Cruise travelers who love luxury and want to learn more about wine, chocolate, and all things French will enjoy sailing the Saône and Rhône Rivers of France with the SS Catherine river vessel of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. This 8-day cruise sails between Avignon and Lyon, and it includes the following ports of call, shore excursions, and activities:
- Avignon - Choice of two Avignon walking tours, one of which includes a visit to the Palace of the Popes, or a guided kayak ride on the Gardon River under the Pont du Gard
- Tarascon - Choice of Arles walking tour, Tarascon walking tour, or guided hike to Dukes of Anjou Fortress
- Viviers - Choice of Viviers village tour with organ concert or guided Nordic walking tour.
- Tournon and Tain l'Hermitage - Choice of Tournon walking tour with wine tasting or guided Nordic walking tour
- Chalon-sur-Saône - Tour of Beaune, Hospices de Beaune, and open-air food market visit
- Lyon - Choice of Lyon city tour, walking tour, or guided bike ride along the Rhône River banks
The furnishings and ambiance on the SS Catherine are expensive and formal, but the onboard experience is luxurious yet comfortable. Although the ship visits several ports of call, guests also have relaxing time onboard to read, watch the passing river scenery, attend educational lectures, or enjoy a culinary experience.
The following items are included on the Uniworld cruise:
- All gratuities onboard and onshore
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water
- All meals onboard
- All scheduled airport transfers
- Shore excursions hosted by English-speaking local experts
- Portable audio headset system used on all shore excursions
- A variety of culinary experiences and onboard dining options
- All entertainment and lectures onboard
- Internet and Wi-Fi access onboard
- In-stateroom Infotainment Center
- Fitness center and exercise classes
- Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore enjoyment
About the only items that guests need to pay for on the SS Catherine are spa treatments and optional excursions.