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Active & Discovery on the Rhône (Northbound)

Climb aboard the Avalon Poetry II for an eight-day sailing down the Rhône – from Arles to Lyon.

Enjoy a unique blend of excursions, featuring Avalon exclusives and a range of optional adventures to help you make the most of your getaway.

Recline in comfort – enjoying modern amenities, ample storage and the attention of a dedicated crew.

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  • Cruise Line: Avalon Waterways
  • Ship: Avalon Poetry II
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: Jul - Oct
£1,961 pp
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Active & Discovery on the Rhône Cruise Itinerary

From Arles to Lyon, this itinerary conducts you North through France on the adventure of a lifetime. From kayaking and hiking, to wine tastings and painting workshops – there’s sure to be something for everyone on this trip.

Day 1

Arles (EMBARK)

Arrive to France to begin your river cruise.

Day 2


Bike through Camargue Natural Park, visit an oyster farm on the Camargue National Park guided tour or pay a visit to a traditional black bull ranch.

Day 3


Spend your morning exploring on a guided hike, attend a painting workshop on the techniques of Vincent Van Gogh or join a guided sightseeing tour of Arles.
Your afternoon is free to explore as you please.

Day 4


Join an E-Bike ride through Gard region, visit an authentic Provencal farmhouse or enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Avignon.
You may also choose from optional excursions to either the wine cellars of Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting or a kayak ride through Pont du Gard.

Day 5


Enjoy a guided kayak trip in Gorges de l’Ardèche, hike through the Natural Reserve of Cirque d’Estre or take part in an underground wine tasting. You’ll also join us on a nighttime guided tour of Viviers.

Day 6

Tournon / Tain l’Hermitage

Join a guided excursion by rail-bike along the descent of the Gorges du Doux, hike though vineyards, tour the Valrhona Chocolate Factory Museum or take a guided sightseeing tour of Tournon. Back on board, enjoy a cooking demonstration on how to prepare a Lyonnaise treat.

Day 7


Enjoy guided urban hiking through Lyon’s secret passageways or embark on a guided culinary walk.
This afternoon, you may wish to embark on an optional guided tour through private and public terraces for panoramic views of Lyon.

Day 8


Disembark from your ship after breakfast this morning and begin your journey home.

Active & Discovery on the Rhône Cruise Ships

Avalon Poetry II

This floating hotel offers a uniquely intimate cruise setting. With fewer guests and suites 30% larger than the industry standard, this vessel is designed to promote a one-on-one relationship with the crew, so we can help you make the most out of your holiday.

37 Crew Members
Elegant, Contemporary Design
24-hour Beverage Station

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Active & Discovery on the Rhône Deals

Continue sailing North down the Rhône

7 Nights
Jul Oct

Active & Discovery on the Rhône (Northbound)

  • Arles (EMBARK)
  • Port-Saint-Louis
  • Arles
  • Avignon
  • Viviers
  • Tournon / Tain l’Hermitage
  • Lyon
  • Lyon (DISEMBARK)
£1,961 pp Est. Price per person
  • Avalon Poetry II

Active & Discovery on the Rhône Cruise Review

“A very enjoyable experience with lots of different excursions with a healthy dose of free time to let you relax. My cabin on the Avalon Poetry II was spectacular – spacious, modern and with ample storage space. ”

Rowen Lambert, London

Active & Discovery on the Rhône FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Will I have access to Wi-Fi whilst on board?

Yes. The Avalon Poetry II allows you access to a wifi connection in locations throughout the ship.

What’s an E-bike?

An ‘E-bike’ is an Electronic Bike. Meaning that your bike will have a motor to assist with pedalling.

What types of excursions are available?

This itinerary offers a blend of Classic, Active and Discovery excursions. You’ll also be able to choose from optional activities, on-board lectures and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace.

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