7-day Kayaking expedition in the Douro International Natural Park

Join an experienced guide from Bork You on an unmissable 7-day Kayaking expedition that combines kayaking with hiking and beautiful scenery.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • From lush green pastures to granite valleys, discover the diversity of landscape

  • Enjoy secluded, beautiful nature

  • Devote 7 whole days to kayaking and hiking

 

There is no better setting than the Douro river and International Natural Park for a kayaking expedition. From deep granite valleys to lush Mediterranean pastures, join us for 7 days of exploring spectacular scenery.

This area is relatively secluded. So, for most of the trip, we’ll be the only people around, both on and off the water.  This means we’ll be able to enjoy the unspoiled spectacular nature all to ourselves.

The Douro River and surrounding areas are full of diverse and beautiful landscapes and flora and fauna. We’ll find beautiful Mediterranean vineyards and orchards bearing fruits, as well as dramatic rocky cliffs that we’ll paddle beneath.

During the trip, we’ll alternate between kayaking and hiking so that you get the best out of your time on the Douro. The area is also rich in history so we’ll take the time to explore the villages that sit close to the river.

We’ll also stay in interesting and comfortable accommodation, from an artist’s home to a repurposed old school.

This is one trip you do not want to miss. Request to book now and join me on the river for an unforgettable kayaking experience.

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
1420 EUR

Group of 2
1420 EUR

Group of 3
1420 EUR

Group of 4
1420 EUR

Group of 5
1420 EUR

Group of 6
1420 EUR

Group of 7
1420 EUR

Group of 8
1420 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 This price includes the following:</br> Professional kayaking guides certified by the American Canoe Association and the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation, transfers to and from Porto city centre or airport, all paddling equipment: sea kayaks, paddles, spraydeck, PFDs, all transports onsite, 6 nights in rural accommodations of high quality, all meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on day 7, all transport during the trip, high quality accommodation and food, 5 different lodgings during your stay.</br> </br> The following is not included in the price: </br> Personal equipment (dry bags for your own clothes, camera, clothing), extra drinks, souvenirs.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1São João das Arribas Hiking

    We’ll start the day by checking in to a charming country house. Then, we’ll hike to São João das Arribas. From the chapel in the town, we’ll get amazing views of the Douro gorges. That night we’ll all eat together for the first time and enjoy the local food.

  • Day 2Miranda do Douro, Kayaking

    We’ll visit Miranda do Douro, a historic river town. We’ll then take to the water and move between the deep granitic gorges in our kayaks. We’ll take in all the different colors as we go, and as the sun gets lower in the sky the light on the water becomes even more beautiful.  

  • Day 3Picote do Bemposta. Kayaking.

    On day 3 we’ll start at Picote Dam. This is one of the seven wonders of the Trás-os-Montes area and is a beautiful valley. We’ll spend the night in accommodation which was once a school and has amazing views.  

  • Day 4Bemposta to Bruçó

    On this part of the trip, we’ll paddle around awe-inspiring cliffs and rock faces. We’ll then move into greener, more lush scenery rich with Mediterranean vegetation. If you’re lucky you may be able to grab a piece of fruit as you kayak by the shore. We’ll stop for a picnic on shore. Then we’ll spend the night in sculptors home where you’ll be able to admire the works of art.

  • Day 5Mogadouro. Hiking.

    With the sculptor’s house as our base, we’ll head out hiking, visiting the village of Mogadouro. We’ll learn about the history of the area from the Mesolithic to the XVIIIth century. There are both vineyards and olive plantations in the area and we’ll take the time to visit them. We’ll then hike to higher viewpoints and even see vultures.

  • Day 6Lagoaça to Congida. Kayaking

    As we return to the water, the valley widens. We’ll pass orange groves and vineyards that have existed for centuries. We’ll eat lunch in the shelter of weeping willows and admire Paleolithic Rock Art. We’ll reach Congida which turns into a peaceful lake. We’ll finish the day with a visit to historic Freixo de Espada a Cinta village.

  • Day 7Farewell to Douro

    On our last day, we’ll head back to Porto together where we’ll leave you with your many wonderful memories of the trip.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Porto Airport or City Centre

 

About the Guide

 
 

BORK You is an adventure travel agency based in Lisbon, Portugal. Discover Portugal Nature Parks through kayaking, diving and hiking expeditions in Sintra Cascais, Arrábida, International Douro, South-East of Alentejo and Vicentine Coast, International Tejo and Berlenga Archipelago. All expeditions are monitored by qualified instructors who love their job and will share their enthusiasm and passion with you.

 
 

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