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Explore France in depth on a luxurious, all-inclusive Paris-Avignon river cruise (Aug 2022)

Save $5,000 per person! Offer ends 30 Nov 2021.

A meticulously planned itinerary tailor-made for Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine and romance of France. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world. Ask now about flexible booking options for full peace of mind!

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14 nights
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About this holiday

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Your river tour at a glance

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.




  • 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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

  • 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 audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


      • 1 country: France
      • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
      • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
      • All transfers on arrival and departure days
      • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
      • First class TGV train between Paris and Lyon
      • Captivating onboard local entertainment
      • Cultural enrichment, including Signature Lectures
      • Exclusive Connoisseur Collection and Generations Family Program on select summer departures


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    Suite, S.S. Joie de Vivre, Uniworld

    This river cruise is aboard the beautiful S.S. Joie de Vivre brings the “joy of living” to the rivers of France. Step aboard your floating pied-à-terre in France, featuring handcrafted furniture and fine antiques, original artwork, and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design from the Golden Twenties to the free-spirited Sixties, all blending seamlessly with modern conveniences.

    And the very special Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, who represents the best in luxury river cruising, combining quality craftsmanship with high-tech innovations and custom-designed interiors.


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

    Travel dates


    Book by 30 November 2021 and Save A$5,000 per person, twin share on this amazing tour through France

    Departing 14 August 2022

    • WAS $13,999, NOW $8,999 per person, twin share in a Classic Suite
    • WAS $17,699, NOW $12,699 per person, twin share in a French Balcony
    • WAS $25,299, NOW $20,299 per person, twin share in a Suite
    • WAS $32,199, NOW $27,199 per person, twin share in a Grand Suite

    Alternative departure dates are available on this amazing offer, Call today to speak with one of our experienced Travel advisors to discuss this outstanding travel opportunity on 1300 414 198

    NOTE: all prices correct at the time of publishing, prices are subject to availability and change at the time of booking.



    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.

    DAY 2: La Roche-Guyon, Vernon, Giverny

    Today is a celebration of northern France’s natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château 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 Château de La Roche-Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny.

    Choice of Château La Roche-Guyon or "Let's Go" hike on the Crests trail or Monet’s gardens at Giverny or “Let's Go” bike ride from Vernon to Giverny

    This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    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 the spot where Joan of Arc was martyred, Rouen is a treasure trove for the culturally curious. 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 walking tour, the Dukes of Normandy’s capital

    DAY 4: Caudebec-en-Caux (Honfleur or Étretat)

    Caudebec-en-Caux, a lovely little town on the right bank of the Seine Estuary, 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 walking tour or “Let's Go” golfing in Étretat

    DAY 5: Rouen (Normandy Beaches)

    There are moments when we travel that move us on an otherworldly level—experiences that stir a profound emotional connection. The Normandy beaches certainly have that effect. On your full-day outing, you’ll visit Normandy’s beaches, including Utah Beach and Ste-Mère-Église, with a choice to venture to either the American, British and Australian or Canadian beaches. After, you’ll go to the American cemetery and partake in a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach Memorial—a sentimental remembrance of Operation Overlord.

    Choice of Normandy Beaches: highlights of American sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of British & Australian sites or Normandy Beaches: highlights of Canadian sites

    DAY 6: Mantes-la-Jolie (Versailles)

    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 “Versailles Gardens and Queens Hamlet”

    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, 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.

    Featured Excursion:

    “Heart of Paris” Seine River cruise

    Choice of Paris city tour or “Do as the Locals Do” Île de la Cité and Latin Quarter or “Let's Go” Seine riverbanks bike ride

    DAY 8: Paris (Disembark), Transfer to Lyon via High-Speed 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 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 wine, as well as its medieval-era hospital—the Hospices de Beaune.

    Featured Excursion:

    Wine tasting at Burgundy Estate (Connoisseur Collection)*

    Choice of Mâcon walking tour or Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices

    *Only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

    A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

    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 bike ride—a great way to see the sights.

    Choice of Lyon Capital of Gastronomy tour or Silk weavers walking tour or “Let's Go” Lyon peninsula bike tour

    DAY 11: Tournon (Tain-l’Hermitage)

    If you love fine wine, you’ll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage. 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. You’ll see the handsome houses constructed by wealthy merchants and garrison officers when you walk through the Rue de Doux area, and you’ll pass the 14th-century church and the oldest secondary school in France.

    Featured Excursion:

    Wine brotherhood ceremony at Château des Seigneurs de Tournon (Connoisseur Collection)*

    Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting

    *Only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

    DAY 12: Viviers, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    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:

    Truffle hunting & village of Grignan (Connoisseur Collection)*

    Valrhona chocolate and wine pairing (Connoisseur Collection)*

    Intimate Viviers “Village Day”

    *Only available on sailings that belong to the Connoisseur Collection program.

    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.

    Featured Excursion:

    "Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

    Choice of Avignon walking tour with Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct visit

    DAY 14: 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 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.

    Featured Excursion:

    Arles walking tour

    A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

    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.

    Note: 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.



    To help you make future travel plans with absolute confidence and total flexibility, this cruise includes the following safeguards:

    • Total Flexibility when you book and pay in full
    • You can amend your booking with no penalty up to 60 days before departure.
    • Get a full refund, minus a $250 per person administration fee, no questions asked, up to 120 days prior to departure.
    • OR choose a Future Travel Certificate that can be used on any brand with The Travel Corporation, valid for use within 2 years and fully transferable.
    • Additional protection is available for even more peace of mind.
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    Fine print


    Travel at 60 and Supplier booking conditions apply

    All guests on Uniworld cruises or cruise/tours through 31 December 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel.

    Save up to $5,000pp when booking selected  2022 voyages. Offer is valid for new, individual bookings on select 2022 itineraries and departure dates only. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only, made between 19 October 2021 and 30 November 2021. Savings and prices listed are in Australian dollars, and are per person. Offer is valid on all available cabin categories, subject to availability. Standard Uniworld booking conditions apply. Savings featured are for cruise or cruise/tour only, per person, and do not apply to airfare or other optional holiday add-ons. Rates and savings vary by itinerary and departure date. Savings are combinable with any publicly available offer and standard RHC savings. Offers are capacity controlled and may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Subject to availability. All applicable discounts are applied sequentially; fixed savings amounts are deducted prior to applying any percentage-based discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Offer expires 30 November 2021.