Russian River Tours

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California's Russian River is one of the longest rivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning in Mendocino County and cutting through Sonoma County on its way to the ocean. The area is famous for its wine and farm-to-table cuisine, and in warm weather the river is a hotspot for outdoor adventures like canoeing, swimming, and fishing.

The Basics
The entire Russian River runs more than 110 miles (177 kilometers) from its source in Mendocino County southward to the Pacific Ocean. Wine country towns like Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Santa Rosa, Geyserville, Sebastopol, Jenner, and Bodega Bay are all draws for outdoor recreation, fine dining, and winery visits. From spring through fall, the river itself is a popular place to cool off—whether you want to float down the river via inner tube or paddle in a canoe or kayak. In the surrounding redwood forests travelers can go horseback riding, hiking, or camping.

Wine-tasting tours are a popular Russian River Valley draw, and round-trip transportation from San Francisco or Sonoma means you don't have to worry about drinking and driving. Group tours via bicycle, kayak, and canoe are great ways to explore the river itself, and often involve a picnic lunch. It’s also possible to combine a float down the river with a wine tour of local vineyards.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Russian River is a must-see for nature, wine, and food lovers. 
  • Travelers embarking on kayak or canoe trips should come prepared with sun protection, swimsuits, towels, and water shoes.
  • Most kayaking, canoeing, and wine tours are not suitable for small children.

How to Get There
The river runs from Mendocino to its terminus at Goat Rock Beach on the Sonoma Coast, so there are many places to access the water. Be prepared to drive on backcountry roads through forests and farmland. Major highways such as Route 1 and Highway 101 lead to the Russian River from the Bay Area. 

When to Get There
The Russian River Valley wine region is popular for wine tours year-round, but during winter months the river is too fast-flowing for boating or swimming. Summer is the most popular time for kayak and canoe tours, when the weather is typically warm and sunny. 

Food and Wine in the Russian River Valley
The Russian River Valley is famous for its chardonnay, pinot noir, and zinfandel, as well as its bounty of farm-to-table food. Restaurants and wineries in towns along the valley such as Forestville, Healdsburg, and Geyserville typically utilize produce and livestock from the surrounding farmland and are frequently managed by celebrity chefs. 

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Russian River Canoe Trip from Healdsburg

Enjoy a relaxing float down the Russian River on a full- or half-day canoe trip from Healdsburg. Climb aboard a sturdy, inflatable canoe and paddle downstream through the scenic landscapes of Northern California’s countryside, stopping to swim at a local beach along the way. Upgrade to include a delicious picnic lunch on the full-day tour, and feel free to bring along your canine companion on the half-day adventure. No canoeing experience is required, and all equipment is provided for a fun and family-friendly day on the water.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

Paddle your way through California’s gorgeous wine country on a guided kayak tour. Paddle your way down the Russian River that winds through Sonoma County. Enjoy the leisurely pace that kayaking affords while soaking up the spectacular scenery. No experience is necessary, and you can choose to paddle in a single kayak or ride tandem with a friend or family member. The guided tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Northern Sonoma Small Group Wine Tour

Enjoy a small-group wine tour in northern Sonoma County led by a knowledgeable guide. Taste a variety of wines during stops at four wineries in the Russian River, Dry Creek Valley and Healdsburg, including a larger winery and several family-owned boutique wineries. Learn about tasting wine, harvesting grapes and making wine as you see vineyards, visit tasting rooms and tour one of the wineries. Travel in a comfortable minivan with a small group that is limited to ten people, which ensures a more intimate experience of California's wine country.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Russian River Valley Bike and Kayak Wine Tour

Explore the world-famous wine country of Northern California with a combo bike and kayak tour! Cycle along country roads and beautiful vineyards in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, stopping at wineries along the way to taste renowned regional varietals. Trade in your bike for a kayak and set out on the scenic Russian River, where you’ll glide along the gentle current and paddle your way through some mild rapids. A gourmet picnic lunch is included on this unique, athletic tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$175.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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