A cycling holiday along the Amalfi Coast in Italy, is an unforgettable experience! The Sorrento Peninsula is rich in both natural and cultural treasures. Well known villages such as Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and the seaside resort city of Sorrento, have a lot of amazing stories to tell you. This tour is for those who want to experience Italy's most beautiful coastline at their own pace, on an active holiday with a good mix of physical activity and time to relax and just enjoy. On this cycling tour you will discover the famous beauty and the secrets of the Amalfi Coast. You will be astonished at how easy it is to get off the beaten track, just a few hundred meters from the main tourist tracks, you will all of the sudden find yourself in the middle of nature. In other words: This cycling holiday is the perfect way to experience the Amalfi Coast.
Upon arrival in Vietri you will check in at the hotel, where the bikes await you (unless you bring your own). Depending on the arrival time, an evening stroll through the small town's historical center, is possible before dinner is served in the restaurant of the hotel. Should you arrive early, you may want to take your bicycles for a short ride to the nearby fishermen’s village of Cetarasul Mare.
On the first day of your trip you will start out from Vietri and head for splendid medieval Amalfi, following the beautiful winding coastal road, defined by some ‘the most scenic ride in the world’. In case you did not visit it the day before, your first stop is in the idyllic village of Cetara, named after the Roman ‘cetus’, tuna fish, which still produces some of the world’s finest. Take your time for 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.
Then it goes on to Capo d’Orso, the highest point of the road, and a wonderful outlook on the whole of the Amalfi Coast and Capri. After admiring the view it goes on, now downhill on a beautiful winding road through lemon groves, forests and dramatic cliffs, until you arrive at 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.
Then you continue with a short climb towards Castiglione, once part of the defence system of the Amalfi Republic. Here you have the choice of cycling up to marvellous Ravello by bicycle, 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 itself, your base for the night. In the evening you are then picked up by private boat and brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby. After dinner you travel back to your hotel, gliding by boat over the glorious Mediterranean.
Cycling distance: approx. 25-35km
Cycling time: 2½ - 3½ hours
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Today you will explore the second half of the dramatic ‘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 both on the Amalfitan and Sorrentine coasts. You start with the short ride from Amalfi, through Praiano, to Positano, easily the most scenic – and mundane – of the towns on the coast.
Shortly after Amalfi you will pass by the scenic ‘Grotta Azzurra’ 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. When arriving at Positano, make sure you cycle down into the town towards its beach from where you can explore its scenic and colourful alley ways by foot – quite obligatory as most of the small back streets you want to have a look at consist of stair ways! 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 then 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 distance: 32km
Cycling time: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
The first stage of todays route, will take you cycling on a plateau, high above the coast towards the tip of the peninsula, Punta Campanella. Here you can admire the beautiful panorama of the coastline, as well as the plains that stretches all the way to Naples and which is dominated by Mount Vesuvius. From Termini, located at the tip of the peninsula, there are great views to Capri. If you are up for a dip in the sea, you can go down to the lovely beach of Marina del Cantine, before returning along the coastal road in northern direction.
Next you will cycle through the charming village of Massa Lubrense. It is possible to make an extension into Sorrento with its gorgous location on top of vertical limestone cliffs high above the sea. Or turn into the countryside again just before Sorrento and cycle up towards Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. From here a short, flat stretch will bring you to Colle di San Pietro, and all the way down to Positano. Rolling down this road just before sunset is a worldclass cycling experience! Make yourself comfortable at your hotel in Positano before going out for dinner. Dinner tonight is at own expense, and there is a rich choice of restaurants and pizzerias.
Cycling distance: 37-48km
Cycling time: 3½-4½ hours
Last day in the saddle, so make sure to take in as much of the charming Italian beauty and atmosphere with you home. If you have not visited the Cathedral of Amalfi, grabed a cup of coffee at the nice square in Atrani, enjoyed a piece of pastry from one of the bakeries in Minori, or even stoped for a cool beverage at Maiori's seafront promenade - now is the time to do it. Notise the beautiful surroundings you go through as you cycle towards Cetara, and maybe stop to check out some of the famous ceramics, as you pass through Vietri sul Mare. When you reach Salerno, get off the bikes, and take a stroll through the city, that holds a medieval castle, amazing botanical gardens, and beautiful caracteristic alleys in the old part of the city. In the evening you can choose the restaurent you want to end off your Amalfi Coast experience - Dinner on this evening is not included. You will stay at a hotel in Salerno.
Cycling distance: 40km
Cycling time: 3½ time
After breakfast it is time to pack your luggage, and check out of the hotel for departure.
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