Multiday Nemunas Adventure. All inclusive canoe tour.
NEMUNAS CANOE ADVENTURE

TRANQUILITY & JOY OF SOLITUDE

Welcome to the Lithuanian wilderness, a veritable blend of wildlife, ancient forests, and magnificent landscapes. Our multi-day canoeing holiday showcases the best our regional parks have to offer, and let you explore Lithuania in a truly amazing way.

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UNDISTURBED

We take you on a journey through one of the few remaining undisturbed ecosystems in Europe. We call this "river therapy", a way to clear your mind and gain fresh perspectives.

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SUSTAINABLE

We are very mindful of our impact on the environment, and respect the land we visit. This is a truly unique ecotourism adventure.

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ALL-INCLUSIVE

Rest your mind as we provide top of the line equipment, coordinate your gear list and take care of the menu, so you’ll just need to bring yourself.

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GIVING BACK TO NATURE

We thank you for wanting to explore Lithuania with the lowest impact on the environment. If you want to contribute further, you can provide a voluntary contribution when you book your trip. Funds collected are being used for the maintenance and management of natural sites and recreational areas.

Tour overview

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    A slow adventure at an easy pace
    The Nemunas starts in Belarus and ends in the Baltic sea, with a total length of 914km. Don’t be alarmed though! We’ll only cover 100km, which works out to only 20km a day. Not to worry, we’re going to be paddling at a leisurely pace.
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    Your time is all yours
    Other than paddling that 20km a day, the itinerary is in your hands. Choose to photograph nature, birdwatch, cook, or even relax and enjoy a good book. We’ll provide reliable equipment, wholesome food, and be as present as you want us to be - how much guidance or freedom you like is up to you.
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    Where the wild things are
    Tick off as many as you can on our birdwatching list of more than thirty species: Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Black and White Stork, Sand Martin, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Osprey, White-tailed Eagle and others. If birds aren’t your thing, don’t forget that the river supports a great ecosystem of fish and waterfowl too. Fish species include perch, pike, zander, roach, tench, bream, rudd, ruffe, bleak, and many more.
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    Dine in nature’s beauty
    Indulge in our specially created menu to complement your river adventure. You don’t need to pack any cooking equipment, we’ll provide the tools, and cook together over a toasty fire.
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    Nemunas’ unique stories
    The section of the Nemunas that we’ll paddle follows a winding path. The bends are not conventional river meanders, instead they follow underlying tectonic structures and the faults are the source of the mineral springs in the area. The area is also historically and culturally significant; its castles served as the first line of defense against attacks by the Teutonic knights.

PICK-UP SERVICE AND LOCATION

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 - The souther tip of the country - Druskininkai.
We begin our canoeing trip at the southern tip of the country in Druskininkai - the most highly-forested resort in Lithuania.

No surprise you will feel this extremely clean and fresh air, thanks to pine forests surrounding the town.
After short preparations, your guide will run through your equipment with you and you'll have a chance to get used to your gear.

After initial safety and paddling instructions we will begin our journey, slowly “dissolving” into the landscape.
We’ll set up a our first camp, cook a delicious dinner, hop in to the river for an evening swim and enjoy the rest of the evening.

Day 2 - Beaver trails and White tailed eagles
Today we wake up in the middle of Dzukija national park - member of “Natura 2000” protected areas.

Early in the morning, we have a chance to spot beavers, otters or even Canadian mink - all of them are widely spread here. After some strenuous paddle we reach small town of Merkinė and it’s major landmark - 26 m high observation tower. The unique architectural tower with several observation decks, allows to observe the landscape from different heights.

After taking spectacular panoramic shots with you on the tower, yes we will use a drone for that, we will continue our journey paddling east.We still need to find a proper shore for our camp and when we do so - we cook, hang out and share stories.

Day 3 - Dissolving in mighty waters
By now, we’re completely submerged in the area.

Forests stretch from both left and right, no wonder this area is has highest population of wolves, no worries we are safe. These remote areas give us a great bird-spotting possibilities. But local feathered inhabitants will probably be aware of our arrival long before we will see them, so start counting species.

White-tailed eagles and Grey Herons are common here, Ospreys and Kingfishers are a chance to meet and many more.
Towards the end of the day we reach Druskelės spring - a natural spring with uniquely mineralised water that was first documented in XVIII.

Couple of more miles and we at our camp-site. We will try to catch some fish and if the bate is chosen right - we will have it for dinner.

Day 4 - Alytus area
This morning we wake-up with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and delicious eggplant for breakfast.

Today we need plenty of energy for our paddling adventure to countinue, as we are passing Alytus town and getting closer to Nemunas loops, we still hope to encounter Kingfisher, Black Terns, Great White Eagle and Lesser Spotted Eagles.

If weather conditions allows, we’ll try to make it to Punios šilas today. Final strokes before reaching the campsite. You can hear Commnon Cranes singing somewhere in near by swamps.

Finaly, we will set-up a camp, cook delicious “grand finale” dinner, and prepare listening to the bats flying around. Sweet dreams.

Day 5 - You'll feel it, Nemunas!
Our last sunrise in the woods, after healthy breakfast and we pack our gear and head couple of miles north.

We follow this large almost 360 loop that river makes around the forest protecting it and giving us this great opportunity to follow this curve.

We have several points of interest here: Partisan’s bunker- In 50s - 60s anti-soviet resistance groups were hiding it these areas, living in invisibly living in the forest for years and years. Straight after, we will pass Punios Hillfort, once a fortress, today a reminder of great history.

By the time we will pass Siponių outcrop, more and more civilisation signs will appear. This means that our journey has come to the end. We hope that you will leave Nemunas naturaly recharged and full of great memories!

 

Pricing and options

GUIDED
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Full inventory

Cedar-strip canoes

Meals included

Professional guidance

Pick-up & drop-off

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SELF-GUIDED
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Full inventory

Polyurethane canoes

Route planing

Pick-up & drop-off

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Meet your guides

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Janis Zhekanis


Passionate canoe builder, outdoor guide, and paddling enthusiast - Janis studied in Canada, Russia, travelled the world land and sea and has years and years of outdoor experience.

Founder of Wet Weim adventure company, he just wanted to build one canoe for himself and it all ended up with award winning canoe tours all across Lithuania.

Janis builds he's canoes himself, works as a outdoors guide, paddling instructor and travel industry educator.

State certified guide license (Nr.15452)
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Boris Belchev


Birdwatching guide and wildlife photographer – born in Bulgaria, in love with Nemunas delta nature, happy to help you discover your wild Lithuania. His passion about local nature and wildlife photography made him chase his dreams and become Wildlife Photographer and a guide. He traveled Alaska, studied biology and ecology.

Boris participates in educational projects, he also runs several professional bird-hides and without doubt, he's one of the best wild-life guides in the region.


State certified guide license (Nr.14808)

What's included

Equipment

  • Canoe
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • First aid kit
  • Drybags
  • Map
  • Cell phone
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Tent
  • Folding saw
  • Drinking bottle
  • Water containers
  • Gas stove & fuel
  • Lighters
  • Grill plate
  • Pan for fire
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Dishwashing kit
  • Head torches
  • Knife
  • Rope
What to bring

  • Set of spare clothes for couple of days
  • Shoes for water & land
  • Towel & swimwear
  • Sunglasses, sun cap, sun screen & toiletries
  • Camera
Service

  • Pick-up & drop-off in major cities
  • Introduction to canoe paddling
  • Canoeing guide
  • Wild-life guide
  • Route planning
  • Photography
  • Air photography
  • Fishing
Meals

Fully arranged menu for the entire trip. Breakfast, lunch and dinners as well as hot and soft drinks are included. Alcohol drinks are available on-request, alternatively you can bring your own.
Vegetarian menu is available on request.
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