A 22km white water rafting trip along the Isere River from Bourg St Maurice to Aime.

Experience the excitement of this world class stretch of river, venue once again for the kayak world championships in 2012. Originating above the ski resort of Val d’Isere, the river Isere offers an exciting variety of whitewater with something for everyone. The first 10 km down to the Gothard Lake is an ideal run for the children’s trips and further on are the notorious Aime rapids, the spectacular Virgin’s Gorge finishing in the Centron rapids.

Trip Options Available

Long Isere: Start at Bourg St Maurice and finish at Franceraft base in Centron, 22 km away. The long trip takes around two hours thirty minutes (minimum age 13). Short Isere: Start at the bridge at Bellentre and raft down to Centron 14 km away. The short trip takes around one hour thirty minutes (minimum age 13).

Children’s / Taster Trip: Start at Bourg St Maurice, finish at Gothard Lake,  the trip is 10 km long and takes around one hour. (minimum age 9).

Trip Information

On arrival at the Franceraft base in Centron, the rafting guides will give you the equipment needed and take you by bus to the start of your trip in Bourg St Maurice. After a safety briefing on land, the rafts set off down river on the exhilarating rapids (up to grade five) finishing at the Franceraft base.


Franceraft provide transport from the base to the start of all the white water trips.


Franceraft hold the French national diploma plus additional rafting qualifications.


Self-bailing rafts with foot straps for eight paddlers and one raft guide.

Equipment provided

Safety helmet and life jacket (conforming to EU requirements) full wet suit and jacket, neoprene socks, (equipment disinfected after each trip) paddle.

Equipment to bring

Swimsuit and towel, sports shoes which get wet during the descent and money for additional purchases such as photographs, videos and refreshments.

Terms and Conditions

Participants must be able to swim 25 metres and submerge (swimming attestation form to be signed before departure). Participants must be in good physical condition. Minimum ages must be adhered to.

Important information

Franceraft reserves the right to modify its operations for security reasons. Trips are run in all weather conditions (the equipment provided is adequate protection) and the company have access to information regarding the hydro electric dam releases.