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7-nt European Waterways Avalon Poetry II

Itinerary

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

Join us for an Active Discovery river cruise on the Rhone 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 brioch‚, 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 BollЉne. 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 Rhone 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 Rhone River. Bring your interests and passions along to enjoy the variety of Active Discovery experiences that interest you!

Cruise at-a-Glance

Day 1 Lyon (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
Day 2 Lyon: Choice of culinary tour, or traditional Saucisson brioch‚ culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la T€te d'Or
Day 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 Viviers
Day 4 Viviers-Avignon: In Avignon 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 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 CarriЉres de LumiЉre, or painting workshop
Day 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 Park
Day 8 Arles (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 Lyon (Embarkation): Onboard welcome reception
    Day 2 Lyon: Choice of culinary tour, or traditional Saucisson brioch‚ culinary workshop, or guided hike in Parc de la T€te d'Or
    Day 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 Viviers
    Day 4 Viviers-Avignon: In Avignon 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 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 CarriЉres de LumiЉre, or painting workshop
    Day 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 Park
    Day 8 Arles (Disembarkation): Your vacation ends this morning