Ardeche Family Adventures 2014
Our multi activity holiday’s offers a fun packed 7 days with five days of fully guided and instructed activities.
We are a small company offering that personal touch and the opportunity to share your adventure with like-minded families. Our holidays run with a maximum of six families per week, keeping it much more fun for everybody.
We do have a set itinerary for the week, but you are more than welcome to custom your holiday to your needs and choose from a variety of alternative activities that we can organize for you.
We spend the first part of the holiday on the river, which really gives you the chance to get to know one another and also the time to decide what you would like to do for the final activity days.
As well as a canoe descent of the Ardeche Gorge with an overnight bivouac, we can offer you high ropes, climbing /abseil and cycling, both road and mountain biking, (cycling will have a bike hire supplement)
No experience is necessary for any of our activities and you have the choice to make your holiday as active or as relaxing as you like.
With over twenty years experience of organizing and running trips in the Ardeche, we are well equipped to lead you and your family safely through a whirlwind of exciting adventures guaranteed to leave you with a lifetime of special memories!
Our adventure holidays are offered as self-catered in chalet or tented accommodation. The site that we use is located in a beautiful spot in the Chassezac gorge and is 5 minutes from the river. As well as a bar and a pool on site there are a couple of great restaurants nearby within walking distance.
There are lots of local market days to choose from, so plenty of opportunity to soak up the aromas and ambiance, and fill your basket with fresh produce, cheeses, saussison and a perhaps a bottle or two of Ardeche wine! Or simply sit in the café watching the world go by.
All the local towns have supermarkets, so it's easy to stock up your chalet with essential goodies.
We always photograph the week’s excitement and send you all of the images free of cost, so you get to treasure the memories forever.
We look forward to meeting you and your family
Kind Regards Mike Smith
When you arrive at the Ardeche Adventure site, you will be greeted by us and guided you to your chalet. We understand that traveling can be exhausting, so after a short introduction, you will have the day to relax and enjoy the sites many facilities! Bask by the pool with a cocktail, or perhaps a game of petanque? We also offer guided walks most evenings in the stunning Chassezac Gorge, a lovely way to walk off the supper!
You can start the day by visiting our local morning market in Lablachere, the rest of the day is up to you, maybe, go on a trek we will organize that for you, otherwise just make the most of the river, swim and sunbathe. If you fancy a kayak lesson down by the river, we can arrange this too, maybe you would like to master the Eskimo Roll!
In the evening we will have a get together at the site where we can get to know everyone properly.
This is the first day of canoeing and is designed to prepare you for the full descent. You will complete a mini descent of 7 km in which you'll learn basic river safety and boat control whilst taking many opportunities to swim and rock jump along the way. The first day takes you through some of the rivers most exhilarating rapids and to top it all off you'll be paddling through the simply spectacular Pont D'Arc itself.
We return to the river to pick up from where we left off, now entering the gorge proper, fully equipped for the two-day descent. Its no turning back from here and once on our way you really begin to appreciate the Magnitude and beauty of the Ardeche gorge!
As well as negotiating the many rapids along the way we have time to swim and have lunch on the rivers edge. By late afternoon we arrive at the bivouac site, prepare our sleeping area and build our rocket stove! And light the BBQ. The site is fully equipped with a shower block and toilets. We will provide tents and inflatable beds for anybody worried about an uncomfortable night! Pure luxury!
After sleeping out under the stars we rise to the smell of hot chocolate and pancakes lovingly prepared by Mike and Elliot. Once we have loaded our dry sacks we set of for the final day of the descent ready to face more rapids and stunning scenery, oh, and nudists! (Thought it would be best to warn you!) We arrive, (exhausted), at the bottom of the gorge! From here we shuttle you back to your vehicles in an air-conditioned coach.
Today you have a choice to choose from several activities or simply decide to chill, perhaps visiting the market in Roums in the morning.
Available activities are:
Climbing and abseiling in the Chassezac Gorge amongst the magnificent limestone cliffs.
A nature trek through the ‘Bois de Paolive’ (paolithic woods), high above the Chasserzac.
A bike ride to Roums market, a 20 mile round trip through some beautiful scenery.
A day at the high ropes course in Villefort, this is a fantastic day of zip lines and high ropes challenges, see if you can get through all five courses and keep up with the kids!
Friday night farewell drinks and slide show of all the photos.
Departure day, hopefully a relaxed and sad farewell where we will see you on your way and hope to see you next year, maybe you have caught the canoeing bug and make it back in later in the year for one of our adult kayak and adventure week’s!
Our family package price is for a full five days of activities exclusive of accommodation or travel costs.
This allows families the opportunity to choose the type and price of accommodation that suits there needs.
The holiday price is £425 for adults and £325 for children with the 3rd child going free! This means that for a family of four (or five) a full week of activities will cost £1,500.
The accommodation most favored by our families is a chalet on a family run site pictures and details are available at www.lestournayres.ea26.com.
Staying at the site will give you the chance to share experiences and time with like-minded families and many friendships lasting have been made on our adventure weeks.
We are happy for you to arrange your own accommodation but are also willing to organize this with you at no extra cost.
New to 2011 and included in the price are:
After feedback from families we have decided to provide and prepare all the food for the barbeque on bivi night as well as the breakfast (pancakes and porridge) the following morning.
We will (dependant on numbers) provide an air-conditioned mini coach for the shuttle back to your vehicles after finishing the 2-day descent.
Our holidays run Saturday to Saturday throughout the traditional school holiday periods, both for the summer and half term breaks, just give us a call or email us to discuss dates and availability.