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10 Day Paddle Across Portugal from Spain to the Sea

Trip Overview

$2,116.00 /person

Join Douro Kayak Expeditions for a beautiful experience paddling across Portugal on the flat water Douro River from Spain to Porto where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. This 10 day paddle includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. You'll start and finish in the Portuguese city of Porto where you will tour the world Heritage site of the old city. The next morning you'll board the historic Douro Valley train to travel up the Douro River to near the Spanish border where you will spend the first night. The next 9 days are spent paddling through a much undeveloped part of Europe, eating great Portuguese food and sleeping in wonderful B&B till you reach the sea. For Douro Kayak Expeditions, it's important that clients have a superb Portuguese paddling experience and also see a part of the wine country and life that most travelers don't see. Price includes everything from great guides to wonderful wine with your meals. A full discription is on www.dourokayak.com.

  • Departure Months: May, June, September
  • Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Services Available:
    • Guided
  • Accommodations:
    • Bed & Breakfast
  • Group Rates: Upon Request

Douro Kayak Expeditions provides excellent single or double kayaks according to the clients wishes, PFD, skirts, jackets and all bottled drinking water. Guides are all BCU and first responder trained. They also carry communication gear as well as a SPOT device.

Douro Kayak Expeditions provides excellent single or double kayaks according to the clients wishes, PFD, skirts, jackets and all bottled drinking water. Guides are all BCU and first responder trained. They also carry communication gear as well as a SPOT device.

Flat water

Locations on this Trip

Outstanding trip

July 19, 2017 Outstanding trip. Great to be with the Douro team and see parts of Portugal that are perhaps not on most itineraries. I had been somewhat dubious about the reasonably price but everything was wonderful. Joel Deaton

Carefree, delightful and interesting.

Stephen L. Porter In September, four friends took the 10 day Douro trip with Jack and Rui as our guides. From beginning to end it was carefree, delightful and interesting. Three of us had no paddling experience, but we were quickly schooled on the basics and finer points (recovery after flipping) of kayaking. We felt safe, floated the river with confidence and left with a sense of accomplishment. The trip was well organized without glitches, not easy given the logistics of moving boats and people between the river and accommodations, rendezvousing with the sag wagon for riverbank lunches and passing through locks at designated times. Most unique (and appreciated) was the special care and interest that Jack and Rui displayed on our trip, both in planning and hosting. Within a day we were fast friends, with a sense of experiencing the trip together--whether playing pool in a 12th century monastery or laughing over card games in a quaint mountain village. The personal touch of our new amigos was shown in many ways: from the initial walking tour of Porto that provided a quick immersion into Portugal, to the variety of lodging and dining establishments, to the sumptuous lunches on the river featuring local cheeses, meats, salads and wines and by sharing the history, culture, cuisine and wine of the Douro region and Portugal. Some indelible memories: floating the remote and tranquil eastern half of the river, with blue herons our only companions ; the steep, terraced vineyards crafted and tended by hand since the Roman era; picking fruit from the river bank in our kayaks; slowly being lowered 128 feet in a creaking lock, which opened to a cruise ship awaiting entry; walking at sunset to a hilltop pagoda in Quinta de Vargellas, Taylor’s premier port vineyard; and paddling through Porto in tour boat traffic all the while being welcomed by crowds on the boardwalks. Steve