- duration 9 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Visit the impressive Greek Temples of Paestum, among the best preserved in the world
- Walk to Italy's most beautiful beaches, find isolated coves and swim in the Mediterranean
- Stroll through small medieval villages and charming fishing harbours
The region of Campania marks the real starting point of southern Italy. It has been sought after since Roman times when it was labelled the Campania Felix, or ‘happy land’, hardly a surprise considering the fact that it includes the great city of Naples, beautiful countryside, Roman ruins, small islands and stretches of spectacular coast. On the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Costiera Amalfitana is probably one of Europe’s most well-known and dramatic stretches of coastline, with its towering cliffs and picturesque coves.
But Campania’s real secret is located south of Salerno, and immediately south of the wonderful Greek temples of Paestum. Here the coastline bulges out into an expanse of the mountainous landmass known as the Cilento, now a National Park with World Heritage listing. It stretches from the Tyrrhenian coast to the foot of the Apennines, and it includes the peaks of the Alburni Mountains, Mt. Cervati and the coastal buttresses of Mt. Bulgheria and Mt. Stella. Inland, the Cilento is largely undisturbed by the 21st century and you will enjoy visiting medieval and quaint villages where the traditional way of life is still evident.
The Cilento coast is fairly rocky territory, with the crystalline sea lapping at the shore. There is a wild kind of beauty here; rocky ridges set between small picturesque inlets and richly scented pinewoods backing onto wide sandy beaches. This mythical atmosphere and the marvellous landscape make this area a really enchanting place to visit in every season of the year. In wintertime the clear sky offers you superb views over the Amalfi Coast, Cape Palinuro and Calabria; in springtime, the flowering brooms cover the hills in a golden-yellow hue, and during the summer you can swim in the very clean sea. In autumn, the sea temperature is still warm and on clear days you can take relaxing walks.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore this unique and culturally-rich land.
Day 1: Arrival Paestum
Day 2: From Punta Tresino to Castellabate
Day 3: Valley of the Mills and Rocca Cilento
Day 4: Mt Stella and the historic coastal villages
Day 5: Punta Licosa
Day 6: To Cape Palinuro
Day 7: Marina di Camerota and the southern streach of Cilento
Day 8: Costa degli Infreschi
Day 9: End of the tour
- 8 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners
- Accommodation (see good to know section for more specific details on hotels)
- Extensive route notes, with a description of the route & tourist information
- Maps at 1: 25.000 scale
- 24/7 assistance
- Luggage transport
- Private transfers as specified
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- Single supplement August
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- Travel Insurance
- Tourist taxes
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- Optional additional tours or activities
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationLevel of difficulty: Moderately easy (23). Mostly easy walks, though some include walking uphill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days extensions or shortcuts are possible. Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary, but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in the hot sun on dusty or stony tracks. Footpaths: Most paths are well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown (we are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the paths clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths). Waymarking: Only a small part of the route is waymarked; elsewhere you have to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these you will always be able to find your route. Accommodation: Accommodation is mainly on a halfboard basis (only the nights in San Marco and your final night in Marina di Camerota are on a bed and breakfast basis – see inclusions) in very good 3star hotels and a comfortable guesthouse (comparable to a 3star hotel). All rooms have ensuite facilities. The first night is spent in Paestum in a nice 3star hotel with a big garden & pool, just outside the Greek town walls, at walking distance from the temples. Nights 2 & 3 are in the small village of Rocca Cilento, in a beautiful and comfortable ‘village hotel’, recently opened in the medieval setting of an old monastery, at walking distance from the town square and castle. Nights 4 & 5 are in the small coastal village town of San Marco, on the southern side of a large sandy beach and at the edge of the beautiful promontory of Punta Licosa. Night 6 is in Palinuro, in a nice 3star hotel right in the centre of town or (on request) in a beautiful 4star sea side hotel with a private beach. The last two nights are spent in a comfortable ‘B&B’ or a good 3star hotel in the small coastal town of Marina di Camerota, gateway to the unspoilt ‘Costa degli Infreschi’. Meals: You will have most dinners included; on two evenings you will be free to organize your dinner from the wide choice of restaurants in the area. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying.