River Ardeche Canoe Expedition
The Ardeche River, in the heart of the Massif Central, is probably the most famous canoeing river in the whole of Europe. And rightly so! Stunning scenery, picturesque towns and villages, French cuisine, fine wine, blue skies, wildlife (beaver, wild boar, bonelli eagles and wild goat) and warm water are all on the tick list.
12-17th June 2017.
The highlight of the white water paddling has to be within the “Gorges de l’Ardeche”. This section is a series of gorges forming a thirty-kilometre long canyon. We’ll be paddling through the stunning Nature Reserve with its 26 rapids (grade 2), and amazing limestone walls stretching up to 1000ft above and it is within this section we will wild camp for a night.
Before reaching “the gorges” we will be warming up and honing our moving water skills further upstream in the “Les Difiles de l’Ardeche”. The river in this section is uncrowded and offers 18 km of class 1-2 grade rapids. A magnificent start to our expedition.
Our canoe expedition will be run over 5 nights/4 days paddling. As wild camping is not allowed, (apart from within the gorges), we will spend 3 nights staying in campsites located on the banks of the river, and will have 1 night wild camping within the gorges. We will be meeting the group at 5pm on the evening of arrival (camp1) at a chosen campsite. Where we will have group introductions, expedition briefing and equipment check and general all round good craic, before settling down for a good night’s sleep in readiness for our first day on the river the following morning.
Our start point for the expedition is the beautiful village of Ruoms and will finish in the town of “St Martins”, where we will spend our last night together in a chosen hotel to celebrate the end of our journey over dinner and drinks and then say our goodbyes the following morning.
We hope you can join us for this unforgettable expedition.
Booking: Regarding payment, we only require a 20% deposit to be paid on booking, and the remaining balance is to be paid 3/4 weeks before the trip departure date.
Included in cost: All specialist equipment and guided instruction. National park fees. 3x night’s campsite accommodation. 1 x night (last night) hotel accommodation including evening meal (drinks not included) and breakfast the following morning.
Not included: Flights/Train fares/transfers to/from the Ardeche. Food while on the river/campsites & drinks on the last night.
Insurance: Please note you will need appropriate travel insurance for this expedition – make sure your policy covers you for canoeing on rivers up to grade 3 ( I can recommend the BCU – but you need to be a member, and also Snow card – Contact them by phone to ensure you get the right level of cover.
Drive: Ferry to Calais – about 10 hours from Calais using the Payage routes. (approx. 125 Euro one way)
Airports: – Nearest airports are Nimes and Avignon. Flybe fly to Avignon from Southampton, Exeter and Birmingham. Ryan Air offer direct flights to Nimes from London Luton and Liverpool, or via Brussels from Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Shannon. There are many companies that offer airport transfers as well that will collect and deliver you from the airport or train station.
Train: Eurostar/TGV. Arrive in Montelimar, Avignon or Nimes. Trains are available from London via Paris or Lille. Total travel time approx. 6-7 hours.
- Activity Grade: Moderate / Difficult
- Ages: Minimum age 18 years.
- Suitability: Previous moving water experience required
- Where to meet: Full details confirmed after booking
- What to wear:Check our Kit Lists
- Price: £625 per person
- Availability:Please use our availability calendar below, if you can’t find a date that suits you please give us a call!