Trip Type : River Cruise
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Grand France tour

Grand France

Uniworld
4.9 . Excellent
96%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
15 days
From: $ 6,599 $ 440 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore  Paris and Arles
  • Discover Les Andelys, Giverny, Vernon and Avignon
  • Visit historic Omaha Beach
  • Explore Bayeux to view its famous 11th-century tapestry
  • Visit Saint Catherine's Church in Honfleur
  • Experience the Kayak ride in Gardon River

Short Description

Journey from historic Normandy to breathtaking Provence and vineyard-rich Burgundy.

For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine, and romance of France, this grand voyage provides them all. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world. You’ll experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon in-depth shore excursions. Walk through Monet’s beloved gardens in Giverny, kayak under the arches of the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard outside Avignon, enjoy a recital of baroque favorites in a 12th-century cathedral in charming Viviers, and visit the famous Les Halles food market in lively Lyon. From the beaches of Normandy to the verve and romance of Paris, rich vineyard country to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, this itinerary in France is truly nonpareil!

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paris
End City Avignon

Trip Includes

Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
  • 2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions
  • 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

Excursions

  • 12 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" options
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Accommodations

  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the alluring River Baroness and the striking S.S. Catherine
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Experiences

  • 1 country: France
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • First class TGV train between Paris and Lyon
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
  • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Multigenerational Family-Friendly Programme on select summer departures

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris (embark)

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2: Vernon (Giverny), Les Andelys

Featured Excursions: Monet’s Giverny and hike to Château Gaillard

Visit Monet’s former home and famous gardens, the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Later, hike up to Château Gaillard to see the ruins of Richard the Lionheart’s 12th-century stronghold and take in the remarkable views. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: Giverny will be closed during the March 13 and 20 cruise departure dates. Instead of Giverny, guests will visit the gardens of Versailles.

Day 3: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

Featured Excursions: Full-day Normandy Beaches with choice of Arromanches 360° Cinema or Juno Beach and Canadian Centre or Tapestry Museum in Bayeux

Visit historic Omaha Beach and choose from several options: a circular cinema that brings D-Day to life; Juno Beach and the Canadian Centre; or travel to Bayeux to view its famous 11th-century tapestry. At the American Cemetery and memorial honoring U.S. soldiers, you may also join a special remembrance ceremony.

Day 4: Rouen

Featured Excursions: Rouen walking discovery tour

During your time in historic Rouen, you’ll see the city's medieval quarter, a large Renaissance clock tower, and the bronze cross marking the site where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Another highlight is Rouen's Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, a favorite subject of artist Claude Monet.

Day 5: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur)

Featured Excursion: Honfleur walking discovery tour

Travel through Normandy’s bucolic countryside to Honfleur, a charming seaside town painted by generations of artists. Tour the former Smuggler's Harbor of Vieux Bassin—the town's most frequently painted scene—and St. Catherine's Church, built by shipwrights.

Day 6: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Auvers sur Oise)

Featured Excursion: “Vincent van Gogh’s Footsteps” walking discovery tour of Auvers-sur-Oise

Follow in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, where he spent the last two months of his life and created a number of notable works. You’ll also see the cemetery where Vincent and his brother Theo are buried side by side. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 7: Paris

Featured Excursions: Choice of Paris city tour or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour

oday’s panoramic tour of Paris features all the top sights, with a stop at Luxembourg Gardens for a more intimate perspective of Parisian life. Or, “Do as the Locals Do” on an expertly tour of the lively Latin Quarter and Île de la Cité, the historic centre of Paris and the site of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Day 8: Paris (disembark), transfer to Lyon via High speed TGV train (embark)

Disembark the ship in Paris, transfer to Lyon via TGV high speed train, and embark your ship.

Day 9: Macon (Beaune)

Featured Excursion: Beaune, Hospices de Beaune, and open-air food market visit

Learn about Burgundy’s celebrated wines on an excursion to the Hospices de Beaune, where monks have been making and selling wine to support their charitable work since the 15th century. You’ll also have a chance to browse the stalls of Beaune’s open-air market. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 10: Lyon

Featured Excursions: Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon gourmet tour OR exclusive silk weavers walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour, and exclusive Lyon "Illuminations" tour

Delve into France’s capital of gastronomy with a tour of Lyon’s famous food market, or opt for a tour of the Quartier St. Jean, where you'll meet an artisan who specializes in silk weaving. For something more active, do your sightseeing by bicycle. This evening, enjoy a special "Illuminations” tour of the city.

Day 11: Tournon/Train l'Hermitage

Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive Tournon and Tain l’Hermitage village stroll with wine tasting OR exclusive guided "Go Active" Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

You'll have an opportunity to experience this famous wine district in one of two ways today. Explore Tournon and its historic castle, then cross over the suspension bridge to Tain l’Hermitage to taste Côtes du Rhône wines. Or, you can choose a guided hike through the verdant Hermitage vineyards, followed by a tasting of distinctive local wines.

Day 12: Viviers, Avignon

Featured Excursion: Exclusive "Village Day" “Intimate Viviers through Music” tour

Founded in the fifth century, Viviers retains much of its medieval character and charm. See the sights on foot, then climb Rue du Château to take in the view from the 12th-century St. Vincent Cathedral. Afterwards, enter the cathedral to hear a recital of music by Puccini, Bach and Handel.

Day 13: Avignon

Featured Excursions: Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour and Palace of the Popes visit OR exclusive “Off the Beaten Path” Avignon walking discovery tour OR exclusive guided “Go Active” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Enjoy a tour of Avignon—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—before venturing inside the grand Palace of the Popes. Or explore a different side of the city on a tour that takes you “off the beaten path.” Another alternative is a guided kayak ride that ventures beneath the Pont du Gard, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago.

Note: The kayak ride on the Gardon River is only available for May–September departure dates.

Day 14: Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Featured Excursions: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour or Tarascon walking discovery tour

Arles has a number of sites associated with Vincent van Gogh and some fascinating ancient Roman monuments to explore. Or visit Tarascon and its medieval church, beautiful Renaissance palace, and museum devoted to the region’s distinctive textiles. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 15: Avignon (disembark)

Disembark the ship and transfer to Marseille International Airport for your return flight home.

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Ship Name

River Baroness

Ship Stats

Guests: 116

Staff: 43

Suites: 4 (256 sq ft)

Staterooms: 54 (128 Sq Ft)

Length: 361 ft

Width: 37.5 ft

Ship Description

The alluring River Baroness captures the essence of French joie de vivre and chic, sophisticated flair. Vibrant colours such as coral, salmon, and pink adorn the walls of the Monet Lounge and lobby, while mirrors and a classic white palette lend elegance to the Van Gogh Restaurant. A collection of resplendent art can be found throughout the ship—including The Three Women, an oversized original oil painting displayed in the Monet Lounge—creating a visual feast at every turn.

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

We hope nothing will come between you and your Uniworld vacation. Should you need to cancel your booking or any portion of it, your cancellation must be received in writing. It will be effective on the date of receipt. Cancellation charges, per person and based upon the date of cancellation, are as follows:

 

Cancellation Notice Received Before Tour Start Date and Cancellation Charges Per Person

  • 90 days or more: $300 nonrefundable deposit
  • 89 – 60 days: 35% of the fare**
  • 59 – 30 days: 50% of the fare**
  • Less than 30 days: 100% of the fare**
  • No Show: 100% of the fare**

 

**Fare is defined as the cost of any cruise, land, or air element purchased from Uniworld. Port charges are fully refundable if they have been paid prior to cancelling your trip.

These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that might be levied by your travel agent. There is no refund for unused services or for unused portions of the trip. For true worry-free travel, please see the Travel Protection Plan section of this brochure or visit uniworld.com. The Travel Protection Plan premium is nonrefundable once paid to Uniworld.

Additional Information:

  • Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
  • The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
  • Additional hotel night special rates may be available.

Trip ID#:

GraFraUni

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport  and visa fees

Meals Included:

14 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 14 Dinners

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