Luxury River Cruising in France

"I just wish there was an even higher rating. Uniworld deserves it."

- Carol, Grand France, 2015 (5-star Feefo guest review)


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The Adventure Begins

Imagine awakening from a restful slumber in a handcrafted bed… outside your window, you glimpse a riverside scene that has endured for centuries. Where are you? Onboard a luxurious Uniworld ship as it arrives in a picturesque French port. You might start your day with Sun Salutations with the ship’s Wellness Coach, followed by a lavish Champagne breakfast. Today’s menu features fresh juices and smoothies, made-to-order eggs and omelets, fruit, cheeses and yogurts, and much more, including a dizzying array of baked goods. Head ashore with a choice of excursions, pamper yourself onboard in the Serenity River Spa, or simply gaze out at the ever-changing view. Pure bliss.


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Dinner, Dessert & Dancing

Dinner onboard is a multi-course feast, with a choice of entrees paired with regional wines selected by Uniworld’s own sommeliers. Your ship’s culinary team finds inspiration in local dishes and delicacies—they may serve duck confit and caviar d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux, a rustic tarte tatin topped with cream in Normandy, and succulent seafood and sun-ripened olives in Burgundy and Provence. The decadent desserts are miniature works of art, and there’s always a wide selection of fresh local cheeses. Take a whirl on the dance floor, enjoy entertainment in the lounge, or step outside to admire the moon as the ship silently slips through darkened waters. Sweet dreams await.


“River cruising in France is a tremendous way to discover areas of the country you probably have never seen before.”
Matt Long, Landlopers travel blog, 2015
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Unique Uniworld Excursions Onshore

Cuisine

Winemaking

Art & Architecture

History

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Locally-Inspired Cuisine

Passionate about French food? Uniworld river cruises are the perfect choice for you. On our “Burgundy & Provence” cruise, you can take a gourmet tour of the Les Halles de Lyon market. Hike or bike ride through verdant Médoc vineyards in the west of France on “Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux.” Or “do as the locals do” on a walking tour of the City of Light on our “Paris & Normandy” itinerary, stopping to sample whatever strikes your fancy—crêpes, chocolates, or delicate macarons, almost too pretty to eat. Depending on your itinerary, you’ll enjoy lunch with paired wines at a private château in the Bordeaux region, visit a street market in the south of France, or taste Calvados in Normandy. Select departures of Uniworld’s Connoisseur Collection offer additional options for food lovers, such as a cooking demo and tea party at the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon, or a chance to accompany a truffle-hunting hound on a search for “black diamonds” in Provence.

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Winemaking in Bordeaux

France has a long tradition of winemaking, dating back to ancient Roman times, and its esteemed vintages are highly prized by wine lovers around the world. There’s no better way to explore the nuances of French wine than with Uniworld’s exclusive wine-themed excursions. Enjoy a private tasting at an atmospheric Premier Cru cellar. Meet friendly winemakers eager to share their knowledge of the local terroir or the “noble rot” that gives Sauternes its sublime sweet taste. Savor an artisanal luncheon with paired wines at a centuries-old chateau—a rare and unforgettable opportunity, and available exclusively to Uniworld guests. Explore the picturesque villages of the famed Bordeaux region, which produces what may be the best wine in the world. All this and much more. A votre santé!

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Art & Architecture in Paris & Normandy

As the birthplace of Impressionism, northern France is an ideal destination for any patron of the arts. On our “Paris & Normandy” cruise, you’ll stroll through Monet’s renowned gardens in Giverny, inhaling the scent of the vibrant flowers that inspired some of his most beloved works. Venture inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a Gothic masterpiece replete with leering gargoyles, stained glass windows, flying buttresses, and a legendary bell tower (home to literature’s most renowned hunchback). On our “Parisian Holiday” cruise, you can even take an exclusive tour of “Secret Versailles,” venturing beyond hidden doors inside the palace that set the standard for over-the-top opulence.

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The Historical Significance of Burgundy & Provence

Over the course of many centuries, France has seen more than its share of significant historical events, and a visit here presents abundant opportunities to experience historic sites firsthand. On Uniworld’s “Burgundy & Provence” itinerary in the south of France, wander amongst Roman ruins and walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh, admiring the same sun-drenched landscapes that he so vividly captured on canvas. Join a local expert for an in-depth tour of the fascinating Palace of the Popes in Avignon, where you can glimpse the secret passages and private rooms of the nine sovereign pontiffs who once resided there. Traveling back through time on an unforgettable journey….it all awaits on a Uniworld river cruise in France!