2017 Canoe Tours
On the rivers of France, Belgium & England
Hi <<First Name>>, from Green River Canoes. All our best wishes to you and your friends & families for 2017. Here are some details of our new and updated canoe tours for the 2017 season.
We have an exciting combination tour for this season which includes Yoga sessions before our day on the river. We've created a new version of the 6 Day Célé Tour, arranged so that we stay in the farmhouse at Sauliac all week and have a Yoga instructor on hand for our morning and late afternoon Yoga sessions. You can see all the details here.
On our 7 Day Perigord and 12 Day 3 Rivers Tours we can now visit the newly opened Lascaux 4 cave at Montignac. This is a new replica of the famous Lascaux cave which contains some of the worlds oldest cave paintings dating from 25,000 years ago. The original cave is closed to visitors as the paintings are sensitive to atmospheric changes. Previously we visited the Lascaux 2 replica (Lascaux 3 is apparently a travelling exhibition). I'm personally looking forward to seeing the new version.
Last seasons new 8 Day Loire Tour went very well: we had a lot of fun on the rivers including a couple of nights wild-camping and lots of wild-swimming - not to mention the visits to innumerable Chateaux. You can see plenty of photographs from that tour here. The camping part, by the way, is not compulsory!
Our tour to the garden of England (the County of Kent around Canterbury and my home patch) has been re-designed as a series of half and full days. The idea is that you can mix & match these days to make your own itinerary of 2, 3 or 4 days (or longer if you wish). The days cover canoe trips on the Stour, Medway and Rother, walks on the Pilgrims Way, the Downs, the White Cliffs of Dover, visits to castles and gardens, a city walk visiting Canterbury Cathedral and a ride on a vintage Steam Train. All is explained here.
Last spring & summer we had some spectacular tours down to the Ardeche, Gard and Tarn regions of France. Both our 8 Day Ardeche Tour and the 12 Day Ardeche & Tarn Tour cover these beautiful places where we canoe through fabulous gorges. The highlights also include paddling through the natural stone arch of Pont D'Arc visiting the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct crossing the Gard river built by the Romans 2000 years ago, and the Chauvet Cave where we can see the paintings of our ancestors from 30,000 years ago. You can see some photographs from our first day here.
The Tarn Gorge & river can also be visited separately on our 6 Day Tarn Tour. It really is a special river, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves there last summer. Some photos are here and here.
Last summer we had two tours go out in the late spring early summer of May & June. It turned out that this is a fabulous time to go orchid hunting in both the Ardeche & Perigord regions. We were very fortunate to find Pyramidal, Fragrant, Bee, Lizard, Fly, Lady, Green Man, Tongue and Twayblade Orchids. It was truly astonishing. You can see many photographs here.