How long are you staying?

If you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or with your family, choose from our 2-day or 7-day adventure packages. For larger groups, including schools and team-building, choose from our Schools & Groups package options.

2 Days

River descent

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What's included?

A fully catered two day river descent of the Ardeche gorge and an overnight bivvy, camping under the stars.

Expert river guides, boats, all safety equipment and transport to and from the river are included.

7 Days

Multi-activity week

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What's included?

7 nights accommodation, a 2-day river descent with overnight bivvy camping, 2 days land based adventures, a visit to the caves of L’Aven d’Orgnac.

Schools & Groups

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Why choose us?

We have over 25 years experience in planning and delivering multi-activity holidays for schools, colleges and youth groups.

Your trip will be managed and organised entirely by us from initial contact through to waving goodbye at the end of your adventure. Our attention to detail and strict safety protocols ensure your visit will run smoothly and to the highest safety standards.

need accommodation?

We have strong working relationships with local accommodation providers , and are more than happy to arrange this on your behalf. Our 7-Day Multi Activity week includes Chalet accommodation as standard, with options to upgrade to a different accommodation type, or switched to no accommodation if you would like to make your own arrangements.

Chalet

Gîte

Hotel

None

Getting Here

Fly direct

  • Avignon from Birmingham, Southampton
  • Lyon from Birmingham, Bristol, London (Luton), Manchester
  • Montpellier from London (Gatwick, Luton)
  • Marseille from London (Gatwick, Luton, Heathrow, Stansted), Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin
  • Nimes from London (Luton, Stansted), Liverpool

Train

  • Catch the Eurostar from London to Paris, then the TGV to Avignon, or the SNCF train to Montelimar.

Car hire

We highly recommend that you hire a car to get the most out of your Ardeche adventure. By having a vehicle at your disposal, you will be free to explore beyond the Ardeche Adventure site. Public transport is very limited, so a car is essential in order for you to experience the surrounding natural monuments, scenery, and picturesque medieval towns.

If you are unable to hire a vehicle, we do offer fully catered packages that include airport / train station pickup and drop-off.

SELF DRIVE

    • We are located around 40 minutes from the A7 Autoroute de Soleil so can easily be reached by car. If you are travelling from the UK, we recommend that you allow at least 10 hours to drive from the French ports.

FAQ

Location, Travel & Packing

The River Descent river descent, taking place in the Ardeche gorge, starts near to the beautiful town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and finishes the next day at Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. The other activities take place among the hills and gorges surrounding the small town of Lablachere

Click Below to read our How to Get to the Ardèche from the UK guide.

How to get to the Ardeche

Yes we do recommend that you have travel insurance which will specifically cover you for the activities you will be doing with us.

We always say, start with a smile.

Upon booking we will send you a comprehensive kit list but you won’t need to purchase anything special.

We will provide all technical and safety equipment for the activities and if you are camping with us we can also provide sleeping bags for those wanting to travel light.

For the river descent itself you will need to bring,

  • A change of clothing  and footwear to wear during Bivi
  • A refillable water bottle (your guides will be carrying water on their boats for you)
  • Suncream, minimum factor 30
  • Snacks, but do remember, you will have a hearty river lunch both days and you will also have a B|BQ at Bivi.
  • Closed toe shoes to wear on the river, they will get wet
  • A towel and toiletries
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the Bivi site.
  • Insect repellant is sometimes a good thing
  • A sleeping bag is always nice, but as we said above we can provide one for you.

For other Activities

  • It is best to dress for the days weather, always have a long sleeve top available, as it can offer protection from the sun, and from the cold.
  • Sensible footwear for the activities is always the best option. Flip Flops, sliders, and anything with a high heel are not sensible. Be aware that your footwear could end up getting dirty, or wet, or damaged.
  • Water and snacks
  • Suncream, minimum factor 30.

Summer in the Ardeche region is usually hot and dry with plenty of sunshine. Although rain is unlikely it does occur but rarely lasts long.

We do get the occasional summer storm (with impressive thunder and lightning) but these usually pass quickly.

Wherever you chose to stay there will be a good selection of shops, supermarkets and restaurants close by.

During the summer there is a traditional market to be found every day in one of the local towns or villages.

We do suggest that if you drive here you do stock up on a couple of boxes of wine the local stuff is just fantastic.

All our river trips start near to the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, but we will usually ask you to meet at our site, where you can leave your vehicle in a more secure environment. We can then transport you and your equipment the short distance to the get in point. at the end of your descent we will bring you back to your vehicle.

Activity FAQ

To get the most from your holiday and all the activities we suggest a minimum age of 7. However, we realise that all children are different and we are happy to discuss options with you if you have younger children.

We are passionate about sharing our incredible local landscape and adventure activities with as many individuals as possible. Please get in touch with us to discuss specific requirements.

Yes! All our staff, instructors and guides are native english speakers.

During the descent of the Ardeche river you will be wearing a buoyancy aid whenever you are near the water. This will keep you afloat should you fall in.

We are able to look after non-swimmers but we do ask you to let us know if you are not confident around water so our instructors can give you special help if needed.

Not at all! We have guided thousands of novices down the river. Learning a new skill is half the fun!

All of our activities are suitable for moderately fit people and can be done at a level that suits you.

If there is a part of the holiday that you really don’t want to do then we wont force you. You can always come a long to watch, take photos and offer encouragement to others.

Please feel free to contact us if there is any aspect of the holiday you would like to discuss.

Most families and groups choose to stay in modern chalet style accommodation at a 3 star campsite we recommend and have used for the past 7 years.

Details for this campsite and alternative accommodation options can be found here.

For our 2-day river descent we will provide 2 lunches plus evening meal (BBQ) and breakfast at the bivouac.

During our 7-day multi-activity holiday we provide 4 lunches (on the full activity days) plus evening meal (BBQ) and breakfast during the river descent.

We are happy to cater for those with special dietary requirements so please let us know in advance if there is anything you don’t eat.

We are also happy to recommend some fantastic local restaurants where you can sample some outstanding local cuisine. 

Our staff come from all round the world and are either native English speakers or have a very good level of English.