Active Discovery on the Rhône – Southbound
Join us for an Active Discovery river cruise on the Rhône River. You’ll find a wealth of activities and excursions that speak your language! Begin in Lyon—the gastronomic capital of France—where the choice is yours: join a cooking class to learn how to make Saucisson brioché, or take a guided hike tour to see the impressive urban park, or discover the city’s architecture and specialties joining a Culinary Walking Tour.In the twin city region of Tournon/Tain l’Hermitage, you’ll have the choice of experience a rail-bike, or join a cooking class, or visit a chocolate museum to create your own chocolate bar.You’ll see natural wonders along the way, with choices during your cruise through Viviers and Lock Bollène. Explore spectacular River canyons for canoeing, the natural reserve at Circque d’Estre, and even wine-tasting in a cave. You may choose to check out a crocodile farm, and take an evening ghost-story tour of Viviers. Sail to Avignon for e-bike riding, or a visit to a perfume museum, or a more classical guided sightseeing, including Palace of the Popes.Next, your Active Discovery cruise on the Rhône River takes you to the inspirational locale of Arles—a subject of Van Gogh’s paintings, and home to hiking trails, light shows, and painting workshops. Sail to Port-Saint-Louis for a jam-packed day of active tours and opportunities for discovery, including a hike through the Camargue Regional Nature Park, or a bike ride through the park to look for 400 bird species, including pink flamingos! You might choose to discover the art of oyster farming with a tasting at a local farm. See France in another light on your scenic river cruise on the Rhône River. Bring your interests and passions along to enjoy the variety of Active Discovery experiences that interest you!
Day 1 Lyon (Embarkation): onboard welcome reception Day 2 Lyon: choice of culinary tour, or traditional Saucisson brioché culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la Tête d’OrDay 3 Tain l’hermitage/Tournon–Viviers: choice of rail-bike tour along the Gorges du Doux, or guided hike in the vineyards, or guided tour of Tournon, or tour of the Valrhona factory and museum with workshop and chocolate tasting; Lyonnaise specialties cooking demonstration; evening guided tour in ViviersDay 4 Viviers–Avignon: in Avignon choice of guided canoe trip down the Gorges de l’Ardèche, or guided hike in the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre, or visit lock Bollène and its power plant, or guided speleological excursion with wine tasting in the caves, or visit a Crocodile Farm Day 5 Avignon: choice of guided tour, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or guided tour at the Museum of Aromas and Perfume Day 6 Arles: choice of guided tour in Arles, meet a bullfighter, or guided hike through the Hell Valley with a visit to Carrières de Lumière, or painting workshopDay 7 Port-Saint-Louis: choice of excursion to a local oyster farm with tasting, or either guided hike or bike tour through the Camargue Regional Natural ParkDay 8 Arles (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program.Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.