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Tour Code - WLY-E 8 days - ARLES to LYON From $5725 NZD

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 vacation 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 under-ground 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.

Standard Features


  • Spacious outside deluxe accommodations with enhanced soundproofing and Avalon's exclusive Comfort Collection Beds for a great night's sleep.
  • Included sightseeing with headsets and expert local guides.
  • Large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer & premium L'Occitane bath products.
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your vessel.
  • Complimentary bicycles available for use on shore.
  • Onboard local entertainment.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • A professional Cruise Director who delivers educational commentary as you travel through interesting landscapes, and who assists with requests and additional excursions.
  • An Avalon Adventure Host available as your guide for fitness activities and active excursions.
  • Friendly, English-speaking staff who deliver consummate personal service throughout your journey.
  • Gratuities to Cruise Director, Crew, Local Guides & Excursion Drivers are included on Avalon portion only.
  • Personalise your onboard and onshore experiences by choosing from a variety of included or optional excursions, visits & activities. Log on to MyAccount to customise your cruise experience.


Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on board daily indicated by breakfast (B), lunch (L), and dinner (D) on the itinerary, including daily four-course a la carte dinners with choice of appetisers, soups, salads, mains, desserts, and Avalon Fresh healthy cuisine options.

Day by Day

    Bienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Marseille must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (D)

    Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone Delta. Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host while cruising to Port-Saint-Louis. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike through the Camargue Regional Nature Park. You'll see its lush marshland habitat at the mouth of the Rhone-home to a wide variety of flora and fauna-in one of France's most protected and natural reserves, OR: ACTIVE - 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 Rhone delta, OR: DISCOVERY - Visit a local oyster farm on a Guided Tour, and enjoy an oyster tasting and learn how this delicacy is farmed. This evening, cruise back to Arles to prepare for tomorrow's exciting activities. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)

  3. ARLES .
    A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Hike in Val d'Enfer, that takes its name from the strangeness of its white limestone rock formations; later be entranced by a magical Audio/Visual Experience of light, images, and music at the Carrieres de Lumieres, OR: DISCOVERY - 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: CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Arles and meet 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. EVENING CRUISE TO AVIGNON (B,L,D)

    Essential Oils, and Ancient Roman Aqueducts. ACTIVE - Join a Guided E-Bike Ride through Tavel-the birthplace of French Rose. After the tour, enjoy a Wine Tasting, OR: DISCOVERY - Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Musee des Aromes et du Parfum to take in the fragrance of aromatic herbs and essential oils in this museum of aromas and perfumes, and create your own unique scent, OR: CLASSIC - 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 Chateauneuf-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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)

    River Gorge Canoes, Underground Wines, and Nighttime Ghost Stories. Start your day with a Morning Stretch with your Avalon Adventure Host before cruising through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollene on your way to Viviers. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Canoe Trip to navigate the Gorges de l'Ardeche in the spectacular canyons of this Rhone tributary, OR: ACTIVE - Take a guided hike through the Natural Reserve of Circque d'Estre, OR: ACTIVE - 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; DISCOVERY - Visit a Crocodile Farm and discover the wonderful world of reptiles-not only crocodiles, but also snakes, turtles, iguanas and an amazing botanical garden, OR: CLASSIC - Visit the tremendous water facility at Bollene and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhone. DISCOVERY - This evening, take a nighttime Guided Tour of Viviers to experience the fascinating history and ghost stories of this enchanting town. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TOURNON/TAIN L'HERMITAGE (B,L,D)

    Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Excursion this morning to pedal your rail-bike along the descent of the Gorges du Doux for a panoramic view, OR: ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike in the picturesque vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l'Hermitage, OR: DISCOVERY - Take a full tour of the Valrhona factory and museum. Taste chocolate, and also make your own signature chocolate bar, OR: CLASSIC - 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. DISCOVERY - Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare Lyonnaise specialties while sailing to Lyon. LYON: An Evening Drive through the Heart of Lyon. DISCOVERY - Join a Guided Tour for an evening drive of Lyon for picturesque photo opportunities, from Fourviere hill for a city bird's eye view, to Presqu'ile district, for catching the heart of Lyon and its ever-changing river bank view. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)

  7. LYON.
    A Festival of colours, Aromas, and Taste. ACTIVE - Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk. ACTIVE - Join a Guided Hike in Parc de la Tete d'Or, this vast urban park with its many trails and lake , OR: DISCOVERY - 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: DISCOVERY - Learn to make your own Saucisson brioche and other local culinary Favourites in a Cooking Class. 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 Fourviere, 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. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LYON (B,L,D)

    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Dates Vessel Cabin Twin Share Single Availability   Hotels Excursions
14 May 2019 to
21 May 2019
Poetry II Deluxe Stateroom E $5725 NZD $8620 NZD Book Now View Hotels View Excursions
Deluxe Stateroom D $5984 NZD $9022 NZD Book Now
Panorama Suite B $7224 NZD $10944 NZD Book Now
Panorama Suite A $7314 NZD $11083 NZD Book Now
Panorama Suite P $7424 NZD $11254 NZD Book Now
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25 Jun 2019 to
02 Jul 2019
Poetry II Deluxe Stateroom E $5857 NZD $8825 NZD Book Now View Hotels View Excursions
Deluxe Stateroom D $6116 NZD $9226 NZD Book Now
Panorama Suite B $7356 NZD $11148 NZD Book Now
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17 Sep 2019 to
24 Sep 2019
Poetry II Deluxe Stateroom E $5990 NZD $9031 NZD Book Now View Hotels View Excursions
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Panorama Suite B $7489 NZD $11354 NZD Please Call
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Royal Suite S $8889 NZD $17316 NZD Book Now
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
Twin Price
Triple Price
PRE ARLES 01 Sep 2019 31 Oct 2019 $423 NZD $229 NZD
PRE ARLES 01 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 $337 NZD $212 NZD
PRE ARLES 01 May 2019 30 Jun 2019 $423 NZD $254 NZD
POST LYON 01 Sep 2019 30 Sep 2019 $422 NZD $253 NZD
POST LYON 01 Aug 2019 31 Aug 2019 $373 NZD $229 NZD
POST LYON 01 Jun 2019 31 Jul 2019 $422 NZD $253 NZD
POST LYON 01 May 2019 31 May 2019 $373 NZD $229 NZD
Charge Type Name Price
INCLUDED Gratuity $189 NZD
INCLUDED Port Charges $273 NZD

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