Southern France River Cruise

July 17–24, 2022

Join the Purdue President’s Council for a seven-night Rhône and Saône river cruise past medieval villages and rolling vineyards aboard the all-inclusive, 158-guest Uniworld S.S. Catherine. Journey from Avignon to Lyon, through the wine-growing regions of Burgundy and Provence, and visit picturesque places adorned with Roman ruins and ancient architecture, stroll down enchanting cobblestone alley-ways, and sip fine local wine atop panoramic hills.

Your participation supports the
President’s Council Enrichment Fund
Your travel-package registration fee includes support for ongoing adventures, events, and lifelong educational opportunities with the President’s Council family. As a part of your overall price, a $250-per-person, tax-deductible donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund helps underwrite the involvement of Purdue educators and administrators to enhance your personal travel experiences—a benefit exclusive to Purdue President’s Council members.

Itinerary Highlights:

  • Seven-night luxury river cruise exploring Burgundy and Provence aboard the all-inclusive, 158-guest Uniworld S.S. Catherine
  • Visit Avignon, the heart of Provence, with choice to visit the medieval Palace of the Popes or Pont du Gard, both UNESCO Sites
  • Stroll through medieval Viviers, a small enchanting town with cobblestone lanes
  • Discover Roman ruins and medieval architecture in ancient Arles, a Provençal city dating back to the 7th century that inspired over 200 Van Gogh paintings
  • Enjoy a glass of fine local wine overlooking France’s oldest medieval twin cities, Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, nestled among vineyards
  • Journey to Lyon, a 2,000-year-old city and the gastronomic capital of France
  • Explore Beaune, the center of the Burgundy wine-making region
  • Purdue President’s Council Welcome & Farewell Receptions

Onboard the S.S. Catherine:

  • Full program of comprehensive shore excursions led by English-speaking local experts with use of Quietvox portable audio headset systems
  • All meals included in the elegant Cézanne Restaurant featuring regional and international cuisine
  • Unlimited beverages including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea, and mineral water
  • Pre-paid gratuities for ship staff and shore excursion guides
  • Included transfers between airport and ship
  • Complimentary shipwide Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Free use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks onshore
  • Luxurious public areas including two lounges with full-service bars, a coffee shop, a well-equipped fitness center, spa, sun deck, and pool
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks staff
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Optional Pre-Cruise Package:

Village Life of Provence | July 14–17, 2022

Join the Purdue President’s Council for a three-night pre-cruise package in Aix-en-Provence, one of France’s most charming towns. Aix (pronounced like the letter X) was once a Roman spa and the former capital of the Provence region. Today, it is known for its tree-lined, cobblestoned boulevards, stately houses, and art scene. Being a university town, it has a young, upbeat, energetic feel, and is popular with foodies and wine lovers!

Stroll through historic quarters with traces of Roman and medieval architecture, as well as 16th and 17th century fountains and facades, indulge in French delicacies at local artisan markets, visit aromatic lavender blooms, and begin your river cruise refreshed and rejuvenated, with memories of leisurely Provencal village life.

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Itinerary & Included Daily Excursions:

Arrive at Marseille International Airport. You will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Uniworld S.S. Catherine docked in Avignon.

Known for its remarkable Roman ruins, Arles has existed since the sixth century when it was founded by the ancient Greeks. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain and facilitating the expansion of their empire. Long renowned as one of the region’s most attractive cities, it lured artist Vincent van Gogh, who painted hundreds of works here including “Starry Night.” A short distance from Arles is the ancient and charming town of Tarascon. Its many medieval sites include a 12th-century church and a 15th-century castle. Bask in the warmth of the Provençal sunlight in either of these friendly Mediterranean towns.

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

Included Excursions: Choice of Arles walking discovery tour or Tarascon walking discovery tour

The walled city of Avignon, in the heart of Provence, is one of the most fascinating towns in southern France with a host of historic gems to explore. Avignon is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the mighty Palace of the Popes, an equivalent of today’s Vatican where the pope lived in the early 14th century, and Pont du Gard, a 2,000-year-old ancient Roman aqueduct.

Included Excursions: Avignon walking discovery tour with Palace of the Popes, Avignon walking discovery tour with Pont du Gard, or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” kayak ride on the Gardon River

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. Visit the fountain square in Old Town, that combines Roman and medieval influences and stroll down cobblestone lanes so narrow you can stand in the middle and touch the historic houses on either side.

Included Excursion: Exclusive intimate Viviers “Village Day”

Nestled on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the picturesque twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are an ideal destination for connoisseurs of fine wine. Whether you opt for a guided walk or a more vigorous vineyard hike, you’ll have a chance to taste the local wines made primarily from Syrah grapes that grow on the steep slopes lining the river.

Included Excursions: Choice of Exclusive Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage twin villages stroll with wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Hermitage vineyards hike with wine tasting

At the epicenter of French gastronomy, Lyon is a city of tantalizing contrasts. The city boasts colorful Old-World façades, medieval mansions, and hidden passageways as well as a sophisticated urbanity reminiscent of Paris. Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, and with roots stretching back over 2,000 years to the days of Julius Caesar, Lyon is a place of fascinating dualities. Take a walking tour to learn of the important culinary history of Lyon, explore the city’s historic quarter and learn of its rich history of silk-making, or take a guided bike tour along the banks of the Rhône River.

Included Excursions: Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Lyon walking tour, Exclusive silk weavers walking tour, or Exclusive guided “Let’s Go” Lyon peninsula bicycle tour

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. Located in the southernmost part of Burgundy, Mâcon, a Saône River port, is your gateway to Beaune. Mâcon, also known for its wine, has a distinctly Mediterranean feel and looks to the south for inspiration with its charming pastel-colored buildings.

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

Included Excursions: Choice of Burgundy wine landscapes, Beaune, Hospices de Beaune with open-air farmers’ market visit or Mâcon walking discovery tour

Disembark the Uniworld S.S. Catherine. You will be transferred with Uniworld to Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport for your flight home.

President’s Council Rates:

About S.S. Catherine
Stateroom Descriptions
Deck Plan
Category & Deck Double
Per Person
Single
Price
Classic Window Stateroom Ι Deck 1 | 162 sq. ft. $4,349 $7,348
French Balcony Stateroom Ι Deck 2 | 194 sq. ft. $5,549 $9,623
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom Ι Deck 3 | 194 sq. ft. $6,149 $10,498
Suite with Balcony Ι Deck 3 | 305 sq. ft. waitlisted $8,449
Grand Suite with Balcony Ι Deck 3 | 410 sq. ft. waitlisted $10,349

Rates do not include port taxes of $200 per person.

Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom.
Single pricing is based on one person per stateroom and is capacity-controlled by Uniworld and subject to change.

Required Deposit: $1,500 per person for double occupancy and $2,500 for single occupancy and a non-refundable Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person

Final Payment: March 16, 2022

Airfare is not included: Global Tracks will book your air arrangements for a $75 service fee or you may choose to handle your own reservation.

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise.

Travel Insurance: Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.

New Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel insurance and airfare are non-refundable once purchased. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.All cancellations are subject to the Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person paid at deposit in addition to the below schedule:

Cancellation & Penalty Schedule Penalty Applicable
From time of deposit until March 16, 2022 $250 per guest penalty
From March 17, 2022 to April 20, 2022 50% of total package penalty
From April 21, 2022 to May 30, 2022 75% of total package penalty
After May 30, 2022 100% of total package penalty

2020/2021 Postponed Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel insurance and airfare are non-refundable once purchased. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to the Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person paid at deposit in addition to the below schedule:

Cancellation & Penalty Schedule Penalty Applicable
Until March 16, 2022 $1,500 per guest penalty
From March 17, 2022 to April 20, 2022 50% of total package penalty
From April 21, 2022 to May 30, 2022 75% of total package penalty
After May 30, 2022 100% of total package penalty
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