Discover the rich flavours, fine wine, and gourmet heritage of the Rhône on this exquisite cruise through southern France

What we love: This is a journey of exquisite culinary pleasures in one of France's premier gastronomic regions, where you can learn all about the cuisine of the Rhône from experts

Join us on an unforgettable journey through the idyllic countryside of the south of France with cricketing legend Ian "Beefy" Botham and chef Rosemary Shrager.

You'll sail through the same beautiful landscapes that inspired painters the likes of Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin and unearth the gourmet secrets which makes this region one of the world's premier culinary destinations.

As you travel along the peaceful Rhône and Saône rivers, you'll enjoy the region's incomparable wine and cuisine and discover its many treasures-from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon's lively river banks.

Ian will be on board with you for the week, joining you for dinner and drinks throughout the cruise. He'll also give a very special talk about his career and answer your questions in a Q&A, as well as joining you for an insightful - and delicious - wine tasting.

Along with Ian, you'll be joined on board for the week by chef, TV presenter, and haute cuisine expert Rosemary Shrager, who'll give a private cooking demonstration and join you on a food market visit.

There are plenty of exciting shore excursions to look forward to. Lovers of fine wine will be wooed by a stop in the village of Tain-l'Hermitage, where you'll enjoy a private visit with Ian to Le Vineum, the wine cellar of Paul Jaboulet Ainé, one of the region's most renowned wine growers.

And for those who wish for a more active exploration of the area, you can kayak on the tranquil Gardon River under the UNESCO-designated Pont du Gard, hike the steep vineyards on the banks of the Rhône, and pedal through lovely Lyon, the epicentre of French gastronomy.

You'll be sailing aboard the S.S. Catherine, an opulently-decorated ship, where you'll enjoy all meals included on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients.

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Rosemary Shrager
Chef and TV presenter

Rosemary is a British chef and TV presenter, has experience as an haute cuisine teacher and has published eight cookbooks, including Absolutely Foolproof Cookery. Rosemary has also written two fictional novels including The Last Supper.

Ian Botham
Cricketer

Ian Botham is one of cricket's best-loved figures as a player and commentator, as well as a prolific charity fundraiser. He was knighted in 2007. Ian has developed his own range of wines, Botham Wines.

Price includes

  • Seven-night cruise in a classic riverview stateroom on the striking S.S. Catherine
  • All meals on board, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited beverages on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and mineral water
  • A week in the company of Ian "Beefy" Botham and Rosemary Shrager
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Ian "Beefy" Botham
  • Private winery visit with Ian in Tain-l'Hermitage
  • Live cooking demonstration with Rosemary Shrager
  • A wine tasting on board with Ian
  • Dinner prepared by Rosemary with wines paired by Ian
  • Visit to Arles food market with Rosemary and a Uniworld chef
  • A range of exciting shore excursions, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
  • Welcome and farewell gala dinners
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld cruise manager
  • Return flights from many UK airports or travel via the Eurostar**
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both on board and on shore
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 26, 2023
To
Sun, Sun, Apr 2, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,499*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a Classic Riverview stateroom, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **If travelling via Eurostar you will need to organise own transfers between train stations and to and from the ship. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Lyon
    Lyon, France

    Today you'll arrive at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport where you'll be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

    This evening, your cruise manager will invite you to an exclusive welcome event with Ian "Beefy" Botham and Rosemary Shrager who will be on board with you for the rest of the cruise.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Mâcon, Beaune
    Mâcon, France

    Today is all about exploring 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.

    This evening you'll join Ian Botham in the Bar du Leopard for a special talk about his career and have the opportunity to ask him any questions. Later, a special Captain's welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Lyon
    Lyon, France

    Today your cruise will take you to lovely Lyon. As the epicentre of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalising contrasts. There's so much to explore here, from the work of culinary visionaries to silk weavers' secret passageways.

    Your very special activity today is a private winery visit at the wine cellar of the Paul Jaboulet Ainé estate in Tain-l'Hermitage with Ian.

    This afternoon you'll enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration with Rosemary and wine tasting with Ian, followed in the evening by a special dinner prepared by Uniworld's executive chefs.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage
    Tournon, France

    Today you'll have more time to explore the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage, a real delight for lovers of fine wine.

    Tournon may be a small town, but it has a rich history, reflected in its many elegant buildings: a castle was raised on the hilltop in the 10th century to protect the region, and new fortifications were added over the centuries.

    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.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Viviers
    Viviers, France

    You'll visit Viviers today, 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. Your exploration of the town will take you through both parts, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Avignon
    Avignon, France

    You'll explore the beautiful walled city of Avignon today, one of the most fascinating towns in southern France. There is a whole host of historic gems to explore here, 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, and there'll also be the chance to kayak under a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.

    Tonight you will enjoy dinner prepared by Rosemary and the Executive chefs with a wine pairing by Ian "Beefy" Botham.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Tarascon, Arles
    Tarascon, France

    Explore the sun-drenched Provençal city of Arles today. Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles so inspired Van Gogh that he painted some 200 paintings there. The sunny coastal city has existed since the sixth century BCE, 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.

    Today you'll join Rosemary and a Uniworld chef on a visit to Arles market, where you'll marvel at the range of delicious, fresh local produce.

    This evening, a Captain's farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you, followed by a special charity auction.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Avignon
    Avignon, France

    It's time to say goodbye to the S.S. Catherine and your fellow travellers as your unforgettable trip draws to a close. You'll be transferred to Marseille International Airport for your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

SS Catherine

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Cruise ship

Five-class luxury Super Ship

Uniworld's second Super Ship Catherine continues their proud tradition of excellence with sumptuous materials and meticulous attention to detail. The vessel's opulent interiors include a two-story lobby with specially commissioned Murano glass chandelier and whimsical lifesize glass horse. The swimming pool and Bar du Leopard is lavishly decorated, as is the inviting Cézanne Restaurant and Van Gogh Lounge.

Staterooms feature handcrafted Savoir Beds, generous built-in closets, individual climate-control thermostat, and a television. The marble bathrooms also include Asprey bath and body products and plush towels. Upgrades to, French Balcony, Deluxe Balcony, Suite and Grand Suite cabins available at a supplement.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Mar 26, 2023
To
Sun, Sun, Apr 2, 2023
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,499*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a Classic Riverview stateroom, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **If travelling via Eurostar you will need to organise own transfers between train stations and to and from the ship. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Uniworld River Cruises Limited.

Call now to book 08082394833
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