Avalon – Tour Details 2018-11-14T21:48:21+00:00

Active Discovery on the Rhône – Southbound 2019

8 days Lyon to Arles

Starting at $3,499

Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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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 canoe 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.


Destination & Sightseeing

Day 1 Lyon (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Lyon: choice of culinary tour, or traditional Saucisson brioché culinary workshop, or guided nature walk in Parc de la Tête d’Or
Day 3 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
Day 4 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
Day 5 Avignon: choice of guided tour, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or guided tour at the Museum of Aromas and Perfume
Day 6 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
Day 7 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
Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
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.

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
Dinner

Day 2 LYON
A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste ACTIVE Join a Guided Nature walk in the 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 Join our Cooking Class to learn to make your own Saucisson brioché and other local culinary favorites 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 4 VIVIERS—LOCK BOLLÈNE
River Gorge Canoeing, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves ACTIVE Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Canoe Trip in the Gorges de l’Ardèche on the spectacular canyons of this Rhône 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 oenologist (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 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 5 AVIGNON
Essential Oils and Ancient Roman Aqueducts ACTIVE Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel—birthplace of French Rosé. 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 Musée des Arômes 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 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

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 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 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

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 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
BreakfastLunch Dinner

Day 8 ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.

Accommodations

LyonMarseille
Sofitel Lyon Bellecour
Moderate Deluxe

Hotel as shown or similar

20, Quai Gailleton Lyon France

Centrally located, overlooking the river Rhone, this 164-room hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant on the top floor where delicious meals can be enjoyed while taking in panoramic city views, the Brasserie serves simple refined dishes in contemporary surroundings and there are two bars, a chic cocktail bar with an impressive drinks list and a lobby bar with summer terrace. Leisure facilities include a relaxation area, fitness centre and a steam room. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.
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