Zenaida Cellars Rhône River Cruise

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  • Overview

    A journey of exquisite pleasures. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you. Cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to Lyon’s lively river banks. Stroll the very streets of Arles made famous by Van Gogh. Visit Avignon’s majestic Palace of the Popes. Experience “Village Day” in enchanting Viviers, including a recital of music composed by Bach and Handel. 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 steepest vineyards on the Rhône; and pedal through the city designed with bike riders in mind while in Lyon. Explore unforgettable “Burgundy & Provence” where tradition is as deeply rooted as the historic grapevines on the hills.

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    May 5, 2023: Depart the U.S.

    Day 2

    May 6, 2023: Geneva (hotel stay)

    Arrive at airport in Geneva where you will be greeted by your group’s personal driver and transferred to your hotel.
    Day 3

    May 7, 2023: Lyon (Embark)

    Transfer from Geneva to Lyon to board the S.S. Catherine your home for the next 7 nights.
    Day 4

    May 8, 2023: 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. Choice of Burgundy landscapes, Beaune and the hospices or Mâcon walking tour A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
    Day 5

    May 9, 2023: 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 6

    May 10, 2023: 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. Choice of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with organ concert and wine tasting or “Let's Go” Hermitage terrace vineyards hike with wine tasting
    Day 7

    May 11, 2023: Viviers

    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: Intimate Viviers “Village Day”
    Day 8

    May 12, 2023: 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 9

    May 13, 2023: 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 10

    May 14, 2023: Avignon (Disembark)

    Disembark the ship. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or join the optional post-cruise extension to Paris, France.

    Extensions

    Days 10-13

    Paris Post-Cruise

    Tour Includes: -3 Nights’ accommodation in a first-class hotel in Paris with breakfast each morning included -Enjoy a guided city tour of Paris, including Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and all transfers from the ship to the hotel and airport -Includes high-speed train to Paris!

    Accommodations

    Deck Plan Uniworld's S.S. Catherine

    Accommodations

    Deck Plan Uniworld's S.S. Catherine

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I sign up for the cruise?

    For more information, or to book today please visit: Click Here to Download the Reservation Form or call Perfect Pairings at (800) 614-8613

    What is the cost for this journey?

    When is my payment due?

    A $600 deposit is required to secure your reservation. A preliminary invoice will automatically be provided with your confirmation; giving you an opportunity to view our services and confirm the pricing matches the materials you’ve received so far. If there are any discrepancies, please contact your Operations Manager as soon as possible to review. We will then send you an official invoice approximately 120 days prior to departure. This invoice is due approximately 110 days prior to travel. This is an excellent time to let us know if you are planning to extend your stay, participate in a pre or post-tour option, or if you’re interested in upgrading your travel arrangements in some way. Once you’ve paid for the trip, we will begin finalizing airline tickets and other important travel arrangements. If you wait until after this time to let us know these important details, it may become very expensive to make those changes (Changes made after ticketing will be done at your expense). So, if you’re thinking about any of these options, put them in writing to your Operations Manager, Sandy Birkbeck (sbirkbeck@adelmantravel.com) prior to paying your invoice.

    What insurance is provided in the tour package & when is the last day I can purchase cancellation coverage?

    As a guest traveling with this group, you will receive complimentary comprehensive post-departure insurance including medical, baggage, missed connection coverage. Trip Cancellation coverage is NOT included in this package. You may choose to purchase additional coverage to protect your vacation in the event of unforeseen circumstances that may require you to cancel your trip. Options include: • Group Policy offered through Travel Guard*. The price for this insurance is 7.2% of your trip cost (for example, $3,000 worth of coverage = $216, you can purchase additional coverage as appropriate by multiplying 7.2% x the amount of coverage you wish to purchase). Please note that in order to have the pre-existing waiver included with your policy, this coverage must be purchased the same day your reservation is deposited. However, if you miss that date, you can still purchase the coverage up until you make your final payment for the trip. Please note if you do purchase the plan after the initial deposit is made, there is a 60 day “look-back” period for pre-existing conditions. *Confirmation of Coverage materials for any policy purchased through Adelman Travel will be provided to you with your final travel documents approximately 30 days prior to travel. Please reach out to Sandy Birkbeck (sbirkbeck@adelmantravel.com) should you need assistance with purchasing your additional insurance. • Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) Insurance, please click the following link to be directed to John Hancock Insurance for a quote. https://www.johnhancocktravel.com/our-plans#/quote If you have specific medical or insurance questions, please feel free to call Travel Guard directly at 1.866.385.4839 or John Hancock at 1.866.888.7803

    When will I get more information on optional tours?

    Optional tour information will be sent out to all travelers approximately 110 days prior to travel. You will have plenty of time to review and pre-pay for these tours prior to travel.

    Can I upgrade my seat assignment or flights?

    In most cases, yes, you canhttps://adelmandiscoveries.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=991&action=edit# upgrade your seats to Comfort Class, Premium Economy Class or even Business Class if the request is made prior to ticketing. If you are interested in receiving upgrade options, please contact your Operations Manager so that we may work on your request when the time comes. Additional fees will apply based on your final selections. Full payment will be required for additional services at the time of purchase. Seating upgrades are non-refundable once purchased.

    Can I use my frequent flyer points to upgrade my flights?

    Possibly. We recommend you contact your airline provider directly for details and then continue with our air department accordingly. We will need to know which “Class of Service” you need to be booked in, in order to receive the upgrade you wish.

    Can I extend my trip or travel from a different home city? If so, how does that work and what is the cost?

    Absolutely. We are happy to work with you and your guests in making special travel arrangements. These are handled on a case-by-case basis approximately 120 days prior to the trip. If you wish to extend your trip or travel from a different home city, you should put your detailed requests in writing as soon as possible so that we can begin working on the research for their trips. Approximately 75-100 days prior to their travel dates, Perfect Pairings/Adelman Travel will send you information detailing your travel options. At that time, you may elect to use our services, cancel your request and simply travel with the group, or make your own arrangements. Either way, you must return the materials with your final selection noted so that we can finalize ticketing arrangements on your behalf.

    Can I make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. If you are interested in making your own flight arrangements, please let us know and we will provide you with a deduction on your final invoice.

    What if people want to travel together, what steps are needed to keep them together as much as possible?

    Guests wishing to travel together need to put their requests in writing and submit to Perfect Pairings/ Adelman Travel via email Sandy Birkbeck (sbirkbeck@adelmantravel.com) and identify exactly who they wish to travel with (i.e. Marta Jones and Betty Harris wish to travel with Susie & Tom Klein - they are traveling on the Eberle Winery Wine Cruise with xxx in Month YEAR)

    How are seat assignments handled?

    Every airline has different rules regarding group seating. As a courtesy, Perfect Pairings/ Adelman Travel makes every effort to secure appropriate seating for you and your travel companion. However, we cannot guarantee that the individual airlines will honor our requests. Therefore, if your particular seat assignment is essential to your travel, we encourage our guests to contact the airlines approximately 1 week prior to travel to inquire as to your assignment. Please note that many airlines will wait to confirm arrangements for group seating until airport check in. Additionally, due to the nature of travel, airlines may change aircraft up until the time of departure; which may affect any pre-confirmed seating arrangements.

    What luggage requirements do I need to know about?

    Currently, most airlines allow passengers flying to Europe to check one bag at no extra charge. If you choose to check two bags, you will be responsible for the additional charge, which is typically $50 each way. Neither bag can exceed the maximum weight allowance of 50 lbs nor can they exceed the linear inches limit of 62” (total length + width + height). You are also allowed a carry-on small enough to place underneath the seat of the plane or in the overhead bin. You will not be allowed to board the plane without your passport (please be sure to check the expiration date before you leave home). As airline policies may vary and are subject to change, we recommend that you visit your airlines website for specific luggage policies and limitations 2-3 weeks prior to traveling.

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