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Start in Palinuro, on the southern coast of Cilento N.P.
Those on the group flight will fly to Naples and get a transfer to the start 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 the 25th March, 7th 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 (50km, rather than 55km).
Cycle along the most undeveloped 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 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.
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. 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.
Undulating ride through charming coastal villages to Ogliastro Marina for lunch and a 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 either in Ogliastra Marina or 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.
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, before taking a train to Salerno, the gateaway to the Amalfi Coast. After lunch, we ride one the most scenic coastal roads in the world to 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 along the 'Strada Amalfitana' to Amalfi, Praiano and Positano, and 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. 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. There are several options for lunch, before we cycle back to Positano, Amalfi and finally Minori in time for the sunset.
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 Amalfi. Alternatively, you could visit glorious Ravello, take a boat trip to the island of Capri or visit the iconic UNESCO sights of Pompeii and Vesuvius.
The trip finished in Amalfi after breakfast.