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Ultimate France (Avignon to Bordeaux) 2020

Ultimate France (Avignon to Bordeaux) 2020

Operator: Uniworld
Ship: SS Joie de Vivre
Starts: Avignon, France on Sun, Sep 27, 2020
Ends: Bordeaux, France on Sun, Oct 18, 2020

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

France

Rivers Visited

Garonne, Gironde, Rhone, Seine

River Cruise Itinerary

The perfect journey for travelers seeking the crème de la crème of France. This triumvirate of France brings you the very best of each region—Paris and the Normandy coast in the north, vineyard-rich Bordeaux in the southwest and the sun-drenched Mediterranean delights of Burgundy and Provence. You’ll tour glamorous capital cities in leisure and style, explore ancient villages still unspoiled by modern life and walk in the footsteps of famous artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. With Uniworld’s extraordinary excursions, you’ll visit the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, taste incomparable wines in Bordeaux, stroll the charming medieval lanes of Viviers and peruse the famed farmers’ market in Lyon before seeing the city spectacularly illuminated at night. All the while, savor the renowned wines and cooking traditions that have made French cuisine the most revered in the world. Who will enjoy this cruise? Those who want to experience all that France has to offer, from decadent food and wine to breathtaking scenery and world-famous art and architecture. Ultimate France is a combination of Paris & Normandy, Brilliant Bordeaux and Burgundy & Provence.

Day 1 (Sun, Sep 27, 2020): 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.
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 (Mon, Sep 28, 2020): 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue, Sep 29, 2020): Tarascon (Arles)

Explore a sun-drenched Provençal town today with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there. 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed, Sep 30, 2020): Viviers

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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu, Oct 01, 2020): Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage), Lyon

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Tournon may be a small town, but stirring events took place here: A castle was raised on the hilltop in the 10th century to protect the region, and new fortifications were added over the centuries, including two “new” towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century. You’ll see the handsome houses constructed by wealthy merchants and garrison officers when you walk through the Rue de Doux area, and you’ll pass the 14th-century church and the oldest secondary school in France.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri, Oct 02, 2020): 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 bike ride—a great way to see the sights.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat, Oct 03, 2020): 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun, Oct 04, 2020): Lyon (Disembark), Transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)

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 (Mon, Oct 05, 2020): La Roche-Guyon, Vernon, Giverny

Today is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château 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 Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Tue, Oct 06, 2020): 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 the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. 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.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 (Wed, Oct 07, 2020): Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Thu, Oct 08, 2020): Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Fri, Oct 09, 2020): Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Sat, Oct 10, 2020): 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, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 (Sun, Oct 11, 2020): Paris (Disembark), Transfer to Bordeaux via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)

Disembark the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre and transfer to Bordeaux via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage, is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city. If time allows, why not stroll to the nearby food markets or take the tram to the popular Saint-Michel flea market, which is just a few stops away?Note: Ship schedule and order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Tour to port of destination by motorcoach and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to the impact of water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 (Mon, Oct 12, 2020): Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde

The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another. Once you arrive, you’ll find your center with a unique and expertly led yoga session in the heart of this historic fortress, a UNESCO-designated citadel that once protected Bordeaux from attacks by sea.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 (Tue, Oct 13, 2020): Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la Fayette

The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive through the storied Médoc wine route, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, the Atlantic coast and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 (Wed, Oct 14, 2020): Cadillac, Libourne

The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for your time in Cadillac, known for its deliciously flavored dessert wines. Visit Château Royal de Cazeneuve, site of Henry IV’s and Queen Margot’s tempestuous love. Meet the owner around a glass of Sauternes in the reception hall.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 (Thu, Oct 15, 2020): Libourne (Saint-Émilion)

The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby breathtaking Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 20 (Fri, Oct 16, 2020): Libourne, Bordeaux

France’s rich agricultural tradition is the heart and soul of the region’s exquisite cuisine—and what better way to get a taste for the freshest vegetables, cheeses, breads and fruits than with a visit to Libourne’s lively farmers’ market?
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 (Sat, Oct 17, 2020): Bordeaux

Discover Bordeaux’s many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels—the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming backstreets. You have a wonderful selection of active opportunities to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22 (Sun, Oct 18, 2020): Bordeaux (Disembark)

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 Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport for your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for Uniworld

Uniworld approaches every cruise with that same thorough diligence. Stringent security and sanitation protocols onboard our ships are nothing new to us. They not only remain top priorities but are being escalated as we face the current challenge. As more information is provided from Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Uniworld will look to adopt their health and safety recommendations and continue to update for your added peace of mind.

SAFETY & SECURITY PROTOCOLS

  • All outside doors and access to the interior of the ships are locked when docked. Only registered guests can access the ship using a key card.
  • All guests and luggage are verified against the manifest at check-in.
  • Guests have 24/7 access to the front desk.
  • Key card scanners with facial recognition are utilized at the gangway.
  • Cameras are present at the entrance of the ship and in public areas, and are monitored by the reception staff.
  • Trained security staff are posted at the gangway 24 hours a day.
  • Ships are patrolled by trained staff 24/7.
  • All deliveries are thoroughly inspected before being brought onboard.

HEALTH & SANITATION PROTOCOLS

PLEASE NOTE: While Uniworld believes these protocols to be the appropriate steps in protecting the wellbeing of guests and crew, they will continue to evaluate and make changes if they are deemed to be ineffective or if they negatively impact the wellbeing of guests and crew. Uniworld is actively reviewing additional health and sanitation steps and will add them to these protocols upon approval.

GENERAL MEASURES:

  • All guests must complete a health screening prior to embarkation.
  • Gloves, face masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer will be readily available for each guest.
  • All guests and crew are required to sanitize their hands when entering public spaces, when coming back onboard the ship each day, and before each meal.
  • Housekeeping staff disinfect all public area touch points and hot spots throughout the day, including all handrails and door handles.
  • Fruits, cookies, chips, nuts, candies or other treats are now served to individual guests by the crew only. These treats are no longer available for self-service.
  • Disinfected wipes are available throughout the ship, including at coffee stations and in the public toilets.
  • Any onboard payments are processed using a contactless payment method and credit card machines will be wiped after each pin entry.
  • All coffee table books, magazines and brochures have been removed from public use. Guests will be able to access these reading materials via their complimentary PressReader app on their mobile devices.
  • Crew wash their hands frequently when handling guest luggage. Disembarkation luggage is kept separate from embarkation luggage to avoid cross-contamination.

ONBOARD DINING:

  • All meals are now served by culinary and waitstaff, with no self-service allowed during buffets.
  • All restaurant dining now has reserved seating, with guests at the same table, with the same people, each day.
  • To limit the total number of guests in a restaurant at a time, they have introduced two seating times for each meal.
  • Items that are usually shared, like bread and butter, are now served to each person individually.
  • All touch points, like chairs and salt and pepper shakers, are immediately disinfected after each seating.

STATEROOMS & SUITES:

  • All staterooms and suites are thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis.
  • All air-conditioning filters are cleaned and disinfected on each embarkation day before rooming takes place.
  • Umbrellas are now only available in rooms for individual use, with no shared umbrella stands in public areas.
  • In-room chocolate candy bowls are replaced at the end/beginning of each cruise.

EXCURSIONS:

  • All buses are cleaned and wiped with disinfectant before each use.
  • Face masks are also available on the buses, in addition to the staterooms.
  • Vox boxes are sanitized prior to embarkation and after each excursion.

CREW:

  • All crew receives professional health and hygiene training (HACCP) by an external consultant before each ship begins its sailing season, including training on how to look for symptoms.
  • All crew strictly adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • All crew undergo regular health screenings and are quarantined immediately if symptoms are present.
  • Hand sanitizer is readably available and mandated for use in all crew areas.
  • Crew quarters, public and private, are sanitized regularly.
  • All crew meals are served, with no self-service allowed.

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Ship Information

SS Joie de Vivre


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Questions & Answers

Question: Will the day-by-day itinerary change?

Yes, the river cruise itineraries may change due to reasons such as inclement weather or unforeseen events. Your safety is the number one concern aboard and all precautions necessary will be taken in order to ensure passenger safety, including changing itineraries. Please note that when itineraries do change, the ship staff will do their best to substitute any missed port with an alternative destination.

Question: In what language is the river cruise conducted?

The river cruise will be conducted in English only.


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