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Ardèche Gorge adventure school trip

An unforgettable kayak descent of the Ardèche Gorge including an overnight bivouac, plus stand up paddleboarding, gorge trek, 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 2-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 high ropes, stand up paddleboarding and a gorge trek that will be sure to get your students' blood pumping!

Sample 9 day itinerary—6 day programme available upon request

The days on which the below activities take place on your trip is subject to change.

Day 1

  • Depart school early morning
  • Travel to resort overnight

Day 2

  • Arrive at the campsite
  • Meet our team of professional instructors who'll be accompanying you throughout your trip
  • Orientation of the campsite and fire drill
  • Swimming in the river

Day 3

  • You'll be challenged to build a raft and put it to the test in a test course on our private beach
  • Trek to the top of Foss hill to plant a flag! Learn about the regional flora and fauna on the way up

Day 4

  • Excursion to a high ropes course

Day 5

  • Begin your epic 2-day kayak descent from our riverside basecamp. You'll paddle under the Pont d'arc and through the gorge, hop out of your kayak and swim down the river and jump off some of the rock formations if you're feeling brave enough
  • Keep an eye out for the local wildlife—you might catch a glimpse of wild boar, eagles, vultures, snakes & scorpions!
  • Reach your overnight bivouac, dry off and wind down for an evening BBQ before a good night's rest

Day 6

  • Finish your epic 2-day kayak descent from your bivouac. You'll paddle under the Pont d'arc and through the gorge, hop out of your kayak and swim down the river and jump off some of the rock formations if you're feeling brave enough
  • Keep an eye out for the local wildlife—you might catch a glimpse of wild boar, eagles, vultures, snakes & scorpions!
  • Finish your descent and transfer back to your campsite

Day 7

  • A trek into the mighty Ardèche gorge follows the footsteps of the French resistance during WWII and brings to life an incredible true story of battles that took place

Day 8

  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Channel your inner Bear Grylls and learn what it takes to survive in the wilderness. Our instructors will teach you all about three elements—How to find water, make fire and build shelters.
  • Depart early evening after dinner

Day 9

  • Arrive back at 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.

Gorups will stay at the 2* campsite Camping Mille Etoile—one of only 2 campsites within the Ardèche gorge nature reserve. There is a shop, restaurant and bar on site.

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.

Lookout point Ardeche
Foss Hill
Ardeche aerial view
Gorge trek
Survivor fire
Survivor
Lookout point Ardeche

Foss Hill

Walking boots at the ready! Trek to the top of rocky Foss hill and plant a flag at the summit! Your instructors will teach you all about the varied flora and fauna you encounter on the way up.

Ardeche aerial view

Gorge trek

A trek into the mighty Ardèche gorge follows the footsteps of the French resistance during WWII and brings to life an incredible true story of battles that took place

Survivor fire

Survivor

Channel your inner Bear Grylls and learn what it takes to survive in the wilderness. Our instructors will teach you all about three elements—How to find water, make fire and build shelters.

  • Professionally instructed watersports and adventure activities 
  • A fun programme of evening activities (led in French if required) by our own highly trained team
  • 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
  • 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

Please note that activity days are subject to change according to operational requirements

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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