If you have travelled through the south of France, you would have surely heard of the Rhône River. The famous river has played an important part in Europe’s history since the times of the Greeks and Romans. While the northern tip of the Rhône flows through Switzerland, Avalon Waterways offers a series of inspiring cruises through southern France. Here are five unique experiences offered along the Rhône with Avalon.  

1. Painting workshop, Arles 

Painting class
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If there was a time to channel your inner van Gogh, being in Arles is the place to do so! The great artist spent some of his life here, inspired to create 300 paintings and drawings. A local artist will take you through some of van Gogh’s signature strokes so you, too, can recreate your own painting. 

2. Underground wine tasting, Viviers 

You will have probably been on wine tastings in a variety of places, but have you ever done this underground? Zip up your caving suit and join a knowledgeable speleologist (cave guide) and oenologist (wine-making expert) for a truly unique experience – all within the depths of a cave! 

3. Invigorate your senses, Avignon 

Avignon is bound to ignite your senses.
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France is a delightful place to hone the senses. Filled with an abundance of tantalising smells, choose to venture to a local Provencal farmhouse. Here you will learn the delicate practice of how essential oils are made. From the classic lavender to the more unique herbs, this included excursion is sure to invigorate your senses.  

4. Hike up to Viviers’ cathedral 

Viviers cathedral
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The sleepy village of Viviers is dominated by its hilltop cathedral. Join our Adventure Host for a hike to explore the magnificent Romanesque and Gothic St Vincent’s Cathedral. You will be rewarded with splendid views across the village and the Rhône.  

5. Taste your way through Lyon 

Lyon food
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It would be a crime not to try as many Lyonnaise specialties as your stomach can handle when in the gastronomic capital of France! That’s why Avalon will give you the opportunity to choose a guided culinary and architecture walking tour in Lyon. Combining two of Lyon’s best parts, this tour offers a fascinating insight into what makes the city so special.  

Have we piqued your interest? Now is the time to check out our range of river cruises with Avalon along the Rhône and through France.  

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