Marcus received his first Michelin star aged just 26. He is currently chef patron of Marcus at The Berkeley, The Gilbert Scott in St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Tredwells. Marcus is also a judge on Masterchef: The Professionals.
Taste your way along the Rhône with Marcus Wareing and Oz Clarke
This magical cruise will take you through one of the most picturesque corners of France, along the beautiful Saône and Rhône rivers, to sample the renowned cuisine and fine wines of Burgundy and Provence, and learn all about the region's fascinating history.
These romantic landscapes inspired some of the world's greatest artists, from Van Gogh to Cézanne and Gaugin, and as you sail through the unspoilt scenery along the Rhône and Saône rivers you'll see why. But of course, Burgundy and Provence are most famous for their irresistibly delicious produce, so your holiday will be made extra special by some exclusive gourmet events.
You'll be joined on board by Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, and wine expert Oz Clarke. Judge and mentor on Masterchef: The Professionals, Marcus will show off his cooking skills during a live demo, as well as showing you around Lyon's iconic food market. Oz will join you on exclusive wine and truffle tastings, give a presentation on board, and choose the wines to accompany your evening meal.
You'll visit the wine centres of Beaune, Tournon, Tainl'Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, explore foodie hotspot Lyon's ancient streets and sample its delicacies, and stop off at the enchanting village of Viviers and the walled city of Avignon, with its Papal Palace and stunning renaissance art collection. While there, you'll see some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside of Italy, including its soaring Aqueduct, while in Arles you'll be amazed by the well-preserved remains of its mighty amphitheatre.
Sailing on Uniworld's luxurious Super Ship Catherine in a spacious river-view Stateroom, you can dine in its elegant fine dining restaurant, with all your meals and drinks included, and relax in the swimming pool, opulent Bar du Leopard or Van Gough Lounge.
Reasons to book
Lyon with Marcus Wareing
Wine tasting with Oz Clarke
Delicious French cuisine
Luxury on board
Tournon and Beaune
Your expert guides
Oz Clarke is known for his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. He has won major wine-writing awards both in the UK and the US. His current best-selling books include The History of Wine in 100 Bottles and World of Wine. Oz is also a frequent TV and radio presenter.
- Private talk and Q&A with Marcus Wareing
- On-board cookery demonstration by Marcus Wareing
- Meet Marcus at Lyon market for a talk on local foods
- Choose between return flights from regional airports, Eurostar travel or a brand new self-drive option
- Travel with Uniworld, the most luxurious river cruise line
- Eight-day cruise on Super Ship Catherine
- Presentation and wine tasting with Oz Clarke
- Captain's gala dinner
- Captain's welcome and farewell receptions
- All meals freshly cooked with locally sourced ingredients
- Meals on-board cooked by French executive chefs
- Five-star farm-to-table cuisine, unlimited drinks, including many premium spirits and fine wines
- Elegant river-view Staterooms and Suites and in-suite butler
- All on-board and on-shore gratuities
Day1Arrive in Lyon and board SS CatherineLyon, France
Arrive at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
Day2Burgundy wines in Mâcon and BeauneBeaune, France
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.
This afternoon, Marcus Wareing will give a talk on his career, share anecdotes from his time on Masterchef and be available for any questions that you might want to ask. A special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day3Gastronomic LyonLyon, France
While explaining Lyon's important gastronomic history, your guide will show you the city's bouchons and specialty food shops and take you into the legendary local gourmet scene-and you'll have a chance to taste some delectable offerings. Don't miss the macarons! On the way to these fabulous culinary destinations, you'll see some of Lyon's historic old quarter, with its many spectacular examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture, and les traboules, the city's old passageways. This evening you will enjoy a special dinner prepared by Uniworlds Exec Chefs.
Day4The wines of TournonTournon-sur-Rhône , France
This morning, enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration, presented by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing. If you love fine wine, you'll love the twin villages of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage. For todays excursion, Oz Clarke will join you for an exclusive wine tasting in Hermitage & St Joseph wine country where you'll visit La Cave de Tain and Chez Michel Chapoutier. This afternoon, you'll enjoy a lecture on the "The Rhone valley terroirs" and a private wine tasting with Oz Clark.
Day5Wine and truffles in enchanting ViviersViviers, France
An enchanting village where time seems to have stood still for centuries, 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 the upper and lowers parts of town, as you begin at the crest and make your way to the riverbank.
Featured Excursion: Intimate Viviers "Village Day, followed by Châteauneuf-du-Pape, including private wine and truffle tasting joined by Oz Clarke.
Day6Avignon's Palais des PapesAvignon, France
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.
Day7Arles and Captain's Farewell DinnerArles, France
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 created some 200 paintings here. It was here that the Romans built their first bridge across the Rhône River, creating a vital overland route between Italy and Spain. Enjoy a walking tour of Arles today and a special Captain's Farewell Reception and Dinner this evening.
Day8Disembark in AvignonAvignon, France
After breakfast you'll disembark and transfer to take your chosen mode of transport back to the UK.
Five-class luxury Super Ship
Uniworld's second Super Ship SS 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 life-size glass horse. The swimming pool
and Bar du Leopard is lavishly decorated, as is the Cézanne
Restaurant and Van Gough Lounge.
Staterooms feature handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flatscreen TV with infotainment centre, and safe. Marble bathrooms also include Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cosy bathrobes and slippers.
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