A Portrait of Majestic France
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Itinerary
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Day 1
Paris, France

Along the banks of the River Seine, lies one of the world’s most famed and beautiful cities, Paris. The river it sits on defines the very heart of historical Paris. At its centre is the religious and temporal authority of the Île de la Cité. The left bank of the Seine is traditionally the seat of intellectual life and known as Rive Gauche, while the Right Bank contains the city’s economic life. Paris is brimming with history and culture, being the centre of the French Revolution and home to the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre. The centre of Paris holds the most visited monuments in the whole city, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the location for Napoleons tomb, and the incomparable Eiffel Tower.

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Day 2
Vernon, France

Situated along the River Seine, the commune features cobblestone paths, half-timbered houses and notable buildings like the Church of Notre Dame, the Archives Towers, Tourelles Castle and Bizy Castle. The artists Monet and Bonnard once lived in the area and, whilst you can see works by both in the city museum, you can also head to nearby Giverny where Monet lived and worked until his death. Here, you’ll find the famous water gardens he drew inspiration from, which are open for the public to explore.

Vernon’s charm is regularly encountered by those on Seine River cruises and often comes between Rouen and Paris on the itinerary.

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Day 3
Rouen, France

The capital of the region of Normandy, Rouen lies along the River Seine, just 75 miles from its entrance on the English Channel. Rouen is perhaps most famous for being the site of the trial of Joan of Arc. Rouen also boasts a wealth of gothic architecture, which has named it the nickname “city of a hundred spires”. The most notable buildings are the spectacular Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou, which is home to some of the finest wood carvings in France. Until the 19th century, Rouen was also the main seaport in France and is still a pleasure to sail to and from, with a varied and beautiful surrounding scenery, full of cliffs, forests, chateaux and abbeys.

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Day 4
Caudebec-en-Caux, France
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Day 5
Rouen, France

The capital of the region of Normandy, Rouen lies along the River Seine, just 75 miles from its entrance on the English Channel. Rouen is perhaps most famous for being the site of the trial of Joan of Arc. Rouen also boasts a wealth of gothic architecture, which has named it the nickname “city of a hundred spires”. The most notable buildings are the spectacular Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou, which is home to some of the finest wood carvings in France. Until the 19th century, Rouen was also the main seaport in France and is still a pleasure to sail to and from, with a varied and beautiful surrounding scenery, full of cliffs, forests, chateaux and abbeys.

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Day 6
Mantes-la-Jolie, France
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Day 7
Paris, France

Along the banks of the River Seine, lies one of the world’s most famed and beautiful cities, Paris. The river it sits on defines the very heart of historical Paris. At its centre is the religious and temporal authority of the Île de la Cité. The left bank of the Seine is traditionally the seat of intellectual life and known as Rive Gauche, while the Right Bank contains the city’s economic life. Paris is brimming with history and culture, being the centre of the French Revolution and home to the most visited museum in the world, the Louvre. The centre of Paris holds the most visited monuments in the whole city, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, the location for Napoleons tomb, and the incomparable Eiffel Tower.

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Day 9
Bordeaux, France

As you may already know, Bordeaux is renowned for its wines – many of which are considered among the best in the world. The petit Museum of Bordeaux Wine and Trade is housed in the building of an old wine merchant and offers an insight into the production of wine and even a chance to sample selected wines. If you are looking to soak up the culture and atmosphere of Bordeaux, consider taking a stroll along Sainte-Catherine Street, in the Pedestrian Centre. Alternatively, you could climb 243 steps of the tower of Saint-Michel and enjoy unparalleled views over Bordeaux.

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Day 10
Cadillac, France

The village of Cadillac is located in the Gironde department in Aquitaine, in south-western France and on the right bank of the Garonne River. In 1280, the Grailly family - otherwise known as the lords of Cadillac - founded the walled town and it is where the dukes of Epernon built their magnificent chateau. Within the city, you can also see the gates and ramparts of the chateau, along with the central square – which is home to towering arches, ancient houses and a church which dates back to the 15th century.

From Cadillac, you can visit the nearby chateau at Roquetaillade, which is a famous listed historic monument dating back to the 12th and 14th centuries. In Roquetaillade, you can also visit a castle keep which dates back to the Middle Ages and the first ever Renaissance chimneys in the region – which date back to 1600.

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Day 11
Blaye, France

Located in Aquitane in south-western France, on the Gironde estuary, the town of Blaye is home to a magnificent and imposing citadel. Built by Vaubin, the citadel overhangs the estuary and offers spectacular views over the Gironde. Inside the citadel, you will find the ruins of an old Gothic chateau containing the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitane and son of Clotaire II. It has historically been defended by two 17th century forts: Fort Pate - on a nearby river island, and Fort Medoc - on the left bank. From here, it is also possible to visit the village of Bourg, which was built on a rocky outcrop and protected by medieval ramparts.

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Day 12
Libourne, France

Situated in northern Gironde is the commune of Libourne – which is regarded as the wine marking capital of the region. It sits at the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers in Aquitane, in south-western France. Within the commune sits a Gothic church, which was restored in the 19th century and features a 71 metre-high stone spire. Along the quay sits a machicolated clock tower, which is a remnant of the 14th century defensive walls. Libourne is also home to a small town house, which is home to a museum and library and is a quaint relic of the 16th century.

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Day 14
Bordeaux, France

As you may already know, Bordeaux is renowned for its wines – many of which are considered among the best in the world. The petit Museum of Bordeaux Wine and Trade is housed in the building of an old wine merchant and offers an insight into the production of wine and even a chance to sample selected wines. If you are looking to soak up the culture and atmosphere of Bordeaux, consider taking a stroll along Sainte-Catherine Street, in the Pedestrian Centre. Alternatively, you could climb 243 steps of the tower of Saint-Michel and enjoy unparalleled views over Bordeaux.

Sail on board S.S. Joie de Vivre
Deck Plans

Victor Hugo Deck

  • Massage
  • Fitness Centre
  • Swimming Pool
  • Le Club L'Esprit
  • Bar
  • Suites with French Balconies
  • Staterooms with French Balconies
  • Salon de Beaux-Arts
  • Bistro
  • Bar

Balzac Deck

  • Staterooms with French Balconies
  • Restaurant
  • Le Restaurant Pigalle

Jules Verne Deck

  • Staterooms
  • Laundry
  • Wine Cellar
  • 24-Hour Coffee & Tea Station
Accommodation Types

Staterooms

Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the S.S. Joie de Vivre has two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, a menu of pillow options and marble-lined bathrooms stocked with L’Occitaine and Hermès bath and body products. 

Dining

With Uniworld, you can always count on having the finest quality foods prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. The talented chefs also feature local, regional, and seasonal specialties made with a traditional flair.

Uniworld’s extensive wine list includes such world-class vintages as the 1995 Nikolaihof Riesling from Austria, which recently received the highest possible score—100 points—from prestigious wine reviewer Robert Parker.

La Cave Des Vins

Lovers of French food and wine can experience an exclusive epicurean event in our onboard show kitchen. Under the guidance of Uniworld’s talented chef, prepare an exquisite seven-course meal. Then relish your creation with wine pairings designed just for you by our Sommelier. Simply ask our Concierge to reserve your spot. Bon appetit! 

Claude's

Experience the magic each evening as Club L’Esprit transforms into Claude’s supper club, a vibrant dining and entertainment venue. Claude’s glitzy and glamorous atmosphere is the perfect place to listen to local music, enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails, or view a classic French film on select nights in an intimate cinema. 

Le Bistrot

The ship's very own Parisian-style sidewalk café serves classic French cuisine. Designed with windows that lower for an open-air ambiance, Le Bistrot is a très bon spot to savor wrap-around views of the Seine.

Enrichment

Uniworld provide guests with more European itineraries and choices than any other river cruise line, all designed to delve deeply into each locale with onshore excursions and onboard cultural enrichment programmes and entertainment.

Enjoy expertly planned shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts, with options to personalise, including Choice Is Yours, Go Active, Do as the Locals Do, Village Day, and Gentle Walking programmes and a host of exclusive experiences designed for Uniworld guests only.

Entertainment

Sip a glass of wine while you cruise past beautiful landscapes and world-famous landmarks on your way to your next destination...

HealthFitness

Relax and indulge your mind, body and soul at Club L’Esprit, our onboard spa and wellness centre. Pamper yourself with an array of beauty and well-being treatments. Unwind with yoga. Work out in the resistance pool. Get your heart pumping in the onboard fitness centre. Afterwards, refresh and recharge with a deliciously good-for-you smoothie at the L’Espirit Bar.

Club L'Esprit

Relax and indulge your mind, body and soul at Club L’Esprit, our onboard spa and wellness centre. Pamper yourself with an array of beauty and well-being treatments. Unwind with yoga. Work out in the resistance pool. Get your heart pumping in the onboard fitness centre. Afterwards, refresh and recharge with a deliciously good-for-you smoothie at the L’Espirit Bar.
Facilities

Disabled Facilities

Uniworld strives to provide a safe, enjoyable, and memorable travel experience for all passengers. The Company welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following:

Passengers are required to advise the Company, in advance, of any physical, medical, or other special needs that require accommodation.

All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. The Company may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the tour. The Company may also exclude an individual from participating in a tour or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety.

The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature.

The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. Passengers should be aware some tours include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair.

During the tour, the Company may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which the Company has no control. Accommodations on international tours may differ from those in the united kingdom. The Company cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers travelling on international tours. The Company may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions.

Dietary Requirements

Kindly inform us Uniworld advance if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.). They have a “Traveling Lite” menu for guests seeking more health-conscious options, as well as light lunches, vegetarian options, and generous buffets that offer something for everyone. Uniworld will do their very best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to them.

Age Restrictions

Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is 21 years of age or older. While they will accept children 4 years of age and older as guests, it is from long-term experience that most children do not enjoy or appreciate the river cruise/tour experience. 

There are no special arrangements, activities, medical facilities, or accommodations (unless noted) for children on Uniworld cruise/tour programmes. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their behaviour onboard and ashore.

Dress Code

It’s best to pack for a range of weather conditions, depending on the season and regions visited. Wearing layers will allow you to easily adjust to temperature changes. Limiting your wardrobe to a simple mix-and-match colour scheme will keep your bags to a minimum.

Uniworld recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. They also suggest sturdy walking shoes, as you will do a significant amount of walking on shore excursions, often over cobblestones or uneven terrain. A sun hat, rain gear, and a coat or wrap for chilly evenings are useful items to have. For dining ashore, concerts, special events onboard, etc., men may want to bring a sports jacket and women a cocktail dress or pantsuit. Neckties are optional. 

Please note that shorts are not allowed at dinner aboard the ship.

Smoking Restrictions

Onboard your ship, smoking is allowed only in a designated area of the Sun Deck. Uniworld also ask guests to refrain from smoking on shore excursions/tours, especially since many historical sites and other tourist attractions in Europe are now smoke-free as well.

Children

Please note: There are no special arrangements, activities, medical facilities, or accommodations for children on Uniworld cruise/tour programmes. 

Upcoming Cruises
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Embark Paris, Sun 18 Aug 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 01 Sep 2019 Guide Price Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 01 Sep 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 15 Sep 2019 Guide Price Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 22 Sep 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 06 Oct 2019 Guide Price Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 29 Sep 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 13 Oct 2019 Guide Price cruise only £6,299 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 06 Oct 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 20 Oct 2019 Guide Price cruise only £5,899 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 22 Mar 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 05 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £15,368 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 29 Mar 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 12 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £15,368 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 05 Apr 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 19 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,148 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 12 Apr 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Bordeaux Date Sun 26 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £20,288 pp Enquire
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