from Lou Valagran
Where can you visit?
Your tour will include one full day excursion with packed lunch provided. Please note, entrance fees are not included in the price of your tour and will need to be pre-paid or paid for on arrival.
Prices shown are for 2019 unless otherwise stated, so please allow for a small increase for 2020.
Aqualand - Full day
Situated at Cap d’Agde, 2 hours from Lou Valgran, this waterpark has a variety of exciting rides including Niagara, Black Hole, Anaconda, Crazy Race, Rapids, Colorado, Surf Beach and Congo River. With fast food restaurants and shaded areas this is a popular day visit.
Cost: £23 per paying person. Free places for accompanying adults in the ratio of 1:8. Tickets must be pre-paid via PGL.
Please note that this attraction does not open until mid-June.
Please be aware of the risks inherent in a pool environment and refer to any guidelines stipulated by your local authority.
'Accroche toi aux branches' (Treetop adventure) - Half day
A treetop adventure in a forest next to the Ardèche river, half an hour from Lou Valagran. |There are seven high ropes courses, starting with low level, easier routes suitable for the younger or more nervous visitor and progressing through to the black level ‘noir’. There is also a mega zip wire available for the very brave! There is plenty of outdoor space for your picnic lunch plus a café.
The visit can last up to three hours and works well combined with a visit to Vallon Pont d’Arc. Cost: £17 per student, teachers go free. Pre-pay via PGL.
Canyoning - Full day
In the Canyon de la Haute Besorgues, in the Ardèche region, the river has carved its way through the rock, forming stunning gorges and cliffs, creating an ideal landscape for an exciting adventure. This exhilarating expedition takes you walking, scrambling, swimming and hiking through ravines, rivers and plunge pools, on a journey of a lifetime.
Experienced, qualified local guides lead your group though the gorge, making sure each section of the descent is navigated safely, whether it’s descending a rock slide, jumping into a pool, swimming downstream or picking your way along the river bank. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.
Cost: £37.50 per student. Must be pre-paid via PGL. 2 hours from Lou Valagran.
Le Grau du Roi & Aigues Mortes - Full day
Located in the Camargue, famous for its white horses and pink flamingos on the salt flats, Le Grau du Roi is a popular French seaside resort. 1¾ hours from Lou Valagran.
If your group wishes to swim, please ensure you are able to provide adequate supervision for any water activity, according to your local authority requirements. We advise that the group assembles near manned lifeguard stations.
Cost: Free; no pre-booking required
Please be aware of the risks inherent in a marine environment and refer to any guidelines stipulated by your local authority.
After lunch groups usually head to nearby Aigues-Mortes – or ‘dead waters’ - a 700- year old, fortified city, the starting point in 1248 for a huge armada setting off for the Crusades. Today the sea marshes and salt pans have left the town some distance from the sea, however it remains a delightful town to visit, with its ancient towers and ramparts. There are plenty of souvenir shops, pavement cafés and food outlets – pizza is a popular choice!
Cost: Free; no pre-booking required
Avignon - Full day
Ringed by incredibly preserved 800-year-old stone ramparts, for 67 years Avignon was the Papal City and hence has some magnificent architecture, none grander than the massive medieval fortress and palace, Palais des Papes.
The Pont d’Avignon – of musical fame – stretches halfway across the Rhône. Ancient cobbled streets pass inviting boutiques; leafy squares overflow with café tables.
Most groups choose to visit the old town central area, taking in the key sites and picnicking in the Doms garden behind the Pope’s Palace.
Cost: Free; no pre-booking required. 1¼ hours from Lou Valagran.
Haribo Sweet Museum - Half day
The museum offers an insight into the production of liquorice, gummies and other sweets. Antique machines and facilities are used to demonstrate the history of confectionery. Visitors can see the production of Haribo Gold Bears in a specially created machine. Some free sweets are included in the entrance fee and there is a Haribo shop to visit at the end.
Visit durations vary but take approximately 1 – 1.5hrs. This visit works well combined with a day trip to Avignon or a visit to Pont du Gard.
Cost: €5.50 per student (under 16), €6.50 per adult, with a 1:8 free place ratio. Open every day except Mondays (open Mondays in July and August). This visit needs pre-booking. 1 hour from Lou Valagran.
Orgnac Caves - Half day
The caves of Aven d’Orgnac are some of the most impressive and best presented show caves in Europe. The modern visitor centre contains fun and interactive exhibitions on geology and our ancestors, as well as a shop and café. For the visit to the cave, you are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who will walk and talk you down through the various magnificent chambers to the deep point 120 metres below ground. From here you can take a lift back to the surface, the whole underground tour taking about an hour. Allow a further half to one and a half hours to see the exhibitions.
Cost: €6.30 per person, 1:10 free place ratio. Pre-booking required. Guided visits in either French or English. English visits are only available in the afternoon. Half an hour from Lou Valagran.
Pont du Gard - Half day
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct that spans the Gardon River. Built in the first century AD, it is part of the Nîmes aqueduct, a 50 km-long structure built by the Romans to carry water from a spring at Uzès to the Roman colony of Nemausus.
Now a major tourist site with a museum, cinema and discovery area, this visit is fantastic for groups looking for a cultural day out This visit works well as a half day and can be combined with a visit to either the Haribo Museum or Avignon.
Cost: €3.50 per person, 1:10 free place ratio. Pre-booking required. 1¼ hours from Lou Valagran.
Caverne du Pont d'Arc - Half day
These unique prehistoric caves were discovered by three local speleologists in 1994 and were found to contain the earliest known and best preserved figurative cave paintings in the world. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the caves themselves are not open to the public, but a brand new replica cave and exhibition was built in 2015, allowing visitors a glimpse into the lives of the people who inhabited these caves 36,000 years ago. A visit lasts around 2 hours and comprises a guided tour of the replica cave and a self-guided visit to the museum.
Cost: £7.50 per person, 1:10 free place ratio. Demand for this visit is very high - pre-book well in advance via PGL. Half an hour from Lou Valagran
Local Towns and Hypermarket Visits - Evening
You will normally have the option to visit a local town for the evening. Also, for your excursion day, you can choose to combine a local town visit with a half day excursion. Choose from Goudargues (10mins), Bagnols-sur-Cèze (30 mins) or Vallon Pont d’Arc (30mins).
It is possible to combine a hypermarket visit with many of these excursions – please enquire on arrival at centre.