Southern Amalfi The Giro del Gelato

The dream trip for Gelato lovers and foodies alike, exploring the stunning undiscovered coastal region just south of Amalfi with its ancient Greek ruins and charming seaside villages.

Set almost entirely within the boundaries of The National Park of Cilento located south of the Amalfi Coast in Campania and the heart of ancient Magna Grecia, this trip embodies the spirit of La Dolce Vita. Designed with the active foodie in mind, there are opportunities abound to sample regional specialties like artigianale gelati and mozzarella di bufala, and enjoy breathtaking views on coastal rides overlooking crystal-blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Highlights

  • Follow a unique cycling itinerary within the beautiful Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Parks, which together are a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Become of gelato connoisseur as you experience some of Italy’s “ottimo” (best) gelato
  • Discover the many enticing flavors of aromas of Campania, birthplace of buffalo mozzarella
  • Meet local hosts and producers whose warmth and hospitality are unmatched
  • Visit the ancient Greek ruins of Paestum and Velia
  • Cycle along the sea and on inland backroads and kick back on sandy beaches with hidden coves

Trip Details

Price
$3,995
Single Supplement
$500
Length
6 days / 5 nights
Level
Athletic Beginner, Intermediate
Total Mileage
109 miles
Daily Average
22 miles
Terrain
Flat and rolling with some hills
Start/End Locations
Agropoli/Maratea
Trip Dates
06/03/19 - 06/08/19

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Itinerary

Benvenuto — Agropoli Loop

Welcome to Agropoli! We’ll meet at 12:30 pm at San Francesco Resort, a genteel oasis, former monastery, and our first hotel. You’ll have time to change after lunch for today’s warm-up ride, which will take you around the outskirts of our coastal town home for the next two nights. We will visit the vineyard and cantina of the best organic wine and olive oil producers in the area for an afternoon tasting.

Set above the harbor of ancient Agropoli, the San Francesco Resort is a four-star hotel known for its gorgeous views, outstanding services, and hospitality.

Agropoli Paestum Loop

We’ll head north and back in time to the 7th-century B.C. Greek colony of Paestum to visit one of the most historically significant sites of the ancient world. The drama of the Doric temples and the urban fabric of the old city will capture your imagination as will the mystery of the famous “Tomb of the Diver”.

The area is also known for its unique natural products, the most famous being buffalo mozzarella. In the afternoon in addition to a gelato stop you will visit a buffalo farm and its innovative dairy where you’ll get to taste the authenticity for yourself.

Agropoli to S. Maria Castellabate

We’ll venture inland toward the village of Vatolla, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous farm-to-table lunch and learn the secrets of local cuisine with ingredients straight from the garden. Then, we’ll start our scenic descent (mostly) all the way to Castellabate, a charming fishing village with ancient origins.

Our hotel, the four-star Villa Sirio, was once the summer house of a patrician family from the region of Campania; the rooms overlook either the undulating hillside of Castellabate or its 12th century Saracen castle on Mediterranean Sea. The hotel also features a private beach. Dinner is on your own with lots of options from delectable seafood to simply pizza and gelato.

S. Maria Castellabate to Palinuro

We’ll ride along the sea following an ancient road that will take us through Acciaroli, which is where Hemingway found inspiration for his classic, The Old Man and the Sea. We’ll also visit the ancient ruins of the Greek colony of Velia. Today’s ride finishes in Ceraso, where we then take a shuttle to Palinuro.

The King’s Hotel overlooks the stunning Baia Del Buon Dormire on top of Capo Palinuro. The town center is just a short walk from our hotel and there’s access to a beautiful private beach, via a stairway of 400 steps. Before a fabulous dinner on the beach we will visit Camello’s Gelateria, one of Italy’s ottimo, and be treated to a fun informative gelato making demonstration.

Palinuro to Maratea

We saved the best ride for last... we’ll cycle an extraordinary stretch of coastline, where mountains drop directly to the sea where countless turns reveal awe-inspiring views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the town of Camerotta to Scario, we’ll board a local boat and explore a stretch of coast and the magnificent Baia degli Infreschi, a secluded cove where we can take a dip in the crystal blue waters. Back on our bikes, we follow the dramatic cliffs along the coast all the way to Maratea. The day’s adventure includes a “lesson” about granita (as well as more gelato stops).

After a visit to town we’ll enjoy an aperitivi and farewell dinner at our hotel’s roof terrace with panoramic view of the town, the sea, and its stunning surroundings.

Arrivederci!

After breakfast and around 9am, we offer a group shuttle to the Maratea train station to make your connections to Naples, Rome, and beyond.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike, or add an ebike for an additional cost
  • A special Ciclismo “Gelato Lovers” jersey and water bottles
  • Service of at least two bilingual professional guides throughout the trip and van support
  • Group shuttle at the end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Autographed copy of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z
  • Unlimited gelato daily, sampling flavors from some of the best artigianale gelateria
  • A gelato-making demonstration and granita “lesson”
  • A visit to Caseificio Buffalo Farm and buffalo mozzarella tasting
  • Farm-to-table lunch at an agriturismo & cooking demonstration
  • Olive oil tasting and wine tasting
  • A guided tour of ancient Pasteum
  • Entrance fees and transfers

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Transfers

Meet the Guides