Campania – Paestum And Cilento

Campania, Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Self Guided, Tailor Made, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 620 pp


Duration

7 nights


Walking holidays Campania is a wonderful walking tour between century old olive trees, crystal clear blue sea, Roman temples and medieval watch towers. Explore gorgeous scenery and magnificent temples in an undiscovered area.

A wonderful walking tour between century old olive trees, crystal clear blue sea, Roman temples and medieval watch towers. This is the coast along which Ulysses and his sailors were lured away from home by the singing of the Sirens and the capes along this coast still bear thel ovely Siren names – Tresina, Licosa, Camarota. This walking holiday would be within the capabilities of most people of average fitness,walking 4 to 6 hours per day.

 

Price:

£620.00 per person (except July, August £679.00 per person), based on 2 people sharing.Single supplement: £109.

Additional supplement for one person doing holiday alone: £135.

 

Included:

7 nights accommodation to include:

  • 5 nights half-board (breakfast and dinner) in comfortable 3* hotels(3 nights)
  • Agriturismo (country bed and breakfast accommodation, 2 nights)
  • 2 nights on bed and breakfast basis only
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Transfers as specified. Luggage transfers.

 

Suggested Extras:

Extra night in Paestum – the ancient Greek and Roman city is wonderful

 

Not Included:

Flights and anything not specifically mentioned in the programme.

 

Departures:

Daily according to accommodation availability. It is possible to do this holiday all year round (according to accommodation availability).

Day 1:

Arrival at Paestum. Visit the temples area,which are amongst the best preserved in Europe. Overnight in a hotel a short distance from the temples.Overnight in Hotel*** in Paestum.

 

Day 2:

Today you first take a short train ride to Agropoli, from where you start a wonderful walk along the headland of Punta Tresino, one of the last remaining stretches of pristine coastline. Walk through a genuine Mediterranean landscape, through forest and heathland, along wonderful beaches and an ancient Roman harbour, with beautiful views across the sea. Reach the abandoned village of San Giovanni, where excellent white wine is produced (optional tasting possible); then descend to the large sandy beach of Castellabate, continuing to the fishing harbour of Santa Maria, from where you are collected and taken to the fortified village of Rocca Cilento. Approx. 4.5 hours walking. 550m ascent/550 descent. (+ 300m extra to Monte Catiello). Accommodation in B and B in Rocca Cilento (for 2 nights).

 

Day 3:

From Rocca Cilento you walk directly from your accommodation to discover some of the most interesting villages in the area, among them Lustra, which has one of the best preserved old town centres in the area. Part of the path goes along the old route that once connected this valley with the Greek cities of Paestum and Velia. There are wonderful views on both sides of the ridge. Climb to the charming hamlet of Valle Cilento, with its beautiful bell-towers. Pass the abandoned village of Massacanina, then the monastery of Mercato Cilento and follow a panoramic trail back to Rocca. Circular walk 13.5 kms/8.5 miles. Between 4 and 5 hours. Up 650m and down 650m. Accommodation in B and B in Rocca Cilento.

 

Day 4:

Today you will do a panoramic walk along the ridge of Monte Stella, surrounded by a number of charming villages. A short transfer brings you to Perdifumo, where you start the walk in chestnut forest. You walk along a ridge with views to Capri and the Amalfi Coast and even sometimes to Stromboli, near Sicily. Pass an abandoned fortress amd descend towards the coast, passing through several historic villages, including Galso and Pollica. Walk down to Acciaroli, a characteristic fishing village much loved by Ernest Hemingway, and perhaps enjoy a swim before you take the public bus to San Marco di Castellabate, where you stay in a comfortable family-run hotel.18 kms/11.25 miles. 5.30 hours.Accommodation in hotel*** in San Marco di Castellabate (2 nights)

 

Day 5:

Walk directly from the hotel to do a circular walk passing through typical Mediterranean maquis into the area of Monte Licosa. The headland of Licosa is the point where Cilento reaches out to the sea. It is full of marine charm, a place where the sea-breeze makes the trees ‘dance’ and closely connected with the legend of Ulysses. You walk along a ridge where there are several watchtowers, from where you can see the whole area. With a bit of luck you might be able to have superb views over the whole bay of Salerno and even Calabria and have time for a swim. Continue along the coastback to San Marco.18.5 kms/11.5 miles. 5.5 hours. Up 350m/down 350m. Accommodation in hotel*** in San Marco di Castellabate

 

Day 6:

From San Marco a short transfer (bus or taxi – pay locally) brings you to Agropoli railway station, where you take the train to Pisciotta (1 hour journey). There you are met by your taxi for a short transfer to Palinuro, where the walk takes you to a headland named after one of the friends of Aeneas. From Palinuro climb gently into the hills above the coastline and walk among the ruins of of Sant’Iconio Chapel before descending to the charming village of Marina di Camerota. Stay in a hotel with swimming pool and also close to the sea.9.6 kms/6 miles. 4.5 hours. Accommodation in Marina di Camerota for 2 nights

 

Day 7:

Enjoy a coastal walk along one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in southern Italy, with beautifully clean water. This is the Costa degli Infreschi, named after Roman harbour of Porto degli Infreschi, where there is a freshwater spring in a grotto. Walk directly from the hotel along the harbour until you reach the first medieval watchtower. Climb through olive groves and descend to an inlet, with its pretty beach. Another hour along a lovely trail brings you to Porto degli Infreschi. Return either on foot or by optional boat to Marina di Camerota. 10 kms/6.25 miles. 4.5 hours. 250m up/250 down. Accommodation in Marina di Camerota.

 

Day 8:

Departure after breakfast with included transfer to railway station. Trains available to Naples.