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Above the Rhône Valley

Get a big breath of fresh air on the unspoilt traditional Ardeche
  • Duration 7 days
  • Activity Walking holiday with a donkey
  • Holiday among adults, with family
  • Theme countryside
660€

Information : Above the Rhône Valley

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Presentation

High above the celebrated vineyards of Cornas and St Péray, your first guest house awaits you in the calm of a plateau at 600 metres overlooking the Valley of the Rhône. Fine walks to look forward to, along with the clear air of forest and meadow. To the west the first volcanic hills of the Ardèche may be seen. To the East, beyond the valley, the Alps stretch from Mont Ventoux to the snowy summit of Mont Blanc.
 

You'll love

  • rambling 'off the beaten track' in the Ardèche
  • staying in delightfully restored traditional dwellings
  • ridgeways with fabulous views over the Rhône Valley and the distant Alps
  • Your cute donkey!

Program : Above the Rhône Valley

  • D1 Arrival at Champis

    Arrival late afternoon in Champis.

    Dinner and night in a former Ardèche farm guest house ('chambre d'hôtes').

  • D2 Loop walk out from Champis and back

    6.5 km with total uphill around 100m (level 1/5) - an outing of about 2hrs30.
    This first outing is a circular walk that helps you get to know your travelling companion, the donkey. All along the way you'll enjoy superb views over the Rhône valley as you wind through the vineyards and woods. Towards the end of the day, your route is along a little narrow road punctuated left and right by beautiful old stone-built farmhouses.

    Dinner and night in the chambre d'hôtes.

  • D3 From Champis to Alboussière

    13.2 km with total uphill 360m (level 3/5). Duration about 4hrs45.
    Weaving its way along the line of the ridges between the plateau of the Ardèche and the Rhône Valley. It offers fine panoramic views of the pre-Alps and the Rhône Valley to the east and the Massif Central to the west.

    Evening dinner and night in 3 épis guest house with pool.

  • D4 Around Alboussière

    9.3 km with total uphill 339m (level 2/5). Duration about 3hrs10.
    Throughout this pleasant rural outing, you’ll enjoy the splendour of the Ardèche countryside at leisure.
    You’ll be making your way through a land where the natural environment still has a wild side you can walk on with quiet pleasure. Then magnificent chestnut forests give way to the more formal beauty of widespread pastureland essential to a thriving livestock farming activity.

    Evening dinner and night in 3 épis guest house with pool.

  • D5 From Alboussière to Saint Sylvestre

    13km with total uphill 256 (level 3/5). Duration around 4hrs30.
    A pleasant walk with a succession of extensive farm pasture and dense forests in which one imagines with ease the old legends which inhabit these woods...
    This easy circuit is on the plateau of the Ardèche, at 500 to 600m altitude.

    Dinner and night in a traditional Ardèche farm guest house.

  • D6 From Saint Sylvestre to Champis

    7.4 km with total uphill 300m (level 2/5). Duration around 3hrs.
    Fine stretch between St Sylvestre and Le Mazel. Along the Serre Long at 600m altitude, the view is fantastic over the pre-Alps and Provence. In clear weather, the Ecrins, Mont ventoux and even Mont Blanc ranges are visible from this lofty perch.
    Also possible: a return trek up to the Belvédère du Pic (viewpoint).

    Once in Champis, you exchange your donkey companion for your vehicle and return to Saint Sylvestre for your last night.
    (If you come by public transport, a taxi will bring you back to Saint Sylvestre)

    Dinner and night in a traditional Ardèche farm guest house.

  • D7 Saint Sylvestre

    Departure after breakfast.

Tariffs High season

From July to August, departure every 2 days

In family room

Adult : 700 €
Junior (12-17) : 700 €
Child (2-11) : 455 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult : 730 €
Junior (12 - 17) :  730 €
Child (2 - 11) : 670 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

850 €

Solo traveller

890 €

Tariffs low season

From April to June and from september to october, departure everyday

In family room

Adult : 660 €
Junior (12-17) : 660 €
Child (2-11) : 430 €
Baby (0-1) : 70 €

In double room

Adult :  690 €
Junior (12 - 17) : 690 €
Child (2 - 11) : 630 €
Baby (0 - 1) : 70 €

In single room

810 €

Solo traveller

850 €

What's included?

  • Half board + picnic lunches
  • 3 'épis' guest houses
  • Detailed road-book and maps
  • Technical and logistical support
  • Baggage transfers

Optional

  • Donkey rental:  265 €

What's not included ?

  • Beverage and extra
  • Return transfer from Home to the first accomodation
  • Facultative cancellation and repatriation insurance

Characteristics of circuits

  • Walking holiday with a donkey, suitable for families with children of 4 and over.
  • Daily stages: 7,3 to 13,2 km (3 to 4,45hrs walk) daily.
  • Total daily uphill: 202 - 360 metres.
  • Altitude from 350 to 700 metres .

Organisation

  • These walks are much more about relaxed exploration than athletic performance. Your roadbook will guide you from beginning to end, and at each stage you'll find a place for the donkey to drink, eat and rest. We provide the logistical and technical support necessary.
  • Leading a pack donkey: travelling with a donkey is a superb way of enjoying a family walking holiday at the slow rhythm of the animal. They are great company for children and adults alike.

The donkey's role is to carry your baggage for the day (or the whole trip in the case of short stays). It can also, under your supervision and at your own risk, carry the children one-at-a time if they start to feel too tired, provided that
1) they are at least 4 years old and capable of holding themselves seated upright on the animal;
2) the terrain is even, and
3) the donkey's total load is less than 40 kilograms.
Looking after a donkey requires some attention, which is why we only provide one donkey per family per holiday.

  • On longer holidays you change accommodation every other day, which gives you the chance to better explore your surroundings or simply take the time to relax...
  • Accommodation (3 'épis' guest houses) has been chosen for its atmosphere, warm welcome and environmental and architectural excellence.

N.B : the accommodation described above is given as an indication and may vary according to availability at the moment your reservation is finalized.

Access

By car

Highway A7 - 18 km

By air

Marseille-Provence airport or Lyon St-Exupéry airport + train to Valence ville + bus (see below)

By train

Valence-ville railway station then by bus to the bus stop Le Fringuet (Champis) by the bus line 6 Valence - Vernoux

Comments

Global note
5.0
  • Thank you for a fantastic experience. I'm 66 years old, not in great shape. Althrough we spent time getting ready, the hills and rugged terrain were a bit hard for me. We only walked for 3 days, but still, we loved doing it and had a great time.

  • The hosts are very nice! The food was great and the donkey was cute! Everything perfectly organized!

  • Magnifique semaine dans une nature de toute beauté avec le confort de gîtes charmants tenus par des amoureux de la région et des bons produits, en toute simplicité !

    Très belle expérience de cheminer avec un âne, à son rythme, et de le bichonner nous-mêmes.

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