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
Day 2 PORT–SAINT–LOUIS
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhône Delta
Start your day with 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 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, and enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed.
This evening, cruise back to Arles to prepare for tomorrow’s exciting activities.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES
Day 3 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.
EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON
Day 4 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON
Day 5 VIVIERS–LOCK BOLLÈNE
River Gorge Canoes, Underground Wines, and Nighttime Ghost Stories
Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host before cruising through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Viviers.
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 Excursion 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.
DISCOVERY This evening, take a nighttime Guided Tour of Viviers to experience the fascinating history and ghost stories of this enchanting town.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
Day 6 TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE
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 Lyon.
An Evening Drive through the Heart of Lyon
DISCOVERY Join a Guided Tour for an evening drive of Lyon for picturesque photo opportunities, from Fourvière hill for a city bird’s eye view, to Presqu’île district, for catching the heart of Lyon and its ever-changing river bank view.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
Day 7 LYON
A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste
ACTIVE Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
ACTIVE Join a Guided Hike in Parc de la Tête 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 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.
This evening, enjoy Lyon’s vibrant nightlife on your own after a gala farewell dinner on board.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON
Day 8 LYON (DISEMBARKATION)–PARIS
This morning, say goodbye to your crew and board the TGV train to Paris. The rest of the day is free to explore the City of Lights at your leisure. Consider browsing along Paris’ classic shopping avenues and literary cafés for a true Parisian experience.
Day 9 PARIS
Join a Guided Sightseeing tour which will show you magnificent must-see sights. Alternatively, join a Guided Biking Tour which will reveal some of the highlights of Paris—such as the Eiffel Tower and Place de la Concorde—from a different point of view; enjoy a peaceful break on the Seine river banks.
Day 10 PARIS
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.