Day tour - 5-6 hours total Distance to paddle - 12 km (with stops) Difficulty - easy (suitable for beginners) No canoe or camping experience is necessary.
Day tour - 5-6 hours total Distance to paddle - 12 km (with stops) Difficulty - easy (suitable for beginners) Tour offered in English, Russian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, German.
Janis - state certified guide (Nr.15452), passionate canoe builder and founder of Wet Weim adventure company. Boris (extra) - state certified guide (Nr.14808) ornithologist, wild-life photographer. One of the best wild-life guides in the region. Tour offered in English, Russian, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, German.
Ever wondered what does the bird paradise look like? The Bird Watch tour will give you precisely that - the sense of freedom and wilderness. The shallow waters of the Curonian Lagoon share the confluence of the Nemunas and the Minija Rivers, where bulrush kingdom provides a shelter for millions of birds that migrate through these territories every season.
We will take you to the “hard to reach” spots that are only accessible by canoe. Thus, paddlers will admire the beauty and grace of the resting birds and undoubtedly the most spectacular panorama of the Nemunas River delta.
What we'll do
The adventure begins in the small fisherman's town Kintai, located just a few kilometers from where we start. We will start with a briefing, introduction to canoe paddling and will practice some basic canoe strokes in the local marina. We will paddle to our first stop for approximately forty minutes and we are ready to enter the shallow waters of the Curonian Lagoon. The local feathered inhabitants will probably be aware of our arrival long before we will see them, so get ready to bog down into the reeds and water lilies. Click to expand…
Click to hide… The adventure begins in the small fisherman's town Kintai, located just a few kilometers from where we start. We will start with a briefing, introduction to canoe paddling and will practice some basic canoe strokes in the local marina. We will paddle to our first stop for approximately forty minutes and we are ready to enter the shallow waters of the Curonian Lagoon. The local feathered inhabitants will probably be aware of our arrival long before we will see them, so get ready to bog down into the reeds and water lilies.
There is not that much camouflage options for the “sitting duck's” like us. Depending on the season, we may see red-necked grebe, bittern, white-tailed eagle, marsh harrier, cormorants, numerous duck and terns types, swans, many more and of course kingfisher! There are 294 different species of birds here in total, and if we are lucky enough, we might see the most gracious of them. After changing a couple of spots, your guide will take some stunning pictures of you paddling. You will also get some pictures taken from a drone!*
If only weather conditions will allow, during one of our stops, we will set up a bird spotting scope with a powerful x40 zoom. Boris (your guide) will not only show but also will tell a ton of facts and interesting insight about surrounding birds. On our way back we will make one last stop on an island to take a break, relax and have that precious cup of morning coffee or tea.
What we'll see
Here are some species highlights that can be observed during the tour. Click to expand…
Here are some species highlights that can be observed during the tour. Click to hide…
SPRING Bewicki's Swan Grey Plover Common Crane Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Eurasian Penduline-Tit Common Snipe Gray-headed Woodpecker Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Smew Bearded Reedling Great-crested Grebe White-tailed Eagle
AUTUMN White-tailed Eagle Peregrine Falcon Whooper Swan Willow Tit Great-fronted Goose Red Kite Eurasian Hobby Tufted Duck Common Goldeneye Common Pochard
SUMMER Aquatic Warbler Citrine Wagtail Eurasian River Warbler Thrush Nightingale Savi's Warbler Spotted Crake Whiskered Tern Common Kingfisher Black Tern Broad-billed Sandpiper Eurasian Coot White-tailed Eagle Black Kite Little Bittern
What we'll provide
Hand made cedar strip canoe, hand made wooden canoe paddle, PFD, dry bags, binoculars, coffee, tea and snacks. Transfer and a guide. We have two and three seat canoes, we will work out the best choice on the day.
Things to take: sunscreen, glasses, hat, swimming suite, bottle of water, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes. Expand…
Things to take: sunscreen, glasses, hat, swimming suite, bottle of water, rain waterproof jacket and a full change of clothes.
What to wear while canoeing is important.
When the air and water are warm, simply dress for a day at the beach. Keeping in mind to wear things that protect you from the sun and keep you cool.
When the air is cool, you have to assess the conditions and your capabilities more carefully.
The key concept to bear in mind is layering. Several thin garments will keep you just as warm as a single thicker one, and are much more versatile. Remember you’ll need to think about staying cool as much as staying warm, and you can always add or subtract layers. The base-layer provides insulation and picks up perspiration and either absorbs it (like cotton or wool) or wicks it outward (like synthetic fibers). You want moisture to be wicked away. The insulating layer can be wool, fleece, or a similar material. Look for garments that are cut to allow complete freedom of movement. The outer layer protects you, the base-layer, and the insulating layer from the elements. Make sure it is both windproof and waterproof.
Footwear can range from old sneakers to hiking boots, to rubber boots.
Where we'll meet
Address: Kursiu g. 29 Kintai. Hotel pick-up - on request.
Group size and requirements
There are 14 spots available on this tour. You don't have to fill all of them. Guided tours are meant to be social, so other travellers could join too. Guests ages 6 and up can attend. For younger guests, please refer to our "Private tours" section. Swimming skills are required. Participants should not have consumed alcohol and excessive meals. Also, any health problems should be known before joining.
Cancellation You can cancel within 24 hours of booking or up to 30 days before the tour start date to get a full refund. Weather We make every effort to continue, as scheduled with our tours. But sometimes, weather conditions create an unsafe scenario, as a result, a change or cancellation may be the result. Should this happen, we will provide full refund. Tour confirmation After booking is confirmed, you will receive e-mail confirmation and / or electronic ticket. If the wether forecast is uncertain - our guides will contact our guests via email 2-3 days prior to the start of your trip. This is the perfect opportunity to let the guide know of any questions or concerns you may have.
When do you want to go?
If you don’t find the dates you want, you can always ask Boris to see if they can make room.