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Activity holidays in the Ardeche, France

From 690 - €990 (7 days) excluding flights
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Price is based on half board hotel. Prices include all of the activities listed on the itinerary and half board accomadtion We can also camping/Gite accommodation please ask for further details. Other bespoke packages are available
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2015: 1 May, 2 May, 3 May, 4 May, 5 May, 6 May, 7 May, 8 May, 9 May, 10 May, 11 May, 12 May, 13 May, 14 May, 15 May, 16 May, 17 May, 18 May, 19 May, 20 May, 21 May, 22 May, 23 May, 24 May, 25 May, 26 May, 27 May, 28 May, 29 May, 30 May
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Activity holidays in the Ardeche, France

Responsible travel: Activity holidays in the Ardeche, France

We are aware of the impact that tourism can have on the social and physical environments that we work in. We strive to make this impact positive wherever possible and to do our part in minimising damage or waste.

In the Ardèche, many of our activities take place in or around the Ardèche National Park or in forest and farmland locations. We work hard to train and educate our staff so that they in turn can advise our clients on how to enjoy the region without having negative impact on the environment.

In addition to the physical concerns, we believe that it is vital that we work in partnership with the communities that we live in and to embrace the cultural and linguistic differences. All of our English speaking staff are given lessons and advice on French speaking and are obliged to converse and interact at every opportunity. Wherever practical, we work with local companies and suppliers to provide services for our clients. We believe that this not only improves our local relationships but it adds to our clients experience and improves understanding of the local environment for all involved.

We always try to:

- Remove all of our litter (and a little extra!) when we are in the outdoors.

- Encourage our guests to use green transport or offset emissions where possible for international travel.

- Reuse or recycle wherever possible.

- Respect wildlife and habitats by using established trails and not altering the natural environment in any way.

- Minimise consumption of artificially stored water and electricity by close monitoring and using devices such as timers to prevent waste.

- Manage our properties in order to limit energy consumed to heat or cool them.

- Make recommendations to our guests regarding how to care for the local environment. We try to raise awareness of local, sensitive environmental issues.

- Offer opportunities to visit local heritage sites, local historical buildings and national parks.

- Work with local businesses to provide activities, accommodation, shopping and meals.

- Visit and, where possible take part in local shows and events.

- Buy locally produced foods (we’d be crazy not to – its great!).

- Behave responsibly and with respect for the community by encouraging considerate interaction and conduct. We like to take a moment to consider how our presence may be perceived by those around us and to behave accordingly.

We are always interested in the feedback that we get from our clients – especially where the environment is concerned. They are encouraged to contact us any time.

The story of the provider of Activity holidays in the Ardeche, France

This company was created in 2006 as ‘The Ardèche Specialists‘, offering bespoke tours, accommodation and summer holiday packages in the magical region of France that had become their home. In the winters the team travelled to Courchevel in the French Alps and established the winter holidays side of the business with catered ski chalets, self catered apartments and airport transfers, all based from the village of Courchevel Le Praz. The company has enjoyed steady growth over the years – much of it due to our old clients talking to their friends about us. We believe that this has been achieved through our commitment to retaining the personal aspect of our holidays. We recognize that customers have many options but believe that by really working to listen to each of their unique needs we can provide the very best in personal, flexible, fun holidays. These days we feel really pleased when clients from the Alps come to see us in the Ardèche (or vice versa) or come back to see us year after year. We hope that this means that we are doing something right!

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Activity holidays in the Ardeche, France

You can trust reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.

5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 22 Sep 2012 by Julia Harman4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Waterproof trousers or swim shorts for canoeing in case the sun is not out, I had shorts on and I was very cold on the first day out due to water soaking in them from paddle dripping.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Bought food for lunch at local supermarket and used local restaurant, plus we enjoyed shopping at the market, so yes to benefiting local people. If it had of been a busier time of year the van for transporting everyone to activities helps the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant, fun activities with time to relax in the pool in the evenings or river at lunch.
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Small group holidays

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?

Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.

Who is it ideal for?

Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.


“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”

Meet a group Leader

As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide

No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.
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