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Adventures in Provence

These 4 or 7 days holidays are designed for anyone from 10yrs upwards and with the emphasis on relaxed enjoyment of our environment here. Accommodation is in our home, The Art House. Full details can be found on www.lamaisondartjane.com.
The programme is flexible depending on the clientel and the weather. The rock climbing, via ferrata and electric biking are led by qualified guides or leaders. The walking days and the kayaking day are not guided as such but accompanied by advisers.

4 Day Programme (for Saturday or Sunday arrivals)

Day 1

Arrive and settle in.Briefing, a swim in our pool then supper in house.

Day 2

Intro to Rock climbing at Buis les Baronnies with guides.Return home for picnic lunch. PM..A relaxed walk through the vineyards, olive groves and the village itself. Supper at local restaurant not included.

Day 3

Electric Bike Tour into the hill country led by local expert. Vehicle back up provided as well..possible picnic lunch depending on time .Pm.Visits to local wine caves.and olive mills. Return for tea and supper in house plus use of swimming pool and games area.

Day 4

Kayaking in the Ardeche Gorge. Depart at 9am for 1hr drive to Vallon Pont d’Arc. On arrival at the centre clients are equipped with life jackets, helmets and 2 to 3 person open kayaks. A briefing is given by staff and all safety instruction as well. The group will received some basic instruction by myself before setting off. The plan is to canoe through to the famous Pont ‘d Arc to a lunch beach with a picnic provided by us.After lunch a fun descent leads to an exit and a vehicle waiting to return the group to the start. The drive back will be by the famous Gorge road with fabulous views of the river itself.Return to Vinsobres by 5pm. Transport. BBQ supper with wine provided this evening.

Day 5

Depart after breakfast by about 10am. Transport to Orange Rail Station with link trains to Marseille Airport.

7 Day Programme (Saturday to Saturday)

Saturday

Arrive by 5pm. Welcome drinks, briefing and supper in house with wine.Time for a swim and or games in the games cave.

Sunday

Electric Bike Ride from Nyons with local guide/leader. Length and time depends on group abilities.Return for rest at the pool . The local bistro is the venue for supper this evening, not included in the cost. It is 5 minutes walk from our house.

Monday

An introduction to rock climbing with expert guides from the Bureau des Guides at Buis le Baronnies. All equipment provided bar footwear.Those seeking harder or longer climbs can be provided for at extra cost.PM..a lovely walk through the forest, vineyards , lavender and olive groves of about 2 hrs.
Supper at the restaurant La Détente this evening included.

Tuesday

Kayaking in the Ardeche Gorge. Depart at 9am for 1hr drive to Vallon Pont d’Arc. On arrival at the centre clients are equipped with life jackets, helmets and 2 to 3 person open kayaks. A briefing is given by staff and all safety instruction as well. The group will received some basic instruction by myself before setting off. The plan is to canoe through to the famous Pont ‘d Arc to a lunch beach with a picnic provided by us.After lunch a fun descent leads to an exit and a vehicle waiting to return the group to the start. The drive back will be by the famous Gorge road with fabulous views of the river itself.Return to Vinsobres by 5pm. Transport. BBQ supper with wine provided this evening.

Wednesday

A mountain walk to visit the area where European Vultures can be seen at close range ! The walk varies between 3 and 5hrs depending on the route taken and time watching these magnificent birds in flight. Picnic lunch provided. Later on we return to Nyons to visit the Lavender distillery. Transport provided for clients to have supper in Nyons..not included.

Thursday

The famous Nyons market which is a favourite with all our clients. Stroll through the 3 major squares packed with colourful stalls selling local produce and much more. We recommend buying a picnic and then returning home to enjoy it in our garden terrace. Time now to relax, enjoy the pool, have a siesta,play some games. Finish off the afternoon to our favourite wine cave where the farmer explains all …plus a chance to try some wine. Supper not included this evening.

Friday

A Via Ferrata morning with the guides at Buis les Baronnies. Full instruction and equipment is provided. Followed by a lovely forest walk of about 2 hrs leading to outstanding views of Nyons and Mt Ventoux. This evening we offer a Paella meal with wine on the garden terrace.

Saturday

Depart by 10am with transfers available to Orange Rail Station

Equipment - Please bring with you a small rucksack, light weight walking shoes or boots, water bottle, light weight shower proof jacket, sun hat, glasses, sun cream, binos if you have them and ..of course your camera.

Insurance - Please make sure that you are insured for these activities. Go to www.truetraveller.com as one possible source.