Grand France

Grand France

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Grand France

15 Days Starting in Paris, France and ending in Arles, France

Visiting: Paris, Vernon, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux, Mantes-la-Jolie, Lyon, Mâcon, Tain-l'Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, Arles

Ship Name:
S.S. Joie de Vivre
Ship Capacity:

128

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

4-99

Tour operated in:
English , French
Trip Styles:

Luxury, River Cruise

Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Walking, Wine Tasting

From:
$7288
$6923 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$364

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Tour Overview

For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine and romance of France, this grand voyage is a dream come true. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world. Experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon in-depth shore excursions. Walk through Monet’s beloved Giverny, seeing the enchanting grounds that he made famous; travel back in time and enjoy a Village day in charming Viviers; visit Lyon’s famous secret passageways, the Traboules; and have a chance to golf high above the cliffs of Étretat—one of the most spectacular courses in France. From the beaches of Normandy and the verve and romance of Paris to the sun-drenched vistas of Burgundy and Provence, this itinerary in France is truly sans pareil! Grand France is a combination of Paris & Normandy and Burgundy & Provence.

Highlights

  • Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine and romance of France, this grand voyage is a dream come true.

  • Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world.

  • Experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon in-depth shore excursions.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Paris
Location: Paris

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 : Vernon
Location: Vernon

Today is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. In the morning, choose between a scenic hike or a visit to the hilltop Château de La Roche-Guyon, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers sweeping views over the Seine. Later, explore the beautiful gardens of Monet. You'll have the opportunity to take in the French countryside on your way there with an invigorating bike ride, or opt to arrive by coach instead.

Day 3 : Rouen
Location: 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 the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. 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
Location: Caudebec-en-Caux

Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbor and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf.

Day 5 : Rouen
Location: Rouen

There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British and Commonwealth, or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

Day 6 : Mantes-La-Jolie
Location: Mantes-la-Jolie

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

Day 7 : Paris
Location: 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, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

Day 8 : Lyon
Location: Lyon

You’ll transfer from the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre cruise ship in Paris to the striking S.S. Catherine in Lyon via high-speed TGV train for the second half of this fabulous grand tour. Once you’ve settled into your new home, you’ll have some time to explore delightful Lyon, which is nestled alongside the Saône River.

Day 9 : Lyon
Location: Lyon

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 bike ride—a great way to see the sights.

Day 10 : Mâcon
Location: Mâcon

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.

Day 11 : Tain-L'hermitage
Location: Tain-l'Hermitage

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Tournon may be a small town, but stirring events took place here: A castle was raised on the hilltop in the 10th century to protect the region, and new fortifications were added over the centuries, including two “new” towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century. You’ll see the handsome houses constructed by wealthy merchants and garrison officers when you walk through the Rue de Doux area, and you’ll pass the 14th-century church and the oldest secondary school in France.

Day 12 : Viviers
Location: Viviers

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.

Day 13 : Avignon
Location: Avignon

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.

Day 14 : Arles
Location: Arles

Explore a sun-drenched Provençal town today with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there. 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.

Day 15 : Arles
Location: Arles

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 the Marseille Airport for your flight home.

Ship Details

S.S. Joie de Vivre

Image Of Ship

S.S. Joie de Vivre brings the “joy of living” to the rivers of France. Step aboard your floating pied-à-terre in France, featuring handcrafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork, and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties, all blending seamlessly with modern conveniences.

Ship Name:

S.S. Joie de Vivre

Adults Only Areas:

kids allowed

Ship Children Facilities:

itinerary_dependent

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

boutique

Ship Class:

Super Ship

Ship Style:

luxury

Ship Type:

river

Ship Currency:

EUR

Ship Language:

fr+en

Ship Capacity:

128

Ship Crew Count:

52

Number of Decks:

4

Number of Cabins:

64

Number of Large Cabins:

10

Ship Launch Year:

2017

Ship Length (Meters):

125 M

Ship Width (Meters):

11 M

Ship Speed (Knots):

10 Kn

Balzac Deck

French Balcony StateroomsReceptionLe Restaurant Pigalle

Deck de Montmarte

Bridge

Jules Verne Deck

Classic StateroomsLaundryLa Cave des Vins

Sun Deck

Sun Deck

Victor Hugo Deck

Serenity River SpaMassageFitness CentreSwimming PoolClub L'Esprit / Claude'sBarSuites Le BistroSalon Toulouse24-Hour Tea and Coffee StationGrand SuiteDeluxe French Balconies

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. 

Please Note: The category names for our rooms are changing. We are introducing a new naming structure for staterooms and suites (noted in parentheses).

Deluxe French Balcony (Grade DLXFRNCH )

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balconyHandcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, bottled water and flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satelliteMarble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Suite (Grade SUITE )

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (305 sq ft - 28.3 sq m) with an open-air balconyHandcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, safe, direct-dial telephone and flat-screen TV with infotainment centerTriple accommodation option available. The sofa converts into a comfortable bed to accommodate a third personMarble bathroom includes Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippersUniquely 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 (Royal) Suite (Grade GRANDSTE )

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (410 sq ft - 38 Sq m) with a French balconyHandcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled waterThe Grand (Royal) Suite offers extra benefits, including a separate spacious living room, bathroom with a separate rain shower and tub, and secluded toilet and bidet area.

Category 2-3 (French Balcony) (Grade FRNCH )

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balconyHandcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled waterMarble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Category 1 (Deluxe French Balcony) (Grade DLXFRNCH )

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balconyHandcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled waterMarble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cosy bathrobes and slippers

Grand Suite (Grade GRANDSTE )

Lavishly appointed riverview Grand Suite (410 sq ft - 38 sq m) with an open-air balconyHandcrafted 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 areaMarble bathroom includes Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippersAdditional 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.

Category 4-5 (Classic) (Grade CLASSIC )

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (162-180 sq ft - 15-17 sq m)Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, bottled water and flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satelliteMarble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers

French Balcony (Grade FRNCH )

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms (194 sq ft - 18 sq m) with a French balconyHandcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, bottled water and flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satelliteMarble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers

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.

From Farm to Ship

Farm-to-table isn’t just a trendy culinary buzzword around here. It’s a governing philosophy and commitment to serving you the very best local dishes created by our master chefs. When in Italy, dinner may consist of Prosciutto di Parma pizza and Osso Buco Milanese, prepared to your liking, with meats and vegetables sourced from just miles away. After a day immersed in Indian culture, your taste buds may do some immersing of their own with Gajar Shorba and Tandoori Chicken Tikka for lunch. Live brilliantly. Dine locally. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

Creative Culinary Options

For those interested in healthier dining options, our Traveling Lite menu features all of the flavor of our traditional menu, but with fewer calories. We also offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options, prepared just for you. If you have a specific meal preference, just ask. Our chefs will be happy to accommodate.

We learned from the best

Mrs. Beatrice Tollman’s culinary vision lives on with her many Signature Dishes you can enjoy onboard. Mrs. Tollman’s memoir, A Life in Food, chronicles her gastronomic prowess and joy of being able to share her life’s passion with thousands of guests. You’ll discover many of the recipes Mrs. Tollman published on our menu, including Bea’s Chicken Soup, Sesame Fried Chicken and Honeycomb Ice Cream. If the all-inclusive amenities and luxurious accommodations weren’t enough to put you in a state of comfortable bliss, the homegrown cooking will.

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! 

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.

Le Restaurant Pigalle

Le Restaurant Pigalle is located on Balzac Deck.

Sip a glass of wine while you cruise past beautiful landscapes and world-famous landmarks on your way to your next destination...

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. Signature CocktailsOur cocktails, much like our ships, are one-of-a-kind and inspired by the destinations we visit. Our bartenders are sharing their favorites with you.Local WinesUniworld cruises through some of the world’s most acclaimed wine producing regions in Europe. Our onboard wine menus are expertly curated by our staff of Sommeliers to reflect the local destination. Plus, you can enjoy these local wines as part of your all-inclusive package.Local BeersOur onboard beer menus feature unique lagers, ales and stouts from small local breweries, giving you a taste of the world’s finest. The best part? It’s all included.Premium SpiritsExtra dirty Grey Goose martini with locally harvested olives? It’s all yours. As is everything else you can think of. With our ultra-inclusive amenities you can enjoy unlimited beverages onboard.

Information Desk

The Information Desk can be found on Balzac Deck.

Salon Toulouse

Salon Toulouse can be found on Victor Hugo Deck

Curated Services

Guests looking to treat themselves and their loved ones to a private, extraordinary experience can arrange a Curated Service. These experiences can be booked onboard, are often accompanied with a private car and/or guide, are fully customizable, and provide guests with an opportunity to create an exceptionally special moment just for them.

Included Excursions

VILLAGE DAYGet an in-depth look into the quaint destinations we visit and the local people who bring them to life.LET’S GOThese active excursions feature walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking and golfing activities.DO AS THE LOCALS DOExperience life like a local, from riding the subway to stopping into a café for a local treat.NIGHTS OUTPrivate after-hours tours of popular attractions and fun local nightlife experiences.

Masterpiece Collection

Tasting cheese with a cheese affineur in Rüdesheim or cruising through the streets of Bordeaux in a retro sidecar–if going above and beyond is what you’re after, you’ll be sure to enjoy our selection of Masterpiece Collection optional experiences, available for an additional cost.

Private Experiences

From visiting a museum without the crowds to an after-hours tour of a famous landmark, these included, once-in-a-lifetime experiences are arranged privately for Uniworld guests.


ALL-INCLUSIVE FAMILY RIVER CRUISES

Every Uniworld Generations cruise includes special programs, events and excursions designed specifically for your world travellers in training.

Uniworld specializes in personalised travel, and that goes for our younger guests as well. Since no two kids are alike, we offer a full range of enticing onshore excursions and onboard activities—some geared for children and others tailored for tweens and teens.

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. 

Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour.

Age Restrictions

In our experience, most young children—especially those under 4—are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore. Please note: Our Generations program departures include programs and services designed for families traveling with children. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their safety and behavior onboard and onshore.Europe, Asia, India, and Egypt: Guests should be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older.Peru: Guests must be 7 years of age or older. Guests under 21 must be booked in a cabin with someone who is 25 years of age or older, or traveling with a parent or guardian who is booked in a connecting suite. Some excursions may not be suitable for young children.

Dietary Requirements

Kindly inform us in advance if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.). This information can be provided to us when completing your Passenger Information Form. We have a “Travelling Lite” menu for guests seeking more health-conscious options, as well as light lunches, vegetarian options, and generous buffets that offer something for everyone. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

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.

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 color scheme will keep your bags to a minimum.We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. We 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.

Laundry

Most ships have either a self-serve laundrette (with ironing board) or laundry service for an additional fee. Please contact info@uniworld.com to find out what services your ship offers. No dry cleaning services are available on any ship.

Smoking Restrictions

For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes.We also ask guests to refrain from smoking on shore excursions/tours, especially since many historical sites and other tourist attractions are now smoke-free as well.

The Most All-Inclusive Amenities

There’s all-inclusive, and then there’s the unmatched level of inclusive luxurious amenities that only we provide. To ensure truly carefree and effortless travel, we’ve gone ahead and included it all–so the only thing you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation.UNLIMITED premium spirits and winesDelicious, FIVE-STAR, farm-to-table cuisineYour choice of CAREFULLY CURATED EXCURSIONSALL GRATUITIES onboardOnboard FITNESS CENTER and WELLNESS CLASSES with a certified wellness instructorAll scheduled AIRPORT TRANSFERSBICYCLES and NORDIC WALKING STICKS for onshore useShipwide INTERNET and WI-FI accessOnboard ENTERTAINMENT and ENRICHMENT

Uniworld Cares

Travel has provided us the chance to give back and lift up others, and we strive to do so whenever possible. We focus on making a positive impact and advocating for environmental, social and economic responsibility with the help of our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation. Founded in 2008 by our parent company, The Travel Corporation, our collective mission is to safeguard people, wildlife and the planet for generations to come and to #MakeTravelMatter.PeopleWe work with local artisans and small business everywhere we travel, so we can bring you authentic local experiences while also supporting the livelihoods of the people who make these communities special.PlanetEvery year, we find more ways to cut back on our carbon footprint, from committing to eliminate more than 60 types of single-use plastics to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 or sooner and ensuring that at least 50% of our electricity is renewable by 2025.WildlifePartnering with leading wildlife organizations, we work to protect and rehabilitate elephant, rhino and big cat populations around the world, while also educating our guests on ethical wildlife experiences.We're Committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 or SoonerOur five-point plan starts with Measuring our emissions in order to Reduce and Offset our carbon footprint, supports third-party efforts to Remove the existing carbon in the atmosphere and forms critical partnerships so that we continue to Evolve. We’re also ensuring that at least 50% of our electricity is renewable by 2025.You can get involved too! With our leading carbon offset provider, South Pole, you can purchase carbon offsets to cancel out the emissions produced by your travel. They have 700+ high quality and verifiable offset projects to choose from around the world.Make Travel Matter® experiencesOn our cruises and trips across our TTC family of brands, we offer a selection of included MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences. They are chosen for the positive environmental or social impact they have on the guests who experience them, and the people and places they visit, and they support one or more of the United Nation’s Global Goals.Make Travel Matter® pledgeWe’ve partnered with TreadRight and The Travel Corporation to launch the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Pledge. Uniworld employees, alongside our 10,000 colleagues across 42 travel brands worldwide, have been asked to take this pledge to make travel matter and help protect people, the planet and wildlife. As travellers, travel providers and members of the global travel industry, this pledge serves as the next step in our long-standing commitment to sustainable tourism and conscious travel.Say Goodbye to Single-Use PlasticsIt is estimated that an additional eight million tons of plastic pour into our oceans every year. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, if nothing is done to push back against the deluge of plastics currently overwhelming our oceans there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.Under the guidance of The Travel Corporation and TreadRight, we will ban more than 60 types of single-use plastics across all operations—including straws, water bottles and plastic bags—by 2022. It's all part of our commitment to ensure the environment remains vibrant for generations to come.

Wi-Fi

Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access. Please view your ship’s specific information page on our website or email us at info@uniworld.com to find out if Wi-Fi is available onboard. Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or when moving through locks, and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)

  • Fully Guided

    Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

  • Meals

    14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 14 dinners

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment

  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions

  • 12 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts

  • Guided “Let's Go,” “Do as the Locals Do” and “Village Day” programs

  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

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What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

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  • What is the tipping policy?

    Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Guests must be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

  • Will my itinerary change after I have booked?

    The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

  • Are three people allowed per room?

    Triple bookings are allowed only in some suites onboard the S.S. Catherine, S.S. La Venezia and the S.S. Maria Theresa (excluding the Royal Suite). Note that ships that allow triple booking may change, so we suggest calling Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for the most up-to-date information.

  • What should I wear on my cruise?

    For destinations in EUROPE: It's best to prepare for a variety of weather conditions, depending on your travel season and the regions through which you will be cruising. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows you to adjust to most temperatures, including artificially maintained temperatures, by adding or removing items throughout the day. Comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear is appropriate both onshore and onboard. Everyday slacks, khakis, walking shorts and everyday skirts/dresses are recommended. For warmer temperatures, we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered, such as a mix of sweaters, lightweight knit shirts, slacks and walking shorts. For early spring and late fall departures, you’ll find sweatshirts, heavier cotton or wool tops and long-sleeved shirts, and corduroy or heavy khaki pants perfectly suitable. Mix and-match color schemes work best to help keep baggage light. You will participate in a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. For evenings, any resort-type wear is perfectly suitable; however, we do ask that you not wear shorts to dinner. Men may want to bring one sport jacket for dressier restaurant venues and for special events onboard such as the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell festivities. Women may wish to bring a cocktail dress or two for finer dining or entertainment experiences. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier weight wind-breaker for colder temperatures. We recommend wearing comfortable, smart-casual clothing both onshore and onboard. We 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. While there is no formal dress code 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. For our EXOTICS destinations: These programs are very different from European river programs; attire is more casual due to the region’s warmer temperatures. During the cruise/tour portion of your program, comfortable, lightweight clothing in lighter colors is strongly recommended. We suggest clothing that can be layered, such as a mix of cotton shirts, lightweight knit shirts, sweaters, everyday khakis, slacks, skirts/dresses, walking shorts and sun hats. Prepare for a variety of weather conditions, depending on your travel season and the regions through which you will be cruising. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, as this allows you to adjust to most temperatures, including artificially maintained temperatures, by removing or adding items throughout the day. Mix/match color schemes work best to help keep baggage light. You will participate in a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavy weight windbreaker for colder temperatures, especially during early spring, fall and winter departures. PLEASE NOTE: To enter the temples and other holy sites, guests should ensure that their shoulders and knees are covered. Egypt: For evenings, we recommend casual and cool attire; however, we require footwear to be worn at all times in the dining room. Sport jackets and cocktail dresses are not needed at any time during this program. You may wish to pack at least one “smart casual” outfit for the onboard Gala Reception. For those on the Jordan extension, while sleeping quarters will be heated, the winter months can drop below freezing at night. Please pack accordingly for outside weather. India, Vietnam & Cambodia: For evenings, we recommend casual and cool attire; however, we require footwear to be worn at all times in the dining room. Sport jackets and cocktail dresses are not needed at any time during this program. Peru: We recommend comfortable walking shoes, quick drying and lightweight clothing, lightweight long pants and rain gear, long-sleeved tops for jungle excursions, wide-brimmed hat, extra socks, and a bathing suit.

  • What is the voltage?

    Europe: Electrical current is 220V, the European standard; however, each stateroom and suite has one 110V outlet. Egypt and Peru: Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. To use any electrical product from the U.S. and comparable regions, you will need a 3-pin plug adapter and a voltage converter. India: Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. On the ship, outlets that accommodate both 110V and 220V appliances are available in the suites. In the hotels, dual-voltage appliances or a voltage converter will be needed. Vietnam & Cambodia: Voltage is 220V/50Hz in all hotels and onboard the ship. On the ship, outlets that accommodate both 110V and 220V appliances are available in the suites. In the hotels, dual-voltage appliances or a voltage converter will be needed. In addition, you will need a two-round-pin-type plug adaptor in Cambodia, and a three-flat-pin-type plug adaptor in Vietnam. Voltage may vary by ship. Your electrical appliances from home may require an adapter and/or converter. We recommend reviewing the latest Cruise Companion for the region you will be visiting, or call Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

  • Is there onboard internet access?

    Select ships offer complimentary Wi-Fi access. Please email us at info@uniworld.com to find out if Wi-Fi is available onboard. Service may be briefly interrupted in remote areas, while sailing, or when moving through locks, and the speed will likely be slower than what you are used to back home.

  • What is the food like?

    Our classically trained chefs use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for all onboard meals, which feature both regionally-inspired and western dishes. See our Culinary Excellence page for more details.

  • Is laundry service available?

    Most ships have either a self-serve laundrette (with ironing board) or laundry service for an additional fee. Please contact info@uniworld.com to find out what services your ship offers. No dry cleaning services are available on any ship.

  • How do I book optional excursions once onboard?

    Optional excursions can be booked with your Cruise Manager and charged to your onboard account. Some optional excursions require a minimum number of participants to operate. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour start time or for pre-paid tours. On pre/post-cruise extensions, you may book optional excursions with your Local Host and pay by credit card (cash not accepted). Optional excursions cannot be reserved prior to the cruise. Select Masterpiece Collection excursions may be booked in advance. We recommend calling Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

  • Can I take children on my cruise?

    In our experience, most young children—especially those under 4—are simply not yet old enough to enjoy river cruising. We make no special arrangements for little ones and offer few kid-friendly activities onboard or onshore. Please note: Our Generations program departures include programs and services designed for families traveling with children. Adults accompanying children are responsible for their safety and behavior onboard and onshore. Europe, Asia, India, and Egypt: Guests must be 4 years of age or older. Guests who are less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and booked in a cabin with someone who is 21 years of age or older. Peru: Guests must be 7 years of age or older. Guests under 21 must be booked in a cabin with someone who is 25 years of age or older, or traveling with a parent or guardian who is booked in a connecting suite. Some excursions may not be suitable for young children.

  • Where will the ship dock?

    In many ports, your river ship is small enough to dock within easy walking distance of the historic city center. Elsewhere, the ship may need to dock farther away and a motorcoach transfer will be provided. There may be times when your ship moors next to another ship or between ships, especially in busy ports. Docking locations are determined by the local harbor authorities, not Uniworld or the ship’s captain. For the latest embarkation and disembarkation port location details, please visit our Port Locations page, or call Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

  • Is smoking allowed?

    For the comfort of all our guests, smoking is only permitted on the sun decks of our ships. Smoking is not permitted on motorcoaches. This policy applies to all forms of smoking materials including vapor e-cigarettes. We also ask guests to refrain from smoking on shore excursions/tours, especially since many historical sites and other tourist attractions are now smoke-free as well.

  • What about gratuities?

    Europe: Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour. Egypt, India, Peru, Vietnam & Cambodia: Gratuities for onboard and onshore personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager or Egyptologist, local experts, drivers) are included both during the cruise/tour as well as on any pre- or post-cruise land extensions.

  • Which cruise itinerary is best for me?

    A good choice for first-time river cruisers is a Danube River cruise, which offers an enjoyable “tasting menu” of many top cultural sites. A Rhine River cruise, with stunning scenery and dozens of castles, is another great option. Second- or third-timers may enjoy visiting Eastern Europe via a cruise along the Lower Danube. More experienced travellers seeking something new might consider the Douro River in Portugal, the Peruvian Amazon in South America, or our Cruise & Rail itineraries.

  • Does each sightseeing group on excursions have its own guide?

    Yes, each group has its own English-speaking guide. Our local experts are considered the best in the industry, and our complimentary QuietVox audio headsets make it easy to hear every word of their insightful commentary.

  • Can I use my credit and debit cards in Europe?

    Most major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Europe. Credit cards and most debit cards can be used for ATM cash withdrawals onshore (there are no ATMs aboard our ships). We recommend bringing at least one credit card plus an ATM card. Try to avoid carrying euro notes larger than €100, as merchants may be hesitant to accept them due to counterfeiting. Limited currency exchange is available onboard (cash only) and all major hotels have exchange facilities. Travellers Checks are not recommended.

  • What if a major tourist site on my itinerary is closed?

    We typically arrange a city tour in these rare situations, or allow extra free time to explore the city’s top sites on your own. In such cases, we will do everything we can to make sure the locations visited and the excursions taken are similar to the ones originally planned.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Obtaining required travel documents including Visas is your sole responsibility. Requirements vary by country you are visiting and by your country of residence, and are subject to change at any time. Please check with the government agencies of the countries you will be visiting for the most recent information.

  • Why do you need a Passenger Information Form?

    Due to immigration and security measures worldwide, passenger information must be fully completed and received by Uniworld by the time of final payment. Final documentation will not be processed without receipt of the Passenger Information Form. Every guest is required to complete this form.

  • Can you accommodate special diets?

    Kindly inform us in advance if you have specific dietary requests (e.g., low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, etc.). This information can be provided to us when completing your Passenger Information Form. We have a “Travelling Lite” menu for guests seeking more health-conscious options, as well as light lunches, vegetarian options, and generous buffets that offer something for everyone. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs given the resources available to us.

  • Could my itinerary change for any reason?

    We make every effort to follow our itineraries exactly as promoted, but reserve the right to make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of our guests and ships. There may be times when circumstances beyond our control require us to make certain changes to scheduled activities. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. Time permitting, we will let you know of any known changes before you board the ship.

  • Can I extend or customize my river cruise or land extension?

    You may book an optional pre- or post-cruise land extension on many Uniworld itineraries. If you are traveling with a group of 10 or more guests, the cruise or tour itinerary may be customized to suit the group’s needs. We recommend calling Uniworld or your preferred Travel Advisor for more information.

Reviews of this Operator

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Danube Holiday Markets

17-Dec-2023

The whole staff of the Maria Theresa treated like you were the only one on the cruise. They were great.. The food was delicious! The tours were perfect. This was our second cruise with Uniworld. We will be back.

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Daniel Wilson  

Danube Holiday Markets

18-Dec-2023

Staff was very personable and professional. Our two butlers, Boris and Silva were outstanding. Made sure our room always had a bottle of our favorite wine and they would surprise us with special goodies in the evening.

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Joan Hughes  

Wonderful Trip to India

18-Dec-2023

It was an excellent well organised trip. We travelled in luxury but saw much of rural and urban India as well as the ‘must see’ sights

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