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  • 7 years plus
  • Most adventurous
  • Glamping & bivouac,
  • Full board & wine

Ardèche Adventure Kayak Expedition

The gorges of the Ardèche in Southern France, known as the Grand Canyon of Europe, provide the spectacular backdrop to your Family Adventure Holiday and the ultimate high octane family experience. The Ardèche Adventure holiday week is centred around the kayak descent of the Ardèche river to the famous Pont-d’Arc. The descent takes two days during which our instructors will take care of you the whole way, helping you wrestle with rapids, encourage you to throw yourselves from rock jumps and swim through caves. One night is spent at a bivouac site deep in the heart of the gorge where you will sleep under the stars

Our NEW Ardèche activity programme takes place on the banks of the famous 35 km Ardèche River in the south of France, surrounded by stunning scenery and a beautiful limestone gorge.  Activities include kayaking, adventure walk, climbing and abseiling in the Chassezac River, weasling and high ropes. The highlight of the holiday is a 2-day guided river descent (including overnight bivouac) navigating the rapids by canoe and kayak. It is a really memorable experience for families to share together.

All activities are led by our experienced Ardèche adventure team, who have worked in the area for over 25 years. They will build your confidence and ensure safety without compromising the thrills. 

Your family will be glamping in beautiful bell tents, equipped with a fridge and charging facilities. With a select number of families per week, this riverside adventure is the perfect chance to reconnect with your family and to form friendships with like-minded adventurers. 

NEW FORMAT FOR 2021!

  • All meals + wine with dinner included in the price so you can fully relax after a hard day's adventuring
  • New glamping accomodation in well-equipped bell tents on a private riverside campsite

You will need a car to drive to the site where the activities will take place. 

 

UPGRADED FOR 2021! 

Full board glamping at our private campsite Base du Cros

Your family will stay in beautiful bell tents set in a private campsite on the banks of the Ardeche river. Each tent has its own fridge, electricity for charging devices and private seating area.  Bed linen is provided but you need to bring your own towels.

The well equipped site has a bar and lounge area, beach volleyball court, football pitch, boules court and basketball court and newly renovated shower block. 

Photos to follow soon!

This expedition is great for families with children of 7 and above.

We offer a fantastic programme of on and off-site activities to appeal to every member of your family. The Ardèche Expedition adventure programme is centred around the kayak and canoe descent of the Ardèche river through the famous Pont-d’Arc. The descent takes two days during which time our qualified instructors will take care of you, teach you how to negotiate the rapids, swim through caves and even encourage you to throw yourselves from rock jumps. One night is spent at a bivouac site deep in the heart of the gorge where you will drift off to sleep counting the shooting stars.  

Our activities programme, includes a day climbing and abseiling in the limestone cliffs of the Chassezac gorge, a 2km adventure walk to the stunning rock arch of Pont-d’Arc, a 2-day kayak descent of the gorge with overnight bivouac, a visit to the caves at Aven d’Orgnac and, to finish the week, a day at the high ropes course.

Although we are happy to keep you occupied from dusk till dawn, our programme is not compulsory. There are plenty of other options such as bike tours, canyoning, and horse-riding to name but a few and there are many interesting places to visit if you wish to take some time out with your family.

 

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Two-day kayak river descent
Dad abseiling cave
Climbing and abseiling
High ropes netting ardeche
High ropes
Child weaselling Ardeche rock face
Weaselling
Aven dOrgnac
Aven d’Orgnac cave
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Guided adventure walk to Pont d’Arc
GoPro kayak shot

Two-day kayak river descent

The highlight of the week is the amazing two-day descent by kayak and canoe through the Ardeche Gorge. It is here that you’ll really begin to appreciate the magnitude and beauty of the Ardeche. As well as negotiating the many rapids along the way, you’ll have time to swim and have lunch on the river's edge. All under the watchful eyes of our experienced and qualified instructors who will help you to navigate your journey down the river.

Dad abseiling cave

Climbing and abseiling

During you’re week you will be climbing and abseiling in the Chassezac Gorge, enjoying the challenges posed by its limestone cliffs. There is an abundance of bouldering spots, allowing you to climb at your own pace. We welcome anyone from novice to intermediate, with all courses involving an introduction to sports climbing, bouldering and single pitch routes. All equipment and instruction is provided.

High ropes netting ardeche

High ropes

You’ll spend a whole day at the high ropes course in Villefort. This is a fantastic day of zip lines and high rope challenges, where you can fly through trees safe in the knowledge that you and your kids are harnessed and in the hands of professionals. See if you can get through all five courses and keep up with the kids! Full safety equipment is provided and our instructors are always on hand to make sure you stick to the strict safety requirements. With courses of varying levels there is always something to challenge everyone!

Child weaselling Ardeche rock face

Weaselling

Weaselling is a fun outdoor activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. It requires participants to negotiate a rocky outdoor course – going over, under and even through natural obstacles – before they make it to the finish. It takes place at the climbing site at chasse gorge any equipment if needed will be provided.

Aven dOrgnac

Aven d’Orgnac cave

Discovered in 1935, Aven d’Orgnac is home to gigantic underground chambers with majestic crystal formations. Labelled “Grand Site de France” it is one of the most studied underground sites in France and is a world reference for the study of subterranean climatology.

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Guided adventure walk to Pont d’Arc

Guided 2km walk along the beautiful Ardèche river bank to the world famous Pont d’Arc where we will enjoy a picnic, organised games for the children, and spend a few hours river swimming and relaxing in this most amazing of sites.

The holiday is located around Salavas, a commune in the Ardeche department of southern France:  

Base du Cros

2035 Route du Chassel

07150 Salavas

France

Self-drive with channel crossing 

Many of our families opt to self-drive via a ferry channel crossing or Eurotunnel.

There are a number of operators to choose from, duration, cost and comfort are all factors you may want to consider so our advice is to contact operators directly to find the right option for you.

Calais to Salavas is approximately 960 km (640 miles) and will take about 9.5 hours to drive using French toll roads.

By train or air

The Ardeche is within two hours from airports and train stations where car hire is readily available.

Price includes all accommodation, activities, meals & wine

2021 Prices

2021 Ardèche Kayak Expedition holiday dates:
10 - 17 July / 17 - 24 July / 24 - 31 July / 31 July - 7 August / 7 - 14 August / 14 - 21 August 

Total Family Price 

Family of 5 staying in two bell tents

£3,745

Family of 4 staying in one/two bell tents

£2,995
Family of 3 in one bell tent

£2,250 

Family of 2 in one bell tent £1,500 

Accommodation, supervised activities, excursions, expedition and meals included in the price, with a carafe of wine served with dinner.  You will need your own transportation.  

2022 Prices

2022 Ardèche Kayak Expedition holiday weeks commencing:
9 July / 16 July / 23 July / 30 July / 6 August / 13 August                                                

Total Family Price 

Family of 5 staying in two bell tents

£3,745

Family of 4 staying in one/two bell tents

£2,995
Family of 3 in one bell tent

£2,250 

Family of 2 in one bell tent £1,500 

Accommodation, supervised activities, excursions, expedition and meals included in the price, with a carafe of wine served with dinner.  You will need your own transportation.  

Ardèche Kayak Expedition programme includes:
  • 7 nights full board accommodation (6 x nights in bell tent, 1 x night bivouac) 
  • 6 days of activities including overnight expedition and bivouac, guided walk, climbing, abseiling, weasling, high ropes and Aven d’Orgnac cave excursion
  • Evening activities for the whole family including quiz, disco, live music, penalty shootout
  • Beach volleyball, football pitch, boules court, basketball court
  • Safety equipment and professional instruction included
  • All meals and a carafe of wine served with dinner
Optional extras:
  • Fully comprehensive travel insurance at £25 per person 

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£749 pp
Per person price for accommodation, activities, meals & wine 
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