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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Active and Discovery on the Rhone 2020

Discover the River Rhone your way, with classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture and cuisine excursions. With Avalon Choice included excursions, you’ll find a variety of ways to explore each port you visit

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2221pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Lyon
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Camargue
  • Viviers

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Our Active and Discovery Rhône River cruise with Avalon Choice includes activities and excursions to experience the Rhône River at your pace in every place along the way. You’ll have the classic sightseeing and relaxing activities in each destination, along with your choice of included arts, culture, and cuisine excursions.

Admire the lovely scenery of the French countryside, join a culinary walk to discover architecture and local specialties or take a cooking class in Lyon. Embark on a kayak excursion or simply linger in a sidewalk café; 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 and a visit to a French museum of perfumes. 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.

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Port St Louis to Lyon

Day 1 - UK - Port St Louis (France)

Fly to Marseille and transfer to Port St Louis to embark ship. Dock overnight in Port St Louis. (D)

Day 2 - Port St Louis

Perhaps join us on the Sky Deck for a morning stretch with a view with your Avalon Adventure Host. Join a guided walk 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 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 just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. Later, enjoy on-board live entertainment. Evening cruise to Avignon. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Avignon

Join a leisurely guided E-bike ride through the Gard Region; after the tour, enjoy a wine tasting, 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 choose to join a guided optional tour of the famed wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting, with a chance of learning about wine blending, 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. Dock overnight in Avignon. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Viviers - Lock Bollène

Start your day with a sunrise view, perhaps 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 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. Overnight cruising to Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage. (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 a Lyonnaise treat 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. Dock overnight in Lyon. (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 specialties in a festival of colours, aromas and taste - exclusive for Avalon guests, or join our cooking class to learn to make your own Lyonnaise specialty. 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. This evening, enjoy Lyon’s vibrant nightlife on your own after a gala farewell dinner on board. Dock overnight in Lyon. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Lyon - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Lyon to Port St Louis

Day 1 - UK - Lyon (France)

Fly from the UK to Lyon and embark ship. 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. Dock overnight in Lyon. (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 specialties in a festival of colours, aromas and taste - exclusive for Avalon guests, or join our cooking class to learn to make your own Lyonnaise specialty. 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. Evening cruise to Tain l’Hermitage/Tournon. (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 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 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. Dock overnight in Viviers. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Viviers - Lock Bollène

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 (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. Cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Avignon this afternoon. Dock overnight in Avignon. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Avignon

Join a leisurely guided E-bike Ride through Gard region; after the tour, enjoy some wine tasting, 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 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 learn about wine blending, 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. Evening cruising to Arles. (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, 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 just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices. Later, enjoy on-board live entertainment. Dock overnight in Arles. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Port St Louis

Enjoy a morning cruise to Port St Louis on the Sky Deck of your ship. Join a guided walk 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. Dock overnight in Port St Louis. (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Port St Louis - UK

Disembark ship and transfer to Marseille airport for the return flight to the UK. (B, L, D)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. 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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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • May
    • May 5th - Port St Louis to Lyon - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2653
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2653 Blue Water Price from: £2802 Blue Water Price from: £3652
  • June
    • Jun 16th - Port St Louis to Lyon - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2608
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2608 Blue Water Price from: £3308 Blue Water Price from: £3358 Blue Water Price from: £3458 Blue Water Price from: £4908
    • Jun 23rd - Lyon to Port St Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2461
      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: £2461 Blue Water Price from: £2610 Blue Water Price from: £3311 Blue Water Price from: £3361 Blue Water Price from: £3461 Blue Water Price from: £4911
  • July
    • Jul 28th - Port St Louis to Lyon - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2358
      Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite Cat S Royal Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2358 Blue Water Price from: £3058 Blue Water Price from: £3108 Blue Water Price from: £3208 Blue Water Price from: £4908
  • September
    • Sep 22nd - Port St Louis to Lyon - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2794
      Cat E Deluxe Stateroom Cat D Deluxe Stateroom Cat B Panorama Suite Cat A Panorama Suite Cat P Panorama Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £2794 Blue Water Price from: £2943 Blue Water Price from: £3643 Blue Water Price from: £3693 Blue Water Price from: £3793
    • Sep 29th - Lyon to Port St Louis - Sailing on: Avalon Poetry II From: £2564
      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: £2564 Blue Water Price from: £2713 Blue Water Price from: £3413 Blue Water Price from: £3463 Blue Water Price from: £3563 Blue Water Price from: £5013

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
Map for Active and Discovery on the Rhone 2020