Kayaking Italy – Cinque Terre and Sardinia

Our Cinque Terre and Sardinia trip combines the Mediterranean’s best kayaking, scenery and food. Starting in Genoa, the birthplace of Columbus, this trip takes you through the brilliant blue water of the Italian Riviera to Cinque Terre National Park. You’ll paddle the dramatic coastline of the five villages, stopping to sample classic local cuisine like warm focaccia bread with pesto and, of course, vino delle Cinque Terre. Short hikes take you through hills covered with vineyards and scented with wild oregano where you’ll visit local food producers and enjoy the very best of Ligurian cuisine in rustic villages. The beauty of Cinque Terre can’t be overstated and our pace allows you to enjoy the vistas and savor the subtle details.


Kayaking Cinque Terre village of Vernazza

Returning to Genoa we board the overnight ferry to Sardinia for the start of your exploration of the Maddalena Archipelago, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Paddling island to island through La Maddelena’s warm crystal clear water, you’ll explore the many small coves framed by surreal rock formations, hike to ancient ruins of a history that goes back to the Phoenicians, and visit small villages to sample artisanal food and wine. Sardinia blends spectacular beaches and seascapes with distinctive culture and character that is all its own. Returning by night ferry to Genoa, we stay in the city’s labyrinthine old quarter that dates back to the Middle Ages. You’ll explore the Porto Antico that resonates with the history of Genoa’s pivotal role in the Mediterranean world.

Kayaking Sardinia Maddalena Archipelago

Kayaking Sardinia Maddalena Archipelago

This is a remarkable paddling trip that spans two different regions of Italy with scenery to rival anything else in the world. Everyday ends in a gorgeous boutique hotel or guesthouse where you can sit and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine and a meal of the finest local Mediterranean cuisine. Definitely la dolce vita…

Note: Most departures of this trip are led by Tofino Expeditions founder Grant Thompson.


Kayaking Cinque Terre -Lunch stop in Vernazza

Kayaking Cinque Terre -Lunch stop in Vernazza

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