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2 Day Kayaking and Rafting Wildlife Tour in Nestos River, Xanthi

Kokkymelon, Toxotes, 67100, Xanthi, Greece

Toxotes Wildlife Tour Greece

For a fantastic whitewater rafting day look no further! This rafting trip takes place in a fun part of Nestos River. As a team, you'll navigate the whitewater together. You will spend the day splashing through roller coaster waves and swimming in the calmer areas. This rafting trip is such a great combination of fun, intermediate rapids, green-forested scenery making it the perfect natural playground, ideally suited for beginners, but exciting enough to thrill experienced rafters as well.

  • Minimum group size: 2 participants
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Birds
  • Starting point and ending point: Toxotes Village
  • Languages: Greek and German

Meet the guides

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Ilias, Spyros, Nikol, & 1 More…
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Highlights

  • Park entrance fees
  • Chance to see different bird species
  • 2 river rafting and tour in Nestos River
  • Whitewater rapids rafting in Stavroupoli and Paranesti
  • Use of kayaks, rafts, paddles, life jackets, and helmets
  • See the panoramic view of the Nestos Meanderings
  • Skilled guide and assistance
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 activity days in Greek
The organizer also speaks: English, German
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Kavala International Airport (US$23 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (US$47 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
16:30

In a very beautiful area at Toxotes, Xanthi near the banks of the Nestos, a modern yet traditional hostel, the "Kokkymelon", was created. The stone building, renovated with modern styles, dominates the area and attracts many visitors who wish a pleasant and comfortable stay in the "heart" of nature.

Eleni will welcome you with great warmth and will share with you the times of prosperity of this old house which has been renovated keeping its authenticity.

Program

Day 1: Rafting in Nestos River

Meet your guide at 10:00 in the morning at the Riverlans office in Toxotes Village, where after a brief update, you depart by car following the mountain route that runs through the abandoned villages of Nestos.

Stop at the viewing site at an altitude of 890 meters for a panoramic view of the Nestos Meanderings and continue with the hope of meeting the wild horses in the area. Arrive in the base at Paranesti, Drama at 12:00 where you check in. There you get all necessary equipment. During the winter months, Riverland Outdoor Activities provide a wetsuit, wet shoes, thermal fleece, wind/splash proof jacket, and life vest (PFD). During the summer months, they provide a wetsuit, wet shoes, wind/splash proof jacket, and life vest (PFD).

When the group is ready, you go to Platanovrisi dam (10-minute ride), follow a five-minute instructional and safety lesson and get in the river. Once you launch the rafts into the river, you immediately enter the whitewater rapids which makes everyone beam with big grins from ear to ear! Adrenaline is high, the forest around you is breathtaking as you move fast through the rapids.

This rafting trip takes place in a fun Class II-III part of Nestos River from Platanovrisi dam to Paranesti. This upper part of Nestos River is a classic “pool and drop” section meaning that at the end of each rapid is slow moving pool of water inviting you to jump in for a swim.

Each raft has a guide who teaches you how to paddle. As a team, you'll navigate the whitewater together. You will spend the day splashing through roller coaster waves and swimming in the calmer areas. This rafting trip is such a great combination of fun, intermediate rapids, green-forested scenery making it the perfect natural playground, ideally suited for beginners, but exciting enough to thrill experienced rafters as well.

Relaxation through tension, after a few twists and turns you feel that you finally have the hang of it and enjoy the ride. You exit the river at Paranesti Bridge and return to the base to rest and regroup before the dinner in the local tavern of the village. After dinner, you depart to the hotel in Toxotes village.

  • Total duration: 7 - 8 hours
  • Mountain tour: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • River time: 1.5 - 2 hours

Day 2: Tour down Nestos River

At 08:00 in the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to catch together the 08:30 train that goes to Stavroupoli. On your arrival you walk to the base at Stavroupoli to get all necessary equipment. During the winter months Riverland Outdoor Activities provide a wetsuit, wet shoes, thermal fleece, wind/splash proof jacket, life vest (PFD) and waterproof tank to store anything you will need during the activity. During the summer months you are provided a life vest (PFD) and waterproof tank.

Then you are ready you go to the river where you follow a five-minute instructional and safety lesson. The tour down the impressive gorge lasts about four to five hours depending on the river conditions. During the tour you have two breaks where the river guides set up a delicious light lunch and you can swim in the refreshing waters of the river. You exit the river at Galani beach, Toxotes where you transfer you to the base to rest and regroup.

Nestos River has shaped its course through a rugged and diverse landscape. The ideal way to explore this paradise is by kayak. This river activity is suitable for all ages and evokes a certain awe only the famous Meanders of Nestos can. The trip flow through the scenic gorge of Nestos River where the surrounding forest is brimming with wildlife, watching your every move as you float down the river. It is a low level of difficulty activity, ideal for families, for nature lovers, for bird watchers, for anyone who wants to relax in a spectacular environment.

During the trip, you use the train for the transfers firstly because the railroad has a great history and was built riverside through the gorge making it a beautiful ride and second, it is the fastest way between the villages.

  • Total duration: 7 - 8 hours
  • River time: 4-5 hours
  • Train ride: 35 minutes

The birds can be observed in this tour from March to September are the black stork, litle egret, bonelli's eagle, white tailed eagle, short toed eagle, eleonora's falcon, and bee eater. From October to April: the great egret, pygmy cormorant, and wall creeper. You can also see these birds all year round: griffon vulture, golden eagle, bazard, owl eagle, eurasian sparrowhawk, blue rock thrush, white-throated dipper, and king fisher.

Guides

Ilias Michailidis

Nikol Heller

Christina Valavanidou

Location

One of the last wildlife refuges, Nestos Gorge still preserves a rich variety of flora and fauna and is fairly declared an “aesthetic forest” and considered among the most important habitats in Europe. This area is a wildlife refuge and has been included among “Important Bird Areas” and the EU’s “Special Protected Areas”. The grandeur of the landscape is the reason why this region was declared an Aesthetic Forest in 1977.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Hiking

If you love hiking, you can browse in the area of Nestos River and discover the enchanting landscapes.

Canoe and Kayak

Nestos River gives you the opportunity to canoe-kayak and see in this way the beauty from another perspective gonia.

Biking

In the region you can also enjoy your rides.

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • Use of kayaks, rafts, paddles, life jackets, and helmets
  • 2 days organized activities
  • Neoprene shorts and booties in case of cold weather
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Skilled guide and assistance
  • Photographs taken during the trip
  • Local taxes

What's not included

  • International airfare to/from Greece
  • Beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • Items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • Ground transportation to the starting and the finishing point of the trip (Toxotes Village)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kavala International Airport Airport transfer available: Kavala International Airport (US$23 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" Airport transfer available: Thessaloniki Airport "Macedonia" (US$47 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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