Alpine activity holidays in the French Alps, with canoe, kayak and paddleboard options. The included Active Pack gets a free session with addition paid sessions available; or, better still, the Tignes Sportignes Multi Activity pack gives unlimited free sessions all week. Alpine hotel or chalet accommodation. Discounts for groups of six or more.
| watersport multi-activity | canoe/kayak | white water rafting | day sailing | wakeboarding | swimming | mountain biking | via ferrata | climbing/scrambling | canyoning/gorge walking | walk/trek/hike | Europe |
based: Belfast, N Ireland, UK
Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland presents Canoe NI, guided canoe trips in Northern Ireland; discover the North Irish canoe trails with a qualified instructor. One, two and three-day trips plus bushcraft and environmental canoe holidays.
| canoe/kayak | N Ireland |
Eurocamp Featured Site
Eurocamp offers a great range of canoeing and kayaking locations in France, Italy, Austria, Croatia and Germany. Select from parcs with private lakes, seaside locations or rivers nearby. Paddle Lake Garda or the Gorges du Verdon; or take a organised canoe trip at parcs such as Le Moulin de Paulhiac, Dordogne.
| canoe/kayak | France | Europe |
A range of canoeing holidays or adventure trips with a strong canoeing element from an adventure tour specialist. Canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids/life-jackets, training, safety briefing and qualified local guides supplied. Worldwide destinations include: Spain, Poland, India, Peru, Tanzania, Guyana, Bolivia ...
| walk/trek/hike | watersport multi-activity | canoe/kayak | white water rafting | Europe | Africa | South America | Asia | Worldwide |
Headwater Featured Site
Relaxed canoeing holidays in the Dordogne, in SW France. This is safe, un-demanding canoeing using traditional open boats or sit-on top kayaks. They are unguided trips with canoe handling instruction given before the trip sets off.
| canoe/kayak | wintersports multi-activity | France |
based: Occitanie–Languedoc, France
Get immersed in the French language and culture with a combination of tailor-made French courses and multi-activities. Choose the program that fits your professional and personal needs. While your French teacher accompanies you, taste French gastronomy, go hiking or horse-riding in the Mediterranean landscape, canoe on the lagoon, meet locals ...
| French language | tailor made | escorted tours | multi-activity | team building | cookery | wine | walk/trek/hike | horse/pony trekking | canoe/kayak| France |
River Strokes Kayak School
based: Wales, UK
River and white water kayaking holidays and courses in Wales, also white water kayaking holidays in New Zealand. Offering weekend and five-day courses in kayaking river skills for intermediate and experienced paddlers as well as beginner and intro courses.
| canoe/kayak | Wales | New Zealand |
Scandinavian Kayaking Adventures
based: Gothenburg, Sweden
Scandinavian Kayaking Adventures are based in Gothenburg, the gateway to the Bohuslän Coast and are dedicated to providing fun, all-inclusive, multi-day sea kayaking experiences suitable for everybody; groups, stag/hen parties and solo travelers. They handle all the practicalities of a trip, including local transport, kayak hire, camping and cooking equipment.
| canoe/kayak | sea kayaking/canoeing | groups | singles | stag/hen | team building | Sweden |
TourRadar Featured Site
TourRadar showcase a worldwide selection of canoe and kayak holidays, offered by a wide range of suppliers. This includes river and lake paddling tours in destinations such as: Canada, Scotland, Iceland, Portugal, Australia and Laos.
| sea kayaking/canoeing | canoe/kayak | UK | Worldwide |
Wilderness Scotland Featured Site
based: Scotland, UK
Offering a range of open canoeing, kayaking and sea kayak holidays in central and northern Scotland. Kayak and canoe tours include loch and river trips for beginner and intermediate paddlers and open canoe descents of the River Spey.
| sea kayaking/canoeing | canoe/kayak | Scotland |
based: Ohakune, North Island, New Zealand
River holidays for people with no, or limited, canoeing experience. Guided canoe and kayaking trips in New Zealand for all ages.
| canoe/kayak | New Zealand |
Paddle in Spain
Tailor-made white water kayaking holidays in Spain for beginner and intermediate levels.
| canoe/kayak | Spain |
Winding River Canoe
based: Devon, UK
Guided canoe trips in beautiful locations; offering guided canoeing trips on the River Dart in South Devon and the River Wye in Herefordshire/Welsh borders.
| canoe/kayak | England | Wales |
CANADA: Yukon open canoe expedition
An 8-day guided open canoe tour exploring the Yukon, an area of pristine lakes, impressive mountains and the Yukon River, the longest river in Yukon and Alaska. Starting at Whitehorse, the capital and largest city in Yukon, the tour will head north and travel over 320km on the river. As you paddle there will be opportunities to explore abandoned settlements; go wildlife spotting for black bear, moose, beaver and bald eagle; and hike in the forested foothills.
SCOTLAND: Open canoe River Spey descent
One of the classic Scottish canoe trips, this three-day guided holiday descends the famous River Spey in North-East Scotland. The Spey, the third longest and fastest-flowing of the Scottish rivers, is surrounded by pine forest and heather-clad hills. Speyside is Scotland's most celebrated whisky region and the river is renowned for its salmon fishing. The canoeing starts off easy but becomes trickier as the descent progresses. Open canoes, buoyancy aids and other canoeing equipment included.
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FRANCE: Dordogne canoe and kayak options
The Dordogne area is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in France, rich in scenery, sunshine, châteaux, picturesque villages, gorgeous gorges and simply nature at its best. Ever popular is a trip kayaking or canoeing the river through this beautiful valley and be that on multi-day journeys or as day outings from a fixed base. The canoeing is mellow (grade 1, suitable for all) and is great for beginners, a family trip, or just a relaxing paddle. A couple of options:
For a relaxing multi-day journey down the river in open canoes.
For canoeing or kayaking the river on day trips from a fixed camp base, with a choice of five camps in the Dordogne.
Kayaking and canoeing holidays; this section lists canoe and kayak tours and vacations on inland waterways, rivers, lakes and canal; paddling trips on flat or white water in the UK and Worldwide.
Covering trips by open canoe (sometimes described as Canadian canoe in the UK!), or by river or white water kayak. These might be guided or self-guided trips, including packages where canoe equipment (boat, paddles, buoyancy aid/life jacket and, where appropriate, spray deck and helmet etc) are supplied, and where the logistics of the trip (e.g. maps, boat carriage to put-in, take-out points etc.) are dealt with as part of the package. Also canoe holidays from a fixed base, be it camping, B&B, hostel, activity centre or hotel.
Expand your options by also looking at our dedicated sea kayaking holidays section here».
The terms kayaking and canoeing are often misused or confused, what are the differences? See our definition here».