Kayak the Alps - Intermediate (tailor made)

Kayak the Alps - Intermediate (tailor made)

A week of alpine paddling tailor made for your group! Paddle the best rivers of the Southern French Alps with local and experienced qualified instructors.  

Location: Range of rivers in the Southern French Alps

Months available: May, June, July, August

Holiday Guide Price
Adult: 791€ to 1072€
Prices will vary depending on your dates, party size and / or accommodation choice.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a choice of half board in a hotel or camping accommodation
  • 5 white water kayaking sessions (3 half days and 2 full days) see example itinerary on a variety of rivers with fully qualified and experienced kayak instructors
  • All equipment (kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, helmets, buoyancy aids). You can bring your own if you prefer.
  • 3 activity points per person that you can exchange for a range of activities
  • A tree planted on your behalf to help with your carbon offsetting
  • Kayakers come from all over the world to sample the famous Alpine rivers of The Southern French Alps!  With great weather (300 days of sunshine per year),  stunning mountain scenery and all the best kayaking rivers in the Alps from grade II to grade V all within an hour of each other, this part of the Alps is a true paddlers paradise!

    This is a tailor made trip so we'll create an itinerary to suit your group taking into account your kayaking experience and the local conditions. The first session will usually be an intensive paddle on the grade II /III Drac river. This will help the instructor to gauge your level and plan the rest of the week accordingly. 

    After that the choices are endless! The Champsaur valley is a great place to be based to sample some of the wilder and lesser known rivers like the Drac Noir (grade IV), the Drac Blanc (grade III+), the Drac (grade II - IV), the Severaisse (grade III - IV), the Bonne (grade IV - VI), the Souloise (grade IV), all draining the snow and glacier melt from the largest mountains in the Southern Alps in the Ecrins National Park. You can then travel a little further for better known Durance (II - IV), the Ubaye (grade III - IV) or the Guil (grade III - IV).

    All our kayak instructors are fully qualified to French and European standards. They are very experienced kayakers with lots of local knowledge and will have a keen eye on your safety.

    For your free day you also have three activity points that you can use for a range of activities including canyoning, via ferrata, rock climbing, horse riding... and many more. A great opportunity to try some of the other fabulous activities the Alps has to offer!

    Have a look at our kayaking kit list for advice on what to pack.

    If you are an individual looking to join a group of like minded paddlers, then have a look at our White Water Kayaking in the Alps Week for Grade 3 to 4 paddlers

    You may also be interested in our Kayak the Alps- Beginners course or combining some kayaking with our Summer Multi Activity holiday


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    The nearest train station is Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseilles.

    The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseilles, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps. 

    Please note, for river shuttles you may need to use your car in addition to the instructor's transport. This will be the case where you only have 1 instructor for your group. You would only have 1 instructor for your group if your group is 4 or less people.

    As such, you may need to hire a car or drive down in your own vehicle. 

    If you are going to hire a car, please Check out our partner's hire car rates.

    For larger groups, we can arrange transfers from Gap train station to your accommodation for 50€ per transfer (up to 8 people per transfer) and can use our own transport for river shuttles.

    Sean Harris - Kayak the Alps - Intermediate

    June 2018

    Customer Review

    I wanted a week away with my teenaged son to advance our abilities in white water kayaking. I found undiscovered mountai...

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    Edmund Hawkridge - White Water Kayaking Holiday

    July 2015

    Customer Review

    An excellent holiday, definately one that will go down as a high point in our lives.

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