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8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Port-Saint-Louis to Paris 2020

8 Day Avalon River Cruise from Port-Saint-Louis to Paris

Active & Discovery on the Rhône (Northbound) River Cruise (WLY)

Starting from $2,798
Ship(s): Avalon Poetry II

River Cruise Description

Welcome to Port-Saint-Louis, France where your fascinating 8 day Avalon river cruise from Port Saint Louis to Lyon 2020 begins. This wonderful adventure is complete with Avalon Choice inclusions for each exciting port you visit while cruising along the picturesque Rhône River. You’ll select the Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that peak your personal interests. – It’s always your choice from laid-back and leisurely to cultural and active.

In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an amazing oyster farm, ride a bicycle through the picturesque Camargue Regional Nature Park where you’ll spot flamingos, or choose to take a relaxing painting workshop in Arles – in the fashion of world-famous artist Vincent 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, for the sensational French vacation you’ve always dreamed of, with captivating stops in Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tain L’Hermitage, Tournon and charming Lyon. You can choose to take a peaceful canoe excursion, or you can linger in a popular local corner café; wander beautiful Avignon’s papal palace; or, you can enjoy a fascinating wine tasting in a unique under-ground cave. You’ll marvel at the sensational views of the breath-taking French countryside, or you can decide to join a popular culinary walk where you’ll discover centuries-old architecture and local specialties that will give you a real taste of life in France. Or, take a sensational cooking class in Lyon. With so many included choices on your Avalon Choice river cruise vacation through Europe, you’ll find the perfect way to spend your day – from a fascinating ghost tour in quaint Viviers to an energetic guided bike ride through the birthplace of fine rosé wines, to a delicious chocolate factory tour.

As always, your fabulous 8 day Avalon river cruise from Port Saint Louis to Lyon 2020 with Avalon Choice includes wonderful activities and fantastic excursions. Make your river cruise experience on the breath-taking Rhône River a vacation to remember, done your way and at your pace.

River Cruise Promos

FLY FREE AIR from Select US cities

*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

$2,500 off per couple

Book a select 2020 or 2021 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive up to $1,250 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between November 19, 2019– April 6, 2020 for travel at select times in 2020 and 2021. Not applicable to custom tours. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new bookings only and will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply.
(Promotion price shown is per person, double occupancy.)
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Jul 28, 2020 $2,500 off per coupleAvalon Poetry II$4,048$2,798Call Us!
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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 Port-Saint-Louis, France(Embarkation)

Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. All incoming flights to Marseille must arrive by 3 pm in the afternoon. All cruise guests must board the ship by 5 pm in the afternoon. There will be an onboard reception to welcome all of our River Cruise guests.


Day 2 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, and enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 Arles

A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence
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:
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 might opt to go exploring on an Optional Guided Excursion to uncover the enchantment of the vibrant pink waters of the Carmargue at the naturally formed wondrous salt marshes of Salin d’Aigues-Mortes. If you’d rather, use your spare time to visit a few of the charming local shops, go on a scenic walk, or stop and relax with a good book on a bench in an admirable park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. After this eventful day, unwind onboard your Avalon Waterways river cruise ship with some exciting live entertainment.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 Avignon

Wine Caves, Papal Palaces, and Ancient 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, you may decide to participate in a Guided Optional Tour of the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for an exquisite wine tasting of local French wines, in addition to the opportunity of creating your own unique wine blend personalized to your preferred taste, or you may alternatively opt to join in an Optional Guided Excursion in which you will canoe through the waters of Pont du Gard—the tallest of all Roman aqueducts. You might prefer to spend your spare time exploring the heart of Provence that is the town of Avignon. Take a relaxing walk or a breezy bike ride alongside the streets decorated with trees and leafy green squares inside the walls of the medieval Avignon.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 Viviers-Lock Bollène

River Gorge Canoes, Underground Wines, and Nighttime Ghost Stories
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:
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 Excursion 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.
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 6 Tournon/Tann L’Hermitage

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.
Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare a Lyonnaise treat while sailing to Lyon.


An Evening Drive through the Heart of Lyon
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

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 Lyon

A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste
Jump-start your day in Lyon by joining your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.
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.

During your afternoon, you may want the chance to explore the backroads of Lyon on an Optional Guided Tour throughout the public and private areas for indulgent views of Lyon’s landscapes, starting on the roof of the Basilica de Fourvière, or you might go for an Optional Guided Mountain Bike Expedition across the romantic wine country of Beaujolais. During the evening, paint the town and enjoy the excitement of Lyon’s energetic nightlife with your free time following a farewell dinner gala on board your cruise vessel.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 Lyon (Disembarkation)

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.


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