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River Rafting - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Whitewater river rafting -- especially class III and above, with plenty of churning rapids -- provides all the thrills most adventurous travelers could ask for. Long-distance river rafting trips are available in many countries; just grab a paddle and helmet and prepare to follow your river guide's instructions. It's a good multi-generational activity, too, especially with teenagers.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top River Rafting Experiences and Attractions

Top River Rafting Experiences

Rafting through Raft Badger and Soap Creek rapids of Grand Canyon

Hiking to explore the Grand Canyon which can only be accessed from the river

Seeing beautiful Kackar Mountains while rafting Coruh River in Turkey

Stopping to camp at a sandy beach

Gathering around campfire and listening to river legends

Spotting amazing wildlife and beautiful landscapes

Seeing monkeys while rafting through Sun Kosi River of Nepal

 

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River Rafting Trip Reviews

72 River Rafting Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 58
Great 13
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
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4.8
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4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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Tortuguero was amazing and worth

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Tortuguero was amazing and worth the long trip to get there.. We enjoyed the atmosphere at Mawamba Lodge.. The trips by small boat into the national park allowed us to see three kinds of monkeys and lots of reptiles and birds in their natural habitat. Dennis was a knowledgeable guide. Si Como No at Manuel Antonio was a wonderful hotel with excellent rooms, staff and food

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Operator Alexander + Roberts

Costa Rica mixed activity

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Stunning scenery, extraordinary and wonderful wildlife, excellent and knowledgable guide in a wonderfully diverse and enchanting country.
Exhilarating white water rafting, contrasting with the stillness of the cloud forrest broken only by the sound of bird calls.
Coming face to face with white faced monkeys in Dan Antonio was fun too!

Andreas was a knowledgable group leader.

Take closed wet shoes for the whitewater rafting, and plastic bags for damp clothing as items don't dry easily in the rain forest despite the high temperatures!

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Operator Exodus Travels

Absolutely brilliant and will definitely do another g adventures trip if travelling on my own or maybe in a two

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Absolutely brilliant and will definitely do another g adventures trip if travelling on my own or maybe in a two. Very good type of trip for those who want to see a lot and in NZ there is loads to see. I may go back and do the south island part of the trip because I know I'll see more if I go with g adventures.

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Operator G Adventures

There is no better getaway than somewhere with ROW

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We just got back from a Family Magic Trip thru the SRC...our 3rd trip with you guys (and the first with the kiddos). We've done the Middle Fork, the Rogue and now this. We're hooked and are already talking about where to go next. You guys are phenomenal and then some. It's the only kind of trip I ever want my kids to take...and appreciate the real things in life. ✌️

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Operator ROW Adventures

Best Trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This was by far the best trip our family has ever been on!!! It needs to be on everyone's bucket list to see the Grand Canyon this way! Thanks Western River Expedition for this trip of a life time!!

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Operator Western River Expeditions

This is a family that fell in love with Peru! Our trip in the Andes was the stand-out of our itinerary, and we even muse about what it might be like to live in Ollantaytambo or nearby for awhile

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

First of all, the logistics such as all the air travel, ground transport here and there, hotels, food, etc., went without a hitch and worked perfectly for us. The main thing that "made" the trip was, however, our guide. You have a gem there in Renee Flores-Solis, and by the end, we were navigating a relationship that felt part expert guide/part friend. Renee's delivery of archeological and historical Peru was backed up with books provided and museum walks that illustrate various events. His interpretation rings authentic and "real"with us, and we had many hours of conversation about the re-taking of one's heritage. Fascinating and empowering. Our children learned SO much this way. Our Macchu Pichu days were amazing too. He knew exactly how to tackle this site, and we spent a beautiful day there, and even have photos at Mapi with NO one in them due to Renee's planning of crowd avoidance. We imagined Renee's own 12 y.o as we watched his affectionate, playful, and fatherly interactions with our own boys and they adored him.

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Operator World Expeditions

River Rafting Tours and Travel Guide

River Rafting Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Whitewater river rafting -- especially class III and above, with plenty of churning rapids -- provides all the thrills most adventurous travelers could ask for. Long-distance river rafting trips are available in many countries; just grab a paddle and helmet and prepare to follow your river guide's instructions. It's a good multi-generational activity, too, especially with teenagers.

Whitewater River Rafting vs. Beginner River Rafting

No matter how much of a beginner you are, river rafting is always a thrilling experience. If you are not going whitewater rafting you’ll experience the joy of being outside, drifting through calm water in the sun, taking in the unique view of the landscape from the middle of the river.

Whitewater rafting is a bit less about gazing at the landscape and more about the adrenaline rush of soaring down the river through thrilling rapids, avoiding rocks and banks, and working with your companions to stay upright.

But the thrills are nicely intermittent with periods of calm, when you can gather yourself in preparation for the next whitewater section, and appreciate the surrounding landscape. Whitewater rivers - really any rafting rivers, are by nature situated in stunning landscapes so appreciate the beauty! 

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Popular Continents: 

North America & South America

Popular Destinations: 

U.S.CanadaChile & Costa Rica

Popular Rafting Destinations:                           

Alsek & Tatshenshini Rivers, U.S.; Middle Fork, Salmon River; U.S.; Rio Upano, Ecuador; Magpie River, Canada; Futaleufu River, Chile; North Johnstone River, Australia & Many More

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Wildlife viewersAdventurers & Hikers

 

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