River Package: GITE
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This River Package option includes the two-day GUIDED river trip through the spectacular Ardeche Gorge and 7 nights in self-catered GITE accommodation (see ‘The Gites’ tab for more details).
The guided river trip covers the full 32km of the Gorges de l’Ardeche from Vallon Pont d’Arc to Saint Martin d’Ardeche. It consists of two days of paddling with an overnight camp in the gorge (bivouac). This helps to divide the river trip into more equal and slightly less strenuous days (16km & 16km) which also gives us time to have lunch by the river, go for a swim, jump from rocks, explore hidden caves or just relax and enjoying your surroundings.
Camping equipment for the overnight bivouac as part of the river trip is included.
With this option you also have the choice to include some additional activities with your booking to create a bespoke multi-activity week. (See ‘Extra Activities’ tab for details).
When you place your booking you will be asked your preference for the river trip (Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri) and we will fulfil that request wherever possible.
If you have any problems placing a booking, or would like to discuss your options further, please get in touch.
With our River Packages you will go directly to your accommodation. A senior member of staff (usually the same person will also be your river guide) will meet you at your accommodation to ensure you are happy with the arrangements and are ready for your river trip.
You can check in at the gites anytime after 3pm and will need to check out by 10:00am on the morning of your departure.
8 DAY / 7 NIGHT OPTION
Your itinerary - River Package: GITE
Day 2 – 7
your guided river trip with overnight camp will be on either Mon & Tues or Thurs & Fri
any additional activities selected will be on your other free days
If you select to include additional activities with your booking then we will contact you to discuss your final itinerary so that it works best for you.
Includes: sit-on-top kayaks (singles or doubles), paddles, buoyancy aids & waterproof barrels (55l)
Includes: tents (based on 2 sharing), sleeping bags & self-inflating ground mats
Options include: Caving, Climbing, Via-Ferrata and Canyoning
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
*The river trip covers the full 32km of the Gorges de l’Ardeche from Vallon Pont d’Arc to Saint Martin d’Ardeche. It consists of two days of paddling with an overnight camp in the gorge (bivouac) and includes 30 white-water rapids (grade 2).
The gites were formerly an eighteenth century silk-worm farm that has been modernised in 2012 into 3 great gites which share an internal courtyard with a small heated swimming pool.
Each gite has 100m² of living space and includes an open-plan, fully equipped kitchen; a lounge area; three beautifully furnished bedrooms (accessible by a spiral staircase); two showers, and a separate toilet. There is free wi-fi available and plenty of parking close to the gites.
They are situated in a small, peaceful hamlet on the outskirts of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc which is only a 15 min stroll away. In Vallon you will find an array of restaurants, shops and cafes at your disposal.
See here for full details of the gites.
The River Package includes the two-day guided river trip with overnight bivouac as standard but with this option you can also include additional activities with your programme to create a bespoke, multi-activity holiday. Just select your chosen activities when placing a booking.
You have the option to pre-book the following activities:
Caving - (min age 7)
Feel like the people who discovered the Chauvet Cave and explore this subterranean world.
There are a few caves available around the Ardeche gorge and we will book you on one appropriate for your groups ages.
Approx 20-30 mins away
Canyoning - (min age 7)
Follow the course of a river down slides and jumps.
There are a few canyons available suitable for different ages. We will book you on a trip suitable for your group.
Approx 1h 10 mins away
Via-Ferrata - (min age 10 or 1.4m)
This aided climbing system with fixed wire cables, ladders and bridges enable you to reach places otherwise inaccessible for even the most advanced climbers.
You need a head for heights with this one!
Approx 1h 10 mins away
Climbing - (min age 7)
This taster session is great for beginners with adult climbing and family climbing options available.
For seasoned climbers we can arrange a private guide to take you to one of the many local crags and push your limits. Contact us if you would like this option.
Approx 5-10 mins away
Each activity is a half-day activity and will last approx. 3 hours. These activities are booked through a local provider who provides all the equipment and the guides. These are the best guides in the region and they all speak good English.
RIVER PACKAGE: GITE
Costs shown are per person (based on the number of people in a gite) and includes your self-catered gite for 7 NIGHTS and the two-day GUIDED river trip with overnight bivouac camp.
Each gite has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 6 people comfortably. There are 3 gites available.
|Number of people||April May June September||July August|
|2||£450 pp||£825 pp|
|3||£350 pp||£625 pp|
|4||£300 pp||£485 pp|
|5||£275 pp||£425 pp|
|6||£250 pp||£375 pp|
Additional activities cost £50 per person per activity (approx. 3h). Options include: Caving, Via-Ferrata, Canyoning, Climbing