Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about our various trips. For more information about these trips please visit the appropriate trip page. 

Africa

Adventure Cruising the Nile

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Algeria Adventure

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Why is there a new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp?
In 2011, due to natural fires, the camp was badly damaged. With anxious travelers awaiting for this extremely popular camp, the construction process started on the new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in 2012 and will begin taking guests again in August of 2014.
Can I drink the water in Namibia?
While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. In our safari vehicle we carry a container of filtered water you can use to refill your reusable water bottle or canteen.
Are credit cards accepted in Namibia?
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants, but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
What vaccinations do I need?
No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so you may want to use anti-malarial prophylactics, especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
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Kenya Adventure Safari

Where do I fly in and out of?
Arrival & Departure Information - Kenya's international airport is called Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and introduced to your driver/guide who will accompany you on your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight in Nairobi at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport. If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Do I need a Visa?
Visas - Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of the United States of America) require a visa to enter Kenya. The current cost of a single-entry visa is USD50 per person. Visas can be purchased on arrival, for most nationals, in all major currencies.
What vaccinations do I need?
Health Requirements - A Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from an endemic area. Please visit your doctor for further medical precautionary advice and check the CDC website before traveling.
What is the weather like?
Given Kenya's equatorial location, the climate is warm year-round; however it can get chilly in the early morning and evenings, particularly at high altitude. Remember to pack - A fleece jacket for early mornings and late evenings, long-sleeved tops and light trousers for the evenings, sensible walking shoes, a sun-hat and a swimming costume.
What is the time difference?
Time difference – Pacific Standard Time + 11 hours.
What is the capital city of Kenya?
Capital City – Nairobi.
What language is spoken in Kenya? Are guide bi-lingual?
Major Languages - Swahili & English.
We will accommodate fluent bi-lengual guides in any language.
What is the power source and outlet type?
Plug Size - British 13 amp square three-pin plug.
Voltage - 230V.
What is the international dialing code?
International Dialing Code - +254
Ebola Risk?
Kenya has been designated Ebola free by the World Health Organization. Many people do not realize the size of Africa and how far the Ebola outbreak is from Kenya. The fact is, all of Europe is actually closer to the Ebola outbreack than is Kenya. In the unlikely event that the WHO changes its stance on Kenya with regard to Ebola, we will refund any guest who does not want to travel to the country.
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Namibia - Star of Africa

What kind of vehicles will we travel in?
Vehicles used are normally comfortable minibuses, equipped with air-conditioning and cool boxes or fridges for drinks and snacks. A trailer for luggage is taken if required. We reserve the right to change the vehicles used to 4 x 4 safari vehicles if the road conditions at the time indicate that this is necessary for the success of the safari.
What are the luggage restrictions?
Luggage is normally restricted to 44 pounds (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. For your light aircraft transfers the luggage limit is 44 pounds in soft bags, including hand luggage. Roll-ons are acceptable. If required, any extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Windhoek while you are away on safari.
Is tipping customary in Namibia?
While not mandatory, tipping 10% is standard when dining on an Namibia adventure. With the typical Namibian earning a modest wage, a small tip to porters, housemaids and other service workers is appreciated.
What is the internet access like in Namibia?
You may access the internet in the cyber cafes of Namibia's large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Namibia?
There is decent cell phone coverage in Namibia's large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone. Better yet, turn your phone off and immerse yourself in the place.
Can I drink the water in Namibia?
While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. In our safari vehicle we carry a container of filtered water you can use to refill your reusable water bottle or canteen.
Are credit cards accepted in Namibia?
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants, but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
What vaccinations do I need?
No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so you may want to use anti-malarial prophylactics, especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
Where do I fly in and out of?
Windhoek, Namibia - you may need to connect through Johannesburg depending on your route.
What are the requirements for entering Namibia?
You will need:
- A valid passport or travel document that will be valid for the length of your intended stay. Your passport should have at least TWO blank facing pages in it.
- A valid visa, if required.
- Sufficient funds.
- A return or onward ticket.
- Yellow fever certificates – if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
Best time of the year to travel?
Mid June to October 31st is considered the high season and is a good time for game watching. There is really no bad time to visit Namibia.
What is the time difference?
Time difference – EST + 6 hours
What language is spoken?
English, German, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo are the most common languages spoken in Namibia.
What is the power source and outlet type?
The Namibian electricity supply is 220 volts AC 50 HZ.
Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally. US-made appliances may need a transformer. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.
What is the local currency in Namibia?
The Currency of Namibia is either the South African Rand (ZAR) or Namibian Dollar (NAD) they are value equivalent and accepted everywhere – If you are traveling on it is recommended you get ZAR as you can exchange these for other currencies whereas NAD are not. ATM’s are plentiful so you can easily use your debit card to withdraw cash.
What is the international dialing code?
International Dialing Code - +264
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Namibia Wildlife Safari

What kind of vehicles will we travel in?
Vehicles used are normally comfortable minibuses, equipped with air-conditioning and cool boxes or fridges for drinks and snacks. A trailer for luggage is taken if required. We reserve the right to change the vehicles used to 4 x 4 safari vehicles if the road conditions at the time indicate that this is necessary for the success of the safari.
What are the luggage restrictions?
Luggage is normally restricted to 44 pounds (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. For your light aircraft transfers the luggage limit is 44 pounds in soft bags, including hand luggage. Roll-ons are acceptable. If required, any extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Windhoek while you are away on safari.
Is tipping customary in Namibia?
While not mandatory, tipping 10% is standard when dining on an Namibia adventure. With the typical Namibian earning a modest wage, a small tip to porters, housemaids and other service workers is appreciated.
What is the internet access like in Namibia?
You may access the internet in the cyber cafes of Namibia's large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Namibia?
There is decent cell phone coverage in Namibia's large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone. Better yet, turn your phone off and immerse yourself in the place.
Can I drink the water in Namibia?
While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. In our safari vehicle we carry a container of filtered water you can use to refill your reusable water bottle or canteen.
Are credit cards accepted in Namibia?
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants, but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
What vaccinations do I need?
No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so you may want to use anti-malarial prophylactics, especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
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Remarkable Rwanda - Gorilla Trek

Where do I fly in and out of?
Kigali International Airport is the principal airport serving Kigali. This airport was known earlier as Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport.
Do I need a Visa?
Nationals of the following countries may visit Rwanda without visa for a period up to 90 days: USA, Kenya, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Singapore,Uganda, Mauritius, Sweden, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain and Burundi. For all other nationalities that require a visa for Rwanda, the single entry visa fee is $60, payable at the airport.
What vaccinations do I need?
An Inoculation Certificate for Yellow Fever is required for a Rwanda entry and can be taken from the inoculations agency. For more details, you can consult the tropical disease center nearest to you. You can also visit this website, http://www.cdc.gov/travel.
What is the weather like?
Rwanda has a pleasant climate all year round with minor temperature variations. The altitude on a safari trip varies from a thousand meters to two thousand four hundred meters. Days have temperatures ranging from seventy five to eighty five degrees Fahrenheit and nights have moderate temperatures at fifty to sixty degrees Fahrenheit. It can get cooler at high altitudes. The green season is from April to May and again from late October to end November.
What language is spoken?
Major Languages - Kinyarwanda, also known as Rwanda (Ruanda) or Rwandan, is the official language of Rwanda. English and French are also widely spoken.
What is the power source and outlet type?
Outlet Size - a 2 pronged European adapter. Officially type "C" and type "J" and "Type F" are used. Voltage – 220V – 240V.
What is the local currency in Rwanda?
In Rwanda, you will not find ATM machines easily. Machines that accept VISA cards may be found in Kigali city center, but are frequently out of order and when in service, may give out Rwandan Francs only. There are very few places in Rwanda where a credit card can be used. Visitors to Rwanda are encouraged not to bank on credit cards for their purchases. It is not advisable to carry Traveler’s Checks to Rwanda. They can sometimes be cashed for local currency at the airport but this is not always guaranteed. For cashing your Traveler’s Checks, the receipt from the purchase source may be required. Cash alone will be accepted while on safari for currency conversion. Larger U.S. dollar currency bills like fifty dollar notes or hundred dollar notes will get you a better exchange rate. U.S. Dollars are accepted by locals in Rwanda. The bills have to be marked and dated as year 2006 or later and they have to be in a reasonably good condition. Torn or defaced currency bills will not be accepted, causing you inconvenience.
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Skeleton Coast & Conservancy Safari

Why is there a new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp?
In 2011, due to natural fires, the camp was badly damaged. With anxious travelers awaiting for this extremely popular camp, the construction process started on the new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in 2012 and will begin taking guests again in August of 2014.
Can I drink the water in Namibia?
While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. In our safari vehicle we carry a container of filtered water you can use to refill your reusable water bottle or canteen.
Are credit cards accepted in Namibia?
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants, but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
What vaccinations do I need?
No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so you may want to use anti-malarial prophylactics, especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
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South Africa Adventure Safari

Arrival and departure?
You will have to book your flight into Cape Town and out of Johannesburg. See the itinerary for the other flights involved in the tour. These other flights (domestic) will be scheduled for you.
Entry requirements?
You will need a passport valid for the length of stay. Passport must have two facing blank pages. If required, you will need a Visa. If coming from the United States - you do not need a Visa. Proof of return flight or onward reservation. Yellow Fever Certificate if traveling during the yellow fever belt. Visit: http://www.cdc.gov/travel for more details.
Best time to visit South Africa?
Winter is a good part of the year for planning game safaris. This season spreads from May to July. Animals congregate more around rivers and water holes. You can also see seals and whales from end of June to October.
What's the official language?
English is the official language, and Afrikaans is also spoken commonly, in South Africa.
Local Currency? ATMs?
The local currency is South African Rand (ZAR). You will have no problem finding ATM machines in South Africa. You can use your debit and credit cards conveniently when making purchases.
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South Africa and Botswana Adventure

When is the best time to visit Botswana?
Botswana has a hot, wet summer (between October and April), and a cooler, dry winter (from May to the end of September). Game viewing is at its peak during the dry winter months of May to October, when animals are concentrated in ever-increasing numbers at water sources. Game viewing is excellent in the months of June to August, with virtually no rain and cooler temperatures.
When is the Okavango Delta in full flood?
The flood waters from Angola start to return in May and remain fairly full to July/August.
How much luggage can I take?
International airlines mostly work on an allowance of 23kg (about 50 lbs) for checked bags and 1 carry-on. However if you are traveling by light aircraft between locations in Botswana you will be allowed a total of 15kg (about 33 lbs) including your carry-on. This allowance is at the Captain’s discretion and will depend on whether the flight is full but we advise you to err on the side of caution and to assume that this is your weight limit. Most lodges offer a laundry service which is often free of charge so we suggest you take advantage of this to reduce your luggage.
What should I take on safari?
Cotton layers such as t-shirts, a light fleece, shorts and a pair of long trousers are the key items. The temperature can vary quite a bit from the early morning game drive to the heat of the day. Sunscreen, a hat and a swimsuit are the other necessities. It is best to avoid bright colors for a safari. Footwear should include a pair of sandals or flip flops and some walking shoes (trainers would be fine). We also recommend the following items; insect repellent, headache/pain killer tablets, Imodium and as a precaution some rehydration sachets. It is easy to get dehydrated without noticing even though drinking water will be readily available.
Can I charge my camera/phone on safari?
Almost all safari lodges in Botswana have either a generator or solar power. This will provide electricity to the camp, but you may not have plug points in your room. There will be somewhere that you can charge your camera or phone but this maybe in the Managers office.
Can I use my credit card?
Yes, all lodges will accept credit cards for purchases such as souvenirs. It is also wise to carry some cash for staff gratuities, US Dollars are gratefully received, there is no need to change money into Botswana Pula. US Dollars are also accepted at the airport café should you wish to purchase drinks, but change will be given in Pula.
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Tanzania Adventure Safari

Where do I fly in and out of?
Arrival & Departure Information – You will fly in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and introduced to your driver/guide who will accompany you on your safari. You will also be transferred to the airport at the end of your safari for your onward arrangements. Depending on your flight timings it may be necessary to have an overnight at the beginning or end of your safari (at an additional cost). Please let us know if you would like to be picked up at a hotel or the airport. If you have already booked your flight, let us know your flight details.
Do I need a Visa?
Visas - Certain nationalities (including Europeans and citizens of United States of America) require a visa to enter Tanzania. The current cost of a single-entry visa is $100 (usd) per person. Visas can be purchased on arrival, for most nationalities, in all major currencies.
What vaccinations do I need?
Health Requirements - A Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from an endemic area. Please visit your doctor for further medical precautionary advice. Please ensure your routine vaccinations are up to date including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
What is the weather like in Tanzania?
Just south of the equator, Tanzania is huge and its sheer size means that the climate varies considerably within it. However, generally the main rainy season, or the 'long rains', lasts during about March, April and May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which are heavier and more predictable beside the coast and on the islands. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low-mid 30°s.
The long dry season lasts throughout June, July, August, September and October is when rainfall is unusual, even on the islands. Temperatures vary hugely with altitude and location, but it's usually a fine, clear sky and sunny weather – it's a great time to visit Tanzania. During November and December there's another rainy season: the 'short rains'. These are much lighter than the main rains and less reliable. If it has rained during the short rains, then it normally dries up for a few months, January and February, which is Tanzania's 'short dry season', before starting to rain again in earnest in March.
Is Tanzania a good family travel destination?
Africa is a fantastic location for a family vacation; however we generally recommend that children over the age of six will benefit more from a safari then children under this age. Although there are still activities available for younger children, there is so much to learn and experience on a safari, and we feel that six years and up years is the ideal age. At the time of enquiry, let us know what ages your children are and we will make sure that this is take this into account as a priority when recommending a suitable itinerary for you.
What language is spoken in Tanzania? Are guide bi-lingual?
Major Languages - Swahili & English.
We will accommodate fluent bi-lengual guides in any language.
Ebola risk?
Tanzania has been designated Ebola free by the World Health Organization. Many people do not realize the size of Africa and how far the Ebola outbreak is from Tanzania. The fact is, all of Europe is actually closer to the Ebola outbreack than is Tanzania. In the unlikely event that the WHO changes its stance on Tanzania with regard to Ebola, we will refund any guest who does not want to travel to the country.
When is the best time to see the Wildebeest Migration?
Wildebeest migration happens all year! It really depends on where you are to see them. If you are looking to have an adventure safari in the Serengeti, for example, the best time to see the migration would be in April and May (going north to Kenya) and then in October and November (coming back south).
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Uganda Unbound

Where do I fly in/out of?
Entebbe International Airport is the principal international airport of Uganda. It is near the town of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Do I need a Visa?
All US Citizens require a visa and a US passport to travel to Uganda, whether for business or tourism.
What vaccinations do I need?
A Yellow Fever Inoculation Certificate is required for entry to Uganda. This certificate is obtained from the entity or agency performing the inoculations. For detailed health requirements, please consult your nearest tropical disease center, or the web site of the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/travel
What is the weather like in Uganda?
Uganda can be visited at any time of year. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Temperatures average about 78° during the day and 61° at night. The hottest months are from December to February.
What language is spoken?
English is the official language in Uganda.
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Ultimate Namibia - Private Safari

What kind of vehicles will we travel in?
Vehicles used are normally comfortable minibuses, equipped with air-conditioning and cool boxes or fridges for drinks and snacks. A trailer for luggage is taken if required. We reserve the right to change the vehicles used to 4 x 4 safari vehicles if the road conditions at the time indicate that this is necessary for the success of the safari.
What are the luggage restrictions?
Luggage is normally restricted to 44 pounds (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari. For your light aircraft transfers the luggage limit is 44 pounds in soft bags, including hand luggage. Roll-ons are acceptable. If required, any extra luggage can be stored at the hotel in Windhoek while you are away on safari.
Is tipping customary in Namibia?
While not mandatory, tipping 10% is standard when dining on an Namibia adventure. With the typical Namibian earning a modest wage, a small tip to porters, housemaids and other service workers is appreciated.
What is the internet access like in Namibia?
You may access the internet in the cyber cafes of Namibia's large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Namibia?
There is decent cell phone coverage in Namibia's large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone. Better yet, turn your phone off and immerse yourself in the place.
Can I drink the water in Namibia?
While tap water is considered safe in Namibia's cities, drinking tap water isn't generally recommended in Namibia. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. In our safari vehicle we carry a container of filtered water you can use to refill your reusable water bottle or canteen.
Are credit cards accepted in Namibia?
Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants, but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
What vaccinations do I need?
No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Namibia are considered to be malarial so you may want to use anti-malarial prophylactics, especially if visiting during the Namibian summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
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Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

When is the best time to visit Botswana and Zambia?
Botswana has a hot, wet summer (between October and April), and a cooler, dry winter (from May to the end of September). Game viewing is at its peak during the dry winter months of May to October, when animals are concentrated in ever-increasing numbers at water sources. Game viewing is excellent in the months of June to August, with virtually no rain and cooler temperatures.
How much luggage can I take?
International airlines mostly work on an allowance of 23kg (about 50 lbs) for checked bags and 1 carry-on. However if you are traveling by light aircraft between locations in Botswana you will be allowed a total of 15kg (about 33 lbs) including your carry-on. This allowance is at the Captain’s discretion and will depend on whether the flight is full but we advise you to err on the side of caution and to assume that this is your weight limit. Most lodges offer a laundry service which is often free of charge so we suggest you take advantage of this to reduce your luggage.
What should I take on safari?
Cotton layers such as t-shirts, a light fleece, shorts and a pair of long trousers are the key items. The temperature can vary quite a bit from the early morning game drive to the heat of the day. Sunscreen, a hat and a swimsuit are the other necessities. It is best to avoid bright colors for a safari. Footwear should include a pair of sandals or flip flops and some walking shoes (trainers would be fine). We also recommend the following items; insect repellent, headache/pain killer tablets, Imodium and as a precaution some rehydration sachets. It is easy to get dehydrated without noticing even though drinking water will be readily available.
Can I charge my camera/phone on safari?
Almost all safari lodges in Botswana have either a generator or solar power. This will provide electricity to the camp, but you may not have plug points in your room. There will be somewhere that you can charge your camera or phone but this may be in the managers office.
Can I use my credit card?
Yes, all lodges will accept credit cards for purchases such as souvenirs. It is also wise to carry some cash for staff gratuities, US Dollars are gratefully received, there is no need to change money into Botswana Pula. US Dollars are also accepted at the airport café should you wish to purchase drinks, but change will be given in Pula.
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Zimbabwe: River and Bush

Where do I fly in and out of?
International flights should be booked in and out of Johannesburg with connections to Victoria Falls.
What are the requirements for entering Zimbabwe?
You will need:
- A valid passport or travel document that will be valid for the length of your intended stay. Your passport should have at least TWO blank facing pages in it.
- A valid visa, if required. These can be purchased at Victoria Falls airport – cash only
- Sufficient funds.
- A return or onward ticket.
- Yellow fever certificates – if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
What vaccinations do I need?
For detailed health requirements, please consult your nearest tropical disease center, or the web site of the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/travel. Malaria is present in some regions of Zimbabwe.
Best time of the year to travel?
The climate in Zimbabwe is tropical, although markedly moderated by altitude. There is a dry season, including a short cool season during the period May to September when the whole country has very little rain and nights and mornings can be as cold as 5°C/41°F to freezing, but daytime temperatures are still pleasant with a great deal of sunshine.

The rainy season is typically from November to March; rains usually fall in heavy afternoon showers, but they can sometimes be lighter and continuous for a couple of days. Zimbabwe experiences winter and summer at opposite times of the year to Europe and North America and they roughly correspond to the dry and wet season.

One of our favorite things about Zimbabwe is that there is no best time to visit – it’s like having a seasonal zoo on your doorstep - you just need to decide what you want to see and how hot you like it! As the dry season commences large numbers of elephant, sable, waterbuck and wildebeest regularly congregate at the pans near Bomani and Camelthorn. During this time, it’s not uncommon to see a 1,000 elephants in a single day!

What language is spoken?
English, Shona and Ndebele
What is the power source and outlet type?
The Zimbabwe electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally. US-made appliances may need a transformer. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.
What is the local currency?
The Currency of Zimbabwe is the South African Rand (ZAR) or more commonly accepted the US Dollar. ATM’s are plentiful in Zimbabwe so you can easily use your debit card to with draw cash. Credit cards are not generally accepted at any of the lodges.
What should I tip my guides?
Tipping is purely discretionary, however if you would like to show your appreciation to our staff we recommend $10 - $20 per guest per day, paid in the communal tip box at reception.
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Antarctica

Travel to Antarctica by Ship, Kayak and Foot

Where is Antarctica located?
Antarctica is situated over the South Pole and covers approximately 14 million square km./4250 square mi. and is divided into two separate regions called Greater Antarctica to the east and Lesser Antarctica to the west.
What is the weather like?
Weather conditions when traveling to Antarctica vary greatly, being in the extreme southern hemisphere, winters (June-August) are dark and spring/summer (October-February) have long hours of light. During the summers, temperatures range from around 20 degrees to as warm as 48 degrees. Due to the natural patterns of the sun however, the extended daylight hours often warm those areas that are protected from winds. Some guests find it warm enough for t-shirts and shorts!
What is the best time of year to visit Antarctica?
Due to the erratic weather of Antarctica, there is a very small window for traveling to Antarctica that spans from November to March. We prefer to travel during the early season which is late October through the end of November for a variety of reasons. One of these is that even though relatively small numbers of people visit Antarctica, there are even fewer in the spring (October-November) than in the peak tourist season of December to February. Arriving in October and November is beautiful because life is emerging from a long winter's sleep, the landings are still untouched and because: Landscapes, penguin colonies, and photographic opportunities are much better in the Antarctic spring. Later-season landings are met with mud and an excess of guano because the penguins have inhabited the rookeries for several months by the time peak season arrives. Fewer ships travel during the early season. This allows for a more flexible itinerary than in the later season. Prices are lower during the early season than during the peak season.
Is the kayaking in Antarctica special?
So much of life in the Antarctic originates or depends on the sea. Being in a kayak puts you in intimate touch with that life. You paddle among icebergs, among swimming seals, and feel the pulse of life in a way that is not possible in any other manner.
How much kayaking will I do on this trip?
Antarctica kayaking is completely dependent on weather and sea conditions. A typical kayak trip ranges from 30 minutes to one hour. Our goal is to give those guests who wish to kayak an opportunity to do so at least twice during our Antarctic voyage.Do I have to have previous kayaking experience? It's best if you have had previous kayaking experience. If you don't have previous experience, then find a class or other way to kayak prior to the trip. The kayaks are covered sea kayaks, so it's also helpful if you know how to do a wet exit in the remote chance that you tip over.
What will I see during the early season?
The early spring offers unique viewing opportunities not otherwise found during the height of the regular season in Antarctica. Depending on which adventure you will find yourself with different backdrops. If you are traveling on our 21-day Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer some of the many sites you will enjoy include: Excellent photographic opportunities ranging from early season wildflowers to rare orchids. The king penguins breed on an irregular cycle so, we will see king penguin chicks in South Georgia! It should be noted this is the only location you will get to see chicks this early in the season. Also on South Georgia, elephant seals deliver their pups in October, which means we should have chubby little elephant seal pups to entertain us on our voyage! Fur seal activity is also very busy on the beaches of South Georgia. The shorter itineraries in November anticipate seeing: Penguins. On the peninsula penguin chicks normally hatch around Christmas. While early season is not the time for chicks on the peninsula, it is a time that parents exhibit pre-chick activity: courting, mating, and nest-building. During mating season, penguins exhibit a variety of postural displays, dances, and calls in the process of obtaining and defending a nest site and in finding a mate. To intrigue a potential mate, males begin building their nest by smoothing out a crater in the ground and filling it with rocks, feathers, and sometimes, bones. A favorite past time is stealing a stone or pebble from a neighbor's nest from an unsuspecting neighbor. Weddell seals stretch out on the fast ice and crabeater and leopard seals often lounge on the remaining winter sea ice. Lucky guests will catch a harmonized show of a pair of light–mantled sooty albatross.
What is the best way to get there?
The trip embarks from Ushuaia, Argentina. Common air routes typically transit through Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago Chile.
Are you able to arrange extensions?
We have been working with partners in the southern hemisphere since 1992, and have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be hiking in Peru or snorkeling in Galapagos. Guests often combine a trip to Antarctica with a visit to Machu Picchu. Another popular destination to consider is the Easter Islands. We are passionate about travel and are eager to hear about your interests to help you plan your adventure.
How far in advance should I book my trip?
There are many travel arrangements that must be coordinated for any Antarctica trip. Space on our vessel is limited. Generally we recommend that you book four to twelve months in advance. However, space may be available closer to the departure date, so don't hesitate to check with us.
What about sea sicknesses?
While there is always a risk of rough sea conditions while on a ship, it is important to remember each person has different reactions to these conditions. The most likely time that rough seas are encountered is while cruising through the Drake Passage. Once we are near the Antarctic Peninsula and islands, most cruising is in sheltered waters. We encourage all guests to consult with their doctor regarding preventative medication. Other ideas include acupressure wrist bands, ginger candy and other preventatives.
Are there any extras on board the ship?
In addition to our fascinating ongoing lecture series, there is also a bar and a gift shop. You can purchase wine or beer and enjoy observing the passing scenery in one of the many observation areas onboard, while sailing along the Antarctic Peninsula. There is also a gift shop on board where guests can shop for gifts for family and friends. The Ocean Nova also has internet access available for purchase.
What kind of clothing do I need?
We will provide you with a complete packing list. Here are a few tips: Bring loose, breathable layers of wool, silk or fleece as opposed to cotton Polar fleece is a very popular choice. Waterproof pants are required for zodiac expeditions and kayak trips. You have the option of bringing your own parka or renting a coat on board. If you do choose to rent a parka, please let us know as soon as possible so we can reserve one for you. If you are bringing your own parka, look for one that is lightweight, roomy, and wind and weather resistant. Bright colors are more visible, so they are a safer option for use in the Polar regions. Bring a wool or polar fleece sweater. No one likes cold hands, so bring gloves to keep your hands warm and dry. We suggest wearing a polypropylene liner under gloves so your hands will be protected when you remove gloves or mittens to take photos. Wool Cap. This is great for protecting ears.
What clothing is provided?
We provide dry suits for the kayaks, as well as water-proof boots. If you prefer to rent a parka from our ship, please let us know, and we will make sure there is one available for you.
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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

Can children travel on small ships?
Yes. Although the voyages are not directed towards children, we do encourage families with children on our voyages. Please contact us for more information if you are thinking of traveling with anyone under the age of 16.
What electrical current is available onboard?
The electrical supply on board is 220 volts 50 Hertz. You will need a European two (round) pin plug adapter, available at duty free or electrical supply shops.
How difficult is it to get in and out of the landing Zodiacs?
Assistance getting in and out of the Zodiacs will be offered by our staff. There are possible wet landings where you will be required to disembark the zodiac into ankle deep water - making rubber boots a necessary item.
Is there email/internet access onboard the One Ocean Expeditions ship?
Yes, there is email access available through our satellite communication equipment for a charge.
Do you accommodate single travelers?
A good number of our clients come alone and some purchase the single cabin option. For those wishing to share, we will pair single travelers of the same gender together at no charge.
How much room is there for luggage?
There is storage space for empty luggage in the cabins under your bunk. Alternatively we can stow your baggage safely elsewhere on the ship. There is ample space for your clothing in cupboards and drawers in your cabin.
Should I be concerned about Seasickness?
If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, then it is a good idea to talk to your own doctor. Come armed with motion sickness tablets. There will be a doctor on board and the ship is equipped with a small treatment facility.
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Antarctica Christmas Cruise

Can children travel on small ships?
Yes. Although the voyages are not directed towards children, we do encourage families with children on our voyages. Please contact us for more information if you are thinking of traveling with anyone under the age of 16.
What electrical current is available onboard?
The electrical supply on board is 220 volts 50 Hertz. You will need a European two (round) pin plug adapter, available at duty free or electrical supply shops.
How difficult is it to get in and out of the landing Zodiacs?
Assistance getting in and out of the Zodiacs will be offered by our staff. There are possible wet landings where you will be required to disembark the zodiac into ankle deep water - making rubber boots a necessary item.
Is there email/internet access onboard the One Ocean Expeditions ship?
Yes, there is email access available through our satellite communication equipment for a charge.
Do you accommodate single travelers?
A good number of our clients come alone and some purchase the single cabin option. For those wishing to share, we will pair single travelers of the same gender together at no charge.
How much room is there for luggage?
There is storage space for empty luggage in the cabins under your bunk. Alternatively we can stow your baggage safely elsewhere on the ship. There is ample space for your clothing in cupboards and drawers in your cabin.
Should I be concerned about Seasickness?
If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, then it is a good idea to talk to your own doctor. Come armed with motion sickness tablets. There will be a doctor on board and the ship is equipped with a small treatment facility.
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Europe

Albania Discovery by Kayak

How do I reach Albania?
Several airlines offer daily flights to Tirana, the capital city, from Paris, Vienna, Frankfurt and other European cities. It's also possible to take a ferry from Bari, Italy to Durres, Albania before of after your trip. You might prefer to fly to a neighboring country and travel by hired car. If you prefer, transportation can be arranged at the end of the tour to continue on to Greece, or to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
What sort of weather should I expect?
We've chosen our departure dates to avoid the heat of July and August. Generally days will be warm, in the 75-85 degree Fahrenheit range, with little to no rain. Nights cool to the 50-60 degrees, with cooler nights when we are in the mountains.
What do I need to bring?
A full packing list will be provided. All kayaking gear is provided.
How difficult is this trip?
The kayaking portion of the trip is appropriate for first-time kayakers, however we do recommend that you have previous paddling experience and conditioning prior to the trip. We won't be carrying any gear in the kayaks, so they will be light. The other parts of the trip include easy walks over uneven surfaces. Please call our office if you have any questions.
Do you arrange international air?
We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you'd like.
Are you able to arrange extensions to our tour?
Absolutely! We know the area well, so if you'd like to spend more time you might consider our Peaks of the Balkans hiking adventure that combines Montenegro and a corner of Albania not included in this trip. Or we can help you arrange your way to Greece, or north to Croatia. We're happy to discuss any ideas you have.
How far in advance should I book?
There are a lot of arrangements to be made for a custom trip like this adventure and so it is helpful with our planning if you book three to eight months in advance. However, if you can't plan that far ahead, then it's usually not a problem to book up to about a month or two in advance. If you find yourself looking for last-minute space just call us and check!
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Barging in Ireland

What is a Luxury Hotel Barge?
The Hotel Barge of today was the cargo barge of yesteryear - these barges were built to carry goods along shallow and narrow waterways. Today these remodeled hulls are luxury accommodations for small groups of travelers looking to enjoy life at a slower pace. The cruises include all gourmet meals with wine, all shore excursions, "open bar" and bicycles for the use of the guests and various other luxury facilities.
Are these hotel barges only available for groups to charter only or can I book just one or two cabins?
The choice is generally yours - Charter the whole barge or join kindred spirits and make new friends.
How many people do these barges accommodate?
Generally the hotel barges accommodate between 4 and 14 guests however there are a couple that can accommodate up to 20 guests.
What amenities are on board?
All the hotel barges are air-conditioned and heated and the cabins have private, well-appointed bathrooms with showers. Many of the barges have on-deck hot tubs and other facilities such as a small exercise room. They also each have a music system such as a CD player/iPod dock and most have WiFi internet access, although this is sometimes subject to local reception.
What activities can I expect?
Every day will see guided tours to historical or cultural sites including castles, historic buildings, market towns, gardens and museums. Some cruises have a special theme like golf, wine tasting. Guests can stroll along the tow path or cycle into neighboring towns and just play catch up with the barge.
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Corsica Unbound

Where is Corsica?
Just south of France and west of Italy, Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean.
How do I get to Corsica?
There are flights from France (Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, etc. ) direct to Bastia, the town in Corsica where our trip begins. There is also ferry service from continental Europe. The shortest ferry goes from Livorno, Italy (not far from Pisa) and there is also service from Marseille and other ports in southern France. Flying is generally the quickest and most economical method of travel to Corsica.
What language do Corsicans speak?
French is the official language but over 80% of native Corsicans also speak Corsu, a language that is close to medieval Tuscan and thus has a very Italian ring to it. If you speak French you'll do very well. Some English is spoken, but our bilingual guides take care of any important communications for you.
What is the weather like?
Corsica has a Mediterranean climate and one of the sunniest climates in France. Weather along the coast is warm from April to June, hot in July and August and then pleasantly warm again from September to late October. The interior gets cold by December and snow falls in the higher mountains at times. Our trips are scheduled during ideal times in terms of weather and lack of other tourists.
Can you accommodate for dietary needs and food allergies in the menu?
As long as we are informed in advance of any food allergies or dietary needs, we can mostly accommodate for it. In some rare instances, where substitutions may not be locally available in Corsica, we may ask that you bring your own substitutions.
Will I need a visa?
US and Canadian citizens will need a passport that is valid for 6 months past the end of your trip, but a visa is not required for tourists who are on trips of less than 90 days.
What do I need to bring with me?
We will have a full packing list for you, but the following suggestions are good to keep in mind:
Packing light is always best when you’re traveling internationally. Make sure to bring copies of your airline tickets, your receipt for the purchase of your airline tickets, and a copy of the front page in your passport. It is a good idea to pack loosely fitting clothing that can be easily hand washed, and a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester. You may want to pack a nice outfit for going in to town. Quick-dry clothing for the kayaking portion is essential. See our packing list for a detailed description of what to bring.
How far do we hike each day?
We have three days of hiking activities on this tour. The hikes range from 2 – 4 miles depending on the location with a maximum climb of 1200 ft.

Day 2: Explore the towns of Bastia and Corte (walking tours)

Day 3: Hike in the Gorges of the Restonica
Distance: 2.93 Miles
Est Duration: 3 hours
Elevation Change: Roughly a 1200 ft climb

Day 4: GR20 Hike from Vizzavona
Distance: 2.11 Miles along a lovely stream beneath a forest of pines, oaks and chestnuts

Day 8: Gorge de Spelunca Hike (towards Evisa)
Distance: 3.91 Miles in the Spelunca Gorge through forest and river territory breaking to view the 18th Century Bridges and swim

How far do we kayak each day?
On our kayaking days we will paddle between 11 – 15 miles per day, ranging from about 4 – 6 hours of total paddle time with breaks in between.

Day 5: Between Bussaglia and Girolata: 11.2 miles (18 km) and 4h30 of navigation
Day 6: From Girolata to Scandolla to Girolata: 15.5 miles (25 km) and 6h of navigation
Day 7: Between Girolata and Bussaglia: 11.2 m (18 km) and 4h30 of navigation

What kind of kayaks do we use on the Compelling Corsica Tour?
We will use both double and single kayaks made by German Kayak producer Prijon. Prijon is known for their excellent paddling comfort, revolutionary tough HTP plastics and lightweight prilites.

POSEIDON Double Kayak:
The two person Poseidon Kayak is designed for coastal tours with great directional stability and comfortable cruising speed. It’s a great tandem kayak for hiking trips along the coast line!

SEAYAK Single Kayak:
The term Seayak is synonymous for fast, safe and manageable paddling with attractive style! This is a sporty and quick moving kayak great for smaller and lighter paddlers.

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Cruise Greece & Turkey

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Peaks of the Balkans Hiking Tour

How do I reach the area?
Several airlines offer daily flights to Podgorica, Montenegro from Paris, Frankfurt and other European cities. The same is true for your departure flight from Tirana. If you prefer, transportation can be arranged at the end of the tour to continue on to Greece, or to Dubrovnik, Croatia, or back to Podgorica.
What sort of weather should I expect?
We’ve chosen our departure dates to avoid the heat of July and August. Generally days will be in the 70-80 degree Fahrenheit range, with little to no rain. Nights cool to the 50-60 degrees, with cooler nights when we are in the mountains.
What do I need to bring?
A full packing list will be provided. Walking poles are highly recommended for the hiking portion of the trip.
How difficult is this trip?
The trekking portion of the trip is challenging and previous conditioning is necessary.While horses do carry the bulk of your gear, you will need to carry a small day pack with water, food, rain gear and a cool weather layer, your camera, etc. While the distances are not huge, the elevation gain and loss on two of the days (as outlined in the itinerary) are substantial. Please call our office if you have any questions.
Do you arrange international air?
We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like.
Are you able to arrange extensions to our tour?
Absolutely! We know the area well, so if you’d like to spend more time you might consider our Albania tour. Or we can help you arrange your way to Greece, or north to Croatia. We’re happy to discuss any ideas you have.
How far in advance should I book?
There are a lot of arrangements to be made for a custom trip like this adventure and so it is helpful with our planning if you book three to eight months in advance. However, if you can’t plan that far ahead, then it’s usually not a problem to book up to about a month or two in advance. If you find yourself looking for last-minute space just call us and check!
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River Cruise to Northern France

What is a Luxury Hotel Barge?
The Hotel Barge of today was the cargo barge of yesteryear - these barges were built to carry goods along shallow and narrow waterways. Today these remodeled hulls are luxury accommodations for small groups of travelers looking to enjoy life at a slower pace. The cruises include all gourmet meals with wine, all shore excursions, "open bar" and bicycles for the use of the guests and various other luxury facilities.
Are these hotel barges only available for groups to charter only or can I book just one or two cabins?
The choice is generally yours - Charter the whole barge or join kindred spirits and make new friends.
How many people do these barges accommodate?
Generally the hotel barges accommodate between 4 and 14 guests however there are a couple that can accommodate up to 20 guests.
What amenities are on board?
All the hotel barges are air-conditioned and heated and the cabins have private, well-appointed bathrooms with showers. Many of the barges have on-deck hot tubs and other facilities such as a small exercise room. They also each have a music system such as a CD player/iPod dock and most have WiFi internet access, although this is sometimes subject to local reception.
What activities can I expect?
Every day will see guided tours to historical or cultural sites including chateaux's, vineyards, market towns, gardens and museums. Some cruises have a special theme like golf, wine tasting. Guests can stroll along the tow path or cycle into neighboring towns and just play catch up with the barge.
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Taste of Croatia

Who should go?
People from all walks of life and all ages join our trips. We get a mix of couples, singles, families and friends, usually between 25 and 60 years of age. Some are physically challenged. Some are very active and some are not. Without exception everyone comes to have a good time and the variety of people and interests found on each trip makes it all the more fun. Our adventure consultants know that a primary consideration may be the mix of people on the trip, so we're happy to tell you who has signed up and help you choose a compatible group. ROW has taken people in their nineties on our trips. It's important that you're fit and active and choose an appropriate trip.
When is the best to time to go?
July and August are considered Croatia’s ‘season’. It is summer during that time, and tourism is in full swing. The weather is hot, the sea is blue, and the coast is at its best. The only drawback is that it is the peak of tourist season. Everything is busy in Croatia this during the summer and the crowds can be overwhelming. The weather in Croatia varies from the north to the coast. The north has a Continental climate with temperatures averaging around 77 degrees Fahrenheit in August. The coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate and the temperature can reach as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather in May, June, September, and October will be milder, but some businesses may be closed.
Can you accommodate for dietary needs and food allergies in the menu?
As long as we are informed in advance of any food allergies or dietary needs, we can mostly accommodate for it. In some rare instances, where substitutions may not be locally available in Croatia, we may ask that you bring your own substitutions.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Even a yacht tour in Croatia can be a family's "trip of a lifetime." On all of our trips around the world we offer family-friendly and kid-exclusive trips...meaning, if you aren't traveling with kids, you sadly are not invited. We have specialty guides, earlier dinner times, have picked kid-friendly hotels and more to create the best atmosphere for you and your family. On this Croatian yacht adventure we can start a family-focused charter or add you to an existing one.
Will I need a visa?
You will need a passport that is valid for 6 months past the end of your trip, but a visa is not required for tourists who are on trips of less than 90 days.
Do I need to exchange currency before I go?
The currency in Croatia is the Kuna, although some places will accept the Euro, you may be spending a fortune in the exchange rate. You can either exchange currency before you travel or get it from an ATM when you arrive, again watch for the exchange rate. Remember, it is never a good idea to keep a lot of cash on you while you are traveling, but in local shops and markets having some Kuna on you is helpful.
Does the crew of the Romanca speak English?
The crew of the Romanca speak Croatian and limited English. Your guide will speak fluent English and will be your primary source of information while you are on your trip.
Is it possible to explore the cities without a guide?
You are free to explore the cities by yourself. The crime rate in Croatia is low, but it is always best to use common sense, and keep any personal items close to you. It is always smart to stay in a group in areas you are unfamiliar with to decrease your chances of not being able to find your way back.
What do you recommend for sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness, make sure to talk to your physician before travelling for suggestions as to what will help. A natural and inexpensive way to combat sea sickness is ginger chews and acupressure bands.
Do I need a power converter on the ship?
Depending on where you are traveling from, you may need to bring a power converter with you. The outlets on the Romanca are 220 volt outlets. The US and Canadian standard is between 110 and 120 volts.
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Vineyards & Villages: A French River Cruise

What is a Luxury Hotel Barge?
The Hotel Barge of today was the cargo barge of yesteryear - these barges were built to carry goods along shallow and narrow waterways. Today these remodeled hulls are luxury accommodations for small groups of travelers looking to enjoy life at a slower pace. The cruises include all gourmet meals with wine, all shore excursions, "open bar" and bicycles for the use of the guests and various other luxury facilities.
Are these hotel barges only available for groups to charter only or can I book just one or two cabins?
The choice is generally yours - Charter the whole barge or join kindred spirits and make new friends.
How many people do these barges accommodate?
Generally the hotel barges accommodate between 4 and 14 guests however there are a couple that can accommodate up to 20 guests.
What amenities are on board?
All the hotel barges are air-conditioned and heated and the cabins have private, well-appointed bathrooms with showers. Many of the barges have on-deck hot tubs and other facilities such as a small exercise room. They also each have a music system such as a CD player/iPod dock and most have WiFi internet access, although this is sometimes subject to local reception.
What activities can I expect?
Every day will see guided tours to historical or cultural sites including chateaux's, vineyards, market towns, gardens and museums. Some cruises have a special theme like golf, wine tasting. Guests can stroll along the tow path or cycle into neighboring towns and just play catch up with the barge.
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Yachting in Greece

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Yachting in Turkey

Who should go?
Everyone is welcome on the vast majority of ROW adventures. There are no restrictions on who can join this adventure.
When is the best time to go?
Our trips run from April to October. Turkey and Greece are most busy in the summer months (June-August) with tourist season. The heat can be overwhelming in the summer, and it is much cooler in the spring and fall seasons.
Do I need a visa?
When you travel internationally, you will need a passport that is valid for 6 months past the end of your trip. Your passport needs to have enough room for the entrance and exit stamps from Turkey. You will also need a visa in Turkey, which you can be obtained beforehand through the Turkish consulate or you can get one at the Turkish airport or other port of entry for $20. US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to travel into Greece.
Can I tour the cities on my own?
You will have some nights where you are able to tour the cities and have dinner on your own. You may choose at any time to have a guide accompany you if you don’t feel like going alone. Always remember to use common sense when you are traveling internationally and make sure to keep any personal items close to you.
Can you accommodate for dietary needs and/or food allergies?
We can mostly accommodate for dietary needs if we are given plenty of notice before your trip of your requirements. In some cases where local substitutions may be hard to come by, we may ask you to bring your own substitutions. If you have any favorite brands for substitutions, please feel free to bring them with you.
Will I need to exchange currency?
Turkey’s national currency is the Turkish Lira, and Greece uses the Euro. Many places in Turkey accept strong currencies such as the US dollar and the Euro, but not all. You may find that it is easiest to get Lira or Euro from an ATM using your credit card. Make sure to contact your bank to let them know that you’ll be traveling internationally before attempting to withdraw money so the fraud department doesn’t freeze your card. You will find that an ATM will generally give you the best exchange rate, rather than a currency exchange or a bank. Stores and restaurants that accept strong currencies may not give you a great exchange rate in Turkey, and in some cases it is best just to use your credit card wherever it is accepted. Some places, such as street vendors and market stands, will likely not accept credit cards or foreign currency, and here you will find that having Lira or Euro on hand is helpful.
What is the weather like?
Winter is from December to March and temperatures average 45 degrees Fahrenheit but with the wind makes it seem much colder. During the summer months from June to August, the weather is very hot during the days, averaging 78-88 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. The weather will cool dramatically during the night and the streets will fill with locals enjoying the seaside cafés. The best weather is during the spring and the fall when the days are temperate and the evenings are milder. You may experience changing weather with a poyraz, a chilly Balkan wind, or a lodos which is a hot humid wind from the south.
Will the crew of the yacht speak English?
The tour begins and ends in Turkey. Some Turkish residents speak English, but it is not a guarantee that the crew will speak English. You will have a ROW guide who will speak fluent English and will be your main source of information on your trip.
Will I need a power converter?
Depending on where you are traveling from, you may need a power converter as well as an outlet adapter. The standard electrical outlet in Turkey runs at 220-240 volts, where the standard in the US and Canada is 110-120 volts. Remember if you purchase an outlet adapter, that it’s function is to allow your plug to fit into the outlet, it does not guarantee that your appliance (such as your hair dryer or electric razor) will work with the 220 current.
Are extensions available?
We highly recommend you stay on for our four day tour to Cappadocia. Take a tour to the Goreme valley, the natural citadel of Uchisar and visit the museum of Mevlana. Contact our travel experts to book your extension, the itinerary is flexible so feel free to bring your interests and ideas and let us know your thoughts.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please see our gear list for a detailed description of what to bring with you. Remember that Turkey has a large Muslim population and if you plan to visit mosques, long sleeves, pants, socks and a scarf for women to cover their hair is appropriate. You will find that the dress in cities is more of a “smart casual.” Short sleeves, shorts and sandals are ok. You may want to bring something a little more formal for eating in nicer restaurants, but women should make sure that they bring flats or wedges as high heels do not mix well on the cobblestone streets found in cities like Istanbul.
What do you recommend for sea sickness?
If you are prone to sea sickness, make sure to talk to your physician before travelling for suggestions as to what will help. A natural and inexpensive way to combat sea sickness is ginger chews and acupressure bands.
Do you provide air transportation?
We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we can refer you to if you’d like.
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North America

Baja

Kayak Baja: Loreto

When is the best time to visit the area in general?
If you want to ensure your perfect vacation will have the optimum amount of kayaking, select the spring or fall. Baja's rainy season is in August and September, so the months of October and early November enjoy an incredible display of desert flora as well as warm waters and great snorkeling. As "winter" descends and the temperatures cool from blazing heat to idyllic warmth, Baja becomes a charming desert paradise over the holidays. Increased wind during this these months may impact your time on the water, but you'll still have plenty of opportunity to snorkel, hike, or relax on the beach. By March and into April and May, the weather warms up once again and the water becomes flat calm, punctuated only by your paddle stroke.
When is the ideal time to visit if I mainly want to see whales?
Whales are around all year in the Sea of Cortez, but we find them by kayak in the greatest numbers from February through April. Very few places on Earth are home to such a concentration and diversity of whales, and Baja happens to be one of them. The islands at Loreto National Marine Park feature at least six separate species of whales, including blue, fin, sei, humpback, Bryde's and pilot whales. For a closer encounter, check out Magdalena Bay in particular makes for a rare opportunity to view gray whales in their preferred nursery habitat. You can have an unforgettable experience observing the mating and birthing activities of these gorgeous grays anytime from late January to mid-March. We operate both gray whale camping tours and Baja whale watching combos, so you can select the experience that's exactly right for you.
How much kayaking will there be?
Plan to paddle about three to four hours each day if weather permits. Wind, waves, currents, or other factors may alter the daily paddling plan and may affect your time on the water. You'll have plenty of time to hike, snorkel, or relax on the beach in addition to kayaking.
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Kayak Baja: La Paz

When is the best time to visit Baja?
Baja is a fantastic warm weather getaway. The autumn features bathtub-warm waters for great snorkeling, sunny skies, and calm waters to paddle. As "winter" descends on the peninsula, Baja offers an exceptional holiday destination. Though the temperatures are in the mid-70s F (low 20s C), and it's usually pure sunshine. You really can't go wrong in this desert environment, as even though December and January have an increased potential for wind, if it's ever too breezy to kayak, you can hike, snorkel, or relax on the beach with a margarita instead. The days become even nicer and warmer from February through April, and in the later months the days will host glassy calm waters. By May, the water temperature has increased again and wetsuits aren't needed any longer.
When is the best time for wildlife?
Dolphins are ever present in Baja, as are sea birds, turtles, and colorful fish with which to snorkel. While whales are seen year round, they tend to congregate most from about February through April. Whale sharks, the largest fish on earth, are present from October through the end of February. We sometimes find them in to March as well, but in lower numbers.
Do I need any kayaking experience?
Not at all! Paddling is easy to learn, and our experienced guides will show you the ropes. You'll have a whole week to perfect your technique!
Do you use double or solo kayaks?
Most of our fleets are comprised of stable, tandem kayaks. They have enough length that paddlers don't need to synchronize strokes, reducing the "divorce boat" effect. There will be a few singles along on the trip for guests to rotate into at the guides' discretion, when weather allows. Additionally, one single kayak will be available to rent on each trip for exclusive use at an additional charge.
What is the difference between your Loreto and La Paz trips?
Loreto is a small town that is only on the map because of tourism. Fewer people visit the islands, so they have more of a "wilderness" feel. There are few other paddlers or even boats to encounter. The islands of both places are beautiful, but in Loreto you often feel like you're completely off the map. You will have each beach to yourselves (barring accidents from the Park Service!). La Paz is the capital of Baja, so is a thriving city and cultural experience. Restaurants, shopping, and other activities abound in this bohemian city. La Paz enjoys more people visiting the island on a daily basis, and some groups even set up temporary base camps. You will encounter other kayakers as well as boats, and sometimes we might share beaches with other groups. It's a 90 minute boat ride to Espiritu Santo, and we commonly see dolphins or other animals. This island has a beach that was ranked one of the most beautiful in the world. Espiritu Santo also hosts a colony of friendly sea lions, with which you'll snorkel on the last day of the trip. This means that you spend about 4 days kayaking on the standard itienrary. Whale sharks are also found in the Bay of La Paz. They are seen elsewhere in the Sea of Cortez, but the population here is reliable to encounter.
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Baja Whale Camp & Kayak

When is the optimal or ideal time to go on a whale watching trip?
All of our combination tours take place in late January through the end of March. This assures that the gray whales will be present in Magdalena Bay to calve, making winter an excellent time to travel so you can witness these awe-inspiring events. Even though it might be winter elsewhere, the conditions of Baja still remain moderate and comfortable during the start of a year. Temperatures are usually 75-80 degrees F (23-27 degrees C) in range, with a windy patch here and there.
Which itinerary should I pick?
Decide first if you would like to stay at our whale camp, which includes four whale watching sessions plus viewing whales from the beach, or if you prefer to just head over to see the whales once and devote the rest of your time to kayaking. If you would like you stay at the whale camp, then you'll just need to decide if you want to kayak three days (3x3 Combo), or a full five days (10-day Combo). If you just want to see the whales once, but are more interested in the hiking, snorkeling and kayaking of the Sea of Cortez, the 5 days of kayaking on our 8-day Combo is right for you.
Do I have to kayak? Can I just see the whales instead?
Of course! You're welcome to select just the whale camp portion of the trip. Choose from either three days/two nights, or four days/three nights at camp. These trips also include hotel before and after the tour. Departures are available Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday throughout the whale watching season. Youth as young as seven or eight are welcome, so bring the whole family for this easy-paced adventure!
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Baja Aventura

When is the best time to visit Baja for this trip?
There is never a bad time to visit Baja! The waters are the warmest and clearest for snorkeling in the autumn and late spring. This is also the time when there is the least chance for wind, and the sea tends to be flat, calm, and perfect for paddling. In between, as Baja transitions through winter, winds can pick up on the Sea of Cortez that may affect your amount of kayaking, but not much else! Your days will still be filled with sunshine and beaches and the rugged beauty of Baja's desert life.
When is the best time for wildlife?
Dolphins are ever present in Baja, as are sea birds, turtles, and colorful fish with which to snorkel. While whales are seen year round, they tend to congregate most from about February through April. Whale sharks, the largest fish on earth, are present from October through the end of February. We sometimes find them in to March as well, but in lower numbers.
When can I see whales?
The best time to see whales in Baja is late January through mid-March, when the gray whales are present.
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British Columbia

British Columbia Yacht Trip

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Broughton Archipelago & Aboriginal Tour

Should we bring our kids?
This trip is a perfect fit for families with kids as young as age seven. Though an active trip, the pace will be appropriate for the whole family and our guides will tailor activities to meet the interests of all age groups.
How much kayaking should I expect?
If a full day of kayaking is in order, expect to paddle for about four hours. You'll generally paddle about two hours in the morning, stop for a long lunch break, and then paddle again in the afternoon. Most days on this itinerary are a blend of kayaking, hiking, natural history, or aboriginal tours, so the actual amount will vary by day and by group.
What are the accommodations like?
The Paddlers Inn is a charming lodge near Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. These wilderness accommodations are simple, with shared bathrooms and cozy rooms, but are perfect for relaxing after a day enjoying this beautiful coastal area. Perks include hot showers, a sauna, and of course, you can arrange on-site massages to ease out the aches and pains of adventure! It's a piece of paradise in the middle of nowhere.
How many people are on the tour?
We can take between 4 and 10 guests on this tour. The group size will depend on the makeup of the parties in relation to the available rooms.
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God's Pocket Kayaking Adventure

What are the important features of the God's Pocket resort?
The lodge consists of two beautiful cabins with four neighboring rooms per building. All include stunning views of the adjacent sea. Each charming unit is equipped with two comfortable beds and a private bathroom, complete with toilet, sink and hot shower. Maid service is included daily. The lodge also features a common room where guests can read, play games or simply unwind.
What kind of meals can I expect at God's Pocket Resort?
Three squares a day are included, prepared hot and fresh by our professional chef. Each meal is served family style in our quaint dining hall. Dinners often feature fresh seafood from the nearby area, mouthwatering baked goods and divine wines. Snacks and hot drinks are at the ready 24 hours a day if you're feeling a little peckish. Those with special meal needs are welcomed and accommodated for.
What if I require a special diet?
If any member of your group has allergies or other dietary restrictions, simply inform us so we can pass your requirements on to our head chef. If you follow a strict vegan or gluten-free diet, please be sure to pack supplements and substitutions to your taste, as shopping in the local area is extremely limited. Two glasses of wine are included per night, so you'll need to pack accordingly in advance if additional drinking is desired (note that most liquor stores are closed on Sundays and Mondays in British Columbia). The resort offers bottomless teas, hot coffee, cocoa and lemonade, but it does not offer endless sodas, so feel free to bring along your own if desired.
Can I bring my own kayak?
No. Unfortunately due to liability reasons, we cannot permit guests to bring their own kayaks. Not to worry, as the ones the lodge provides are top notch, and you're sure to have a great time.
Can I bring my dog/cat/hamster/goldfish?
Due to it being a wilderness environment, pets of any kind are not permitted to accompany you on your travels. Be sure to make arrangements for Fido or Fluffy prior to your tour.
Can I take a day off from kayaking?
Absolutely! There are no mandatory excursions on this fun-filled adventure, although we do recommend you take advantage of as many of the planned activities as possible for a memorable overall experience.
What if I'm traveling by myself?
Each of our tours includes a diverse mix of families, friends and singles. We'll pair you with someone of the same age and gender for your double occupancy cabin. If you perfer your own accomodations you can pay a single supplement fee.
What should I pack?
Standard luggage is permitted since this is a lodge-based trip. Upon booking your tour, you'll receive a comprehensive booklet that details precisely what is recommended to bring for your active adventure.
What is included in the cost of the trip?
The beauty of this tour is that all of your essential needs are provided for. All meals, guided activities and equipment use are covered by the price of the tour. Excluding airfare and costs of a personal nature, it's an all-expense-paid kind of deal.
What is not included in the cost of the trip?
Any hotel stays before and after your trip, transportation to the launch site, costs of a personal nature (shopping, etc.), and gratuities.
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Orca & Humpback Expedition

Between the six-day and four-day trip, which one is right for me?
Our four-day trip utilizes one campsite for all four days and our six-day trip has three potential campsites. The four-day often allows you more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful wildlife and scenery. Families with teens, novice kayakers, or those who prefer a slower pace would be ideal for this tour. This site, located on Vancouver Island, is close to Robson Bight. The shoreline is composed of sea-polished stones that lure an orca to rub its six-ton body along the beach, or herd salmon into the curve of the shore. Orcas regularly pass by directly in front of camp. Paddlers can scramble down the rock outcropping and stand at water's edge to watch orcas cruise by just below their feet. The camp offers great orca viewing right off shore. We never just "wait around for orcas" on the base camp. We take daily day trips, paddling to different beaches for lunch, hike, observing wildlife. Each trip includes about 4 hours per day of kayaking: two hours paddling in morning, and another two hours paddling in the afternoon after lunch. Often there is a hike at the lunch stop, and the evenings are filled with campfires, games, or fishing. The six-day tour option involves up to three different campsites, weather and current depending. All are located along the travel routes used by the orcas. Because of the trip route, you are much more likely to see wilderness areas and a more diverse selection of marine life, including humpback whales that are often feeding on fish in Blackfish Sound. First Nations pictograph areas are also explored on this tour, and the base of the Broughton Archipelago, while remaining firmly in whale waters.
When is the best time to whale watch in BC?
Our tour dates are chosen specifically to place all of our guests right in the middle of orca season. The northern resident pods are found in the Strait between mid-July and mid-September when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in the rivers of mainland British Columbia. With more than 220 individually-identified whales in 17 separate pods within the region and guides carrying radios throughout the tour, our guests have an excellent chance of seeing orcas in the area. However, we often recommend August for the best British Columbia weather.
How close can I get to an orca from a kayak?
Here at ROW Adventures, we follow the "Be Whale Wise" regulations for the protection of the whales. Within these regulations it states that no one is allowed within 200 yards/meters of an orca. We're privileged to have the opportunity for viewing these beautiful creatures from close vantage points. The very survival of the species, let alone the wonder of seeing them in their natural habitat, depends on everyone's cooperation in the "Be Whale Wise" regulations. Orca can travel much faster than kayakers, however, so occasionally they approach us much closer than the above guidelines. From land, you may have your closest encounters, as the whales often come within meters of the shoreline! Understanding the behavior and range of the orcas helps to better-set your expectations for your orca kayak tour. More details on their regulations can be found at their website, www.BeWhaleWise.org.
Are killer whales (orcas) dangerous?
To our knowledge, the orcas of Johnstone Strait have never bumped a kayak or attacked a swimmer. While many believe orcas to be seal-eaters, some don't even eat mammals. The "killer whales" of the Johnstone Straight, in particular, come to eat the salmon in this narrow channel. Whales are acutely aware of their surroundings and we feel safe being in their presence. A wild orca has never killed or severely injured a human in recorded history.
Are there any trip extension options?
We have two recommended trip extensions available through local experienced operators that can take you where the orca sightings are reported. These extensions are both by boat, which allow for a better opportunity to keep up with the whales. Our friends at Mackay Whale Watching tours or Stubbs Island Whale Watching can help you with this.
Where do I stay before and after my tour?
We recommend making arrangements at the Haida Way Motor Inn in Port McNeill, BC, particularly if you do not have a car, as this is the site of the orientation meeting, as well as the pickup point for your transport to the launch site on the first day of the tour. The hotel is very basic, but clean and well-kept. Their in-house Northern Lights Restaurant has the best seafood in town. Indicate you are traveling with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures. We also recommend the Black Bear Resort, which is directly across the street from the Haida Way, and also features basic but comfortable accommodations. All hotels on northern Vancouver Island fill well in advance for summer, so wherever you choose to stay, we recommend making reservations early. Please note, hotel nights before and after the tour are not included in your tour cost.
How do I get to Port McNeill?
The easiest way to get to Port McNeill by air, is to fly through Vancouver International Airport (airport code YVR) to Port Hardy, BC (airport code YZT). From Vancouver International's South Terminal you can catch a flight on Pacific Coastal Airlines direct to Port Hardy. Once in Port Hardy, it's a 35-40 minute taxi ride to Port McNeill. If arriving from outside of Canada, be sure to give yourself 1.5-2 hours between your arriving flight at Vancouver International and your departing flight from the South Terminal to Port Hardy, as you will have to clear customs and take a 15 minute shuttle from the International Terminal to the South Terminal (there are signs to guide you). Port McNeill is also accessible by car, via a beautiful drive following BC Route 19 from Nanaimo to Port McNeill. Vancouver Island can be reached from the Canadian or U.S. mainlands by utilizing one of multiple ferry crossings from the Vancouver metro or greater Seattle areas. The BC Ferries and Washington State DOT Ferry websites are very helpful resources if you are planning to drive to Northern Vancouver Island.
How do I get from Port Hardy to Port McNeill?
If you fly into Port Hardy, you will need to arrange a taxi for the 35-minute drive South to Port McNeill. You can expect to pay about $45-60 CAD for the one-way fare, however rates do vary. We recommend sharing the ride with other members of the tour if you meet one another on the plane (or are on the same flight when departing). It's best to bring cash to pay the driver.
Will I definitely get to see orcas?
While we have a 98% success rate for seeing orcas, they are wild animals that roam at will and thus, we are unable to guarantee a sighting. To increase your opportunities for seeing the orcas, or simply to enjoy even more whale watching, you might want to add an extra day to your vacation to go on a Stubb's Island Whale Watching trip that is operated by motor skiff. Their motorized boat allows them to cover more ground in search of orcas and humpbacks throughout the Johnstone Strait area.
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Kayak with Orcas: Johnstone Strait

Between the six-day and four-day trip, which one is right for me?
Our four-day trip utilizes one campsite for all four days and our six-day trip has three potential campsites. The four-day often allows you more time to relax and enjoy the beautiful wildlife and scenery. Families with teens, novice kayakers, or those who prefer a slower pace would be ideal for this tour. This site, located on Vancouver Island, is close to Robson Bight. The shoreline is composed of sea-polished stones that lure an orca to rub its six-ton body along the beach, or herd salmon into the curve of the shore. Orcas regularly pass by directly in front of camp. Paddlers can scramble down the rock outcropping and stand at water's edge to watch orcas cruise by just below their feet. The camp offers great orca viewing right off shore. We never just "wait around for orcas" on the base camp. We take daily day trips, paddling to different beaches for lunch, hike, observing wildlife. Each trip includes about 4 hours per day of kayaking: two hours paddling in morning, and another two hours paddling in the afternoon after lunch. Often there is a hike at the lunch stop, and the evenings are filled with campfires, games, or fishing. The six-day tour option involves up to three different campsites, weather and current depending. All are located along the travel routes used by the orcas. Because of the trip route, you are much more likely to see wilderness areas and a more diverse selection of marine life, including humpback whales that are often feeding on fish in Blackfish Sound. First Nations pictograph areas are also explored on this tour, and the base of the Broughton Archipelago, while remaining firmly in whale waters.
When is the best time to see whales?
The northern resident pods of orca are found in the Johnstone Strait between mid-July and mid-September when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in the rivers of mainland British Columbia. There are more than 220 individually-identified whales in 17 separate pods within the region. The whales usually arrive around the second week of July and stay through September. The weather tends to be the best in late July through mid-August.
How close can I get to an orca from a kayak?
"Be Whale Wise" define regulations for the protection of the whales. According to these principles, no one is allowed to get within 200 yards/meters of an orca. We're privileged to have the opportunity for viewing these beautiful creatures from close vantage points. The survival of the orca and the wonder of seeing them in the wild, depends on everyone's cooperation with the "Be Whale Wise" regulations. Occasionally, because orcas are much fast than us while in a kayak, they approach us much closer than the above guidelines. That said, many of our closest encounters have been from land, as the whales often come within meters of the shoreline! Understanding the behavior and range of the orcas helps to better-set your expectations for your orca kayak tour. Feel free to explore www.BeWhaleWise.org to read more about these regulations.
Are orcas dangerous?
Many believe that all "killer whales" are seal-eaters, but some do not even eat mammals. The orcas of the Johnstone Straight, in particular, come to eat the salmon specifically. Whales are very aware of their surroundings and we feel safe being in their presence. To our knowledge, Johnstone Strait orcas have never bumped a kayak, nor attacked a swimmer. And in recorded history, a wild orca has never killed or severely injured a human.
What if I don't get enough orca time on my kayak trip?
Trip extensions are available through our friends at Stubbs Island Whale Watching or Mackay Whale Watching tours. Both are experienced operators located on Vancouver Island. They can take you by boat where orca sightings are reported (faster than by our slow-moving kayaks).
How do I get to Port McNeill?
The easiest way to get to Port McNeill by air, is to fly through Vancouver International Airport (airport code YVR) to Port Hardy, BC (airport code YZT). From Vancouver International's South Terminal you can catch a flight on Pacific Coastal Airlines direct to Port Hardy. Once in Port Hardy, it's a 35-40 minute taxi ride to Port McNeill. If arriving from outside of Canada, be sure to give yourself 1.5-2 hours between your arriving flight at Vancouver International and your departing flight from the South Terminal to Port Hardy, as you will have to clear customs and take a 15 minute shuttle from the International Terminal to the South Terminal (there are signs to guide you). Port McNeill is also accessible by car, via a beautiful drive following BC Route 19 from Nanaimo to Port McNeill. Vancouver Island can be reached from the Canadian or U.S. mainlands by utilizing one of multiple ferry crossings from the Vancouver metro or greater Seattle areas. The BC Ferries and Washington State DOT Ferry websites are very helpful resources if you are planning to drive to Northern Vancouver Island.
How do I get from Port Hardy to Port McNeill?
If you fly into Port Hardy, you will need to arrange a taxi for the 35-minute drive South to Port McNeill. You can expect to pay about $45-60 CAD for the one-way fare, however rates do vary. We recommend sharing the ride with other members of the tour if you meet one another on the plane (or are on the same flight when departing). It's best to bring cash to pay the driver.
Where do I stay before and after my tour?
We recommend making arrangements at the Haida Way Motor Inn in Port McNeill, BC, particularly if you do not have a car, as this is the site of the orientation meeting, as well as the pickup point for your transport to the launch site on the first day of the tour. The hotel is very basic, but clean and well-kept. Their in-house Northern Lights Restaurant has the best seafood in town. Indicate you are traveling with ROW Sea Kayak Adventures. We also recommend the Black Bear Resort, which is directly across the street from the Haida Way, and also features basic but comfortable accommodations. All hotels on northern Vancouver Island fill well in advance for summer, so wherever you choose to stay, we recommend making reservations early. Please note, hotel nights before and after the tour are not included in your tour cost.
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United States

Fly Fishing

Coeur d'Alene River Fly Fishing

When to Go?
We operate trips on the Coeur d’Alene River year round. Our peak season begins in early spring and runs through the month of November. This incredibly productive fishery produces high catch rates all season long, giving anglers consistent action. Each month on the Coeur d’Alene offers our guests new and exciting ways to approach wild trout.
What to Bring?
This list is based on years of experience! Some days in north Idaho are hot and sunny and you'll simply need a swimsuit or shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes. However, if the forecast is for cool weather, you should try and bring a set of polypropylene underwear and a wool or nylon pile sweater. Our guides often find that polypro underwear with a pair of nylon shorts over the top is the perfect combination for cool days. If it gets even cooler, adding a nylon sweater is a smart idea. Precipitation can come at any time in our region, so be sure to pack raingear for your trip. Avoid all cotton materials as cotton makes you colder when wet! For Warm Days:
Sun screen and sun hat
Nylon shorts or swimsuit
Camera and film
Tennis or athletic shoes
Headstrap for glasses
Personal water bottle - optional
Raingear
For Cool Days:
Polypropylene underwear is highly recommended
Wool sweater or synthetic pile top
Rain gear
See other items under "For Warm Days" too
Accommodations?
Coeur d’Alene offers plenty of lodging for any budget. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is a popular choice. This 5 star resort is nationally recognized and because it is conveniently located downtown, it gives you the ability to experience all that Coeur d’Alene has to offer. There is also a Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, La Quinta Inn and several nice bed and breakfast possibilities. Visit www.cdachamber.com for a full list of available lodging. Coeur d’Alene and Kellogg are beautiful resort towns, and it is worth spending a day and night here to see all there is to offer. There are also several places to stay right along the St. Joe. The Super 8 in St. Regis, Forest Grove Lodge in Superior, St. Joe Bed and Breakfast in St. Maries and several hotels in Wallace work well for all of our guests. The Morning Star Lodge at Silver Mountain Resort is the region’s premier condominium resort with studios, one and two bedroom condos and family suites with lofts. This resort is perfect for your fly fishing adventure, as it is ideally located near both the St. Joe and Coeur d’Alene rivers. Fishing and Lodging Packages: ROW offers the best in guided multi-day fly fishing adventures in Idaho and Washington. We operate these 3-6 day wilderness fly fishing trips on the Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, lower Salmon and Grande Ronde Rivers. We have also created a variety of multi-river packages in Idaho and Montana that combine lodging, meals and fishing. Whether you are looking to fish on one river or up to four rivers, we have trips lasting from two to six days. Please contact us and we will be happy to go over available options.
Cancellation Policy?
A fifty percent deposit is required upon reservation. The remainder is due 45 days prior to the reserved date. Deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel within 45 days of your trip the entire price of the trip is non-refundable. Our cancellation policies apply to all situations and we regret that we can not make exceptions for personal emergencies. We recommend you purchase our cancellation protection plan. Our trips run rain or shine, and we have all the necessary equipment for our guests. Please contact us with any other questions, and we hope you will choose ROW for your next fly-fishing adventure.
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Hiking & Walking

Middle Fork of the Salmon Walk

What are typical meals on the river?
The quality of our food reflects the quality of the wilderness environment in the Middle Fork canyon. We hand-select the freshest fruits and vegetables we can find and pack them carefully in huge ice-coolers. Likewise, these coolers carry fresh dairy products and meats. From these ingredients we prepare bountiful, healthy meals. Sustainably harvested wild Alaskan Salmon served with a fresh garden salad; Prime Rib combined with a fresh Chilean salad and Idaho mashed potatoes or made-on-the-river lasagna are a few possible entrees. Big salads of vegetables and fruit add color and variety to every meal. Desserts are made each evening in our Dutch ovens and range from authentic cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake. We serve juice each morning and moderate amounts of bottled wine with dinner. We also provide two beers and two sodas or juices per person per day. There's always plenty of cold water, lemonade mix, tea, coffee and cocoa. You're welcome to bring your own beverages or alcohol as well. We always have plenty of ice to keep your drinks cold.
How do I get to Stanley?
Air taxi transport to/from Boise is available. Or drive to Stanley and shuttle your car to the takeout point in Salmon. If low or high water requires a flight into Indian Creek, there is an extra charge. Call 1-800-451-0841 for pricing.
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip, the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp, two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might show you the way to a nearby hot spring, give a fly-fishing lesson, or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
What is riverside camping like?
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a large sweep boat to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. This allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash. And the sweep boat arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 4-person tent we supply for you. All you have to do is carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (all of which is provided by ROW and stored in a ROW-provided waterproof bag). (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip on the Middle Fork with less than 13 guests. In this case, we may not run our sweep boat. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent.)
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Rogue River Hiking

How do I get to the Rogue River?
The Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River is located in Southwest Oregon, approximately 20 miles northwest of the city of Grants Pass. Approximate Driving Distance to Grants Pass from: Seattle (421) miles 7.75 hours; Sacramento (350 miles) 7 hours; Boise (679 miles) 12.5 hours; Portland (244 miles) 4.5 hours; San Francisco (395 miles) 7.25 hours; Reno (335 miles) 8 hours; Medford (28 miles) 40 minutes; Los Angeles (743 miles) 15 hours; Las Vegas (917 miles) 17.5 hours; Redding (183 miles) 3.75 hours. If You Are Arriving by Car: From I-5 (north or south) take Exit 61 to Merlin. Merlin is 3 miles west of I-5. Turn left (west) onto Merlin-Galice Road and go 12.5 miles. You will cross a large, yellow bridge over the Rogue River about two miles before you reach Morrison's Lodge, which will be on your right. If You Are Arriving by Air: The nearest airport is located in Medford, Oregon – the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport – which is approximately 28 miles south of Grants Pass. United, United Express, Horizon/Alaska and Delta Connection service this airport. Shuttle service can be arranged from the airport to your accommodations in Grants Pass or Merlin. This shuttle can also pick you up at Morrison's Lodge the afternoon you return from the river and return you to the airport or, to your accommodations if your flight is not until the following day. For assistance with shuttle service, call Affordable Shuttle (541) 479-1042 or Galice Resort (541) 476-3818. Please note: The fees that these shuttle companies charge are in addition to your trip fees. Private aircraft can fly into Grants Pass, Oregon Airport-FAA identifier, 3S8. The airport is 5 miles from Grants Pass and about 20 minutes from our put in site at Rand Boat Launch.
What area lodging do you recommend before or after the trip?
Whether driving or flying, we encourage you to arrive in the area the night before your trip. There are a number of motels and campgrounds in the area and reservation are strongly recommended. The following lodge and motels are easy to find. Merlin Area Grants Pass Medford Morrison's Lodge (800) 826-1963 Best Western (800) 553-7666 Rogue Regency Inn (800) 535-5805 Galice Resort (541) 476-3818 Holiday Inn Express (800) 838-7666 Rogue Forest Inn (541) 472-1052 The Riverside Inn (800) 334-4567. Camping is available near Galice at Indian Mary Campground and at Alameda Bar. Reservations are needed during the summer and can be made though the Park Service: (541) 474-5285.
Where do we meet for the trip?
We will meet you at Morrison's Lodge near Merlin, Oregon at 5:45pm the evening prior to your departure date for a one-hour orientation meeting to answer last minute questions and give you your waterproof bags (one for every two people) to pack. This is an important meeting so please be on time. The next morning, we will meet you at 8:15am at Morrison's and transport you to the launch point of your trip. Please have breakfast on your own before we meet. Lodge trips: Return to Morrison's around 6:00pm on the final day. Camp trips: Return to Morrison's around 4:30pm on the final day. The return trip to Galice includes a scenic 2 hour van shuttle (this shuttle is included in your trip fees) back over the mountains.
What kind of weather can I expect?
Weather in any river canyon can vary widely day to day. However, the Rogue’s typical daytime temperatures for our early and late season hiking trips can have temperatures ranging from 50-70. While blue skies & sunshine are predominant, rain can happen any time so please bring rain gear!
Tell me about your meals.
You won’t have to worry about going hungry on our trips. We feed you from lunch the first day through lunch the last day. The food is fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves), and there is plenty of it. While we provide a modest amount of beer and wine, you are welcome to bring additional beer, wine, soda or other refreshments. We ask that beer and soda not be in glass containers.If you have special dietary needs (ex. vegetarian, allergies, etc.) we can accommodate these easily on camp trip. Just complete the section regarding dietary needs on your trip application form and we will be prepared for your arrival. Please note on lodge trips the lodges provide meals from a set menu, therefore they may not be as flexible. If you would like to discuss your specific needs with an Adventure Consultant please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-451-6034.
I have a medical condition. Will this be a problem on the trip?
If you have a medical condition, severe allergic reaction or special dietary needs, please inform our staff prior to the beginning of the trip. Please complete the section regarding “Medical Information” on your trip application form completely and we will note your reservation accordingly. If you use medications it is recommended to bring two supplies packed in separate, watertight containers. If you carry an insect sting kit, be certain to bring it in your day pack. If you use a CPAP machine, please note that the first lodge DOES NOT run their generator all night. If it is critical that you use a CPAP, please plan ahead and purchase an independent battery pack. You can find these at www.cpap.com.
How can someone reach me in the case of an emergency?
For all intents and purposes, you will be unreachable while on the river. However, give our office phone number - (800) 451-6034 - to the individual(s) who would be responsible for notifying you in an emergency. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to contact you, we will use all our resources to reach you. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.
Should we tip the guides and lodge staff?
We are very proud of our guides. Their hard work, dedication, river knowledge and attention to detail truly sets them apart from the others. If you feel your guides have gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing you with a very special trip, a gratuity may be left at the end of the trip. You can leave the tip with the team leader. He/She can be counted on to share the trip with all the trip guides. A tip ranging between 7-12% of your trip cost per guest is typical. The same applies for the lodge staff at the lodges where you will be staying. If you feel that you have been well served, we recommend a $5.00 per guest gratuity be given to the staff after breakfast each morning.
Deposits and Final Payments?
Your reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $300 per person deposit which is on a first come, first served basis. The balance is due 60 days prior to the launch date of your trip by check. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to regard the reservation cancelled.
Cancellations?
Should you have to cancel your trip plans, deposits are non-refundable. After the final balance due date all payments become non-refundable. Alternate guests are welcome. Please understand that we cannot insure your investment in river trip reservations. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and interruption insurance. Once you sign up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Our number of trips and spaces per trip are limited by river management plans. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. Should you decide to cancel your trip with us, your trip cost is not transferable to another year.
Travel Protection?
Cancellation and interruption insurance can include full refund should you cancel due to health, medical, or several other reasons. If you cannot afford to forfeit your reservation investment, you should purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can purchase this coverage by completing the credit card authorization form and / or by calling our office and we can assist you in the purchase of this insurance…1-800-451-6034.
What do I need to do to plan my trip with you?
A) First, call or email our office to check current availability and choose a date. Our Adventure Consultants are happy to help you through the entire process. It really is quite simple. B) Once a date has been chosen we will email or mail you a complete reservation packet. A deposit is due within 7-10 days and will confirm your space(s) on the trip. C) Next, you will want to make reservations for your lodging the night before your trip with us. D) Lastly, if you are flying, make your airline reservation with your travel agent (we can help you pick the best times to fly in and out). You will also need to coordinate a separate shuttle to take you to and from the airport. The fees for this shuttle are in addition to our trip fee but our Adventure Consultants are happy to assist you in coordinating with a shuttle service. And, that’s it!
What forms of payment do you accept?
Of course, we accept personal checks and money orders but we also accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) for the deposit. We require the final balance to be paid by check. Our prices listed are cash rates. If you wish to use your credit card the final payment amount is subject to a 3% administration fee.
What is the degree of difficulty for this hiking trip?
The trail is well maintained and in good condition during the spring and early summer. Elevation of the trail is below 1,000 feet. Grades are mild. Much of the trail is level or nearly level. A small portion of the trail is cut into rock cliffs with exposed drop-offs. The trail follows the river, sometimes near the river, other times higher up. The average distance covered each day is 10 miles; varying from 5-15 miles. This distance is a moderate walk for person in good physical condition, provides reasonable time during the day for viewing the surroundings, photographing wild flowers, and a leisurely lunch. Daily mileage: day one 9.9 miles; day two, 14.5 miles; day three, 8.4 miles; day four, 7.8 miles. Participants should be in reasonable physical condition and experienced at walking the distances involved while carrying a light pack. The most frequent problem encountered is sore feet; this can be avoided by walking during the winter and early spring to strengthen your feet. If you have any medical conditions which might affect your ability to engage in this level of sustained exertion please consult your physician. This trek is in a remote area, emergency evacuation would be difficult, and might involve a delay of several hours, or more, to reach medical care. Bring any medications you may need with you.
Footwear?
If you do not own trail boots it is a good idea to note the following specifications – buy your boots long before the trip. Wear them as much as possible to break them in. Well designed boots, well broken in, and in good condition are the key to enjoying this trip. Good ankle support is important. Light trail boots are adequate and should have lug soles. Tennis shoes, sandals, and other light weight shoes should not be worn on the trail. A handy trick for insuring foot comfort is carrying a spare set of socks for the day. At lunch time you can change socks. Dry socks at mid-day will go a long way toward keeping tender feet in good condition. Please keep in mind that you will be required to ride in a raft to cross the river at Black Bar Lodge as well as at the end of the trip. You will need to bring along a pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet.
Clothing and Equipment?
Clothing should be loose fitting and allow full movement. Cotton-polyester blends are cool and dry fast. Bring shorts and long pants as you see fit... and a wide brim hat. You will need clothing for the trail and for the lodge. Rain gear is required. Your daily clothing will be carried in your pack. Extra clothing, personal items and lodge clothing are carried in a waterproof river bag on the raft. Space is limited so keep your gear to 30 pounds or less.
What kind of Backpack do I need?
The key to a good pack is comfortable and well designed shoulder and waist straps. Even a light pack can be irritating if it doesn't ride well on your back. If you carry your water bottle in the pack, get one with an outside pocket on the side of the pack and large enough to carry your water bottle (your water bottle should be at least one liter capacity). Be certain that the straps and waist band have enough adjustment to allow the pack to be worn over your warm clothing; some inexpensive packs have very short straps. If you will be buying a pack for this trip be certain it is large enough, but don't go overboard. After reviewing the gear list, make a pile of everything you need to carry in the pack, box it up, and take it when shopping for a pack. This is the best way to size a pack.
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Snake River Hiking Trip

What are typical meals on the river?
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a large cargo raft to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. This allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash. And the cargo raft arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 2-person tents we supply for you. All you have to do is carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (all of which is provided by ROW and stored in a ROW-provided waterproof bag). There are no mosquitoes on this stretch of the river and our camps are on flat benches beneath pine trees or on sandy beaches. To give you the opportunity to go hiking, fishing, read a book, etc., we generally arrive in camp no later than 4:00pm. Around 5:30, we serve hors d'oeuvres with dinner following around 7:00pm. (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip on the Snake River with less than 13 guests. In this case, we may not run our cargo raft. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent.)
When is the best time to go?
The elevation on the Snake River in Hells Canyon is only 1,500’ at the put-in and around 800’ at the take-out. This means the weather is typically much warmer than other parts of Idaho. This trip is excellent throughout the season, but the Snake River in Hells Canyon is an ideal choice for spring or fall vacations because of the mild climate and few other people.
What are typical weather and water conditions?
Hells Canyon Dam controls water flow so there are excellent levels year round but the highest water is typically in June and September. Air temperatures in the spring and fall range from 65-85 degrees and most nights cool to around 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. It's warmer in late June through late August with daytime temperatures between 85-95 degrees, dropping to 65-70 degrees at night. It rarely rains in Hells Canyon, but sometimes we'll witness a dramatic thundershower which instantly freshens the air. Water temperatures are usually around 60 degrees in June and September, and 70 degrees in July and August.
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might show you the way to a nearby hot spring, give a fly-fishing lesson or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
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Multi-Sport

Bitterroot Bonanza - Idaho

Do I need to be a hard core bicyclist to enjoy this trip?
Not at all! Our itinerary is planned to address a wide range of biking abilities. Each day there are options for people that want a more difficult ride or more miles, and conversely, if you don't want to ride the entire distance our support van is never far away, ready to pick you up as needed.
Is this a good bike and adventure trip for children?
It's an excellent family trip. If kids get tired we can transport them in our van and we always have alternative activities that are fun for them. For example, on the first day, if they tire of riding, we'll take them to a beach along the river to swim and play with our driver/guide while those riding continue their ride. These trails are also perfect for towing bike trailers, so kids as young as two can accompany the trip. Ask us about a date with other families.
What kind of wildlife might we see on the trip?
Much of this trip is along rivers and lakes. Thus it's common to see osprey, great blue herons, bald eagles, ducks and other birds. With some luck we may all see deer and beaver. When we ride along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, from the town of Harrison north, we may see moose! On the Lake Coeur d'Alene kayaking tour we paddle beneath the nests of osprey and in June and July will see their chicks in the nest.
Is the lake kayaking difficult?
Even if you've never been in a kayak, you'll love this kayak tour of Lake Coeur d'Alene. We actually paddle about two hours and go at an easy pace. Again, those that want a more strenuous paddle can add an extra mile or two.
Is the rafting trip on the Clark Fork River challenging?
The Clark Fork whitewater rafting trip takes place through the Alberton Gorge, which offers fun, intermediate whitewater ranging from class II-III. We take children as young as five on this trip and have them ride in the center of the raft. Older paddlers sit around the edge of the raft with paddles and provide power through the rapids. No previous rafting experience is necessary. The river flows through a beautiful canyon with no roads.
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Idaho Adventure Lodge

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Raft & Ranch: Ultimate Western Vacation

What do we do when not floating the river?
One of the reasons that the Salmon River Canyons is such a fabulous trip is the incredible variety of things to do and see along the way. ROW makes a point of stopping and taking advantage of as many of these things as we can. As we float we tell you about the early pioneers who lived here. We stop to hike to at least one of the Chinese rock house sites along the river. We talk about the native peoples and take you to see their rock art and settlement sites. All in all, we try to share as much about the river canyons as we know. Not only do we show you these places, we help you understand them better. If you're interested, we'll tell you about the geology and plants and animals. We believe strongly that deepening understanding builds greater appreciation. And we're hoping our love of these canyons will be contagious.
What's camping like on a river trip?
Forget those images of leaky tents and camp food out of a can. You’ll be amazed how comfortable camping can be when done the ROW way. On trips with 13 or more guests, we use a large 22-foot cargo raft to carry the bulk of the camping gear, food, etc. This allows our smaller oar-powered rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable. The cargo raft, along with two- support crew, arrives at camp ahead of the group and gets the kitchen set up including dining tables and chairs. The crew also sets up the spacious two person tents that ROW provides. When we arrive in camp all you have to do is carry your personal gear (stored in a ROW-provided easy-to-use waterproof bag) to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (also provided by ROW). This gives you an extra half-hour of time for doing something you'd enjoy rather than setting up a tent. (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip with less than 13 guests. In this case, due to economic and logistical reasons, we may not run our cargo raft. On these smaller trips guests and gear travel together down the river. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent if you like, or you may enjoy doing it yourself.)
What is the camping like?
The ROW style of camping is very comfortable. On most trips a cargo boat travels ahead to set up your spacious tent and a complete kitchen area. We provide thick sleeping pads, nice sleeping bags, flannel liners and pillows. Meals are served at tables with chairs and we do the dishes. Solar showers offer the chance to wash up during the trip. Summer nights in Idaho, Oregon and Montana are typically warm and some guests enjoy sleeping under the stars. If you're still concerned give us a call. ROW is firmly committed to the responsible stewardship of the rivers we run and the earth at large. In our office, at our warehouses and on the river we abide by the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. On the river we take every possible precaution to minimize our impact. Everything we carry in, we carry out. We build our fires in metal fire pans and carry out the ashes.
What about bathing and toilets on the river?
On many of our summer trips frequent swimming leaves you feeling clean. For those who want to soap up, we always do so well above the river's high water line (not even "bio-degradable" soap goes in the river). We also take sun-showers on many of our trips and the hot water is great for shampooing. Buckets of river water help with the process.

At each camp we set up a special, private tent with a portable toilet inside, which works just like yours at home, without the flush. This is available from the time we get to camp until we leave the next morning. The views from our toilet locations are simply inspiring. Nearby we set up a hand washing system. During the day, liquid waste goes in the river by simply wading into the water or going for a swim. A day-use toilet is available too for solid waste. If you have any other questions or concerns please call our adventure consultants.

For feminine hygiene, come prepared with some small zip-lock bags. These are useful for disposal during the day while on the river and can be put into our trash containers at camp. Along with our toilet supplies, ROW will have extra pads and tampons available. Using portable toilets allows us to carry out all human waste. Please see a special letter to women from ROW co-owner Betsy Bowen.

I can't swim. Can I still go rafting?
Yes! Everyone on a ROW trip wears a Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal flotation device). These are designed to keep you afloat in the event that you find yourself in the river. Many non-swimmers go on rafting trips and they have a great time. It is more important that you are not afraid of the water. Non-swimmers should not go on class IV+ or class V trips. Please call us if you have any concerns about this.
Is rafting dangerous?
Wilderness travel and whitewater rafting have inherent risks and ROW does a number of things to manage these risks. It begins when you first contact us. We'll help you select a trip that matches your experience and abilities. On the river you will find that our guides are carefully chosen, skilled professionals with the appropriate training and experience. We use the best available equipment and give a thorough safety briefing prior to all departures. If you're nervous about whitewater, you might want to start off on our Missouri River canoe trip along the Lewis and Clark Trail in Montana or a milder whitewater trip such as the Grande Ronde.
What special gear do I need to bring?
ROW provides camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, pads, chairs and much more. You're only responsible for bringing your clothing and personal items such as toiletries, camera, etc. As for clothing, most people already have what they need. Some may need to purchase rain gear or other items. A complete list is provided along with suggested places to buy any gear you may not already own.
Does ROW provide beverages?
It's important to drink plenty when you're outdoors so ROW provides fresh drinking water at all times. In camp there's also juice, herbal tea, black tea, coffee and cocoa. We provide two complimentary sodas and two beers per person, per day and complimentary wine with dinner. If you wish to bring more sodas, beer or other alcoholic drinks to enjoy in the evening, bring them along. We'll have cocktail ice.
I have a family with young children, can they go?
Absolutely! Children as young as five are welcome on these trips. Older children may also enjoy our Snake River in Hells Canyon, Rogue River and Middle Fork of the Salmon trips too. Few vacations offer the opportunity for uninterrupted, quality sharing as does a river trip.
What is the horseback riding like?
It is a full day trip with lunch included. A gentle trail ride welcoming kids as young as 5 years old.
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Superlative Idaho Adventure

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Rafting & Kayaking

Bruneau and Jarbidge River Trip

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Culinary Whitewater Series

What gear do I need?
ROW provides each guest with a packing list before the trip. For items you may not have, we've got you covered. Wetsuits and booties are provided at no extra charge for trips departing June through July 6th. We also supply sleeping bags, liners, sleeping pads and waterproof bags.
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip, the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment, and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss, and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Should you have to cancel your trip plans, deposits are non-refundable. After the final balance due date all payments become non-refundable. Alternate guests are welcome. Please understand that we cannot insure your investment in river trip reservations. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and interruption insurance. Once you sign up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Our number of trips and spaces per trip are limited by river management plans. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. Should you decide to cancel your trip with us, your trip cost is not transferable to another year.
Can I purchase Travel Protection?
Cancellation and interruption insurance can include full refund should you cancel due to health, medical, or several other reasons. If you cannot afford to forfeit your reservation investment, you should purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can purchase this coverage by completing the credit card authorization form and / or by calling our office and we can assist you in the purchase of this insurance.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Of course, we accept personal checks and money orders but we also accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) for the deposit. We require the final balance to be paid by check. Our prices listed are cash rates. If you wish to use your credit card the final payment amount is subject to a 3% administration fee.
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Family Magic Rafting Trip

When is the best time to go?
As the Salmon River Canyons can be too high to float in June, our season starts around July 6 and goes through September. (Note our special 3-day departures offered throughout the season on the “Salmon near Riggins.”) Generally our 5-day family rafting trips start on Sundays. However, our permit on the Salmon River Canyons allows us to launch any day we want and if we don't have scheduling conflicts, for groups we may be able to be flexible if your schedule requires a different start date. As well, we're able to accommodate groups as small as 18 (or smaller during our shoulder season in September) who want their own private charter.
What type of rafts do you use?
In addition to the cargo boat that carries all the camping gear, we use three other kinds of river craft. The traditional raft is a self-bailing oar-powered raft, which we row, using two oars. These are 16-17 feet long. We also offer a smaller, self-bailing 14-foot paddle raft, where 4 to 6 people paddle along with our guide. And, the Salmon River Canyons is a great place to paddle an inflatable kayak, or Daring Duckie, as we call them. You have a choice of riding in any of these river craft, and many people enjoy trying all three during the course of the trip. We encourage you to bring a camera, which will be easily accessible on the oar-rafts from the waterproof camera boxes we provide. (Note: On the few trips we operate with less than 13 guests, we may not have enough people interested in paddling to have a paddle raft along. This decision is based on exactly how many guests want to paddle, what percentage of time they want to paddle, and possible logistical constraints based on water levels and other factors. We will still have duckies on smaller trips, if requested.)
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip, the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment, and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss, and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp, two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might show you the way to a nearby hot spring, give a fly-fishing lesson, or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.) Special to these family rafting trips are ROW's River Jester™, a guide specially trained to interact with children. Each Jester is trained in nature-oriented educational games. So rather than just play tag, the River Jester™ adds a twist to the game for an element of environmental education. For instance, on the Family Magic trip we stop to explore some Native American pictographs. That afternoon in camp the Jester has each child find their own rock. Using natural pigments, they draw their own rock art while the Jester explains why Native Americans used to draw on rocks. Then, once each child has finished and shared their work, they receive a lesson in "Leave No Trace" camping ethics by going down to the river to wash off the all-natural art and to put the stone back where they found it.
What do we do when we're not floating the river?
One of the reasons that the Salmon River Canyons is such a fabulous trip is the incredible variety of things to do and see along the way. ROW makes a point of stopping and taking advantage of as many of these things as we can. As we float we tell you about the early pioneers who lived here. We stop to hike to at least one of the Chinese rock house sites along the river. We talk about the native peoples and take you to see their rock art and settlement sites. All in all, we try to share as much about the river canyons as we know. Not only do we show you these places, we help you understand them better. If you're interested, we'll tell you about the geology and plants and animals. We believe strongly that deepening understanding builds greater appreciation. And we're hoping our love of these canyons will be contagious.
What is it like to camping on the river?
Forget those images of leaky tents and camp food out of a can. You’ll be amazed how comfortable camping can be when done the ROW way. On trips with 13 or more guests, we use a large 22-foot cargo raft to carry the bulk of the camping gear, food, etc. This allows our smaller oar-powered rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable. The cargo raft, along with two- support crew, arrives at camp ahead of the group and gets the kitchen set up including dining tables and chairs. The crew also sets up the spacious two person tents that ROW provides. When we arrive in camp all you have to do is carry your personal gear (stored in a ROW-provided easy-to-use waterproof bag) to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (also provided by ROW). This gives you an extra half-hour of time for doing something you'd enjoy rather than setting up a tent. (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip with less than 13 guests. In this case, due to economic and logistical reasons, we may not run our cargo raft. On these smaller trips guests and gear travel together down the river. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent if you like, or you may enjoy doing it yourself.)
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Grande Ronde River Rafting

What is riverside camping like?
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a large cargo raft to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. This allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash. And the cargo raft arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 2-person tents we supply for you. All you have to do is carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (all of which is provided by ROW and stored in a ROW-provided waterproof bag). There are no mosquitoes on this stretch of the river and our camps are on flat benches beneath pine trees or on sandy beaches. To give you the opportunity to go hiking, fishing, read a book, etc., we generally arrive in camp no later than 4:00pm. Around 5:30, we serve hors d'oeuvres with dinner following around 7:00pm. (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip on the Snake River with less than 13 guests. In this case, we may not run our cargo raft. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent.)
What are typical meals on the river?
The quality of our food reflects the quality of the wilderness environment in the Middle Fork canyon. We hand-select the freshest fruits and vegetables we can find and pack them carefully in huge ice-coolers. Likewise, these coolers carry fresh dairy products and meats. From these ingredients we prepare bountiful, healthy meals. Sustainably harvested wild Alaskan Salmon served with a fresh garden salad; Prime Rib combined with a fresh Chilean salad and Idaho mashed potatoes or made-on-the-river lasagna is a few possible entrees. Big salads of vegetables and fruit add color and variety to every meal. Desserts are made each evening in our Dutch ovens and range from authentic cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake. We serve juice each morning and moderate amounts of bottled wine with dinner. We also provide two beers and two sodas or juices per person per day. There's always plenty of cold water, lemonade mix, tea, coffee and cocoa. You're welcome to bring your own beverages or alcohol as well. We always have plenty of ice to keep your drinks cold.
What type of watercraft do you use?
In addition to the cargo raft that carries all the camping gear, we use three other kinds of river craft. The traditional raft is a 17-foot self-bailing, oar-powered raft which a guide controls with two large oars. We also offer smaller 14-foot self-bailing paddle rafts. Four to six people paddle while a guide steers. On some stretches of river we can add inflatable kayaks, or Daring Duckies, to the mix. You have the choice to ride in any of these boats, and many people enjoy trying all three during a trip. On the few trips we operate with less than 13 guests, we may not have enough people to support a paddle raft. (We will still have duckies on smaller trips, if requested.)
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might give a fly-fishing lesson, lead a hike, or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
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Kayaking 101 - Grande Ronde

When to Go?
We offer these Grande Ronde kayaking trips a few times in early summer when the river is still flowing well, but past its high water peak. Typically this means our trips run from mid-June to mid-July.
What to Bring?
ROW Adventures provides all the camping, rafting and kayaking gear required for the trip. We send you a complete list of personal items you need to bring. For the most part these are things you already own. Example of things you might not own but might want to bring would be wetsuit booties, rain pants and a headlamp.
Am I fit enough?
This trip is suitable for anyone in reasonable shape. You need to be flexible enough to climb in and out of your inflatable kayak. Paddling uses some shoulder and arm muscles you might not use often, but the river does most of the work moving you downstream.
How much am I expected to help?
This trip is different from other ROW Adventures’ trips in that guests are expected to set up and take down their own tents. As well, you need to carry your personal gear from your kayak to and from your tent. Other than that, all other participation in camp is optional. If you are not interested in helping in the kitchen, you don’t have to. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about camp cooking, or how to load the boats, we’re happy to teach you.
How do I get to Lewiston, Idaho?
There is non-stop air service from Salt Lake City as well as regional connections via Portland and Seattle. It’s also easy to drive to Lewiston, with good paved highways coming from all directions.
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Middle Fork of the Salmon Rafting

What are typical meals on the river?
The quality of our food reflects the quality of the wilderness environment in the Middle Fork canyon. We hand-select the freshest fruits and vegetables we can find and pack them carefully in huge ice-coolers. Likewise, these coolers carry fresh dairy products and meats. From these ingredients we prepare bountiful, healthy meals. Sustainably harvested wild Alaskan Salmon served with a fresh garden salad; Prime Rib combined with a fresh Chilean salad and Idaho mashed potatoes or made-on-the-river lasagna are a few possible entrees. Big salads of vegetables and fruit add color and variety to every meal. Desserts are made each evening in our Dutch ovens and range from authentic cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake. We serve juice each morning and moderate amounts of bottled wine with dinner. We also provide two beers and two sodas or juices per person per day. There's always plenty of cold water, lemonade mix, tea, coffee and cocoa. You're welcome to bring your own beverages or alcohol as well. We always have plenty of ice to keep your drinks cold.
When is the best time to go?
Because the Middle Fork has no dams, the water is highest when early-summer warmth melts the snow from the high mountain peaks. Winter snowpacks affect each season’s water levels. In general, the river peaks in mid-to-late June. Early June to early July is the time to come if you want high water thrills. Mid-July brings somewhat lower flows as the bulk of the snowmelt has already runoff and novice rafters may be more comfortable joining us at this time. The river gradually lowers as the summer passes, bringing incredible clarity to the crystal waters. Late August and September are wonderful times to be on the river because few people are around and the colors of the hills become more radiant. This is also the best time to fish the Middle Fork.
How do I get to Stanley?
Air taxi transport to/from Boise is available. Or drive to Stanley and shuttle your car to the takeout point in Salmon. If low or high water requires a flight into Indian Creek, there is an extra charge. Call 1-800-451-0841 for pricing.
What type of watercraft do you use?
In addition to the sweep boat that carries all the camping gear, we use three other kinds of river craft. The traditional raft is a 16-foot self-bailing, oar-powered raft which a guide controls with two large oars. (Many companies use 18-22 foot rafts, which take a good deal of the fun out of the rapids.) We also offer smaller 14-foot paddle rafts. Four to six people paddle while a guide steers. On some stretches of river, we can add inflatable kayaks, or Daring Duckies, to the mix. You have the choice to ride in any of these boats, and many people enjoy trying all three during a trip. On the few trips we operate with less than 13 guests, we may not have enough people to support a paddle raft. (We will still have duckies on smaller trips, if requested.)
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip, the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp, two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might show you the way to a nearby hot spring, give a fly-fishing lesson, or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
What do you do when not on the river?
One of the reasons the Middle Fork is such a fabulous trip is due to the incredible variety of sites and activities along the way. ROW takes pride in historical interpretation and takes advantage of as many side excursions as possible. We share stories of the early pioneers and hike to at least one old homestead cabin. We explore at least three different Native American pictograph sites. We stop to soak in hot springs and always try to camp at one of them. Our trip is planned so the fifth day doesn't have many river miles. We stop and explore Waterfall Creek and maybe lead a hike under the falls. After lunch we hike to see Veil Falls and we have a few other 'secret' surprises. We strongly believe that understanding builds greater appreciation and we hope our love of this majestic canyon is contagious.
What is riverside camping like?
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a large sweep boat to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. This allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash. And the sweep boat arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 4-person tent we supply for you. All you have to do is carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (all of which is provided by ROW and stored in a ROW-provided waterproof bag). (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip on the Middle Fork with less than 13 guests. In this case, we may not run our sweep boat. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent.)
What gear do I need?
ROW provides each guest with a packing list before the trip. For items you may not have, we've got you covered. Wetsuits and booties are provided at no extra charge for trips departing June through July 6th. We also supply sleeping bags, liners, sleeping pads and waterproof bags.
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Mighty Lochsa River Rafting

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Missouri River Canoe Trip: A Lewis & Clark Expedition

Are historians provided on this tour?
Yes, we provided historians on Missouri River trips with 10 or more guests.
Who goes on ROW's Adventure trips?
People from all walks of life and all ages join our trips. We get a mix of couples, singles, families and friends, usually between 25 and 60 years of age. Our Family MagicTM trips host kids as young as five and we've taken folks as old as 87. Some have never been camping and others have extensive wilderness experience. Some are physically challenged. Some are very active and some are not. Without exception everyone comes to have a good time and the variety of people and interests found on each trip makes it all the more fun. Our adventure consultants know that a primary consideration may be the mix of people on the trip, so we're happy to tell you who has signed up and help you choose a compatible group.
Is this white water rapids on this trip?
The smooth and pleasant current with no rapids makes this a trip anyone in reasonable physical condition can enjoy.
What about camping?
The ROW style of camping is very comfortable. On most trips a cargo boat travels ahead to set up your spacious tent and a complete kitchen area. We provide thick sleeping pads, nice sleeping bags, flannel liners and pillows. Meals are served at tables with chairs and we do the dishes. Solar showers offer the chance to wash up during the trip. Summer nights in Idaho, Oregon and Montana are typically warm and some guests enjoy sleeping under the stars. If you're still concerned, give us a call. ROW is firmly committed to the responsible stewardship of the rivers we run and the earth at large. In our office, at our warehouses and on the river we abide by the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. On the river we take every possible precaution to minimize our impact. Everything we carry in, we carry out. We build our fires in metal fire pans and carry out the ashes.
What about bathing and toilets?
On many of our summer trips, frequent swimming leaves you feeling clean. For those who want to soap up, we always do so well above the river's high water line (not even "bio-degradable" soap goes in the river). We also take sun-showers on many of our trips and the hot water is great for shampooing. Buckets of river water help with the process. At each camp we set up a special, private tent with a portable toilet inside, which works just like yours at home, without the flush. This is available from the time we get to camp until we leave the next morning. The views from our toilet locations are simply inspiring. Nearby we set up a hand washing system. During the day, liquid waste goes in the river by simply wading into the water or going for a swim. A day-use toilet is available too for solid waste. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call our adventure consultants. For feminine hygiene, come prepared with some small zip-lock bags. These are useful for disposal during the day while on the river and can be put into our trash containers at camp. Along with our toilet supplies, ROW will have extra pads and tampons available. Using portable toilets, we carry out all human waste. Please see a special letter to women from ROW co-owner Betsy Bowen.
What special gear do I need to bring?
ROW provides camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, pads, chairs and much more. You're only responsible for bringing your clothing and personal items such as toiletries, camera, etc. As for clothing, most people already have what they need. Some may need to purchase rain gear or other items. A complete list is provided along with suggested places to buy any gear you may not already own.
Does ROW provide beverages?
It's important to drink plenty when you're outdoors, so ROW provides fresh drinking water at all times. In camp, there's also juice, herbal and black tea, coffee and cocoa. We provide two complimentary sodas and two beers per person, per day and complimentary wine with dinner. If you wish to bring more sodas or beer, or other alcoholic drinks to enjoy in the evening, bring them along. We'll have cocktail ice.
Can I bring my camera or video camera?
Yes. On multi-day trips we provide waterproof camera boxes that fit most cameras and small video cameras.
How do I make a reservation?
Just call our office and let us know which trip you'd like to join. Or, complete our online reservation request form. You may obtain immediate confirmation by using your credit card to charge the nonrefundable trip deposit, however, confirmation is not final until we also receive a copy of your completed trip application. Otherwise we'll send you an invoice and trip application form which you need to return along with a deposit within 7-10 days of your phone reservation. (Demand for space sometimes requires us to request payment in less time in order to hold your reservation) Credit cards are accepted for deposits only - the balance must be paid by check. While it is possible to join our trips on short notice, space is limited and we recommend you sign up well in advance.
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Owyhee River Kayaking

When to Go?
Our Owyhee River Kayaking Trips generally run from April to late May, with the best water levels and weather in May. Since spring is a time when weather systems tend to be less stable than in the summer, temperature ranges can be extreme, with the possibility of snow flurries and a 95-degree sun in the same day. Our detailed packing list will tell you what you need to bring to be properly prepared. Because of the unpredictable weather and water levels, we ask that everyone who signs up for these trips be flexible and come prepared for all kinds of weather. Both high and low water can happen. In low water we can usually run, but it might require running lighter kayaks with fewer amenities. In May, on Owyhee River trips, we ask that you be willing to transfer to the Snake River in Hells Canyon should the need arise. Our goal is always to raft the Owyhee River you can bet we'll do everything in our power to run the trip as scheduled. If we do have to change, it won't change your logistics any, since we will still meet and end in Boise.
Meeting Point?
All trips meet the evening before the launch date. Trips on the Upper Owyhee we meet in Boise, Idaho.
What are duckies?
Duckies are your own inflatable kayaks. Each person or couple will paddle and ride in their own personal duckie. You'll see them on some of the pictures above.
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Owyhee River Rafting

When is the best time to go?
Our Owyhee River Whitwater Rafting Trips generally run from April to late May, with the best water levels and weather in May. Since spring is a time when weather systems tend to be less stable than in the summer, temperature ranges can be extreme, with the possibility of snow flurries and a 95-degree sun in the same day. Our detailed packing list will tell you what you need to bring to be properly prepared. Because of the unpredictable weather and water levels, we ask that everyone who signs up for these trips be flexible and come prepared for all kinds of weather. Both high and low water can happen. In low water we can usually run, but it might require running lighter rafts with fewer amenities. In May, on Owyhee River trips, we ask that you be willing to transfer to the Snake River in Hells Canyon should the need arise. Our goal is always to raft the Owyhee River and you can bet we'll do everything in our power to run the trip as scheduled. If we do have to change, it won't change your logistics any, since we will still meet and end in Boise.
Where is the pre-trip meeting place?
All trips meet the evening before the launch date. Trips on the Upper Owyhee we meet in Boise, Idaho. Trips on the Middle or Lower Owyhee meet in Boise for those who fly and Jordan Valley, Oregon for those driving.
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Rogue River Rafting

How do I get to the Rogue River?
The Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River is located in Southwest Oregon, approximately 20 miles northwest of the city of Grants Pass. Approximate Driving Distance to Grants Pass from: Seattle (421) miles 7.75 hours; Sacramento (350 miles) 7 hours; Boise (679 miles) 12.5 hours; Portland (244 miles) 4.5 hours; San Francisco (395 miles) 7.25 hours; Reno (335 miles) 8 hours; Medford (28 miles) 40 minutes; Los Angeles (743 miles) 15 hours; Las Vegas (917 miles) 17.5 hours; Redding (183 miles) 3.75 hours. If You Are Arriving by Car: From I-5 (north or south) take Exit 61 to Merlin. Merlin is 3 miles west of I-5. Turn left (west) onto Merlin-Galice Road and go 12.5 miles. You will cross a large, yellow bridge over the Rogue River about two miles before you reach Morrison's Lodge, which will be on your right. If You Are Arriving by Air: The nearest airport is located in Medford, Oregon – the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport – which is approximately 28 miles south of Grants Pass. United, United Express, Horizon/Alaska and Delta Connection service this airport. Shuttle service can be arranged from the airport to your accommodations in Grants Pass or Merlin. This shuttle can also pick you up at Morrison's Lodge the afternoon you return from the river and return you to the airport or, to your accommodations if your flight is not until the following day. For assistance with shuttle service, call Affordable Shuttle (541) 479-1042 or Galice Resort (541) 476-3818. Please note: The fees that these shuttle companies charge are in addition to your trip fees. Private aircraft can fly into Grants Pass, Oregon Airport-FAA identifier, 3S8. The airport is 5 miles from Grants Pass and about 20 minutes from our put in site at Rand Boat Launch.
What area lodging do you recommend before or after the trip?
Whether driving or flying, we encourage you to arrive in the area the night before your trip. There are a number of motels and campgrounds in the area and reservation are strongly recommended. The following lodge and motels are easy to find. Merlin Area/Grants Pass: Medford Morrison's Lodge (800) 826-1963, Best Western (800) 553-7666, Rogue Regency Inn (800) 535-5805, Galice Resort (541) 476-3818, Holiday Inn Express (800) 838-7666, Rogue Forest Inn (541) 472-1052, The Riverside Inn (800) 334-4567. Camping is available near Galice at Indian Mary Campground and at Alameda Bar. Reservations are needed during the summer and can be made though the Park Service: (541) 474-5285.
Where do we meet for the trip?
We will meet you at Morrison's Lodge near Merlin, Oregon at 5:45pm the evening prior to your departure date for a one-hour orientation meeting to answer last minute questions and give you your waterproof bags to pack. This is an important meeting so please be on time. The next morning, we will meet you at 8:00am at Morrison's and transport you to the launch point of your trip. Please have breakfast on your own before we meet. Lodge trips: Return to Morrison's around 5:00pm on the final day. Camp trips: Return to Morrison's around 4:00pm on the final day. The return trip to Morrisons Lodge is a scenic 2 hour van shuttle (this shuttle is included in your trip fees) back over the mountains.
What kind of weather can I expect?
Weather in any river canyon can vary widely day to day. However, the Rogue’s typical daytime temperatures can climb into the 80’s & 90’s, with the water temperature generally 60-70 degrees. Early and late season trips can also have temperatures ranging from 60-80. While blue skies & sunshine are predominant, rain can happen any time so please bring rain gear!
Tell me about your meals?
You won’t have to worry about going hungry on our trips. We feed you from lunch the first day through lunch the last day. The food is fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves), and there is plenty of it. While we provide a modest amount of beer and wine, you are welcome to bring additional beer, wine, soda or other refreshments. We ask that beer and soda not be in glass containers.If you have special dietary needs (ex. vegetarian, allergies, etc.) we can accommodate these easily on camp trip. Just complete the section regarding dietary needs on your trip application form and we will be prepared for your arrival. Please note on lodge trips the lodges provide meals from a set menu, therefore they may not be as flexible. If you would like to discuss your specific needs with an Adventure Consultant please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-451-6034.
I have a medical condition. Will this be a problem on the trip?
If you have a medical condition, severe allergic reaction or special dietary needs, please inform our staff prior to the beginning of the trip. Please complete the section regarding “Medical Information” on your trip application form completely and we will note your reservation accordingly. If you use medications it is recommended to bring two supplies packed in separate, watertight containers. If you carry an insect sting kit, be certain to bring it in your day pack. If you use a CPAP machine, please note that the first lodge DOES NOT run their generator all night. If it is critical that you use a CPAP, please plan ahead and purchase an independent battery pack. You can find these at www.cpap.com.
What should I pack for my trip?
All your clothing and personal items should fit into a soft-sided duffel bag (maximum duffel size: 24” long by 12” wide by 12” high). If you are on a camp trip, your sleeping bag/pad does not need to fit into your soft-sided duffel bag. When you meet us for your trip, we will provide you with a dry bag that you can put your duffel bag into. We will also have small day bags available for items you want access to during the day such as sunscreen, sunglasses, waterproof cameras, etc. If you are on our camp trip: we will provide each guest with a sleeping bag, pad and liner. We also supply tents (double occupancy), tables, chairs, etc. If you are on our lodge trip: Your cabins have beds and showers…you don’t need to bring bedding or towels. River attire is very casual – comfort and convenience take precedence over style! Recommended clothing and personal items to bring for lodge and camp trips include: 1 pair of river sandals (must have ankle strap, no flip-flops!) Velcro is okay if in good condition. Popular name brands include: Chaco, Teva, Keen or Merrells. Tennis shoes with polypro socks are a good option if your feet tend to get cold; 1 pair evening shoes (tennis shoes, sandals, hiking shoes, etc.); 1 pair light trousers (jogging pants, sweats, khaki pants, etc.); 1 light weight shirt; 1 heavy shirt; 1 fleece jacket; 2 pair of shorts / swimsuits; Sun hat or visor; 1 bath towel, washcloth & biodegradable soap (camp trips only); Rain gear; 1 water bottle (on hot days you should drink lots of water – we provide water to refill your bottle); Insect repellent; Sunscreen (no oil or sweet smelling types – they contaminate life jackets and attract bees); Small flashlight; Personal toiletries; Socks; Undergarments; Paddling or bike gloves (for inflatable kayak paddling). Clothing should be fast drying. Cotton materials, such as jeans and sweatshirts, are poor choices for wearing on the river. When they get wet, they may take days to dry. Synthetic materials such as nylon and capilene dry quickly and are also cool on hot days. If you are a sensitive to the sun, be sure to bring long sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and a hat to protect your skin. Sunburn on the river happens fast and can be severe. Since the lodges run their power by generators, please no hair dryers or curling irons.
How can someone reach me in the case of an emergency?
For all intents and purposes, you will be unreachable while on the river. However, give our office phone number - (800) 451-6034 - to the individual(s) who would be responsible for notifying you in an emergency. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to contact you, we will use all our resources to reach you. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.
Should we tip the guides and lodge staff?
We are very proud of our guides. Their hard work, dedication, river knowledge and attention to detail truly sets them apart from the others. If you feel your guides have gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing you with a very special trip, a gratuity may be left at the end of the trip. You can leave the tip with the team leader. He/She can be counted on to share the trip with all the trip guides. A tip ranging between 7-12% of your trip cost per guest is typical. The same applies for the lodge staff at the lodges where you will be staying. If you feel that you have been well served, we recommend a $5.00 per guest gratuity be given to the staff after breakfast each morning.
Deposits and Final Payments?
Your reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $300 per person deposit which is on a first come, first served basis. The balance is due 60 days prior to the launch date of your trip by check. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to regard the reservation cancelled.
Cancellations?
Should you have to cancel your trip plans, deposits are non-refundable. After the final balance due date all payments become non-refundable. Alternate guests are welcome. Please understand that we cannot insure your investment in river trip reservations. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and interruption insurance. Once you sign up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups. Our number of trips and spaces per trip are limited by river management plans. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. Should you decide to cancel your trip with us, your trip cost is not transferable to another year.
Travel Protection?
Cancellation and interruption insurance can include full refund should you cancel due to health, medical, or several other reasons. If you cannot afford to forfeit your reservation investment, you should purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can purchase this coverage by completing the credit card authorization form and / or by calling our office and we can assist you in the purchase of this insurance…1-800-451-6034.
What do I need to do to plan my trip with you?
A) First, call or email our office to check current availability and choose a date. Our Adventure Consultants are happy to help you through the entire process. It really is quite simple. B) Once a date has been chosen we will email or mail you a complete reservation packet. A deposit is due within 7-10 days and will confirm your space(s) on the trip. C) Next, you will want to make reservations for your lodging the night before your trip with us. D) Lastly, if you are flying, make your airline reservation with your travel agent (we can help you pick the best times to fly in and out). You will also need to coordinate a separate shuttle to take you to and from the airport. The fees for this shuttle are in addition to our trip fee but our Adventure Consultants are happy to assist you in coordinating with a shuttle service. And, that’s it!
What forms of payment do you accept?
Of course, we accept personal checks and money orders but we also accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) for the deposit. We require the final balance to be paid by check. Our prices listed are cash rates. If you wish to use your credit card the final payment amount is subject to a 3% administration fee.
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Salmon River Canyons Rafting

When is the best time to go?
As the Salmon River Canyons can be too high to float in June, our season starts around July 5 and goes through September. (Note our special 3-day departures offered throughout the season on the “Salmon near Riggins.”) Generally our 5-day trips start on Sundays or Mondays. However, our permit on the Salmon River Canyons allows us to launch any day we want. For groups, If we don't have scheduling conflicts, we may be able to be flexible if your schedule requires a different start date. As well, we're able to accommodate groups as small as 18 (or smaller during our shoulder season in September) who want their own private charter.
What type of rafts do you use?
In addition to the cargo boat that carries all the camping gear, we use three other kinds of river craft. The traditional raft is a self-bailing oar-powered raft, which we row, using two oars. These are 16-17 feet long. We also offer a smaller, self-bailing 14-foot paddle raft, where 4 to 6 people paddle along with our guide. The Salmon River Canyons is also a great place to paddle an inflatable kayak, or Daring Duckie, as we call them. You have a choice of riding in any of these river craft and many people enjoy trying all three during the course of the trip. We encourage you to bring a camera, which will be easily accessible on the oar-rafts from the waterproof camera boxes we provide. (Note: On the few trips we operate with less than 13 guests, we may not have enough people interested in paddling to have a paddle raft along. This decision is based on exactly how many guests want to paddle, what percentage of time they want to paddle and possible logistical constraints based on water levels and other factors. We will still have duckies on smaller trips if requested.)
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might show you the way to a nearby hot spring, give a fly-fishing lesson or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
What do we do when we're not floating the river?
One of the reasons that the Salmon River Canyons is such a fabulous trip is the incredible variety of things to do and see along the way. ROW makes a point of stopping and taking advantage of as many of these things as we can. As we float we tell you about the early pioneers who lived here. We stop to hike to at least one of the Chinese rock house sites along the river. We talk about the native peoples and take you to see their rock art and settlement sites. All in all, we try to share as much about the river canyons as we know. Not only do we show you these places, we help you understand them better. If you're interested, we'll tell you about the geology, plants and animals. We believe strongly that deepening understanding builds greater appreciation and we're hoping our love of these canyons will be contagious.
What is camping like on the river?
Forget those images of leaky tents and camp food out of a can. You’ll be amazed how comfortable camping can be when done the ROW way. On trips with 13 or more guests we use a large 22-foot cargo raft to carry the bulk of the camping gear, food, etc. This allows our smaller oar-powered rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable. The cargo raft, along with two- support crew, arrives at camp ahead of the group and gets the kitchen set up including dining tables and chairs. The crew also sets up the spacious two-person tents that ROW provides. When we arrive in camp all you have to do is carry your personal gear (stored in a ROW-provided easy-to-use waterproof bag) to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (also provided by ROW). This gives you an extra half-hour of time for doing something you'd enjoy rather than setting up a tent. (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip with less than 13 guests. In this case, due to economic and logistical reasons, we may not run our cargo raft. On these smaller trips guests and gear travel together down the river. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent if you like or you may enjoy doing it yourself.)
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Snake River through Hells Canyon Rafting

What are typical meals on the river?
The quality of our food reflects the quality of the wilderness environment in Hell's canyon. We hand-select the freshest fruits and vegetables we can find and pack them carefully in huge ice-coolers. Likewise, these coolers carry fresh dairy products and meats. From these ingredients we prepare bountiful, healthy meals. Sustainably harvested wild Alaskan Salmon served with a fresh garden salad; Prime Rib combined with a fresh Chilean salad and Idaho mashed potatoes or made-on-the-river lasagna is a few possible entrees. Big salads of vegetables and fruit add color and variety to every meal. Desserts are made each evening in our Dutch ovens and range from authentic cobbler and pineapple upside-down cake. We serve juice each morning and moderate amounts of bottled wine with dinner. We also provide two beers and two sodas or juices per person per day. There's always plenty of cold water, lemonade mix, tea, coffee and cocoa. You're welcome to bring your own beverages or alcohol as well. We always have plenty of ice to keep your drinks cold.
What is riverside camping like?
We call it luxury camping. In order to make your trip run as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we use a large cargo raft to carry camping gear, food and supplies ahead of the main group. This allows our smaller rafts to be lighter and more maneuverable, which makes for a safer ride with more bounce and splash. And the cargo raft arrives at camp early to setup the kitchen and spacious 2-person tents we supply for you. All you have to do is carry your personal gear to the tent of your choice and roll out your sleeping bag, flannel liner and thick, self-inflating foam sleeping pad (all of which is provided by ROW and stored in a ROW-provided waterproof bag). There are no mosquitoes on this stretch of the river and our camps are on flat benches beneath pine trees or on sandy beaches. To give you the opportunity to go hiking, fishing, read a book, etc., we generally arrive in camp no later than 4:00pm. Around 5:30, we serve hors d'oeuvres with dinner following around 7:00pm. (Note: In rare circumstances we may have a trip on the Snake River with less than 13 guests. In this case, we may not run our cargo raft. Our guides are still happy to set up your tent.)
When is the best time to go?
The elevation on the Snake River in Hells Canyon is only 1,500’ at the put-in and around 800’ at the take-out. This means the weather is typically much warmer than other parts of Idaho. This trip is excellent throughout the season, but the Snake River in Hells Canyon is an ideal choice for spring or fall vacations because of the mild climate and few other people.
What are typical weather and water conditions?
Hells Canyon Dam controls water flow so there are excellent levels year round but the highest water is typically in June and September. Air temperatures in the spring and fall range from 65-85 degrees and most nights cool to around 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. It's warmer in late June through late August with daytime temperatures between 85-95 degrees, dropping to 65-70 degrees at night. It rarely rains in Hells Canyon, but sometimes we'll witness a dramatic thundershower which instantly freshens the air. Water temperatures are usually around 60 degrees in June and September, and 70 degrees in July and August.
What type of watercraft do you use?
In addition to the cargo raft that carries all the camping gear, we use three other kinds of river craft. The traditional raft is a 17-foot self-bailing, oar-powered raft which a guide controls with two large oars. We also offer smaller 14-foot self-bailing paddle rafts. Four to six people paddle while a guide steers. On some stretches of river we can add inflatable kayaks, or Daring Duckies, to the mix. You have the choice to ride in any of these boats, and many people enjoy trying all three during a trip. On the few trips we operate with less than 13 guests, we may not have enough people to support a paddle raft. (We will still have duckies on smaller trips, if requested.)
Who guides your trips?
On any river trip the guides are the most important factor for your safety, enjoyment and the success of the trip. ROW guides are exceptional people with years of river experience. We maintain a tobacco-free policy and most of our guides have taken interpretation courses from certified instructors. We look for guides who are willing and eager to share, teach, listen, learn, laugh, play, discuss and, above all, work hard to provide a safe, relaxed and spontaneous adventure. While in camp two or three guides are preparing dinner while the others are free to spend time with you. They might show you the way to a nearby hot spring, give a fly-fishing lesson or just to sit and visit with the group. Our guides are the main reason many of our guests return to ROW time and time again. (References gladly provided.)
What are the differences between various trip lengths?
We believe the Snake River offers one of the world's premier rafting experiences and deserves a minimum of five days to appreciate its many wonders. Our Forest Service permit is very restrictive, allowing just one trip every eight days, so we like to maximize our guests' time on the river. From late June to late August we offer primarily five- or six-day trips. Both five- and six-day trips float 82-miles through Hells Canyon, but a six-day trip affords more time for hiking, fishing and lounging. In June we only offer four-day trips. The water on the Snake River is usually high and moving quickly which allows us to float the entire 82-mile stretch of Hells Canyon in just four days. However, water flow is controlled by Hells Canyon Dam so we cannot guarantee the full 82-mile trip. In the event of lower flows in June, the 4-day trip floats 34-miles to Pittsburg Landing. We spend less time on the water but more time exploring the remote canyon, hiking, fishing, etc. (May and June are great times for our Snake/Lochsa combination trips, for those seeking Idaho’s ultimate whitewater trip.)
What do we do other than float on the river?
One of the reasons that Hells Canyon is such a fabulous trip is the incredible variety of things to do and see along the way. ROW takes pride in historical interpretation and takes advantage of as many side excursions as possible. We share stories of the early pioneers and hike to at least one old homestead cabin. We explore at least two different Native American rock art sites. If the group wants more we know a couple dozen other points of interest along the way. Not only do we show you these places, we help you understand them. If you're interested we'll talk about the geology, plants and animals that inhabit Hells Canyon. We strongly believe that deepening understanding builds greater appreciation and we hope our love of this canyon is contagious.
How do I get to and from the trip start and end sites?
 Option A – Fly into Boise, Idaho the evening prior to your departure date and take the ROW shuttle up to Cambridge. Then after the trip return home via Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington.
• Arrive in Boise no later than 4:00 Pm Mountain Time the day before your trip.
• The shuttle van (provided by Harlow’s Transportation Service) will meet you outside the baggage claim doors in the “taxi” lane at 4:30pm for an easy two-hour drive to Cambridge.
• After your trip you can:
 A) Fly out of the Lewiston Airport (Airport shuttle provided free by the Red Lion Inn) to your home town or back to Boise, Idaho to connect with your round-trip flight. Lewiston is serviced by Horizon Air or Delta Air only.
 B) Take a shuttle van / taxi to Spokane, Washington (two hours north) for a better selection of flights as Spokane has a much larger airport. If you choose to shuttle to Spokane.
 Option B – Drive to Cambridge, Idaho and arrange for the Frontier Motel to shuttle your vehicle north while you are on the river.
• Plan to arrive in Cambridge in time for the 8:00pm Orientation meeting.
• On all 3-day trips and some 4-day trips your car will go to White Bird or our actual take-out at Pittsburg Landing. Cost to have the vehicle shuttled to Whitebird is $110 (not including fuel). If you have your car shuttled to the Pittsburg Landing the cost is $145.
• On all 5- or 6-day trips and some 4-day trips, your car will be shuttled to Lewiston for $200. If you decide to get your car shuttled to the take out at Heller Bar you will need to have a Washington State Discover Pass.
If your flight arrives later than 4:00pm into Boise, you have two options:
 Rent a car and drive two hours to Cambridge. Then have it shuttled to the ending point of the trip, as per the above paragraph.
 Take an airport shuttle from Boise to Cambridge. Contact either Boise City Taxi at 208-377-3333 or Yellow Cab at 208-345-5555. If your flight is late, Yellow Cab may be your best choice as it does not need to be pre-arranged. Yellow Cab charges a flat rate, which could be for a regular cab or their van that carries up to 7 people (ask about space for luggage and current pricing.). If you are unable to schedule your flight into Boise by 4:00pm or if your flight arrives late and you need to arrange other transportation, the cost for this transportation will be at your expense.
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