O'Connell Family Wines
2019 Burgundy & Provence Wine Cruise


2019 Burgundy & Provence Wine Cruise


July 7 - 14, 2019 | 8-Days
Lyon to Avignon, France
Aboard Uniworld's SS Catherine

French Balcony Fares From: $4,844 per person

$100 Shipboard Credit per person  
Join Vintners, Gabrielle Leonhard O'Connell  Wayne O'Connell, as you follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey, while enjoying the incomparable wines, cuisine, art and history of southern France.  The same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you as you cruise the Rhône and Saône rivers.  Discover its many treasures - from Lyon's lively Les Halles food market (Lyon is the home to Chef Paul Bocuse, considered an ambassador of modern French cuisine)...to the vineyards and wines of Burgundy, l'Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-pape...to Van Gogh's Arles...to the medieval treasures of UNESCO-designated Avignon.  All ending with a burst of fireworks (weather permitting) on Bastille day. AMAZING!

Begin your holiday with Food & Wine Trail's 3-night pre-cruise Burgundy program, then step aboard Uniworld's SS Catherine for a journey through Burgundy and discover this quaint and peaceful region of rolling hills, narrow alleyways and rustic villages.  Where the countryside is sprinkled with medieval chateaux and ancient monasteries are reachable by foot or bicycle.  Along with exploring four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you'll have the pleasure of tasting the incomparable O'Connell Family wines during exclusive-to-the-group dinners, seminar and tastings.


Wine Program Highlights
  • Cruise personally hosted by Vintners, Wayne & Gabrielle O'Connell 
  • Onboard wine education program  
  • Private onboard welcome dinner, seminar & tasting, reception and dinner with the winemaker
  • Exclusive Food & Wine Trails optional pre-cruise land program 
  • Optional Food & Wine Trails private wine tour shore excursions in select cities
  • $100 per person shipboard credit for early bookings 


Cruise Highlights

  • 8-Day Lyon to Avignon cruise on Uniworld's SS Catherine
  • Uniworld's All Inclusive Experience
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Reception & Dinner
  • Visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Cruise finale on Bastille Day in Avignon
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "Vincent Van Gogh's Troubled Destiny"
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment


Wayne & Gabrielle O'Connell
Vintners, O'Connell Family Wines



  • Accommodations aboard SS Catherine
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • Unlimited wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottle water
  • All onboard gratuities
  • Airport transfers to ship on arrival / departure dates
  • Uniworld complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Internet & WiFi
  • Complimentary use of bicycles  
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners


  • Roundtrip Air
  • Food & Wine Trails Optional Pre- or Post-Cruise Programs  
  • Bastille Day post-cruise overnight and festivities
  • Food & Wine Trails exclusive wine themed shore tours  
  • Premium wine and spirits
  • All items of a personal nature


We were absolutely delighted with the onboard wine program.  We came, we drank, we learned, we had fun!

C. & D. Crawford (DeWinton, AB)