Tofino Expeditions Awarded “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler

21 April 2014

Salem, ORTofino Expeditions, a tour company that offers worldwide sea kayaking trips, was recently recognized in National Geographic Traveler’s annual “Tours of a Lifetime” issue for their innovative new sea kayaking adventure in Venice, Italy. The May 2014 issue of the magazine features 50 of the world’s best guided expeditions from tour operators from around the world. Tofino Expeditions’ Italy-Kayaking Venice And The Laguna was named one of Europe’s best tours as part of the Tours of a Lifetime feature. The text below includes the accolade from National Geographic Traveler’s May 2014 issue:

Italy: Novel Venice

Venice on foot is romantic; on water it’s magic. Spend a week kayaking on the canals and around the barrier islands that protect the 212-square-mile lagoon. Rub shoulders with former gondoliers for a seafood luncheon at their clubhouse and a lesson in their paddling technique. Tofino Expeditions: “Kayaking Italy: The Venice Lagoon,” 8 days; $4,490;

About the tour: With Tofino Expeditions new Italy kayaking tours, travelers experience a fresh new perspective on some of the world’s most iconic sights and get to explore hidden places that the vast majority of visitors never get to see. Tofino Expeditions believes the best way to truly discover a culture is through the kitchen door. In Italy, the original home of slow food and locavore cuisine, travel experts at Tofino have found a wealth of delicious food creations based on the freshest ingredients. On each itinerary travelers experience a “best of” list of authentic dining experiences with a focus on regional specialties. A sampling might include local wine in Cinque Terra, freshly baked rosemary focaccia on the Riviera or fresh seafood dishes in the Laguna.

On Tofino’s tour of Venice, adventurers will discover a Venice that tourists never see as they explore both the city and the mysterious islands of the Laguna by kayak for eight days. For a totally unique experience, guests will learn to paddle a gondola at one of the oldest Venetian rowing clubs and be initiated into the private language of gondoliers. Other highlights include historical and cultural explorations--via kayak and on foot--of Venice’s famous islands like Murano, San Michele, Lido, San Spirito, San Clemente, Santa Maria della Grazia, and others as well as three nights spent in the brand new waterfront guest rooms at Compagnia della Vela Venezia, a private yacht club located on the basin of the Grand Canal that boasts spectacular views of Piazza San Marco. Guests will dine on freshly caught local seafood and other gourmet fare at favorite local eateries. For information about Tofino Expeditions Venice kayaking tours or other Italy kayaking tours, visit here.