Receive Free Airfare from Select Canadian Gateways on Select 2022 Europe River Cruises

    8-Days | Fly Free From Select Canadian Gateways | Lyon to Port-Saint-Louis | Offer expires November 1, 2021

    Receive Free Airfare from Select Canadian Gateways - 2022 Europe River Cruises with Avalon Waterways

    Price: $5,088CAD Per Person

    (based on the Active Discovery on the Rhone special Chef Umberto themed cruise. Featured price is per person, cruise only, in Canadian dollars, based on double occupancy, cabin category E, on the departure date indicated and includes all taxes and fees.)

    Savings: Receive FREE flights from select Canadian gateways

    Voyage Departure: May 31, 2022

    Video: More In View | More To DO | Avalon Waterways®

    Experiencing some of the world's best cuisine is a highlight of any European vacation. Next May, you can spend a flavourful week floating down the Rhône River through the French countryside on board the sparkling Avalon Waterways Poetry II.

    As a bonus, you'll be in the company of Umberto Menghi, Vancouver restaurateur and one of Canada's most celebrated chefs. Learn about the secrets of his renowned cooking and wine-making as you sail down the beautiful Rhône river in Southern France.

    Photo: Chef Umberto Menghi

    Photo: Map of Active & Discovery on the Rhone Itinerary

    Active & Discovery on the Rhone (Southbound) Itinerary:

    Day 1: Lyon, France (Embarkation)

    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: Get an entirely different perspective of Lyon on this relaxing evening drive around the illuminated city. Experience the heart of the city in the magical Presqu’île district, admire the grand architecture of the historic buildings lining Place des Terreaux, see monumental Bartholdi Fountain, and more!

    Overnight docking in Lyon


    Day 2: Lyon

    Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Active: Take a Guided Urban Hike 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 colors, 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 Fourvière.

    Evening cruise to Tain L'Hermitage/Tournon


    Photo: Avalon Panorama Suite (Category B, A, P)

    Day 3: Tain L'Hermitage/Tournon

    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.


    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


    Day 4: Viviers - Lock Bollene

    Active: Immerse yourself in the scenery with a Guided Kayak Trip in the Gorges de l’Ardèche on the spectacular canyons of this Rhône 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 Bollène and tour the power plant of this immense lock along the Rhône.

    Cruise through the soaring walls of the Lock Bollène on your way to Avignon this afternoon.

    Overnight docking in Avignon


    Day 5: Avignon

    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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape for a wine tasting,, 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


    Day 6: Arles

    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 audio/video experience of light, images, and music at the Carrières de Lumières, OR: Discovery: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn techniques of Vincent van Gogh. Create your own painting in the style of the legendary artist, 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.

    This afternoon, enjoy free time to shop, stroll, or just relax in a lovely park along Arles’ Boulevard des Lices.

    Later, enjoy on board live entertainment.

    Overnight docking in Arles


    Photo: Food on an Avalon Cruise

    Day 7: Port-Saint-Louis

    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 Rhône 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: Visit one of France’s most popular and pristine nature reserves on this memorable visit to a traditional black bull ranch in Camargue Regional Nature Park!

    Overnight docking in Port-Saint-Louis


    Day 8: Port-Saint-Louis (Disembarkation)

    Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

    Flights should not leave Marseille airport before 10 am.


    Don't miss exploring the culinary capital of France. Offer expires November 1, 2021!

    Terms And Conditions

    Book a select 2022 Avalon Europe river cruise to qualify for free round-trip economy class trans-Atlantic air from YYZ, YUL, YOW, YVR & YYC. Other gateway cities available from $199 to $299/person additional (inclusive of taxes/fees). Free air will be based on the lowest available priced itinerary at the time of air booking. Alternate schedules may be available at an additional cost. Does not apply to intra-vacation air. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit, Peace of Mind Credit. Limited to new bookings for Canada originating travelers and economy class Flex air tickets; must be booked & under land and air deposit between April 20 and November 1, 2021 for travel on select cruise departures in 2022. Pre-assigned seating is limited and may not be available on all flight segments. Offer does not apply to instant purchase air or Custom Tours. Groups of 8 or more do not qualify for this offer. Please call your travel advisor for Group options. Once ticketed, air reservations subject to change/cancellation penalties of between $300 per ticket and 100% of ticket value. Changes to air reservations (including itineraries involving free round-trip trans-Atlantic air) subject to airfare differentials between originally booked airline fare and re-booked air itinerary. Airline baggage fees may apply; contact your travel advisor for details. Air schedules are available approximately 330-days prior to last travel date. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of Globus family of Brands. Pre-assigned seating may not be available on all air segments. Additional restrictions apply; see your travel advisor for details. Air tickets are non-commissionable. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.

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