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ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE RHONE - CATEGORY E - 2019

Your Active Discovery Cruise is waiting to take you on a French river cruise like never before. You’ll enjoy the magnificent and romantic scenery and sights, but you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy activities that speak to your passions and interests, as well. Take a guided hike through Camargue Regional Nature Park and marshland, or join a guided bike ride through the park, keeping an eye out for more than 400 bird species, including pink flamingos. You may otherwise pay a visit to a local oyster farm for an oyster tasting, and learn about oyster farming.

Enjoy a day in Arles to select from Active, Discovery, or Classic tours or activities. You may like to join a guided hike, or take a painting workshop in the style and technique of Vincent van Gogh—whose many paintings captured the light and landscapes of Provence and Arles. Visit the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum, or a take a guided sightseeing tour of Avignon’s sights, including the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Take a can trip on the canyons of the Rhône—the stunning Gorges de l'Ardèche. You might choose a hike through the Natural Reserve of Circque d’Estre, or an unusual excursion for an underground wine tasting with a wine-making expert and cave specialist.

Sail to Lyon, the gastronomical capital of France, and take an evening drive for premiere photo opportunities from the hills above the city. During your stay in Lyon, hike the trails, take a culinary walk, or learn to make your own Saucisson brioche in a cooking class par excellence.

You’ll experience the remarkable sights, scenery, and flavors along the Rhône with the Active Discovery included activities and tours that suit you best.


Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $5,141
Start Location
Arles, France
End Location
Lyon, France
Age Range
Avg. 40+
Group Size
20 to 44
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
06 Aug 201913 Aug 2019On RequestAUD $5,141
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: ARLES, FRANCE (EMBARKATION).
Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (D)
Day 2: PORT-SAINT-LOUIS.
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone Delta. Join us on the Sky Deck for a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Port-Saint-Louis. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike through the Camargue Regional Nature Park. You'll see its lush marshland habitat at the mouth of the Rhone-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 Rhone delta, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a taste of local life with a visit to an oyster farm in the Camargue Natural Park on a Guided Tour, and enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed. Cruise back to Arles to prepare for tomorrow's exciting activities. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 3: ARLES .
A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence. ACTIVE - Experience the legends of Val d'Enfer with a Guided Hike; an area taking its name from the unique white limestone rock formations. The excursion includes an unforgettable audio/video experience of light, images, and music at the Carrieres de Lumieres, 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 to get to know this charming town, including a visit with 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 just relax in a lovely park along Arles' Boulevard des Lices. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 4: AVIGNON.
Essential Oils, and Ancient Roman Aqueducts. ACTIVE - Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel-the birthplace of French Rose. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting in a local cave; after all, no need to pedal on the way back, OR: DISCOVERY - Experience the French art of fragrance with a Guided Tour of the Musee des Aromes et du Parfum where aromatic herbs and essential oils in this museum will inspire your senses and help you 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 Chateauneuf-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 can 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Day 5: VIVIERS-LOCK BOLLENE.
River Gorge Cans, Underground Wines, and Nighttime Ghost Stories. Start your day with a sunrise view, joining our Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host before cruising through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollene on your way to Viviers. ACTIVE - Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Can Trip in the Gorges de l'Ardeche in the spectacular canyons of this Rhone tributary, OR: ACTIVE - Find inspiration from the amazing landscape of the region with a Guided Hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d'Estre, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Excursion for a surprising underground wine tasting-under the direction of an expert Speleologist (cave guide) and an nologist (wine-making expert), OR; DISCOVERY - See a surprising side of local culture with a visit to 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 awe-inspiring water facility at Bollene and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhone. DISCOVERY - For a different perspective on the town, join us on a nighttime Guided Tour of Viviers, discovering the legends, tales and ghost stories of this enchanting town. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE (B,L,D)
Day 6: TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE.
Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge. ACTIVE - For a unique experience and panoramic views, join a Guided Excursion this morning on a rail-bike along the descent of the Gorges du Doux, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike in the picturesque vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage, OR: DISCOVERY - Have a true "chocolate experience" with a tour of the Valrhona Chocolate Factory and Museum. Make your signature chocolate bar and of course taste to your heart's content, 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 Lyon. LYON: An Evening Drive through the Heart of Lyon. DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Tour for an evening drive of Lyon lined with incredible landscapes, from Fourviere Hill for a city bird's eye view, to Presqu'ile district, for catching the heart of Lyon and its ever-changing river bank view. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
Day 7: LYON.
A Festival of Colours, Aromas, and Taste. ACTIVE - Jump-start your day in Lyon by joining your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Nature Walk in the Parc de la Tete d'Or, this vast urban park with its many trails and lake, OR: DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Culinary Walk through Lyon to discover architecture and local specialties in a festival of colours, aromas and taste-exclusive for Avalon guests, OR: DISCOVERY - Join our Cooking Class to learn to make your own Saucisson brioche and other local culinary favourites. 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 Fourviere, or you may opt for a Guided Optional Mountain Bike Excursion through the Beaujolais wine country. This evening, enjoy Lyon's vibrant nightlife on your own after a gala farewell dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)
Day 8: LYON (DISEMBARKATION).
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)