Ardeche Adventure, South of France

6 nights from £499 (child) and £569 (adult)

Holiday 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 climbing to kayaking
  • Private, pre-erected family camping village

What makes this Family Adventure Holiday special?

An epic canoeing adventure

This exciting family adventure 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 adventure 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!

Raft building to rope climbing

You will get to try your hand at a whole host of other adventurous activities throughout the week, from raft building to high ropes, as well as a chance to enjoy a day exploring the local area and the onsite swimming pool. There are some popular places to visit nearby including the Orgnac Caves and local towns such as Ruoms, Vallon and Aubenas.

Family Camping made easy...

Relax in the great outdoors in our family camping village set on a spacious campsite with on-site swimming pool and cafe/bar. Our family camping villages have been carefully designed to offer the best of the camping experience, without any of the hassle or discomfort. Our  pre-erected tents are standing height with proper beds and hard flooring. Laid out in a horseshoe shape, with a central dining marquee, the family village offers a friendly, sociable space from which to enjoy your family adventure.

Excellent value from £479pp

This 6 night family adventure holiday in the Ardeche, South of France is fully organised and includes all your activities, kit & instruction, full board accommodation with soft drinks & limited alcoholic drinks with your evening meal as well as evening entertainment and transport (when you select the coach holiday option). Let us take care of everything so you can relax and enjoy your all important family holiday.

What activities are on offer?

This exciting family activity holiday programme offers a great selection of activities 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 in the local area close to the centre itself.

Sample Family Activity Programme

Day 01

Arrival Day

You’ll arrive at Camping la Savane in the afternoon and have a tour and time to relax and swim in the pool before dinner.

In the evening our team will put on a French Themed night where you can sample some local delights and get to know the other families staying in your village. The perfect start to your family holiday…

Arrival Day You’ll arrive at Camping la Savane in the afternoon and have a tour and time to relax and swim in the pool before dinner. In the evening our team will put on a French Themed night where you can sample some local delights and get to know the other families staying in your village. The perfect start to your family holiday…
Day 02

Climbing, bouldering & kayaking

Today is a day enjoying activities at our centre. You’ll try your hands at climbing, our new bouldering activity and kayaking on the river next to our centre.

After a day of activities there’s time to relax in the pool before dinner and then our staff will meet you to discuss and plan your river trip the following day…

Climbing, bouldering & kayaking Today is a day enjoying activities at our centre. You’ll try your hands at climbing, our new bouldering activity and kayaking on the river next to our centre. After a day of activities there’s time to relax in the pool before dinner and then our staff will meet you to discuss and plan your river trip the following day…
Day 03

Let the river adventure begin!

The real highlight of this family holiday is the two-day canoe journey down the magical Ardèche river, with overnight bivvi. On this 26km canoe trip you will encounter 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 with basic toilet & shower facilities available at the purpose built bivvi site.

Let the river adventure begin! The real highlight of this family holiday is the two-day canoe journey down the magical Ardèche river, with overnight bivvi. On this 26km canoe trip you will encounter 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 with basic toilet & shower facilities available at the purpose built bivvi site.
Day 04

The Ardeche descent continues…

Today  you will continue your journey down the beautiful Ardeche 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 Camping la Savane for some time to relax by the pool before dinner. Tonight is a relaxed night, with plenty of time to socialise and enjoy being with your family and the other families in your village.

The Ardeche descent continues… Today  you will continue your journey down the beautiful Ardeche 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 Camping la Savane for some time to relax by the pool before dinner. Tonight is a relaxed night, with plenty of time to socialise and enjoy being with your family and the other families in your village.
Day 05

Free day to relax and explore

After an action packed few days, you’ll be glad to spend the day relaxing by the pool or exploring the nearby towns for a spot of shopping and sightseeing…

Ruoms is within walking distance of the centre or if you have a car or are travelling with Acorn by coach you may wish to explore the pretty town of Vallon or visit the Orgnac Caves (entry charges will apply here).

After dinner you’ll have the option to join in on the entertainment or relax and unwind…

Free day to relax and explore After an action packed few days, you’ll be glad to spend the day relaxing by the pool or exploring the nearby towns for a spot of shopping and sightseeing… Ruoms is within walking distance of the centre or if you have a car or are travelling with Acorn by coach you may wish to explore the pretty town of Vallon or visit the Orgnac Caves (entry charges will apply here). After dinner you’ll have the option to join in on the entertainment or relax and unwind…
Day 06

Your activities today…

High Ropes, target sports and raft building…

Today will be spent at the centre enjoying our extensive high ropes course as well as trying your hands at target sports…You’ll later have a go at building your own raft and testing it out on the local river…Will it float or sink?

There’s time to relax before dinner and then you can join in the fun at the disco or relax and unwind…

Your activities today… High Ropes, target sports and raft building… Today will be spent at the centre enjoying our extensive high ropes course as well as trying your hands at target sports…You’ll later have a go at building your own raft and testing it out on the local river…Will it float or sink? There’s time to relax before dinner and then you can join in the fun at the disco or relax and unwind…
Day 07

French Market, swim and depart

The pretty town of Ruoms is closeby and has the most wonderful market on a Friday, the ideal place to buy some souvenirs and French delights before travelling home.

Head back for a swim and then it’s time to depart and head home…bon voyage!

French Market, swim and depart The pretty town of Ruoms is closeby and has the most wonderful market on a Friday, the ideal place to buy some souvenirs and French delights before travelling home. Head back for a swim and then it’s time to depart and head home…bon voyage!

Where you'll be staying

Acorn Adventure, Camping La Savane, Ardeche

Camping la Savane is located close to the pretty town of Ruoms and is a family friendly, spacious campsite with excellent facilities.

The campsite offers 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.

Camping La Savane has a large on-site swimming pool and the campsite is nestled amongst the trees on the banks of two rivers and is ideally located for an adventure holiday, with many activities either onsite or within walking distance.

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Back to basics at the Bivvi site

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 and you will be sleeping on a tarpaulin on the floor with a sleeping mat so you can experience the magic of `sleeping under the stars`. Under cover provisions are made available should there be wet weather. 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. 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.

The Acorn Family Village at Camping La Savane

Your family will be accommodated in one of our private family `tented villages`within our private Camping La Savane campsite. 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 campers. There are up to sixteen tents in each village and a central marquee for dining and socialising.

Tent options

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 fewer than four people are offered a standard tent and can upgrade to a primary tent or add an additional tent for a small extra charge (subject to availability).

Outdoor areas

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.

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.

Meals

Your meals are included in the price of your holiday and freshly prepared by our onsite 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 onsite bar should you require additional refreshments.

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.

By Coach

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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 in 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

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

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.

Self-Drive/Fly-Drive

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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 specific locations. 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 🙂

Fly-Drive

NEAREST AIRPORTS:
Nimes (2hrs from camp) or Lyon (2.5hrs from camp)

AIRLINES:
Ryanair (Nimes) Flybe (Lyon) Easyjet (Lyon)

CAR HIRE:
Avis, Europcar and Hertz

TAXIS:
n/a

Self-Drive

FERRY PORTS AND TIME TO CAMPS:
Calais (8.5hrs) Dunkirk (8.45hrs) Le Havre (8hrs)

NEAREST TRAIN STATION:
Montélimar (45mins from camp)

NEAREST PETROL STATION:
Super U, Ruoms 10mins from camp

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 our payment system, a secure way to book online
Alternatively please contact us or call 01384 398 870

Coach Holidays

Dates Duration Adult Child Book
Sat 30 Jul - Sun 07 Aug 2022
Available
Single Parent Holiday
8 nights £739 £649 Book Now
Sat 06 Aug - Sun 14 Aug 2022
Almost Full
Single Parent Holiday
8 nights £739 £649 Book Now
Sat 06 Aug - Sun 14 Aug 2022
Available
8 nights £739 £649 Book Now
Sat 13 Aug - Sun 21 Aug 2022
Available
8 nights £739 £649 Book Now
Dates
Duration 8 nights
Adult £739
Child £649
Duration 8 nights
Adult £739
Child £649
Duration 8 nights
Adult £739
Child £649
Duration 8 nights
Adult £739
Child £649

Self/Fly-Drive Holidays

Dates Duration Adult Child Book
Sun 07 Aug - Sat 13 Aug 2022
Full
6 nights £569 £499 Sold Out
Sun 14 Aug - Sat 20 Aug 2022
Available
6 nights £569 £499 Book Now
Dates
Duration 6 nights
Adult £569
Child £499
Duration 6 nights
Adult £569
Child £499

What’s included?

  • Full board tented accommodation on a comfortable pre-erected family tented village within Camping la Savane
  • Full programme of activities, except on your free day to relax & explore
  • Evening entertainment on most evenings (as shown on the sample programme)
  • A limited amount of wine is provided with your evening meal & soft drinks & there is a bar area should you want additional drinks
  • Use of the onsite facilities (swimming pool, games area, cafe/bar, wifi)
  • Kit & equipment & instruction
  • Return Transport by executive coach & ferry to Camping la Savane & to activities (coach holidays only)
  • Return travel to the canoe descent drop off (coach & self drive holidays)

Activities available on this holiday

  • Archery
  • Bivouac
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing Wall
  • Excursion Day
  • Giant Initiative
  • High Ropes
  • Kayaking
  • Raft Building
  • Target Sports

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Reviews from Acorn Family

It was awesome! The children have said that it was by far the best holiday we have had as a family. Staff were fun and friendly and encouraged us all to push ourselves. The timetable was well planned and kept us all busy. Lovely having it all planned for us. Brilliant!

REBECCA GEDDES

Just back home from a week at the Ardeche centre. Couldn’t recommend it highly enough. First class food, even freshly prepared on the river bank. Brilliant. Instructors very knowledgeable and brimming with enthusiasm. Steve and Lauren caving – great. Rich( dick) homer kayaking super. And Becky on the decent – brilliant. Thanks again. Kids in bed, me soaking in the bath! Cheers Paul( the daft bald fireman).

P Rowlands

First time been with acorn at their Normandy campsite, it was BRILLIANT!! We both loved it , activities were great , food really tasty , staff fantastic . Met a great bunch of people.

C R Granger

My 5 year old daughter is still, 3 weeks later, talking about the paddleboard instructor (he looked a bit like David Walliams!!) who put her in the water to splash around, whilst I got chance to paddleboard. Awesome day! Thanks to him please, as otherwise I would have had to leave the activity as I did with kayaking. Much appreciated! Thanks to everyone. Faultless holiday. Perfect.

J Safari

If you want happy, exhausted children then try this holiday. There was an excellent mix of activities and evening entertainment that we would not change and left my son wanting more

Mr Parsons

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