Pricing Per person
Classic Stateroom (From 2019)
- 14 night river cruise onboard S.S. Joie de Vivre & S.S. Bon Voyage
- First class TGV train between Paris and Bordeaux
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- Excursions led by local experts
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
- Visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Onboard Gratuities
- Receive an air credit of $2200 per couple OR Save up to 10% on cruise fare*
Valid: 14 Aug 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
Receive an air credit of $2200 per couple*
14 Night Cruise sailing from Paris to Bordeaux aboard Joie de Vivre and Bon Voyage.
Day 1 – Paris
Embark the ship.
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.
This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
Day 3: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
The Normandy coast will forever be associated with the Allies’ D-Day invasion, a day that comes vividly to life today on an excursion to the beaches of 1944. 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.
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 set atop Normandy’s Alabaster Coast. In a word, magnifique. Not into golf? Stroll through the beautiful Calvados countryside to seaside Honfleur, captured on canvas by generations of artists.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)
How did France’s rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of either the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, or Marie Antoinette’s hamlet to find out.
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
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, or join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighborhoods.
Day 8: Paris (Disembark), Transfer to Bordeaux via High-Speed TGV Train (Embark)
Disembark the magical S.S. Joie de Vivre and transfer to Bordeaux via high-speed, first-class TGV train. Your next ship, the breathtaking S.S. Bon Voyage, is conveniently docked right in the heart of the city. 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.
Day 9: Blaye, Bourg sur Gironde
Day 10: Cussac Fort Médoc, Pauillac la Fayette
Day 11: Bordeaux, Cadillac, Libourne
Day 12: Libourne
A full day in Libourne means you’ll have plenty of time to explore the majestic landscape of villages and vineyards. Nestled along the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers, the quaint town is as pretty as a postcard. On the outskirts of Libourne, you’ll find neighboring Saint-Émilion. Discover the wine-making town by foot on a tour of its most picturesque sights, such as the magnificent Monolithic Church, all capped by a wine tasting at a beautiful château.
Day 13: Libourne, Bordeaux
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.
Day 14: Bordeaux
There’s so much to discover with a full day in Bordeaux’ port of Quai des Chatrons. The architecture is impressive, the wine is exquisite and the shopping is to die for. Explore La Cité du Vin, a one-of-a-kind cultural center and museum that brings the heritage of wine to life through interactive exhibits, shows, academic seminars and more. Do as the locals do and uncover Bordeaux’ unique heritage on a walking tour or choose to traverse the city by bike. Celebrate the end to a spectacular trip with a farewell dinner onboard.
Day 15: Bordeaux (Disembark)
Disembark the ship.
Terms & Conditions
*Valid for sales until 30 Sep 2019, unless sold out prior. Prices are per person, twin share, in New Zealand Dollars, inclusive of port charges (which are subject to change) & onboard gratuities. This excludes gratuities or service charges for any purchases guest may make on board - including but not limited to beverages, specialty restaurants, spa services etc. Prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. Valid for new, individual bookings on select 2020 itineraries and departure dates which feature the Early Booking Savings offer. Applies to full-priced bookings only as a credit against the cruise/tour and not transferable, refundable or redeemable for cash. Air Credit offer is not combinable with the Early Booking Savings offer. Flights must be booked in conjunction with a Uniworld 2020 River Cruise to be eligible and flight details provided. If Air Credit is not chosen, you may be entitled to the Early Booking Savings, if applicable. Early Booking Savings is 5% for all Suite Category staterooms & 10% for all other stateroom categories. Discounted savings amounts are based on the cruise portion of bookings (including category upgrades and single supplements but excluding port taxes). Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or programme. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply. Subject to availability at time of booking. A non-refundable deposit of 10% is due with 3 days of reservation. Final payment is due 30 Sep 2019. Further terms & conditions apply, please contact your travel agent.