Kayaking Italy – Cinque Terre and Sardinia
Our kayaking Italy – Cinque Terre and Sardinia trip combines the Mediterranean’s best kayaking, scenery and food. Starting in Genoa, the birthplace of Columbus, this trip takes us along the coast of the Italian Riviera to the singular beauty of Cinque Terre National Park where we’ll paddle the dramatic coastline of the five villages stopping to sample local cuisine like warm focaccia bread with pesto and of course vino delle Cinque Terre. Short hikes take us through vineyards and olive groves scented with wild oregano where we’ll visit local food producers and enjoy farm-cooked meals. The beauty of Cinque Terra can’t be overstated and our pace allows us to enjoy the vistas and savor the subtle details.
Returning to Genoa we board the overnight ferry to Sardinia and the start of our exploration of the Maddalena Archipelago, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site (one of three on this trip). Paddling island to island through La Maddelena’s warm clear blue water we’ll explore the many crystal coves framed by surreal rock formations, hike to ancient ruins of a history that goes back to the Phoenicians, visit small farms to sample artisanal food and wine. Sardinia blends spectacular beaches and seascapes with a pastoral landscape ashore, Sardinians are known as Pastori. Returning by night ferry to Genoa, we stay in the city’s labyrinthine old quarter that dates back to the middle ages.
Kayaking Italy – Cinque Terre and Sardinia is a remarkable paddling trip though scenery to rival anything else in the world. Everyday ends in a gorgeous boutique hotel or guesthouse where we 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: This trip is led by Tofino Expeditions founder Grant Thompson.
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