To get physical with a land for me is to internalize, to own, to make it a part of myself. Douro country is now a part of me. Mike, NevadaMike
I really enjoyed getting to know the whole group of people and also seeing a part of the world that few tourists get to enjoy. I liked having the price inclusive – not worrying about any expenses… Susan, NevadaSusan
The people on the trip were incredible. The food was excellent. The accommodations were ultra comfortable. But I most enjoyed being on the river paddling through a spectacularly beautiful area that I had never seen before. Kathy CAKathy
…., I paddled through the beautiful Douro River Valley of Portugal on the Douro River from Barca de Alva to Oporto, 120 miles of plains, valleys, quintas, vineyards, churches, castles, beaches, fruit trees, prehistoric rock drawings, historic train depots, old trains, drinking fantastic tasting wines, eating delicious food and enjoying one another's company all the while rescuing a few lost and lonely dogs-unforgettable. Kathy CAKathy
This is still fantasy to me / the food / the people / the places we stayed/ …. Ron Ontario CanadaRon
Wonderful feeling of tranquility of the interior. Fantastic variety in accommodation and consequent immersion in culture. Marci, Ontario CanadaMarci
Awakening of the senses….Sight of beautifully designed vineyards; Luxurious Smell of eucalyptus forests; Taste of freshness from hand picked grapes and figs right from your kayak; Glorious Sounds of roosters each day; Velvet Touch of the river water on the paddle…. Marci, Ontario CanadaMercedes
The variety of the rugged and gorgeous scenery and all the terraced hills were beautiful to see. Cynthia, FloridaCynthia
You gave a presentation of Portugal that few will be lucky enough to share. Cynthia, FloridaBarb
Paddling through steep terraced landscape and picking fruit from my kayak was magical. Was a thrill to reach Oporto…. Christine, FloridaChristine
Great memories can't be forgotten or erased. You have placed the Douro River and fellow explorers in a special place in my heart. Peggy, FloridaPeggy
What did you most like or enjoy? The adventure, feeling carefree and safe with professional guides that knew the area, the wide spectrum of dining and lodging, the trip was as tasteful as the fine wine which I'm sure has become better with time. I think the trip was streamlined for experiencing all the facets of the River, the people, the language, the food, picking figs, oranges and blackberries from the kayaks traveling down the river, the wines, whether stomping the grapes or drinking from crystal glasses, the lifestyles, the nature, the crafts. I was dazzled every day. Peggy, FloridaAlice
I feel that we got to see an authentic view of Portugal that most tourists never get to see. Mary, VirginiaMary
The scenery on the river exceeded my expectations. Photos just can’t do it justice. Picking figs, grapes and berries from our boats was a highlight for me. Mary, VirginiaMaría
This was a highlight of our lives and we hope to return to the Douro soon. Mary Burnham of Burnham Guides.Jane
Yours was the best ever for me and I am not a paddler! Allan
Jack I still dream about the food and places you took us!Richard

“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

2017 has been 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 with the highest quality and don’t expect dinners with a hundred others listening to folk music.

Family and closed groups. (Itinerary III) 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.

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. Regardless of which Expedition you chose you will not be disappointed. Please ask us if you need help to decide.

IN 2017 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. In parts, 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 2017.  

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 city of Porto with its wine cellars and Art Deco, the famous train line “Linha do Douro” the Douro Valley, the prehistoric rock engravings of Foz Coa, the towns of Foz Coa, Pinhao and Peso da Regua, the small hill top village of Sao Xisto and paddling the Douro River to unite all the above.

Our new Algarve one week trip is on the south coast of Portugal.  (Itinerary III)

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