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Paddling Portugal's River of Wine

Kayak the Historic Douro River By Day and Enjoy Classic Vineyard Estates By Night
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Departure Return Notes
06/02/2015 06/02/2015 06/10/2015
09/07/2015 09/07/2015 09/15/2015
09/17/2015 09/17/2015 09/25/2015
09/27/2015 09/27/2015 10/05/2015
06/02/2016 06/02/2016 06/10/2016
09/07/2016 09/07/2016 09/15/2016
09/17/2016 09/17/2016 09/25/2016
09/27/2016 09/27/2016 10/05/2016
Pricing
2015 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$5,695 - $5,795
Single Supp: $665
Deposit: $500 

Dates & Pricing Notes
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. 2016 fees may change slightly. Dates for 2016 are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.
Location of Adventure
Northern Portugal
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 Travelers
A very important feature of our Douro River trip is the limited group size, as kayaking trips are best experienced and safely conducted with a small group of travelers. Also, a small group allows us to experience the intimate hospitality of the small inns and manor houses at which we stay.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day of itinerary (and one day prior to start of and one day after the final day of the trip if you are staying at the Hotel Infante Sagres), accommodations, land transportation, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, drinking water during activities, and drinking water, soft drinks and some wine at meals, all kayak and safety equipment, services of an NHA Expedition Leader and local assistants, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end points of the trip (Porto, Portugal), early arrival or late departure airport transfers (other than those described above), passport fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, Internet, etc.), alcoholic beverages (other than those described above), some gratuities, airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Physical Requirements
Moderate to Difficult 
You must be able to paddle a minimum of 4 hours per day (with breaks) in order to participate in this expedition. Our Portugal adventure features 6 days of river kayaking at a beginner level. Though no paddling experience is required, general fitness and mobility are essential to participate, and it will be very helpful to know in advance that you actually enjoy kayaking before signing on to the expedition. The distance paddled each day will depend on local weather and wind conditions, and participants should expect to paddle for sustained periods to a maximum of 4 hours, with intermittent breaks. The river is narrow and water is very flat and slow-moving, with little or no current—we will encounter no waves or rapids, though sometimes it can be windy in the river canyons and we may have to paddle against the wind, which can be more taxing. Please note that during breaks ashore for rest stops and/or a picnic lunch, 'bathroom breaks' may entail finding a hidden spot in the bushes, as toilet facilities are not always available. Our hikes ashore, which are generally optional, take us through inviting landscapes often close to historic sites. Hikes typically last from one to three hours over well-marked easy but hilly terrain, sometimes following a dirt road among the vineyards.
Important Information About This Trip
Your safety while traveling with us is one of our primary concerns. Toward that end we provide highly competent guides and the very best equipment. We use stable and well-maintained Prijon rigid single and double sea kayaks specifically designed for this kind of touring. By using double kayaks, we are able to balance the group with respect to paddling power and ability, in order to facilitate our ability to stay together as a group on the river (single kayaks are also available in limited supply for those who choose). We will also provide all kayaking gear such as paddles, dry bags, unisex flexible-sized life jackets, pumps and sponges. Our guides are thoroughly trained in emergency first-aid techniques and have extensive experience in this environment. Ultimately, our guides make decisions with everyone’s comfort and safety in mind while trying to maximize the adventure experience for each individual. We must stress that listening carefully to your guide’s instructions and directions is ultimately your responsibility, and in your best interest and that of the group.
Mandatory Insurance
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Porto no later than 1:15 pm on Day 1, and depart Porto anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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