2019 : Active Discovery on the Rhone - Northbound (WLY) - Poetry II
8 Day River Cruise Arles to Lyon
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 Aromes et du Parfum, or a take a guided sightseeing tour of Avignon's sights, including the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Take a canoe trip on the canyons of the Rhone-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 Rhone with the Active Discovery included activities and tours that suit you best.
Day 1 Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 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 3 Arles: Choice of guided tour in Arles, meet a local bullfighter, or guided hike through the Hell Valley and visit Carrière de Lumières, or painting workshop
Day 4 Avignon: Choice of guided tour in Avignon, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or visit the Museum of Aromas and Perfume
Day 5 Viviers: 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 the Crocodile Farm; evening guided tour of Viviers
Day 6 Tain l'hermitage/Tournon-Lyon: Choice of rail-bike tour, or guided hike in the vineyards, or guided tour of Tournon, or visit the Valrhona factory and museum; onboard cooking demonstration; evening guided tour of Lyon
Day 7 Lyon: Choice of culinary tour, or Saucisson brioché culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la Tête d'Or
Day 8 Lyon (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning
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Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.
Throughout the Ship:
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Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.
(B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
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
(B, L, D)
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone 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 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 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
(B, L, D)
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
(B, L, D)
Essential Oils and Ancient Roman Aqueducts Active Join a Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel, the birthplace of French Rosé. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting, OR:
Discovery Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Musée des Aromes 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 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 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
(B, L, D)
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 Rhone 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 Rhone.
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
(B, L, D)
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
(B, L, D)
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
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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- Cruise Line
- Avalon Waterways
- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 8 Days
- Cruise Ship
- Poetry II
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Gateway city for arrivals is Marseille.
Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.
Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.
Extra nights per person in Marseille:
in single room from $229 to $288, in twin room from $144 to $173
Extra nights per person in Lyon:
in single room from $254 to $287, in twin room from $156 to $172
All prices per person based on double occupancy. Cruise price based on Category E in a deluxe outside stateroom on Indigo Deck. See below for upgrade pricing.
To upgrade to a higher category, add per person:
Category / Decks / Price
D / Indigo Deck / $199
B / Sapphire Deck / $1149
A / Sapphire Deck / $1199
P / Royal Deck / $1299
Royal Suite / Royal Deck / $2199
- Special Interest Cruise: Journeys Club August 6
Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.
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- Special Interest Cruise: Journeys Club August 6