Active & Discovery on the Rhône with 2 Nights in Paris (Southbound)

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Provence presents the ultimate field of dreams with row upon row of bursting purple haze. With its abundant menu of immersive experiences from Lyon to Arles, an Avalon Active & Discovery cruise along the Rhone presents the ultimate vacation of dreams. Bird watching from the seat of a bicycle. Gorge gorging from the perspective of a kayak. Wine tasting ...
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Overview

Trip type
River Cruise
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy

Highlights

    • Welcome to France!
    • Choice of city sightseeing, or bike tour in Paris
    • Onboard welcome reception
    • Choice of culinary tour, or guided urban hike, or cooking class
    • 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; Lyonnaise specialties cooking demonstration; evening guided tour in Viviers
    • 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 guided speleological excursion with wine tasting in the caves; evening guided tour of Viviers
    • Choice of guided tour, or guided mountain e-bike tour, or Provencal farmhouse experience
    • Choice of guided tour in Arles, meeting a bullfighter, guided hike through the Hell Valley, or painting workshop
    • Choice of excursion to a local oyster farm with tasting, visit a bull ranch, or bike tour through the Camargue Regional Natural Park
    • Provence presents the ultimate field of dreams with row upon row of bursting purple haze

What's this trip about?

    Provence presents the ultimate field of dreams with row upon row of bursting purple haze. With its abundant menu of immersive experiences from Lyon to Arles, an Avalon Active & Discovery cruise along the Rhone presents the ultimate vacation of dreams. Bird watching from the seat of a bicycle. Gorge gorging from the perspective of a kayak. Wine tasting from the cool depths of a cave. These are just a few of the ways our wide array of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions lets you choose how to interact with the scenery, the artistic, and the culinary scenes of France. Whether you admire ancient masterpieces or join a painting workshop – devour haute cuisine or gobble up a French cooking class – the world is your oyster on an Active & Discovery cruise along the Rhone. Move. Enjoy a little get-up-and-go on your cruising vacation when you: Join an urban hike through Lyon’s secret passageways for a glimpse into the city’s 19th-century silk trade. Take in the panoramic views from the seat of a rail bike along the descent of the Gorges du Doux. Cool off with a special underground wine tasting accompanied by a cave guide and winemaking expert. And be moved. Get off the beaten path and relish the world when you: Join a cooking class in the gastronomic capital of Lyon and make your own Lyonnaise specialty. Discover how essential oils are created at an authentic Provencal farmhouse. Mimic the brushstrokes of Van Gogh in a painting workshop in Arles where the artist created some of his most famous works. Plus, Classic sightseeing is always available in every port along the way. Start sooner with a two-night hotel stay in Paris! Avalon Choice sightseeing is the perfect highlight of your stay. Activate your senses and discover a world of wonder in all-new, entirely “you” ways on your personal, passion-packed cruise along the Rhone.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityPARIS, FRANCE
End CityARLES (DISEMBARKATION)

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Europe
  • France

Attractions

  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Lyon
  • Paris

Activities

  • Culture
  • River cruise

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Travel Map

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.

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Day 2: PARIS

The City of Light

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing which will show you magnificent must-see sights, OR:

ACTIVE Enjoy a Guided Biking Tour which will reveal some of the highlights of Paris–such as the Eiffel Tower and Palace de la Concorde–from a different point of view; enjoy a peaceful break on the Seine river banks. (Breakfast)

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Day 3: PARIS–LYON (EMBARKATION)

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

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON

(Breakfast,Dinner)

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Day 4: LYON

A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste

Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. ACTIVE Take a Guided Urban Hike through Lyon’s secret passageways (Traboules) for a glimpse into the city’s 19th-century silk trade...

Day 5: 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 picturesq...

Day 6: VIVIERS–LOCK BOLLÈNE

River Gorge Kayaks, Underground Wines, and Ghost Stories 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 l...

Day 7: AVIGNON

Bike Pedals, Papal Palaces, and Perfumes in Provence ACTIVE Join a leisurely Guided Mountain 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...

Day 8: ARLES

A Master Class Painter and a Matador in Provence

Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. ACTIVE Experience the legends of Val d’Enfer, with a Guided Hike; an area taking its name from the unique white limestone rock formations, OR:...

Day 9: PORT-SAINT-LOUIS

Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhône Delta

Enjoy a morning cruise to Port-Saint-Louis on the Sky Deck of your ship. ACTIVE Take a Guided Bike Ride through the Camargue Natural Park with an eye out for more than 400 bird species—including pink flamingos—...

Day 10: ARLES (DISEMBARKATION)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.

(Breakfast)

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Price per day$550
Last Updated: 4/17/2024
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Paris Marriott Opéra AmbassadorWith an exceptional location in the heart of Paris' illustrious Opera District, this stylish 297-room hotel has impressive Haussmann-style architecture and effortlessly combines Art Deco-styling dating back from its original opening in 1927 with state-of-the-art amenities. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is also a fitness room. All-day dining including elegant French cuisine is available in the smart contemporary restaurant and the tranquil lobby bar offers an extensive selection of drinks and light meals.ParisFrance16 Bld.HaussmannHotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe ParisGrand chandeliers; plenty of seating for conversations in the lobby; high tech conference rooms awash with natural light.ParisFrance51-57 Rue De CourcellesNH Collection MarseilleThe NH Collection Marseille has 176 bright, spacious guestrooms all equipped with a flat-screen TV, Free Wi-Fi internet access, a coffee machine, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. This property is ideally located with the city¿s vibrant, picturesque old town, trendy boutiques and Le Vieux Port all just a short walk away. The restaurant provides fine wines and gourmet dishes with local and international recipes, the lobby bar serves refreshing drinks and there is also a sixth floor fitness center. MarseilleFrance37 Boulevard Des Dames,
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