Our Adventure Safaris combine a variety of outdoor activities, cultural interests and visitor attractions designed for families. They can run over 1-4 days (minimum 4 people) during July and August and include activities you choose to do.
Below are some options to build into your Adventure Safari
Local market, Cave visit and water sports.
Visit a local market in the morning and in the afternoon the choice of a tour in a local prehistoric cave and / or head to a local lake with kayaks for some water sports. We will provide all the kayaking kit and make sure you are safe, offering guidance and tuition if needed. Lunch can be had in a local village restaurant / cafe or make a pique-nique to have in a local beauty spot or at the lake.
Cycle the Voie Vert (green route)
Cycle from Foix to St. Girons, or part of it, having lunch en route. We offer camping for over night stops as part of the real safari experience in a charming Pyrenean village or, if you prefer Gite or hotel accommodation in the same village we can also arrange that. Eat in local restaurants, order a take away or cook for yourself at the campsite. If you have chosen the camping option, you can take advantage of the local facilities in the village after the activities. e.g. tennis court, basket ball, boules, table tennis, swimming in the local pool or river.
Rafting, High ropes, Caving and climbing options
Choose two of the activities above, one as a morning activity and one for the afternoon and head out for an action packed day of full-on adventure. Rafting, caving, high ropes and climbing are all available locally. If you are keen to do more the next day then we can arrange that too.
Other local activities
We offer other adventurous activities such a para-gliding, trekking, road cycling, mountain biking, so call us to discuss your preferred choice and we can put a plan together to suit you and your family.
Market day in St. Girons. If you want to experience a large, original French market, Ariege style, then you must include the colourful market in the centre of town on Saturday mornings. It is one of the best “local markets” in the region.
N.B. We remain flexible when building activity days, but some activities work well together due to proximity and logistics. As we work with various holiday accommodations we often form small parties or join other groups when necessary. Activities vary according to what is available on the day, the weather and the over all demand for the activities. All the activities will be in the local area so that travel is kept to a minimum. Please book in advance as activities and visitor attractions will get booked up during the holiday period..
Weather Conditions: If weather conditions on the day prevent your chosen activity from taking place for health and safety reasons, then we will either arrange the activity for another day, find another suitable activity for you or refund your money.
Seasonal Activities:Some activities are seasonal and therefore do not run all year round or may be affected by unseasonable weather. e.g. rafting, Para gliding.
Kit for an Adventure Safari: Below is a list of suggested clothing and equipment for an adventure safari. For all specialist activities, safety and technical equipment will be provided by the operator or us.
- Sun hat, Sun cream, Sun glasses
- A long sleeved shirt (for protection from sun and biting insects)
- Long activity trousers (for protection from sun and biting insects)
- Change of clothes
- Swimming shorts
- Towel (quick -dry)
- Wash kit
- Fleece top (after water sports or cool evenings)
- Waterproof Jacket & Trousers (can hire from us)
- Trainers or walking boots (can hire walking boots from us)
- Good quality walking socks – (will prevent blisters when walking)
- Water bottle (minimum of 1 ltr)
- Small 1st aid kit
- Backpack 20-40 litres (can hire from us)
- Food/Snacks during or after activities. e.g. chocolate, nuts, energy bars, dried fruit, etc)
N.B. The above list is in addition to what you normally wear. Weather conditions will dictate what clothing is needed. Remember that in the mountains and the foothills during July and August, it is not uncommon to experience brief but dramatic thunderstorms.
Kit Hire. We hire good quality waterproofs and sleeping bag, backpacks, tents, sleeping mats and cooking equipment. Note.Tents, sleeping mats and cooking equipment are provided for the camping element of the Adventure Safari, but food is not.
Kayak & Bike Hire: If you would like to hire a kayak or bike for the day, we have sit-on top kayaks (SOT) and stand-up paddle boards (SUP) for use on local lakes and bikes to suit family cycling. See Kayak & Tent hire for details.
Insurance: We advise that all those wanting to take part in our activity holidays should have adequate insurance cover. ERV UK offer a wide range of travel insurance policies to suit your holiday needs. The Pyrenees Adventure company is a member of ERV’s partner programme, so their policies are tailored to cover all our activities. To ensure a 10% discount on your policy, please quote PAC10 when contacting ERV. www.erv.co.uk