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Northwest Travel Service
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Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

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River Cruising Burgundy and ProvencePDF

May 14th to May 21st, 2017

Uniworld Experience
In July 2015, Northwest Travel chartered the River Royale for seven nights in Bordeaux. My previous river cruising experience up to that time had all been with Viking River Cruises. I could not have been more pleased with my personal experience as coordinator and with the comments and reviews provided by my guests during and after the cruise. It was an easy decision to choose Uniworld for this 2017 event.

If you have enjoyed other river cruise companies, I guarantee you will love what Uniworld has elevated the experience to.

Air Transportation
Flight details for arrivals and departures:

The ship departs from the port of Lyon late in the afternoon on the 14 th . It’s suggested that you plan to arrive early to take full advantage of your time aboard. You’re able to board the ship as early as 1:00 PM. Lyon is well worth a few days on its own. Think about arriving a few days early. Discount rates at select Lyon hotels will be available soon.

You can fly into Lyon with connecting flights. You may also consider flying into Paris and using the high speed train from CDG Airport to the center of Lyon. More details on flights and ground transportation will be posted by summer 2016.

Vancouver continues to be an excellent alternative to Seattle for discount travel to Europe. Comparisons made in early February for May travel show Seattle departures in the $1200- $1400 range with Vancouver flights under $800.

Tour Extensions
A three-night pre-cruise tour to the Champagne region will be offered, limited to 22 guests. This tour will feature visits and tastings at many of the Champagne producers as well as historic sites from Roman times to the battlefields of WW I.

A post-cruise extension to Avignon will be offered with the ability to participate in more wine tasting in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and non-wine sightseeing in this part of Provence. I expect that we will offer a visit to Les Baux, Pont du Gard, and a tour of a local truffle farm.

Aboard Ship
The order of the day is casual. There is no reason to pack any formal wear for your time aboard. The cruise line asks that you dress appropriately for dinner and evening time. There will be evening events scheduled both on and off ship. Our winemakers will discuss the regions at associated wines as we progress on our route.

You need not be concerned with motion during the cruise. River cruise ships are not subject to the same type of side to side motion common to ocean-going vessels.

There are three scheduled meals per day with table sizes ranging from two to ten guests. Seating is not assigned. Dine with a group of friends each evening or mix it up to enjoy your meal with friends met along the way.

Wine, beer, and liquor are included with your cruise.
Documentation
You’ll need a valid passport, which much have at least 6 months validity from the date of entry in France. No additional visa is needed for US or Canadian citizens.
Your stateroom
The SS Catherine was launched in 2014. She holds 159 guests in a variety of stateroom configurations and sizes. Some cabins offer picture windows, while others provide French or full-sized balconies. Determine what’s right for you by looking over the cabin descriptions above or visiting the webpage at: http://uniworld.com/cruises/europe/burgundy-and-provence/2016/deck-plans.
Port or Starboard?
Which side should I choose? I’ve cruised this itinerary a few times and the cruise line has confirmed my opinion that there is little to no beneficial “edge” of one side of the ship or the other. The ship may dock with either side to the shore and there is every possibility that you’ll either raft next to another ship or have a ship tie up next to you. Pick a cabin adjacent to your friends or choose one across the hall from yours so that you’ll always have a view. If you’re doing it right, you won’t be spending much time in your cabin anyway!
Dining
The ship provides three meals a day, beginning with a breakfast buffet, plated lunch and dinner. Tables are not assigned. You’re free to dine with different group of friends each evening. The ship is able to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions and allergies.
Sightseeing
All shore tours offered by the cruise line are included in the cost of your tour. There will be additional wine touring options arranged by Northwest Travel at additional cost. I anticipate that additional wine visits will cost approximately $30-$45 each, mostly to cover transportation costs. Early booking guests will earn priority in selecting these tour options.
Early booking incentive
Guests who book early will have priority in stateroom selection. In additional, early booking will secure priority in selecting optional wine touring throughout the week and well as pre- cruise and post-cruise tour extensions, which will be limited to 22 guests for each tour. In addition, guests who book early will earn more chances to win an upgrade to a suite level stateroom, with a drawing to be held at the end of March 2017. Each week you’re confirmed, you earn another entry in the drawing.
Weather
May is an excellent time to visit the region. Summer tourists have not yet arrived, and the weather is fairly moderate with average temperatures ranging from 50°-72° in Lyon to 54°- 73° in Avignon. Both locations average about 1.5 inches of rain for the month. We’ll have over 14 daylight hours for touring in May.
What if I need to cancel my cruise?
Because payments are nonrefundable, travel insurance is suggested. Both of the companies listed below have a policy rate calculator online. Enter the cost of your tour and personal data to receive a no-obligation cost estimate.

Two recommended companies are:

  1. www.csatravelprotection.com->
  2. www.travelexinsurance.com->

Cancellation insurance will range in price based on the cost of your travel and the age of the applicant. Get a quote at the websites above before making a purchase. If you have a pre-existing condition to cover, you usually must purchase your policy within 2 weeks of the initial deposit.

Deposit and payment schedule
Payments made to Northwest Travel Service are non-refundable. If you need to cancel, I will do everything possible to find someone to take your place. Cancellation insurance is an option to protect your deposit. Trip cancellation will cost between 6% and 10% of the total cost of your tour. Please request details about insurance when you make your reservation. An initial deposit of $800 per person is required to hold your reservation. An additional deposit of $1000 is due by August 31 st with the balance due by January 31 st , 2017.

To Book your accommodation for this cruise/tour program, send the following details to Brad Cilley at Northwest Travel Service. Email address is brad@nwtravel.com. Book online at our Reserve page.

Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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