The terms: rolling hills, steep valleys and grape vine terraces may have been coined here in the Douro Valley and they apply as nowhere else.
We offer three expeditions. One is 10 days (Itinerary I) and another is 6 days (Itinerary II). Itinerary III is our new one week Algarve trip (www.algarvekayak.com). Regardless of which Expedition you chose you will not be disappointed. Please ask us if you need help to decide.
IN 2018 WE ARE AGAIN OFFERING STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING AS AN ALTERNATIVE ON MOST DAYS ON BOTH OUR TRIPS. WE ALSO ARE OFFERING THE POSSIBILITY OF TAKING A DAY OFF THE RIVER TO HIKE, VISIT A WINERY OR VISIT A MUSEUM.
Our 10 day Expedition: Paddle across Portugal from Spain to the Sea (Itinerary I)
Visit three World Heritage Sites in ten days and nine nights filled with mystery, beauty, history, nature and gastronomy. This is the Douro River Expedition. The Douro River is an extraordinary place, magical some people say. High steep banks that in many places are sheer granite walls raising several hundred feet. In other places the very steep banks are terraced through many years of hard work. In fact many of these terraces were first created by the Romans when they were raising grapes to make wine sent to all the Roman Empire. Some places the terraced mountainsides stretch as far as we can see.
The Douro River brings life to all it passes and in Portugal this life is very much alive as you will experience if you join us. We start in the World Heritage Site of the landscapes of the Alto Douro Wine Region and continue through another World Heritage Site of Prehistoric Rock Art in the Coa Valley. Continuing our journey we live and operate according to the traditional Environmentalist Creed; “Take only pictures and leave only footprints”. We are not tourists, we are travelers. We go down the Douro River to observe, learn and enjoy. Making new friends as we go along. We end our expedition in Porto, the third World Heritage Site.
IT WON’T SEEM POSSIBLE FOR OUR FORMER CLIENTS BUT AGAIN OUR 5 NIGHT 6 DAY AS WELL AS OUR 9 NIGHT 10 DAY TRIPS HAVE BEEN IMPROVED FOR 2018.
Our 6 day Expedition of the Upper Douro Wine Region declared a UNESCO World Heritage site : (Itinerary II)
This expedition of five nights and six days, combines the World Heritage Site city of Porto with its wine cellars and Art Deco, the famous train line “Linha do Douro” the Douro Valley, the World Heritage Site of the prehistoric rock engravings of Foz Coa, the towns of Foz Coa, Pinhao and Peso da Regua, the small hilltop village of Sao Xisto and paddling the Douro River to unite all the above.
“Given your own contributions of commentary on history, local culture, and the remarkable places you’ve found for people to stay over and dine, what you offer could be described as a work of art.” Haydon, Virginia, USA.
ENDORSED BY BURNHAM GUIDES www.burnhamguides.com
Last year was declared by the UN as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism and we are very proud to always focus our trips on sustainable tourism with a serious social dedication. Douro Kayak Expeditions aims to provide authentic experiences of the highest quality.
Family and closed team building groups. We offer a wonderful opportunity for far flung families and affinity groups to spend quality time together. These groups are looking to create long lasting memories and we can provide a perfect setting. These trips are tailor made for each group and can vary from soft to hard. Please consult us as long as possible in advance for these special opportunities.
All our Expeditions are limited to only 12 plus guides. We feel this provides optimum possibilities to form a compact group and provide the best experience. Please refer to our FAQ and the Itinerary for more detailed information. Don’t hesitate to email us with any questions.
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