Europe and Mediterranean: Burgundy and Provence Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

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. You’ll cruise the serene Rhône and Saône rivers on Uniworld’s striking Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to the hum and thrum of lively Lyon’s Les Halles food market—along the way.

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • True All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising™

  • All gratuities for onboard and onshore services

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages**

  • Shore excursions with local experts as your guide

  • Internet and Wi-Fi

  • All arrival and departure day transfers

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a $50 shipboard credit per person (maximum $100 per stateroom)♦

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Shop Card with every Uniworld river cruise†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Lyon

Overview

A two thousand year old city, situated at the junction of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon rests below the impressive Fourviere and Croix Rousse hills. In Lyon, visitors can take a unique journey through time and across cultures, by strolling down its narrow streets, crossing its “traboules“ (narrow secret passages), walking along its bustling docks, passing through its impressive squares, and seeing over 200 sites illuminated at night.

Day 2Macon

Overview

Situated downstream of Tournus, flower-bedecked Mâcon proudly displays the smiling character of Burgundy’s southernmost town. As one crosses the venerable Saint-Laurent bridge separating Mâcon from the flatlands of the Bresse one is greeted by a beautiful, spacious riverside townscape punctuated by several church spires. The town’s historical centre includes such treasures as the Municipal Museum, quartered in an old Ursuline convent, the Romanesque remains of the ancient cathedral of Saint-Vincent and the dispensary of the Hôtel-Dieu. Alphonse de Lamartine, French poet and statesman, was born in Mâcon in 1790. Although he travelled extensively in his career as a diplomat and politician, he remained very attached to his home town and took a personal interest in the wine harvests on his estates in the Mâconnais. The town possesses a museum exclusively devoted to the life and work of Lamartine, as well as a statue and a large mosaic wall. But perhaps the true attraction of Mâcon lies in the charm of its squares and side streets, especially the Place aux Herbes which during the summer months echoes to the sounds of the daily vegetable and flower market under the windows of the Maison de Bois with its finely sculptured columns. The pleasant atmosphere is a foretaste of the nearby vineyards. The town also boasts a superbly equipped stretch of water on the Saône as well as a golf course. The Mâconnais Wine Centre (Maison Mâconnaise des Vins) is situated at the northern entrance to the town and is the point of departure for a journey to the Mâconnais vineyards.

Day 3Lyon

Overview

A two thousand year old city, situated at the junction of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon rests below the impressive Fourviere and Croix Rousse hills. In Lyon, visitors can take a unique journey through time and across cultures, by strolling down its narrow streets, crossing its “traboules“ (narrow secret passages), walking along its bustling docks, passing through its impressive squares, and seeing over 200 sites illuminated at night.

Day 4Tournon

Overview

In Tournon, on the river Rhone is broad and runs slowly between the city and the covered slopes of vineyards of Tain-l’ Hermitage which face it. Here was built, in 1824, the first suspension bridge, by the inventor Marc Seguin, to which one owes also the first vapour boat on the river and the first French railway between Lyon and St Etienne. Above of the river a chateau of the 15 th century which shelters the museum showing the shipping and mariners of Rhone.

Day 5Viviers

Overview

Viviers is a medieval village that has withstood the ravages of architectural progress.The old part of the village, said to be one of the best preserved in France, rises sharply up a very steep hillside.The steep grade likely made the upper town easier to defend when it was built several hundred years ago. But the difficulty of ascending the cobblestone-lined lanes caused about half our walking party of 70 to give it up before we reached the top, where fortress walls once protected a monastic order. Our guide was not aware of any attacking force successfully climbing almost straight up 200 or so feet from the side facing the river to the plateau's top and breaching the stone walls. A spectacular view of the village's red tile roofs, the Rhone and the valley awaits those who make the climb to the summit. Also awaiting is the Cathedral of St. Vincent, which was consecrated in 1119 and still serves residents of the upper village. With dusk falling by the time we reached it, the Gothic and Romanesque building was closed. Some of the stucco-like buildings of the upper town beneath have been occupied since the 15th Century. A few sport TV satellite dishes from their rooftops. Living in those cramped, hillside quarters had no appeal to us. The steep, twisting streets built for passage in medieval times are 8 or so feet wide. The buildings are 3 and 4 stories high, contain no air conditioning and few modern conveniences. There are no gardens or even grass, only occasional window boxes of the ever-present, red geraniums. Just a view of your neighbors' gray walls and windows left open to catch a cooling breeze. The contrasts in height and the brightness of the red tile roofs made for a picturesque sight. But I thought that living there would only be a step or two above living in Folsum Prison. The well-worn cobblestones on the steep streets must be treacherous in times of snow or ice. But the lower town, built on the river plain in more modern times, looks to be quite livable for those who like very small towns.

Day 6Avignon

Overview

City of history and city of theater, the fortified city of Avignon will not leave you in different. Avignon's architecture is marked by papal history. Going through any of the seven doors of the superbly preserved walls one discovers the city of the Popes. The Palace of the Popes built in the 14th century overlooks a lively square. Nearby are the museums the Petit Palais and Palais du Roure, Not too far away stands the famous Pont d'Avignon. Take your time wandering about the streets of Avignon, The ancient streets, the courtyards of the private mansions, the renovated facades will all charm you! One of the most elegant streets is the rue Joseph Vernet, adjacent to the Calvet museum and the Requien Museum. Don't miss the Antiquaire quarter, the Place de l'Horloge or the Chemin de Ronde which will take you to the Rocher des Doms. From the top of the ramparts you can understand why the site was chosen for a fort: Avignon stands high above the immense plains of the Rhone River and is the strategic point of the whole valley. The theater festival has made Avignon important in modern times. Started in 1947 by Jean Vilar, every year between the 10th of July and the 5th of August nearly 120,000 spectators come to discover new talent or admire those actors already known, These shows (dance, theater or music) are enhanced by the background of powerful history and often appear renewed or refreshed in this environment. The Off Festival is a series ot street shows set up by would be actors and is considered to be an excellent work lab for these aspiring young people. Late at night when the shows are over the terraces fill up with actors and spectators alike all creating a unique atmosphere found only in Avignon in the summer.

Day 7Tarascon

Overview

Tarascon (Occitan: Tarascon), sometimes referred to as Tarascon-sur-Rhône, is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France. Tarascon is located 23 km (14 mi) south of Avignon and 20 km (12 mi) north of Arles, on the left (east) bank of the Rhône River. On the other side is the similarly sized town of Beaucaire in the département of Gard, région of Languedoc-Roussillon. Directly opposite each other and connected by several bridges, Beaucaire and Tarascon effectively constitute one town. Hamlets located on the territory of the commune include: Lansac Saint-Gabriel (ancient Ernaginum) Alsace

Day 8Avignon

Overview

City of history and city of theater, the fortified city of Avignon will not leave you in different. Avignon's architecture is marked by papal history. Going through any of the seven doors of the superbly preserved walls one discovers the city of the Popes. The Palace of the Popes built in the 14th century overlooks a lively square. Nearby are the museums the Petit Palais and Palais du Roure, Not too far away stands the famous Pont d'Avignon. Take your time wandering about the streets of Avignon, The ancient streets, the courtyards of the private mansions, the renovated facades will all charm you! One of the most elegant streets is the rue Joseph Vernet, adjacent to the Calvet museum and the Requien Museum. Don't miss the Antiquaire quarter, the Place de l'Horloge or the Chemin de Ronde which will take you to the Rocher des Doms. From the top of the ramparts you can understand why the site was chosen for a fort: Avignon stands high above the immense plains of the Rhone River and is the strategic point of the whole valley. The theater festival has made Avignon important in modern times. Started in 1947 by Jean Vilar, every year between the 10th of July and the 5th of August nearly 120,000 spectators come to discover new talent or admire those actors already known, These shows (dance, theater or music) are enhanced by the background of powerful history and often appear renewed or refreshed in this environment. The Off Festival is a series ot street shows set up by would be actors and is considered to be an excellent work lab for these aspiring young people. Late at night when the shows are over the terraces fill up with actors and spectators alike all creating a unique atmosphere found only in Avignon in the summer.

Onboard the S.S. Catherine

Ship Rating

4.0 of 5 stars

Costco Member Rating:
4.8/5 (115 Ratings)

As the sister ship to S.S. Antoinette, S.S. Catherine will be one of Uniworld's largest ships at 443 feet long. Catherine features innovative public areas and extra-spacious staterooms and suites. Uniworld ships carry fewer guests than other river ships. Catherine will have a 159 total passenger capacity, with five suites at 305 square feet and one Royal Suite at 410 square feet. The S.S. Catherine offers three full decks with elegantly appointed public areas designed for guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Bar/Lounge

Bar/Lounge

  • Fitness Center
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Elevators
  • Self-Service Laundromat

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Spa

Spa

  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Cézanne Restaurant

Cézanne Restaurant

Main Dining

Cézanne Restaurant (open seating): This seating option allows you to choose when and with whom you dine. Menus are a blend of classic cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance, and are created using only the finest and freshest ingredients often brought onboard from local ports of call. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of passing riverbank towns and villages.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Classic Stateroom with Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (162 sq. ft. - 15 sq m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center, and safe
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: FB)

Category: FB

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq. ft. - 18 sq m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center, and safe
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Deluxe Stateroom with Full Open-Air Balcony (Category: DB)

Category: DB

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (194 sq. ft. - 18 sq m) with open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center, and safe
  • Marble bathroom includes: Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Suite with Full Open-Air Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S

  • Lavishly appointed riverview suite (305 sq. ft. - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center, and safe
  • Triple accommodation option available. The sofa converts into a comfortable bed to accommodate a third person
  • Marble bathroom includes Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • Uniquely decorated and additional amenities and services, including: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard

Grand Suite with Full Open-Air Balcony (Category: GS)

Category: GS

  • Lavishly appointed riverview Grand Suite (410 sq. ft. - 38 sq m) with an open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center, safe, separate spacious living room and a bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area
  • Marble bathroom includes Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers
  • Additional amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in Bar du Leopard

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Camargue Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Third berth availableThird berth available
Single occupancySingle occupancy

Ship Facts

S.S. Catherine ship image
  • Ship Name: S.S. Catherine
  • Year Built: 2014
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2014
  • Ship Class: Sister ship to S.S. Antoinette
  • Maximum Capacity: 159
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 3
  • Number of Crew: 57
  • Officers' Nationality: International
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 14
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 61
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 159
  • Country of Registry: The Netherlands
  • Total Staterooms: 81
  • Suites with Balcony: 9
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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Available Dates & Prices

Terms & Conditions

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy, is valid for select stateroom categories only, and does not include government taxes/fees and gratuities. Click on Terms & Conditions link below for details.

**Unlimited beverages include premium wine and premium spirits. Diamond List of wine and spirits is available at an additional cost.

♦Executive Members receive a $50 shipboard credit per person, maximum $100 per stateroom. Executive Member benefit is valid for primary cardholder only. Shipboard credit is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Shipboard credit will be applied to your onboard account. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and may not be redeemed for cash.

†The exact amount of the Costco Shop Card will be calculated during the booking process. Click on the Terms & Conditions link below for additional information.

Ship's registry: The Netherlands

    Package ID: UNICATEUR20200609