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Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley provided by Enjoy Napa Valley

Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley
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About
Explore the Napa Valley through its waterways with this kayak tour of the Northern Californian region. Your guide will lead you along the Napa River, telling you all about the region and its history while you paddle. You may even spot some local birds and other wildlife along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Take a kayak ride along the Napa River
  • Easy-to-navigate kayaks that are suitable for beginners are provided
  • A local guide will be on hand to teach you about the area’s history and biodiversity
  • Group sizes are limited to 15 people for an intimate experience
What to expect
  • Beyond its lush natural scenery, Napa Valley also boasts a storied history. Luckily, you can explore both of these elements with the Napa River History Kayak Tour. Under the supervision of an experienced guide, the tour will embark from 680 Main Street, right near downtown Napa. From there, you and your party will be outfitted with kayaks before taking to the serene waters of the Napa River for a journey through the past and present of this unique area. For the following hour-and-a-half to two hours, you will paddle alongside your guide as they give you a run-down of local lore, including tales you’re not likely to read about in any guidebook. You’ll learn about the first settlers to Napa Valley, as well as Napa’s famed wineries and local businesses. Did you know that Napa was established before California was a state? Or that Elvis performed and stayed in Napa? These are just two of the many interesting factoids your guide will offer up during your voyage— historical trivia ranging from the amazing to the bizarre.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Take a kayak ride along the Napa River
  • Easy-to-navigate kayaks that are suitable for beginners are provided
  • A local guide will be on hand to teach you about the area’s history and biodiversity
  • Group sizes are limited to 15 people for an intimate experience
What to expect
  • Beyond its lush natural scenery, Napa Valley also boasts a storied history. Luckily, you can explore both of these elements with the Napa River History Kayak Tour. Under the supervision of an experienced guide, the tour will embark from 680 Main Street, right near downtown Napa. From there, you and your party will be outfitted with kayaks before taking to the serene waters of the Napa River for a journey through the past and present of this unique area. For the following hour-and-a-half to two hours, you will paddle alongside your guide as they give you a run-down of local lore, including tales you’re not likely to read about in any guidebook. You’ll learn about the first settlers to Napa Valley, as well as Napa’s famed wineries and local businesses. Did you know that Napa was established before California was a state? Or that Elvis performed and stayed in Napa? These are just two of the many interesting factoids your guide will offer up during your voyage— historical trivia ranging from the amazing to the bizarre.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 57261P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
Exclusions
  • no exclusions
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 670 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA We leave people who are late. Please be 15 minutes early and Use the restroom before your appointment in the brick building at the general store across from the parking garage. The parking garage is on the corner of Main and fifth st. We meet on the dock.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please make sure ALL members of your party sign the following waiver prior to arrival
  • https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5a95c03d7ed89/web/
  • Life Jackets, Paddles, Kayaks and a Professional Tour Guide are included.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
Exclusions
  • no exclusions
Departure details
  • 670 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA We leave people who are late. Please be 15 minutes early and Use the restroom before your appointment in the brick building at the general store across from the parking garage. The parking garage is on the corner of Main and fifth st. We meet on the dock.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please make sure ALL members of your party sign the following waiver prior to arrival
  • https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5a95c03d7ed89/web/
  • Life Jackets, Paddles, Kayaks and a Professional Tour Guide are included.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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4.5
50 reviews
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Kari Q
San Jose, CA14 contributions
Kayaking down the Napa River
Aug 2021 • Family
I enjoyed our trip to Napa. I took my two girls kayaking. We are definitely beginners at it; this was perfect. The first hour we float down the river and listen to the history of Napa from our guide. Then the next hour he allowed us to kayak on our own around the river. It was beautiful and peaceful. All of us enjoyed it.
Written August 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Robin0753
San Rafael, CA30 contributions
A Fun Afternoon
This was a fun and interesting tour. It was a great alternative to winetasting. I was surprised to learn the diverse and important role Napa played in the development of California as a state. In addition, The scenery was very pretty with more wildlife than I would’ve anticipated.
Written July 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JF5
1 contribution
Great experience, but.......
Jul 2021 • Family
My family had a very good experience. They gave a history tour of Napa Valley while kayaking. My son absolutely loved it and wants a kayak of his own now. Unfortunately we weren't given too many pointers before we started on how to actually use a kayak if we'd never been on one. I only gave 4 stars because of this and the fact that they should have warned people that some sunblock would be extremely helpful. I realize this is a personal responsibility, but a friendly reminder would have made all the difference. Everyone in my family got burned to some degree.
Written July 10, 2021
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Denise B
Mays Landing, NJ19 contributions
Amazing from start to finish
Jul 2021 • Couples
My hubby and I were first time kayakers and we had a fantastic time. Justin was an excellent tour guide. He tells the most interesting local historical lore that you won’t hear anywhere else. The most important thing is that whether your are experienced or a new year like me, you will enjoy this. The second hour of the tour was just exploring the river on your own.
Written July 5, 2021
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teabee34
Apple Valley, CA237 contributions
Napa River Adventure
My husband and I had a fantastic time on this tour. It was our first time visiting Napa, and this was an active experience that provided interesting history we didn’t know. We would definitely go again. The tour guide Justin was so knowledgeable and great!
Written June 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KAR
3 contributions
Fun historical kayak tour!
May 2021 • Couples
Justin was a great guide/owner who joyfully shared Napa's historical scuttlebutt. His pride of this area, where he was born and raised, really adds to the natural beautiful of the area. The equipment is in good shape. Very enjoyable 2 hours.
Written May 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Veep11
San Francisco, CA26 contributions
Great outdoor activity for a family or anyone of any age.
Nov 2020
We were blessed with a perfect day - glassy water, reasonable 60+ weather, sunshine, not a cloud in the deep blue sky. Six of us enjoyed listening to Justin tell of the pre-winery days of Napa and the history of the rejuvenation of the Napa River. After the tour we took off for an hour plus slowly paddling up river enjoying the quiet, watching the birds and other animals basking in the sun and going about their business. Such a nice change from being indoors. Easy to get to and Lily and Justin were great hosts. Definitely a great thing to do if you are in the area no matter what time of year.
Written November 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Irene T
San Jose, CA2 contributions
Kayaking Tour is excellent!
Nov 2020 • Couples
The guide Justin really made the tour. His stories were great snd we learned a lot about the history of Napa. The Napa River is beautiful and we got some free time just to float around and explore on our own. If you want some fun with some exercise, you gotta do this tour.
Written November 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
justinp715
Thank you so much!
Written November 11, 2020
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Art
Pleasant Hill, CA234 contributions
High Wind Cancelation
Oct 2020
Insane wind - small craft advisory. They cancelled. They were great. I will go back and take trip! They were upright and good!
Written October 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michaela D
2 contributions
Kayaking Trip
Oct 2019 • Friends
Had the best time. Would definitely go back!! Loved that we had solo time and learned some “dirt” about Napa. Lots of laughs and a great time!
Written October 15, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Enjoy Napa Valley
John B
John B
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A Beautiful Day on the Napa River
We rented kayaks for 2 hours. Their dock is right downtown Napa on the river. Their equipment is top notch and th
sobaytravelguy
sobaytravelguy
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Excellent Service with Paddleboard Rental
If you want to spend some time on the river, book with Justin and his company! As I had taken the guided tour with
Sasha F
Sasha F
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Napa's Secret Past
Justin is a very entertaining guide revealing some of the sordid tales of Napa's "golden" past. Murder, intrigue, p
xman92905
xman92905
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Napa River Kayak
Very casual approach to business but service oriented and a very cool experience. Peaceful and scenic paddle. Didn'
Brian E
Brian E
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Great fun!
My family and I rented kayaks and went upriver with Justin. It was a blast. The day was beautiful and his knowled
Cassie I
Cassie I
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Beautiful morning
Took the 8:30 kayak trip on the river with Justin. Had a fabulous time. Justin's knowledge of local history made th
Lucky C
Lucky C
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Rented kayaks from Justin
It was fun, easy and an affordable break from wine tasting in Napa. Justin provides excellent service and interesti
alison t
alison t
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Slow easy interesting
Justin is a friendly Napa native who will keep you entertained with Napa history and ghost tales all the way up riv
Exploradora_CL
Exploradora_CL
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Far exceeded expectations
Can't say enough good things about Justin. He was a wonderful guide, sharing the fun and quirky stories about Napa
DHNapa
DHNapa
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Fabulous way to spend some time in Napa
Justin is an excellent host and very knowledgeable about Napa and it's history. We learned many fascinating things
Jean B
Jean B
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Fantastic experience
Justin was brilliant - very informative about the history of the area and the wildlife in and around the river. I h
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