Ardèche Adventure

for secondary schools

  • School trips to the Ardèche

The great outdoors just got greater

As you paddle with your KS3 or KS4 group through crystal clear waters and take in the full impact of this beautiful part of France, it’s an awe-inspiring experience that takes learning to a whole new level. It’s a chance for secondary school students to discover, explore and gain new skills.

But beyond that, it’s the invaluable confidence; the renewed self-belief; the passion to succeed. Because navigating the rapids along the twists and turns of the beautiful Ardèche Gorge, under the watchful eye of the highly experienced river teams, is truly a life-changing experience.

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Activities

River Adventure

Two to three days are spent enjoying the 19 mile (30km) descent of the Ardèche River by canoe and kayak*. After learning the basics, students set off downstream in stages, paddling in small groups, with a dedicated river team ensuring everyone gets the most from their experience. Each sub-group has its own instructor, who will help to build trust and confidence through plenty of individual instruction.

More Adventure

There’s plenty more adventure during your week. You can choose to explore the picturesque hills on a mountain bike, explore the hidden caves surrounding the river Cèze, trek alongside and across it to discover the stunning waterfalls at the Cascades du Saudatet, or journey downstream through waterfalls and plunge pools on our new canyoning excursion (supplement applies). And if it that isn’t enough, there are plenty of adventure activities packed into the centre itself too.

Activity instruction

Our activities are delivered by a mixture of qualified PGL staff and local providers. PGL staff are always on hand to support you and ensure you get the PGL experience you know and love.

An excursion day

Out and about you’ll discover the local area and places of interest - an ideal opportunity for cross-curricular enrichment.

Fun-packed evenings

The fun doesn’t stop when the day’s activities are over. Our centre team leads evening entertainment sessions for everyone to enjoy.

See the evening entertainment available at Domaine de Segries >

*sit-on kayaks are used for the first 5km stretch of the Ardèche descent for 9/8-day (by coach or air) and 7-day (by air) durations.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

9 days by coach 🚌

  Daytime Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel
Arrive at centre - mid-afternoon
Swimming Pool and Sports and Team Games
Ardèche River Talk
The Cube and Disco
Day 3 Canyoning Robot Wars and Disco
Day 4

Vieux Vallon Trek

Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Trois Eaux (5km)

Vallon-Pont-d’Arc Visit and Disco
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Trois Eaux to La Mas (12km)
Photo challenge and Disco
Day 6 Ardèche Descent - Day 3
La Mas to Sauze Plage (13km)
Superhero Auction and Disco
Day 7 Excursion Day
e.g. Aigues Mortes
Dragons’ Den and Disco
Day 8 Treetop High Ropes
Problem Solving and Axe Throwing
Depart for the UK
Day 9 Travel Arrive home

8 days by coach 🚌

  Daytime Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel
Arrive at centre - mid-afternoon
Swimming Pool and Sports and Team Games
Ardèche River Talk
The Cube and Disco
Day 3

Vieux Vallon Trek

Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Trois Eaux (5km)

Robot Wars and Disco
Day 4 Excursion Day
e.g. Aigues Mortes
Photo Challenge and Disco
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Trois Eaux to Le Mas (12km)
Superhero Auction and Disco
Day 6 Ardèche Descent - Day 3
Le Mas to Sauze Plage (13km)
Dragons’ Den and Disco
Day 7 Treetop High Ropes
Swimming Pool and Axe Throwing
Depart for the UK
Day 8 Travel Arrive home

7 days by coach 🚌

  Daytime Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel
Arrive at centre
Swimming Pool and Sports and Team Games
Ardèche River Talk
The Cube and Disco
Day 3

Vieux Vallon Trek

Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Trois Eaux (5km)

Robot Wars and Disco
Day 4 Excursion Day
e.g. Aigues Mortes
Vallon-Pont-d’Arc Visit and Disco
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Trois Eaux to Le Mas (12km)
Photo Challenge and Disco
Day 6 Ardèche Descent - Day 3
Le Mas to Sauze Plage (13km)
Depart for the UK
Day 7 Travel Arrive home

7 days by air ✈️

  Daytime Evening
Day 1 Travel
Arrive at centre - mid-afternoon
Ardèche River Talk
The Cube and Disco
Day 2

Vieux Vallon Trek

Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Trois Eaux (5km)

Vallon-Pont-d’Arc Visit and Disco
Day 3 Excursion Day
e.g. Aigues Mortes
Superhero Auction and Disco
Day 4 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Trois Eaux to Le Mas (12km)
Photo challenge and Disco
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 3
Le Mas to Sauze Plage (13km)
Dragons’ Den and Disco
Day 6 Treetop High Ropes
Problem Solving and Axe Throwing
Robot Wars and Disco
Day 7 Depart for the UK
Travel
Arrive home

See Excursion Ideas for more information.

Learning outcomes

Improve communication, leadership, teamwork and individual skills.

You’ll see improvements in qualities such as personal responsibility, independence, initiative, self-reliance and perseverance when you take your group abroad.

Facing and overcoming challenges with the support of their peers, teachers and PGL staff improves confidence.

We’ll inspire an enthusiasm not just for acquiring new skills, but for learning in other areas of their education.

Your students have the opportunity to learn specific skills and appreciate the benefits of healthy outdoor living and fitness.

 

Excursions from Domaine de Segries

Hypermarket trips can also be combined with many of these excursions.

Full day excursions

  • Aqualand
  • Le Grau du Roi & Aigues Mortes
  • Canyoning
  • Avignon

Half day and evening excursions

  • 'Accroche toi aux branches' - Treetop adventure
  • Haribo Sweet Museum
  • Pont du Gard
  • Orgnac Caves
  • Planet Ocean Montpellier
  • Accrojump
  • Caverne du Pont d'Arc
  • Valras plage
  • Beziers
  • Cap d'Agde
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