A Portrait Of Majestic France

Overview

Countries and places

France

Tour Code

UNI-10173U66

Operator

Duration

15 days

Brochure

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The quintessential voyage for gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of all things French. This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of lovely French landscapes. Experience the romance of Paris and then sail the Seine to Normandy, discovering the gems of the region. Marvel at magnificent Rouen Cathedral, and tour the former smugglers’ harbor in Honfleur and follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny. Travel to beautiful Bordeaux and delight in the countryside of southwest France. Explore Roman Saint-Émilion, with its astonishing Monolithic Church, and ancient Blaye, with its famous citadel. Journey through a land of noble wines, tasting the flavors of the regions as you go. Enjoy the best France has to offer with Uniworld’s plethora of exclusive excursions (including an exclusive wine tasting of famous Médoc and Sauternes wines and an extraordinary evening tour of Bordeaux) as you cruise four rivers, visit bustling cities and charming towns and sample myriad culinary delights. Who will enjoy this cruise: Gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of life’s finer things will savor this quintessential French voyage. A Portrait of Majestic France is a combination of Paris & Normandy and Brilliant Bordeaux.

About Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Whether you've visited Europe once or a dozen times, you haven't really experienced the best of Europe until you've sailed with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Uniworld offers the highest level of comfort, quality and service in river cruising with an unparalleled variety of vacation choices. Since 2014 Uniworld offers ALL INCLUSIVE cruising. You'll cherish this world of benefits designed just for you.

About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection For nearly four decades, Uniworld has taken guests to the most spectacular destinations in Europe, Russia, Egypt, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China.  In 2006, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation, a highly successful international travel group with over 25 award-winning brands such as Trafalgar, Insight, Brendan, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels—the award-winning five-star luxury hotel collection. The Travel Corporation has made major investments in Uniworld's ships and its people.  The ultimate goal of these investments is to provide guests with a luxury European boutique cruise experience. Combining our sister companies’ expertise in tour planning and in first-class hotel management with our own decades of superior nautical experience has enabled Uniworld to create a new standard in luxury river cruising. Uniworld’s company-owned boutique river cruise ships Boutique hotel designers often invest considerable time, thought, and resources in creating destination-specific interior decor for their properties, and in choosing amenities that will assure an intimate, elegant yet relaxed experience for their guests. This same care and attention is apparent on each of Uniworld’s ten company-owned boutique ships. In the last few years, Uniworld has introduced several stunning new ships to its fleet and has completely remodeled and redesigned its existing ships so that all company-owned ships meet the highest standards of comfort and style. No matter their ship, Uniworld guests can travel from one exciting destination to the next with access to inviting lounges, cozy libraries, panoramic restaurants offering sumptuous cuisine, and lovely riverview staterooms. All inclusive cruising All gratuities onboard and onshore Unlimited beverages onboard including fine wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks,specialty coffees and teas All meals onboard All scheduled airport transfers Expertly Planned shore excursions with options to personalise Entertainment Internet and Wi Fi Fitness center Expect more personalized attention with Uniworld Uniworld employs an all English-speaking, professionally trained staff, so there are no language barriers and no problems with understanding what is being said or what's going on when you're onboard. With an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff to guest ratio in the the river cruise industry, you will enjoy unparralled indulgent service.

Predeparture Information

Transfers

Transfers to/from airports will be provided only for flights arriving/departing on the start/finish day of the cruise (and for extensions/extra nights). There may be a waiting period of up to 2 hours or more unless private car transfers have been purchased. The following time limits apply:

  Arrival Departure
Europe 7am - 3pm 7am - 5pm
Extensions 24 hours 24 hours
Extra Nights 24 hours 24 hours

Passenger flight details must be given to Global Travel Directors 45 days prior to departure. If your flight arrangements arrive/depart outside of the above you may purchase a private car transfer from Uniworld or make your own transfer arrangements. Uniworld will not be responsible for late arrivals or missed transfers due to delayed or cancelled flights, for missed cruise/trip days or for extra costs resulting from the foregoing.


Boarding Time

On turnaround day, the entire ship must be cleaned in preparation for your arrival. The facilities of the ship, including your cabin, will not be available before 4pm. We appreciate your understanding on this matter. Should you arrive early, you may leave your bags in the Reception area and take a walk into the city, or relax in the lounge.

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Tour Type

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FAQs

    Europe Boutique River Cruises FAQs

  • Which direction of the cruise should I book? Is one better than the other?
  • It does not matter which direction you choose, as each direction contains the same included features. Timings of activities may, of course, vary a little due to cruising times up- or downstream, but you will not see or do more in one direction than in the other. The progression of your journey may be a matter of preference. For example, for the Eastern European cruises, you might want to start in Eastern Europe and work your way up to Western Europe, or you may prefer to do the opposite.

  • Which itinerary would you recommend?
  • For first-time river cruise passengers without a special interest in a particular region, an excellent first cruise choice is Amsterdam to Budapest. This journey will introduce you to four countries and many must-see sites, including Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Budapest, and Vienna, as well as hidden gems like Wertheim and Miltenberg. Cruising highlights include the romantic Rhine, the scenic Wachau Valley, and the Main-Danube-Canal—a marvel of modern engineering. Second- or third-timers who have done Amsterdam to Budapest or Amsterdam to Vienna, and who are interested in the cultures and traditions of Eastern Europe, may enjoy a Black Sea Cruise such as "Eastern Europe Explorer." Those who prefer to stay in Western Germany and enjoy lots of daytime sailing and lovely scenery will love "Legendary Rhine & Moselle." If you have already cruised along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, we would suggest taking in the fabulous scenery along Portugal and Spain's Douro River—a real hidden gem. The entire Douro River Valley is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Not many ships are allowed on the river; in fact, Uniworld is one of the very few companies who operate a ship in Portugal! Russia also offers sensational sightseeing, and our "Imperial Waterways of Russia" takes you to the best sights along the Volga River. Please note that while our Douro River and Russian cruises are offered on some of the most comfortable ships of the region, they may not have all the amenities of a Uniworld company-owned ship.

  • Do we always dock in the heart of the city?
  • It depends; in many places you will dock within walking distance to the city center, but there are places where the river only touches the outskirts of a town (i.e. Bamberg or Nuremberg), and thus a motorcoach transfer is necessary.

  • Is there a lot of walking on the tours?
  • As we visit mostly historic cities, many of the tours are partly or entirely walking tours. Cobblestones are also very common in Europe. To be able to fully enjoy all excursions, passengers should be in good health and able to walk well (including up and down stairs); otherwise they may not be able to participate in all the tours. Riverboats are not wheelchair accessible.

  • Are there ever any other ships docked next to us?
  • Yes, this happens and is a normal part of river cruising. As river cruising has become more popular, traffic on the rivers has increased, and it is perfectly normal to moor next to another ship or sometimes even between two ships. The assignment of the exact berthing is up to the harbor authorities of the port of call, and neither Uniworld nor the Captain of the ship has any control or influence over this.

  • If during our cruise a Christmas Market is closed, what do we do?
  • There is usually an arrangement made for a city tour and/or free time to spend in the city centre.

  • What are the tipping guidelines?
  • On our ships in Europe (excluding Russia), our suggestion for tip per day, per guest would be: 2-4EU for the local guide and 1-2EU for the driver. At the end of the trip there will be two envelopes to be used for tips, one for the crew and one for the Tour Manager. Our suggestion for tips at the end of your cruise would be: 3EU for the Tour Manager and 10EU for the crew on the ship (per day, per guest). All tipping is cash only.

  • Can our Uniworld cruise/tour booking be extended or customized?
  • Yes

  • Which ships have bathrooms with bathtubs?
  • Three of our ships offer suites with bathtubs: River Countess, River Duchess, and River Empress.

    Russia Boutique River Cruises FAQs

  • How do I get a Russian Visa?
  • Please go to http://zvs.com/ or the Russian consulate for a Russian Visa. If a Russian Letter of Invitation is required for your Visa application, Uniworld can assist you with obtaining the letter. However, you must apply for the Visa on your own or through a service.

  • What about the weather?
  • Prepare for a variety of weather conditions depending on your travel season and the river you will be cruising on. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows each person to adjust to any temperature, including artificially maintained temperature, by removing or adding items throughout the day.

  • What should I wear ashore?
  • Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is appropriate both onshore and onboard. For holiday season departures, you'll find coats, sweatshirts, heavier cotton or wool tops and long-sleeved shirts, and corduroy or heavy khaki pants perfectly suitable. You will find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Don't forget to pack a waterproof jacket (preferably hooded), or even a heavier-weight coat for colder temperatures.

  • I have concerns about my physical ability. What do I do?
  • Guests with mobility concerns need to discuss their concerns with Uniworld staff in advance of their departure. Guests requiring the use of a mobility device, such as a wheelchair, motorized scooter, or walker, may not be able to participate in many shore excursions or use them onboard the ships. Also, guests who may be limited in their ability to walk long distances may also have difficulties as there is often uneven terrain on many shore excursions.

  • How accurate are the shore excursion/tour descriptions?
  • Uniworld does everything possible to ensure that shore excursions are performed as promoted and as outlined in the previous pages. In certain circumstances or for reasons beyond the control of Uniworld, it may not be possible or practical for the excursion to be performed exactly as written. The decision to not operate, to alter the operation, change content, and/or otherwise adjust or modify any element of the excursion as advertised is at the sole discretion of Uniworld, always taking into account the safety and best interests of the guests, and the intent of the overall product delivery. Any such modifications to excursions will not result in eligibility for a refund.

  • Can the itinerary change? What happens if it does change?
  • You can count on the value of Uniworld's experience and regional knowledge to make sure you enjoy your cruise/tour even when conditions beyond our control occur. The very nature of a river, its sources, and networks of bridges and locks means that there will be times when weather or other conditions in a region require Uniworld to make adjustments and modifications to the operation of an itinerary. Although every effort is made to keep itineraries as advertised, Uniworld reserves the right to make changes and substitutions as may be necessary to ensure the safety of our guests and the vessels. Itineraries may need to be altered specifically because of water levels. Time permitting, every possible effort will be made to alert guests in advance of boarding of any known changes. Otherwise, all guests will be informed onboard of changes and amendments. Any changes to itineraries, including the addition of extensive motorcoach touring to effect delivery of the intended itinerary operation, will not result in eligibility for a refund.

  • What time will excursions depart?
  • All shore excursions are carefully coordinated to the ship's daily schedule. Just prior to dinner each evening, or perhaps earlier, your Cruise Manager will brief all guests about what activities will take place the next day. This briefing includes information about departure times, specifics about the shore excursions/tours not covered in this booklet, suggested shopping and restaurant recommendations, and other important information about the port of call. In addition to the briefing, a daily program will be distributed to each guest's stateroom every evening. This program provides a written overview of all events taking place the next day— whether onboard or ashore.

  • How can I book the optional excursions listed in the booklet?
  • Reservations for the optional excursions on your cruise can be made directly with your Cruise Manager onboard the ship. Charges for optional excursions will be added to your onboard account. On pre- and post-cruise extensions, payment for optional excursions will be made directly with your Local Host via credit cards. We cannot accept cash payments for optional excursions. A briefing will be held the day prior to go over any information you may need to make an informed purchase decision. Operation of optional excursions is subject to a minimum number of participants. No refunds are available for any optional excursions cancelled by the guest within 24 hours of the start of the excursion, or if the excursion was pre-purchased.

  • Does each motorcoach or walking group have its own tour guide?
  • Yes. Each motorcoach or walking group has its own English-speaking local tour guide. Uniworld tries very hard to ensure that our guides are of the highest quality, well-versed in their subjects, and most of all, making sure that you have the best possible time ashore.

  • What about tipping?
  • Gratuities should always be in accordance with each guest's personal satisfaction. And Uniworld endeavours to work with the best local guides available. Please refer to the "Gratuities" section of the Cruise Companion booklet for specific recommendations and guidelines.

  • What is the transportation like on excursions?
  • Uniworld works with some of the world's best tour companies, all of which are chosen with exact standards in mind. To ensure your maximum enjoyment of each excursion, all motorcoaches seat 40 – 45 people and are air-conditioned whenever possible. There are a few destinations where the equipment may not be of a similar standard and, in such cases, the best possible transportation will be arranged. Rest stops are provided throughout the course of the excursion, as most motorcoaches used for excursions will not have onboard toilets.

  • Is smoking allowed on shore excursions/tours?
  • Smoking is not allowed while on the motorcoach, and many historical venues now request that visitors not smoke anywhere on site. We ask all our guests who smoke not to do so while on excursions/tours. Responsibility and Waiver The Passenger accepts the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract when participating in any organized shore excursion/tour that is provided by Uniworld. Participation in some shore excursions or tours may also be subject to an independent operator's own Terms and Conditions.

    Egypt Boutique River Cruises FAQs

  • How far in advance can I request an Egyptian Visa?
  • 90 days prior to your departure.

  • Are there ATMs?
  • ATMs abound in the tourist areas of Egypt.

  • Are we able to take our children and is there an age restriction?
  • Passengers who are under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is 21 years of age or older. Uniworld's long-term experience is that most young children (especially those under 8 years of age) do not enjoy or appreciate the river cruise experience. There are no special arrangements, activities, or accommodations for children on Uniworld river cruises and tour programs. An exception to this is our Multigenerational Family-Friendly Cruise Program, which is offered on select itineraries during the summer months. Please contact our reservations department at (800) 733-7820 for more details. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their behaviour during the trip.

  • What are the best buys in Egypt?
  • Egyptian cotton is world famous: cloth, textile, and garments are a good deal. Brass, silver, gold, handmade jewellery, papyrus, carpets, spices, handicrafts, perfumes, and reproductions of antiquities are on sale. It might not be advisable to buy something that could appear to authorities to be of historical value and importance.

  • What are the tipping guidelines?
  • Our suggestion for tip per day, per guest would be: $2-$3 USD for the local guide and $1-$2 USD for the driver. At the end of the trip there will be two envelopes to be used for tips, one for the crew and one for the Tour Manager. Our suggestion for tips at the end of your cruise would be: $4 USD for the Tour Manager and $6 USD for the crew on the ship (per day, per guest). All tipping is cash only.

  • What type of clothing is appropriate?
  • No need for a tie, jacket, or formal evening wear. Smart, lightweight (cotton/linen) casual attire is suitable for even the best restaurants, bars, and hotels. It is best to be mindful of the culture; conservative clothing is highly recommended (nothing too form fitting or too skin revealing).

  • Could I use my credit card while in Egypt?
  • Credit cards are accepted at major tourist establishments but are not widely accepted at smaller shops.

  • Could I drink the water in Egypt?
  • It is highly advisable not to drink the water out of the tap due to high chlorine content. Bottled water is widely available.

  • Are there any baggage weight restrictions for flights within Egypt?
  • The maximum baggage weight limit on domestic flights is 43 lbs per person.

  • Are there camel rides available?
  • Sorry, there aren't any camel rides available for purchase from Uniworld while on the tour.

  • Could we hire a private guide or Egyptologist for a group tour?
  • Yes, an Egyptologist may be available for a private group tour. Please ask for details and availability.

    Vietnam & Cambodia Boutique River Cruises FAQs

  • What about the weather?
  • repare for a variety of weather conditions depending on your travel season and the river you will be cruising on. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows each person to adjust to any temperature, including artificially maintained temperatures, by removing or adding items throughout the day. What should I wear ashore? Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is appropriate both onshore and onboard. You will find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Don't forget to pack a waterproof jacket (preferably hooded).

  • I have concerns about my physical ability. What do I do?
  • Guests with mobility concerns need to discuss their concerns with Uniworld staff in advance of their departure. Guests requiring the use of a mobility device, such as a wheelchair, motorized scooter, or walker, may not be able to participate in many shore excursions or use them onboard the ships. Also, guests who may be limited in their ability to walk long distances may also have difficulties, as there is often uneven terrain on many shore excursions.

  • How accurate are the shore excursion/tour descriptions?
  • Uniworld does everything possible to ensure that shore excursions are performed as promoted and as outlined in the previous pages. In certain circumstances or for reasons beyond the control of Uniworld, it may not be possible or practical for the excursion to be performed exactly as written. The decision to not operate, to alter the operation of, change the content of, and/or otherwise adjust or modify any element of the excursion as advertised is at the sole discretion of Uniworld, always taking into account the safety and best interests of the guests, and the intent of the overall product delivery. Any such modifications to excursions will not result in eligibility for a refund.

  • Can the itinerary change? What happens if it does change?
  • You can count on the value of Uniworld's experience and regional knowledge to make sure you enjoy your cruise/tour even when conditions beyond our control occur. The very nature of a river, its sources, and its networks of bridges and locks means that there will be times when weather or other conditions in a region require Uniworld to make adjustments and modifications to the operation of an itinerary. Although every effort is made to keep itineraries as advertised, Uniworld reserves the right to make changes and substitutions as may be necessary to ensure the safety of our guests and the vessels. Itineraries may need to be altered specifically because of water levels. Time permitting, every possible effort will be made to alert guests in advance of boarding of any known changes. Otherwise, all guests will be informed onboard of changes and amendments. Any changes to itineraries, including the addition of extensive motorcoach touring to effect delivery of the intended itinerary operation, will not result in eligibility for a refund.

  • What time will excursions depart?
  • All shore excursions are carefully coordinated to the ship's daily schedule. Just prior to dinner each evening (or perhaps earlier), your Cruise Manager will brief all guests about what activities will take place the next day. This briefing includes information about departure times, specifics about any shore excursions/tours not covered in this booklet, suggested shopping and restaurant recommendations, and other important information about the port of call. In addition to the briefing, a daily program will be distributed to each guest's stateroom every evening. This program provides a written overview of all onboard and onshore events taking place the next day.

  • How can I book the optional excursions listed in the booklet?
  • All shore excursions are carefully coordinated to the ship's daily schedule. Just prior to dinner each evening (or perhaps earlier), your Cruise Manager will brief all guests about what activities will take place the next day. This briefing includes information about departure times, specifics about any shore excursions/tours not covered in this booklet, suggested shopping and restaurant recommendations, and other important information about the port of call. In addition to the briefing, a daily program will be distributed to each guest's stateroom every evening. This program provides a written overview of all onboard and onshore events taking place the next day.

  • How can I book the optional excursions listed in the booklet?
  • Reservations for the optional excursions on your cruise can be made directly with your Cruise Manager onboard the ship. Charges for optional excursions will be added to your onboard account. On pre- and post-cruise extensions, payment for optional excursions will be made directly to your Local Host via credit card. We cannot accept cash payments for optional excursions. A briefing will be held the day prior to any optional excursion go over any information you may need to make an informed purchase decision. Operation of optional excursions is subject to a minimum number of participants. No refunds are available for any optional excursions cancelled by the guest within 24 hours of the start of the excursion, or if the excursion was pre-purchased.

  • Does each motorcoach or walking group have its own tour guide?
  • Yes. Each motorcoach or walking group has its own English-speaking local tour guide. Uniworld tries very hard to ensure that our guides are of the highest quality and are well-versed in their subjects, so that you have the best possible time ashore. What about tipping? Gratuities should always be in accordance with each guest's personal satisfaction.

  • What is the transportation like on excursions?
  • Uniworld works with some of the world's best tour companies, all of which are chosen with our exacting standards in mind. To ensure your maximum enjoyment of each excursion, all motorcoaches seat 40 – 45 people and are air-conditioned whenever possible. There are a few destinations where the equipment may not be of a similar standard and, in such cases, the best possible transportation will be arranged. Rest stops are provided throughout the course of the excursion, as most motorcoaches used for excursions will not have onboard toilets.

  • Is smoking allowed on shore excursions/tours?
  • Smoking is not allowed while on the motorcoach, and many historical venues now request that visitors not smoke anywhere on site. We ask all our guests who smoke not to do so while on excursions/tours. Responsibility and Waiver The Passenger accepts the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract when participating in any organized shore excursion/tour that is provided by Uniworld. Participation in some shore excursions or tours may also be subject to an independent operator's own Terms and Conditions.

    China Boutique River Cruises FAQs

  • Why do you need a Passenger Information Form?
  • For intra-China flights and Tibet permits, you must provide a name that matches what appears on your passport.

  • Why do you need to know the children's ages?
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accommodated in the same room as an adult.

  • What are the minimum/maximum number of guests required to operate a departure?
  • A minimum of 10 passengers are needed to operate a departure. Departures have a maximum of 35 guests. If the number of passengers is more than 35, the departure will be split into two groups. (It is very important to cross reference passengers that are traveling together).

  • Are triple bookings (three people per room) allowed on the China programs?
  • Yes, "Classic China" (a land-only tour) can accommodate a triple booking. All other programs will allow a triple in a suite; the suite will be on request and subject to availability.

  • Are there any luggage restrictions?
  • One checked-in piece of luggage with a maximum of 44 lbs. is allowed for all intra-China flights. Approximate cost for excess weight is $1.00 per lb.

  • Should I be concerned about the food and water in China?
  • Most of the meals are Chinese food. Special meals are served during some of the tours, such as a Peking duck dinner, a dinner show in Xian, a dumpling lunch in Xian, and hotel dinners. One bottle of complimentary drinking water is provided per guest, per day in the room or cabin. Additional water can be purchased just about anywhere. DO NOT DRINK TAP WATER OR USE ICE

  • What is the transportation used during the tours?
  • Air: Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Hainan Airlines Bus: Bus sizes range from 16-seaters to 45-seaters. The size that will be used depends on the group size. There are no toilets on the buses; normally a break is taken every hour.

  • What visas do we need?
  • Tibet: Tibet is part of China; no visa is required, but a permit is required and will be handled in China. Please do not to mention Tibet when you apply for a China visa; otherwise you will need to provide a lot of additional documentation. Passengers only need to apply for a single entry China visa. Hong Kong: Hong Kong has reunited with China as a special region. USA passport holders do not need a visa.

  • Do I need to carry local currency/cash?
  • Major credit cards are accepted in major department stores. ATMs are available but not convenient. We suggest that you bring travellers checks, as travellers checks can be easily exchanged at the hotel front desk. Carry some cash for tips and small items.

  • Will we have Internet access?
  • Hotel rooms have a laptop hook-up for Internet access. Some hotels don't charge a fee, but others will charge approximate $15-$20 per day. You may go to the business center for computer and Internet use for a fee. There is a Internet café available on your Yangtze River cruise ship, but the signal is not strong.

  • Are there any health concerns?
  • Vaccinations are not required but passengers should check with their doctor to see if they need any. Passengers traveling to Tibet are recommended to contact their physician since the altitude is very high (approximately 11,000 feet).

  • When is it a good time to travel to China?
  • The best season to travel to China is September and October when the temperature is approx. 70°F. June and July are hot and humid everywhere. Rainy season depends on the area; for example, in Beijing it is in April, while in the Three Gorges area it is in June and July.

  • Can we extend or customize our Uniworld cruise/tour booking?
  • Yes

  • Voltage?
  • Voltage is 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the United States, you will need a 2-pin plug and a converter. If it's not for daily use, you can borrow one from the hotel.

  • What are the tipping guidelines?
  • Our suggestion for tip per day, per guest would be: $2-$3 USD for the local guide and $1-$2 USD for the driver. At the end of the trip there will be two envelopes to be used for tips, one for the crew and one for the Tour Manager. Our suggestion for tips at the end of your cruise would be: $5 USD for the Tour Manager and $10 USD for the crew on the ship (per day, per guest). All tipping is cash only.

  • Are we able to take our children and is there an age restriction?
  • Passengers who are under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is 21 years of age or older. Uniworld's long-term experience is that most young children (especially those under 8 years of age) do not enjoy or appreciate the river cruise experience. There are no special arrangements, activities, or accommodations for children on Uniworld river cruises and tour programs. An exception to this is our Multigenerational Family-Friendly Cruise Program, which is offered on select itineraries during the summer months. Please contact our reservations department at (800) 733-7820 for more details. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their behaviour during the trip.

  • What is Gold Seal Protection?
  • Coverage for cancellation for only A$89 per personWith the Uniworld "Gold Seal Protection" Policy, Uniworld will provide you with 100% of the Uniworld cancellation penalties in the form of a future cruise credit certificate, should you cancel your cruise/tour prior to your original scheduled flight departure date from Australia for any reason that is not eligible for cash reimbursement. Cancellation penalties are reimbursed in the form of a Uniworld Cruise Certificate allowing you a two (2) year credit to travel with us at a later date. Please note that to be eligible for the "Gold Seal Protection," you must enroll and pay for the policy at the time you make your initial deposit. The certificate is issued in the event of cancellation and is valid for travel within two years from the date of issue, is non-transferable, non-refundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Future cruise certificates do not include airfare, pre- and post-cruise extensions or hotel cancellation charges for air arrangements.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Paris (embark)

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Day 2 - La Roche-guyon, Vernon Giverny

Today is a celebration of Northern France′s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid chateau 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 Chateau La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet-the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Or, take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

Day 3 - 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 to spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times. 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.

Day 4 - Caudebec-en-caux (honfleur Or Etretat)

Golfing? On a river cruise? This delightfully unexpected excursion-a Uniworld exclusive-features a dramatic links course set atop Normandy′s Alabaster Coast at the windy cliffs of Etretat .In a word, magnifique. Not into golf? Stroll through the beautiful Calvados countryside to seaside Honfleur, captured on canvas by generations of artists.

Day 5 - Rouen (normandy Beaches)

The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies′ D-Day invasion, a day that comes vividly to life today on an excursion to the beaches of 1944. Immerse yourself in the tactics, desperate courage and horrendous human cost of the 1944 Allied invasion of France, the first step in the ultimately victorious land campaign against the Third Reich. It began here, on these Norman beaches.

Day 6 - Mantes-la-jolie (versailles)

How did France′s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Marie Antoinette′s hamlet to find out.

Day 7 - 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, or join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods.

Day 8 - 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.

Day 9 - Blaye, Bourg Sur Gironde

Day 10 - Cussac Fort Medoc, Pauillac La Fayette

Day 11 - Bordeaux, Cadillac, Libourne

Day 12 - Libourne

A full day in Libourne means you′ll have plenty of time to explore the majestic landscape of villages and vineyards. Nestled along the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, the quaint town is as pretty as a postcard. On the outskirts of Libourne, you′ll find neighboring Saint-Emilion. Discover the wine-making town by foot on a tour of its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful chateau.

Day 13 - Libourne, Bordeaux

The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they′re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce-the foundation for the country′s acclaimed cuisine-as you′ll discover today at a local farmers′ market.

Day 14 - Bordeaux

There′s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux′ port of Quai des Chatrons. The architecture is impressive, the wine is exquisite and the shopping is to die for. Explore La Cite du Vin, a one-of-a-kind cultural center and museum that brings the heritage of wine to life through interactive exhibits, shows, academic seminars and more. Do as the locals do and uncover Bordeaux′ unique heritage on a walking tour or choose to traverse the city by bike. Celebrate the end to a spectacular trip with a farewell dinner onboard.

Day 15 - 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-Merignac International Airport for your flight home.

Prices/Dates

All Prices are in Australian Dollars

Start
Date
End
Date
Ship
Name
Definite
Departure
Brochure Price Our
Price
Twin Price
22 Mar 2020 06 Apr 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $9099 AUD $7643
29 Mar 2020 13 Apr 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $9099 AUD $7643
05 Apr 2020 20 Apr 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $9599 AUD $8063
12 Apr 2020 27 Apr 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $10399 AUD $8735
19 Apr 2020 04 May 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $10599 AUD $8903
26 Apr 2020 11 May 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
03 May 2020 18 May 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
17 May 2020 01 Jun 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
24 May 2020 08 Jun 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
31 May 2020 15 Jun 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
07 Jun 2020 22 Jun 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
14 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
21 Jun 2020 06 Jul 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
28 Jun 2020 13 Jul 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
05 Jul 2020 20 Jul 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
12 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11999 AUD $10079
19 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
26 Jul 2020 10 Aug 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
02 Aug 2020 17 Aug 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
09 Aug 2020 24 Aug 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
16 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11499 AUD $9659
23 Aug 2020 07 Sep 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11699 AUD $9827
30 Aug 2020 14 Sep 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $12599 AUD $10583
06 Sep 2020 21 Sep 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $12599 AUD $10583
13 Sep 2020 28 Sep 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $12599 AUD $10583
20 Sep 2020 05 Oct 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $12599 AUD $10583
27 Sep 2020 12 Oct 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $12599 AUD $10583
04 Oct 2020 19 Oct 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11999 AUD $10079
11 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $11799 AUD $9911
18 Oct 2020 02 Nov 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $10999 AUD $9239
25 Oct 2020 09 Nov 2020 S.S. Joie de Vivre AUD $9099 AUD $7643

Map

Dynamic Map

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Static Map

Below you will find the basic route in which you will travel on this tour.