The Ardèche is absolutely beautiful and the way of experiencing the depth of the landscape and the height of the mountains when floating by, is totally worth it. But it is also an experience of mass tourism and cheep experience economy. Photographers were waiting around the corners, ready to take snaps as we paddled by in hopes of selling them later.
We got no instructions in rowing technique and helmets were only given to children and guides. The paddles, though of different length, were randomly handed out and there were no first aid kits or anything like it.