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Portofino Long Week End Food & Wine Sea Kayaking Tour
- People (18+) Part of an open group. Max. 8 people.
The picturesque landscape of the Italian Riviera!
The Portofino area is a wonderful place to experience the unique landscape. Crystalline blue and emerald waters are great for sea kayaking. You will reach places where to enjoy beauty, peace and quiet, far from the crowd.
Portofino is the most known fishing village on the Italian Riviera thanks to being the favorite place of the rich and famous during its 1950s heyday.
Given the nature of the trip, anyone with a good level of fitness (e.g. being able to walk for 5 miles every day) can participate.
16/17 year olds are welcome if accompanied by their parents or guardian.
A warm, Italian, welcome awaits you in the heart of Rapallo, where the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was born in 1817. At 5pm we’ll meet and begin chatting about the weekend itinerary over an aperitivo. We’ll bring the maps, the weather forecast and start to create an experience to remember.
After the discussion, we’ll wander through the village to a local restaurant to begin a vital part of the trip. Enjoying beautiful food and wine!
Trip briefing: 5 pm
Dinner: Local restaurant
So it begins. After a good night’s sleep and a cappuccino or two at breakfast our adventure starts. There will be a practical briefing about how things will happen on the water. Technique, group management and safety issues will all be included.
We then head towards Santa Margherita Ligure and then paddle into, and around, one of the most famous harbors in the world, the beautiful, little village of Portofino.
After enjoying the views and a great focaccia or a gelato, or both, we’ll paddle back to our starting point.
Dinner: Local restaurant
Today we’ll continue our kayaking exploration starting from the little village of Recco, famous for its Focaccia al formaggio, and then onwards to Camogli, a village full of color, only a short paddle away.
We’ll then paddle along the coast to the 13th-century abbey of San Fruttuoso. Here we’ll find the original ‘Christ of the Abyss’, a statue placed on the seabed in the 1950s.
After enjoying the views and the history of this magical place we’ll journey back to our starting point.
Dinner: Local restaurant
After one more breakfast together we’ll take you to the train station at Rapallo. From here it’s very easy to get connected to other services.
As we know the local area very well, if there are other places that interest you we’ll pass on any knowledge we have of your planned travels or, alternately, remain with us for an extended kayaking trip to the Cinque Terre!
Your accommodation will be in double room with en suite in characteristic hotels and bed and breakfast located in quite areas with great sea views where you will be able to rest and relax in company with friends and a local glass of wine.
You take total advantage of being in the country that’s arguably the food capital of the world.
Lunchtime: we take a break from kayaking/hiking where it’s just strolling distance to a village taverna or a market providing fresh, seasonal produce. Not included.
Dinnertime: We will dine in local restaurants tasting local hand made dishes and wines. Included.
- Sun hat
- Water flask (refilling water wherever possible helps us reduce the amount of plastic bottles used)
- Lightweight towel
- Old trainers or water shoes
- Light clothes easy to dry (no cotton) as well as some long-sleeve rash vests
- Rain jacket. It is good to have in just in case.
- Mosquito repellent
- Waterproof camera (optional)
- Waterproof case for your phone, passport, cards, and cash
- Any medication needed
- Remember to bring your smile!
One major difference between Italy and some other cultures, such as the USA, is the subject of tips. Italian workers in the tourism industry earn a living wage that is not reliant on tips to bring their wage up to a reasonable level. It’s not that they are insulted if you tip them, it’s just that it is not a requirement to do so. If you feel that you have received good service, it will be seen as very nice of you to show your appreciation by leaving a tip.
I have no kayaking experience; is this trip for me?
Anyone with at least moderate fitness can participate. We only require you to be confident in getting wet for an unexpected swim.
Once on the beach and when you are properly fitted into your kayak, you are given a full safety briefing and basic introduction to the paddling technique. On the water, we paddle as a group. You learn to paddle by doing it under the guide’s coaching tips. We will be kayaking for around one hour, at a relaxed pace, before the first stop.
I am an experienced paddler; will I find this trip challenging enough?
It depends on what challenges you. As an experienced paddler, you will be free to always roam in a safe ‘chatting distance’. While the less-experienced will swim and relax, you might prefer to practice your roll or improve your rescue and paddling technique.
Where do we go?
We discuss the paddling itinerary together on our Saturday meeting.
Where and if we will be able to paddle will depend on the strength and direction of the wind. If the sea conditions are not safe, we enjoy the views while hiking the island!
Are vegetarians welcome?
Every meal will be local, therefore it will be mainly fish and seafood-based dishes.
There are always different options; just let us know.
Are non-paddling partners welcome to join the tour?
Yes. They might need an independent kind of transportation.
What is there to do besides paddling?
Hike one of the many walking trails in and around the villages; go to a different beach every day; hire a mountain bike, scooter, or car; take some photos or draw; go shopping!