Canoeing 4 Rivers in the Ardeche & Gard
This is an 7 Night, 8 Day trip in which we canoe on the Gardon, the Ceze, the Chassezac and the Ardeche in the Ardeche and Gard regions of south-east France.
We will explore the Gorges of the Ardeche and Gard regions by canoe and the Ardeche and the Cevennes by foot as well as visit the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave. We will paddle through the famous Pont D’Arc natural stone arch and underneath the 2000 year old Roman Aqueduct, Pont du Gard.
The Gardon, Ceze and Chassezac are calm rivers with easy paddling through beautiful scenery. The Ardeche provides a little more excitement with Class 2 and 3 rapids. These rapids are short however and the river provides plenty of easy water between them.
In-between the canoeing days we shall hike on the parts of the long-distance trail known as the GR70 – the famous Robert Louis Stevenson Trail. The author walked this way more than 100 years ago to see for himself how the Hugenots (Protestants) survived in a largely Catholic country. The walk is renowned for the difficulty he experienced in dealing with his donkey ‘Modestine’ and features in ‘Travels with my Donkey in the Cevennes‘.
Of course throughout we shall stay at remote and beautiful places and enjoy the regional cuisine and the local wines.
A highlight of the trip will be to visit the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave. It is a cave that contains the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world, as well as other evidence of Upper Paleolithic life.
These are our scheduled dates for this season, but if you are a group of 4 or more you can choose your own dates and we will do our best to fit you in.
Here are some images from the tour.