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.
Cruise the Rhône in luxury with Marcus Wareing and Oz Clarke
Fresh from the latest series of MasterChef: The Professionals, acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing will join you on this luxury cruise through southern France's gastronomic heart.
The chef patron of Marcus at The Berkeley will take part in unforgettable exclusive events during your trip. Marcus, who received his first Michelin star at the age of 26, will give an interactive cookery demonstration on board the ship, deliver a private talk, answer your questions during a Q&A session, as well as join you in exploring the foodie highlights of the former Roman city of Lyon.
Former Food & Drink wine expert Oz Clarke will also be on board to share his lifelong love of wine, and take part in tastings of some of the region's finest varieties. Oz will choose the wine pairings for your gourmet captain's gala dinner and will take part in an excursion to the iconic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
You'll travel on Uniworld's luxurious SS Catherine, starting in Lyon, the culinary capital of France, ending in Avignon - home to the Papal Palace. Stops include the wine centres of Beaune, Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage, where you can enjoy Burgundy wines, incredible cheeses, truffles and macarons.
Uniworld is one of the world's most awarded luxury river cruise lines, and SS Catherine is a one-of-a-kind ship with spacious river-view Staterooms, a refined restaurant and opulent two-storey lobby complete with Murano glass chandelier. All your meals and drinks are included.
Reasons to book
Meet Marcus Wareing
Wine tasting with Oz Clarke
Sail in luxury
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.
- Cookery demo and Q&A with Marcus Wareing
- Return flight, Eurostar or self-drive from the UK
- Gala dinner curated by Marcus, with wine pairings by Oz Clarke
- Choice of daily excursions, as detailed in the itinerary
- Private wine tastings and presentation with Oz
- Exclusive visit to Lyon food market with Marcus
- Five-star farm-to-table cuisine, unlimited drinks, including many premium spirits and wines
- Elegant river-view Staterooms and Suites, in-suite butler and all 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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