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Active & Discovery on the Rhône

From £1,837 pp.

Take a cruise through the heart of French food country on this Active & Discovery tour of Rhône Valley. Luxurious river ship accommodation, fine dining and a wide range of experiences and activities make this a fabulous tour.

What’s Included:

  • Private door to door transfers*
  • Return flights or rail from your chosen airport (supplements may apply) & ship transfers
  • Beautifully appointed accommodation with private bathroom and premium L’Occitaine toiletries
  • Fine dining with all meals on board including full breakfast, buffet lunch and waiter service dinner
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Regional wines and beers served with lunch and dinner, sparkling wine with breakfast
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner
  • Included tours and excursions with state-of-the-art audio headset
  • 24 hour beverage station​ serving speciality teas and coffees
  • All onboard entertainment including talks, cooking demonstrations, musical performances and nightly piano music
  • Bottled water in every stateroom
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
  • Gratuities

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. *Included door to door transfers are limited to 100 miles, after which a mileage charge applies.

Lyon at nightime
Arles
Senanque Abbey, Provence
Rhone - Viviers in the Departement Ardeche, France
Day 1 - Lyon

Be transferred from your home to the airport where you will fly to Lyon and then transferred to your Avalon Suite ship.

Discovery: Join a Guided Tour for an evening drive of Lyon, lined with incredible landscapes, 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.

Dinner

Day 2 - Lyon

This morning enjoy Lyon on your choice of included tours. 

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 colors, aromas and taste—exclusive for Avalon guests, OR

Discovery: Join our Cooking Class to learn to make your own Lyonnaise specialty.

Free time in Lyon this afternoon, or perhaps join one of the optional tours.  Return to the ship for dinner and take an evening cruise to Tain l’Hermitage & Tournon.

Day 2 - Lyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Tain l'Hermitage & Tournon

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.

Return to the ship for Lunch and maybe join a cooking demonstration on board as the ship sails to Viviers.

Discovery: For a different perspective on the town, join a nighttime Guided Tour of Viviers, discovering the legends, tales and ghost stories of this enchanting town.

Overnight in Viviers

Day 3 - Tain l'Hermitage & Tournon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Viviers, the Ardèche Gorges & Lock Bollène

Active: Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Kayak 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: 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 Bollène and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhône.

This afternoon cruise towards Avignon through the mighty Bollène lock.  Overnight in Avignon.

Day 4 - Viviers, the Ardèche Gorges & Lock Bollène

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Avignon

Active: Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through the Gard region; after all, there is 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.

After lunch you have free time to further explore Avignon. Alternatively join optional tours to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, or Kayaking under the Pont du Gard.

This evening cruise to Arles.

 

Day 5 - Avignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Arles

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.

This afternoon enjoy free time in Arles, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the salt marsh at Salin d’Aigues-Mortes to discover the magic of the pink waters of the Camargue.  

Overnight in Arles.

Day 6 - Arles

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - 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 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. OR

Classic: Join a Guided Walk 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.

Ship docks overnight in Port-Saint-Louis.

Day 7 - Port-Saint-Louis

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Port-Saint-Louis

Your cruise ends today.  After Breakfast you will be transferred to Marseilles airport for your return flight to the UK.

Be met on arrival and transferred to your home.

Breakfast

Day 1 - Port-Saint-Louis

Be transferred from your home to the airport where you will fly to Marseilles airport and then transferred to your Avalon Suite ship in Port-Saint-Louis.

Breakfast

Daty 2 - 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 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, and enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed, OR

Classic: Join a Guided Walk 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.

Later cruise to Arles where the ship docks overnight.

Daty 2 - Port-Saint-Louis

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Arles

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 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.

Enjoy some free time in Arles, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the salt marsh at Salin d’Aigues-Mortes to discover the magic of the pink waters of the Camargue.  Ship cruises to Avalon this evening.

Day 3 - Arles

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Avignon

Active: Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through the 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.

After lunch you have free time to further explore Avignon. Alternatively join optional tours to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, or Kayaking under the Pont du Gard.

The ship remains in Avignon overnight.

Day 4 - Avignon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Viviers & Lock Bollène

This morning enjoy the passing scenery as the ship cruises to Viviers.

Active: Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Canoe Trip in the Gorges de l’Ardèche in 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 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 Bollène and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhône.

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.

The ship cruises overnight to Tournon & Tain l’Hermitage.

Day 5 - Viviers & Lock Bollène

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage

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.

Later you may chose to join a cooking demonstration on board and learn how to prepare a traditional Lyonaise dish as the ship cruises to Lyon.

Discovery: Join a Guided Tour for an evening drive of Lyon, lined with incredible landscapes, 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.

Ship docks in Lyon overnight

Day 6 - Tournon & Tain l'Hermitage

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Lyon

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 colors, aromas and taste—exclusive for Avalon guests, OR

Free time in Lyon this afternoon, or perhaps join one of the optional tours.  The ship remains in Lyon overnight.

Day 7 - Lyon

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Lyon

Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.  Transfer to Lyon airport for your return flight to the UK.  Be met on arrival and transferred to your home.

Breakfast

Avalon Poetry II, Rhône River

The Avalon Poetry II Suite Ship accommodates 128 passengers and features two full decks of Panorama Suites. With wall-to-wall panoramic windows that transform into a unique open-air balcony, the suites are the ideal setting for stretching out and relaxing or even throwing a private cocktail party for up to six adults in the spacious sitting area. On board, passengers enjoy free Wi-Fi access and complimentary computer use in public areas, a fitness centre, a hair salon, lift, and an expansive Sky Deck with shade system, premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, deck games and the delightful Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches of light grill fare.

Avalon Expression Sun Deck

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Two full decks of suite accommodation
  • Wall-to-wall panoramic windows opening to create an Open-Air Balcony℠ in every suite
  • Spacious Sky Deck with sun-shades, premium lounge chairs and whirlpool
  • Open-air bistro on the Sky Deck
  • Elegant open-seating dining room including a five-star fine dining service
  • Self service hot drinks centre with complimentary coffee & tea throughout the day
  • Panoramic lounge with first class bar serving premium spirits
  • Stern Club Lounge & library
  • Fitness centre
  • Internet centre & complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Lift to cabin decks
  • Laundry service*
  • Complimentary bicycles

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

58 elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172-300 ft².  On the middle and upper decks, Panorama Suites are 200 ft² and feature Avalon’s trademark extra-wide 11 ft, French balconies with the bed angled towards the windows to really soak up those views. Royal Suites on the upper deck are even larger at 300 ft² and have an extended seating area with a sofa, armchairs and a table a larger bathrooms and separate WC.

Royal Suite

300 ft² – Royal (Upper) Deck

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Separate seating area with Sofa, armchairs and table
  • Large private bathroom with glass shower enclosure, twin wash basin, premium L’Occitaine toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Separate WC
  • Comfort Collection Beds℠, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service & Pillow menu
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plenty of wardrobe space and under-bed storage
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
  • Bottled water
Avalon Tranquility II - Royal Suite
Avalon Artistry II - Panorama Suite Balcony

Cat. P, A & B Panorama Suites

200 ft² – Royal (Upper) & Sapphire (Middle) Deck

  • Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows opens to transform the living space into a large Open-Air Balcony
  • Seating area with Sofa, armchair and table
  • Private marble bathroom with glass shower enclosure, wash basin, WC, premium L’Occitaine toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Comfort Collection Beds℠, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service & Pillow menu
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plenty of wardrobe space and under-bed storage
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
  • Bottled water

Cat. D & E Deluxe Stateroom

172 ft² – Indigo (Lower) Deck

  • Private marble bathroom with glass shower enclosure, wash basin, WC, premium L’Occitaine toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Comfort Collection Beds℠, featuring premium mattress covers, Egyptian super-combed cotton linens and European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service & Pillow menu
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Plenty of wardrobe space and under-bed storage
  • Continental breakfast and beverage room service available
  • Bottled water
Avalon Waterways - Avalon Panorama - Cat D E - Deluxe
Avalon Suite Ship - 110m - Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Jun 23Amadeus Poetry IILyon£2596Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck172 ft², Fixed WindowsSold Was £2440 
Cat DLower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2596  
Cat BMiddle Deck (aft)200 ft², French Balcony£3296  
Cat AMiddle Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3346  
Cat PUpper Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3446  
Royal SuitePUpper Deck300 ft², French BalconySold Was £4896 
Sep 29Amadeus Poetry IILyon£2550Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2550  
Cat DLower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2699  
Cat BMiddle Deck (aft)200 ft², French BalconySold Was £3399 
Cat AMiddle Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3449  
Cat PUpper Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3549  
Royal SuitePUpper Deck300 ft², French Balcony£4999  
May 5Amadeus Poetry IIPort-Saint-Louis£2664Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2664  
Cat DLower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2813  
Cat BMiddle Deck (aft)200 ft², French BalconySold Was £3494 
Cat AMiddle Deck200 ft², French BalconySold Was £3544 
Cat PUpper Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3644  
Royal SuitePUpper Deck300 ft², French BalconySold Was £5044 
Jul 28Amadeus Poetry IIPort-Saint-Louis£2221Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2221  
Cat DLower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2370  
Cat BMiddle Deck (aft)200 ft², French Balcony£3071  
Cat AMiddle Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3121  
Cat PUpper Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3221  
Royal SuitePUpper Deck300 ft², French Balcony£4921  
Sep 22Amadeus Poetry IIPort-Saint-Louis£2887Cabin Upgrades
Cat ELower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£2887  
Cat DLower Deck172 ft², Fixed Windows£3036  
Cat BMiddle Deck (aft)200 ft², French Balcony£3736  
Cat AMiddle Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3786  
Cat PUpper Deck200 ft², French Balcony£3886  
Royal SuitePUpper Deck300 ft², French Balcony£5286  


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