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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Active & Discovery on the Rhone 2019

Your Active and Discovery river cruise is full of Avalon Choice inclusions for each port you visit along the Rhone River. Choose the Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that speak to you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2182pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Viviers
  • Lyon

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Save up to 35% Book a 2019 river cruise before 27 August and save up to 35% on selected departures. Prices shown include saving.

Active & Discovery on the Rhone 2019 Special Offer

Your Active & Discovery river cruise is full of Avalon Choice inclusions for each port you visit along the Rhône River. Choose the Active, Classic, and Discovery included excursions that speak to you—from casual and leisurely to cultural and active.

In addition to classic sightseeing and relaxed free time, you can visit an oyster farm, bike through Camargue Regional Nature Park to spot flamingos, or take a painting workshop in Arles—in the style of 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 French holiday you’ve dreamed of.

Take a canoe excursion or linger in a corner cafés; stroll Avignon’s papal palace or attend a wine tasting in an underground cave. Admire the lovely scenery of the French countryside, or join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties, or take a cooking class in Lyon. 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 birthplace of rosé wines; to a chocolate factory tour and a visit to a French museum of perfumes. Our Active Discovery Rhône River cruise with Avalon Choice includes activities and excursions to experience the Rhône River your way and at your pace.

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Arles to Lyon

Day 1 - UK - Arles (France)

Fly from the UK to Arles and transfer to the ship. (D)

Day 2 - Port-Saint-Louis - Arles

Join us on the Sky Deck for a Morning Stretch with a view with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Port-Saint-Louis. 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. Cruise back to Arles to prepare for tomorrow’s exciting activities. Dock overnight in Arles. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Arles

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 may choose to join a guided optional 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 stretch out on a bench in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Avignon

Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel - the 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. 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 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, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Viviers

Start your day with a sunrise view, joining our Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host before cruising through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Viviers. 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 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 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 night-time Guided Tour of Viviers, discovering the legends, tales and ghost stories of this enchanting town. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Tournon - Tain l'Hermitage - Lyon

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 Lyonnaise specialities while sailing to 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Lyon

Jump-start your day in Lyon by joining your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. Take a Guided Urban Hike 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 specialities in a festival of colours, aromas and taste - exclusive for Avalon guests, or join our Cooking Class to learn to make your own Lyonnaise speciality. This afternoon, you might take an optional 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. This evening, enjoy Lyon’s vibrant nightlife on your own after a gala farewell dinner on board.

Day 8 - Lyon - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Lyon to Arles

Day 1 - UK - Lyon (France)

Fly from the UK to Lyon and embark your ship. (D)

Day 2 - Lyon

Take a Guided Urban Hike 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 specialities in a festival of colours, aromas and taste - exclusive for Avalon guests, or join our cooking class to learn to make your own Lyonnaise speciality. 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 a guided optional mountain bike excursion through the Beaujolais wine country. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Tain l'Hermitage - Tournon - Viviers

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 hHave a true “chocolate experience” with a tour of the Valrhona Chocolate Factory and Museum. 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 Lyonnaise specialities while sailing to Viviers. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Viviers - Avignon

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 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 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Avignon

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 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 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, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Arles

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, 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 choose to join a guided optional 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 stretch out on a bench in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. Later, enjoy onboard live entertainment. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Port-Saint-Louis

Enjoy a morning cruise to Port-Saint-Louis on the sky deck of your ship. 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 visit a local oyster farm on a guided tour to enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed. This evening, cruise back to Arles. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Arles - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Daily afternoon tea
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Onboard local entertainment
  • Services of a professional Cruise Director
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 25th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2627
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2627 Blue Water Price from: £2728 Blue Water Price from: £3202 Blue Water Price from: £3238 Blue Water Price from: £3274
  • July
    • Jul 2nd - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2476
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2476 Blue Water Price from: £3037 Blue Water Price from: £3069 Blue Water Price from: £3102
  • August
    • Aug 13th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2230
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2230 Blue Water Price from: £2369 Blue Water Price from: £2941 Blue Water Price from: £2974 Blue Water Price from: £3006 Blue Water Price from: £4919
  • September
    • Sep 17th - Arles to Lyon - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2664
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2664 Blue Water Price from: £2802 Blue Water Price from: £3463 Blue Water Price from: £3513 Blue Water Price from: £4952
    • Sep 24th - Lyon to Arles - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £3393
      Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £3393 Blue Water Price from: £3443 Blue Water Price from: £3493

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
Map for Active & Discovery on the Rhone 2019