The West of 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.
On this amazing kayaking adventure you’ll travel from the heart of the Amalfi Coast to the very tip of the peninsula, in front of the Isle of Capri. The mythical ‘Siren Land’, where Ulysses built his temple for the Greek goddess Athena. You’ll go ashore is the most beautiful villages, of course in Amalfi itself, but also in fashionable Positano, the authentic fishing village of Cetara, amazingly beautiful Atrani and charming Marina del Cantone. Highlights also include the stops in the amazing ‘Fjord’ of Furore (‘Furor’), in the beautiful inlet of Marina di Crapolla, with its abandoned fishing village and Roman villa, the Bay of Ieranto and on the isolated beaches around beautiful Positano. Paddling around the mythical islands of the ‘Sirens’ is already worth the journey by itself !
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 some experience with sea kayaking and a good general physical condition. Most of the day trips are along the coast, with only short open water crossings. 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 – Cetara
In the early afternoon you are being picked up from Salerno (or Naples) by private car and brought to the amazingly beautiful small town of Cetara, a charming small fishing harbour, 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 Amalfi – Atrani – Minori & Mairi – Capo d’Orso/Cetara
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 can start paddling along the amazing coastline in eastern direction. The coastline here is a stupendous alternating scenery, ranging from impressive bare cliffs, to terraced lemon groves and isolated small beaches. We can make a short ‘biscuit stop’ (a drink and a snack) in Vietri sul Mare, famous for its ceramics. We’ll then paddle around the ‘Due Fratelli’, two isolated rocky islands which are the symbol of Vietri, after which we will head West, as our final destination for today is the beautiful city of Amalfi itself! 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, a favourite among local kayakers. 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 the Amalfi Coast, the amazing headland of Capo d’Orso. This area will surprise you with its many sea grotto’s and small waterfalls. We round the cape and then have lunch on the beautiful beach of Cavallo Morto. After that we can visit the Pandora grotto sea grotto and have a coffee on a beautiful small beach. Now we enter the real ‘Heart’ of the Amalfi 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 Minori, where we can taste it’s famous ‘Delizia al Limone’. Here we have some time to stroll through its narrow streets and have a drink on its wonderful town square. Before landing at Amalfi we can perhaps make a last stop in Atrani, perhaps the best preserved village of the Amalfi Coast. 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 in Amalfi, gliding by boat over the glorious Mediterranean Mediterranean.
Accommodation: Amalfi – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, 1 dinner
Day 3 Amalfi – Fjord of Furore – Praiano – Positano
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 Positano! Our first destination will be the colourful village of Conca dei Marina, dominated by the impressive monastery of Santa Rosa, high above it.
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 beautiful 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 will enjoy a coffee break, in between the coloured fishing boats. Those who want can take a short walk, to discover the beautiful hamlet and the amazing scenery of the fjord.
Then we continue along the coast in western direction. Some short stops will be enjoyed at some of the many water access ports along the coast, like Marina di Praia or the beautiful, isolated, beaches between Praiano and Positano, places where the likes of Liz Taylor and Jackie Kennedy had a good time back in the sixties. We’ll have lunch at one of the nice restaurants along the way. Arriving in the elegant and cosmopolitan Positano, we will dock our kayaks on the large beach underneath our hotel. You will now 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 wander up into the hillside grabbing a bird’s eye view of the water below. Tonight we’ll celebrate our accomplishments with another wonderful dinner experience, on the premises of our hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean.
Accommodation: Positano – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 4 From Positano to Marine del Cantone
Today we’ll discover the amazing coastline west of Positano. Although Positano has become one of the most sought-after resorts in Italy, due to its geography it has maintained a larger number of ‘hidden treasures’, like a number of wonderful small isolated beaches, which can only be reached on foot or by water. There have been counted about 20 of these small beaches, which we can virtually have for ourselves. We’ll paddle in western direction, past the beautiful watchtower of Clavel, towards the headland of Punta Germano, where we’ll paddle into a number of beautiful grottos. In front of us we’ll see the rocky islands of the Sirens, with the backdrop of Capri. Experienced kayakers, who wish to make a paddling loop around these wonderful islands, can take the opportunity . While in Greek times the islands were believed to be the home of the Sirens, until recently they belonged to the late Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. We then continue peddling along one of the longest stretches of remote coastline, underneath the towering cliffs, towards the little inlet of Marina di Crapolla, where it is believed that Saint Peter embarked on its way to Rome. It’s small pebbly beach with crystal clear water, the remains of the old fishing village, the small chapel and the Roman Villa make it a unique spot for a short break. From here it’s only a few more miles, along an amazing coastline with a number of small rocky islands to the next beautiful inlet, the Bay of Recommone. Here we might wish to relax some time on the beaches with a drink at the nice bar. Then we round the small headland and arrive in charming Marina del Cantone. Our hotel is right on the beach. We dock our kayaks here and have some time to stroll through the village, or just have a drink on the sea front. In the evening we then all join for a great evening meal in the very good (fish) restaurant below our hotel. After dinner we might decide to make a short stroll along the amazing coastline and go for a drink together.
Accommodation: Marina del Cantone – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, dinner
Day 5 Marina del Cantone, the Bay of Ieranto & Punta Campanella
Today we’ll discover the best parts of ‘Siren Land’ around the promontory of Punta Campanella, now a Protected Marine Area. The first bay where we pass is the amazing Baia di Ieranto, a strict nature reserve, surrounded by impressive cliffs. High above us we’ll notice the small chapel of San Costanzo. Then we reach the very point of the peninsula, the Finis Terrae of the Sorrentine peninsula, Punta Campanella. In this place it is believed that the Greek hero Ulysses, during his journeys through the Meditterranean, built a temple for the Greek goddess Athena. The impressive rocks of the famous island of Capri are straight in front of us ! Shortly after rounding the cape of Punta Campanella we reach yet another beautiful inlet, Cala Mitigliano, where we make a short stop. Here we can have a great (pinic) lunch, with views on Capri. After this bay, the coastline becomes a bit less savage and is now dominated by olive groves and scattered hamlets. We can opt to continue to the small fishing harbour of Marina della Lobra, where we can go ashore for a drink before returning to Marina del Cantone. Those who wish can continue along the coast, towards the next fishing hamlet, Marina di Puolo or perhaps Sorrento. Others might wish to relax some time in Marina della Lobra or on one of the beaches. We return to Marina del Cantone along the same route, now with the sun behind us. In the evening we then all join for a great last evening meal and raise our glasses to perhaps our best kayaking adventure ever. After dinner we might decide to make a last short stroll along the amazing coastline and go for a drink together.
Accommodation: Marina del Cantone – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, dinner
Day 6 Marina del Cantone
The tour ends in Marina del Cantone after breakfast today (unless you booked an extension – extra days available upon request). You can easily make your own way from here to Sorrento, from where you travel back to Naples, either by boat or bus. A taxi transfer can be arranged on request.
N.B. For experienced kayakers it is strongly recommended to book the extension to the Isle of Capri !!!
It will then become an 8-day trip. Check out: ‘The ultimate Amalfi Coast & Capri Kayaking Adventure’
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.
All evening meals are included, for which we have selected the best available restaurants.
Almost all (picnic) lunches are included in the tour price. Only on three days (Vietri, Positano & Marina della Lobra) you are free to have your own lunch. Here you have the option to have your lunch in a nice restaurant, or purchase your supplies for a picnic lunch somewhere on the beach.
Night 1: The first night is 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 2: 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.
Night 3 : For one night you stay in the romantic & fashionable little village of Positano, with its characteristic houses built onto the steep slopes of the mountains. You’ll stay either in a comfortable 3-star hotel, right on the beach, or in a bigger 4-star hotel. Both hotels are centrally located, at walking distance from the seashore, shops and all main monuments.
Nights 4 & 5: The last two nights you stay in the charming small fishing village of Marina del Cantone. You’ll stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel, right on the beach, with a very good restaurant.
• Private English speaking tour leader
• Professional guiding service for each activity
• Accommodation: 1 night Cetara, 1 night Amalfi, 1 night Positano, 2 nights Marina del Cantone
in good ***/**** hotels
• Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 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
Moderate (level 2):This tour is suitable for those who have some basic experience with sea kayaking. Our very helpful guides/instructors will work with you to help you expand your skills and take on new challenges. You’ll encounter a few short open water crossings, but the waters of the Mediterranean at Amalfi are usually calm. On most days shorter options are available (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 4-5 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 in MARINA DEL CANTONE. 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).
For private departures it is also possible to opt for small changes in the itinerary. As well is there the possibility to request an upgrade or to stay in cheaper accomodations.
Availability & prices on request.
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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 an extra day here is strongly recommended.
At the beginning or the end of the tour there is the opportunity to visit Naples. The tour can easily be extended with a few days here. 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. For this tour also a ‘budget version’ is available. Please ask us for details.
SHORTER & LONGER VERSIONS
Shorter, 4- or 5-day versions, of this tour are also available, as well as a number of extensions. Especially recommended for experienced sea kayakers is the extension to the Isle of Capri, which includes of full paddling loop of the island ! See also our other Kayaking tours.