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Southern Cilento Explorer - coastal walking from Palinuro to Policastro - CIL 5

 
Southern Cilento Explorer - coastal walking from Palinuro to Policastro
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8 days - 4 different accomodations in special places
Starting from: € 610
 

Overview

The region of Campania marks the real beginnings of southern Italy. It has been sought-after since Roman times when it was tagged the Campania Felix or ‘happy land’. Understandably when there is the great city of Naples, beautiful countryside, Roman sites, 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 mountainous landmass known as Cilento, now a National Park with World Heritage listing. The Cilento coast is fairly rocky territory, with the shoreline lapped by a crystal sea. There is a wild kind of beauty here; rocky ridges set between small picturesque inlets and richly scented pinewoods backing onto wide sandy beaches. Aleppo pines loom over multicoloured undergrowth of myrtle and prickly pear; whilst huge, centuries old, olive trees grow right down to the shore. Inland the Cilento is largely undisturbed by the 21st century and we enjoy visiting mediaeval and quaint fishing villages where the traditional way of life is still evident.

A large part of the tour is along the coast, but you walk as well through pristine natural areas and  attractive countryside, with all its cultural treasures like rural chapels, ancient farm houses, old water mills and charming medieval villages. During the tour you also visit some of the nicest old fishing villages, like Santa Maria and San Marco di Castellabate, Marina di Camerota and Acciaroli.

Please note: this is a moderately easy tour which is suitable for those who have some experience with walking and a good general physical condition. Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Part of the paths is waymarked. Elsewhere it is necessary to follow the route notes provided together with the maps.

Average walking times:  approx from 4 to 6 hours each day.

         

Day-to-Day

Day 1
Arrival at Palinuro by train. Short transfer to the hotel, located at only a few meters from the tempting Mediterranean. Leave your luggage in the hotel and take your time to look arounfd and perhaps go for a swim.
Hotel *** Palinuro – BB

Day 2
After breakfast you can start walking straight from your hotel. You’ll make a stunning roundwalk onto the mythical headland, named after one of the mates of Aeneas. Views reach from Capri to Stromboli.
Hotel *** Palinuro – BB

Day 3
From Palinuro you then start walking in the direction of Marina di Camerota. A beautiful walk, which climbs gently up into the first hills above the coast, with great views over the blue Mediterranean. You’ll walk along the ruins of old farmsteads and along the chapel of Sant’Iconio, through forest and Mediterranean scrubland. You can have a nice picnic lunch in a shaded area, before descending to the charming village of  Marina di Camerota, with its clear South American influence. The last stretch of the walk is along the coast and several nice beaches, so perhaps there is the option for a swim. Tonight you stay in a nice hotel just outside the village centre, with a swimming pool, but also at only a few hundred metres from a crystal clear sea. You’ll enjoy dinner in the nice restaurant of the hotel, or in the nice garden, in the middle of the olive groves.
Hotel*** in Marina di Camerota – HB

N.B. For those who want to enjoy some more of the stunning scenery of Capo Palinuro – and perhaps want to visit the famous ‘Blue Grotto’ (Grotta Azzurra) and take the time for a swim on one of the great beaches – it is recommended to integrate this tour with two nights in Palinuro. Prices on request.

Day 4
Today you’ll enjoy a coastal walk along one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in southern Italy, with the cleanest seawater (Blue Flag). This is the so-called Costa degli Infreschi, named after the Roman harbour of Porto degli Infreschi, where there is a freshwater spring in a grotto. Easy and absolutely superb sightseeing on the ancient footpath which connects the village of Camerota to the ancient Roman harbour. The walk starts directly from your hotel in Marina di Camerota. First you walk along its harbour then along a series of grottos and beaches you reach the first medieval watchtower. Now you have to climb a short stretch and continue through olive groves and scrubland. Then you descend to a next little inlet, which reminds the desolate beaches of a tropical island. Another hour along a beautiful trail brings you to the Porto degli Infreschi. Upon arrival on the beach here a lunch can be cooked by local fishermen(optional). Return either on foot or by boat (optional) to Marina di Camerota. In the evening you are free to arrange your own dinner.
Hotel***in Marina di Camerota – BB

Day 5
After breakfast you are brought to the train station. From here you return by train to Naples (centre or airport), Salerno or Rome.

Tour details

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Accommodation is mostly on half board basis (only one day on a bed and breakfast basis – see inclusions) in very good 3-star hotels and a comfortable guesthouse (comparable to a 3-star hotel). All rooms have en-suite facilities.

You will have most dinners included, on one evening you will be free to organise 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 stay.

Nights 1 & 2: The first two nights are spent in Palinuro, either in a nice 3-star hotel with a big garden & pool in the centre of the village, or in alternative in a beautiful 4-star hotel, right on the beach.

 

Night 3 & 4: The last 2 nights are spent in a good 3-star hotel in the small coastal town of Marina di Camerota, gateway to the unspoilt ‘Costa degli Infreschi’.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Moderately easy (2-3): Mostly easy walks, but with nonetheless some 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 clients should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in hot sun on dusty or stony tracks

FOOT PATHS & WAYMARKING

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 you feedback on the quality of the paths).

Waymarking: Only a small part of the route is waymarked; elsewhere it is necessary to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these it is always possible to find your route. In case you don’t feel confident a local guide can be provided for some trails.

INCLUSIONS

  • 2 nights in Hotel Palinuro*** –2 BB
  • 2 nights in Hotel in Marina di Camerota*** – 1 HB + 1 BB
  • Luggage transfer  transfer from Palinuro to Marina di Camerota (day 3)
  • 1 transfer from M. di Camerota to the train station (day 5)
  • Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
  • Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale
  • 24/24 h local assistance
  • Luggage transport

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional additional tours or activities
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Arrival: The tour starts in PALINURO. A pick-up service (included) will be arranged from the Palinuro/Pisciotta train station, which is easily reached from Naples, the nearest city with an international airport. The train ride takes about an hour and a half.

Departure: The tour ends after breakfast on day 5 in Marina di Camerota. A short transfer brings you to the station (included), from where you travel to your next destination (Naples, Salerno or Rome can all be easily reached. Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.

EXTRA NIGHTS

It is possible to include extra nights in any of the accommodations en route. As well is it possible to extend your tour with a few days In Salerno, Naples, or along the Amalfi Coast. Details and prices on request.

UPGRADE

It is possible to book an upgrade in some of the places en route. Details and prices on request.

Dates & Prices
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AVAILABILITY & CONDITIONS
GuaranteedYou can book this tour with a minimum of 1 person.
LimitedThere are a very limited number of available places on these dates. Immediate booking is recommended.
On RequestAvailability and prices on request.
  • Prices are per person and based on the season within which the first night of the tour falls.
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing double or twin accommodation. Single rooms (double rooms – single) are available on most trips however the supplements listed apply.
  • If you are travelling alone then on some trips (which include taxi transfers) a ‘Solo Traveller Supplement’ will be applied instead of the normal single supplement.
  • Prices are expressed in Euro’s. There will never be a currency surcharge.
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Tour variations

CONTINUOUS COASTAL CILENTO WALKING ROUTE

This tour shows you the best parts of the southern Cilento Coast – those parts which are actually accessible on foot.

If you want to do the northern part as well we recommend the Paestum & the Coast of Monte Stella tour- which brings you along the northern coast, with Paestum,  beautiful Castellabate and Acciaroli.

This way it is possible to do the whole tour in two times.

 

‘Complete’ TOURS

 

There are plans for a continuous walking route all along the coast of the Cilento National Park, starting in Paestum/Agropoli and ending in Sapri, but unfortunately there are still many ‘missing links’. If you are interested in walking all feasible parts of this coastal route already now, please check out this tour:

Paestum & the pristine coast of the Cilento National Park – CIL 3

ontact us. We will be happy to advise.Southern Cilento Explorer – which provides you with a full immersion in the beautiful southern part of the Cilento.

 

EXTRA NIGHTS

It is possible to include extra nights in any of the accommodations en route. As well is it possible to extend your tour with a few days In Salerno, Naples, or along the Amalfi Coast. Details and prices on request.

 

UPGRADE

It is possible to book an upgrade in some of the places en route. Details and prices on request.

 

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