Open Canoe Expedition canoe on ardeche river

Who are we?

A little more about our guides

Experience Ardeche is a small UK company that works closely with local Ardeche businesses and organisations. This ensures you experience the very best that this amazing region in Southern France has to offer. We provide personalised adventure holidays, giving you an experience that you won’t forget and passionately believe that your holiday is just that…yours !

What’s more, Experience Ardeche are committed to Responsible Tourism and to ensuring that the holidays and trips we offer are sustainable, not only contributing to the local economy but also helping to protect the local environment. This last point is especially important to us as our main activity – the two-day guided river trip – takes place right in the heart of the Ardeche nature reserve.

Experience Ardeche was set up in 2008 by Danny Cummin. Danny first came to the region back in 1989 for an activity holiday with some school friends. He loved the place so much that a few years later (1995) he returned to train as a canoeist and has been working on the river ever since. He is now French (BPJEPPS) and UK (BCU Level 3) qualified and is one of the most experienced and well-respected guides on the Ardeche – rest assured, with Experience Ardeche, you’re in safe hands.

Since setting up in 2008, Experience Ardeche has established itself as an independent activities holiday company specialising in canoe and kayak trips on the Ardeche river. We now offer a range of holiday packages and accommodation types to suit all levels, abilities and requirements.

Danny’s philosophy is simple: to provide great experiences, which everyone can enjoy.

Our River Guides

Daniel is a B.C.U. level 3 coach and also holds the French BPJEPPS qualification. He has over 25 years experience in taking groups of all ages and abilities through the Ardèche Gorge. In short, Danny knows that river!
Daniel Cummin (Danny)

founder, director, river guide

Most river trips are run by the Founder and Managing Director of Experience Ardèche Ltd, Daniel Cummin. Daniel is also a qualified teacher and has experience of working with vulnerable people in an outdoor environment, corporate/management groups, and team building /bonding events. Whatever your age or ability, Danny will make your trip through the Gorge enjoyable and memorable.
Having totted up over 1200 canoe expeditions in 10 countries over 3 continents, Blue is one of the most experienced canoe instructors you’ll find in the Ardèche. Blue is also a BCU UKCC Trainer and Assessor.
Tony Pape (aka Blue)

river guide

Blue has worked in the outdoor industry for over 30 years both as an instructor and later as a centre manager for some of the larger well known companies. For the last 20 years Blue has lived and worked in the Ardèche, providing guided trips through the Gorge for both holidaymakers and experienced canoeists.

Both Danny and Blue love what they do, so much so that when they’re not paddling the Ardèche Gorge they’re exploring other rivers or training for competitions. Danny qualified and trained as a member of the GB2 rafting team alongside Blue who was also a founding member of the Great Britain Masters Rafting Team. Between them, Danny and Blue have clocked up well over 20,000 hours of experience paddling the Gorge – their knowledge of the river is extensive and second to none.

Rest assured, you are in safe hands; you will have a fun and safe trip, learning about the Gorge (the river and wildlife) and discovering hidden caves and beauty spots along the way.

Financial Security

We are proud to provide our clients with 100% financial protection for all payments made to us for your holiday. As a member of the Travel Trust Association (T.T.A.), all payments are made directly into a trust account managed by trustees of the T.T.A. and it is not released to us until after you have received your holiday.

We also purchase an insurance policy (Stand Alone Safe Seat Plan) that protects your money, which we include with all our holidays free of charge. This protects your payments so that in the rare case that we should cease to trade – your payments are still available to provide your holiday or would be refunded in full. This is NOT travel insurance. If you wish to confirm our membership of the Travel Trust Association please visit and enter our membership number which is Q6488.

Company details

Experience Ardeche Ltd
24 Attwoods Close

Company registered in England and Wales No. 9573940
Registered Office: 250 Humberstone Road, Leicester, LE5 0EG

We are not V.A.T registered.

France operating address

35 Chemin de Gaud
Routes des Gorges
St. Remeze 07700

Tel: +33 (0) 4 69 26 52 89