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River kayaking in Europe
21 Jun

European River Kayaking Tours

Where To Find Europe’s Best Kayaking Adventures

From laid back tranquility to an exhilarating, adrenalin-fuelled adventure, kayaking in Europe offers something for everyone.

Whatever your ability, you’ll find the perfect European river for the ultimate kayaking adventure. Avanti Travel Insurance offers European travel insurance and Sports and Activities cover for additional peace of mind. Here’s a look at some of Europe’s top kayaking rivers.

Ardèche – France

The spectacular Gorge de Ardèche can be found in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southern France. Kayaking through this stunning nature reserve, you feel totally at one with nature. The gorge, only reachable by kayak, canoe or by hiking, provides the ultimate escape from modern life.

Starting at the Pont D’Arc, a natural limestone arch that stretches over 60 metres high, you’ll begin a meandering journey through deep gorges, rapids and 32 km of wilderness where you can spot wild boar, beavers and Bonelli eagles in their own habitat. The trip ends at the beautiful medieval town of Saint-Martin D’Ardèche. The rapids are fairly gentle so it’s suitable for beginners and families with children over 7 years old.

Danube – Germany

The Danube is one of the largest rivers in the world stretching from west to east, passing through 10 countries before ending at the Black Sea.

The Tour International Danubien is a world famous tour for dedicated, endurance kayakers. The entire tour takes 3 months to complete, however, you can choose to kayak a small stretch, getting on or off at the various campsites along the way.

The Tour International is a physical and mental challenge that will test your endurance levels; a daily stretch covers 40 – 60 km and is completed regardless of the weather conditions.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for passionate kayakers where you’ll get the opportunity to experience a mix of cultures and make friendships with diverse nationalities and all age groups.

Il Val Di Sole – Italy

The River Noce runs through the spectacular Val di Sole in the Brenta-Dolomite mountains of northern Italy. It’s one of the top white water kayaking rivers in the world. Melting glacial ice feeds into the river, creating exhilarating grade III and IV rapids for the ultimate thrilling experience. Make sure you contact us to see what grade rapids we can cover. (Only up to grade 3).

A regular venue for European and World kayaking championships, the Noce is not for the faint-hearted. More experienced kayakers are guaranteed an unforgettable, adrenaline-fuelled adventure.

Spey – Scotland

Stretching 60 miles from the Scottish Highlands down to the sea at Spey Bay, the River Spey is the perfect kayaking adventure for novices and families with older children. The trip starts at a gentle pace passing through spectacular Scottish scenery including pine forests, heather-clad hills and the world famous whiskey region where you’ll get the chance to spot red deer and golden eagles. You can camp under the stars during this 4-5 day trip, or stop off and taste a ‘wee dram’ in one of the welcoming Scottish inns along the way. As the River Fiddich flows into the Spey towards the end of your journey, you’ll get the chance to test your skills on the more challenging rapids.

Whether you crave tranquil waters in a peaceful setting or raging rapids that will test your endurance, Europe has some of the best kayaking rivers in the world. Whatever your age or ability, you’ll find the perfect waters for the ultimate kayaking experience. What’s more, you get the chance to discover some of the most stunning scenery that nature has to offer.