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The ATC Tour

Week 2 - River Adventure Camp in The Ardèche

Located in the beautiful Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region, the Ardèche is a haven for outdoor adventure. It's the perfect river setting for discovery, exploration, and to continue your personal growth.
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RIVER BASE

This lesser known area of France boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking natural scenery, as well as an incredibly rich geological and archaeological history.

Dive into your water skills progression, explore new hiking terrain, and come face-to-face with the stories of the people who inhabited this ancient land, over 30,000 years ago. Your experience in the Ardèche will continue your leadership and team skills development through its generous serving of new challenges and problem-solving encounters.

Included Activities:
2-day Kayak Expedition
Overnight Gorge Camp
Treetop High Ropes
Gorge Hiking
Prehistoric Cave Visit
ACTIVITIES

RIVER KAYAKING

This gentle 8km stretch is a good chance to get stuck into canoeing as you learn how to guide your boat through and across the rapids. There is a truly spectacular end to the day as you pass beneath the famous Pont d’Arc.

GORGE HIKING

You’ll visit the same scenery from your day one canoeing trip, but this time on foot! Using a map and compass, you and your team mates will hike into the gorge to follow a two kilometre trail along the river. In addition to traditional map reading, you will also explore modern forms of navigation, including the use of GPS.

PREHISTORIC CAVE VISIT

Grotte de Chauvet: In 1994, a trio of cave explorers made a discovery that changed our perception of prehistoric life forever. Buried deep, deep beneath the Ardeche gorge, the Chauvet cave contains the world’s best preserved examples of cave art. Understanding the need to share but also preserve such an important piece of history, the French have built a true-to-size replica of the original cave.

L'Aven d’Orgnac: 120-metres below ground lies the magnificent Aven d’Orgnac, a series of subterraneanchambers rich with gigantic crystal and limestone formations. It is a truly stunning geology lesson, the memory of which will stay with you for a long time to come. 

KAYAKING THE ARDECHE - DAY 1

It’s time to put the skills learnt on your first day on the river to the test as our river leaders lead you into the heart of the Ardeche gorge. You’ll have to think strategically as you face each turn of the river, using your paddling and communication skills to get you and your partner through choppy waters. 

You’ll spend a little time outside of your boat too, swimming in the river, exploring caves and taking the plunge from the river’s famous rock jumps.

After docking your boats on a bank halfway down the gorge, you’ll carry your overnight supplies up the sandy bank and into the camp. The ATC team will whip up a barbecue to fill you up after a day’s hard work, before you turn in for a night under a blanket of shooting stars.

KAYAKING THE ARDECHE - DAY 2

You’ll wake with the sun as it casts its warm glaze over the gorge walls. A hearty breakfast will set you up for your final day descending the Ardeche. Today you’ll paddle deep into the gorge, where you will encounter the river’s most remote and imposing scenery.

As you reach the end of the descent, the gorge walls will finally disappear back into the landscape and the sky will grow huge around you. A celebratory ice cream and soft drink await you at the finish line.

TREE TOP ADVENTURE COURSE

This thrilling day of zip lines and high rope challenges will see you soar through the trees, safe in the knowledge that you’re harnessed up and under the watchful eye of our instructors, who will always be on hand to guide you through any tricky areas and ensure that you stick to the strict safety requirements.

Itinerary

SATURDAY

Morning
Arrival
Afternoon
Activities on campsite

SUNDAY

Morning
Adventure Walk - A 2km walking trail following the Ardèche river to the iconic Pont d’Arc natural limestone arch
Afternoon
Wild swimming and rock jumps at Pont d’Arc EVENING: Activities on campsite

MONDAY

Morning
Activities on campsite
Afternoon
Activities on campsite

TUESDAY

Morning
Descent of the river Ardèche day 1
Afternoon
Overnight camp in the gorge

WEDNESDAY

Morning
Descent of the river Ardèche day 2
Afternoon
Completion of the river descent and coach journey to camp. EVENING: Activities on campsite

THURSDAY

Morning
Cave visits
Afternoon
Cave visits. Spend the night in a high mountain refuge.

FRIDAY

Morning
Treetop adventure course
Afternoon
Activities on campsite

SATURDAY

Morning
Departure - they're off to SEA BASE!
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WHAT'S NEXT - MEDITERRANEAN SEA BASE!

The beach is calling! It’s time to pack up camp and get ready to spend a week by the Mediterranean sea, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and canyoning.
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