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Grand France

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A meticulously planned itinerary tailor-made for culturally curious travellers

For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine and romance of France, this grand voyage is a dream come true. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world.

Experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon in-depth shore excursions. Walk through Monet’s beloved Giverny, seeing the enchanting grounds that he made famous; kayak under the arches of the 2,000-year-old Pont du Gard outside of Avignon; enjoy a recital of baroque favorites in a 12th-century cathedral in charming Viviers; visit Lyon’s famous Les Halles food market; and have a chance to golf at two historic French golf courses.

From the beaches of Normandy and the verve and romance of Paris to the sun-drenched vistas of Burgundy and Provence, this itinerary in France is truly sans pareil!

Who will enjoy this cruise

Those who desire a taste of everything—art, architecture, history, culture, fine wine and tantalizing cuisine—all in one grand adventure. Grand France is a combination of Paris & Normandy and Burgundy & Provence.

What’s Included:

  • An all-inclusive, boutique  night cruise in a riverview stateroom on
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 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” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Flights or Eurostar rail from the UK
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Day 1 - Paris (Embark)

Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Dinner

Day 2 - La Roche-Guyon, Vernon (Giverny)

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:
Château La Roche-Guyon
Choice of Monet’s gardens at Giverny or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” bicycle ride to Giverny

Day 2 - La Roche-Guyon, Vernon (Giverny)

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 - Rouen

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 gourmet walking discovery tour

Day 3 - Rouen

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

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.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Honfleur walking discovery tour or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” golfing in Étretat

Day 4 - Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Rouen ( Normandy Beaches)

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.

Featured Excursion:
Arromanches and the American Cemetery
Choice of Utah and Omaha beaches with Sainte-Mère-Église or Juno Beach or Bayeux

Day 5 - Rouen ( Normandy Beaches)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

If you’ve ever wondered what life was really like for the French rulers of yesteryear, find out today with a visit to one of two over-the-top residences—the Palace of Versailles or the private rooms of Château de Malmai

How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Malmaison, home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s empress Josephine, to find out.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Château de Malmaison or Palace of Versailles
Château de Malmaison

Part great romance, part scandal, part politics—this is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine, the fascinating (and notorious) widow he married in 1796 and divorced 14 years later in order to marry Marie-Louise of Austria (who gave him the son Josephine could not bear him).

Day 6 - Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Paris

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.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of “Heart of Paris” cruise and city tour or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Left Bank bicycle ride or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour

Day 7 - Paris

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Paris (Disembark), Transfer to Lyon via TGV Train (Embark)

You’ll transfer from the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre cruise ship in Paris to the striking S.S. Catherine in Lyon via high-speed, first-class TGV train for the second half of this fabulous grand tour.

Once you’ve settled into your new home, you’ll have some time to explore delightful Lyon, which is nestled alongside the Saône River.

Day 8 - Paris (Disembark), Transfer to Lyon via TGV Train (Embark)

Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9 - Mâcon (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 region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wines, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune and Hospices de Beaune or Mâcon walking discovery tour

Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune and Hospices de Beaune
Beaune may not be a large town, but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. Nestled inside medieval ramparts, Beaune was the seat of the warlike dukes of Burgundy until the 16th century. It is best known for two magnificent sights: the Hospices de Beaune and the open-air market.

Day 9 - Mâcon (Beaune)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Lyon

As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways.

After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike ride—a great way to see the sights. Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris.

Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive—and lovely—bike paths.

Day 10 - Lyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have an opportunity to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.

Spend the day in the midst of Côte du Rhône wine country, exploring storied vineyards and picturesque villages.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting
Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine wine.

Day 11 - Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Viviers

You’ll meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers, encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner—you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come.

An enchanting village where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, Viviers has a long and storied history 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. You’ll see both parts today on your walking tours; its picturesque rooftops and cobblestone streets always delight visitors.

Featured Excursion:
Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Day 12 - Viviers

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - 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.

You’ll 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.

Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon. Choose between three different ways to explore this intriguing and ancient city.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard or Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

Day 13 - Avignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon!

Arles has existed since the sixth 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 and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including Sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century château that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.

Day 14 - Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Avignon (Disembark)

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 Marseille International Airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Day 1 - Avignon (Embark)

Arrive at Marseille 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 docked in Avignon.

Dinner

Day 2 - Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Explore one of two sun-drenched Provençal towns today, each with an allure all its own. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there; Tarascon boasts an ancient castle, as well as a local legend about a ferocious dragon.

Arles has existed since the sixth 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 and facilitating the expansion of their empire.

Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here (including Sunflowers and The Yellow House) in just 15 months. A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle that is rich with tales of a beloved ruler. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.

Day 2 - Tarascon (Arles or Tarascon)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - 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.

You’ll 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.

Avignon is home to the medieval bridge immortalized in the folk song “Sur le Pont d ’Avignon,” as well as the mighty Palace of the Popes. From a distance, the picture-perfect city center looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of a history book, but all you need to do is step inside its medieval walls to discover the prosperous heart of contemporary Avignon.
Choose between two different ways to explore this intriguing and ancient city.

Day 3 - Avignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Viviers

Meet some new friends today in the village of Viviers; encounters that really get at the heart and soul of the French people and their culture and traditions. No matter whom you get to know—a pottery maker, a dance teacher or a local homeowner—you’ll have an enjoyable and truly authentic experience, something you’ll remember for years to come.

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.

Featured Excursion:

Exclusive intimate Viviers Village Day

Day 4 - Viviers

Braekfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Tournon (Tain-L'Hermitage)

If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll also have a chance to taste the local specialty—wonderful wines made primarily from Syrah grapes.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting
Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine wine.

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 “new” towers built to defend against Protestant attacks in the 16th century.

Day 5 - Tournon (Tain-L'Hermitage)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Lyon

As the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. There’s much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers’ secret passageways. After your choice of excursions, embrace the locals’ favorite mode of transportation with a patisserie-fueled bike ride—a great way to see the sights.

Two rivers: one tranquil, one torrential. Two hills: one for labor, where the sound of the silk weavers’ looms used to echo; the other for prayers, crowned by a spectacular basilica. Two cities, as different as night and day: one boasting colorful Old World façades, medieval mansions and hidden passageways; one with a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities.

Today you have your choice of ways to explore this city of contrasts: Sample its culinary riches with a visit to its peerless market hall or follow the footsteps of the silk weavers in the old quarter. For a more active option, see the city from its extensive—and lovely—bike paths.

Day 6 - Lyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Mâcon

The pace of life is decidedly more relaxed in Burgundy, where endless rows of grapes hang heavy on the vine. The capital of the region’s wine trade, Beaune, is renowned for its history, beauty and highly prized wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune.

Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit or Mâcon walking discovery tour

Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit
Beaune may not be a large town, but it brims with history, a wealth of splendid regional architecture and incredible food. Nestled inside medieval ramparts, Beaune was the seat of the warlike dukes of Burgundy until the 16th century.

Day 7 - Mâcon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Lyon (Disembark), Transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)

Disembark the striking S.S. Catherine 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.

Day 8 - Lyon (Disembark), Transfer to Paris via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - La Roche-Guyon, Vernon (Giverny)

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:

Château La Roche-Guyon
Choice of Monet’s gardens at Giverny or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” bicycle ride to Giverny

Day 9 - La Roche-Guyon, Vernon (Giverny)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Rouen

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 gourmet walking discovery tour

Day 10 - Rouen

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11- Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

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.

Day 11- Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

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.

Featured Excursion:
Arromanches and the American Cemetery
Choice of Utah and Omaha beaches with Sainte-Mère-Église or Juno Beach or Bayeux

Day 12 - Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 - Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

If you’ve ever wondered what life was really like for the French rulers of yesteryear, find out today with a visit to one of two over-the-top residences—the Palace of Versailles or the private rooms of Château de Malmaison, once home to Napoleon’s beloved Empress Josephine.

How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Malmaison, home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s empress Josephine, to find out.

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Palace of Versailles or Château de Malmaison
Palace of Versailles

It was the official residence of the country’s kings and queens from 1682 until the revolution, and though the monarchy possessed other palaces, Versailles stood alone in magnificence.

Day 13 - Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 - Paris

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.

Featured Excursion:
Choice of “Heart of Paris” cruise and city tour or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Left Bank bicycle ride

Day 14 - Paris

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 - Paris (Disembark)

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.

Breakfast

The S.S. Catherine offers three full decks with elegantly appointed public areas designed with one goal in mind: delighting guests. Similar to the S.S. Antoinette, the S.S. Catherine will have the whimsical Leopard Lounge featuring its unique leopard print furnishings, elephant-head bar rails and many other safari-themed touches.

There will be a beautiful mosaic-tiled pool and spa area. The main restaurant will feature an al fresco outdoor dining terrace further enriching the dining experience as guests sail through the inspiring countryside. There will also be a bistro restaurant where guests can experience dining in a cozy atmosphere.

The signature touches for which Uniworld has become known-inspiring original hand-selected art, classic furnishings, old world antiques, marble, and clever use of mirrors can be found in the various public areas along with different hues of green, brown, beige, and gold adorning the walls and floors throughout.

  • 74 lavishly decorated outside staterooms most with French Balconies or full Outside Balconies
  • 7 individually decorated suites with Full Balconies
  • Full balconies can be enclosed in glass at the touch of a button to create a warm conservatory
  • Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Van Gogh Lounge with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Bar du Leopard
  • Elegant Cézanne Restaurant with al fresco dining option
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you’ll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld – as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.

With 74 Lavishly decorated staterooms with french balconies or full outside balconies, and 7 suites all with full balconies.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Grand Suite

410 ft² – Camargue (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 410 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • Full outside balcony
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine
Uniworld SS Catherine Royal Suite

Suite

305 ft² – Camargue (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite size: 305 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • Full outside balcony
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Deluxe Balcony

194 ft² – Camargue (Upper) Deck

  • Full height window with outside balcony

French Balcony

194 ft² – Camargue & Avignon  (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
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Uniworld SS Catherine Cat 4-5

Classic

162 ft² – Saint Remy (Lower) Deck

  • High level window

Classic single (single)

162 ft² – Saint Remy (Lower) Deck

  • High level window
Uniworld SS Joie de Vivre

Uniworld’s Super Ship, SS Joie de Vivre, is designed to reflect the “joy of living” as it cruises the Seine River in northern France. This luxurious 128-passenger vessel is a showcase for handcrafted furniture, sumptuous fabrics, beautiful antiques, gilded accents and every modern convenience.

The Salon de Toulouse features a full-service bar and art and antiques curated from renowned auction houses and private collections. Enticing dining venues include Le Restaurant Pigalle, Bistro Saint-Germain and Café Flore.

Intimately scaled so it can dock in the heart of Paris, the Joie de Vivre features two Royal Suites, eight Junior Suites, and 54 staterooms, all with made-to-order Savoir of England beds and marble-lined bathrooms

Uniworld SS Joie de Vivre, Stateroom Detail

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 54 lavishly decorated outside staterooms most with French balconies
  • 10 individually decorated suites
  • Montmatre Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Salon de Toulouse with full-service bar
  • Le Restaurant Pigalle fine dining
  • Bistro Sains-Germain & Café Flore
  • Club L’Esprit & Claude’s transforms between heated swimming pool, cinema and dining venue
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

World Class Staterooms

Every evening, you’ll look forward to curling up in your handcrafted Savoir® of England bed which is draped in sumptuous high-thread count 100% Egyptian combed cotton sheets, along with an array of pillow options. As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day in a luxurious marble bathroom stocked with L’Occitane products, plush towels, and soft robes.

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Grand Suite

410 ft² – Victor Hugo (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite
  • Full height windows with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine
Uniworld SS Joie de Vivre, Royal Suite
Uniworld SS Jpoie de Vivre, Suite

Suite

260 ft² -Victor Hugo (Upper) Deck

  • Individually decorated suite
  • Full height windows with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Deluxe French Balcony Staterooms

194 ft² – Victor Hugo (Upper) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony

French Balcony Staterooms

194 ft² – Balzac (Middle) Deck

  • Full height window with ‘drop-down’ style French balcony
Uniworld SS Joie de Vivre, Cat 1, 2 & 3 Staterooms
Uniworld SS Joie de Vivre, Cat 4 Stateroom

Classic Staterooms

180 ft² – Jules Verne (Lower) Deck

  • High level window

DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Mar 24SS CatherineLyon£4599Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£4599  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£5949  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£9849  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£13149  
Mar 24SS Joie De VivreArles£4599Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£4599  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£5949  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£9849  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£13149  
Apr 21SS Joie De VivreLyon£5999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£5999  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7349  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11249  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14549  
Apr 21SS CatherineArles£5999Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£5999  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7349  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11249  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14549  
May 5SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
May 5SS CatherineArles£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14949  
May 19SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
May 19SS CatherineArles£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14949  
Jun 16SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Jun 30SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Jun 30SS CatherineArles£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14949  
Jul 14SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Jul 14SS CatherineArles£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14949  
Jul 28SS CatherineArles£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14949  
Jul 28SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Aug 11SS CatherineArles£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£14949  
Aug 11SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Aug 25SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Sep 22SS CatherineLyon£6699Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic162 ft², Fixed Windows£6699  
Middle & Upper DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£8049  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony194 ft², Outside Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite305 ft², Outside Balcony£11949  
Upper DeckGrand Suite401 ft², Outside Balcony£15249  
Sep 22SS Joie De VivreLyon£6399Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6399  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£7749  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11649  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£14949  
Oct 6SS Joie De VivreLyon£6699Save upto 30%Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckClassic180 ft², Fixed Windows£6699  
Middle DeckFrench Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£8049  
Upper DeckDeluxe French Balcony194 ft², French Balcony£  
Upper DeckSuite260 ft², French Balcony£11949  
Upper DeckGrand Suite410 ft², French Balcony£15249  


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