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Rowing Trip Calendar

Apr
2
Mon
2018
South Africa: Rowing Safari
Apr 2 – Apr 15 all-day
  • The full experience – two wonderful weeks in both the Western and Eastern Capes
  • 14 days/13 nights with 10 days of rowing
  • Row on False Bay, winding rivers and intimate reservoirs
  • Explore stunning coastline and inland beauty
  • Row coastal quads and doubles, and fine sculling boats on the reservoirs
  • Accommodation in Lodges, hotels, rondavel and holiday home
  • Trip leader is Anna-Marie Smith supported by our other South Africa guides

 

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South Africa: Western Cape
Apr 2 – Apr 9 all-day
  • Row in Cape Town and in the heart of Africa
  • 8 days/7 nights with six days of rowing
  • See penguins from the rowing shells, and maybe baboons too!
  • Row on False Bay and Elgin Reservoir plus three days rowing Breede River
  • Row coastal quads and doubles, and fine sculling boats on the reservoirs
  • Relax in hotels and a holiday home
  • Trip leader is Anna-Marie Smith supported by our other South Africa guides

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Apr
9
Mon
2018
South Africa: Eastern Cape
Apr 9 – Apr 15 all-day
  • Explore beautiful rivers of the Eastern Cape, emptying into the Indian Ocean at stunning beaches.
  • 7 days/6 nights with five days of rowing
  • Wonderful wildlife viewing including during day trip to Addo Elephant National Park
  • Row to lunch in Sibuya Private Game Reserve
  • Row coastal quads and doubles, and fine sculling boats on a reservoir
  • Stay in lodges, hotels and luxury African mud huts
  • Trip leader is Anna-Marie Smith supported by our other South Africa guides

 

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May
6
Sun
2018
Ireland: Four Rivers
May 6 – May 12 all-day
  • Explore four different rivers in the sunny southeast
  • 7 days/six nights with four days of rowing
  • Coxed touring quads and safety boat
  • Options for hiking, cycling and visit to beautiful Kilkenny
  • Charming accommodation in guesthouse and hotel

 

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May
12
Sat
2018
Italy: Adriatic Sea & Venetian Lagoons
May 12 – May 19 all-day

This 2018 test tour is by invitation only and is already sold out. Timing is set to coincide with our Vogalonga weekend. We are taking waiting list names for 2019 – contact us.

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May
19
Sat
2018
Italy Weekend: Vogalonga
May 19 @ 9:54 pm – May 21 @ 10:54 pm

In rowing travel circles, this event is legendary. How could it not be? Imagine Venice without motor boats for a morning. Over a thousand rowed or paddled watercraft take to the waters for a 30 km “race”, which begins with a cannon shot from St. Mark’s Square. The route takes rowers through the
lagoon to Burano, down to Murano and back along the famous canals to St. Marks to receive a participation medal. Rowers come from around the world, with quads, eights, various Venetian style rowing boats, plus kayaks, canoes, SUPs and anything else that moves forward with oars. Join us for a unique weekend in Venice and claim your Vogalonga story. Everyone has one.

We are working on the details of the 2018 itinerary and price. Thank you for your patience.

Note that the date has not yet been officially announced for the 2018 event, but this date is consistent with all previous Vogalongas. There is already a waiting list for this trip. However, spaces may open up. If you would like to be added to the list (or get a head start on 2019) please contact us.

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Jun
4
Mon
2018
Ireland: Cork + Carberry Islands
Jun 4 – Jun 10 all-day

This 2018 test tour is by invitation only and is already sold out. We are exploring options for a second date later in the year. Please contact us if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.

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Italy: Lago Maggiore
Jun 4 – Jun 10 all-day
  • Women’s only trip
  • Six nights’ accommodation in charming hotels
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches  and 5 dinners
  • Five  days of rowing
  • Villa, gardens and other visits
  • Guide services and tour support including local transportation. Guided by Catriona Cameron and Luigi Manzo.
  • Additional cultural visits and alternate activities for poor weather days

 

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Jun
18
Mon
2018
England: Cornwall Cornish Pilot Gigs
Jun 18 – Jun 20 all-day

Rowing is a surprisingly diverse sport, although all variations involve facing backwards and using oars. A whole category of rowing involves fixed seat boats. This was the original approach before sliding seats were invented. Think dories, fishing boats, Thames skiffs and cutters. History is wound into many styles of fixed rowing, with Cornish Pilot Gigs holding a place of honour. Rugged and rocky Cornwall is the westernmost tip of England. Back in the day, sailing vessels arriving from exotic destinations would make the safe harbour of Falmouth their first port of call. Local pilots would be required to guide the ships in. Teams of gig rowers waited to spot sails on the horizon, and then would race out to meet the ship, carrying a harbour pilot as a passenger.  First one there got the job.  Hence Cornish Pilot Gigs. While any racing today might be for medals and bragging rights, the rowing tradition continues. We are thrilled to offer our first fixed seat rowing tour in Falmouth, immersed in history and tradition and surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

This trip is offered in conjunction with Row England, as well as our local partner rowing club. The trip will likely run from 18-22 June, 2018. We are working on the details of the itinerary and price, and will update this page as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact us.

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Aug
13
Mon
2018
Russia: St. Petersburg
Aug 13 – Aug 20 all-day
  • Row in a spectacular city, and also through Russian countryside
  • Seven nights accommodation in good hotels
  • Use of rowing shells, including trailering.
  • Guide services and tour support. Local guides and translator will accompany us on key days.
  • Transportation during the tour.
  • Cultural visits and highlights both in the city and outside.

 

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Aug
31
Fri
2018
South Africa: Cape Wildflowers
Aug 31 – Sep 5 all-day
  • Accommodation in charming inns and a fascinating farm guesthouse
  • All breakfasts,  lunches and dinners during the tour
  • Transfers within the tour region
  • Quality rowing equipment:  coastal quads and doubles
  • Additional cultural visits and alternate activities for poor weather days
  • Trip led by Ruth Marr, supported by South African guides

 

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Sep
9
Sun
2018
England: Classic River Thames
Sep 9 – Sep 16 all-day
  • The most famous rowing river in the world
  • 8 days/7 nights with six or seven days of rowing
  • Row from Oxford to Weybridge through England’s history
  • Coxed touring quads and coxed double; option for eight for private trips
  • Stay in an Oxford college, pub hotel and luxury spa hotel

 

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Sep
10
Mon
2018
Italy: Lago Maggiore
Sep 10 – Sep 16 all-day
  • Six nights’ accommodation in charming hotels
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches  and 5 dinners
  • Five  days of rowing
  • Villa, gardens and other visits
  • Guide services and tour support including local transportation. Guided by Catriona Cameron and Luigi Manzo.
  • Additional cultural visits and alternate activities for poor weather days

 

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Sep
12
Wed
2018
France: Périgord & the Dordogne
Sep 12 – Sep 19 all-day
  • Row the most beautiful river in France
  • Seven nights accommodation in good hotels.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and six dinners.
  • Use of rowing shells, including trailering.
  • Guide services and tour support.
  • Transportation during the tour..
  • Cultural visits.
  • Alternate activities for poor weather days.

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Sep
21
Fri
2018
France Weekend: Lot River
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day
  • A quick rowing getaway that perfectly fills a long weekend
  • Descend one of the most beautiful rivers in France
  • 3 days/2 nights with three days of rowing
  • Coxed touring quads

 

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