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RHONE - ACTIVE & DISCOVERY CRUISE
8 Day Rhone River Cruise Arles to Lyon From $3,549 US
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Rhone Cruise Provence presents the ultimate field of dreams with row upon row of bursting purple haze. With its abundant menu of immersive experiences from Arles to Lyon, an Active & Discovery cruise along the Rhone presents the ultimate vacation of dreams.

Bird watching from the seat of a bicycle. Gorge gorging from the perspective of a kayak. Wine tasting from the cool depths of a cave. These are just a few of the ways our wide array of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions lets you choose how to interact with the scenery, the artistic, and the culinary scenes of France. Whether you admire ancient masterpieces or join a painting workshop - devour haute cuisine or gobble up a French cooking class - the world is your oyster on an Active & Discovery cruise along the Rhone.

Move.
Enjoy a little get-up-and-go on your cruising vacation when you:
* Join an urban hike through Lyon's secret passageways for a glimpse into the city's 19th-century silk trade.
* Take in the panoramic views from the seat of a rail bike along the descent of the Gorges du Doux.
* Cool off with a special underground wine tasting accompanied by a cave guide and winemaking expert.

And be moved.
Get off the beaten path and relish the world when you:
* Join a cooking class in the gastronomic capital of Lyon and make your own Lyonnaise specialty.
* Discover how essential oils are created at an authentic Provencal farmhouse.
* Mimic the brushstrokes of Van Gogh in a painting workshop in Arles where the artist created some of his most famous works.

Plus, Classic sightseeing is always available in every port along the way. Activate your senses and discover a world of wonder in all-new, entirely "you" ways on your personal, passion-packed cruise along the Rhone.

Rhone Cruise

Day 1: Marseille
Welcome to France. Your Ship is Ready for Boarding. Fights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Evening sailing to Port St. Louis

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PORT ST. LOUIS - (D)

Day 2: Port St. Louis - Arles
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone Delta

Visit the Adventure Center for today's activities with your Adventure Host.

Active Excursion
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 Excursion
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:
Discovery Excursion
Visit one of France's most popular and pristine nature reserves on this memorable visit to a traditional black bull ranch in Camargue Regional Nature Park!

Cruise to Arles to prepare for tomorrow's exciting activities.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES - (B,L,D)

Day 3: Arles - Avignon
A Master Painter and a Matador in Provence

Active Excursion
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 Excursion
Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR:
Classic Excursion
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.

This afternoon, 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)

While we include your choice of many excursions on your trip, you may wish to explore other options for your free time. Below is a selection of excursions that may be available for purchase on your cruise.

Option - Olive Oil Tasting in Les Baux de Provence
Travel into the heart of Provence on this exciting half-day guided visit of an olive farm and olive mill with a tasting of locally produced olive oil! 4h 0m

Option - Saint-Remy de Provence
Discover the charms and legendary beauty of Saint-Remy in the heart of Provence. 4h 0m

Day 4: Avignon
Bike Pedals, Papal Palaces, and Perfumes in Provence

Active Excursion
Join a leisurely Guided Mountain E-Bike Ride through Gard region; after all, no need to pedal on the way back, OR:
Discovery Excursion
Visit an authentic Provencal farmhouse for a delightful experience to fill your senses as you see how essential oils are created, OR:
Classic Excursion
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, 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)

Option - Chateauneuf du Pape Wine Experience
Wines from Chateauneuf du Pape have become icons among French wines. Join us for a delightful half-day guided excursion into the famous wine region for a visit of a traditional winery and a tasting of its incomparable wines! 4h 0m

Option - Pont du Gard Kayak Adventure
Get a unique perspective of the scenic Gard region as you paddle your way through the fabulous Gorges du Gardon. Whether you're a hard-core canoe enthusiast or a newcomer to the activity, this fun and active excursion is an experience you'll never forget! 3h 30m

Day 6: Avignon - Tournon/Tain L'Hermitage
River Gorge Kayaks, Underground Wines, and Ghost Stories

Sail through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollene on your way to Viviers.
Active Excursion
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 Excursion
Find inspiration from the amazing landscape of the region with a Guided Hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d'Estre, OR:
Active Excursion
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).
Discovery Excursion
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 7: Tournon/Tain L'Hermitage - Lyon
Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers

Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
Active Excursion
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 Excursion
Join a Guided Hike in the picturesque vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage, OR:
Discovery Excursion
Have a true "chocolate experience" with a tour of the Valrhona Chocolate Factory and Museum, OR:
Classic Excursion
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.
Discovery Excursion
Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare a Lyonnaise treat while sailing to Lyon.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON - (B,L,D)

Day 8: Lyon
A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste

Active Excursion
Take a Guided Urban Hiking through Lyon's secret passageways (Traboules) for a glimpse into the city's 19th-century silk trade, OR:
Discovery Excursion
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 Excursion
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 (Exclusive) through private and public terraces for panoramic views of Lyon, starting on the roof of the Basilica de Fourviere. This evening, enjoy Lyon's vibrant nightlife on your own after a gala farewell dinner onboard.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON - (B,L,D)

Option - Delights of Beaujolais with Wine Discovery
Explore the beauty of the Beaujolais wine region, learn the magic behind its wine, and enjoy an included wine tasting on this enriching half-day guided excursion. 4h 0m

Option - Exclusive Rooftops of Lyon
Get a rare bird's-eye view of Lyon and its surroundings on this active walk to some of the city's most coveted rooftops and terraces, including VIP access to the top of Fourviere Basilica! 3h 30m

Day 9: Lyon

Your Cruise ends with Breakfast this morning. (B)

MEALS:
Brekfasts, Lunches and Dinners as indicated (B,L,D)


Departures: 
May to August

Price
$3,549 US per person based on double occupancy


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