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Price: $5,088CAD Per Person
(based on the Active Discovery on the Rhone special Chef Umberto themed cruise. Featured price is per person, cruise only, in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy, cabin category E, on the departure date indicated and includes all taxes and fees.)
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Voyage Departure: May 31, 2022
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Experiencing some of the world's best cuisine is a highlight of any European vacation. Next May, you can spend a flavourful week floating down the Rhône River through the French countryside on board the sparkling Avalon Waterways Poetry II.
As a bonus, you'll be in the company of Umberto Menghi, Vancouver restaurateur and one of Canada's most celebrated chefs. Learn about the secrets of his renowned cooking and wine-making as you sail down the beautiful Rhône river in Southern France.
Photo: Chef Umberto Menghi
Photo: Map of Active & Discovery on the Rhone Itinerary
Active & Discovery on the Rhone (Southbound) Itinerary:
Day 1: Lyon, France (Embarkation)
Welcome to France. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Lyon must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Discovery: Get an entirely different perspective of Lyon on this relaxing evening drive around the illuminated city. Experience the heart of the city in the magical Presqu’île district, admire the grand architecture of the historic buildings lining Place des Terreaux, see monumental Bartholdi Fountain, and more!
Overnight docking in Lyon
Day 2: Lyon
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Active: Take a Guided Urban Hike through Lyon’s secret passageways (Traboules) for a glimpse into the city’s 19th-century silk trade, OR: Discovery: 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: Discovery: 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 (Avalon exclusive) through private and public terraces for panoramic views of Lyon, starting on the roof of the Basilica de Fourvière.
Evening cruise to Tain L'Hermitage/Tournon
Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite (Category B, A, P)
Day 3: Tain L'Hermitage/Tournon
Active: 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: Active: Join a Guided Hike in the picturesque vineyards surrounding the twin cities of Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage, OR: Discovery: Have a true “chocolate experience” with a tour of the Valrhona Chocolate Factory and Museum, 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. Discovery: Join a Cooking Demonstration and learn how to prepare a Lyonnaise treat while sailing to Viviers.
Discovery: 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 docking in Viviers
Day 4: Viviers - Lock Bollene
Active: 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: Active: Find inspiration from the amazing landscape of the region with a Guided Hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre, OR: Active: 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: Classic: 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.
Overnight docking in Avignon
Day 5: Avignon
Active: Join a leisurely Guided E-Bike Ride through Gard region; after all, no need to pedal on the way back, OR: Discovery: Visit an authentic Provencal farmhouse for a delightful experience to fill your senses as you see how essential oils are created, 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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting,, 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 cruise to Arles
Day 6: Arles
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities. Active: 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: Discovery: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, OR: Classic: 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.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to shop, stroll, or just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices.
Later, enjoy on board live entertainment.
Overnight docking in Arles
Photo: Food on an Avalon Cruise
Day 7: Port-Saint-Louis
Enjoy a morning cruise to Port-Saint-Louis on the Sky Deck of your ship. 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 Rhône delta, OR: Discovery: 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, OR: Classic: Visit one of France’s most popular and pristine nature reserves on this memorable visit to a traditional black bull ranch in Camargue Regional Nature Park!
Overnight docking in Port-Saint-Louis
Day 8: Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.