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