For families & friends

Maxi-Mini Descent 12 km

A descent rich in sensations and discoveries, with passages on the slides and under the Pont d’Arc, ideal for families and groups of friends.

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Sailing time: 3h

Number of rapids: 3


Maxi-Mini Descent of the Ardèche 12 km by canoe

The descent in detail

Le Pont d’Arc

Passage under the arch

Total rapids

3 rapids to cross


3 slides to cross

The 12 km canoe descent of the Ardèche is the ideal compromise for those who want a slightly longer course than the 6 km Mini Descent, but don’t want to take on the big 24 km or 30 km day trips.

A few strokes of the paddle are all it takes to cover the distance on calm, peaceful water, with several dike crossings via specially-designed slides, as well as a few rapids, including one of the most legendary, the Charlemagne, which guides you straight under the Pont d’Arc.

Descent information

Difficulty: Easy

Public: Adults and children aged 7 and over

Duration: Approx. 3 hours (*time given for guidance only)

Return shuttles: Every hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (off season) and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (July/August)

Canoeing down the Ardèche 12 km

Arrivals and departures

Departure times: Between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. non-stop

Departure base: Mazes landing stage*.

Arrival time: To be determined before descent

Arrival base: Châmes landing stage (stop no. 5)

* Understanding the departure base

The specific departure base for this descent is located at the Accroche Toi Aux Branches park in Vallon Pont d’Arc (see access map). You must go as a priority to this treetop adventure park where you will find the corresponding pier.

A 12 km canoe-kayak trip down the Ardèche is an outdoor adventure that lets you discover the majesty of this picturesque region of France. Whether you’re a watersports enthusiast or simply looking for a memorable outdoor experience, this excursion promises a day rich in thrills and natural beauty.

This 12 km canoe-kayak descent is suitable for adventurers of all levels. Beginners and experienced athletes alike can enjoy this adventure.

Combining natural beauty, excitement and tranquility, whether you’re on your own, with a partner, family or friends, this experience will leave you with lasting memories of the splendor of the Ardèche. Get ready for a day of total escape in the heart of French nature.

34 Internet prices* *Special Internet adult price for children aged 15 and over up to 9 people.

*Up to 20% immediate discount per person on the adult in-store price.

37 Adult price* *Normal adult price from age 15 in one of our sales outlets.
23 Children's price* *Normal child price from 7 to 15 years old in one of our sales outlets.
32 Group prices* *Normal group price for 10 to 20 people at one of our sales outlets.
17 3rd place prize* *3rd place central price except for runs with bivouac.

Compare other Ardèche descents

Doesn’t this route down the Ardèche suit you? Below you’ll find a general map of the descent, with all the canoeing routes and their durations, rapids and important passages.

The other routes of the Ardèche canoeing trip