The tour starts by picking up the participants in Chisinau, where from participants are transported up the river to Sanatauca or Japca monastery. We will stay overnight in a unique place of Moldova, where the Silk Road was going north and east. Vadul Rascov for centuries was the border village, where trading between larger regions was made. This is one of the reasons why few hundreds years ago about 90% of population of Vadul Rascov were jewish people. Before the electric dump in Dubasari was built in 1955, here was unique place where you could do fording over the river without to go down on the horse.
Just across the river, there is established the Rascov village (it is in Transnistria, we do not go there) with less than 2.000 habitants and churches with 3 different religions: Synagogue, Orthodox & Catholic churches. From Dacian language, Rascov means pocket of money, which would mean you have to leave some money here.
Some streets in the center of the village are still stone-made for hundreds of years ago. Just to compare, in Moldova’s capital Chisinau at that time, there were no stone-made streets.
Vadul-Rascov village is located about 160 km from Chisinau, and the last 50 km of the road are challenging. Depending on the group decision route could be shortened by starting in Japca Monastery or starting in Sanatauca + 7 km. Route goes all the way down the river to Soldanesti district, and team will stay overnight in authentic rural houses in the same garden with locals.
Kayaking distance: 37 km
Difficulty level: medium
Note: in case of south wind this route becomes challenging and difficulty increases to high.
Duration: 2 days
Accommodation: Rural Houses or Camping
The starting point will be decided depending on the group’s expectations about difficulty, overall group’s fit level and chosen by group accommodation.
- 07:30 Departure from Chisinau
- 11:00 Arriving at the starting point
- 11:10 Quick second breakfast
- 11:30 Kayaking Sanatauca (Japca) – Vadul Rascov 18 km (from Japca 14 km)
- 15:00 Lunch in Vadul Rascov
- 15:30 Excursion in the village
- With accommodation in tents:
- 18:30 Kayaking to Monastery +4 km;
- 19:30 Kayaking to campsite +1km
- Tents arrangement, collecting wood for the night fire;
- With accommodation in houses
- Check-in to stay over night houses;
- Excursion around houses, leaving the luggage
- Excursion to local museum in the village
- Jewish heritage tour including medieval cemetery visit.
- 20:00 Dinner & home made wine tasting
- free time
- 08:00 Breakfast
- 09:00 Hiking tour to Natural reservation;
- Unique in Moldova open mineral water spring;
- 300 years old caves in the reservation;
- 11:00 Kayaking to Tarasova/Solonceni (16 km);
- 14:30 Departure from Tarasova, Rezina District
- 15:40 Late lunch in Tipova
- 16:30 Excursion in Tipova Monastery
- 18:00 Departure to Chisinau
- 20:30 Arriving to Chisinau.
Before the group starts the instructions are done and each participant is trained:
- how to get into the kayak;
- how to get out of the kayak;
- how to pedal correctly;
- how to turn left-right;
- rules on who is sitting in the back and in the front;
- how to stop and park the kayak;
Each participants carry their kayak from the trailer to the river (20 meters).
After training is done, each participant signs an agreement for being responsible for himself and the other participants in his(her) boat.
There is absolutely no risk for people who can’t swim. the kayaks we use, are very stable, and during 4 years we have never had a case when the kayaks would overturn. The professional life vests are keeping the participants absolutely safe.
The average speed on the water is about 2 to 2.5 km/hour.
When route finishes, each participant gives back the kayak in a clean form and help to carry it to the trailer.
What is included:
- Medical insurance
- Instructor & Guide
- Food & water along the way
- Instructions for kayking
- Transportation with kayaks back to Sanatauca, Tipova and back to Chisinau
- Entrance ticket & Professional Guide in Tipova Monastery
- Tents, sleeping bags, and everything you need for camping
- Dry bags transportation in the car while group is on the water.
What to take with you
Kayaking means exposure to the sun almost the whole day. We recommend that you make sure you have the following things with you:
- swimsuit and sun protecting cream – if you want to catch a beautiful tan! or long-sleeved shirt and long pants if you want to protect yourself from the sun ( recommended);
- hat, sun protection cap (hat is preferred, to cover neck and ears), bandana to cover neck;
- warm clothes for the evening;
- comfortable shoes to get into the water;
- anti-mosquito cream/spray (only if you plan to stay overnight somewhere);
- bottle of water;
- gloves (as desired);
- zip-lock package, or a hermetic closing case – something for protecting your cell phone/camera from getting wet.
- some specific medicine (if necessary).
Food & drinking water
We take responsibility to arrange the drinking water and food along all the way. Please indicate your food preferences if any in advance, when registering.
Alcohol & drugs
Any form of alcohol consumption on the river, or getting in the kayak being drunk is strictly prohibited, and the money paid for the tour are not returned. Any form of drugs is strictly prohibited.
Standard groups are up to 17-20 people. In case of 40+ people, the estimation might be seriously different due to the increased logistics difficulty.
The maximum number of attendees we can process: 65 persons on kayaks + 45 bicycles (see cycling tours).
We use the best proven kayaks for multiple days tours, created in soviet time, and dressed in high quality PVC skin. Kayaks are stable and difficult to overturn, which makes it safe to go even for those who can’t swim and we can easily take kids elder than 6 years ( with parents) on board.
More details you can find in section about our fleet.
Environmental & Social Responsibility
We feel responsible for the clean nature around us. And always give some extra bags for garbage for each tour participant. The main rule – to leave less garbage than we found, in the place we go through.
The great thing about kayaking is we can visit remote hard to reach beaches that few people visit. At the first glance many of these beaches look pristine, but on closer examination traces of civilization can often be found in the plastic, Styrofoam, and garbage that floats in water.
When we find garbage we pack out what we can in our kayaks, especially Styrofoam as it can break down into tiny pieces that are next to impossible to collect if left in the elements. On our base camp tours our kayaks are not heavily packed so there is lots of room and on our explorer tours we create more room in our kayaks as the trip progresses and we eat through our supplies.
When unable to pack out items in our kayaks we will collect garbage and securely pile it and notify our representatives to pick it up.