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Camping In The Ardeche

The Ardeche Is A Magnificent Camping Option

The Ardeche is a magnificent camping option to consider. The summer weather in the Ardeche tends to be hotter than other popular camping areas in France with more Atlantic climates, even those further south such as Arcachon and the Dordogne.

That’s because the Ardeche normally enjoys a combination of hotter Continental and Mediterranean weather. By being situated where these hot, humid weather systems come up against Atlantic weather systems trying to push east, the Ardeche can be prone to very violent and dramatic thunderstorms.

I experienced one of these for myself back in 2004 when the campsite my family was staying at had to be evacuated during the night due to a combination of violent storms and flooding. Everyone was evacuated to a nearby church hall or chose to sleep in their cars. Happily when we returned the next morning our trailer tent was still intact and with absolutely nothing missing. It was also my wife’s birthday so it ended being a more memorable one than originally expected.

Although the river took a few days to settle down, and there were a few more storms, things otherwise quickly returned to normal.

Pont-d'Arc

The legendary Pont d’Arc near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc. No visit to the Ardeche is complete without canoeing through here.

The Ardeche has a wide choice of campsites, some of very high quality. They’re generally scattered along the riverbank from the village of Vogue, one of the loveliest villages in France, to the north and Vallon Pont D’Arc, further south, where you can enjoy some spectacular views of the dramatic gorges along the Ardeche.

Camping Nature Parc L'Ardechois

Camping Nature Parc L’Ardechois, one of the very best camping locations in the Ardeche. Always very popular with tourers, it would be advisable to book ahead if planning to stay here. Click Here To Read More Reviews

The Ardeche is a more challenging river for canoeing than the gentler, more genteel Dordogne but not as demanding as the Tarn. If you are willing to try it, you will be rewarded with some of the most dramatic scenery you could ever wish to see.

The views from the road are equally dramatic. There are also some lovely villages to visit including Vogue and Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.

Travelling to the Ardeche by road is a long journey. It will take at least 10 hours by car without having a trailer or caravan to tow, even without stopping and if traffic is light. It’s therefore advisable to have one stopover getting there and back, unless you can face such a long journey in one go. Be warned too, that traffic in the summer weekends at the end of July and in August is incredibly busy.

Les Ranchisses Campsite

Les Ranchisses Campsite near to picturesque L’argentière is Eurocamp’s best rated camping park in the Ardeche.
It’s not located on the Ardeche, but on the nearby La Ligne, a tributary of the Ardeche. Click Here For More Details

If you’ve been camping in the Ardeche yourself, or would like to do so, do feel free to send us your questions and comments either here or on our Social Media platforms, and indeed feel free to share this post on your own networks if you’d like to do so. It would be much appreciated.



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Jersey Travel Discount Code

Jersey Travel Discount Code – 5% OFF Online Bookings Until End Of 2015

Jersey Travel have announced a 5% discount on online bookings completed by the end of 2015.

You just need to remember to enter this code: AFF5 when you go through the booking process on their site: Jersey Travel

This will be valid for bookings at their featured camping holiday parks such as the 5 Star rated Durrell Wildlife Camp (featured below), Beuvelande Campsite, Rozel Camping Park and indeed other accommodation such as Les Ormes Holiday Resort. All great places for a holiday!

There are plenty of reviews as well as details of facilities and amenities at all of the accommodation options should you wish to try a holiday in Jersey. Don’t overlook that you can use the Jersey Travel Discount Code for holidays in 2016 as well as the rest of 2015. You just need to complete the booking before the end of 2015 to get it.

Durrell Wildlife Camp

Durrell Wildlife Camp. Use code AFF5 for 5% discounts on bookings here. Click Here For More Details



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Summer Holiday Offers

Some Of The Best Summer Holiday Offers

As the peak period of the summer holiday season approaches, there are still plenty of hot summer holiday offers. If you are still looking to book your holiday or want to squeeze in an extra one, you’ll want to check these deals out.

We don’t want to overwhelm you with too many alternatives, so our selection comes from a handful of leading operators including Al Fresco, Canvas, Eurocamp, Hoseasons and James Villas.

Al Fresco are offering up to 30% discounts even in July and August, while Eurocamp are offering up to 20% discounts for their vacancies. Hoseasons offers are for later in the summer from 18th to 28th August, while Canvas offers are for early July. Please note that the James Villas offer needs to be booked by 6th July.

Al Fresco School Summer Holiday Offers

Esterel

Looking for a great Summer Holiday deal? Esterel Park, close to the Riviera’s hotspots is ideal for day trips to Nice & Cannes. Savings between 15% & 30% can be had with Al Fresco, even in July & August!

Al Fresco have some great summer holiday offers, including up to 30% off family holidays even in July and August. There are some spectacular choices and spectacular locations too, such as Esterel Park featured above. A week in July there, from 18th to 25th, can be had for £632 instead of £903!

Find out more, including other locations and dates to choose from:

7 night European family holidays in the School Summer Holidays from only £393 for up to 6 people

Save up to 30% on European family holidays in the Summer School holidays

Both of these great offers, subject to availability, are going to be on offer from Al Fresco until 31st July but be warned some sites are already booked out for particular weeks so these deals will be going fast. If you want to find out more about them just click those highlighted links above.

Eurocamp School Summer Holiday Offers

Accommodation at Bella Tola, Susten, Switzerland

Accommodation at Bella Tola, Susten, Switzerland

Eurocamp are still offering a final chance to get savings of up to 20% on school summer holiday bookings at selected sites such as Bella Tola in Switzerland, as shown above. 7 days in a 2 bedroom Esprit Mobile can be booked for £1,040 instead of £1,171 if you can start your stay there on 31st July.

Other locations featuring similar discounts include Paris, the Dordogne, Riviera and Vendee in France and Tuscany in Italy.

To keep yourself up to date with the remaining availability on this offer, simply go to http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/offers-and-news/special-offers/special-offer-seven

Hoseasons School Summer Holiday Offers

La Ferme de la Serraz, near Lake Annecy in the French Alps.

By the pool at La Ferme de la Serraz, near Lake Annecy in the French Alps. Just one of the range of camping locations for which Hoseasons have summer holiday discounts.

You can get savings of up to 10% with Hoseasons at selected locations during the school summer holidays. This includes breathtakingly scenic locations such as La Ferme de la Serraz near Lake Annecy in the French Alps.

Hoseasons offer is for later in the summer, from 18th to 28th August. Some of the locations are only available for 3 or 4 nights, but why not combine it with one or two more stays at other locations?

To get a breakdown of what’s still available, go to http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/holiday-parks-in-europe/promotions/eu-parks-2015-summer

Canvas Holidays Hot Summer Deals

Summer Holiday Offers

Camping de L’Atlantique, South Brittany. 7 nights in a 3 bedroom Select Plus with decking for £680 from 11th July. Click Here For More Details

Canvas Holidays have dropped their prices for early July and are offering 7 night holidays in maxi tents from £357 and 7 night holidays in mobile chalets from £455.

Destinations which are included in this offer range from the Ardeche, Arcachon Coast, Brittany, Dordogne and Roussillon in France to locations in Austria, Germany and Spain. Please note that the last date for starting one of these holidays with Canvas is 11th July.

To get the latest update on what is still available from Canvas Holidays, you need to visit http://www.canvasholidays.co.uk/special-offers/hot-summer-deals

James Villa Holidays Summer Sale Extended

Summer Holiday Offers

James Villa Holidays Summer Sale has been extended until 6th July.

Until 6th July you can get at least 50% off July villas and at least 40% off August villas. Villas and flights in July start from just over £400. Even in August there are offers for just over £500.

There is a range of destinations across Europe to choose from if you’re looking for that little bit of extra luxury without breaking the bank!

To get a full breakdown on prices and availability you just need to have a look at www.jamesvillas.co.uk/july-summer-sale-availability

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