The Amalfi coast
The Sorrentine peninsula, situated between the equally beautiful Bay of Naples and Gulf of Salerno, is an area of staggering natural beauty, scattered with cultural treasures. The area is well known for its medieval coastal towns and the cozy inland villages such as Amalfi, Positano and Ravello, not to mention the resort of Sorrento.
This tour provides the opportunity to discover the busy and touristic side of the Amalfi Coast, together with its quiet and hidden aspects. After your cycling stage along the amazingly scenic coastal road you may visit the Duomo and its Paradise Cloister in, Amalfi, take a walk through the Paper Mills Valley, or again discover the city’s amazing cultural heritage. On your way around the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula you will enjoy great views on on the Amalfi & Sorrento Coasts and also on the unique Bay of Naples, dominated by the Mount Vesuvius. From the small village of Termini you will then enjoy what is probably the best view on the isle of Capri. Do not loostime! Come with us on this amazing cycling adventure to discover on your own the reason why the Amalfi Coast in the italian most famous coastline. This is a moderate tour which is suitable for those who are in good physical condition. Mostly moderate rides, with some longer climbs. All roads are well paved and mostly quiet with limited traffic except for some periods during summer and holidays. Extensions are possible on some days.
6 days / 5 nights
Day 1 Cetara/Vietri
After your arrival to Salerno (train station) you move to Vietri, renowned for its colourful table ware ceramics, or to the nearby fishermen Village of Cetara; accommodation in hotel. In the evening you may go for a stroll through the historical centre of the small village, situated at walking distance.
Day 2 Cetara/Vietri – Amalfi
(approx. 25 - 35 km)
On the first day of your trip you will start out from Cetara or Vietri and head towards the magnificent medieval Amalfi, following the beautiful winding coastal road which is defined by some of`the most scenic ride in the world’. You then continue to Capo d’Orso, the highest point of the road, and a wonderful outlook on the whole Amalfi Coast and Capri. After admiring the view you go on downhill on a beautiful winding road through lemon groves, forests and dramatic cliffs, until you arrive to Maiori, the biggest town on the coast. A short stretch around the headland brings you to Minori, with its nice little centre and beautiful seaside boulevard. A short climb takes you towards Castiglione, once part of the defence system of the Amalfi Republic. Here you have to make your choice between cycling up to marvellous Ravello, which is quite a climb, or continuing to Amalfi where you can leave your bicycles at the hotel and then take a bus to Ravello. After passing Castiglione you will cycle through marvellous little Atrani with its whitewashed houses and arrive in Amalfi , your base for the night. In the evening you are then picked up by a private boat to be brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby (subject to weather and sea conditions). After dinner you travel back to your hotel, gliding by boat over the glorious Mediterranean.
Day 3 Amalfi – Sant´Agata sui Due Golfi
(approx. 32 km)
Today you will explore the second half of the dramatic ‘Strada Amalfitana’ from Amalfi to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, located on the very ridge of the peninsula and offering wide views both on the Amalfitan and Sorrentine coasts. You start with the short ride from Amalfi, through Praiano and Positano, easily the most scenic – and mundane – of the towns on the coast. Shortly after Amalfi you will pass by the amazing ‘Grotta Azzurra’, the famous sea cave which is open to the public and the spectacular ‘fjord’ of Furore, a deep canyon opening up to the sea in which a small fishermen’s villages clings to the rocky cliffs. Arriving in Positano we suggest you cycle down to the town towards its beach: from here you can explore its scenic and colourful alley ways by foot. After Positano the coast becomes wilder and more rugged; you need to face a good climb to get to Colli di San Pietro, beautifully situated on the ridge that separates the Amalfi Coast from the rest of the Sorrentine Peninsula. A short flat stretch then brings you to your hotel at Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi.
Day 4 Sant´Agata sui Due Golfi – Positano
(approx. 37 - 48 km)
The route starts today with the possibility to admire the wonderful panorama over the coast towards Capri and again the view on the plain stretching out towards Naples, dominated by Mount Vesuvius. You now cycle on the plateau high above the coast towards the very end of the peninsula, Punta Campanella. From the very last village (indeed: called ‘Termini’, that is „end“) you have a great view on Capri. If you want you have the possibility to descend towards the delightful beach of Marina del Cantone and up again. You then return along the northern coast, passing the charming village of Massa Lubrense. For those who want it is possible to make a detour to the seaside resort of Sorrento, perched on high vertical limestone cliffs above the sea, and visit its city walls and the old town centre with its wonderful gardens and villas. Alternatively you turn inland again shortly before reaching Sorrento and climb slowly up to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi again. From Sant’Agata a short flat ride takes you to the Colle di San Pietro, and then all the way down again to Positano. Whizzing down this part of the road just before sunset, looking out over splendid Positano is a wonderful experience, definitely one of the nicest stretches to do on a bike worldwide! Once you reached to your hotel in Positano you can go into the village for dinner (not included tonight) you take your choice between a typical pizzeria or a romantic restaurant, this is up to you!
Day 5 Positano – Salerno/Cetara
(approx. 40 km)
During your last day you head back in the opposite direction , from Positano to Salerno. You have the opportunity to sample once more the nature, culture and atmosphere of the coast’s most famous settings, and take in the wonders of its many little towns and villages. Take your time for a last look at the Duomo of Amalfi, stop for a coffee in Atrani’s marvellous town square, have a pastry at one of Minori’s bakeries or stop for a cold drink on a terrace overlooking Maiori’s ample sea side boulevard. Drink up the amazing scenery while cycling towards Cetara and stop for a closer look at Vietri’s colourful table ware ceramics. After arriving to Salerno and parked your bicycles, you may explore the city by climbing up to the medieval castle overlooking it or visiting its surprising botanical gardens.
Day 6 Salerno/Cetara
Individual departure from Salerno or Cetara or possibility to extend your stay.
Prices and dates
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Mostly 3** hotels or nice typical agriturismo or B&B
Please note: Tourist tax – if any – to be paid on spot.
Depending on the start hotel, on request
Good train connection: Napoli -Salerno (info at www.trenitalia.com); good bus connection between Salerno and Cetara.
24-gear trekking bicycles (women‘s or men‘s bicycles)
E- bike (unisex bike, on request)
Accommodation in hotels 3* hotels, agriturismo or B&B,
Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
3 dinners (Vietri, Amalfi, Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi - changes possible)
Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
Well planned routes
Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
Telephone service hotline for the entire tour
Arrival to the starting point of the tour
Departure at the end of the tour
Drinks, tourist tax and all extras
All lunches; dinners (except 3)
Not mentioned entries
Rental bikes and Travel insurances
All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“
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