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7-nt European Waterways Avalon Poetry II

Itinerary

DayPorts of Call
1Arles, France
2Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone, France
3Arles, France
4Avignon, France
5Viviers, France
6Lyon, France
7Lyon, France
8Lyon, France

Know Before You Go

  • Pricing includes cruise portion only. For pre and post accommodations, please contact your PERX travel planner.
  • Please be discreet, do not discuss your industry discounts with other guests aboard your sailing.
  • Please ensure that you have your ID available when boarding.
  • We strongly suggest purchasing travel protection to cover medical expenses in the event that medical attention is required.

Your Active Discovery Cruise is waiting to take you on a French river cruise like never before. You'll enjoy the magnificent and romantic scenery and sights, but you'll have the opportunity to enjoy activities that speak to your passions and interests, as well. Take a guided hike through Camargue Regional Nature Park and marshland, or join a guided bike ride through the park, keeping an eye out for more than 400 bird species, including pink flamingos. You may otherwise pay a visit to a local oyster farm for an oyster tasting, and learn about oyster farming.

Enjoy a day in Arles to select from Active, Discovery, or Classic tours or activities. You may like to join a guided hike, or take a painting workshop in the style and technique of Vincent van Gogh-whose many paintings captured the light and landscapes of Provence and Arles. Visit the Mus‚e des Aromes et du Parfum, or a take a guided sightseeing tour of Avignon's sights, including the 14th-century Palace of the Popes. Take a canoe trip on the canyons of the Rhone-the stunning Gorges de l'ArdЉche. You might choose a hike through the Natural Reserve of Circque d'Estre, or an unusual excursion for an underground wine tasting with a wine-making expert and cave specialist.

Sail to Lyon, the gastronomical capital of France, and take an evening drive for premiere photo opportunities from the hills above the city. During your stay in Lyon, hike the trails, take a culinary walk, or learn to make your own Saucisson brioche in a cooking class par excellence.

You'll experience the remarkable sights, scenery, and flavors along the Rhone with the Active Discovery included activities and tours that suit you best.

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 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 Park
Day 3 Arles: Choice of guided tour in Arles, meet a local bullfighter, or guided hike through the Hell Valley and visit CarriЉre de LumiЉres, or painting workshop
Day 4 Avignon: Choice of guided tour in Avignon, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or visit the Museum of Aromas and Perfume
Day 5 Viviers: Choice of guided canoe trip down the Gorges de l'ArdЉche, or guided hike in the Natural Reserve of Cirque d'Estre, or visit lock BollЉne and its power plant, or guided speleological excursion with wine tasting in the caves, or visit the Crocodile Farm; evening guided tour of Viviers
Day 6 Tain l'hermitage/Tournon-Lyon: Choice of rail-bike tour, or guided hike in the vineyards, or guided tour of Tournon, or visit the Valrhona factory and museum; onboard cooking demonstration; evening guided tour of Lyon
Day 7 Lyon: Choice of culinary tour, or Saucisson brioch‚ culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la T€te d'Or
Day 8 Lyon (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning

Always Included

You've always forged your own path...with your own distinct perspective of looking at the world. Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. That's why we've designed a cruise experience that's just a bit different.

Here are just some of the features and amenities you'll experience on board our Avalon ships. See the Ship Amenities Section below for more information about the amenities in our fleet's unique ships.

Throughout the Ship:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Panoramic windows
  • Elegant, contemporary design & decor
  • Friendly, English-speaking crew & Cruise Director
  • Sky Deck with whirlpool, shade awnings, game area and premium lounges
  • Covered Observation Lounge
  • Club Lounge with 24-hour self-serve beverage station with complimentary cappuccinos, lattes, tea, hot chocolate & premium coffees, as well as treats throughout the day

    Suites & Staterooms:

  • Comfort Collection BedsSM with choice of mattress firmness
  • Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
  • Bathrobes & slippers
  • Premium L'Occitane bath products
  • Large bathroom featuring shower with glass door
  • Flatscreen satellite TV with free movie channels
  • Individual climate control and in-room safe
  • Complimentary bottled water daily
  • And, much more.

    Health & Fitness:

  • Bikes
  • Canoe, kayak and jogging excursions
  • Maps for hiking, biking and jogging routes
  • Fitness and wellness activities
  • Fitbitsr
  • All through your Avalon Adventure HostSM

    Dining

  • FlexDiningSM for more venue and seating options, including flexible seating times in our main Dining Room
  • Avalon FreshSM healthy cuisine options at every meal
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with every lunch and dinner
  • Early and Late Riser breakfast options
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Alternative light lunch or Sky Grill on the Sky Deck (weather permitting)
  • Daily Afternoon Tea featuring tea, coffee, sweet treats & sandwiches
  • Daily four-course a la carte dinner in the main Dining Room with choice of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Includes selections of regional recipes, Western dishes and vegetarian options.
  • Alternative Panorama Bistro dinner, featuring regional specialties and small plates
  • Captain's welcome & farewell receptions and dinners with sparkling wine and canap‚s
  • Panorama Lounge featuring premium spirits and Avalon specialty cocktails, along with local entertainment special guests
  • Cocktails available on the Sky Deck
  • Fresh fruit available throughout the day

    AVALON CHOICE

    Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise: Classic Your local expert is ready to guide you through the history and heritage of local destinations. You'll marvel at the legends, lore, and spectacular architecture of iconic and historic sites. Discovery We've found inspiring and interactive activities to speak to your interests - from cooking classes, to painting workshops - to immerse yourself in each culture you explore. Active Embark on energetic excursions to keep you in motion and on the go - from a guided jogging tour of Amsterdam, to biking, paddling, and hiking your way through scenic locales.

  • Plus independent exploration options and use of our exclusive AvalonGO APP.
  • New to the legendary waters of Europe in 2014, the Avalon Poetry II offers a delightfully intimate cruise setting along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. Like its sister ships, the Avalon Artistry II and Avalon Visionary, the Poetry II features two full decks of suites featuring Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to the enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities include an alternative dining option in the Panorama Bistro, complimentary Wi-Fi access, an expanded fitness center, and a spacious Sky Deck with premium lounge chairs, whirlpool, and light al fresco lunches at the open-air bistro.



    Ship Length: 361
    Total Staff: 35
    Guest Capacity: 128

    Highlights & Sightseeing

    Day 1 Arles (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 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 Park
    Day 3 Arles: Choice of guided tour in Arles, meet a local bullfighter, or guided hike through the Hell Valley and visit CarriЉre de LumiЉres, or painting workshop
    Day 4 Avignon: Choice of guided tour in Avignon, or guided bike tour with wine tasting, or visit the Museum of Aromas and Perfume
    Day 5 Viviers: Choice of guided canoe trip down the Gorges de l'ArdЉche, or guided hike in the Natural Reserve of Cirque d'Estre, or visit lock BollЉne and its power plant, or guided speleological excursion with wine tasting in the caves, or visit the Crocodile Farm; evening guided tour of Viviers
    Day 6 Tain l'hermitage/Tournon-Lyon: Choice of rail-bike tour, or guided hike in the vineyards, or guided tour of Tournon, or visit the Valrhona factory and museum; onboard cooking demonstration; evening guided tour of Lyon
    Day 7 Lyon: Choice of culinary tour, or Saucisson brioch‚ culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la T€te d'Or
    Day 8 Lyon (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning