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Ardèche Gorge adventure school trip

An unforgettable kayak descent of the Ardèche Gorge including an overnight bivouac, plus climbing, abseiling, high ropes and more instructed by our professional team.

  • Key stage 3 - 4
  • Voyager instructors
  • May - July
  • Evening entertainment

Take your students on an action packed trip to the Ardèche Gorge

This adrenaline-filled adventure trip runs as a 9-day or 6-day programme and is designed to build students’ confidence and teamwork, providing plenty of fun and adventure in a safe and closely supervised environment. The trip allows children to learn new skills, challenge themselves and bond as a group; with benefits which will extend back to the classroom.

The highlight of the trip is a 3-day canoe descent through the rapids of the Ardèche Gorge including an overnight bivouac camp where your group sleeps under the stars. There is also a full range of activities supervised by our fully-qualified team of instructors including climbing, abseiling, high ropes and weaselling that will be sure to get your students' blood pumping!

Day 1

  • Depart school

Day 2

  • Arrive at campsite
  • Meet our team of instructors
  • Orientation and fire drill
  • Swimming induction

Day 3

  • Initiation session
  • River descent day 1/3

Day 4

  • River descent day 2/3
  • Overnight bivouac

Day 5

  • River descent day 3/3
  • Return to campsite

Day 6

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling

Day 7

  • High ropes
  • Weaselling

Day 8

  • Morning at leisure
  • Depart

Day 9

  • Return to school

Described as the Grand Canyon of Europe, the Ardèche gorge is a thrilling setting that offers plenty of opportunities for your students to challenge themselves under the watchful eye of our professional instructors.

All our school groups are based in a dedicated section of a 3-star campsite on the winding banks of the Chassezac river, only 20 minutes from the Ardèche gorge. The campsite is well equipped for school groups with an on-site swimming pool, games area and shop. Students stay in comfortable bell tents with proper beds, while teachers are accommodated in their own comfortable mobile homes.

Students enjoy well balanced home-cooked meals, prepared by our own team, including a French-themed night where children can try frogs legs and snails! Breakfast consists of freshly baked bread with an assortment of spreads as well as cereal, yoghurts and fruit and we provide freshly-prepared packed lunches on a daily basis. Meals are served al fresco or in our dedicated all-weather marquee.

Teachers can relax in the evening because there is plenty to keep the kids occupied and our activity instructors will lead a full programme of evening activities such as nature treks and the ever-popular cabaret. Finally, every evening the team will run through the following day's activities with your group.

Bell tents
Camping Pont de Maisonneuve
Bell tents

Camping Pont de Maisonneuve

All our school groups are based in a dedicated section of a 3-star campsite on the winding banks of the Chassezac river, only 20 minutes from the Ardèche gorge. The campsite is well equipped for school groups with an on-site swimming pool, games area and shop. Students stay in comfortable bell tents with proper beds, while teachers are accommodated in their own comfortable mobile homes.

Students enjoy well balanced home-cooked meals, prepared by our own team, including a French-themed night where children can try frogs legs and snails! Breakfast consists of freshly baked bread with an assortment of spreads as well as cereal, yoghurts and fruit and we provide freshly-prepared packed lunches on a daily basis. Meals are served al fresco or in our dedicated all-weather marquee.

Teachers can relax in the evening because there is plenty to keep the kids occupied and our activity instructors will lead a full programme of evening activities such as nature treks and the ever-popular cabaret. Finally, every evening the team will run through the following day's activities with your group.

  • Professionally instructed watersports and adventure activities 
  • A fun programme of evening activities (led in French if required) by our own highly trained team of French-native animateurs
  • All off-site cultural excursions and activities 
  • Full board and lodging with cooked meals and snacks
  • Free teacher to student ratio of 1:8 for coach trips and 1:10 for air groups
  • 24-hour emergency back-up service
  • Teacher evening wind-down activities such as cheese and wine tasting evening
  • Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
  • Coach to take your group off-site for visits
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Subsidised centre inspection visit for you and a colleague

Extras to budget for

  • Meals on journeys
  • School to airport transfers (if required)
  • Visa charges, collective passports
  • Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults

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