Why paddle along the Amalfi Coast ?
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 visit to the charming fishing village of Cetara, the approach to stunning Amalfi and the stops on the many isolated beaches along the coast.
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 Salerno)
Arrival in Naples (or Salerno) in case you arrive a day earlier. Naples has an international airport. From Rome (and many other cities) both Naples and Salerno 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 and Salerno, 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.
Day 1 Arrival – Cetara
In the early afternoon you are being picked up from Salerno by private car and brought to the charming small fishing harbour at Cetara, one of the most authentic spots on the Amalfi Coast. You settle in your beautiful hotel, just outside the village, overlooking the whole Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast, and at literally a few steps from the beach, where you can already go for a first swim. 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 small little town of Cetara itself. Here we go for a short stroll through the colourful streets, soaking up its atmosphere. Then we have our relaxed ‘aperitivo’ on the beach and slowly peddle back to our hotel. In the evening we eat all together in the nice restaurant of our hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean.
Accommodation: Cetara – Meals included: 1 ‘aperitivo’, 1 dinner
Day 2 Cetara & Vietri sul Mare
In the morning we will first have a great breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean and then we walk down to our beach. Here we thoroughly check again all our gear, before going for our first kayaking day trip. There are many available options for the day, according to your level of interest, paddling skills, and of course the weather!
We’ll start paddling along the amazing coastline in eastern direction today. The coastline here is a stupendous alternating scenery, ranging from impressive bare cliffs, to terraced lemon groves and isolated small beaches. We’ll make a first stop on a small beach with a fresh water source, and then continue towards Vietri sul Mare, famous for its ceramics, where we can make a short ‘biscuit stop’ (a drink and a snack). We’ll then paddle around the ‘Due Fratelli’, two isolated rocky islands which are the symbol of Vietri. Those who want can opt to peddle towards Salerno. We will have a beautiful view on the city & the mountain scenery behind it from the red light house. We can even opt to go ashore at the beach of Santa Teresa, only a few steps away from the beautiful historical centre.
We will have a picnic lunch on a nice beach between Vietri and Cetara and then we paddle slowly back to our hotel, where we still have some time for a swim or a drink on the beach, or just some relaxation. Those who want can go and get their aperitivo in the beautiful small hamlet of Erchie, a favourite among the local kayakers. In the evening we go out for dinner together in a nice restaurant in the medieval town centre of Cetara.
Accommodation: Cetara – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, 1 dinner
Day 3 From Cetara around Capo d’Orso to Amalfi
Today’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 Amalfi ! We start paddling along the amazing coastline in western direction today. The first small village we pass is Erchie, a small hamlet of just a few houses dominated by a medieval watchtower, and a beautiful beach, perfect for a short biscuit stop and a swim. We then continue along the rocky shore, exploring many sea grottos and land on isolated beaches. High above us we’ll notice the sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Avvocata, while we approach one of the most pristine areas of theAmalfiCoast, the amazing headland of Capo d’Orso. We round the cape and then have lunch on the beautifulbeachofCavallo Morto. After that we can visit the Pandora grotto sea grotto. Now we enter the real ‘Heart’ of theAmalfi Coast, with a number of beautiful coastal villages and Ravello and its beautiful ‘hanging’ gardens high above the coast.
We paddle past Maiori and we can go ashore in the beautiful small town of where we can taste it’s famous ‘Delizia al Limone’. Before landing at Amalfi we can perhaps make a last stop in Atrani, perhaps the best preserved village of the Amalfi Coast. Here we have some time to stroll through its narrow streets and have a drink on its wonderful town square. From here Amalfi is only a mile away. Arriving in Amalfi we dock our kayaks and can enjoy some relaxation in our centrally located hotel, in the heart of the historical centre, and at literally two steps from the beach. You could also opt to go for a short stroll through the colourful streets, or maybe make another dive into the sea. 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 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 4 Amalfi
The tour ends in Amalfi after breakfast today (unless you booked an extension – extra days available upon request).
N.B. On some dates a last (half) paddling day can be arranged. Like this you can visit some of the beaches west of Amalfi and enter the ‘Fjord’ of Furore’ (see our ‘Great Amalfi Coast Kayaking Adventure‘).
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.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
All nights are spent in beautiful, characteristic hotels, mostly historical buildings (generally 3/4-star; 4/5-star on some departure dates). 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 included in the tour price. On request you have the option to have your lunch in a nice restaurant, or purchase your supplies for a picnic lunch.
Nights 1 & 2: The first two nights are spent in a beautiful 4-star hotel, just outside the charming fishing village of Cetara, in a beautiful position, overlooking the whole Bay of Salerno: the hotel has its own beach.
Night 3: This night is spent in Amalfi, the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast. Our recently renovated 4-star hotel is located in a great 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
• Professional guiding service for each activity
• Accommodation: 2 nights Cetara, 1 night Amalfi in good ***/**** hotels
• Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 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
• All gratuities for baggage, porters & hotel service
• 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 CETARA. 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 CETARA. 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, elsewhere on the Amalfi Coast or a few days on the island of Capri (see below).
Several good accommodations are available. Details & prices on request.
|19 April - 22 April 2020||€ 825||€ 150||RESERVE YOUR PLACE|
|17 May - 20 May 2020||€ 825||€ 150||RESERVE YOUR PLACE|
|04 June - 07 June 2020||€ 890||€ 175|
|03 July - 06 July 2020||€ 950||€ 175||RESERVE YOUR PLACE|
|23 August - 26 August 2020||€ 950||€ 200||RESERVE YOUR PLACE|
|02 September - 05 September 2020||€ 950||€ 175||RESERVE YOUR PLACE|
|11 October - 14 October 2020||€ 850||€ 175||RESERVE YOUR PLACE|
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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 or ask for a Bespoke Adventure !