Transfer to Cinque Terre Monterosso, Vernaza and Corniglia
Boarding our van, we will drive along the Italian Riviera through beautiful beach towns and past pastel colored villas all the while enjoying enticing glimpses of Mediterranean blue waters of the Gulf of Genoa. Arriving at our launch point at Monterosso, the first village of the Cinque Terre (Five Lands), we’ll have a brief but comprehensive introduction to the kayaks before setting off. Loading our kayaks with items needed for the day’s paddling (luggage will be transferred to the hotel by van), we’ll begin paddling the coast of Cinque Terre National Park. As we glide through warm blue water, the panorama of Cinque Terre unfolds before us – steep cliffs topped with vineyards along which the towns are set a few kilometers apart. Our first stop is the picturesque village of Vernazza. After landing on the beach in the town’s small harbor, we’ll explore narrow alleyways and climb into the vineyards for a view that captures the iconic scenery of Cinque Terre. After lunch, we’ll re-board the kayaks for the paddle to Corniglia. As we skirt the shoreline, Corniglia reveals itself like a castle atop cliffs overlooking the sea. After landing and perhaps a refreshing swim, we’ll make the short climb up ancient stairs into the village proper where numerous winding paths lead to expansive views in all directions. This evening we’ll take in the sunset while sampling local wine and dining on the terrace of our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Cecio Corniglia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner