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on a hot day, this was an amazing alternative to discover nature, peace, water and fun. they are... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Salima K
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Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Cooling off under the Pont du Gard

Overall, it was a great way to stay cool during a heat wave in Provence. I think everyone else in... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Leena N
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

i note from another review that their river was the Gardon but we were on the Sorgue and ran from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Isle sur la Sorgue. Booked by phone, drove up, thorough safety briefing, given safety gear and a waterproof drum for valuables. Stunning scenery, a very makeable mix of flat river with a couple of faster bits over weirs thrown in which the instructors carefully supervised. Although there had been no rain for ages there was plenty of water, i imagine from the mountain melts, water 13 degrees, cool for late summer! The avenues formed by the overhanging trees were beautiful. 7km about 2 hours and a bus brings you back up to Fontaine. Excellent value, and we took the option with a 3 course lunch, see my separate review of the restaurant. Again, real value but we didn't need 3 courses! The restaurant setting is lovely, right next to the kayak office and you sit round a pond with trout swimming in it. We had the trout, tasty. Opt for the kayak and then choose what you really want rather than waste the huge portions in the "formule" set 3 course menu.

Thank davidinnoosa
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

As a family of three with a daughter of 6 years old, we have really enjoyed this easy ride along the river. The surroundings along the path are lovely and the water is clear. Just be aware of the temperature super cold even in summer, sometimes you have to go out of the kayak and it can be too refreshing. We loved it.

Thank Arianna A
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

on a hot day, this was an amazing alternative to discover nature, peace, water and fun. they are well organized and friendly. Price is ok. the kayak trip is about 2h. we had great laughs, saw amazing nature. you take the trip down stream. they bring you back to your car, by bus.

1  Thank Salima K
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

Overall, it was a great way to stay cool during a heat wave in Provence. I think everyone else in Provence had the same idea, as we found ourselves navigating the calm waters of the Gardon River with several hundreds of other kayakers in what came to feel like a shared holiday excursion. The 8km route was easy and we made sure to leave lots of time to stop, swim and enjoy a small picnic.

The company offers a good service with shuttles that pick you and drop you off at your car. Registering was relatively easy (we did book ahead but I got the sense that it wasn't necessary - there were a lot of people and plenty of boats for everyone). We all got lifejackets and a waterproof canister that fit all our dry belongings and lunch. There was no safety briefing; we were simply shown our kayaks, jumped in and off we went. The river is very calm and so long as you know how to steer a kayak away from other kayaks you should have no trouble. Make sure you leave yourself enough time (3 hrs worked for us) to stop and swim. The return shuttle is a set a time and the river is slow enough that if you fall behind, you might have to paddle hard to meet your return trip.

Finally, beware of young men hanging out on cliffs claiming to have lost a shoe in the river. This is an invitation to bring you closer so they can cannonball into the river, splashing and rocking your kayak. All in good fun, I suppose, if you're into that sort of thing.

All in all, we loved our time on the river; the Pont du Gard is quite a sight when you round the corner and it comes into view. The scene is an excellent mix of the ancient world and modern life.

1  Thank Leena N
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

As a family of 4 and with two teenagers with no kayaking experience we had a lot of fun on the river. Even when the local kids jumped into the river and splashed us with very cold water.

We were expertly guided the whole way and had all the help we needed to enjoy.

The river is a bit tame and we wish the trip had been at least twice as long.

Thank you for a great time and keep up the good work!

Thank TroelsJ61
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

My friend and i, both in our early 60s but both relatively fit (i go to the gym and my friend cycles and walks) went kayaking with kayak vert to experience the natural beauty of the area. I had canoed before but both of us were relative novices. Two minute safety talk didnt explain how to steer a craft in fast water with rapids. The current was very strong. I was the more experienced and in retrospect should have been at the back to have more control but i am shorter so initially went in the front. We kept swinging out of control in the fast flow and hit a wall hard. The kayak was capsised by the fast water as it got stuck on rocks. We both ended up trapped underneath the heavy kayak on the rocks and had a frightening struggle to get out and i had started inhaling water and had hit my head. Both of us are strong swimmers thank god. We held on to the kayak which drifted into deep water and lost sunglasses hats and flip flops. We managed to get to a shallow area and righted the kayak but were both very upset and shaking. It was quite a long time before one of the staff approached us. If i had been knocked out i would have drowned. We then had to negotiate further rapids and saw others out of control. We managed better with me at the back but
To be honest i think only relatively experienced people should be allowed to make this trip when the water is running so fast. Also more guidance and more staff on the river would help. Very frightening trip and i still have a headache!

4  Thank CaromC
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We just did the canoeing experience and had a great time. It was relaxing (mostly), cool, and a great way to see some sites from a different angle. There are a couple of things to mention though, that we weren't clear on from the website or other reviews on here.

There are two sessions a day: 1030am and 2:30pm. They were taking reservations, but we were able to get on the list for th 230pm at around 1230pm day of. I bet that it can get busy sometimes, and they may not be available.

While they seem to indicate that you can do a kayak or a canoe, it seems that they mostly have one kind of vehicle which is a two person plastic canoe, although it looks like it could seat more.

They do require payment in cash, and they require an ID. They accepted my US driver's license and didn't even ask to see the ID for the other person on my reservation.

There is a guide at the front and the back of the group. We held back a little because there was a large group of people who were there together, and we wanted it to be a little quieter. By the end, the group was spread out and we couldn't see anyone. I think we even took a wrong turn somewhere, but it all came together in the end.

It mentions having to get out of your canoe to go over some damns. We did not do that. Instead, they had a couple of places where they put a wooden ramp over the dammed area (only about 3 to 4 feet high) that one of the guides helped us slide down. It was a little scary, but not very much. The person in the front did end up getting wet though. In some places the water was fairly slow. In others the streamed moved a little faster, and we had to work a little harder to keep from running into trees.

All in all it was a very fun afternoon and a nice way to see catch some different scenery.

1  Thank kgtband
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

I stumbled on this one quite by accident, and what a stumble it was! Based near the very pretty village of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Kayak Vert runs 1.5 hour canoe trips down the river and then shuttles you back to the start point. There are a couple of little rapids to keep the blood pumping but otherwise a very peaceful journey down the river with beautiful scenery. Guides are on hand to steer through any tricky bits. While there were a few of us I didn’t think there were too many to lack enjoyment. Well worth it for the 20 euros I paid, and I’d do it again. Make sure you walk up to the village afterwards and see the « Fontaine » (more of a series of rapids) and the village (you may as well make the most of the 4 euro parking you just paid). An all-round lovely experience.

Thank Charlotte S
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Our family enjoyed the experience of slowly drifting down this beautiful river. Our experience with the staff was fine - all were perfectly polite. The booking in process ran smoothly, though you do need to bring ID and cash only. They provide a large container to keep things dry in. There was a wait until we could get into the kayak / canoe, a briefing was done in French and English, and when in the river, there are guides to help you through various points (which is actually quite fun). The end of the trip we again waited for 30+ mins while buses returned to pick up kayaks and travellers. Could definitely be more organised at the finish point. But generally, it's a great experience and we experienced none of the issues of recent reviews.

1  Thank Kento74
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

The river is beautiful, there are no real rapids, so you mainly just go down the river slowly. You need to be very slow and maybe stop sometime to get a 2 hour trip. We where with a small group, luckily, so we could enjoy the silence. When it's crouded, I wouldn't recommend going really. The staff is pretty depressing, like they don't like there jobs. Specially the girl at the counter. We think it is very expensive, 10 euro should be the right price. But, it is a nice trip.

Thank Ricardo H
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