Bask in the Best of Burgundy
Burgundy – its very name conjures images of lush vineyards, fine wine and phenomenal fare. This is the home of two of the world’s most cherished wines; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, simply known in Europe as ‘Burgundy’ and ‘White Burgundy’. For lovers of wine, the region of Burgundy is one of the ‘must-visit’ destinations, a veritable Mecca for the true connoisseur.
In 2019, you can realise that dream on Uniworld’s Burgundy & Provence river cruise. This 8-day culinary adventure takes you through the gastronmic heart of France, the historic Provence region, and to the very epicentre of Burgundy, the historic village of Beaune. This incredible cruise is sure to be the trip of a lifetime.
Uniworld’s Super Ship, the S.S. Catherine, is your luxurious home for the Burgundy & Provence cruise. Renowned for their inspired design, luxurious amenities and innovative technology, Uniworld’s Catherine continues this proud tradition of excellence with special emphasis given to the all-inclusive food and wine offerings.
With fresh ingredients sourced from providores along the cruise, the wealth of choice and flavours is guaranteed to delight. Unlimited beverages are served onboard, including fine wine, Champagne, beer and spirits, and you can expect plenty of Côtes du Rhône and Burgundy drops on the wine list too!
an inspirational itinerary
Step aboard the Catherine in the South of France and onto your first stop – exploring the radiant Arles or the charming medieval town of Tarascon. Renowned for its impressive Roman ruins and for being adored by Vincent Van Gogh, who completed over 200 of his paintings there, Arles is a spectacular Mediterranean must-see, while Tarascon is awash with medieval history that will take your breath away.
After a delicious Captain’s welcome dinner, wake up to sights and sounds of the fascinating walled city of Avignon - home to the impressive impregnable 15th century fortress, Palace of the Popes. Stroll through Avignon’s picturesque streets and enjoy charming local cafés. In the warmer months, kayak under the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard, constructed by 1000 workers in the first century, and visit the medieval bridge made famous by the folk song ‘Sur le Pont d’Avignon’.
Meander up the River Rhône to the next destination of Viviers, a captivating Roman settlement of tiny cobbled streets that wind up towards the 12th century St. Vincent’s, France’s smallest cathedral. Experience a taste of authentic French village life, chat to the locals and explore the delightful and traditional culture of their hometown on foot.
Wine connoisseurs will fall in love with the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, home to the Rhône region’s famous Côtes du Rhône, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage wines. Connected via the pretty suspension bridge that crosses the mighty Rhône, enjoy a guided tour through both historic villages before indulging in some sweet treats from the Valrhona chocolate factory and a touch of shopping. Visit the villages’ best wine cellars and taste a selection of the finest local wines, made from the Syrah grapes that grow along the steep river banks for the perfect end to your day.
From village life to the third largest city in France, the next stop is the sophisticated hub of Lyon, a foodie paradise with a legendary local gourmet scene. Once home to the world-renowned chef, the late Paul Bocuse, Lyon has birthed some of the finest and most humble styles of French cuisine. On a guided tour of the city you’ll discover the delicious hearty fare served in one or more of the traditional ‘bouchons’, sample delectable macarons, local delicacies called quenelles and Cervelle de canut; a seasoned cream cheese. Dedicated foodies can take the experience to the next level, with a chef’s table lunch at Institut Paul Bocuse, an optional experience that’s part of Uniworld’s Masterpiece Collection. Gourmet offerings aside, cycle along the river banks to marvel at Lyon’s moored houseboats and spectacular views across to the historic Old Town.
Bask in Burgundy
The next day, wake up in the town of Mâcon, the gateway to Burgundy. The day features an inspiring trip to the 2,000-year-old town of Beaune, the epicentre of Burgundy, brimming with history and delicious food and wine.
Start with a visit to the Hospices de Beaune, a medieval hospital once run by monks, who made wine from their vineyards to sell at an annual auction to fund their charitable work. Then lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafés or immerse yourself in the Beaune produce markets, where stalls are festooned with locally grown fruits, vegetables and a variety of cheeses, breads and smallgoods.
The inspiring destinations, culinary delights and the luxury of Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine, will ensure you experience a dream holiday you’ll treasure forever.
For details or to book a luxury stateroom, call 1300 780 231 or visit uniworld.com