Burgundy and Provence River Cruise with John McGivern

October 3, 2020 to October 11, 2020

Join John McGivern on this journey of exquisite pleasures. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you.

Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively river banks. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes.

Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel. And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard; hike the steepest vineyards on the Rhône; and pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind while in Lyon. Explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

Your journey begins at Chicago O’Hare Airport, where you will board your overnight flight to Lyon.

Arrive at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport in Lyon. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune. Enjoy a choice of Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices or Mâcon walking tour.

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike ride—a great way to see the sights.

Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities.
Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive—and lovely—bike paths. Choice of Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour or Silk weavers walking tour or “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour.

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have a chance to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes. Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage Terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting

Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers; encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner—you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come. An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied past that goes back more than 1,600 years—and a splendid architectural heritage to match. At one time, Viviers was divided along religious lines—the clergy lived in the upper part of the town, the laity in the lower part. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank. Featured Excursion: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

The walled city of Avignon is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France, with a host of historic gems to explore—including the fortress residence of rebellious popes who broke from Rome and once lived and ruled here. You’ll see the Palace of the Popes and much more today, and also have a chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d ’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon. Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct visit or Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon. Arles has existed since the sixth century BC, when the ancient Greeks founded it and named it Theline. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including Sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months.

A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns. Featured Excursion: Arles walking tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Enjoy breakfast before leaving the ship. You will be transferred to the Marseille International Airport for your flight home to Chicago O'Hare


Air & Land Package

  • Optional Motorcoach to/from Chicago O’Hare from Northeast Wisconsin:  $45.00 per person, each way (from select cities)
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Lyon, France and returning from Marseille, France
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport, ship and hotel when purchasing our air inclusive package

Cruise Details

  • Deluxe 7-night river view accommodations on the striking Uniworld S.S. Catherine
  • Gratuities to your onshore and shipboard staff, local guides and coach drivers
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options

Dining

  • All meals onboard the ship with world-class cuisine made from fresh ingredients, locally sourced:
    • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
    • Daily lunch buffet
    • Daily ala carte dinner dining with multiple options nightly
    • Special Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions and Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

Tour Highlights & Services

  • Daily excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts. Guided “Let’s Go” active tours, and “Do as the Locals Do” specialty excursions designed to give you an authentic inside-look into your destination.
  • Experienced Fox World Travel Tour Manager to accompany the group
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not included: Meals unless noted; trip cancellation and medical insurance; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, gratuities to motorcoach drivers, local guides, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required.

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

 

Cruise Only

Classic Cabin

Two small riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

French Balcony

French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Deluxe Balcony

Deluxe Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare

Classic Cabin

Two small riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

French Balcony

French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Deluxe Balcony

Deluxe Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

*Above pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. For Air & Land Package, all taxes and fees of $467.25 are INCLUDED and subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.

Initial Deposit: $700.00 per person
Final Payment Date: May 28, 2020

Uniworld Pay In Full Discount – Promotion Expires 09/27/19

Double Occupancy:   From $410.00 – $550.00 per person based on cabin category

Note: Must pay in full at time of booking to receive discount.

Uniworld Past Passenger Discount

Past passengers of Uniworld and sister companies may be eligible to receive an additional discount per person.

Please contact us for details.

Note: Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have traveled with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels within the last five years. All passenger discounts are subject to change.

Uniworld is committed to building a fleet of ships that represents the absolute best in luxury river cruising, combining quality craftsmanship with high-tech innovations and custom-designed interiors. Our second Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, continues this proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail. The vessel`s opulent interiors include a two-story lobby with a specially commissioned Murano glass chandelier and whimsical life-size glass horse.

 

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Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

*Air and Land Package includes a group air economy class ticket.  For other air options including seat upgrades, please speak with your agent.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

John is best known for his two time Emmy-Award-Winning Weekly Series: Around the Corner with John McGivern, which airs on all Wisconsin PBS Stations and starting in January has been seen on every PBS World station in the country.

His own growing up in Wisconsin stories have been seen in the Emmy-Award-Winning PBS Special The Early Stories of John McGivern.

He is a long-time member of Milwaukee’s Morning Radio show on WKLH/96.5.

John is proud to have been part of We’re Funny that Way on HBO and Out There II on Comedy Central. He was seen sitting next to Sally Field on Politically Incorrect and knighted by Julie Andrews in the hit film The Princess Diaries.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

From date of deposit to May 28, 2020: Initial deposit of $700.00 per person

May 29 – July 3, 2020: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees

July 4 – August 3, 2020: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees

August 4, 2020 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

To talk to a travel specialist or book your trip, please call 1-888-369-8785

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