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ROTW-667401/838194 Rhone/Saone
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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 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
Mâcon, France
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Day 10
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 11
Tournon-sur-Rhône, France
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Day 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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.

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 22 Sep 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 06 Oct 2019 Guide Price cruise only £6,399 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 06 Oct 2019 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 20 Oct 2019 Guide Price cruise only £11,949 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 29 Mar 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 12 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £15,858 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 12 Apr 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 26 Apr 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £17,948 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 26 Apr 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 10 May 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,658 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 10 May 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 24 May 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £6,659 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 24 May 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 07 Jun 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £6,659 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 07 Jun 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 21 Jun 2020 Guide Price Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 21 Jun 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 05 Jul 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,658 pp Enquire
Embark Paris, Sun 05 Jul 2020 On Board S.S. Joie de Vivre Disembark Avignon Date Sun 19 Jul 2020 Guide Price cruise only, fly cruise £19,658 pp Enquire
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