Kayak and Canoe Tours & Trips
From placid lakes to wild rivers and stunningly beautiful coastlines, kayaking and canoeing holidays are as varied as they are exciting. Whether you’re a passionate sea kayaker, a complete beginner, or you’re simply looking for a unique and action-packed adventure, discover a range of water-based tours and guided trips in spectacular destinations like Canada, Costa Rica, Scotland, and more!
Where do you want to go on your kayaking tour?
Paddle down Europe’s most iconic rivers, take on whitewater rapids in North America’s national parks, or glide through Scandinavia’s starkly beautiful landscapes — no matter what type of trip you’re after, you’ll find it in our extensive selection of kayak and canoe tours.
Dreaming of floating downstream through one of France’s famous wine regions or paddling your way around Scotland’s Highlands and islands? Our Europe kayaking tour packages offer an incredible blend of scenery, culture, and history.
There are countless kayaking and canoeing opportunities across North America, running from mild to wild and everything in between. Paddle between glaciers and icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, or take a trip to Vancouver Island for a taste of British Columbia’s pristine wilderness.
For an exotic, active adventure and some of the best paddling in Asia, look to destinations like Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, the lush rainforests of Borneo, and Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, where you can come face to face with the infamous Komodo dragon.
South America has no shortage of thrilling canoe and kayaking destinations; here, you can explore Costa Rica’s maze of mangroves, coast down the legendary Amazon River, or paddle through one of the world’s most unique wildlife destinations: the Galapagos Islands.
Experience the breathtaking scenery of Norway’s Fjords, glide alongside glaciers in Greenland, or admire the stunning natural beauty of Iceland’s landscapes at water level — Scandinavia and the Nordics offer endless possibilities for sea kayaking adventures for paddlers of all levels.
Whether you choose to explore Croatia, Greece, or Italy, a kayaking holiday in the Mediterranean guarantees fabulous beaches, azure turquoise seas, and calm, warm-weather conditions ideal for beginners and advanced paddlers.
Popular kayaking vacation packages
Popular countries for kayaking trips
From Canada to Croatia, Costa Rica to Sweden, these countries offer some of the best kayaking vacation packages on the planet.
With jaw-dropping scenery, abundant wildlife, and thousands of kilometres of rugged coastline, Canada is a paddler’s playground. Book a kayak trip on Vancouver Island for the chance to glide alongside orcas, or head off the beaten path and embark on a guided canoe adventure down the mighty Yukon River.
Paddle deep into the dramatic landscapes of Swedish Lapland for a true wilderness experience or stick close to Stockholm and explore the capital’s diverse archipelago — either way, a kayaking holiday in Sweden promises spectacular outdoor experiences and stunning landscapes.
Scotland’s Highlands and islands are perfectly suited to a canoeing or sea kayaking holiday; destinations like Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, and the Isle of Skye boast vast expanses of secluded shoreline, craggy cliffs and caves, and some of the most stunning beaches in Britain.
Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is one of Europe’s most spectacular stretches of shoreline — and the best way to explore it is on a kayaking tour. Here, you can hop between the country’s many uninhabited islands, stopping at secluded beaches, coastal villages, and must-see cities — like Zadar and Dubrovnik — along the way.
Bucket list kayaking experiences
Kayaking with whales
If paddling alongside whales is at the top of your travel wish list, plan a kayaking trip to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, Husavik, Iceland, or Johnstone Strait (located off the east coast of Vancouver Island, Canada), which is home to the largest resident pod of killer whales in North America.
Kayaking is one of the most magical ways to explore the otherworldly landscapes of Antarctica and the polar regions. Spotting icebergs and seeing a whale breach for the first time are incredible experiences, and they’ll be amplified when you’re at eye level, only inches above the water. Learn more about polar kayaking.
Combining the control and maneuvering of traditional kayaking with the excitement of riding waves, kayak surfing is an exhilarating adventure sport that’s becoming increasingly popular in the paddling world.
What level of activity are you looking for?
Typically involving moderate activity, tours that fall into this category are accessible to beginners and all guests in good health.See easy tours
This trip style requires travellers to have a sense of adventure and a good level of fitness, as it generally involves a wide range of activities and longer journeys.See active tours
Trips in this category may include remote destinations and challenging or strenuous activities, so they’re best suited to experienced active travellers in excellent physical condition.See extreme tours
Choose your preferred tour duration
What gear is included?
This will vary depending on the company and operator you choose. Most tours include a kayak or canoe and essential safety gear, and some operators may also supply extra equipment like dry bags, snorkelling masks, or camping equipment. Additionally, you may have the option to choose between single kayaks or double kayaks, so be sure to check with your tour operator about equipment and gear.
How fit do I have to be?
Most tours require you to be reasonably fit, but you can choose from different activity and experience levels to suit your specific preferences. Keep in mind that general good health will go a long way if you encounter any tides or strong winds.
How often will I get to kayak?
This will depend on your destination and the type of trip you book. Some tours are balanced with other activities and require only a few hours of kayaking per day, while more intensive tours may average anywhere from 4 to 6 hours of paddling per day.
How big is the tour group?
Group sizes vary by tour; some trips include only a handful of participants for a more intimate experience, while others will have larger group sizes.
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