Ardèche Adventure, South of France

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Highlights

  • Canoeing with your family in the `Grand Canyon of Europe`
  • On-site swimming pool, beach area and cafe bar
  • A range of exciting outdoor activities from rock climbing to caving
  • Private, pre-erected family camping village
  • Brand new toilet & shower block 2017!

What's it like?

This exciting family activity holiday in the Ardèche, South of France offers a great range of water sports and land based activities in spectacular surroundings.

Often referred to as the `Grand Canyon of Europe`, the highlight of this family holiday is paddling the world famous Ardèche River Gorge, by open canoe. This magical two day river journey, with overnight bivvi, is led by our NGB qualified team, who will teach you how to paddle and guide your family down the beautiful 26km stretch of river. An experience you will never forget!

You will also get to try your hands at a whole host of other adventurous activities from caving to high ropes as well as enjoy a day exploring the local area and the on-site swimming pool. There are some popular places to visit nearby including the Orgnac Caves and local towns such as Ruoms, Vallon and Aubenas.

Our exclusive Ardèche Adventure camp is ideally suited to families; offering plenty of space, private pre-erected family tented villages, a cafe/bar, swimming pool, on-site shop and beach area.

Everything is included in the price of this family activity holiday: transport (coach holidays), accommodation, meals, a full programme of activities, kit & equipment. Even evening entertainment is included, ensuring you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your holiday.

This family holiday in the Ardèche, South of France really has something for you all to enjoy. Memories you will cherish for life.

Here's a short video taken at our Ardèche Adventure Camp, featuring some of the exciting activities on offer here!

"You’ll have a family holiday like no other, and shared memories that will last a lifetime. We found our week to be more fulfilling than we’d ever imagined, making the Acorn Ardèche Adventure a superb holiday that we very highly recommend for all fun-loving, adventurous families".Camping with Style review 2016

Activities

This exciting family activity holiday offers a great selection of activities, that are included in the price of your holiday, suited to age 7+ and delivered by our qualified team. Our activity programme in the Ardèche makes full use of this area of outstanding natural beauty, with many of the activities taking place on the local gorges, caves and crags.

Two day canoe descent of the Ardèche River

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The real highlight of this family holiday is the two day canoe journey down the magical Ardèche river, with overnight bivvi. This 26km canoe journey offers up to 25 rapids and spectacular scenery. The night before, our staff will brief you on what to pack in your waterproof barrel and will talk you through the journey ahead. On day one of the journey, you will learn how to paddle, enjoy a relaxed lunch by the side of the river and make your way to the bivvi site, where your family will sleep out under the stars. The next day you will continue your journey down the river, spending another day fine tuning your paddling skills and enjoying the atmosphere of the gorge. Your coach will be there to meet you at the end, where you will be taken back to the Adventure Camp for some time to relax by the pool before dinner.

Other activities

As well as canoeing the Ardeche River, you will also get to enjoy a range of other activities including caving in the local caves, rock climbing, raft building, high ropes. archery, a visit to Ruoms market and kayaking. There will also be a free day for you to explore the local area, for example visiting the Orgnac Caves, one of the local towns or just relaxing by the pool or the beach at the camp.

All activities are led by our qualified team of instructors and there are typically two scheduled activities per day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) followed by some free time before dinner and an evening activity or entertainment. An action packed day that will keep the whole family happy and active.

Evenings

Our staff put on evening entertainment in the evenings that you are welcome to participate in or you can enjoy a glass of beer or wine after dinner with the other families, whilst your children are kept busy by our staff. Evening entertainment is included in the package. Our aim is to make this a relaxing activity holiday for you, one where you can enjoy new things together as a family and also for you all have the opportunity to make new friends and socialise, should you wish.

Sample Programme

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Ardèche Adventure Camp

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Our family friendly accommodation in the Ardèche has been designed to offer you a comfortable space to relax, dine and socialise. We offer all the pleasures of camping in the great outdoors, without any of the hassle. Everything is set up and organised for you, ready for you to enjoy as soon as you arrive.

Our large, private Adventure Camp, with on-site swimming pool, is nestled amongst the trees on the banks of two rivers and is ideally located for an activity holiday, with many either on-site, or within walking distance.

The Acorn Family Village

Your family will be accommodated in one of our private family `tented villages`. The Acorn family village offers a relaxed environment, with each family having their own space and a social area to dine and get to know other families. There are up to sixteen tents on each village and a central marquee for dining and socialising. Families of four or more are offered a primary and a standard tent. Primary tents offer two raised beds with mattresses, hard flooring, electricity, lighting, a fridge and wardrobe. Standard tents offer up to four raised beds with mattresses, hard flooring and a lantern. Families of less than four are offered a standard tent and can upgrade to a primary tent or add an additional tent for a small extra charge.

In the centre of the village is a volleyball area, where the children often play in free time and there is outdoor seating, allowing your family to relax and soak up the sunshine in free time.

As part of the two day river descent, you will stay overnight at a National Park run Bivvi site with the other families on your holiday and the Acorn River Team. Our staff will cook you a hot evening meal and provide entertainment. There are basic toilet and shower facilities at the site. A hearty breakfast will be served by our team the next day and you will then carry on the scenic journey along the river. Waterproof barrels are provided for your canoe journey so that you can keep your belongings safe and dry and sleeping mats and tarpaulins are also provided by Acorn.

Facilities

Facilities here include a swimming pool (with lifeguard), cafe/bar, volleyball areas, games room, shop, WI-FI and two large toilet and shower blocks. There is a beach at the far end of the camp and the local town of Ruoms is within walking distance and offers a range of local amenities.

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Meals

Your meals are included in the price of your holiday and freshly prepared by our on-site catering team. You will be served meals in your marquee and our menus have been carefully designed to offer you tasty, nutritious food that will give you plenty of energy for adventure! We provide carafes of wine on the tables in the evening for everyone to share and you are welcome to bring your own, or enjoy more drinks in the on-site bar should you require additional refreshments.

During the Ardeche descent, our team will serve lunch by the side of the river which is typically baguettes, crisps and fruit. In the evening, they will cook a meal at the bivvi site and will also serve breakfast the following morning.

Snacks and additional refreshments can be purchased at the on-site shop or in the cafe/bar by the swimming pool.

Location

The Ardèche is a department in the Rhone Alps region of south central France, named after its river. With its world famous Ardèche river gorges and Vallon Pont D'arc (a superb natural arch 60m wide and 54m high), holidays here are very enjoyable. Our Adventure Camp is close to the traditional town of Ruoms and is within easy reach of Vallon and Aubenas (the market centre for the whole of Southern France). A popular attraction nearby is the Orgnac Caves, which are the same height as the Niagara Falls.

Ardèche Adventure Camp

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Our family friendly accommodation in the Ardèche has been designed to offer you a comfortable space to relax, dine and socialise. We offer all the pleasures of camping in the great outdoors, without any of the hassle. Everything is set up and organised for you, ready for you to enjoy as soon as you arrive.

Our large, private Adventure Camp, with on-site swimming pool, is nestled amongst the trees on the banks of two rivers and is ideally located for an activity holiday, with many either on-site, or within walking distance.

The Acorn Family Village

Your family will be accommodated in one of our private family `tented villages`. The Acorn family village offers a relaxed environment, with each family having their own space and a social area to dine and get to know other families. There are up to sixteen tents on each village and a central marquee for dining and socialising. Families of four or more are offered a primary and a standard tent. Primary tents offer two raised beds with mattresses, hard flooring, electricity, lighting, a fridge and wardrobe. Standard tents offer up to four raised beds with mattresses, hard flooring and a lantern. Families of less than four are offered a standard tent and can upgrade to a primary tent or add an additional tent for a small extra charge.

In the centre of the village is a volleyball area, where the children often play in free time and there is outdoor seating, allowing your family to relax and soak up the sunshine in free time.

As part of the two day river descent, you will stay overnight at a National Park run Bivvi site with the other families on your holiday and the Acorn River Team. Our staff will cook you a hot evening meal and provide entertainment. There are basic toilet and shower facilities at the site. A hearty breakfast will be served by our team the next day and you will then carry on the scenic journey along the river. Waterproof barrels are provided for your canoe journey so that you can keep your belongings safe and dry and sleeping mats and tarpaulins are also provided by Acorn.

Facilities

Facilities here include a swimming pool (with lifeguard), cafe/bar, volleyball areas, games room, shop, WI-FI and two large toilet and shower blocks. There is a beach at the far end of the camp and the local town of Ruoms is within walking distance and offers a range of local amenities.

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Meals

Your meals are included in the price of your holiday and freshly prepared by our on-site catering team. You will be served meals in your marquee and our menus have been carefully designed to offer you tasty, nutritious food that will give you plenty of energy for adventure! We provide carafes of wine on the tables in the evening for everyone to share and you are welcome to bring your own, or enjoy more drinks in the on-site bar should you require additional refreshments.

During the Ardeche descent, our team will serve lunch by the side of the river which is typically baguettes, crisps and fruit. In the evening, they will cook a meal at the bivvi site and will also serve breakfast the following morning.

Snacks and additional refreshments can be purchased at the on-site shop or in the cafe/bar by the swimming pool.

Location

The Ardèche is a department in the Rhone Alps region of south central France, named after its river. With its world famous Ardèche river gorges and Vallon Pont D'arc (a superb natural arch 60m wide and 54m high), holidays here are very enjoyable. Our Adventure Camp is close to the traditional town of Ruoms and is within easy reach of Vallon and Aubenas (the market centre for the whole of Southern France). A popular attraction nearby is the Orgnac Caves, which are the same height as the Niagara Falls.

Coach

Travelling by coach is the most affordable and convenient way to travel as a family to our Ardèche Adventure Camp. Let us do all the organising for you while you sit back, relax and finally get time to read your book! Unlike flying, there are less baggage restrictions when travelling by coach making this family holiday that bit easier.

Families particularly like travelling by coach to our camps because of the opportunity to meet everyone on the village before you even arrive. Your executive coach will include comfortable seating, air conditioning, DVD player and WC.

The coach journey from Calais to the Ardèche takes approximately 13 hours allowing for rest breaks and a breakfast stop. Your ferry crossing on the outbound journey will be scheduled so that you are able to buy an evening meal on the ferry, or some prefer to take their own packed dinner and snacks.

Coach pick-up points

We have selected the following convenient pick-up locations, based on where the majority of our customers have favoured in previous years. Please let us know your preference on booking and the timings will be sent to you as soon as ferry bookings have been confirmed.

  • Manchester Picadilly Train Station
  • Birmingham International Train Station
  • London Victoria Coach Station
  • Dover

Self-Drive/fly-drive

We also offer self-drive holidays, allowing you to make your own way there and perhaps extend your holiday, should you wish. There will be some activities where you will need a car to transport your family to activities. If you are flying to the Ardèche Adventure Camp, we strongly recommend that you hire a car for the duration of your stay to ensure you are able to get to and from the camp and enjoy all of the activities as well explore the area on your free day.

Having a car gives you and your family a little extra freedom and allows you to extend your stay in France and fill the car up with French goodies on the way home if taking your own car :)

How to get there by car?

You can find the address in the table below. If you need us to help you arrange channel crossing, Eurotunnel tickets or overnight accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will happy to assist you.

Useful travel information

Fly-Drive Self-Drive
Nearest Airports:
Nimes (2hrs from camp) or Lyon (2.5hrs from camp)
Ferry ports and time to camps:
Calais (8.5hrs)
Dunkirk (8.45hrs)
Le Havre (8hrs)
Airlines:
Ryanair (Nimes)
Flybe (Lyon)
Easyjet (Lyon)
Nearest Train Station:
Montélimar (45mins from camp)
Car Hire:
Avis, Europcar and Hertz
Nearest Petrol Station:
Super U, Ruoms 10mins from camp
Taxis:
n/a
Centre Address:
Acorn Adventure, Camping La Savane, 07120 Labeaume, France

How to book your family holiday

1. Check below for your dates and availability
2. Click `Book Now` and then complete the online family booking form
3. Pay a deposit of £150 via Sagepay, a secure way to book online
Alternatively please contact us or call 01384 398 870

Dates, availability and prices

Dates Duration Adult Tooltip Child Book or Enquire
Sat 05 Aug - Fri 11 Aug 2017 available Available 6 nights £409 £359 Book Now or Enquire
Sun 13 Aug - Sat 19 Aug 2017 available Available 6 nights £409 £359 Book Now or Enquire
Sun 20 Aug - Sat 26 Aug 2017 available Available 6 nights £369 £329 Book Now or Enquire
Sun 05 Aug - Sat 11 Aug 2018 available Available 6 nights £409 £359 Book Now or Enquire
Sun 19 Aug - Sat 25 Aug 2018 available Available 6 nights £409 £359 Book Now or Enquire

Our all-inclusive prices include:

  • Tented accommodation in a private family tented village
  • Fully catered meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner + hot/soft drinks available in the village and wine is served with dinner)
  • A full programme of activities, delivered by our qualified/assessed team of instructors (day and night)
  • Kit and equipment for activities
  • A free day to relax in the pool/explore the area

You can find lots of useful information below to help you plan your journey to the Ardeche, South of France. If you have any questions, please email info@acornfamilyholidays.co.uk or call 01384 398 870.

Dates Duration Adult Tooltip Child Book or Enquire
Date info Sat 22 Jul - Sun 30 Jul 2017 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Sat 29 Jul - Sun 06 Aug 2017 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Sat 05 Aug - Sun 13 Aug 2017 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Fri 11 Aug - Sat 19 Aug 2017 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Date info Sat 12 Aug - Sun 20 Aug 2017 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Date info Sat 28 Jul - Sun 05 Aug 2018 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Fri 03 Aug - Sat 11 Aug 2018 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire
Date info Sat 11 Aug - Sun 19 Aug 2018 available Available 8 nights £549 £479 Book Now or Enquire

Our family coach activity holidays are excellent value for money, leaving you nothing to budget for besides icecreams and souvenirs!

All our-inclusive prices include:

  • Tented accommodation in a private Family Tented Village
  • Fully catered meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner + soft/hot drinks available in the Village and wine is served with dinner)
  • A full programme of activities, delivered by our qualified/assessed team of instructors (day and night)
  • Kit and Equipment for activities
  • Return travel by Executive Coach ( from the following pick up points: Manchester Picadilly Train Station, Birmingham International Train Station, London Victoria Coach Station and Dover)
  • Return Ferry Crossings (P&O Ferries)
  • Transport to and from activity locations where off-site