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Active Discovery on the Rhône 2019
(Southbound)

8 days with Avalon Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 LYON, FRANCE (EMBARKATION)
Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Lyon must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (D)

Day 2 LYON
A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike of Parc de la Tête d’Or, a vast urban park with many trails and lake, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a Guided Culinary Walk through Lyon to discover architecture and local specialties in a festival of colors, aromas and taste—exclusive for Avalon guests, OR:

DISCOVERY Learn to make your own Saucisson brioché and other local culinary favorites in a Cooking Class.

This afternoon, you might take an off-the-beaten-path Guided Optional Tour through private and public terraces for panoramic views of Lyon, starting on the roof of the Basilica de Fourvière, or you may opt for a Guided Optional Mountain Bike Excursion through the Beaujolais wine country.

EVENING CRUISE TO TAIN L’HERMITAGE/TOURNON (B,L,D)

Day 3 TAIN L’HERMITAGE/TOURNON
Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge

ACTIVE Join a Guided Excursion this morning to pedal your rail-bike along the descent of the Gorges du Doux for a panoramic view, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike in the picturesque vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, OR:

DISCOVERY Take a full tour of the Valrhona factory and museum. Taste chocolate, and also make your own signature chocolate bar, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Tournon—twin city to Tain-l’Hermitage and one of France’s oldest medieval cities. You’ll see its imposing 16th-century castle and Roman ruins.

DISCOVERY Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare Lyonnaise specialties while sailing to Viviers.

VIVIERS
Fascinating History, and Nighttime Ghost Stories

DISCOVERY This evening, take a nighttime Guided Tour of Viviers to experience the fascinating history and ghost stories of this enchanting town.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIVIERS (B,L,D)

Day 4 VIVIERS—LOCK BOLLÈNE
River Gorge Canoeing, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves

ACTIVE Join a Guided Canoe Trip to navigate the Gorges de l’Ardèche in the spectacular canyons of this Rhône tributary, OR:

ACTIVE Take a guided hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre, OR:

ACTIVE Join a Guided Visit for a surprising underground Wine Tasting—under the direction of an expert Speleologist (cave guide) and an oenologist (wine-making expert), OR:

DISCOVERY Visit a Crocodile Farm and discover the wonderful world of reptiles—not only crocodiles, but also snakes, turtles, iguanas, and an amazing botanical garden, OR:

CLASSIC Visit the tremendous water facility at Bollène and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhône.

Cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Avignon this afternoon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)

Day 5 AVIGNON
Essential Oils and Ancient Roman Aqueducts

ACTIVE Join a Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel—birthplace of French Rosé. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting, OR:

DISCOVERY Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum to take in the fragrance of aromatic herbs and essential oils in this museum of aromas and perfumes, and create your own unique scent, OR:

CLASSIC Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Avignon, including a visit to the world’s largest gothic fortress—the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Also, explore Les Halles’ covered market.

This afternoon, you may choose to join a Guided Optional Tour of the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting, as well as the chance to make your own wine blend, or you may opt for a Guided Optional Excursion on a canoe through the waters of Pont du Gard—the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts.

You may choose to spend free time to explore Avignon—known as the heart of Provence. Take a leisurely stroll or a bike ride through the tree-lined streets and leafy squares within Avignon’s medieval walls.

EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 6 ARLES
A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence

ACTIVE Take a Guided Hike in Val d’Enfer, that takes its name from the strangeness of its white limestone rock formations; later be entranced by a magical Audio/Visual Experience of light, images, and music at the Carrières de Lumières, OR:

DISCOVERY Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles, OR:

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arles and meet a local bullfighter to learn about the secrets and traditions handed down through generations.

You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the natural salt marsh at Salin d’Aigues-Mortes, to discover the magic of the pink waters of the Camargue.

Alternatively, enjoy free time to shop, stroll, or stretch out on a bench in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 7 PORT-SAINT-LOUIS
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhône Delta

Enjoy a morning cruise to Port-Saint-Louis on the Sky Deck of your ship.

ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike through the Camargue Regional Nature Park. You’ll see its lush marshland habitat at the mouth of the Rhône—home to a wide variety of flora and fauna—in one of France’s most protected and natural reserves, OR:

ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Ride through the Camargue Natural Park with an eye out for more than 400 bird species—including pink flamingos—along the trails of the Mediterranean’s Rhône delta, OR:

DISCOVERY Visit a local oyster farm on a Guided Tour to enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed.

This evening, cruise back to Arles.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 8 ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am. (B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Lyon: choice of culinary tour, or traditional Saucisson brioché culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la Tête d’Or
  • Tain l’hermitage/Tournon–Viviers: choice of rail-bike tour along the Gorges du Doux, or guided hike in the vineyards, or guided tour of Tournon, or tour of the Valrhona factory and museum with workshop and chocolate tasting; Lyonnaise specialties cooking demonstration; evening guided tour in Viviers
  • Viviers–Avignon: in Avignon choice of guided canoe trip down the Gorges de l’Ardèche, or guided hike in the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre, or visit lock Bollène and its power plant, or guided speleological excursion with wine tasting in the caves, or visit a Crocodile Farm
  • Avignon: choice of guided tour, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or guided tour at the Museum of Aromas and Perfume
  • Arles: choice of guided tour in Arles, meet a bullfighter, or guided hike through the Hell Valley with a visit to Carrières de Lumière, or painting workshop
  • Port-Saint-Louis: choice of excursion to a local oyster farm with tasting, or either guided hike or bike tour through the Camargue Regional Natural Park
  • Arles (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
All This Included
Join us for an Active Discovery river cruise on the Rhône River. You’ll find a wealth of activities and excursions that speak your language!

Begin in Lyon—the gastronomic capital of France—where the choice is yours: join a cooking class to learn how to make Saucisson brioché, or take a guided hike tour to see the impressive urban park, or discover the city’s architecture and specialties joining a Culinary Walking Tour.

In the twin city region of Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage, you’ll have the choice of experience a rail-bike, or join a cooking class, or visit a chocolate museum to create your own chocolate bar.

You’ll see natural wonders along the way, with choices during your cruise through Viviers and Lock Bollène. Explore spectacular River canyons for canoeing, the natural reserve at Circque d’Estre, and even wine-tasting in a cave. You may choose to check out a crocodile farm, and take an evening ghost-story tour of Viviers. Sail to Avignon for e-bike riding, or a visit to a perfume museum, or a more classical guided sightseeing, including Palace of the Popes.

Next, your Active Discovery cruise on the Rhône River takes you to the inspirational locale of Arles—a subject of Van Gogh’s paintings, and home to hiking trails, light shows, and painting workshops.

Sail to Port-Saint-Louis for a jam-packed day of active tours and opportunities for discovery, including a hike through the Camargue Regional Nature Park, or a bike ride through the park to look for 400 bird species, including pink flamingos! You might choose to discover the art of oyster farming with a tasting at a local farm.

See France in another light on your scenic river cruise on the Rhône River. Bring your interests and passions along to enjoy the variety of Active Discovery experiences that interest you!
  • Ship Amenities - Avalon Poetry II:
    • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows
    • Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs and shade awnings
    • Non-smoking interior and staterooms
    • Elevator
    • Elegant, contemporary design
    • Outside viewing deck
    • Headsets for guided shore excursions in Europe
    • Friendly, English-speaking crew and Cruise Director
    • Sightseeing with Certified Local Guides
    • Onboard lectures, activities & nightly entertainment
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Sky Deck whirlpool
    • Complimentary computer use in public areas
    • Hair salon
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
    • Biking excursions available in Amsterdam and Breisach
    • Bicycles available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Avalon Choice® cruising experience
    • Behind-the-scenes galley tour
    • Choice of Leisurely, Traditional or Independent sightseeing pace options
    • Nordic walking sticks available onboard for complimentary check-out
    • Local FavoritesSM onboard experiences to bring the customs, cultures and tastes of your destinations to life, including local entertainers, artisans & experts
    • English-speaking TV channels with over 100 free movie options
    • Onboard assistance is available to recommend, reserve and further personalize your cruise
    • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
    • Sky Deck game area
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Well-stocked library
    • Fitness Center
    • Fresh fruit available throughout the day
    • Full-size closet mirror
  • Ship Dining - Avalon Poetry II:
    • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
    • Self-serve beverage station with complimentary tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, including decaf options
    • Captain's reception with sparkling wine & canapés
    • Welcome dinner
    • Five-course farewell dinner
    • Spacious, open-seating dining room
    • Daily early-riser breakfast
    • Daily late-riser breakfast
    • Full buffet breakfast with sparkling wine and made-to-order egg station
    • Lunch buffet with carving and pasta stations
    • Sky Bistro lunch option on the Sky Deck
    • Cocktails with a view on the Sky Deck
    • Healthy Corner options including low calorie, low fat, high fiber, low cholesterol, and high energy choices
    • Vegetarian options at every meal, as well as vegan and allergy-free selections
    • Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, and sweet treats
    • Happy Hour every evening including featured drink specials
    • Seasonal cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients
    • Delectable regional & Western cuisine with all onboard meals
    • Four-course dinners with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrées and desserts or cheese
    • Complimentary wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner
    • Room service for Continental breakfast & beverages (service fee applies)
    • Upscale bar serving premium spirits
    • Night Fare served at 10:30 pm
    • Healthy meal options
    • Alternate light lunch and dinner in the Panorama Bistro
    • Delectable petite portions of regional specialties, with wines, in the Panorama Bistro
    • Tastings - sample the destination's famous delicacies
    • Coffee or tea after dinner
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Avalon Poetry II
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra nights per person in Lyon:
in single room from $254 to $287, in twin room from $156 to $172

Extra nights per person in Marseille:
in single room from $229 to $288, in twin room from $144 to $173
Notes
  • In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Gateway city for departures is Marseille.
  • Port charges: $182
  • Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
  • Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
  • All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. Cabin upgrades are available. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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