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Cycle Cilento & the Amalfi Coast

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



At a glance

* 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

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!

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Type: Land Only

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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

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.

Start destination: Palinuro

End destination: Minori

Cycling profile

Day 1

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

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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Customer Feedback

First cycling holiday

Summary:
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 👍🏻

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of those bloody hills!!!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alessandro was amazing he was like one of the group

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Train before you book at least 6 weeks

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Cycle Cilento, Amalfi Coast

Summary:
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!!!!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cilento national park
Amalfi coastline
Ravello
Amazing food!!

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MWO Amalfi Coast

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

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
cycling along the coast…sea, sunshine, laid back atmosphere.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

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

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

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Cilento to Amalfi bike tour

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Surviving the Amalfi coast on a bicycle.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Make sure you pack a swimsuit.

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Taste of Campagnia

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I was really happy on that final descent into Minori.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
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.

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Wonderful cycling

Summary:
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!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
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.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
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.

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Good holiday for sea views!

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

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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).

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
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.

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Amalfi Coast Bike Tour

Summary:
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.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
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.

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Amalfi Coast Cycling

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

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just try it !

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Cycling In Amalfi, Italy

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

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

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
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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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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