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ACTIVE DISCOVERY ON THE RHONE - CATEGORY E - 2019

Your Active Discovery cruise on the Rhône River begins in Lyon, the culinary capital of France!  With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll find a variety of ways to explore each port you visit. Choose from Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that interest you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active. Admire the lovely scenery of the French countryside, join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. Embark on a can excursion or simply linger in a sidewalk café; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an underground cave. With so many included choices, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day—from a ghost tour in Viviers to a guided bike ride through the birthplace of rosé wines; to a chocolate factory tour and a visit to a French museum of perfumes.

In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an oyster farm, bike through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos, or take a painting workshop in Arles—in the style of Van Gogh. You’ll have the classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture, and cuisine excursions. Our Active Discovery Rhône River cruise with Avalon Choice includes activities and excursions to experience the Rhône River at your pace in every place along the way. It’s a vacation in France made just for you.

Inclusions

7 breakfasts
7 lunches
7 dinners
Tour Provider Avalon Waterways
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $5,260
Start Location
Lyon, France
End Location
Arles, 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
21 May 201928 May 2019On RequestAUD $5,260
02 Jul 201909 Jul 2019OpenAUD $5,260
13 Aug 201920 Aug 2019OpenAUD $5,200
24 Sep 201901 Oct 2019On RequestAUD $5,260
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: LYON, FRANCE (EMBARKATION).
Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Lyon must arrive by 3:30pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5pm. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (D)
Day 2: LYON.
A Festival of Colours, Aromas, and Taste. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Nature Walk in the Parc de la Tete 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 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. 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 - 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 Viviers. VIVIERS: Fascinating History, and Nighttime Ghost Stories. 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 DOCKING IN VIVIERS (B,L,D)
Day 4: VIVIERS-LOCK BOLLENE.
River Gorge Caning, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves. ACTIVE - Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Can Trip in the Gorges de l'Ardeche on 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 Visit 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. Cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollene 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 leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel-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. EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 6: 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
Day 7: PORT-SAINT-LOUIS.
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone 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 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 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 holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)