The Most Amazing Kayaking Experiences With Culture Trip

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Looking for the most beautiful kayaking spots in the world? Paddle away with these Culture Trips that feature kayak experiences you’ll never forget.

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Cross colourful crater lakes in the Azores

This unique volcanic archipelago, far off the coast of Portugal, is like one big adventure playground for lovers of the great outdoors. There’ll be time for canyoning, swimming, hiking and cycling, but arguably the highlight of this trip comes at Sete Cidades crater lakes. These twin lakes were both formed by a volcano, one is affectionately known as Green Lake, the other as Blue Lake – no prizes for guessing why. The surrounding area is covered in flourishing vegetation, which we’ll explore by 4×4, before cycling around the lakes themselves. The best bit, without doubt, is actually getting out onto the vibrantly coloured waters, which you’ll have the chance to do as we spend an afternoon paddling about in the Azores.

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Next available from 23rd Jun 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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ENDS AT

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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View of a temple from the waters of the Nile in Aswan, Egypt

Paddle down the Nile in Egypt

Egypt doesn’t jump out to most people as an obvious kayaking destination. You come here more for the ancient wonders and bustling city bazaars, right? Well, don’t forget that this North African nation is also home to one of our greatest natural wonders, the Nile, which most of this country and its most famous sights were originally built around. Now paddling down the world’s largest river sounds daunting but, trust us, it isn’t. It’s actually the main activity on the last full day of our nine-day Ultimate Egypt tour, when you and the group will hop into a kayak and go exploring the waters around Aswan, getting up close to some of the islands here, which include Elephantine and Philae.

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Next available from 26th Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Cairo, Egypt

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ENDS AT

Aswan, Egypt

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Kayak boats in Nam Song river at Vang Vieng, Laos

Head downstream on Nam Song River in Laos

You’ll have to wait a little while before getting into a kayak on our two-week Rail Trip extravaganza from Thailand to Laos. Before that you’ll be using trains, bamboo rafts and a river cruiser to explore ancient ruins, elephant sanctuaries and rural Mekong villages. Having discovered Chiang Mai, the jungles of Northern Thailand, the winding streams of the Mekong and the spectacular Kuang Si Falls, you’ll hop on a high-speed train to Vang Vieng. On day 11 you’ll finally have the chance to go kayaking on the Nam Song. The river flows through the centre of town and passes through a landscape characterised by towering limestone karsts cloaked in dense foliage. You’ll pass green-carpeted crop fields, locals doing their laundry on the rocky banks and shack-like bars that have opened up and down the river to serve cold beers to sun-kissed day-trippers – now that’s quite the angle to see rural Laos life first-hand.

From US$1927

Next available from 8th Jun 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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