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Napa: Napa Valley History Guided Kayaking Tour

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Activity provider: Enjoy Napa Valley
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Napa: Napa Valley History Guided Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: Enjoy Napa Valley

From US$ 79 per person

Uncover Napa Valley history while exploring its lush natural scenery on this guided kayaking tour that is suitable for all skill levels. Take off from a location that is close to downtown Napa.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Glide over calm waters through the idyllic landscapes of the Napa Valley
  • Step back in time as you see historic buildings and hear about past events
  • Enjoy a kayaking tour that is suited for both beginners and advanced kayakers
  • Keep an eye out for local wildlife like beavers, otters, egrets, and minks
  • Listen to astonishing factoids and historical trivia about the Napa Valley
Full description

Go beyond the stunning natural beauty of the Napa Valley as you listen to local history and tales from your guide on a tranquil kayaking tour on the Napa river. Enjoy using stable and high-quality kayaking equipment that suited for both beginners and advanced kayakers.

Meet your guide at a conveniently-located spot that is close to downtown Napa and get set up with well maintained kayaking gear. Put on your life jacket and sett off down the river with your guide.

Journey to the past as your guide gives you a run-down of local lore, including tales you’re not likely to read about in any guidebook. Learn about first settlers to Napa Valley and hear about Napa’s famed wineries and local businesses.

Paddle at a leisurely pace through the waterways of the Napa Valley and meander past historic sites and learn about their significance. Find out about the first people in the Napa Valley and hear some Native names that are still used for places. Hear about Native culture.

Uncover the history of the Napa earthquake and the historic buildings it damaged. Watch as your guide identifies birds and other animals along the Napa river. Look for beavers, otters, egrets, and minks.

Have the chance to explore on your own after the first hour of the tour. Finish your tour at the centrally-located meeting point where it began.

  • Kayaking equipment
  • Guide
  • Life jackets
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Meet at the Main Street Boat Dock (Behind Morimoto), which is very close to downtown Napa.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Water

Know before you go

  • For the single kayak, you must be 14 years or older with parental consent
  • For the tandem (double) kayak, anyone 7-13 years old must be with a paddler 18 years or older
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3.8 /5

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February 9, 2023

Kayaking on the Napa River was great! Two hours was enough time to get an hour of history and then have an hour on our own to explore. We saw some wildlife and got a behind the scenes review of Napa, which was fun and interesting!

October 19, 2022

Absolutely fabulous & Justin & Janet were wonderful. So glad we were able to take this kayaking experience. It was just the two we f on a, and time well spent on the river and it’s history. I would recommend this to all!

September 13, 2022

Product ID: 415894