France River Cruise – Tournon and Avignon

By Terry Petkau, tour leader

Our morning in Tournon included cycling through apricot and cherry orchards, wine tastin at local wineries, a ride on an old steam train and a visit to the Valrhona chocolate factory that employs almost 20% of the town’s population.


Valrhona chocolate factory

After a very warm sail further south along the Rhône we arrived in the ancient town of Avignon. The Old City is still surrounded by a Roman wall and watch towers.

Sailing on the AmaCello

Old town Avignon


The morning tours included a visit to the impressive Pont du Gard aqueduct which remains mostly as originally constructed by the Romans over 2000 years earlier.

Pont du Gard

A very interesting part of the tour included a stop at one of the rare truffle farms in this region of France. The well trained truffle dogs sniffed out some truffles for us and then we were treated to some tasty truffle treats where the farmer shared his unique craft. (Despite Marg’s expression, I believe she also enjoyed the truffles!)

Truffle dogs hunting

Truffle treats

Enjoying the truffles

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