The Amalfi Coast is definitely is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, an intriguing mix between an overwhelming natural environment and cultural heritage. The blue waters of the Mediterranean are dominated here by the Europe’s steepest coastline, rising up to almost 1500 m. (4500 feet).
But it’s not only rocky cliffs that you’ll encounter on this trip: the patient labour of generations has transformed the steep mountain slopes into a cascade of terraced lemon groves & vineyards. And with charming villages, chapels and other sites of cultural interest scattered all over. Its dramatic coastline offers wonderful views, different every step you take, and every metre you paddle….
The smell of rosemary and citrus trees fills the air, fields of multicoloured roses overwhelm the eyes and sandy beaches are magical to the touch. It offers an extraordinary palette of colours, with deep azure skies, white limestone cliffs, deep blue seas, and bright citrus orchards lit by the dazzling Mediterranean sun. This intoxicating sensual feast inspires a celebration of the goodness of life itself.
Paddling along the coastline of Amalfi offers you an opportunity to experience a blend of nature and architecture like no other. The view from the waterline highlights the dramatic cliffs and amazing terraced landscape, the amazing mix of natural wonders and ingenuity and craftsmanship of generations. Your vision will blur as you focus on the wonderment of history displayed along this amazing stretch of coastline. Highlights include the stops in the amazing ‘Fjord’ of Furore (‘Furor’), in the charming fishing village of Cetara, and on the isolated beaches around beautiful Positano.
On this amazing kayaking adventure you will discover that with reason the Amalfi Coast has become Italy’s most famous coastline, but as well that it takes only a little effort to get ‘off the beaten track’. At only a few hundred metres away from the crowds, you will find yourself surrounded by nature. On this tour we take you beyond the crowded beaches, and you’ll be lying on isolated beaches and paddling alone with the seagulls…. In short, you’ll discover the real Italian paradise.
Please note: this is a moderately easy tour which is suitable for all those who have just some experience with sea kayaking and a good general physical condition. Average kayaking times: approx 4-5 hours each day.
Day 0 Naples (or Amalfi)
Arrival in Naples (or Amalfi) in case you arrive a day earlier. Naples has an international airport. From Rome (and many other cities) Naples can easily be reached by train. There are regular AV (High-Speed), Eurostar and Intercity trains: travel time by High-Speed train is about one hour; cost around € 40,00), by IC-train: about 2 hours; cost around € 20,00). Several hotels can be booked in Naples, ranging from 3 to 5-star, either ‘downtown’ centrally located, or near the harbour or train station.
N.B. If you arrive one day earlier in Naples you have the possibility to pay a visit to the world famous archaeological museum, where all the artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum are exposed, and/or the equally wonderful Capodimonte museum. Also is it possible to make a day trip to Pompeii. Arriving one day earlier in Amalfi gives you the possibility to visit also Ravello.
Day 1 Arrival – Amalfi
In the early afternoon you are being picked up from Naples by private car and brought to the beautiful small town of Amalfi. After settling in your centrally located hotel, in the heart of the historical centre, and at literally two steps from the beach you can already go for a short stroll through the colourful streets, soaking up its atmosphere, or maybe there is still some time for a dive into the Mediterranean. Towards the end of the afternoon we meet our tour leader and the rest of the group.
After a brief introduction of the tour, we will outfit everyone with paddle and PFD and offer some basic kayaking instruction. Then we go for a short introduction trip, towards the amazing small little beach of Santacroce. Here we have our relaxed ‘aperitivo’ on the beach and then slowly paddle back to Amalfi. In the evening we eat all together in a nice restaurant in the medieval town centre, close to our hotel.
Accommodation: Amalfi – Meals included: 1 ‘aperitivo’, 1 dinner
Day 2 Amalfi – Capo d’Orso/Cetara
In the morning we will first thoroughly check again all our gear, and then we go for our first kayaking day trip. We’ll peddle along the beautiful coastline in eastern direction today. The first village we pass is Atrani, perhaps the best preserved village of the Amalfi Coast. We continue along the rocky shore, seeing many sea grottos and land on isolated beaches. High above us we’ll notice Ravello and its beautiful ‘hanging’ gardens. Then we reach the charming village of Minori,. Here an optional visit can be made to Minori’s Roman Villa, as well as a ‘biscuit stop’ at one of Italy’s best pastry shops, where you can taste the famous ‘Delizia al Limone’.
We then paddle past Maiori, Minori’s ‘big sister’ towards the pristine coast of the headland of Capo d’Orso. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the many isolated beaches dotting the Amalfi shoreline. Those who wish can take the opportunity to continue peddling around the headland of Capo d’Orso towards the charming fishing village of Cetara. Others might wish to relax some time on one of the beaches. Returning to Amalfi, we will have some time to stroll through the narrow streets of Atrani and have a drink on its wonderful town square. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel for some relaxation. In the evening we then all join for a great evening meal. We are picked up by private boat and brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby. After dinner we travel back to our hotel, gliding by boat over the glorious Mediterranean.
Accommodation: Amalfi – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, 1 dinner
Day 3 Amalfi – Conca dei Marini – Fjord of Furore – Marina di Praia
We’ll get an early start as the day’s sea kayaking will take us along one of the most famous stretches of coastline in Italy, with our final destination being the enchanting city of Positano! Our first destination will be the colourful village of Conca dei Marina, dominated by the impressive monastery of Santa Rosa, high on the cliffs. We paddle along an amazing coastline with lemon groves & vineyards, and beautiful little villages, suspended halfway the water and the sky. Past the villa of Sofia Loren we reach a broad beach for some relax. Then we paddle around the headland of Conca, with its medieval ‘Saracen’ watch tower.
Our next destination is the amazing ‘Fjord’ of Furore, where we can have a coffee break & biscuit stop , in between the coloured fishing boats. Those who want can take a short walk, to discover the beautiful hamlet and admire the amazing scenery of the fjord. Then we continue for another short stretch along the amazing coast to reach the beautiful small inlet Marina di Praia. If we aren’t tired we can peddle on till Capo Sottile from where you have great views on Positano. Then we return slowly to Amalfi. Some short stops will be enjoyed, for some relax and a swim at some of the many beautiful small beaches. In the late afternoon we are back in Amalfi, where we dock our kayaks. You will now still have the time for a swim or some relaxation in our comfortable hotel. Or you can take the chance to explore the steep city streets and perhaps wander up onto the hillside, for an amazing view of Amalfi and the whole coastline. . Tonight we’ll gather again for a wonderful pizza experience and perhaps drink a last limoncello overlooking the Mediterranean.
Accommodation: Amalfi – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 pizza dinner
Day 4 Amalfi
The tour ends in Amalfi after breakfast today (unless you booked an extension – extra days available upon request). You can easily make your own way from Amalfi to Salerno or Naples, either by boat or bus. A taxi transfer can be arranged on request.
Day Itinerary & Activities Distance ↑ & ↓
1 Arrival in Amalfi. Introduction trip Amalfi 4 km. – – –
2 Paddling from Amalfi to Maiori (Cetara) – round trip Amalfi 14 (20) km. – – –
3 Paddling from Amalfi to Furore & Praiano – round trip Amalfi 16 km. – – –
4 Departure from Amalfi
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
All nights are spent in a beautiful, characteristic 3-star hotel, in the heart of Amalfi. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Accommodation is on B&B basis, in all accommodations.
All evening meals are included, for which we have selected the best available restaurants.
All picnic lunches are also included!
Nights 1, 2 & 3: Our base for this trip will be in Amalfi, the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast. Our hotel is located in a central position, right in the historical heart of the city at only a few metres from the sea shore.
On our GUIDED TOURS we include almost everything :
• Private English speaking tour leader for 4 days
• Professional guiding service for each activity
• Accommodation: 3 nights Amalfi in a good *** -hotel
• Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners (good restaurants!), 2 lunches
• All private & public transfers as indicated throughout the entire itinerary
• Rental of high-quality sea kayaks
• Group equipment and technical gear for each activity
• Entrance fees of all sites along the itinerary
• Special activities as outlined in the day by day itinerary
• 24/24 h local assistance
• Luggage transport
• Departure taxes
• Travel Insurance
• Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Optional additional tours or activities
• Items of a personal nature
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY / REQUIRED SKILLS
Moderately easy (level 1/2):This tour is suitable for beginners with only a minimum of sea kayaking experience. Our very helpful guides/instructors will work with you to help you learn a new sport or become more comfortable with the outdoors. The waters of the Mediterranean at Amalfi are calm, and you’ll encounter only short open water crossings. On most days shorter options are available possible (as well as occasional extensions for the more experienced sea kayakers).
Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to paddle for up to 3-4 hours.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Arrival:The tour starts in AMALFI. The nearest city with an international airport is NAPLES. The nearest big city is SALERNO, very well connected with Rome and all other major Italian cities by a frequent (high speed) train service. A taxi pick-up service can be arranged either from Salerno, or Naples airport or train station.
Departure: The tour ends after breakfast on day 4 in AMALFI. A frequent boat or bus service can bring you to either Sorrento or Salerno, from where you travel to your next destination (Naples and Rome can easily be reached by train). Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.
It is possible to include extra nights at the beginning or the end of the tour. The tour can easily be extended with a few days in Naples or Salerno, or on the Amalfi Coast or a few days on the island of Capri (see below).
Several good accommodations are available. Details & prices on request.
N.B. For this tour private departures (for groups of minimum 4 persons) can be planned on any date. Availability & prices on request.
A 5 % early booking discount applies on this tour (for bookings before January 31).
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- Prices are per person and based on 2 people sharing double or twin accommodation.
- Single rooms (mostly double rooms - single use) are available on all trips. The supplements listed apply.
- Prices are expressed in Euro's. There will never be a currency surcharge.
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It is possible to include some extra nights before or after your tour, in any of the accommodations ‘en route’. For those who have never been in Naples / Pompeii an extra day here is strongly recommended.
At the beginning or the end of the tour there is the opportunity to visit Naples, Pompeii and the Vesuvius. The tour can also be extended with a few days on the island of Capri. Also in SALERNO (a nice city and a good base for visiting Paestum), or ROME several good accommodations are available. Details & prices on request.
On our ‘standard tours’ we provide accommodation in very good, mostly 3-to 4-star hotels, with the best possible price/quality ration. On some dates however it is possible to book an upgraded version of this tour, staying in luxurious 4- or 5-star hotels. Please ask us for details.
SHORTER & LONGER VERSIONS
Longer, 5-, 6-, or 7-day versions of this tour are also available, as well as a number of longer kayaking & hiking trips. See also our other Kayaking tours !