09:30 am Meeting at Canoe-Station in Jena, Am Gries
The meeting location for your tour is the entry-point in Jena, Am Gries closeby the bridge “Griesbrücke”. For arriving by car, there are parking lots available on site. In case of arriving by public transportation, exit at the train station “Saalbahnhof” or the tram station “Spittelplatz”.
09:45 am Handing out boats and equipment at the entry-point
Here our team will equip you with a life-vest, paddle and waterproof packing bin. After a short safety and route instruction you are good to go.
09:45 am Non-guided paddle-tour to Camburg
You can expect a relaxed, non-guided paddle-tour in the Saale valley.
04:00 pm Arriving in Dorndorf-Steudnitz, returning the boats and equipment at the end of the tour
On arriving in the early afternoon in Dorndorf-Steudnitz, our team welcomes you and returning the boats will take place.
04:27 pm Taking the train back to Jena with DB Regio
As transportation to Jena (Saalbahnhof) we currently recommend the safe and sustainable ride with the Regionalbahn train (VMT Ticket 4,40 € / adult, children until the age of 6 free of charge, Th. University students free of charge, departing every 60 mins). The train station in Camburg is only a walk of couple of minutes away from the exit-point, the 14-minute train ride ends at Saalbahnhof, close to the meeting location. (Lavatories and Wi-Fi available in the trains, Mandatory: Face Mask for using public transportation).
The transportation back to Jena using a taxi can also be booked via our cooperation partner (~ 50,00 € / van for max. 8 persons).
Guests organising the ride back privately or those who want to place a car at the tour destination, can find the location here: https://goo.gl/maps/ABSWaba4hNsHZSoz6
Jena – Camburg
This tour begins in the vibrant city of Jena at the “Gries-Bridge” and goes in the direction of Porstendorf.
Throughout the tour you will experience 3 or 4 “Pass-around Points” for which you will have to exit the river with your canoe, and re-enter a short distance down stream.
As you make your way down the Saale River and surrounding forests, you may catch a glimpse of several native animals; the turquoise river kingfisher, various types of heron, cormorants and/or nutrias all in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you may even see turtles and European Otters!
Before you reach Porstendorf the river splits into two branches. You can choose between the shorter, more vigorous branch, and a longer, more scenic route. The short tour passes a camping site and beer garden at Porstendorf, and the longer tour goes along the old river branch of the Saale making its way passed the Rabeninsel or “Raven’s Island”.
Nearing Dornburg you can see to your left the Dornburger Palaces: the Renaissance Castle, the Rococo Castle and the Old Castle, where Johann Wolfgang Goethe used to vacation.
Throughout the tour you will paddle by small islands, and experience small rapids, which keep the tour adventurous. Form Dornburg to Camburg the Saale continues to wind through the Saale River Valley along impressive cliffs and teaming forests.
The trip ends in Camburg at the “Wasseranderplatz” picnic area, just before the dam
- Safety instruction und rules of paddling on rivers
- Introduction in the handling of the boats and paddling-techniques
- Route-explanation and notes on pass-around points and locks
- A relaxing trip in the Saale valley
- Duration: approx. 7 hours
- Organized boat transfer
- Canoe, kayak or raft
- Life-jackets / swimming vests
- Waterproof luggage-box
- Appropriate clothes / shoes according to weather conditions
- i.e. sunscreen / headgear
- 2nd outfit / towel
- Weekend: 9:30 o´clock
- Weekday: negotiable