Five reasons you should visit the Ardeche, South of France

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The Ardeche in the South of France is one of the country’s best kept secrets. With its magnificent scenery, historic streets, delicious cuisine and beautiful gorge (where you can experience the best family canoe trip ever!) here’s why you should start planning a family holiday to the Ardeche this summer.

1. Family activities

If you’re an adventure enthusiast and love the great outdoors, then your family will love this region of France, which is often referred to as `The Grand Canyon of Europe`. Here you can canoe the Ardeche River, with its many turns and rapids, whilst taking in the beautiful views of the limestone gorge. Let our expert River Team help you refine your paddle skills and guide you down this beautiful stretch of river over two days. The two day canoe journey down the Ardeche River, with overnight bivouac continues to be one of the best activities we do. Acorn also offers a range of other activities in the Ardeche from climbing to high ropes, which form part of an action-packed six-night adventure. 2ef64fbf-66d7-4a0d-87dd-e49de14bfd9c

2. Visit the Orgnac Caves

The Aven D’Orgnac was discovered in 1935 and visitors to the Ardeche Region in France can now admire the gigantic chambers and their magical crystal formations. Prepare to be amazed by nature’s art gallery. 

3. Wander the historic streets of Vallon

Vallon Pont D’arc is in the Ardeche region of the Rhone-Alps at the western end of the Ardeche Gorge. The lively town is a charming place to visit with its streets lined with old buildings, cafes, and shops to explore. One of the highlights of the week is the French market which can be enjoyed on Thursday mornings or a popular night market takes place each week on a Tuesday evening. This is the perfect opportunity to experience French culture and even practice your French skills!

4. Soak up the sunshine

One of the reasons why this area is so great for outdoor enthusiasts is the fantastic weather. The summer months of July and August see temperatures soar to around 28 degrees, giving you the perfect excuse to jump in the river (or in our onsite pool) and cool down.

5. Admire the natural beauty

The Ardeche has some of Europe’s greatest natural scenery. Along with the beautiful Ardeche River Gorge, you can visit the iconic Pont D’arc, a 66-metre long natural stone bridge, which is listed as part of France’s natural heritage.

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Should you book your family holiday before Brexit?

 

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Many people are booking their family holiday and deal or no deal, flights will be operating between the UK and EU. But with the Brexit date looming, it’s only natural that some families are considering delaying their holiday plans until after `the big day` (29th March 2019). I mean, what’s another few weeks? It’s only natural that Brexit is creating some unsettlement, whatever your political viewpoint. 

What we do know for sure is that it’s in nobody’s interest for travel to Europe to stop, or become difficult, or for anyone to stop holiday in France, Italy, Spain and so on. Us Brits play a huge role in Europe’s tourism economy. European travel will continue after Brexit. That is a fact.

So now we know that travel to Europe will continue, should you book your family holiday before or after Brexit? 

If you are wishing to travel on the 29th March, or in the few days following this date, go with the mindset that there may be some delays and travel issues because change is likely to have some impact on travel immediately. If you don’t wish to have such worries and your holiday plans can wait, perhaps wait a little beyond the 29th March.

If you are wanting to get your family holiday booked for the summer, then we can see no reason why you should delay your plans, as long as you are booking with an ABTA Bonded travel operator, such as Acorn Family Holidays or another ABTA bonded company. ABTA have confirmed the following, which offers UK customers booking package holidays great reassurance that their money is protected:

“Customers who book a package holiday with a UK travel company enjoy the most comprehensive consumer protection: if you book a package, your holiday will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations, meaning you have a right to a full refund if your holiday can no longer be provided.
The UK 
Government has confirmed that the Package Travel Regulations will remain in the UK law when the UK leaves the EU”.

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Our top three family activity holidays for kids (and grown ups) who love water sports

So you’ve decided that you want a family holiday that includes lots of fun activities (great choice!). Your kids love being in the water and you’re in search of a family holiday that offers you all the chance to experience a great selection of water sports.

To help you with your quest, we’ve selected our top three family adventure holidays for water sport lovers.

1.       Mediterranean Adventure, Costa Brava, Spain

d8791ab1-f7fe-4ac9-87db-ad0c625970e2Where better to enjoy a range of water sports than the warm blue Mediterranean sea? Located between Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar (and just 35 minutes from Barcelona Girona airport), our Mediterranean Adventure is within walking distance of a beautiful sheltered bay. Here you will enjoy banana boating, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling. There’s also the option to add on pico-sailing and diving, so plenty of great water activities on offer here! The water action doesn’t stop here, this holiday also includes a day at Waterworld, the largest water park in Europe. Here there are enough slides and pools to keep you entertained and smiling all day. As well as offering an action-packed programme, this is also a very sociable holiday with lots of other like-minded British families joining in and many leave with life-long friends. With a large swimming pool at the complex, there’s also time to enjoy a leisurely swim and relax.

Fly-drive price (6 nights in the summer holidays): £548 per child and £625 per adult (including full board cabin accommodation, activity programme and entry to Waterworld. Plus drinks with meals).

Explore our Mediterranean Adventure

 

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Four reasons to go on a family adventure holiday to France this summer

Choosing a family holiday can be a real joy, but also hard work! With so many countries and types of holiday to choose from, we really are spoiled for choice. Sometimes having too many options can leave us feel daunted. It may even stop us from every making a decision. Where to begin?

Well we think France is a good place to start. France is the world’s number one travel destination, with 89 million visitors each year. This is seven million more visitors than Spain (the second most popular destination) and 12 million more than the USA (the third most popular tourist destination). So, what is it about France that makes it so popular? Any why should you choose France for your family adventure holiday this summer?

1. Natural beauty. Well, Paris is of course a leading attraction in France. But there are many more reasons why so many people travel to France. When it comes to natural beauty, France can rival just about every country on this beautiful planet. There’s the old harbour towns of Normandy, the picture postcard gorges in the Ardeche, South of France, the patchwork fields of the Loire Valley, the enchanting Dordogne Valley, mountain resorts and endless stretches of magnificent coastline…

2. There is history everywhere. France is steeped in history and its etched in every street corner. Visit beautiful Bayeax, for example and see the Bayeax tapestry as well as its old cobbled streets and French charm. On the 90th anniversary of D-Day, visit the D-day Landing beaches and learn more about this monumental time in history at the Arromanches 360 Cinema. Explore the many castles, old villages and towns or the pre-historic cave drawings of Lascaux in the Dordogne region.

3. The food and wine is mouth watering. Everyone knows that French cuisine is some of the best on this earth and every region of France has its own specialities. Visit one of the many boulangeries, see for yourselves how they make Goats Cheese, eat lots and lots of fresh baguettes with the stinkiest cheese you can find in the local towns and sample one of the many enjoyable bottles of local wine you can find for as little as 2 euro’s!

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5 reasons why single parents worry about booking a holiday...and the solutions!

 

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The thought of travelling alone with children as a single parent can often feel daunting and many single parents tell us they feel very anxious about booking a holiday by themselves. Especially for the first time.

We’re told that there are 5 main worries that single parents have. 1. Doing the journey alone, 2. Feeling lonely and bored in the evenings 3. Trying to keep everyone happy & entertained 4. The cost of it all and lastly, 5. Finding an operator that they can have confidence in, ideally that other single parents like & trust.

Our holidays are hugely popular with single parent families because we solve all of these problems and make travelling alone with children an enjoyable experience for all.

Let us explain how:

Problem 1. Doing the journey alone

Solution. Our exclusive single parent overseas family holidays include coach & ferry travel. You will share your coach journey with other like-minded single parent families who        will also be with you for the rest of the week. Once you are on the coach, you can read your book and let us worry about getting you there. It’s also an ideal time to start                  making friends. Click here to find out more about our overseas holidays. 

Problem 2. Feeling lonely and bored in the evenings.

Solution. Our single parent holidays are all designed to encourage a `community spirit` and get everyone socialising. By the end of the holiday, you are likely to have made some life-long friends. Evenings are spent dining altogether in your own private marquee or canteen, followed by evening entertainment, organised by our staff. Often, the adults enjoy a glass of wine or two whilst the children go off and play in safe surroundings (often with our staff joining in with games!). Or, everyone joins in on the fun. Either way, there’s plenty going on and neither you or your children will be bored or lonely. Guaranteed.

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5 reasons to choose a family adventure holiday this summer

Family adventure holidays have never been so popular, with many families now choosing fun experiences over the standard package beach holiday. Incorporating a range of exciting activities into your summer holiday means that you can all enjoy your vacation and get the most out of your quality time together.

We’ve come up with a list of five key reasons why you should choose a family activity holiday this summer.

 1. Challenge yourselves

It’s great to set yourself a challenge and succeed. It provides a real sense of accomplishment and for children in particular, it can give them a huge confidence boost. Activity holidays give everyone a personal challenge, whether its conquering a fear of heights, or having the confidence to paddle on a river. Achievement can even come from having a go at something you didn’t think you would like or enjoy. Often, it’s not about being the best at something that counts, but the willingness to have a go. Some of our best personal qualities come from such experiences, showing that challenging ourselves, even on holiday, is a great thing to do.

2. Share incredible experiences

There’s no greater way to maximise your quality time together than participating in fun experiences altogether as a family. These shared experiences create memories for life. When your child sees you screams with delight as you paddle down the river, when you see your child lean back on the abseil tower and conquer a fear, when you all sleep out under the stars together, or sit around the campfire… these are all precious times that will imprint into your memory forever. These magical moments are priceless.

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Our brand new Maltese Adventure is now available to book!

 

We're excited to announce the launch of a brand new family adventure in Malta, new for summer 2019!

We've teamed up with a well established Maltese Adventure company who have been delivering adventurous activities for many years and know all the best spots in the area for kayaking, coasteering, zip lining and rock climbing. Each activity will be tailored to suit the needs of the group and the holiday is suitable for age 7+. 

This exciting action-packed programme includes a cliff to cliff zip line over the sea, which is our most exhillarating activity yet as well as a whole host of others from coasteering to kayaking! You will also spend the day enjoying the slides and pools at the local waterpark and have a day to relax and explore the local area.

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