Best Ocean Trip Runner-Up: Paddle Italy’s Cinque Terre

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The colorful harbor at Cinque Terre.     Photo: JeniFoto/Shutterstock

Many travelers cycle or hike their way down coastal Italy, gazing out at the turquoise Mediterranean. Very few get on the water. On Tofino Expeditions’ 11-day trip down the astonishing Ligurian coast, explore a promised land of grapes, olives, and anchovies. After a night’s stay at an organic farm in the hills outside Genoa, paddle roughly eight miles a day along Cinque Terre National Park, passing 11th-century churches, swimming off empty beaches, and hiking up to sleepy villages where you’ll stop for sustenance—fresh fish, focaccia slathered in pesto, and vino delle Cinque Terre. $4,490.

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