Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre Kayak

About the Experience

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, the towns seem like a collection of pastel coloured 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” 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. Byron, 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.

Strung along 18km of serrated cliffs between Levanto and La Spezia, the Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s finest natural treasures which is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding scenic and cultural value. These five villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – are framed by mountains teeming with olive groves and dry-stone-walled vineyards.

Clear warm water invites you to swim at nearly every stop so you will have time to snorkel or simply relax in the sun. Each afternoon you will find yourself within a beautiful town of winding streets to wander and discoveries to make. Every evening features an intimate local restaurant for you to sample the region’s best food. 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.

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Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre Kayak

About the Experience

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, the towns seem like a collection of pastel coloured 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” 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. Byron, 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.

Strung along 18km of serrated cliffs between Levanto and La Spezia, the Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s finest natural treasures which is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding scenic and cultural value. These five villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – are framed by mountains teeming with olive groves and dry-stone-walled vineyards.

Clear warm water invites you to swim at nearly every stop so you will have time to snorkel or simply relax in the sun. Each afternoon you will find yourself within a beautiful town of winding streets to wander and discoveries to make. Every evening features an intimate local restaurant for you to sample the region’s best food. 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.

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Day One: Arrival & Exploring the Old City of Genoa

Arrive in Genoa from Rome or Florence after 2pm. After settling into your room, you’ll have time to explore the wonderfully narrow streets of the old city. Genoa’s history as a trading power goes back to the time of the first Crusade and elements of the old city reflect its long connection with cultures of northern Africa. You will meet your group in the hotel lobby at 5pm. Dinner tonight is at a beautiful trattoria and wine bar.

 

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Day Two: Recco, Camogli and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso

Boarding the shuttle van, your group will drive along the Riviera through beautiful beach towns and by pastel coloured villas, all the while seeing enticing glimpses of Mediterranean blue water in the Gulf of Genoa. Arriving at the launch point in the town of Recco, you’ll have an introduction to kayaking before setting off. The first stop is in the town of Camogli, and after some refreshment, you’ll continue along the coast to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. A short walk uphill takes you to the Rifugio Agritoursimo where you’ll enjoy a farm fresh meal and stay the night.

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Day Three: Portofino and Sestri Levante

Setting off along the coast of Parco Naturale Regionale Portofino, your first destination is famous Portofino. Dating back to Roman times, it has long been Italy’s premier coastal resort and still attracts celebrities from around the world. You’ll paddle into the famously beautiful harbour and stop for a gelato before continuing to the Santa Margherita Ligure. A short drive takes you to the beautiful Villa Bardi – a family-owned coastal farm stay that will be your destination for the night.

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Day Four: Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare

Drive along the Riviera coast to Monterosso al Mare, the first of the five ‘Cinque Terre’ towns. You will launch the kayaks here and get your first taste of the rugged beauty that is the coast of the Cinque Terre National Park. Your destination for the night is Corniglia – the most unique of the five villages, given its location perched high on a promontory surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces, revealing itself like a castle set atop the cliffs, overlooking the sea.

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Day Five: Cinque Terre,  Vernazza and Corniglia

Continue your exploration of Cinque Terre National Park. As your kayak glides through the warm blue water, along steep cliffs topped with vineyards, the panorama of Cinque Terre will unfold before you. Take time to visit the villages, explore narrow alleyways and climb up to the vineyards for a view that captures the iconic scenery of Cinque Terre. You will return to Corniglia, soaking in the sunset while sampling local wine and dining on the terrace of your hotel.

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Day Six: Cinque Terre, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Portovenere

After breakfast and espresso, you make your way to your kayak and continue discovering Cinque Terre. After passing through Manarola’s waterfront, you’ll paddle alongside the famous Via dell’Amore (the Road of Love) before landing in Riomaggore. You’ll have time to explore this scenic town before setting off along a stretch of coast that leads to the “sixth village” of Cinque Terre. Rounding the point you will enter the harbour of Portovenere, a dramatic point topped by castle walls and an 11th century church. Your ultimate destination is a waterfront hotel. After landing, there will be time to explore before a final Riviera dinner.

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Day Seven: Portovenere and La Spezia

After a relaxed breakfast on the hotel’s terrace you’ll be transferred to La Spezia Centrale railway station. From this rail hub it is easy to return to Genoa Airport or continue on to popular destinations in Tuscany and beyond.

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