Active Provence

The Verdon Gorge area of Haute Provence has a reputation for being THE hottest destination for outdoor sports in the South East of France. It’s a veritable cornucopia of outdoors adventures! If you need to be active on holiday, pick and mix from our active itinerary ideas and we’ll incorporate them into your trip to SE France.

The gorge is a breathtakingly (sometimes literally!) beautiful area, 21kms long and some 700m deep, carved out of the limestone by the Verdon River in the departments of Haute Provence and the Hautes Alpes.

Watersports lovers will make a bee-line for the river where they can enjoy a whole variety of riversports. River rafting, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, river boarding….. you name it, you can do it on the Verdon River! There are options for the novice as well as for the more experienced and confident.

If you’re not much of a water lover then maybe test your head for heights on the numerous via ferrata and rock climbing options around the Verdon Gorge. Test your head for heights even more on a tandem paragliding outing and see the gorge from a unique vantage point! We can also arrange hot air balloon flights in the area.

If you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkies then a slacklining/highlining experience in the Verdon Gorge is unmissable. Walk along a 1” wide piece of climbing webbing attached to designated anchor points which give you a span of 85m over a height of 160m! Eek!

For those of you who prefer a less adrenaline-charged active break in the Verdon, we will arrange for a local guide to accompany you on a hike to discover some of the beautiful scenery in the Gorges du Verdon area.

Horse enthusiasts are not forgotten here either. Whatever your level, novice or experienced, a day hack in the area will be an unforgettable experience.

For some serious chilling out, there are some lovely lakes in the immediate area where you can hop into a pedalo or a canoe for a few hours, or even swim in the wonderfully warm, clear waters.

This single centre, fully flexible itinerary is based in the Verdon Gorge area of Provence/Hautes Alpes in SE France. It gives you a flavour of what active experiences Your Personal France can include in your own personalised itinerary.

We suggest you fly into Nice or Marseille airport from where you can hire a car.

The price for this active trip to Provence will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which activities you’d like to do.

Your Personal France can combine elements of this itinerary with any of the others on the website to create a complete trip to France. Take a look at our Historic Provence outline itinerary, for example.

Day 1
Hiking

Use the expert services of one of our local guides who will introduce you to the beautiful scenery of the Verdon area. The hike will be tailored to your level and taken at your pace. This is a fabulous introduction to the area around the Gorges de Verdun

Day 2
On the river

Take to the river Verdon today. In the springtime (April-June), choose an exciting group rafting descent of the river which is super-charged with snowmelt coming down from the south-western Alps.

Canyoning is another action-packed activity for the adventurous to try. Your guide will lead you down one of the gorges that leads into the main event. You’ll abseil down waterfalls, jump into deep pools and slide down natural toboggans.

Canoeing and kayaking, riverboarding and river walking, so many river sports to choose from!

Day 3
Horse riding

Whether you’re a novice or an experienced horse rider, a day exploring the beautiful countryside that surrounds the Verdon Gorge will leave a lasting impression.

Day 4
Paragliding

Take to the skies on a tandem paragliding outing and see the Verdon Gorge from an entirely different perspective. The views from the sky are simply breathtaking and your experienced tutor will ensure you have an outing of a lifetime!

Day 5
Lakeside chilling

There are several beautiful lakes in the area where you can easily spend a whole day chilling out. Go swimming in the warm waters, hire a pedalo or go for a gentle walk in the surrounding woodland. Take a picnic or enjoy lunch at one of the little local restaurants.

Day 6
Via ferrata and rock climbing

The via ferrata in the Verdon Gorge area is varied and exciting with options for all abilities. They may include monkey bridges, tyrolean traverses and rope swings, all with stunning views of the gorge below.

As for rock climbing, as well as being home to some routes that are climbed by the best rock climbers in the world, the Gorge also has plenty of lower grade routes which provide a great introduction to this exciting sport. You’ll be safe in the hands of an expert loal guide who will literally ‘show you the ropes’!

Day 7
Slacklining

The last day is an opportunity for the adrenaline junkie to get one last fix. How does slacklining along a 1” wide piece of climbing webbing attached to designated anchor point over a span of 85m and at a height of 160m appeal?! Only the brave and fearless need apply!

Included

  • Your own personal hand-crafted itinerary
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a guest house or hotel
  • Bookings for your choice of activities
  • Local tourist information to ensure you get the most out of your holiday
  • Our personal attention and a dedicated phone number throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights and car hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast



Trip Facts

  • Min 2 people
  • April-November
  • 7 days
  • Choose from top quality guest houses or charming hotels