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Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

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Cycle from the unspoilt and quiet Cilento to the UNESCO Amalfi Coast

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast.

Cycling is a great way to explore the stunning natural and cultural treasures of Campania. This tour takes us through the best routes and contrasts of the region, from the relatively unknown and unspoilt Cilento to the popular lively Amalfi Coast. The Cilento National Park is largely undisturbed by the 21st Century and as we cycle through quaint fishing villages we realise that the traditional way of life is still very evident. We also visit the Greco-Roman city of Paestum, with its three major Doric style temples, before heading to the lovely town of Minori on the Amalfi Coast. Here we cycle on some of the most scenic routes in the world, while visiting beautiful towns including Positano and of course Amalfi itself. All the cycling will help to build our appetite for the fine food that the area is famous for!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts 1 dinner
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers for group flights
* Local bike rental

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover the rugged nature of Cilento National Park
  • Cycle along the stunning Amalfi Coast
  • Enjoy the Italian warm hospitality and succulent cuisine
  • Explore the beautiful towns of Amalfi and Ravello
  • 6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night agriturismo
  • 5 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • Group normally 5‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Mainly undulating with a few steady climbs; 100% tarmac roads
  • Local bike rental included
  • E-bike upgrade available on request
  1. Day 1 Start in Palinuro, on the southern coast of Cilento N.P.

    The trip starts at our hotel in Palinuro, a lively picturesque village on the southern coast of Cilento (approx. 3 hours drive from Naples). Capo Palinuro is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and impressive underwater caves. The cycling route on Day 2 of these departures will be very similar to the standard followed on the other departures, only slightly shorter.

  2. Day 2 Cycle along the most unspoilt stretch of coastline in Southern Italy, then inland to the Mingardo Canyon and abandoned village of San Severino.

    We start early in the morning with a scenic circular ride along the Southern Coast of the Cilento National Park, the most unspoilt stretch of coastline in southern Italy, offering spectacular views of the Gulf of Policastro. We arrive in the lovely coastal town of Marina di Camerota for a short break and then climb inland to the amazingly located village of San Giovanni a Piro. We cycle around the impressive Mt Bulgheria and to the Mingardo canyon before making our way back to Palinuro. Cycle approx. 60km (ascent +1100m, descent -1100m).

  3. Day 3 Ride to Capo Palinuro then to the mediaeval village of Pisciotta; descend to the coast and Casalvelino.

    From Marina di Camerota we follow the beautiful coastline to the peninsula of Capo Palinuro to the mediaeval village of Pisciotta, famous for its delicious olive oil which we will taste. From here we climb gently to the town of Ascea. En route back to the coast, we cycle past the ancient Greek settlement of Velia with its ‘Pink gate’, dating back to the 4th Century BC, before heading to the plain of Casalvelino, where we stay in a lovely agriturismo. Cycle approx. 40km (ascent +550m, descent -500m).

  4. Day 4 Undulating ride through coastal villages; stop for lunch and optional swim ; continue on to Paestum with its 6th Century BC Greek ruins.

    Today we enjoy one of the finest rides in Italy as we leave the Casalvelino plain behind and cycle through picturesque coastal villages to Acciaroli, a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. We stop for lunch in Santa Maria di Castellabate, where there is the opportunity for a swim in the sea. In the afternoon we enjoy the final section of our route to Agropoli, a charming town overlooking the sea, and ride to our hotel, just a stone’s throw away from the 6th Century BC Greek temples of Paestum. Cycle approx. 60km (ascent +650m; descent -675m).

  5. Day 5 Train to Salerno; scenic ride to Minori, our base for the next three nights.

    This morning we have time to visit Paestum’s well-preserved temples and amphitheatre. We will also have the opportunity to taste the famous local fresh buffalo mozzarella at lunch, before taking a train to Salerno, the gateaway to the Amalfi Coast. In the afternoon we ride one the most scenic coastal roads in the world to the Minori. Along the way we stop in the fishing village of Cetara, famous for its delicious tuna and anchovies. We then continue to Capo d’Orso, offering breathtaking views over the Amalfi Coast and Capri. From here it’s mainly downhill as we cycle past dramatic cliffs and scented lemon terraces to the coastal villages of Maiori and finally Minori, our base for the last three nights. Cycle approx. 22km (ascent +250m; descent -250m).

  6. Day 6 Cycle along the 'Strada Amalfitana' to Amalfi, Praiano and Positano; climb inland to the Colli di San Pietro for great views over the Bay of Naples; return to Minori via Amalfi.

    This morning we ride along the scenic coastal road to Amalfi, where we have time for a short stroll.The town has been popular with the British since Edwardian times, when the upper classes viewed the town as a pleasant place to spend their winters. The large Duomo dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. We then continue to Furore, Praiano and on to Positano, a near vertical town of colourful buildings. The route offers fantastic views of the whole peninsula, including the island of Capri. We then make a beautiful climb to the Colli di San Pietro, on the ridge between the Bay of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. Time permitting, your leader may decide to extend this ride to Sorrento. There are several options for lunch, before we cycle back to Positano, Amalfi and finally Minori in time for the sunset. Cycle approx. 56km (ascent +1000m; descent -1000m).

  7. Day 7 Free day to relax on the beach at Minori, visit Ravello and Amalfi, take a boat trip to Capri or visit Pompeii and Vesuvius.

    A day off the bike to relax in Minori. Alternatively, you could take a guided walk to glorious Ravello, enjoy a boat trip to the island of Capri or visit the iconic UNESCO sights of Pompeii and Vesuvius.**

  8. Day 8 End Minori.

    The trip finishes in Minori after breakfast.**

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Where you stay

Hotels and agriturismo

We stay at comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels with en suite facilities plus one night in a charming ‘agriturismo’ – a beautifully converted farmhouse. The hotels have been chosen for their warm hospitality and their typical Italian character. All hotels have either a swimming pool or a beach nearby which will be greatly appreciated in summer. Most of the hotels have restaurants serving typical regional cuisine and delicious local produce.

List of hotels normally used:

King’s Residence Hotel, Palinuro

Agriturismo Zio Cristoforo, Casal Velino

Hotel Villa Rita, Paestum

Hotel Santa Lucia, Minori

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 dinner included.

Breakfast is normally continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee. Lunches usually consist of a light meal such as a sandwich or a mix of delicious appetizers taken in small traditional cafes along the route. The evening meals will be taken in a variety of local restaurants or at the hotels, where the standard is excellent. Most of the regional specialities in this area are prepared with delicious fresh produce and ingredients such as aubergines, tomatoes, olives, peppers and cheese in all forms (smoked, mature or soft like mozzarella!). The Amalfi Coast also boasts some of the world’s finest fish cuisine and ‘scialatielli ai frutti di mare’ (fresh ribbon-shaped pasta with seafood) is one of the staple dishes worth trying! The a-la-carte menus available in most restaurants recommended by your local leader will give you an opportunity to sample a great range of local specialties which suit your taste.

This trip is classified Road, Activity Level: 3/Moderate

Riding is all on tarmac (some sections may be pot-holed). The route is maily undulating with a few steady hills and some steeper more challenging uphill sections of 4-7 km. We cycle mainly on quiet roads, although they get much busier around Amalfi and Positano. A moderate level of fitness and some training are required prior the trip.

Special e-bike departure

Please note that while electric bikes are always available on request for a supplement, we will run a special e-bike departure on the 20th July 2019, where only e-bikes will be available to hire (supplement included in the selling price). Electric bikes provide all the benefits of a normal bike but having power assistance means you will be able to exert less during the ride and hilly sections.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Amazing Trip-

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Conversations with some of the other members of the group.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He was simply the best-always making sure we were taken care of in every respect. He was enthusiastic and a really wonderful person to connect with.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are in good shape otherwise get an ebike! Make sure you bring some cash as some places will not take card for drinks etc.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I did not love the agritourismo on the 3rd night. IT was kind of dumpy and the people were not very friendly. I think this was a consensus among the group.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
4/5

Another fantastic holiday.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The last day was a fantastic challenge.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    A lovely person, helpful and kind. A real gent.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Tale a small towel to wipe away the sweat!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

First cycling holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of those bloody hills!!!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro was amazing he was like one of the group
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train before you book at least 6 weeks

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Superb Cycle Trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the highest point along the Amalfi Coastal road and stopping to look back along the coast where we had cycled from.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro was extremely attentive, a fountain of knowledge and had a great sense of humour. He had some unique insights into Cilento - his local region where he also farms. He effortlessly managed to knit together a group with mixed levels of fittness.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The support van is never that far away and there is a small bag on the bike so there is no need to take a rucksack, pump tools etc. Just a water bottle (refilled from the van whenever required), small camera and wallet. I took SPDs and shoes which are great if you use them.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

One of the best cycling trips

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the home of the Mediterranean diet was inspirational. Not only was it interesting information, but Pioppi is pretty much paradise, and we had some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten for lunch with one of the best views on the entire planet. The picnic on the beach of fresh bread, mozzarella, tomatoes and strawberries was pretty special too.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paolo was an excellent leader, so well organized he made it look easy. He managed the different abilities of the group well, picked the perfect places to eat and was always full of local knowledge.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As long as you can ride 30 miles or so and go up a decent hill, the cycling is fine. Going in April is lovely as it is much quieter (although the Amalfi coast was still very busy) and there are wildflowers everywhere. However, it's a bit cold for swimming, and you need clothing for variable weather. Most days were warm and sunny though.

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