Burgundy and Provence

Resort: Burgundy and Provence
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £2649.00

Overview

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.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights cruise on S.S. Catherine
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients

6 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct visit or Lets Go kayak ride on the Gardon River
  • Arles walking tour
  • Intimate Viviers Village Day
  • Choice of Tournon and Tain-lHermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Let's Go Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting
  • Choice of Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour or Silk weavers walking tour or Let's Go Lyon peninsula bike tour
  • Choice of Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices or Macon walking tour

Plus

  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captains welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

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.

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