Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

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Trip code: 
MWO
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Cycle from the unspoilt and quiet Cilento to the UNESCO 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!

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

Key information

  • 6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night agriturismo
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 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 hire included
  • E-bike or hire available on request

What's included

  • All breakfasts 1 dinner
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local city taxes
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
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1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 100% tarmac

Day by day breakdown
Day 260.0km/37.0miles
Day 340.0km/24.0miles
Day 460.0km/37.0miles
Day 522.0km/13.0miles
Day 656.0km/34.0miles

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Itinerary

Palinuro
to
Minori
  • 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. Please note that the departures on the7th and 14th October 2017 will start in the lovely seaside town of Marina di Camerota. The cycling route on Day 2 of these departures will be very similar to the standard followed on the other departures, only slightly shorter.

  • 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Minori.

    The trip finishes in Minori after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

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 specialities which suit your taste.

Weather

Southern Italy is characterised by a hot, dry climate in summer, with cooler but slightly damper spring and autumn periods, and at coastal levels mild, damp winters. Rainfall is more common in the winter months with an average of one day in three affected. Unseasonable cold spells are possible at any time of year, during which time you will need warm clothes. It is very important to be equipped for cooler weather in early and late season departures.

Is this trip for you?

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.

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Accommodation

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

 

 

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  • Reviewed October 2017
    Chris Kelly

    First cycling holiday

    This was my first cycling holiday and what a way to start. Firstly let me start by talking about the guide & driver/mechanic These guys made the holiday always went above & beyond nothing was too much trouble holiday was amazing disagree with the rating of 3 was hard but you need to push yourself. Thanks again guys great job 👍🏻

    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 September 2017
    Sarah Byrom

    Cycle Cilento, Amalfi Coast

    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!!!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cilento national park Amalfi coastline Ravello Amazing food!!
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Adam Espir

    MWO Amalfi Coast

    Excellent trip ; the food and the scenery were the highlights !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    cycling along the coast...sea, sunshine, laid back atmosphere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Very calm & quiet, and had everything under control.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you enjoy Italy, good food, amazing views of the sea with Italian villages and lemon groves you will enjoy this trip. On the last day do the walk to Revalo, the views from the Villa's are incredible.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Judith Weaver

    Cilento to Amalfi bike tour

    This is a fairly challenging trip though extraordinarily gorgeous country. The hotels were much better than I expected, This was my second week with Exodus as I had just finished the Florence to Luca ride. This tour was a perfect compliment to the former. The food and dining was, squisito! You have not t lived until you have drunk a cappuccino with buffalo milk.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Surviving the Amalfi coast on a bicycle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro was superb. He is organized, informative, helpful. He is also a very strong cyclist and kept constant watch over everyone's safety and abilities. I would do another tour with him in a heartbeat.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare to eat yourself silly and go through pasta withdrawal when you come home. If you think you might be too challenged by the climbs, feel that it is okay to hire an ebike.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Make sure you pack a swimsuit.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Laura Mizoue

    Taste of Campagnia

    This was the first cycling trip I've ever taken and while it was tough (I did zero training which was my own fault), I really enjoyed it. It made me want to explore more of southern Italy. I thought the itinerary was nicely laid out with the first, third and last days featuring long (but stunning) rides and the days in between featuring more sight-seeing (which I hadn't expected based on the trip notes). Cilento was lovely and a nice counterpoint to the craziness of the Amalfi coast. Paolo was an excellent guide and we had a great group of people who were a lot of fun to hang out with.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I was really happy on that final descent into Minori.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paolo and the support van driver Rafaele were great--super nice, well organized, patient. Paolo really tried to give us a sense of southern Italy-the history, the people, the places, the food. The food! While you were free to go off on your own, Paolo arranged most of the meals for us and encouraged us to sample the local specialties--olive oil, mozzarella di bufala, various aperitifs and the best antipasti. One person commented that it was like being on a gastronomy tour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for lots of up and down. There's almost no flat terrain. Bring enough cash. We were running low and it took us a while to find an ATM that took our card. The weather could go from hot to cold to windy to rainy all within an afternoon. Bring everything and store it in the van. The trip notes said the last day was 50K, but Paolo wanted us to see Sorrento which added another ~20K (and the steepest climb of the trip-I joined Rafaele in the van part way up that hill). Word of warning on bus service on the Amalfi coast. On our last day, we took the bus to Vietri to do a little shopping-since Paolo was taking the same bus to Salerno, he made sure that we got there with no problems. Coming back, the buses were so crowded that we either couldn't get on or they didn't bother stopping. We ended up splitting a cab with a German woman who was trying to get back to Maori.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I don't know if the excursions are at the discretion of the guide, but Paolo took us on a bunch that weren't mentioned in the trip notes. On our second morning out, we took a boat to the Blue Grotto which was a highlight of the trip. In Paestum, we had the option of visiting a buffalo farm where they make mozzarella (and excellent ice cream). Paolo gave us a tour of the cathedral in Salerno. And, on the free day he led a group of us up the 1000 steps to Ravello and on a tour of Villa Cimbrone, which was another highlight.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Linda Hellaby

    Wonderful cycling

    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!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the last day's cycling from Minori to Sorrento and back was my longest and hardest day to date - 86km and 1,335m of elevation, but it was so satisfying to complete it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paolo was great! He worked tirelessly to keep us all more or less together, was very knowledgeable about the local area and managed to get some good discounts at various restaurants.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If I can do it so can you! I am a 'social' rider with my local club riding once or twice a week usually around 30-40 k and a few local hills. Before the holiday I made sure I could ride several consecutive days and upped my distance/elevation a little. Every ride was split into manageable sections with breaks for coffee, lunch, photo opportunities etc. so plenty of recovery time after a challenging climb.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our group was a mix of 4 Brits, 4 Aussies and 3 Canadians and the group gelled very well. We spent most of our free time together and all the evening meals which were organised by Paolo.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Angela Wallace

    Good holiday for sea views!

    Really good trip with just the right mix of cycling & sightseeing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cilento region was my favourite for cycling, just as picturesque as Amalfi coast but MUCH less crowded & touristy, with safer roads!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paolo was very friendly & efficient, well organised & with good local knowledge. Special mention also to Rafael, our backup driver & mechanic who would magically appear whenever needed, always on hand with water or bike sorting skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring good waterproofs! I only had a light jacket with me thinking Italy doesn't get rain like at home, but a couple of downpours convinced me otherwise (although this trip was quite late in the year).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Cycling Amalfi coast is not for the faint hearted! Was a bit scary even as a fairly confident cyclist. Cilento region was much better for cycling in my opinion, Amalfi coast much better suited to travelling by boat. But still v scenic.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    James Chow

    Amalfi Coast Bike Tour

    My family was a group of 12 that did the Amalfi Coast/Cilento bike tour. We enjoyed the 5 days of biking and saw many sites that we wouldn't likely have found without the great tour guide Paolo. Our group of 12 was joined by 4 others and they were great group members who were a lot of fun. The bikes were fantastic and definitely helped with the challenging climbs on this tour. It was also great having the support vehicle in the back of the group looking out for the bikers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the last day of the biking. 270 kilometers over the 5 biking days.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paolo was a great tour guide and knew lots about the history of the land and was very knowledgeable about the local culture. He effectively dictated the pace such that both the stronger and weaker riders were accommodated for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This tour has quite a few costs in addition to the tour itself. Although breakfast and most dinners are included, lunches are not and also there were quite a few unanticipated costs. Be very cautious of wet tarmac. It was VERY slippery and our group had an incident where two people slipped and fell in a wet downhill turn.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have no clue how we were expected to get to the arrival point without a pre-arranged transfer from the Naples airport. Given the cost of the trip we would have expected it included a transfer to and from the airport.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jeremy Wilson

    Amalfi Coast Cycling

    A great holiday that pushed us to achieve more than we expected

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing a 75k trip to Sorrento - way beyond any distance attempted before. Completed due to the inspiring leadership of Paolo !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Paolo Longo is an exceptional guy - able to lead a mixed age/ability group so everyone felt challenged and ready to literally go the extra mile. Really genuine enthusiasm for showing us something different everywhere we went. Equally we were supported by Raphaelo throughout with instant technical help and always there to ensure we made safe passage along busy routes. A team that were fun and professional throughout.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do prepare to get up to at least 30k days so you can enjoy every minute of this spectacular hilly route.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just try it !
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Sally Varley

    Cycling In Amalfi, Italy

    A fantastic adventure with a superb guide, delightful scenery, meeting new friends all in on a hybrid bike! Fuelled by wonderful local produce, coffees and wines.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling to the top of the climbs and taking in the breathtaking views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely first class, Alessandro was our guide, host, coach, cashier, restaurant Booker and friend. Exceptional attention to every detail.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Padded cycle shorts. Get as cycle fit as you can, that way you can enjoy the very best of the scenery.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wish I'd been on one of these adventures much sooner. Whilst my washing machine deals with my kit, I'm looking to book the next trip.

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