Tain L'Hermitage / Tournon
Today was a short stop of only about 6 hours. We arrive at 6 am and pulled out by noon. I am thinking part of that was because it was Sunday and nothing in these small towns would be open (except the best shop anyway which is the Valrhona chocolate factory). The river is pretty narrow here so on either side was Tain L'Hermitage or Tournon and it was easy to do both no matter which side of the river your ship docked.
It was raining a little when we got up but we were hopeful our excursion would still go. We chose the Active excursion to rail bike along the Gorges du Doux. The rail bike looked like a little car that you pedal along the train rails. We got to the small train station about an hour from the boat only to find that the tour provider said it was too rainy to ride the rail bikes. We were very disappointed since the rain was really only a drizzle. We instead rode the train and honestly didn't see too much of anything. The only good thing was that we got the bus to drop us off at the Valrhona shop. There were a couple other excursion options for today and the Discovery one was to go to Valrhona and learn more about chocolate and make your own bar. I almost chose that excursion but I really thought the rail bikes would be something you really don't get to do too often. Of course being the only store open Valrhona was packed but it was just a 10 minute walk back to the boat which was nice. There was another Active excursion which was a hike to a vineyard. The people that did that one said it was a pretty steep hike but worth it. There was also a Classic option that was walk through Tournon which is one of France's oldest cities.
We left port and started making our way to Lyon. While sailing there was a cooking demonstration that was fun to watch and participate in. We arrived in Lyon while we were having dinner and after dinner there was a bus ride around town so you could see the city at night. This really is the first big city we have visited on the cruise.
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