Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

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Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

8 Days Starting in Palinuro and ending in Minori

Visiting: Italy, Amalfi Coast

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

MWO

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

From: $2775 $2699 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$76

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Tour Overview

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!

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

Itinerary

Day 1


The trip starts at our hotel in Palinuro, a lively picturesque village on the
southern coast of Cilento (approx.3 hours from Naples) named after the
mythical Palinuros, Aeneas' helmsman, who is supposedly buried here. Capo
Palinuro is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and impressive
underwater caves. The trip starts at our hotel in Palinuro, a lively
picturesque village on the southern coast of Cilento (approx. 3 hours drive
from Naples). The cycling route on Day 2 of these departures will be very
similar to the standard followed on the other departures, only slightly
shorter (50km, rather than 55km).



Day 2


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).



Day 3


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).



Day 4


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).



Day 5


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).



Day 6


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).



Day 7

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.
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Day 8

The trip finishes in Minori after breakfast.
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What's Included

  • All breakfasts 1 dinner

  • Local bike hire

  • All accommodation 

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • Airport transfers for group flights

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food


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 specialities which
suit your taste.

Accommodation

We stay at comfortable three- and four-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 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 regional cuisine and delicious local produce.



List of hotels normally used:



Palinuro: Albergo Santa Caterina or Hotel La Conchiglia

Casal Velino: Agriturismo Zio Cristoforo

Paestum: Hotel Villa Rita

Minori: Hotel Santa Lucia

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    The minimum age for this tour is 16 years old.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, our local guides are English speaking.

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    Exodus has been trading since 1974

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Reviews from travellers on this tour

Wonderful cycling

As the oldest member of our group I was slightly a

As the oldest member of our group I was slightly apprehensive about cycling the Amalfi coast before we started but Paolo, our guide, put us all at ease straight away. Every day was hugely enjoyable and Paolo was very informative about the local area and the Mediterranean diet. Breathtaking views around every corner!

One of the best cycling trips

This trip exceeded my expectations. The scenery wa

This trip exceeded my expectations. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful everywhere. The food was amazing, and the cycling was varied and fun.

Almalfi Coast

Excellent staff and support. Fantastic views, ridi

Excellent staff and support. Fantastic views, riding and lunches!

Cycle cilento & the amalfi coast

Fantastic trip, hard work (do some hill training b

Fantastic trip, hard work (do some hill training before going - it will make it all the more enjoyable) but the scenery and food make it so worthwhile. The guide, Paolo is fantastic, great local knowledge, especially when it comes to where to eat! We were told on the first day to forget the words "flat" and "diet"........he was right!

Memorable trip with amazing scenery and great guide

There is lots of variety in this trip - some light

There is lots of variety in this trip - some lighter days but also some quite challenging days of cycling, but you will be rewarded with some spectacular scenery. (Several people had e-bikes which made cycling together as a group much easier as variety of different levels of fitness).We were lucky to have a great group of people which made all the activities more enjoyable including breaks for swimming and beaching, visits to historical ruins, walking in beautiful Amalfi towns centres, visits to cathedrals and churches and hill top villages. Don't expect to lose weight on this holiday....lovely Italian food including pizza famous in Southern Italy. The trip was as successful as it was because of our wonderful guide Paolo.

Cilento and amalfi Coast cycling

A lovely ride, some challenges but never daunting.

A lovely ride, some challenges but never daunting. Suitable for all levels..e bikes, leisure riders and more competitive people. Stunning scenery but also great places of interest to visit...eg paestum, mozzarella farm, . Great food. Excellent, caring staff. Good to see cliento...less known than the amalfi Coast so less crowded but a beautiful bit of Italy. Good to have time on the last day to see the amalfi Coast by boat...very different view of the landscape.

Cycle Cilento, Amalfi Coast

This was the first Exodus trip I've done and I can

This was the first Exodus trip I've done and I can honestly say it's one of the best holidays I've ever had. Our tour guide, Alessandro, was EXCELLENT, so helpful, hard working, knowledgable and friendly. Nothing was too much bother, he really did go the extra mile to ensure we all had a great holiday sharing all his local knowledge and taking us to some fantastic places. If you like mountainous national parks, stunning coast lines, amazing food and some golden sun then this is the tour for you! The only thing I would say is that there are definitely some steep ascents involved so if you're not feeling 100% energetic an e-bike might be a good option for you (as I opted for & highly appreciated - although all the others in my group who opted for a normal bike seemed fine with this option too so just a personal preference at the end of the day). I should also say, Raffaele, our driver was GREAT too. A fantastic trip - highly recommend and a big thank you to Alessandro, Raffaele and all at Exodus!!!!

Amalfi Cycle Ride 10th-17th October 2015

Outstanding for both my wife and I. This is Italy

Outstanding for both my wife and I. This is Italy's equivalent to the French Riviere. A must for all to do. And by being on a bike you take in so much more of what is around you.

CYCLE CILENTO & AMALFI

Stunning scenery, knowleagable guide and the only

Stunning scenery, knowleagable guide and the only way (apart from walking which would take a lot longer) to see Southern Italy.  Weather was disappointing but the guide used his experience and knowledge of the area to take appropriate decisions regarding safety and overall enjoyment of the holiday.

Another fantastic holiday.

A superb opportunity to cycle through the Albanian

A superb opportunity to cycle through the Albanian mountains. Great food, cheap beer and lovely weather. Tremendous.

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