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Active and Discovery on the Rhone
7-NIGHT River Cruise from Arles* to Lyon (or reverse)

NOTE: In 2020, Arles will be replaced with Port Saint Louis. Please ask for modified itinerary.

Active Discovery on the Rhone
Arles to Lyon cruise
2019 & 2020 Departure Dates & Pricing

*Arles to Lyon - Northbound - 8 days

-or-

Lyon to Arles* - Southbound - 8 days

NOTE: In 2020, Arles will be replaced with Port Saint Louis. Please ask for modified itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary: Arles* to Lyon - Northbound

In 2020 Arles will be replaced with Port Saint Louis. Please ask for modified itinerary.

Skip to Lyon to Arles itinerary

Day 1: 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 (D)

Day 2: Port St. Louis

Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhône Delta

Join us on the Sky Deck for a Morning Stretch with a view with your 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 Rhône—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 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.

Cruise back to Arles to prepare for tomorrow’s exciting activities.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 3: Arles

A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence

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.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided 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 just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B, L, D)

Day 4: Avignon

Essential Oils and Ancient Roman Aqueducts

ACTIVE: Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel—birthplace of French Rosé. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting in a local cave; after all, no need to pedal on the way back

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Experience the French art of fragrance with a Guided Tour of the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum where aromatic herbs and essential oils in this museum will inspire your senses and help you 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 an OPTIONAL Guided Tour of the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting, as well as the chance to make your own wine blend, or you may opt for an OPTIONAL Guided 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)

Day 5: Viviers - Lock Bollène

River Gorge Canoes, Underground Wines, and Nighttime Ghost Stories

Start your day with a sunrise view, joining our Morning Stretch with your Adventure Host before cruising through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way 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: See a surprising side of local culture with a visit to 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 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.

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON/TAIN L’HERMITAGE (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tournon/ Tain L'Hermitage

Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge

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.

DISCOVERY: Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare Lyonnaise specialties while sailing to Lyon.

In Lyon:

An Evening Drive through the Heart of 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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B, L, D)

Day 7: Lyon

A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste

ACTIVE: Jump-start your day in Lyon by joining your Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

ACTIVE: Take a Guided Urban Hike 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 our guests

-OR-

DISCOVERY: 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 through private and public terraces for panoramic views of Lyon, starting on the roof of the Basilica de Fourvière, -or- you may opt for an OPTIONAL Guided 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 ( B, L, D)

Day 8:Lyon (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Detailed Itinerary: Lyon to Arles* - Southbound (WYL)

In 2020 Arles will be replaced with Port Saint Louis. Please ask for modified itinerary.

Skip to Arles to Lyon itinerary

Day 1: Lyon, France (Embarkation)

Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.

Flights into Lyon must arrive by 3:30 pm.

Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (D)

Day 2: Lyon

A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste

ACTIVE: Take a Guided Urban Hike 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.

This afternoon, you might take an off-the-beaten-path OPTIONAL Guided 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 an OPTIONAL Guided Mountain Bike Excursion through the Beaujolais wine country.

EVENING CRUISE TO TAIN L’HERMITAGE/TOURNON (B,L,D)

Day 3: Tain L'Hermitage/ Tournon

Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge

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.

DISCOVERY: Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare Lyonnaise specialties while sailing to Viviers.

In Viviers:

Fascinating History, and Nighttime Ghost Stories

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.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIVIERS (B,L,D)

Day 4: Viviers - Lock Bollène

River Gorge Canoeing, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves

ACTIVE: Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Canoe 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: See a surprising side of local culture with a visit to 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 awe-inspiring water facility at Bollène and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhône.

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)

Day 5: Avignon

Essential Oils and Ancient Roman Aqueducts

ACTIVE: Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel—birthplace of French Rosé. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting in a local cave; after all, no need to pedal on the way back

-OR-

DISCOVERY: Experience the French art of fragrance with a Guided Tour of the Musée des Arômes et du Parfum where aromatic herbs and essential oils in this museum will inspire your senses and help you 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 an OPTIONAL Guided Tour of the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-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 (B,L,D)

Day 6: Arles

A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence

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.

You may choose to join an OPTIONAL Guided 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 just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices.

Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 7: Port St. LouisOysters and Flamingos in the Rhône 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 Rhône—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 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.

This evening, cruise back to Arles.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)

Day 8:Arles (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am. (B)

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
  • In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motorcoach.
  • Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Departure Dates

Program Start Date

Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin.

Cruise fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

From Arles (WLY)
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category E - Lower Deck w/ window

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 14, 2019
$3,949
$4,148
$5,098
$5,148
$5,248
$6,148
Jun 25, 2019
$4,049
$4,248
$5,198
$5,248
$5,348
$6,248
Aug 6, 2019
$3,949
$4,148
$5,098
$5,148
$5,248
$6,148
Sep 17, 2019
$4,149
$4,348
$5,298
$5,348
$5,448
$6,348
May 5, 2020
$3,799
$3,998
$4,948
$4,998
$5,098
$5,998
Jun 16, 2020
$3,849
$4,048
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
Jul 28, 2020
$3,849
$4,048
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
Sep 22, 2020
$3,999
$4,198
$5,148
$5,198
$5,298
$6,198
 
From Lyon (WYL)
Cruise Embarkation Date

Category E - Lower Deck w/ window

Category D - Lower deck aft w/ window
Category B - Middle Deck aft w/ french balcony
Category A - Middle Deck fwd w/ french balcony

Category P - Upper Deck w/ french balcony

Suite -
Upper Deck w/ french balcony
May 21, 2019
$4,099
$4,298
$5,248
$5,298
$5,398
$6,298
Jul 2, 2019
$4,049
$4,248
$5,198
$5,248
$5,348
$6,248
Aug 13, 2019
$3,999
$4,198
$5,148
$5,198
$5,298
$6,198
Sep 24, 2019
$4,049
$4,248
$5,198
$5,248
$5,348
$6,248
Jun 23, 2020
$3,849
$4,048
$4,998
$5,048
$5,148
$6,048
Sep 29, 2020
$3,999
$4,198
$5,148
$5,198
$5,298
$6,198
IMPORTANT: Dates, Prices & Itineraries are subject to change.
Port charges : Additional $182 per passenger.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement applies. Please call to inquire.

Prices Include:

Daily
• 7-night Cruise in selected cabin category
• Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring full breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D)
• Captain's welcome and farewell receptions with sparkling wine and canapés
• Welcome Dinner
• Daily Afternoon Tea
• Daily Night Fare
• Farewell Dinner
• Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
• Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by entertainers, artisans and experts, designed to enrich your cruise
• Daily guided sightseeing program outlined on the itinerary conducted by Certified Local Guides
• Gratuities to Local Guides & Excursion Drivers
• Taxes

Prices Do Not Include:

• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Port Charges
• Gratuities to onboard crew
• Other personal expenses

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