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Active & Discovery on the Rhône

8 days

Active & Discovery on the Rhône

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Your Active & Discovery river cruise is full of Avalon Choice inclusions for each port you visit along the Rhône River. Choose the Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that speak to you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active. 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, for the French holiday you’ve dreamed of. Take a canoe excursion or linger in a corner cafés; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an underground cave. Admire the lovely views of the French countryside, or join a culinary walk to discover archi-tecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. 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. What better way to celebrate a fantastic French river cruise on the Rhône than by boarding a high-speed train for the “City of Light”

You’ll spend two nights in Paris to explore the romantic city your way. Spend your first day at leisure to stroll the iconic Champs-Élysées or wandering through the legendary artists’ streets of Montmartre, with a selection of included excursions the following day. Select a guided sightseeing tour of the must-see sites, or take a guided biking tour through Paris’ highlights, including the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde—with a peaceful rest along the Seine River. Our Active & Discovery Rhône River cruise and Paris vacation include activities and excursions to experience the Rhône River and the “City of Light” your way and at your pace!

*Cruise also runs in reverse from Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis

Inclusions

  • Gourmet cuisine with all meals onboard, including regional wine & beer with lunch & dinner
  • Choice of included daily excursions including Classic, Active & Discovery options
  • Options to customise your cruise experience to suit your style
  • Avalon's renowned onboard service and relaxed luxury
  • Complimentary bicycles for use on shore
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access, port charges & onboard gratuities

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: PORT-SAINT-LOUIS , FRANCE (EMBARKATION) Welcome to 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 PORT-SAINT-LOUIS (D)
  • DAY 2: PORT-SAINT-LOUIS Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone Delta Join us on the Sky Deck for a Morning Stretch with a view with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Port-Saint-Louis. 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, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Walk 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. Cruise 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 Wine Caves, Papal Palaces, and Ancient Aqueducts ACTIVE - Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Gard region. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting; after all, no need to pedal on the way back, OR: DISCOVERY - Visit an authentic Provencal farmhouse for a delightful experience to fill your senses as you see how essential oils are created 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 learn about wine blending, or you may opt for a Guided Optional Excursion on a kayak 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 Canoes, 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 Kayak 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 oenologist (wine-making expert), OR; DISCOVERY - Learn about the planting, harvesting and production of lavender cosmetics and essential oil and discover why Provence and lavender have become synonymous with each other over the centuries as the delicate fragrance and shades of purple fill the fields each summer 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, 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 a Lyonnaise treat 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: LYONA Festival of colours, Aromas, and Taste ACTIVE - Jump-start your day in Lyon by joining your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Urban Hiking through Lyon's secret passageways (Traboules) for a glimpse into the city's 19th-century silk trade, 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 Lyonnaise specialty. This afternoon, you might take an off-the-beaten-path Guided Optional Tour (Avalon exclusive) 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 cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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*Terms and conditions: All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing (28/06/19), is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Book a 2020 Europe river cruise and save - save value is dependent on the cruise and departure date booked and will range from $500 – $3450 per person (any deck/cabin category). Applicable cruise savings can be viewed online on cruise itinerary pages. Select dates are not eligible for promotion. Availability will be confirmed at time of booking. Offer valid for new 2020 Europe bookings made from 17/08/19 – 31/10/19, or until sold out. Offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. To secure reservation and offer a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500per person/per cruise is required within 7 days of booking (or by 31/10/19; whichever comes first). Offer valid for Singles (single supplement applies). Offer not combinable with any other promotion except the Welcome Back Credit. Offer can be withdrawn or amended at any time without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Full Avalon 2020 terms & conditions apply, please ensure you read these prior to booking – see the 2020 Avalon Waterways brochure or visit avalonwaterways.co.nz.

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