kyak2Who doesn’t dream of visiting Italy? By land? By sea!  It probably doen’t matter, so long as one can return, time and time again.  And with each return visit comes a chance to view this sublime country in a new light.  Landlubbers beware!  Sea lovers have a golden opportunity to take an unparalleled look at Cinque Terra National Park and the Italian Riviera. This sea kayaking tour includes a locavore experience of Liguiria’s famous gastronomic and wine culture as well as intimate access to breathtaking landscapes.

it3Life of the Sea

With a trip length of 5 days, the tour is a great add-on to an Italian summer vacation. The Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre–La Riviera di Levante–displays one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Steeped in history with the dramatic mountainous background, the towns of the Riviera seem like a series pastel colored jewels set against the vivid blue of the Mediterranean. On this tour, paddlers will experience the “Marineria” (the life of the sea) that is at the heart and soul of this destination. it1Warm water, sun drenched beaches, great food and the harmony of life at the sea’s edge have attracted artists, poets and writers for more than two centuries. Kayaking the Riviera offers travelers the chance to observe Italy’s subtle features and grand, sweeping views at a pace that also affords a truly immersivecultural experience.

Food, Wine, and Water

With a focus on locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine, this tour is truly a feast for the senses. Guests savor delicacies like crispy and warm, freshly-baked focaccia scented with rosemary, a glass or two of local chilled white wine, and a frosted cup of gelato. The warm waters of the Riviera invite travelers to swim, snorkel, or relax on the beach and take in the scenery. After a day of exploration, participants explore beautiful coastal towns where they can wander the streets for unique discoveries and dine at an intimate local restaurant.kayak6

abbeyWorld Heritage Sites

Highlights of the tour include explorations of Genoa’s Old City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Portofino, The Abbey of San Fruttuoso, the five Villages of Cinque Terre (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), wine tastings, and more.

If you go:

Dates: July 17-21, July 31-August 4th, 2013. Cost: $1995 per person.

 

About Tofino Expeditions

Founded by veteran adventurer Grant Thompson, Tofino Expeditions has guided commercial sea kayaking tours since 1988, making them one of the most experienced companies in the business. The company was the very first to provide guided paddling tours of Vancouver Island’s west coast, which is now a destination on the life list of paddlers around the world. The company guides trips along the world’s finest coasts in Baja, British Columbia, Croatia, Brazil, Vietnam, Norway, Italy, and the Galapagos Islands.

Contact: Tofino Expeditions