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Amalfi Coast Highlights, cycling the amalfi coast

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Cycling the Amalfi Coast

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Amalfi Coast Highlights, cycling the amalfi coast
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Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Cycling
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Naples
Day 2: Vietri
Day 3: Amalfi
Day 4: Sant’Agata
Day 5: Positano
Day 6: Departure

Overview for Cycling the Amalfi Coast

The Sorrentinian peninsula, situated between the scenic bays of Naples and Salerno, is an area of staggering natural beauty scattered with many cultural treasures. Best known for its medieval coastal towns and inland villages such as Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and the resort town Sorrento, it is also home to a good amount of hidden gems: small natural reserves, ancient paper mills and wild mountain scenery located only a small distance away from the busy touristy centres. As the best coastal scenery is on the southern side of the peninsula we are happy to invite you an exciting cycling adventure along the Costiera Amalfitana!

This tour gives you the opportunity to discover both the popular and the quiet, but not less spectacular, side of the Amalfi Coast. You will start from the little fishermen’s village of Vietri at the south end of the coast and cycle in western direction towards the very tip of the peninsula, Punta Campanella, taking in all the famous villages – Atrani, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Praiano.

Highlights

Itinerary for Cycling the Amalfi Coast

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Day 1: Arrival in Vietri

You arrive at Vietri on your own. In case you have rented a bike it will be waiting for you at your hotel and depending on you arrival time you will have the opportunity to go for short ride to the nearby fishermen’s village of Cetarasul Mare. In the evening you may go for a stroll through the historical centre of the small village, situated at walking distance of your accommodation.

Cycling for the day (optional): 10 km, approx. 1.5 hours, ↑180m ↓180m
Accommodation: Hotel la Lucertola

Day 2: Vietri to Amalfi

Once you get on the bike and get out from Vienty, you cycle towards the splendid medieval town of Amalfi on one of Italy’s most scenic coastal roads. In case you did not visit it the day before, you can stop at the idyllic village of Cetara, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a cappuccino at the little bar near the tiny port of the village, overlooking the colourful fishermen’s boats lying on the white sandy beach. You continue to Capo d’Orso, the highest point of the road which will reveal you the whole of the Amalfi Coast and Capri. You continue cycling down the beautiful winding road through lemon groves, forests and dramatic cliffs, until you arrive at Maiori. You soon reach Minori, with its nice little centre and beautiful seaside boulevard, and continue uphill towards Castiglione, where you have the choice of cycling up to marvellous Ravello or continuing to Amalfi where you can leave your bicycles at the hotel and then take a bus to Ravello. Once you arrive at Amalfi you have some time to rest until the evening, when a private boat will bring you to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby.

Cycling for the day:  25-35 km, approx. 2,5 – 3,5 hours, ↑300m – 350m ↓550m – 600m
Accommodation: Hotel Centrale

Day 3: Amalfi to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi via Positano

Today you will explore the second half of the marvellous Strada Amalfitana: from Amalfi to the town of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, located on the very ridge of the peninsula and offering wide views of both the Amalfitan and Sorrentinian coasts. As you arrive at Positano, make sure you cycle down into the town towards its beach from where you can explore its scenic and colourful alley ways on foot. After Positano, the coast becomes wilder and more rugged, and it is a good climb to arrive at the 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 brings you to your hotel at Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. After settling in at the hotel you can relax and enjoy a hearty meal in the hotel’s restaurant.

Cycling for the day: 32 km, approx. 3 hours, ↑850m ↓600m
Accommodation: 
Le Tore Farm House

Day 4: Sant’Agata along Sorrento to Positano

On the first stretch of the road after leaving your hotel this morning you can admire not only the wonderful panorama over the coast towards Capri, but also enjoy the view of the plain stretching out towards Naples dominated by Mount Vesuvius. You cycle on the plateau high above the coast towards the very end of the peninsula, Punta Campanella, from where you can get a great view of Capri. There is an option to descend towards the delightful beach of Marina del Cantone and then cycle back. You then return along the northern coast through the charming village of Massa Lubrense, enjoying the wonderful views of the Bay of Naples and again Mount Vesuvius. As you get on this stretch there is an option to make a detour to the seaside resort of Sorrento, perched on high vertical limestone cliffs above the sea. Alternatively you turn inland again shortly before reaching Sorrento and climb slowly up to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi again. From Sant’Agata it is then only a short flat ride to the Colle di San Pietro, and then all the way down again to Positano. Once arrived at your Positano hotel you can relax and settle in before heading into town for dinner. Dinner is on your own tonight, you have the choice of several different pizzeria and restaurants catering for the most diverse budgets.

Cycling for the day: 37 – 48 km, approx. 3,5 – 4,5 hours, ↑400m – 450m ↓700m – 600m
Accommodation: Hotel Villa delle Palme

Day 5: Positano to Cetara

During your last day you head back in the opposite direction from Positano to Salerno. 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. After arriving at Salerno you may park your bikes and explore the city by climbing up to the medieval castle overlooking it or visiting its surprising botanical gardens. In the evening you are free to go out and find a suitable restaurant to end your wonderful trip through one of Italy’s most delightful coastal areas.

Cycling for the day: 40 km, approx. 3,5 hours, ↑700m ↓750m
Accommodation: comfortable B&B (en-suite rooms) in Salerno

Day 6: Departure

Departure on your own or extension of the tour upon request

Hotels for Cycling the Amalfi Coast

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Nights are spent in nice 3-star hotels, agriturismi* or comfortable B&Bs. All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Night 1: The first night is spent in a beautifully located hotel just outside Cetara or in Vietri sul Mare.
Night 2: Tonight you stay in Amalfi, the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast.
Night 3: The third night you stay in a nice hotel or agriturismo located in Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi.
Night 4: Tonight you stay in yet another beautifully located hotel at Positano, situated near the centre of the
mundane heart of the Amalfi Coast. From the hotel the whole of the town is only a short walk away.
Night 5: The last night you will stay in a nice 3-star hotel or B&B in Salerno, located within walking distance of all
the major points of interest of the town. Alternatively it is also possible to return to the same hotel in Cetara or
Vietri (prices on request).

Sample hotels**: Luna, Floridiana, Centrale, La Perla, La Conchiglia

*What is an agriturismo? A combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in ItalianIt is a farm-stay, but it’s also much, much more. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially for accommodation purposes, in a way similar to English or American bed and breakfasts. One of the best parts of staying in a traditional agriturismo? The food. An Italian agriturismo will usually serve guests food that was prepared from raw materials – vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, and often wine and olive oil – produced on the farm or from other local merchants.

**Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included every day. Dinners are included on all nights except for the last two nights when you are free to organize your own dinner in one of the many restaurants at Positano and at Salerno. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or products for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you stay.

Travel for Cycling the Amalfi Coast

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Naples. Other Italian airports are also well connected to the area.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

The tour starts in Vietri, only a few kilometres from Salerno which can easily be reached by train from Naples or Rome. From Salerno there are regular buses to Vietri, which stop in front of the hotel. The tour ends after breakfast on day 6 in Salerno from where you can take the train for your way back.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on cycling days are included.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Cycling the Amalfi Coast

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

The cycling sections are not long, however there are some steep climbs on the way so a good general physical condition is necessary for enjoying the trip to the maximum. You should be able to cycle for several hours a day also in hot dry weather conditions. All roads are well paved and mostly quiet with limited traffic except for some periods during summer and holidays. Average cycling time: approx 3 – 5 hours each day as extensions are possible on most of the sections (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Upon arrival we will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from March until October.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful on the Amalfi coast. It may become very hot in July and August, and some of the resort towns may become overcrowded in these months, although the trails along the mountain slopes above the coast are far from the tourist crush.

Without a doubt the best time to see the Amalfi Coast is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season. July and August are great especially if you want to spend some time on the beach, but the small villages may become crowded, hotel rates are much higher and on some days it may be too hot for walking. Please make sure that you bring enough water with you.

The months of September and October are also an excellent time to visit the Amalfi Coast, while the temperatures are still mild and crowds are gone.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.).

Included for Cycling the Amalfi Coast

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  • Accommodation: 1 night Vietri, 1 night Amalfi, 1 night Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, 1 night Positano, 1 night
    Salerno; all nights in good ***/**** hotels
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners (good restaurants!)
  • Detailed route notes
  • Maps at 1 : 50.000 scale (or better)
  • GPS tracks
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office in Salerno
  • Luggage transfers on all cycling days

Supplements and Options

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.
  • Bike Rental
  • E-Bike Rental
  • Private airport transfers
  • Optional extra nights

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • All lunches and 2 dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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