This cruise on the Rhone river begins in the culinary capital of France, Lyon and admire the lovely views of the French countryside. 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. Bike through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos, or take a painting workshop in Arles. Have the classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture, and cuisine excursions
Join an evening drive of Lyon visiting incredible landscapes
Explore one of France’s oldest medieval cities
Discover the legends, tales and ghost stories through a tour in Viviers
Visit an authentic Provencal farmhouse for a delightful experience
Welcome to 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.
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 find inspiration from the amazing landscape of the region with a guided hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre OR Join a guided visit for a surprising underground Wine Tasting under the direction of an expert Speleologist (cave guide) and an oenologist.
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.
Active: Join a leisurely guided e-bike ride through Gard region; 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.
This afternoon, you may choose to join a guided optional tour of the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-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.
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. 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, join an optional excursion or enjoy free time to shop, stroll, or just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment.
Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the Panorama Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes, and vegetarian options.
Enjoy a tasting menu with a view in the Panorama Bistro - a less formal "sit-down" atmosphere while lingering over several satisfying selections
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
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.
Avalon has designedincluded activitieswith a choice of experiences.
Initial deposit is $450, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover/Novus, and American Express. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.