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Itinerary
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Day 1
Avignon, France

Enclosed by medieval walls, the city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region in south-eastern France. Within the medieval walls lie a series of museums, churches, palaces. The Palais des Papes was originally built as a fortress and its features include two graceful towers, large stone vaults, battlements and sluices – which were used for pouring hot oil on attackers. Elsewhere in the city, there is a lively local market where you can discover a range of fantastic local products including wine, flour, oil, leather, soap and fabrics.

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Day 2
Tarascon, France

On the left bank of the Rhone River, just south of Avignon is the town of Tarascon. Located at the crossroads between Avignon, the Camargue and the Luberon, this small town is still associated with fairy tales and legends dating all the way back to prehistory. The most famous of these is the legend of Martha of Bethany, who is said to have tamed a water dragon and is now the town’s patron saint. Tarascon also has a historic town centre which includes three remaining city gates, a medieval castle and the Church of Saint Jacques. 

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Day 3
Avignon, France

Enclosed by medieval walls, the city of Avignon is the capital of the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region in south-eastern France. Within the medieval walls lie a series of museums, churches, palaces. The Palais des Papes was originally built as a fortress and its features include two graceful towers, large stone vaults, battlements and sluices – which were used for pouring hot oil on attackers. Elsewhere in the city, there is a lively local market where you can discover a range of fantastic local products including wine, flour, oil, leather, soap and fabrics.

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Day 4
Viviers, France

Dating back to the 5th century, Viviers is located on France’s Rhone River. It has a two-tiered system, with a lower town once being home to the tradesmen and an upper town where the higher classes once lived. The latter is walled and features an attractive warren of narrow cobbled streets with Renaissance stone houses, a Romanesque cathedral, and a castle terrace where fantastic views of the rooftops and river below can be found.

The Ardeche region, of which Viviers is part, is famous for the Pont d'Arc, the largest natural arch in Europe, and its truffle farms. From Viviers you can visit Nyons to see a working lavender distillery and tour an ancient XVIII century olive mill.

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Day 5
Tournon-sur-Rhône, France
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Day 6
Lyon, France

Located in east-central France is the nation’s second largest city of Lyon, which is where the Rhone and Saône Rivers meet. It is particularly known for its gastronomy and La-Croix-Rousse (old silk-weaving area). The Fouviere Hill offers an opportunity to admire the entire city, which offers a fine blend of new and historic elements. The old quarter is home to the 12-15th century Cathedral of St. Jean and many elegant 15th century mansions, while the new town boasts a modern, business commercial centre and the Gerland Quarter with a marina and park.

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Day 7
Mâcon, France
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Day 8
Lyon, France

Located in east-central France is the nation’s second largest city of Lyon, which is where the Rhone and Saône Rivers meet. It is particularly known for its gastronomy and La-Croix-Rousse (old silk-weaving area). The Fouviere Hill offers an opportunity to admire the entire city, which offers a fine blend of new and historic elements. The old quarter is home to the 12-15th century Cathedral of St. Jean and many elegant 15th century mansions, while the new town boasts a modern, business commercial centre and the Gerland Quarter with a marina and park.

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Day 9
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 10
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 11
Caudebec-en-Caux, France
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Day 12
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 13
Mantes-la-Jolie, France
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Day 14
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.

Sail on board S.S. Catherine
Accommodation Types

Royal Suite

The Royal Suite has a handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a choice of pillows. Other amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, and bathrobes and slippers.

All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including in-suite special butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, full breakfast menu, daily fruit and cookie plate, elegant evening snack, robes and slippers, iPod® docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, free laundry and shoe shine service, bottle of wine upon arrival, Hermés bath products and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard.

The Royal Suite offers additional benefits, including a separate and spacious living room, and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, as well as a secluded toilet and bidet area.

Suite

All suites feature an open-air balcony and have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a choice of pillows. Other amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, and bathrobes and slippers.

All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including in-suite special butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, full breakfast menu, daily fruit and cookie plate, elegant evening snack, robes and slippers, iPod® docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, free laundry and shoe shine service, bottle of wine upon arrival, Hermés bath products and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard.

Category 1 Stateroom

Category 1 staterooms feature open-air balconies, and have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a choice of pillows. Other amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, and bathrobes and slippers.

Category 2 & 3 Staterooms

Category 2 & 3 staterooms feature French balconies, and have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a choice of pillows. Other amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, and bathrobes and slippers.

Category 4 & 5 Staterooms

Category 4 & 5 staterooms have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, and a choice of pillows. Other amenities include built-in closets, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, and bathrobes and slippers.

Dining

Cézanne Restaurant

  • Breakfast and lunch are both served as a buffet meal with stations providing both hot and cold options such as eggs, fruit, pastries and cereal. There is also a menu for a selection of a la carte fare
  • Dinner is a multi-course menu with waiter service, offering classic cuisine and regional delicacies 
  • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and offers guests a range of cakes, pastries, cookies, tea and coffee
  • A 24 tea and coffee station is available providing a variety of beverages
Enrichment

Uniworld’s optional extensions offer an ideal combination of hosted excursions and on-your own exploration. Early in your stay, a local expert will provide an invaluable guided overview of your destination; after that, you’ll have ample time to explore to your heart’s content. 

Whatever your pleasure- your host will save you time and money by directing you to top sites and secret spots known only to locals.

Entertainment

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

Van Gogh Lounge

The Van Gogh Lounge boasts a panoramic view, a full-service bar and a dance floor. It's the perfect place to unwind with a good book, or enjoy a spot of tea.

Bar du Leopard

Offering a great view of the beautiful indoor pool, the Bar du Leopard features a full-service bar.

Additional Information

Ship Features

  • Fitness centre
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry room
  • An elevator is available for passenger use
  • Serenity spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Sun deck with loungers and awning
  • Giant chess and shuffleboard
  • Wi-Fi is available on board 

Facilities

  • Age restrictions: There are no special facilities or accommodations for children throughout the Uniworld vessels and cruise programmes. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult of 21 years of age or older 
  • Dress code: Though there is no specific dress code required, Uniworld advises ''Casual Elegance''
  • Disabilities: Please advise of any physical, medical or other needs upon booking. Though Uniworld welcomes all passengers, please note that no personal devices such as wheelchairs are provided and there is no special accommodation provided on board the vessel or during shore excursions for disabilities. Passengers must ensure they are physically and medically fit for the cruise and all activities. There is no medical personal on board the vessel, any medical attention will be provided at the nearest local facility at the passengers expense
Deck Plans

Sun Deck

 

  • Sun Deck
  • Bridge

 

Camargue Deck

 

  • Bar du Leopard
  • Pool
  • 24-Hour Coffee Station
  • Bar
  • Van Gogh Lounge
  • Matisse Terrace
  • Royal Suite
  • Suites
  • Category 1 Staterooms
  • Category 2 Staterooms

 

Avignon Deck

 

  • Serenity River Spa
  • Category 2 Staterooms
  • Category 3 Staterooms
  • Reception
  • Cézanne Restaurant

 

Saint Remy Deck

 

  • Category 4 Staterooms
  • Category 5 Staterooms
  • Category 5 Single Staterooms
  • Boutique
  • 24-Hour Coffee Station
  • Laundry Room
  • Fitness Centre

 

Upcoming Cruises
Embark Disembark Guide Price More Information
Embark Avignon, Sun 25 Aug 2019 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 08 Sep 2019 Guide Price cruise only £6,399 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 22 Sep 2019 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 06 Oct 2019 Guide Price cruise only £6,699 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 29 Mar 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 12 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £15,858 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 12 Apr 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 26 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £17,948 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 26 Apr 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 10 May 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,658 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 10 May 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 24 May 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £6,659 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 24 May 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 07 Jun 2020 Guide Price Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 07 Jun 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 21 Jun 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £6,659 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 21 Jun 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 05 Jul 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,658 pp Enquire
Embark Avignon, Sun 05 Jul 2020 On Board S.S. Catherine Disembark Paris Date Sun 19 Jul 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,658 pp Enquire
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