A Portrait of Majestic France with Uniworld

A Portrait of Majestic France with Uniworld

The quintessential voyage for gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of all things French.

This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of lovely French landscapes. Experience the romance of Paris and then sail the Seine to Normandy, discovering the gems of the region. Marvel at magnificent Rouen Cathedral, and tour the former smugglers’ harbor in Honfleur and follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny.

Travel to beautiful Bordeaux and delight in the countryside of southwest France. Explore Roman Saint-Émilion, with its astonishing Monolithic Church, and ancient Blaye, with its famous citadel. Journey through a land of noble wines, tasting the flavors of the regions as you go.

Enjoy the best France has to offer with Uniworld’s plethora of exclusive excursions (including an exclusive wine tasting of famous Médoc and Sauternes wines and an extraordinary evening tour of Bordeaux) as you cruise four rivers, visit bustling cities and charming towns and sample myriad culinary delights.

Who will enjoy this cruise

Gourmets, oenophiles and lovers of life’s finer things will savor this quintessential French voyage.

A Portrait of Majestic France is a combination of Paris & Normandy and Brilliant Bordeaux.

Ships:S.S. Bon Voyage, S.S. Joie de Vivre

Departure Classic French Balcony Suite Grand Suite
14/04/2019 $10,199 $12,699 $18,799 $24,199
28/04/2019 $10,999 $13,499 $19,599 $24,999
12/05/2019 $11,599 $14,099 $20,199 $25,599
09/06/2019 $11,599 $14,099 $20,199 $25,599
23/06/2019 $10,999 $13,499 $19,599 $24,999
07/07/2019 $11,599 $14,099 $20,199 $25,599
21/07/2019 $10,999 $13,499 $19,599 $24,999
04/08/2019 $10,999 $13,499 $19,599 $24,999
25/08/2019 $10,999 $13,499 $19,599 $24,999
15/09/2019 $11,799 $14,299 $20,399 $25,799
22/09/2019 $11,799 $14,299 $20,399 $25,799
29/09/2019 $11,799 $14,299 $20,399 $25,799
  • All fares are per guest in AU dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • 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.

For further detail on this or any other packages, please contact us on 1300 968 787

DINING

All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

14 breakfasts, 12 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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

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

State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions

Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

ACCOMMODATIONS

14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre and the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage

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

5 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager

Captivating onboard local entertainment

Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures

Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Generations Family Program on select summer departures

First class TGV train between Paris and Bordeaux

All transfers on arrival and departure days

All gratuities, both onboard and onshore

DAY 1: Bordeaux (Embark)

Arrive at Bordeaux–Mérignac International Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. Your ship is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city, so if time allows, why not stroll to the nearby food markets or take the tram to the popular Saint-Michel flea market, which is just a few stops away? Note: Ship schedule and order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Tour to port of destination by motorcoach and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to the impact of water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors.

The legendary Médoc region abounds with prestigious wine châteaux in a dizzying array of architectural styles, as well as miles of grapevines stretching to infinity. Take a scenic drive to the tip of the peninsula, followed by a wine tasting at a beautiful wine estate. Enjoy the waters of the Garonne River and the Gironde Estuary before heading to the pretty town of Pauillac, gateway to the storied Médoc wine route, the Atlantic coast and remnants of the Atlantic Wall erected during WWII.
Choice of Médoc Châteaux route with exclusive wine tasting or Bunker Archaeology tour
A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

The French phrase “la douceur de vivre” is an accurate description for time spent in Cadillac.
Choice of Sauternes vineyard with exclusive artisanal wine-tasting or Château de Cazeneuve

The Route de la Corniche Fleurie…could this be the most beautiful road you’ve ever traveled? Find out today on the drive to Blaye Fortress, passing through one impossibly picturesque hamlet after another, with exotic flowers (brought here by local sea captains) all along the way. Sail across the peaceful waters of the estuary, where fishing huts rise above grassy marshlands edged by limestone cliffs, as you make your way to the town of Blaye. A visual feast awaits you on a storied road named for the many flowers that line it.
Featured Excursions:
Scenic drive along the Route de la Corniche Fleurie with Blaye Fortress
"Let's Go" bike tour: Corniche Fleurie
Connoisseur Collection Excursion:
Rendez-vous chez Rémy Martin
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

The medieval town of Saint-Émilion is an ideal place to linger. Wander its cobblestone lanes, lined with wine shops and bakeries, and stop to admire the amazing rock-hewn church that extends beneath the city’s streets. Another treasure awaiting you underground? A wine tasting in the cellars of a premier Grand Cru estate. With Libourne as your base, travel to nearby Saint-Émilion and immerse yourself more deeply in the region’s history and wine culture.
Featured Excursion:
Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting

The French insist that the key to their superb wines is the soil in which they’re grown, the terroir. That same terroir also makes for extraordinary produce—the foundation for the country’s acclaimed cuisine—as you’ll discover today at a local farmers’ market.
Featured Excursion:
Libourne “Village Day” with farmers’ market
Connoisseur Collection Excursions:
Cocktail party - Island of Patiras
Chocolate and Wine tasting onboard
These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

For Francophiles who are all Eiffled out, the city of Bordeaux is a delightful find, as elegant and sophisticated as big sister Paris, but with a younger and hipper vibe. Discover its many charms today, either on foot with a local expert or on two wheels, the locals’ preferred way to navigate the city’s charming back streets. How to spend your last day in Bordeaux? You have a wonderful selection of exclusive opportunities to see this magnificent place, whose seamless blend of classical and neoclassical architecture led to its being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “Do as the Locals Do” with a walking tour of the city, or venture out on a bicycle ride through the city. Either way, you’ll have an up-close and personal view of one of the world’s most bustling and dynamic cities.
Choice of "Do as the Locals Do" Bordeaux Heritage walking tour or ”Let’s Go” biking in Bordeaux backstreets
Connoisseur Collection Excursion:
Bordeaux walking tour with caviar tasting
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Disembark the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage and transfer to Paris via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre, waits to carry you along the Seine on the next leg of your adventure.

Today is a celebration of Northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid chateau and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Chateau La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Impressionist master Claude Monet—the inspiration for many of his most beloved works. Or, take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.
Featured Excursion:
Troubled history at Château La Roche-Guyon
Choice of “Let's Go” bicycle ride to Giverny or Monet’s gardens at Giverny
Connoisseur Collection Excursion:
Champagne tasting onboard
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.
This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies’ D-Day invasion, a day that comes vividly to life on today’s excursion to the beaches of 1944. Or travel even further into the past with an up-close look at the thousand-year-old Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the Norman conquest. Immerse yourself in the tactics, desperate courage and horrendous human cost of the 1944 Allied invasion of France, the first step in the ultimately victorious land campaign against the Third Reich. It began here, on these Norman beaches, each of which was assigned a code name by the Allies as they planned their attack.
Choice of Full day Normandy Beaches with Bayeux and Arromanches or Full day Normandy Beaches with Juno Beach or Full day Normandy Beaches with Utah beach, Sainte-Mère-Église and Pointe du Hoc

Golfing? On a river cruise? This delightfully unexpected excursion—a Uniworld exclusive—features a dramatic links course atop Normandy’s Alabaster Coast. In a word, magnifique. Not into golf? Stroll through seaside Honfleur, captured on canvas by generations of artists. Caudebec, a lovely little town on a serene loop of the Seine, 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.
Choice of Honfleur old port walking discovery tour or “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat
Connoisseur Collection Excursion:
Cider and Calvados tasting
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

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 to spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. The medieval capital of Normandy, Rouen has managed to preserve much of its historic core, despite being turned into a battlefield numerous times. 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.
Featured Excursion:
Rouen capital of the dukes of Normandy
Connoisseur Collection Excursion:
La Couronne restaurant where Julia Child first experienced French cuisine
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

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.
Choice of Versailles Palace secret apartments or "Lets Go" biking: Versailles Gardens and the queen's hamlet
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

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. You have a host of options for exploring incomparable Paris: See all the important sights via boat and motorcoach, explore the heart and soul of the city on a walk from Notre Dame to the Latin Quarter, or bike along the quays with a knowledgeable guide.
Choice of Paris city of lights panoramic tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour or “Heart of Paris” Seine river cruise or “Let's Go” Seine riverbank bike ride

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 Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.

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.

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