Fragrant lavender fields, local wines, and a chance to visit the best of Provence awaits! Plus, enjoy included guided walking tours. From Romanesque architecture surrounding quaint village squares to cafes serving local specialties, this is France at its most alluring. Best of all, you will experience these European treasures in the company of the women of Olivia. As always, we’ve charted the entire riverboat.
Join us on the intimate 138-guest riverboat for an exquisite Rhône River Valley voyage. Glide gently past beautiful scenery, then step off the ship and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of the region through included guided walking tours. When you're not out taking in the rich history and culinary pleasures, you’ll have a chance to relax onboard, hear about the regions you are visiting, and chat and laugh with the women of Olivia.
Visit the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L'Hermitage, which are nestled among vineyards between the Rhône and striking granite slopes. See why Van Gogh was so inspired by the city of Arles, and marvel at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, Provence’s most scenic town. Visit fascinating ruins, excellent museums, and colorful local produce markets. You can even participate in optional wine-tasting excursions.
Back onboard, attend an insightful travel lecture or soak in the 6-person whirlpool. Watch the light as it dances across the surface of the river as you sip a glass of wine, which is included with dinner. Evenings are the perfect time to take in an Olivia show, listen to a travel lecture, or learn about the local culture while relaxing with your with Olivia friends.
Each day, the ship will dock in a different town, and you’ll enjoy a walking tour of each of the cities (with one bus tour for the larger city of Lyon). You will be provided with an earpiece that allows you to hear the guide’s explanations and stories.
On several of the days, there will be additional optional tours that will take you deeper into the towns and valleys. You’ll experience lavender fields, lovely villages, famed wine cellars and historic places of interest. Optional tours range from 39-50 Euros per person.
You'll travel in style and comfort on the new Avalon Scenery, which offers the largest staterooms on the European waterways today. At a spacious 172-square feet, these beautiful staterooms are equipped with amenities you would expect to find at a fine resort, including comfortable hotel-style beds, European-style duvets and Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors (most rooms), modern private bathrooms, large closets, flat-screened TVs, safes, mini-bars, and individual climate control. A whirl-pool on the Sky Deck allows for a refreshing dip after a day of sightseeing, and there’s fitness center, library, restaurant, club and bar onboard.
Take a Virtual Tour of the Ship
On this trip, you’ll relax with friends and take in Olivia’s entertainment in the evenings. Two Olivia artists accompany us for the whole voyage, and so you’ll mix and mingle with them during the day, and enjoy their small, intimate shows on several of the evenings. On other evenings, local entertainers share the culture of the regions we visit. There will be lots of laughter, fun, and friends.