France – Ancestral Treasures of Ardeche


4 days / 230 km
Period : Throughout the year
Reference : 16B318

Prix : 1€

Discover the Cave of Pont d’Arc, and its cave paintings, engravings and huge frescoes! This exact recreation of the Chauvet cave restores the oldest known masterpiece of Humanity dated 36 000 years. Enjoy a fabulous journey through time while enjoying the flavors and the expertise Ardèche.

Trip

Day 1 Artisanal flavours (30 km)

First stop at Mirabel, where you can visit the castle ruins and its classified dungeon by yourself followed by a chestnut biscuit tasting. Dinner. Accommodations.

Day2 Aven Orgnac and Ardèche wine (60 km)

Enjoy a guided tour of the natural site of Orgnac – the cave discovered in the 30s, is now approved as Grand Site of France, and attracts more and more visitors with its impressive natural chalk formations, and its Museum of Prehistory which has been newly modernized. Lunch. Continue to the Néovinum museum in Ruoms for an immersion into the spectacular world of Ardèche wine – a guided tour through an interactive scenography course, followed by a tasting session to acquire or improve you oenological knowledge. Dinner. Accommodations.

Day 3 Cave Pont d’Arc and the Ardèche Gorges (110 km)

Discover the Pont-d’Arc Cave: an extraordinary collection of more than 420 representations of animals. Visitors are allowed to immerse themselves in the heart of prehistoric Ardèche and discover the lifestyles of Cro-Magnon man, and the extraordinary drawings and engravings they made in the cave. Lunch. Since Vallon Pont d’Arc, carry on with the visit by canoe through the gorges and admire the beauty of this unforgettable natural setting. Continue by bus for an independent visit of the gorge with stops at all the major viewpoints. Dinner. Accommodations.

Day 4 In the land of lavender (30 km)

Visit the lavender museum for a relaxing break in the wonderful world of colors and scents, to know everything about this plant from cultivation to distillation, the various species of lavender, and a video of the evolution of stills throughout the ages.


Service details

PC 3* hotel in Vallon Pont d’Arc area
Entry fees: Mirabel dungeon, Orgnac, Museum of Prehistory, Néovinum, the Pont d’Arc cave, lavender museum
Tasting: chestnut biscuits
Course 8 km canoe (1 / 2d) with 1 instructor for 16 people

Strong points

Show
Jean Ferrat
In a former farmhouse, come attend a moving show about the life of Jean Ferrat. The performance comprises of slides and musical excerpts honoring the artist’s career.

Festivities
Feast of the Chestnut
Mid-October
In autumn, the Ardèche is transfigured and buzzes with the sound of castagnades – chestnut harvesting. The festival takes place every Sunday in a different village, and a friendly atmosphere is guaranteed!

Possible supplements

Single room (3n.): € 94
Cave-exploring activity (3h): contact us



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