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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Lyon to Port Saint Louis 2020

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Active & Discovery on the Rhône (Southbound) River Cruise (WYL)

Starting from $3,799
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II

River Cruise Description

Welcome to charming Lyon, considered the culinary capital of France. Your fabulous 8 day Avalon river cruise from Lyon to Port Saint Louis 2020 on the picturesque Rhône River begins in beautiful Lyon! With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll discover a wide variety of options to explore each wonderful port you visit. You’ll select from Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that meet your personal interests.

You’ll discover both extremes – from casual and leisurely to cultural and active. You’ll marvel at the sensational views of the French countryside and you’ll learn there are many fun things to do in Lyon. You might choose to join a fascinating culinary walk where you’ll discover classic architecture and popular local specialties. Or, you can even participate in a cooking class in Lyon. You can embark on a peaceful canoe excursion or simply relax and enjoy the experience of a classic sidewalk café. You’ll also have opportunity to stroll Avignon’s majestic papal palace or choose to enjoy a fine wine tasting in – of all places – a unique underground cave.

Be assured, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your days with so many included options to choose from. You might join a ghost tour in Viviers, or if you want some exercise you can take an expertly guided bicycle ride through the fascinating birthplace of popular rosé wines, to a delicious chocolate factory tour. In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an oyster farm, bike through beautiful Camargue Regional Nature Park to see the colorful flamingos, or signup for a painting workshop in charming Arles – in the manner of world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh. You’ll have magnificent sightseeing and relaxing activities in each town and village you visit. Not to mention, along with your choice of fascinating included arts, culture, and excellent cuisine excursions.

Our fabulous 8 day Avalon river cruise from Lyon to Port Saint Louis 2020 featuring Avalon Choice includes amazing activities and excursions for you to experience the magnificent Rhône River at your own pace in every destination along the way. This is the European river cruise vacation experience in France designed specifically with you in mind.

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*Book a select 2020 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from ATL, BOS, BWI, CHS, CLE, CLT, DEN, DFW, DTW, EWR, IAD, IAH, JFK, LAX, MCI, MIA, MCO, MSP, OKC, ORD, PDX, PHL, PHX, PIT, RDU, SAN, SEA, SFO, SLC, STL, TPA. Other gateway cities available from $200 to $1,075/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air offer is based on lowest-priced economy class Flex airfare available for booking at time of reservation and scheduled to coincide with cruise itinerary; pre-assigned airline seats are limited and may not be available on all air segments. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost.
 Quotes available online or by calling a Travel Professional. Limited to new bookings for US originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under deposit between May 1, 2019 - March 9, 2020. A $550 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air, Group Air (groups of 10 or more) and group air contracts. Offer is combinable only with the Welcome Back Credit. Promotional discounts do not carry forward on voluntarily changed air bookings; other promotions at time of change may be available. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to ticketed air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) also subject to airfare differentials between originally ticketed air itinerary and re-ticketed air itinerary. Additional airline baggage fees may apply; visit for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330 days prior to return travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of brands. Additional restrictions apply; see Travel Terms for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer available from participating GFOB offices only. CST#2017032-20. PRMYFX
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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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:

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.
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.
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 Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.

River Cruise Itinerary

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Day 1 Lyon, France (Embarkation)

Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. All flights into Lyon airports must arrive before 3:30 pm in the afternoon and all cruise guests must be on board the ship vessel by 5 pm. The ship will remain docked overnight in Lyon.

There will be on onboard welcoming reception for all of our river cruise guests to kick off this 8 day Avalon river cruise from Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis.


Day 2 Lyon

A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste
Take a Guided Urban Hiking through Lyon’s secret passageways (Traboules) for a glimpse into the city’s 19th-century silk trade, OR:
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:
Join our Cooking Class to learn to make your own Lyonnaise specialty.

This afternoon, you might consider 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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Tain L’Hermitage//tournon-Viviers

Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge
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:
Join a Guided Hike in the picturesque vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, OR:
Have a true “chocolate experience” with a tour of the Valrhona Chocolate Factory and Museum, OR:
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, OR:
Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare a Lyonnaise treat while sailing to Viviers.


Fascinating History, and Nighttime Ghost Stories

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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Viviers-Lock Bollene

River Gorge Canoeing, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves
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:
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 (wine-making expert), OR:
Learn about the planting, harvesting and production of lavender cosmetics and essential oil and discover why Provence and lavender have become synonymous with each other over the centuries as the delicate fragrance and shades of purple fill the fields each summer, OR:
Visit the awe-inspiring water facility at Bollène and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhône.

Relax on board this afternoon and watch as you sail through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Avignon.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Avignon

Essential Oils and Ancient Roman Aqueducts
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:
Visit an authentic Provencal farmhouse for a delightful experience to fill your senses as you see how essential oils are created, OR:
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, choose to join a Guided Optional 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 perhaps you’d prefer a Guided Optional Excursion on a canoe through the waters of Pont du Gard—the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts.  Or, just enjoy your free time exploring Avignon—known as the heart of Provence. Take a leisurely walk or a bike ride through the tree-lined streets and leafy squares within Avignon’s medieval walls.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 Arles

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

You will have the options of guided tour in the beautiful Arles, meeting and learning from a local bullfighter, or a guided hike to trek through the Hell Valley with a stop to visit Carrières de Lumière, or take part in an educational and inspiring painting workshop.

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:
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:
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 opt to join a Guided Optional Excursion to unearth the riveting magic and enchantment of the pink waters of the Camargue at the natural salt marsh of Salin d’Aigues-Mortes. Or rather, use your spare time to visit some of the local shops, take a stroll, or relax and take in your surroundings on a bench in a peaceful and scenic park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. Later in the evening, applaud with live entertainment aboard your cruise vessel.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Port-Saint-Louis

Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhône Delta
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:
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:
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.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)

Your 8 day Avalon river cruise from Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis will end today with one final breakfast in the morning.
No flights should be departing from the Marseille airport prior to 10 am.


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