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 - Join a Guided Tour for an evening drive of Lyon, lined with incredible landscapes, 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 (D)
A Festival of Colors, Aromas, and Taste
Visit the Adventure centre for today's activities with your Adventure Host.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Urban Hiking 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 colours, 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 Fourviere.
EVENING CRUISE TO TAIN L'HERMITAGE/TOURNON (B,L,D)
Chocolatiers and Railway Engineers in the Twin City Gorge
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.
Fascinating History, and Nighttime Ghost Stories
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 (B,L,D)
River Gorge Canoeing, Crocodiles, and Wine Caves
ACTIVE - Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Kayak Trip in the Gorges de l'Ardeche on the spectacular canyons of this Rhone 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 Bollene and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhone.
Cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollene on your way to Avignon this afternoon.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AVIGNON (B,L,D)
Essential Oils, and Ancient Roman Aqueducts
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 Chateauneuf-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 CRUISE TO ARLES (B,L,D)
A Master Class, Mysterious Images, and a Matador in Provence
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 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 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 onboard live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ARLES (B,L,D)
Oysters and Flamingos in the Rhone Delta
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 Rhone 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 - Join a Guided Scenic Drive 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.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING PORT-SAINT-LOUIS (B,L,D)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.
Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am. (B)