Caving activities

For enthusiasts.... Discover the subterranean caves as you've never seen it before!
This is the perfect way to experience Aven d'Orgnac from a whole different perspective!
If you're physically active, you can book beginners' caving trips to visit part of this superb system. Fitted out with the right kit, a professional guide will share their passion for the underground world with you, as you discover the extraordinary mineralogical treasures buried in the depths of this listed site. The system will reveal its many subterranean landscapes and areas where the secure route dare not go, which you can take in at your leisure.
You can choose from four unforgettable underground adventures:
1. Speleominot / Caving for kids
2. Historic Descent
3. Underground Vertigo
4. Historic Descent + Underground Vertigo = the Combined !


The underground ramble and the Odyssey are not available at the moment.
However, you can choose the Underground Vertigo, the Historic Descent or both activities combined.
We will keep you informed, on this page, as soon as the Odyssey and the Ramble are available again.

1. Speleominot / Caving for kids 7-12

Children aged 7-12 discover secret chambers of the Aven d'Orgnac and experience a fun introduction to caving ! Crawling through the cave system, you'll get a chance to see shining stalagmites real close...And our expert caver will be on hand to help you the entire way!


Length of visit: 3 hours
Group: up to 8 people
Minimum age:  7
Equipment provided: helmet, light, coveralls, boots, harness, lanyards.
Don't forget to bring: light, long-sleeved clothing (under coveralls).

Standard rate: €39/person (adult or child)
Family (4 people): €33/person on booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking required, all year long. Good physical condition necessary.

2. Historic Descent

Taking the same route as Robert de Joly when he first discovered the cave in 1935 : 50 m abseil through the natural cave entrance.  The cave works its magic...

Length of visit: 1 hour
Group: up to 4 people
Minimum age: 10
Equipment provided: helmet, harness, lanyards.
Don't forget to bring: comfortable clothing, e.g. tracksuit and trainers.

Standard rate: €27/person
Booking strongly recommended, all year long. Participants must be physically active.

3. Underground Vertigo

Strap into your harness and work your way across the roof of the gigantic chambers of the Aven d'Orgnac: a physically-demanding and adventurous climb that offers you a unique view of the most popular cave in Ardèche!

Length of visit: 3 hours
Group: up to 6 people
Minimum age: 14
Equipment provided: helmet, light, coveralls, boots, harness, lanyards.
Don't forget to bring: light, long-sleeved clothing (under coveralls).

Standard rate: €49/person
Group (6 people): €45/person on booking
Booking required, all year long. Participants must be seriously physically active.

4. The Combined : Historic Descent (2) + Underground Vertigo (3)

Length of visit: 4 hours
Group: up to 6 people
Minimum age: 14
Equipment provided: helmet, light, coveralls, boots, harness, lanyards.
Don't forget to bring: light, long-sleeved clothing (under coveralls).

Standard rate: €64/person
Booking required, all year long. Participants must be seriously physically active.

The deepest section of the system is a strictly-protected natural reserve.

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