The Rhône Valley and the Provençal Rhône

LON_AIPP - 6 days from $1,858

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LYON - CHAVANAY - PILAT MOUNTAIN RANGE - AVIGNON - ARLES - THE ALPILLES - VIVIERS - THE ARDECHE GORGES - VIENNE - LYON

DAY 1: LYON

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll introduce our hiking program before dinner followed by an evening of entertainment.

DAY 2: LYON - CHAVANAY

This morning, we'll cruise through the Rhône Valley towards Chavanay, passing Givors, Vienne and Condrieu at the foot of the Côtes Rôties vineyards.
Hikers' program: Hiking in the Pilat Mountain Range. We’ll discover amazing vistas from the granite ledge set high above the Rhône river and facing the Alps as we hike through this beautiful mountain range. Departing from Malleval, our loop will take us from the Saut de Lorette waterfall to the Batalon gorge and along paths that border the mountains, allowing for beautiful viewpoints on the Rhône. (Length 2 hours 45 minutes, 7 km (4.4 miles), with around 200 m (656 feet) of elevation gain)
Non-hikers' program: Tour of Chavanay followed by a wine-tasting session at a cellar.
The evening is free to do as you please.

DAY 3: CHAVANAY - AVIGNON

We'll spend this morning cruising. Join us for a guided tour on foot of Avignon followed by free time to discover this beautiful city at your own pace. Enjoy an evening of traditinal folk entertainment.

DAY 4: AVIGNON - ARLES - VIVIERS

We'll cruise towards Arles.
Hikers' program: Hike in the Alpilles and Les Baux de Provence. The Alpilles are a small chain of limestone hills, probably the most famous and the most visited in Provence, thanks to Van Gogh, Cézanne and other Impressionist painters. (Length 2 to 2½ hours, distance of 5 km (3 miles), with about 150 m (492 feet) of elevation gain).
Non-hikers' program: Tour of Les Baux de Provence.
In the afternoon, we'll set out by coach for our excursion through the Camargue. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner.

DAY 5: VIVIERS

We’ll reach in Viviers early in the morning.
Hikers' program: Hike in the Nature Reserve of the Ardèche Gorges. All those who love walking in the great outdoors will surely be enchanted by the Ardèche Gorges, with their quite unique and wondrous scenery, combined with amazing, breathtaking views. (Length 2 hours, 6 km (3.75 miles), with around 250 m (656 feet) of elevation gain)
Non-hikers' program: Tour of the Madeleine Cave.
This afternoon, join us for a guided tour on foot of Viviers. We'll cruise towards Vienne. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 6: VIENNE - LYON

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board while we reach Vienne. Join us on a guided tour on foot of the city. We'll cruise towards Lyon and enjoy lunch on board before disembarking at 3:00 p.m. End of our services.

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Port-to-port cruise. No transfers included.

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More info

Hiking difficulty: level 2 (on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult))

 

The hikes that are proposed during this cruise are short half-day strolls (2 to 3 hrs), implying few changes in altitude (around 150 to 300 m / 490 - 985 feet). Along the hike, you’ll get the chance to see and discover some natural or cultural areas which are on your cruise's program. The durations stipulated in our programs are given as a rough guide and do not take the breaks into consideration. No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

Your equipment

Backpack
You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
It is important, for your comfort and pleasure during the hike, to choose a good backpack. You should take a good-sized and sturdy bag with padded braces and a strong and waterproof fabric. Please note that no porter services are provided.

Shoes
Please note that you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise as it is important that you feel comfortable wearing them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, the sole should always be of a good quality that is to say that they should be well sewn-on and non-slip for wet or uneven ground. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.

Clothes
The equipment for a hike should necessarily include:

  • Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike
  • Lightweight, quick-drying pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket
  • Rain poncho or raincoat
  • Hat or cap
  • Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Folding knife
  • Telescopic hiking poles if you are used to use them (recommend for the Douro and Croatia cruises)

First-aid kit
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
It is yet compulsory to bring a personal first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination but will at least include:

  • Plastic strip bandages
  • “2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
  • Pain reliever
  • If necessary, mosquito repellent
  • “Collyrium” or similar eyewash product
  • Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.

You should also bring along any of your personal prescribed medication.