Ardèche Adventure: Southern France

Highlights

  • Prime location next to two rivers, caves & crags
  • 2 day Ardèche River canoe journey (only 20 minutes away)
  • Private on-site swimming pool & cafe / bar
  • Your own exclusive village & dining area

Overview

The Ardèche region in the South of France is a popular school trip destination, often referred to as `the Grand Canyon of Europe` and renowned for its 32km canoe journey through the beautiful limestone gorge.

Location, location, location. Our well-established, private Acorn centre is within easy walking distance of rivers, caves & crags, a 20 minute drive from the river descent and 5 minutes from Ruoms, one of the region’s most charming towns. With a large on-site swimming pool and exclusive accommodation areas for each group, our flagship Ardèche centre is highly rated by our schools & groups. We have a high re-book rate, with many new teachers choosing us initially on price and re-booking due to value, location and staff professionalism.

Location

 

Ardeche Adventure Video

6 night Sample Programme from only £471pp

A trip to the Ardeche is the ultimate adventure, set in beautiful natural surroundings in a truly magnificent region of France. The ultimate highlight is the two day canoe journey down the Ardeche River, with overnight bivouac. School and Uniform groups love the thrills of the rapids, guided by our expert River Team and also the magnificent views of the limestone gorge. Also included is a range of exciting outdoor activities from raft-building and high ropes.
  Morning Afternoon Evening
FRI The Journey
SAT The Journey The Arrival- Swimming Pool / Relax River Talk & Preparations
SUN On The River- Ardeche River Canoe Descent By The River- 
Overnight Bivouac
MON On The River- Ardeche River Canoe Descent Swimming Pool / Relax
TUES In the Sky-Climbing/Bouldering On the Water- Kayaking Disco
WED French Culture- 
Explore the popular sights of this magnificient region.
The Orgnac Caves is a popular choice.
Acorn's Got Talent
THURS In The Sky- High Ropes Course On The Land & Water- Target Sports/Raft-Building French Themed Night 
FRI French Culture- Ruoms Market Swimming pool- a chance to relax before the journey home. Travel home
SAT Homeward Bound

All Activities


 Our activities include the following:

Abseiling

Abseiling

Target Sports

Target Sports

High Ropes

High Ropes

Archery

Archery

Excursion Day

Excursion Day

Raft Building

Raft Building

Canoeing

Canoeing

Giant Initiative

Giant Initiative

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Bivouac

Bivouac

Kayaking

Kayaking

Ardèche Adventure 

2ee6ea13-afe7-4df2-81e7-f679cf7e5a43Our flagship Ardeche centre offers schools and groups a relaxed environment from which to enjoy an action-packed adventure programme. Surrounded by rivers and trees, this idyllic location really captures the essence of the Ardeche region and with most activities within walking distance, there is minimal time spent on the coach during your stay.

Our private, well-established centre is exclusive to Acorn customers and you will be accommodated in your own private tented village with pre-erected tents laid out in a horseshoe shape, with central marquee for dining. The village environment offers groups their own space for sleeping and dining, with a central area for games. Pupil tents have four raised beds with mattresses, hard flooring and are standing height. Teacher tents sleep two and have two raised timber beds, electricity, lighting, a fridge in the main leader tent and a wardrobe.  Tea and coffee making facilities are readily available.

Teachers have their own private toilet and shower block and there are two others for the rest of the group to use, within easy reach of the village and fully lit at night.

Centre facilities

  • Large swimming pool (with lifeguard)
  • Separate male & female toilet & shower blocks
  • Private toilet and shower facilities for adults
  • Volleyball areas for free time
  • Games room
  • Café/bar
  • Onsite shop
  • WI-FI
  • Small on-site shop
  • River within walking distance with beach area
  • 5 tented villages (surrounded by trees, offering groups privacy)

Ardèche Excursions (Southern France)

During your stay, your activity programme will allow one free day to explore the local area. There are plenty of areas of interest you may like to visit and we will help you organise this. If you wish us to organise your excursion, then please speak to your Tour Organiser prior to your departure. The date of the excursion will be confirmed and also the payment method. Some excursions can be paid to Acorn prior to travel however some require payment to be made locally Acorn will provide a member of staff to accompany your excursion upon request to offer a supporting role for party leaders.

The party leader will have responsibility for the group whilst off site. The Acorn staff member will have no supervisory responsibility during the excursion, which will be maintained by the Party Leader throughout. Information and opening hours are subject to change. For the latest up-to-date information please speak to your Tour Organiser or refer to the relevant website below.


Ruoms

Approximately 30 minutes walk (or 5 minute coach drive) from the centre is the historic local town of Ruoms. Here you can find an array of small shops, a cash-point and some bars and restaurants. The local market is on a Friday, which is a popular with locals and tourists. Just outside Ruoms there is large supermarket.


Vallon Pont d’Arc

Famous for its naturally shaped arched bridge, Vallon Pont d’Arc is in the hub of the Ardèche. With narrow streets, boutiques, cafes and a weekly market, there is plenty to see and do.

Distance from centre: 9 miles


Orgnac Caves

A visit to the caves is a spectacular experience. The route covers 500 metres, part of it a staircase leading down 120 metres! Along the way you will be able to admire, in total safety, nature's imposing chambers. A world where multitudes of crystallisations combine, delicate with the gigantic. The museum gives a good idea of everyday life of pre-historic man including tools, cave paintings, pottery, metal working and agriculture.

Open: 10.00 – 17.30
Group rates: Please speak to your Tour Organiser about current group prices
Web: www.orgnac.com
Distance from centre: 25 miles (30-40 minutes from Vallon)

 

9 day, 6 Night Programme

FROM £471pp
  • Includes full board accommodation, activity programme, door to door transport, evening entertainment
  • and free leader places 1:8

The ultimate adventure centre in beautiful natural surroundings. The group felt they were on a mini expedition during the canoe descent and loved every minute.

01384 398 870

info@acornadventure.co.uk

Acorn Adventure

22 Worcester Street,

Stourbridge,

West Midlands DY8 1AN

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