Argelès-sur-Mer Watersports School Trip to France

Argelès-sur-Mer is not only a spectacular location in the South of France, on the border of Spain, but it is also home to our most adrenaline-filled school watersports programme. White water rafting and hydrospeeding in the French Pyrenees complement sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and paddleboarding on the Med under the supervision of our qualified English speaking sports instructors. And if that is not enough, Argelès also offers the world's only man-made canyoning park.

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Super saver week - only £455 per student

We have created a one-off 7-day itinerary at Argelès which provides the same level of adventure as the 9-day programme but at a heavily discounted price. For just £455 per student, based on a paying group of 40, this unique programme includes two full days of beach watersports as well as canyoning and high ropes, all under the close supervision of our fully qualified sports instructors. This adrenalin-filled programme is only available for schools travelling on Saturday 30 May 2020 or Monday 1 June 2020. Places are limited and so please contact us now to check availability.

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School Accommodation at Taxo Les Pins

Nestled on the French side of the Pyrenees in the South of France, and sheltered by the Alberes Mountains, Argelès-sur-Mer is a stunning residential adventure trip destination for UK schools. Argelès-sur-Mer town and beach is just a short drive or tourist train ride away from our school accommodation.

Voyager School Travel has its own self-contained villages within the four star Taxo Les Pin campsite where students stay in well-appointed 6 berth caravans. The campsite itself is set in wonderful pine woods and has a restaurant and shop as well as a huge variety of sports facilities such as a 5-a-side court, football pitch, basketball courts, gym, table tennis and, of course, petanque! If your students haven’t had enough watery fun, the campsite also has a fabulous swimming pool complex with four pools, a bridged island and water features.

We also offer accommodation in well appointed 2 star hotels and local aparthotels if your group prefers. Just talk contact us to talk through the options.

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Activities and Learning

At Argelès we offer a 9-day comprehensive school water sports programme in a safe environment, delivered by our team of fully qualified Voyager sports instructors. Our school adventure watersports programme includes sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, raft-building, snorkelling, kneeboarding, water skiing and wakeboarding making it an adrenaline-filled trip of a lifetime. And, unlike some other school adventure trips, our team deliver a full day of watersports activities followed by a varied programme evening entertainment, keeping your students occupied from dawn to dusk.

Thanks to its great location, Argelès also boasts a superb selection of local excursions, including the Dalí museum in Figueres and all the attractions of Barcelona, plus thrilling activities such as a man-made canyoning park and tree-tops activity park in Argelès itself, plus a number of local water parks.

At the end of your trip, we will provide the school group leader with video of your trip for your students to keep as a permanent memento of their adventure.

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What Teachers Say

“Our yearly trip to Argelès with Voyager Adventure is by far the most popular school trip in school, with students and teachers alike. The product gets better and better every year, the staff are excellent, everybody is safe and the students always have a great time.”

Ross Allen, Aberdeen Grammar School

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When Should I Take My School Trip to France?

The Ardèche Adventure centre is open between May and July, though we can sometimes accommodate groups outside of these dates. Don't hesitate to contact an adventure trip specialist to find out what dates are available for your group.

Some of the programme is subject to local conditions and so if an activity is not available, our instructors will offer a suitable alternative to ensure your school group still has a fabulous time.

 

Who is This School Trip Perfect For?

The adventure programme Argelès-sur-Mer is for school groups looking for a full-on watersports trip. All activities come with buoyancy aids and so student’s don’t have to be able to swim,   but members of your school group do need to be confident and comfortable in water out of their depth.

Voyager offers a choice of travel options to suit different budgets and requirements. Our school centre has excellent links to the continental motorway system which means that Calais is only 17 hours away by coach and a more affordable option for cost-conscious school groups. While for those who prefer to fly, Argelès is particularly well served by low cost airlines flying into Gerona, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Barcelona.

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The Argelès-sur-Mer Programme at a Glance

Educational Objective

Students learn new skills and challenge themselves outside the classroom

Build individual confidence and thrive as part of a team

School Tour Type

Watersports and multi-activity residential trip

Duration

9-day standard programme by coach, or 7-day super saver (one week only)

Location

Argelès-sur-Mer, French Mediterranean 

Tour Staff

Our own professional instructors will lead all activities and evening entertainment

Travel Options

School pick up and drop off, dedicated coach and driver. Flight options also available.

Meals

Full board, BBQ

Student Accommodation

Students are accommodated in 6-berth caravans located in a self-contained area of the Taxo Le Pin campsite

Teacher Amenities

Teachers stay in caravans at campsite

 

How Our Adventure School Trips Work

All the watersports, adventure activities, equipment hire, instruction from our qualified sports coaches, and evening entertainment is included.

We only use the best quality equipment, which is regularly inspected, and our instructors operate to the highest European safety standards. Our policy is to provide more qualified staff on site than required by the Governing National body so that your students can challenge themselves within a safe environment.

This programme is subject to a regular inspection by Adventuremark, the recognised UK body responsible for ensuring best practice standards. We comply with the UK Government's Department for Education guide on Health and Safety for Educational Visits and provide all the necessary risk assessments, operating procedures and safeguarding policies for adventure activities run by our own staff.

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Sample excursions

Canyoning

Canyoning & Tree-tops

Have a crack at the world's only man-made Canyoning park, 2 mins down the road from your accommodation. Try this adrenalin pumping sport in a safe, purpose built environment, with fully qualified instruction. Fully risk assessed by us and AdventureMark, this fabulous activity is often voted the highlight of the trip by students. Watch the video. On the same site your group can also try their world class Tree-top adventure.


Wakepark adventure school trips

Wakepark

Students will get the opportunity to Knee Board, Water Ski, Wake Board, and take to the air on the Water Jumps! TSJ operates a five-point cable system so lots of students can be up and riding simultaneously. The staff on site are qualified instructors and will always be on the dock ready to give tips and friendly advice on technique!


White water rafting school trip

White water rafting

A Pyrenees river descent involving a White Water Rafting descent and one Hydrospeeding descent! Our half day sessions ensure your students get more than a taster. The opportunity for white water rafting varies year on year due to water conservation in the reservoir.


La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona

Capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a cultural and sporting mecca, with tours of the Nou Camp and the Olympic stadium, plus Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Aquarium, the Gothic Quarter and the Picasso Museum.


Waterworld

Waterworld

One of Europe's leading water parks with slides, pools and much more.

www.waterworld.es


Figueres

Figueres and Dalí museum

The birthplace of Salvador Dali, with a museum dedicated to the artist.

www.salvador-dali.org


The Valley of Tortoises

The Valley of Tortoises

Beautiful botanical gardens containing 35 species of tortoise.

www.lavalleedestortues.com

Evening Entertainment & Activities

Evening Entertainment & Activities

Argeles adventure slacklining

We run a full programme of evening activities that we are very proud of.  Every year our evening ents programme evolves with fresh ideas from the team and the introduction of whatever new exciting activities we can find in the world of adventure. 

One of the most recent additions to the evening programme has been slacklining. Our operations manager stumbled upon the sport of slacklining a year ago when visiting friends in the Ardèche and after a few goes he was hooked. As soon as he got back to the UK he found a supplier, did a risk assessment, and started writing the Ops procedure. Needless to say we now have slacklines in all our adventure centres and its going down a storm with all our groups.


Other activities include: 

  • Awards Night and Video – During the week our team will make notes on those they’ve found to be the most helpful and willing. The best of the bunch will receive prizes and the whole group will get to see all of the action caught on film in our End of Week Video. 
  • Catapult Warfare – This is a fantastic team game that requires a lot of cooperation to succeed. After learning some knots and lashing techniques, teams have to construct a catapult capable of accurately firing wet sponges and targets, other teams, and instructors! 
  • Capture the Flag - Believe it or not, Capture the Flag originated on the battlefield of some of the most deadly wars in history. In fact, that was exactly how all the soldiers knew when a battle was over. This is a fantastic activity involves the whole group at the same time. Very loud! 
  • Town Trip – Argeles has a great tourist/shopping area on the seafront with three parallel streets making it easy to navigate and very safe. 
  • Egg Drop – This ‘quiz with a twist’ has been a staple of our ents programme since day one and gets better every year. Between every question round is an activity where one or two members of each team will have to come up on stage and perform various challenges. We wont give too much away but it gets messy! 
  • Initiative Games – This is another great evening for pushing team work, leadership and problem solving. Small teams will have to navigate the Night Line, Spiders Web, Centipede Trail and Flood Gates.

 

We also have a host of Sports Tournaments and Pool Games, a long with a huge variety of entertainments provided by the French campsite team.

Sample tour

8 days by Coach: sample itinerary

Day 1

  • Depart School

Day 2

  • Arrive Argelès-sur-Mer

Day 3

  • Windsurfing / Paddle Boarding

Day 4

  • Full day of Wakeboarding and Water Jumps

Day 5

  • Day to Barcelona

Day 6

  • Sailing / Snorkelling

Day 7

  • Morning at leisure / depart

Day 8

  • Return to school

7 days Coach – special offer only £455 per person (Discount for groups departing on Saturday 30 May 2020 or Monday 1 June 2020 only.)

Day 1 - Saturday 30 May 2020 or Monday 1 June 2020

  • Depart School

Day 2

  • Arrive Argelès-sur-Mer

Day 3

  • Full day of beach watersports

Day 4

  • Canyoning adventure and afternoon relaxing at the Taxo centre pool

Day 5

  • Full day of beach watersports

Day 6

  • Morning High Ropes/depart

Day 7

  • Return to school

Accommodation

Taxo Les Pins pool

Taxo Les Pins

We have been based here for 5 years and have built a fantastic relationship with the campsite owners and seasonal staff. The campsite was established back in 1963 by Robert and Marcelle Vaquer and has remained a family run business ever since. 2013 saw the campsite receive its fourth star having enjoyed continual reinvestment to improve the site and its facilities. We have staff on-site daily in reception.

www.taxo-les-pins.com

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Testimonials

"A great first week completed by the Argeles team. Adam and Gwen managed everything very well. The team of instructors gelled quickly and the weather was good. Wake boarding has become very popular and is good value." Alex Lalljee, Resort Manager, Argeles

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