2019 : Active Discovery on the Rhone with 2 Nights Paris - Southbound (WYLE) - Poetry II

10 Day River Cruise Paris to Arles

Start your vacation in France with a visit to Paris, "The City of Lights." Choose between classic guided sightseeing, or a guided bike tour to see the highlights of Paris from a unique point of view.

After your stay in Paris, join us for an Active Discovery river cruise on the Rhone River. You'll find a wealth of activities and excursions that speak to your interests! Begin in Lyon-the gastronomic capital of France-where the choice is yours: join a cooking, or take a guided hike tour to see the impressive urban park, or enjoy a Culinary Walking Tour.

In the twin city of Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage, experience a rail-bike, or join a cooking class, or visit a chocolate museum to create your own chocolate bar. You'll see natural wonders along the way, with choices during your cruise through Viviers and Lock Bollène. Explore spectacular River canyons for canoeing, the natural reserve at Circque d'Estre, and even wine-tasting in a cave. You may choose to check out a crocodile farm, and take an evening ghost-story tour of Viviers. Sail to Avignon for e-bike riding, or a visit to a perfume museum.

Next, your Active Discovery cruise on the Rhone River takes you to the inspirational locale of Arles-a subject of Van Gogh's paintings, and home to hiking trails, light shows, and painting workshops. Sail to Port-Saint-Louis for a jam-packed day of active tours and opportunities for discovery, including a hike or bike through the Camargue Regional Nature Park, or you can even discover the art of oyster farming at a local farm.

See France in another light on your scenic river cruise on the Rhone River. Bring your interests and passions along to enjoy the variety of Active Discovery experiences that speak to you!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Paris: Welcome to France!
Day 2 Paris: Choice of city sightseeing, or bike tour in Paris
Day 3 Paris-Lyon (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 4 Lyon: Choice of culinary tour, or traditional Saucisson brioché culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la Tête d'Or
Day 5 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 6 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 7 Avignon: Choice of guided tour, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or guided tour at the Museum of Aromas and Perfume
Day 8 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 9 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 10 Arles (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

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:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbits®
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canapés
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    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.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.

    Day-By-Day Itinerary

    (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

    Day 1

    PARIS, FRANCE

    Welcome to Paris! The day is yours 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 2

    (B)

    PARIS

    Join a Guided Sightseeing 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 3

    (B, D)

    PARIS-LYON (EMBARKATION)

    Board the TGV train to Lyon where your Suite Ship® is ready for boarding.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

    Day 4

    (B, L, D)

    LYON

    A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste Active Join a Guided Hike of 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 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.

    EVENING CRUISE TO TAIN L'HERMITAGE/TOURNON

    Day 5

    (B, L, D)

    TAIN L'HERMITAGE/TOURNON

    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 Viviers.
    VIVIERS

    Fascinating History, and Nighttime Ghost Stories Discovery This evening, take a nighttime Guided Tour of Viviers to experience the fascinating history and ghost stories of this enchanting town.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIVIERS

    Day 6

    (B, L, D)

    VIVIERS-LOCK BOLLÈNE

    River Gorge Canoeing, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves 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 Visit 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.

    Cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Avignon this afternoon.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON

    Day 7

    (B, L, D)

    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 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.

    EVENING CRUISE TO ARLES

    Day 8

    (B, L, D)

    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.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

    Day 9

    (B, L, D)

    PORT-SAINT-LOUIS

    Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone 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 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 to enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed.

    This evening, cruise back to Arles.

    OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES

    Day 10

    (B)

    ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)

    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

    Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.

    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.
  • Details

    Cruise Line
    Avalon Waterways
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2018
    Duration
    10 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Poetry II

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Paris  
    Day 2Paris  
    Day 3Lyon  
    Day 4Lyon  
    Day 5Viviers  
    Day 6Avignon  
    Day 7Avignon  
    Day 8Arles  
    Day 9PORT-SAINT-LOUIS  
    Day 10Arles  
    Dates/Pricing

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    Disclaimer

    Gateway city for departures is Marseille.

    Port charges:
    $182

    Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included.

    Please call for single accommodation price. Triples not available.

    Extra nights per person in Paris:
    in single room from $374 to $702, in twin room from $217 to $381

    Extra nights per person in Marseille:
    in single room from $229 to $288, in twin room from $144 to $173

    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

    Prices shown are "starting at" prices and do not include airfare.

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