Active Discovery On The Rhône – Southbound
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 kayak 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 Gard region; 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.
Day 1 Lyon (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception; evening guided tour of Lyon Day 2 Lyon: choice of culinary tour, or traditional Lyonnaise culinary workshop, or Urban Hike through Lyon’s Traboules 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 ViviersDay 4 Viviers–Avignon: in Avignon choice of guided kayak 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 workshopDay 7 Port-Saint-Louis: choice of excursion to a local oyster farm with tasting, or either guided walk or bike tour through the Camargue Regional Natural ParkDay 8 Arles (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
Lyon, France (Embarkation)
Port - Saint - Louis