The best scenic Europe canoe trips offering mild adventure yet gentle enough for beginners and novices.
The most scenic Europe canoe trips include the countries of Poland, Slovenia, France, and England. where you can enjoy wildlife, picturesque villages, and castles.
Tipping a canoe and going for a swim is considered part of the fun of canoeing. It's a normal occurrence and not viewed as an emergency or incident to be concerned about. When canoeing in a group with an experienced leader, the group pitches in to help recover the swimmers and boats.
Our choices of the best scenic canoe trips are geared towards the beginner and novice canoeists and are navigated over flat water or Class I rivers and lakes.
River Obra, Poland - This river covers over 100 miles of calm, flat water; perfect for beginners, families, groups and even experienced paddlers up for a long ride. Meander the crystal clear lakes of the Lubuskie Lake district, stop in at historic towns and discover the wilds of west Poland by camping riverside. Thye canoe routes takes you to Zbaszyn, Babimost, Trzciel and Skwierzyna, where you will see scenic countryside and heavily forested sites.
Orb River, France - Canoe scenic southern France over a 90 mile river route that takes you through Haute Languedoc Park Naturel where you will experience awesome scenery, including gorges and many secluded areas. The canoeing here is relatively easy.
Chateau de Lignan
This 49 room hotel is a charming, unpretentious chateau, hidden in a quiet village next to the River Orb.
River Teifi, Pembrokeshire, Wales - Take a 2 hour canoe trip along the River Teifi and enjoy a calm canoe trip while you experience a scenic adventure and wildlife including leaping salmon, otters, kingfishers, cormorants, dragonflies, sewin and more, as you paddle along the River Teifi Gorge to Cilgerran Castle.
St Brides Spa Hotel
This 35 room spa hotel with 20 rooms having a sea view and balcony. Cliff top restaurant and marine spa with thermal suite and infinity edge vitality pool.
Périgord, France - Canoe the Dordogne and Lot Rivers and experience a taste of French history as you pass chateaux's, forts, and medieval villages. You can relax on the beaches along the river, bathe, take scenic pictures, or to stop in one of the picturesque villages along the Dordogne.
Le Trefle A Quatre
This 10 room hotel is located the charming small village of Siorac, a good base for drives around the beautiful Dordogne region.
River Ardèche, France - This canoe journey begins at the spectacular limestone arch - the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and takes you by 300m-high limestone cliffs, rock shelves, the Ardèche gorges, and winds up at the medieval town of Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche. The river is relatively easy and enjoyed by all levels of paddlers.
Saint-Martin d'Ardeche, France
This 11 room hotel is located 2 blocks away from the Ardeche River and offers a tranquil spot away from all the hustle and bustle of pizza bars and canoe rentals at the river front promenade. L'escarbille also has a swimming pool, free WiFi, and a restaurant.
Lake Bohinj, Triglav National Park, Slovenia - Ringed by the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj is Slovenia's largest glacial lake. The water is crystal clear and plentiful with viewable fish below the surface as you paddle the peaceful, calm waters where the only powered boats are the quiet electrically powered. Few if any organized canoe trips are arranged, however, canoe rentals are available and the lake can easily be covered with an independent trip.
Pension Stare at Bohinj Lake
Bohinjsko Jezero, Slovenia
This 26 room hotel is located located in the heart of the Triglav National Park. The lodging is quiet, peaceful and picture perfect, nestled against the mountains and surrounded by woods, forest, stream and valley.
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