Kayaking The Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre

The Italian Riviera  and Cinque Terre – La Riviera di Levante is one of the most magically beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Steeped in history and set against a rough mountain background the towns of the Riviera seem like a series pastel colored jewels set against the vivid blue of the Mediterranean and backed by rugged mountains. To explore this area by kayak is to experience the “Marineria” (the life of the sea) that is at the heart and soul of this special place. Warm water, sun drenched beaches, great food and the harmony of life at the sea’s edge have attracted artists, poets and writers for over two centuries. Bryon, Shelley, D.H. Lawrence, Hans Christian Andersen and Virginia Woolf came here to write and today visitors from all over the world are drawn by the Riviera life

Kayaking the Riviera lets us observe both the subtle details and the grand vistas of this unique place and at a pace that also allows us the time immerse ourselves in the culture. With a focus on locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine this trip is really a feast for the senses. We take time to enjoy snacks of crispy, warm, freshly-baked focaccia scented with rosemary, a glass or two of chilled local white wine and, the very best reward at the end of a paddling day, a frosted cup of gelato!  Clear warm water invites us to swim at nearly every stop and we’ll have time to snorkel or simply relax in the sun.

Each afternoon finds us in a beautiful town with winding streets to wander and discoveries to make while every evening we go out to an intimate local restaurant to sample the best food the area has to offer.  This summer take time to slow life down to the pace of a paddle stroke and experience the beauty and culture of Italy from a truly unique perspective.


- Genoa’s Old City (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

-  Portofino

- The Abbey of San Fruttuoso

- The Sanctuary of Montallegro

- The Five Villages of Cinque Terre  (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

- Portvenere (on the NY Times list of “Places to Visit in 2013″)

- Wine tasting and great local cuisine


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It’s Elizabeth, the rookie kayaker from New York City, the one who was full of curious questions just six short weeks ago. Let me tell you, I did indeed have the time of my life. It was fantastic–I expected...

Beth Lochtefeld, New York NY

This was my first experience sea kayaking , and it was great! I have been on a number of trips with other adventure travel outfitters – Tofino Expeditions is class operation.

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