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Hand-crafted and Fully Guided Canoe Tours that combine the pleasures of paddling down tranquil rivers with an insight into the history and natural history of the region whilst we enjoy the local cuisine and stay in small Inns and B&Bs as we make our way gently downstream in beautiful & dramatic countryside.
Green River Canoe & Yoga Tour

2017 Canoe Tours

On the rivers of France, Belgium & England

Hi <<First Name>>, from Green River Canoes. All our best wishes to you and your friends & families for 2017. Here are some details of our new and updated canoe tours for the 2017 season.

We have an exciting combination tour for this season which includes Yoga sessions before our day on the river. We've created a new version of the 6 Day Célé Tour, arranged so that we stay in the farmhouse at Sauliac all week and have a Yoga instructor on hand for our morning and late afternoon Yoga sessions. You can see all the details here.

Outdoor Yoga session

 


On our 7 Day Perigord and 12 Day 3 Rivers Tours we can now visit the newly opened Lascaux 4 cave at Montignac. This is a new replica of the famous Lascaux cave which contains some of the worlds oldest cave paintings dating from 25,000 years ago. The original cave is closed to visitors as the paintings are sensitive to atmospheric changes. Previously we visited the Lascaux 2 replica (Lascaux 3 is apparently a travelling exhibition). I'm personally looking forward to seeing the new version.

                 Lascaux 4 cave, Montignac, France
 


Last seasons new 8 Day Loire Tour went very well: we had a lot of fun on the rivers including a couple of nights wild-camping and lots of wild-swimming - not to mention the visits to innumerable Chateaux. You can see plenty of photographs from that tour here. The camping part, by the way, is not compulsory!

                Wild Camping on the Loire river, France

 


Our tour to the garden of England (the County of Kent around Canterbury and my home patch) has been re-designed as a series of half and full days. The idea is that you can mix & match these days to make your own itinerary of 2, 3 or 4 days (or longer if you wish). The days cover canoe trips on the Stour, Medway and Rother, walks on the Pilgrims Way, the Downs, the White Cliffs of Dover, visits to castles and gardens, a city walk visiting Canterbury Cathedral and a ride on a vintage Steam Train. All is explained here.

              Map of Kent & E. Sussex Railway


              The White Cliffs at Dover
 


Last spring & summer we had some spectacular tours down to the Ardeche, Gard and Tarn regions of France. Both our 8 Day Ardeche Tour and the 12 Day Ardeche & Tarn Tour cover these beautiful places where we canoe through fabulous gorges. The highlights also include paddling through the natural stone arch of Pont D'Arc visiting the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct crossing the Gard river built by the Romans 2000 years ago, and the Chauvet Cave where we can see the paintings of our ancestors from 30,000 years ago. You can see some photographs from our first day here.

Paddling on the Tarn river, France


The Tarn Gorge & river can also be visited separately on our 6 Day Tarn Tour. It really is a special river, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves there last summer. Some photos are here and here.
 


Last summer we had two tours go out in the late spring early summer of May & June. It turned out that this is a fabulous time to go orchid hunting in both the Ardeche & Perigord regions. We were very fortunate to find Pyramidal, Fragrant, Bee, Lizard, Fly, Lady, Green Man, Tongue and Twayblade Orchids. It was truly astonishing. You can see many photographs here.

Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) at La Bastide, Goudargues, Gard, France

6 Day Yoga & Canoe Retreat, Lot, France

6 Day Yoga & Canoe Retreat

New for the 2017 season we are introducing this tour which brings Yoga sessions to one of our favourite canoeing tours on the Célé river in the Lot region of the south of France.

It is a 5 Night, 6 Day tour which combines morning and early evening yoga sessions with gentle and relaxing paddling down the beautiful Célé river.

Our instructor, Elizabeth Reed is an Inner Axis yoga teacher, focusing on breath work and non-competitive movement to increase well being, strength, flexibility and relaxation. On this tour she concentrates on general well being; specific postures relating to issues identified by individual participants and postures for warming up and preparing for paddling. It is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of yoga.

Elizabeth is a fun and knowledgeable teacher who focuses on learning and enjoyment, with tips and techniques you can take away and use to benefit your health in a number of ways.

We will explore the little known Célé valley by both canoe and foot and visit its beautiful villages and see its wonderful wildflowers & butterflies & dragonflies. We will also visit the famous cave paintings at Pech Merle.

A fuller description of the tour with more details, including dates, prices, maps and photographs can be found on our Yoga & Canoe Retreat web page.

7 Day Inn-to-Inn Canoe Trip to the Perigord, France

12 Day 3 Rivers Tour

This is our flagship tour which I have been running since 2004. Naturally it includes some fantastic paddling with visits to iconic chateaux, castles, villages and caves. The canoe days are separated by two rest days: but we usually find plenty to do on these days too, perhaps a market visit, a long hike or a visit to a vineyard.

This summer we will be able to visit the newly opened Lascaux 4 caves at Montignac.

Lascaux 4 Cave in Montignac, France

This truly is a once in a lifetime tour and not to be missed.

As always it will be a pleasure for me to show you around this delightful part of France.

Full tour details are here. The brochure is here.

7 Day Inn-to-Inn Canoe Trip to the Perigord, France
Paddling on the Cher river, France

8 Day Loire Tour

This is our newest tour which was inaugurated this last summer. The river Loire itself is broad and fairly swift, but with no rapids to speak of. The river is surprisingly empty of boats and we paddled for miles without seeing much more than the odd fisherman. We did however see plenty of wild-life including hundreds of birds of many kinds. The Loir and Creuse and Cher are smaller rivers. They are also quiet and rapid free. It makes for a serene & blissful day on the river with plenty of opportunities for exploring islands and taking a wild swim. When not canoeing we spend the time visiting the small towns along the way and visit a wide range of chateaux.

This is an 7 Night, 8 Day tour in which we canoe on the Loir, the Loire (for 3 days), the Creuse and the Cher in the Loire region of central France.

We will explore the valley of the Loire by canoe, see many of its famous Chateaux and experience its cuisine and wines.

In particular we will canoe through the Chateau Chenonceaux, picnic on islands and enjoy a wild swim, if it's warm enough, visit the Chateau where Leonardo Da Vinci lived, and as many other chateaux as we have the time for. We also visit the Parc Naturel Regional la Brenne.

Full tour details are here. The recently updated and downloadable brochure is here. Lots of photographs from our first tour last summer can be seen here.

Inn to Inn Guided Canoe Trips

In France we have tours going out to the rivers of the Ardeche/Gard region, the Tarn region, the Loire region as well as our flagship tours to the Perigord/Dordogne and Lot regions.

We also take a tour to the Belgium Ardennes, where we paddle on three rivers, and we have a short tour in the south of England too.

Over in the USA we run a tour on 5 rivers in the state of Vermont.

Our tour dates for the 2017 have been decided, but please remember if you are a group of 4 or more, you may choose your own dates, and play with the itinerary. We are always happy to adjust start & finish dates to suit you and you incoming/outgoing travel arrangements.

All the details of all our tours here. You can read about our previous tours here. And finally you can download our brochures here.

Did you know that we also have a blog website as well? It can be found here.

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You can check out all of the blog entries on the archive page.

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