursion is kayaking on the Gardon River – a truly amazing experience and suitable for all!

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

Day 5

Go back in time to the charming village of Viviers, over 1600 years old, this rustic town built grand architectures and is quintessentially French. Enjoy your day as you walk through Sycamore lined stone streets, learn about the Old Town and visit St. Vincent’s Cathedral. Part of today will be a “Village Day” where you can discover how local potters create their artisan goods. Step into one of two homes—one a mansion, the other more modest; take a dance class; or sample the wares at a popular bar. Don’t feel that you must opt for the bar if you’d like a little refreshment; all visits include an aperitif.

Day 6
Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)

A fabulous treat to visit the villages known for its fine wines Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Although small, the town has a hilltop with a grand castle overlooking the village below built in the 10th century and was reconditioned over the years to protect against Protestant attacks in the 16th century. If your particular sailing is part of the Connoisseur Collection, you’ll get the chance to attend a Wine Brotherhood Ceremony at Château des Seigneurs de Tournon along with a chocolate and wine pairing. If not, you will experience delicious wine tastings in the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage along with a special organ concert or for people wanting to earn their drink, hiking through the world-famous Hermitage terrace vineyards along the Rhone River and be rewarded with an exceptional wine tasting.

Day 7

The heart and soul of French Gastronomy, Lyon is full of buzz, farmers markets and streets upon streets of secret passageways to silk weavers. Embrace the way of the locals as you explore the Lyon Peninsula on a bike tour. If you’re looking for something a little different, how about taking advantage of Lyon’s culinary status and be part of a Gastronomy Tour or participating in a walking tour of silk weavers throughout the city uncovering the historic importance of silk in Lyon.

Day 8
Mâcon (Beaune)

Arrive in Burgundy where things slow down and everyone takes it easy. Beaune is known for its beauty, medieval history and stunning wine. See the recognisable multi-coloured roof tiles of Hospices de Beaune (also known as Hotel-Dieu) founded in the 14th century. After seeing and learning the historic journey the Hospice has taken, stroll through the Old Town with an array local produce where you can purchase and enjoy during your lunch or simply take a seat outside at one of the many French cafes. Your other option is to take a Mâcon walking tour and learn its rich Roman history.

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

Day 9
Lyon (Disembark)

Disembark the ship and be transferred to Lyon airport home

  • Return flights into Marseille airport and out from Lyon airport (or vice versa)
  • Overseas transfers
  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel in arrival airport city
  • Accommodation in French Balcony stateroom onboard S.S Catherine for 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners. All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 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
  • Activities and excursions listed


All luxury staterooms have river views, handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in wardrobes, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-controlled thermostat, phone, and flat-screen TV with infotainment centre, marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, soft bathrobes and slippers.

Classic – Includes slim windows, chair and desk, shower – 162sq ft.
French Balcony – Includes floor to ceiling windows leading to French balcony, coffee table and chairs, desk, shower – 194sq ft
Deluxe Balcony – Includes floor to ceiling windows leading to open-air balcony, coffee table and chairs, desk, shower – 194sq ft
Suite – Uniquely decorated, includes floor to ceiling windows leading to separate open-air balcony, sofa bed, coffee table and chairs, desk, walk in shower, double vanity sink, additional suite amenities – 305sq ft. Max triple occupancy
Grand Suite – Uniquely decorated includes floor to ceiling windows leading to separate open-air balcony, walk-in wardrobe, separate spacious living room, bathroom with double vanity sink, separate rain shower and bath, secluded toilet and bidet area, additional suite amenities - 410sq ft

Additional suite amenities and service including: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; and free laundry service

6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts:

Choice is Yours

  • Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct visit
  • Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with organ concert and wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting
  • Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour or Silk weavers walking tour or “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour
  • Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices or Ma^con walking tour

Featured Excursion
Arles walking tour
"Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River
Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Please note that standard check-in and check-out times will apply regardless of flight schedules or transfer arrangements.

Arrivals: On the day of embarkation, your stateroom will be ready after 3:00 PM. Guests who embark prior to 3:00 PM can wait in one of the public areas onboard. For itineraries beginning at a hotel, your room will be ready after the hotel’s standard check-in time. Uniworld is unable to request early check-ins.

Departures: On the day of disembarkation, you must vacate your stateroom by 8:00 AM. Guests with flights departing later in the day may wait onboard in one of the public areas until 1:00 PM or later, depending on the sailing schedule. For itineraries ending at a hotel, you must vacate your room by the hotel’s standard check-out time. Uniworld is unable to request late check-outs.


Yvonne Knott
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