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Italy: Paddling around Cinque Terre and Sardinia by kayak

November 29, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • A sea kayaker approaches Riomaggiore, one of villages in Italy's Cinque Terre section.
A sea kayaker approaches Riomaggiore, one of villages in Italy's… (Tofino Expeditions )

Gondolas aren't the only way to see Italy by water. Oregon-based Tofino Expeditions offers a new sea kayaking tour that introduces paddlers to the Mediterranean coastal villages of the Cinque Terre and the waters off Sardinia. 

The 11-day trip, led by Tofino founder Grant Thompson, begins and ends in Genoa. Participants take the train south to the Italian Riviera and begin day-long paddle tours to Vernazza and Corniglia, where paddlers spend the night, and then to Portovenere and Montersso. There's a fair amount of touring on foot too, mostly to visit ancient churches, vineyards and waterfront restaurants.

Participants return to Genoa and then take a ferry to Sardinia for more kayaking, this time the turquoise waters of La Maddalena Archipelago National Park.

Dates: Tours depart June 3 and Sept. 16.

Price: $4,495 per person, double occupancy. It includes lodgings, meals, ferry tickets, airport transfers, ground transportation, sea kayaks and equipment, support van and guide. International airfare is extra.

Info: Tofino Expeditions, (800) 677-0877
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