A canyoneering adventure down the Verdon River
A canyoneering adventure down the Verdon River

Canyoneering in the Verdon Gorges


The Verdon Gorges is a river canyon in southeast France that runs 50 km (31 miles) and reaches up to 700 meters (2,296 feet) in depth in places, making it the largest in Europe. The canyon was formed as a result of limestone erosion of the plateaus of Haute Provence by the Verdon River. Kayaking and canoeing along the river and Lake Sainte Croix are popular excursions here, as is canyoneering. You'll arrive by the steep mountain road known as the “Route des Crêtes”, which towers over the gorge and feature unique fauna, such as the impressive Fawn and Monk vultures. 

Today's two-hour canyoneering session takes place in a tributary of the Verdon river, which itself is a narrow and spectacular gorge with stunning rock formations. Make no mistake: this is an adrenaline-fueled activity featuring various jumps, natural water slides, swimming breaks, and all of it capped off with an abseiling adventure that involves a 10-meter (98-foot) descent along a rock face. Obviously, those without a fear of heights are more inclined to enjoy this experience. Also of note is that participants must be 12 years old (over 45kg). Those who don't meet the age requirements can enjoy an aquatic hike instead.

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Anne-Marie G.
Austin, TX | Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023
A big hit with our entire family. Read more

A big hit with our entire family.

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Armand was so friendly and able to adapt to each persons ability.

Itineraries with Canyoneering in the Verdon Gorges

Active Family Adventure in Verdon Gorge - 9 Days

This family-friendly itinerary features heart-pumping fun and adventure in Southern France's Gorges du Verdon, the largest canyon in Europe and your playground for the next 9 days. You will raft the Verdon River, hike the edge of the canyon, paddle Lac de Sainte-Croix, and climb Via Cordata for an exceptional experience, ending your stay in Aix-en-Provence.