Burgundy and Provence
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Indulging in fine wine and food, delving into history and gliding through glorious countryside: this is a holiday to savour. We begin in picturesque Avignon, to marvel at the extraordinary 14th-century papal palace. Then, explore your choice of two historical Provençal towns – Roman Arles or medieval Tarascon. Later, we choose a pace and explore pretty villages where wine-tasting is the delicious last stop. In lovely Lyon, we take either a culinary – or craft-based tour. Finally, we explore part of the wonderfully relaxed wine-producing region of Burgundy.
6 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Marseille – Avignon
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Marseille. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port in Avignon to embark your ship.
Day 2 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. Youll 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. A special captains welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 3 Tarascon (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 6th-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 4 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 5 Tournon (Tain lHermitage) – Lyon
If you love fine wine, youll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-lHermitage. 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 newer towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century. Youll see the handsome houses constructed by wealthy merchants and garrison officers when you walk through the Rue de Doux area, and youll pass the 14th-century church and the oldest secondary school in France.
Day 6 Lyon
As the epicentre of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalising contrasts. Theres much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals favourite mode of transportation with a bike ride – a great way to see the sights.
Day 7 Mcon (Beaune)
The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the regions wine trade, Beaune is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital – the Hospices de Beaune. A special Captains farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.