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March 3rd 2015
Published: March 3rd 2015
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If you thought whitewater rafting was beyond your means, think again. Just a short flight away from northern Europe you can get the thrill of shooting the rapids for a fraction of the price of heading over to the Zambezi, Nile or Colorado rivers.

A two hour drive from the major towns of Annecy, Grenoble, Chambery or even Geneva is the Tarentaise Valley formed by the River Isère. It offers more than 23 km of whitewater or “eau vive”, as it is called in French. A two and a half, to three hour downstream trip is less than €60.00. The difficulty varies from a class II to IV and the scenery is dramatic.

If that’s not enough, and you want a bit more of a white-knuckle ride, try the Doron de Bozel. A tributary of the Isère, it’s steeper, narrower and faster and there’s not too much time to admire the towering cliffs and wooded gorge as you shoot through. This is the one for the experienced rafter - or the intrepid novice.

Fine for families too - The Haute-Savoie region is an excellent holiday destination for family sports activities and there is a special 10 km route for young rafters from aged 8 upwards. It’s a gradual descent but not without it’s fair share of rapids as well as the more gentle sections. All the equipment is provided, along with instruction and safety tips and supervision is by professional tour guides. The only requirement is being able to swim!

Still yearning for the Colorado experience? Located at approximately an hour’s drive from Annecy , the Dora Baltea - Italie is a mythical river. From its source at the foot of Mont-Blanc it maintains the power and beauty of the glaciers that feed it. Depending on the water levels, at least three different sections can be navigated and there’s time for a picnic at the water's edge at each stop. It’s a bit more expensive at €120.00 but, as it says in the website, this is a “once in a lifetime” adrenalin rush.

Rafting is great for group outings, team building and the like, but definitely not for the faint hearted!

For more information see the Annecy Tourist website http://en.lac-annecy.com/ or for a company with 10 years experience in the field, or in the this case, the river, check out: http://www.essaonia.net/


3rd March 2015

Great experience
I love rafting. Great experience and hope to go one day. Also I would recommend you to check this place https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4759024 Its a cottage on the river, with rafting possibilities on the same river...

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