Ardeche family adventure holidays in France: Kayak, climb & more

Mar 29, 2018 BY Luke Rees

Looking for a holiday that will keep the whole family happy? Then Ardeche family adventure holidays in France should be top of your list. With a range of activities and excitement, they have a little something for everybody.

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With the perfect combination of location, activities, and experience we recommend Adventure Ardeche. Not only will they ensure that everyone in your clan has a holiday to remember, but with highly experienced English speaking guides you’ll be in safe hands.

Adventure Ardeche LogoAdventure Ardeche create multi activity holidays that are built around you. Choose the duration of your stay, between a two-day river descent and seven-day activity filled packages. And with plenty of accommodation options, you can create your perfect family getaway.

About the Ardeche

The Ardeche is a department in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of France with many attractions. These vary from entirely man made to 100% natural, and are spread out over a range of altitudes.

From Palaeolithic cave paintings to huge 60-meter waterfalls and rock climbing to mountain biking. It’s easy to see why it’s one of France’s most popular tourist destinations for families.

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But it’s the natural landscape and geographical features that ramp up the adventurous appeal. With its many rivers and gorges, canoeing and kayaking are very big here.

With rapid sections and breathtaking scenery, paddle through sculpted caves and canyons. Pass below the Pont d’Arc stone arch and through other enticing river sections, including Chassezac and the Doux.

Ardeche family adventure holidays: Activities

Kayaking and canoeing

The natural landscape of the Ardeche lends itself to a number of activities. Top of the list are kayaking and canoeing. Enjoy a two-day fully catered descent of the magnificent Ardeche Gorge. Stay overnight in a bivouac and feast on a barbecue under the stars.

Often called France’s Grand Canyon, this 35 km stretch of gorge is suitable for paddlers of all ages and abilities. There are some fun rapid sections to tackle and it’s a great opportunity to improve your technical ability.

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But don’t worry if rapids aren’t your thing. You can tailor your kayaking adventure to suit your needs. You choose whether to stay within or push beyond your family comfort zone!


This strange but entertaining activity is very popular in the Ardeche and a great way to learn more about the outdoors. Simply put, weaselling involves using the natural environment as an adventure playground. Hop from rock to rock over muddy bogs, scramble into and out of caves. Weaselling is caving, mountaineering and climbing all rolled into one.

The great thing about weaselling is that it can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. You choose the route and the obstacles, and there are no winners or losers. Just a great time in the open air and a chance to bond as a family. It’s what Ardeche family adventure holidays in France are all about.


Making use of the region’s limestone cliff formations and working with local climbing experts, this is another popular Ardeche activity. There are loads of bouldering spots to work on your technique and build confidence, before hitting the face. Explore at your own pace, and don’t worry if you’ve never climbed before as all ability levels are catered for.

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Courses include an introduction to sports climbing, bouldering and single pitch routes. All equipment is provided and of the highest safety standards. Plus you’ll receive expert tuition from the English-speaking instructors.


And why not experience the whole process in reverse, with a spot of abseiling? Lower yourself into deep gorges and ravines before climbing your way back out again.

High ropes

Test your nerves on a high ropes course, traversing between the tree tops and specially made platforms. All the while being securely attached to safety ropes and with the necessary safety equipment in place. And for an extra rush of adrenaline, hook up to the zip line and let gravity do all the hard work as you rapidly descend.

Family adventure holidays in France: Accommodation

The seven-day multi activity option from Adventure Ardeche comes with chalet accommodation as standard. But there are options to upgrade or downgrade to a different accommodation type if you wish. You are also free to arrange your own accommodation if that suits you better.

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Adventure Ardeche have strong working relationships with local accommodation. And are happy to arrange this on your behalf. Options include campsites, chalets, gites or hotels. You choose what will work best for your family.

Getting to the Ardeche

There are a number of convenient ways to get the Ardeche. You can fly in to Avignon, Lyon, Montpellier or Marseilles. Or you can catch the train to Paris and on to Avignon or Montelimar. Driving is another option and takes 8 to 9 hours from Calais or Dieppe.

If not driving, to get the most out of the region it’s worth hiring a car. With a car at your disposal, the Ardeche is your playground. Public transport is limited so a car lets you explore more. Alternatively you can opt for an inclusive Adventure Ardeche package including airport or station transfers.

About Adventure Ardeche

Adventure Ardeche is an English-speaking multi activity holiday company located in this stunning region of the south of France. They have been providing family adventure holidays for more than 25 years.

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The team know the vertiginous gorges and rock faces that surround Ardeche better than anyone. And they’re passionate about sharing this incredible place with you and your family.

Adventure Ardeche LogoAdventure Ardeche provide holidays that are fun, safe and educational. So if you are looking for Ardeche family adventure holidays in France then look no further.

Book up now to enjoy some quality time together and to challenge yourselves and push boundaries. This kind of holidays is a top opportunity to strengthen family bonds and enjoy the perfect holiday together.

If you’d like to book Ardeche family adventure holidays in France then go to:

Alps, Ardeche, Ardeche River, Europe, France, Pont D’Arc, Rhone Alpes
Abseiling, Caving, Kayaking, Multi Activity, Rock Climbing
canoeing, Family, High Ropes, Scrambling, Weasling, Whitewater (Rapids), Zip Line
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