whattoexpect

What To Expect From Your UCPA Holiday

UCPA UK is the UK partner of UCPA. The UCPA is a large French not for profit organisation providing very affordable, all inclusive, adventure sports holidays. Originally the UCPA catered for young people aged 18-39 but recently they have expanded the range of holiday and course options to suit all ages. The all inclusive packages include accommodation, meals, lift pass (if required), equipment hire and instruction. The UCPA experience is very unique so let us explain what you should expect from your UCPA holiday.

 

The Accommodation

The UCPA accommodation is referred to as ‘centres’. These can best be described as being on the scale between activity centres, nice hostels and basic hotels. Some centres are newly renovated and very modern where as some are slightly older, however they are all very clean, warm, sociable and in great locations. Rooms are shared therefore if you select the multishare option you will be allocated a bed in a room with a couple of other people (usually 4-6 people per room). If you are travelling alone this will be a single sex room, if you are travelling with mates it may be a mixed room. The UCPA always tries to room friends together and 99% of the time this is possible, however in some very rare circumstances they are unable to do so. The only way to 100% guarantee you are roomed with a friend is for you both to select the private twin room option and pay the extra supplement. Private twin rooms are available in most of the centres for 2 people travelling together, availability is limited though. The UCPA is very sociable and the shared room set up means that the UCPA is a perfect environment for solo travellers or people keen to meet similar minded people.  Usually toilets and shower facilities are shared between a few rooms. The UCPA centres do differ between resorts to see the specifics for each resort and view some pictures please select the resort you are looking for under the "Find your holiday" tab. The UCPA has plenty of social areas including a bar, so the bedrooms really are for sleeping only. You will be required to make your beds on arrival and strip your beds when you leave. You are also expected to give your room a clean before you go. This helps keep the UCPA holiday costs low. 

 

Meals

UCPA packages are full board, therefore all meals are included in the advertised price; breakfast, lunch and dinner. As you know the French take a lot of pride in their food and meal times are a special and sociable time, expect no less from the UCPA. Meals are buffet style and there are always a number of different options and courses. Breakfast options tend to include a number of cereals and muesli options, yogurts, bread, cheese and breakfast drinks. At most resorts you can return to the UCPA centre for lunch where you will find a few hot meal options, a salad bar, cheese and meat platter and desert. Dinner usually includes a meat option, fish option and vegetarian alternative. Again there is always a wide variety of mixed salads, meats and cheeses, bread and a desert. If you have a dietary requirement you are advised to contact UCPA directly before arrival and speak to the chefs on your first day. If you require special food alternatives, such as gluten free bread, we suggest you take your own. These will not be available at the UCPA and it’s unlikely you will find these in resort either. The food is really great at the UCPA and you certainly won't go hungry! To help keep costs down you are asked to clear your dirty dishes and give the table a wipe when you finish. 

 

Instruction

The UCPA has a huge variety of courses and instruction options and the details are in the course descriptions. Some courses have a level that is specified in the course title, or in the level descriptions, in which case, ​have a look at the level descriptions on the course information page to ensure that you are at the right level for the course. Other courses have a range of ability groups and you will just let reception know on arrival which ability level you are at in order that they can put you into the right group. Please contact us if you are not sure which level your course is suitable for. Please note that if you are not at the right level for the course that you are booked on, you will not be able to continue with the course (if possible, UCPA will move you onto an alternative course, but only if there are spaces, and with no refund in price difference possible). 

The instructors and guides are all qualified through the French system which is generally considered to be the most difficult system to qualify thorough, so you will be learning with the best. The UCPA instructors are all really young, enthusiastic and up for a laugh, so the instruction is relaxed and good fun, whilst at the same time being focused on improving your own skills and techniques. 

 

Lift Pass

If your course requires a lift pass, then this will be included in the price of the holiday - the course description will let you know which lift pass is provided. 

Equipment Hire

The equipment hire is all onsite so it couldn’t be easier to get yourself organised!  The kit you will be issued will depend on your level, the course you are registered on and your size. UCPA regularly replace ​the equipment and therefore the kit is all quite new and well maintained. If you are taking part in a specialist course please check out packing list and course description so you know what you need to bring with you and what is provided.

Your Booking

You can make your holiday booking online. If you book more than 8 weeks in advance you can confirm your holiday with a £100 non refundable deposit and pay the final balance 45 days before travel. Once you have decided on a date, resort and course you can book your holiday online. Remember everyone in your group can pick a different course depending on their level or preference, you will still be roomed together. Follow our instruction to book online if you are having trouble. Our Frequently Asked Questions may be able to help if you have more questions regarding the UCPA, Action Outdoors or you holiday. Once you have booked and full payment received we will send you a 'Holiday Details' email with all the information you may need for your trip, including contact details for the UCPA.

 

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