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+++ turquoise blue sea next to the Phlegraean Fields +++ See Naples, and die! +++ o sole mio sta fronte a te +++ „You can live on a volcano“ inscription in Pompeii +++ pure idylls with the sound of mandolins under the protection of UNESCO +++ „I have the feeling that the world is vertical in Positano“ (John Steinbeck) +++ robba mischiata and fish in crazy water +++ „Stranger, the bones of the dead ask you not to pee on this hilly graveside.“ (Roman tomb inscription in Pompeii) +++ pink red valerian, yellow fennel, cistus, holm oaks and steep steps carved into the mountain +++ tears of Christ from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius +++ the Lions despised the Holy Januarius +++ divine lemon on murderous lava +++
Our tour through Campania in 7 days,
up to 14 persons. 2 double overnight stays.
Culture ***** !
Travel dates 2018
IKA1: Saturday, 14-apr-2018 to Saturday, 21-apr-2018
IKA2: Saturday, 21-apr-2018 to Saturday, 28-apr-2018
IKA3: Saturday, 22-sep-2018 to Saturday, 29-sep-2018
IKA4: Saturday, 29-sep-2018 to Saturday, 06-oct-2018
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: € 1880
Single-room surcharge: € 390
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.
Target airport Naples from/to Munich (as available): 385 €
Surcharge for other German airports: 50 €
Flights from airports in other countries on request.
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With the eBike to historical sites of antiquity, from mountain heights over gentle hillsides to the Costiera Amalfitana at the Tyrrhenian Sea. To Vesuvius and to Pompeii, the „majestic criminal“ and his most famous victim. Angled, narrow above-ground streets in Naples, the city of pizza and the Caffè. Wine, olive oil and the best Mozzarella di Bufala, Dolomites of the South, valleys and extensive deciduous forests. Culinary and aesthetic pleasures in the Cilento National Park.
Arrival day in Naples: Saturday.
Reserve it yourself or let pedelon do the booking. Roundtrip flight to/from Naples directly from Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg or with a transfer from almost every German city as well as Vienna and Zurich.
From southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland, you need between 9 and 13 hours to get to Napoli Centrale, with at least one change of trains. From Hamburg and Berlin, it takes approx. 20 hours, with at least two changes of trains. Further information can be found at www.bahn.de.
There is a continuous highway connection to Naples. It is 1,700 km from Berlin, 1,400 km from Frankfurt, 1,100 km from Munich, 1,850 km from Hamburg, 1,000 km from Zurich and 1,300 km from Vienna.
You can leave your car at Napoli-Capodichino Airport (approx. € 50/week) during your bike tour.
After the booking confirmation, the “pedelon travel information” is sent, which provides useful information regarding your travel to Naples and other tips for the journey.
Travel to Naples on Saturday. From the airport “Capodichino”, you can get to the hotel where you begin your tour by taxi in about 20 minutes (about EUR 25). The “Decumani Hotel de Charme” is located in the old town of Palazzo Riario Sforza in the historic center of Naples. Just the salon from the 18th Century on its own, with stucco and mirrors, makes a stay in the palazzo of the last bishop of the Bourbon kingdom of Naples worthwhile.
At 5.30 pm we will meet at the reception to start our city tour through the old town.
The first dinner of the pedelon guests is at a nearby trattoria, famous for its fish-specialities.
1st day, Sunday: Naples – Castellammare di Stabia, 15 km
After breakfast, we ride with our bikes from the turbulent city of Naples up to the 1281 m high Vesuvius in about 45 minutes. After each participant has received his adjusted bike, we start with the first two kilometers slightly uphill, ideal for getting to know the pedelon-eBike. A half-hour ride leads directly to the crater of the volcano, which last erupted in March 1944. Back from the edge of the pit, we will circle the mighty mountain by bike, before it is time for lunch.
Following, there is a short transfer to Pompeii, where we receive interesting information on a guided tour about the history and the tragedy of the ancient Roman city. Like the cities of Herculaneum, Stabiae and Oplontis, Pompeii was covered with lava and gravel when Vesuvius erupted in 79 BC – and then it was forgotten. In the 18th century it was rediscovered by archaeologists and historians, who carefully freed it from the layers of debris, and found an exceptionally well-preserved testimony of the ancient world. From Pompeii, it is not far to Castellammare, where the “La Medusa Hotel & Boutique Spa” is situated. From the 15,000 m² park of this former Bourbon residence, you can enjoy the views of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples before dinner. (swimming pool)
2nd day, Monday: Castellammare di Stabia – Amalfi, 16 km
Only a few minutes to the valley station of the “Funivia Castellammare” which brings the cyclists to the Monte Faito in 8 minutes. The 1131 m-high mountain between the Bays of Naples and Salerno got his name from the beech trees growing here in large numbers, some of which are up to 400 years old. Initially, the bike route leads slightly downhill and offers another view of the steep coast of the Sorrento, a peninsula on a volcanic tuff terrace. After a short climb to Santa Maria del Castello, a walk leads to the former fishing village of Positano on the Amalfi coast. After lunch, a very special experience awaits the guest: by boat it is a 40-minute journey, with a view of the picturesque coast of Amalfi, to where the “Residence Hotel” is located. This former aristocratic palace, which was converted into a hotel in the 1950’s, and modernized in 2010, is situated directly on the sea. Dinner in a small trattoria in the old town.
3rd day, Tuesday: Amalfi – Giungano, 45 km
The “Costiera Amalfitana” is very attractive, however cycling on the coastal road is not a pleasure, due to the narrowness of the road and the traffic. The best view of the so picturesque rugged coastal landscape is, however, from the sea. And so, in the late morning, the boat departs from Amalfi again and, during the half-hour ride to Salerno, once again you have a clear view of the lemon groves, which have been laboriously put into the steep slopes. The Cilent is reached after a short ride with the escort bus. By eBike with a view on the mountains of the National Park of Cilento, we go through fertile plains to Paestum, which is a good hour’s cycle away. Founded as Poseidonia around 600 BC by the Greeks, the colony quickly grew in to prosperity through trade and agriculture, which is still evident today in the great temples of the 6th and 5th Centuries BC. On a guided tour, we visit the Hera, the Athena and the Poseidon temples and the Archaeological Museum with its vast antique collection. In the afternoon, at the foot of the towering mountains of the Cilento, our guests will be greeted by the “Domus Laeta”, a 17th century villa, transformed into a rustic and original hotel. This quietly located house has a pool with a beautiful view to the Gulf of Salerno. (Double overnight).
4th day, Wednesday: Giungano – Felitto – Giungano, 59 km
After a short climb, today’s route leads along the „Monti Alburni“, also called the Southern Dolomites. The white mountains of dolomitic limestone stretch over a length of 23 km and a width of 10 km. On quiet roads, we cycle through deciduous forests and small villages to Felitto. A short detour to the “Gole del Calore”, where the river Calore Lucano has made five deep cuts in the limestone, is worth it. At the picnic in the Cantina Rizzo, the oenologists of Gianvito will introduce us to the wines of the Cilento. Our ride from Felitto to Roccadaspide takes just under an hour. From here, a taxi takes us back to Giungano in about 30 minutes. We will enjoy dinner in a small trattoria.
5th day, Thursday: Giungano – Santa Maria di Castellabate, 46 km
From Giungano, the route leads us into the western part of the Cilento. Since 1998, the 1810 km² large National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano has been a UNESCO world heritage site. The cycling route takes us through the hills of the national park in a gentle descent, with a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. After approximately 30 km, we reach Agropoli. On a small hill above the present city center is the historical city center with the castle from the Angevin-Aragonese time. A picnic at the Lido of Trentova awaits us in fine weather, only a few kilometers from the city center. It is about an hour from here on small roads through the hilly back country up to Santa Maria di Castellabate. For the next two nights, our host will be the Hotel „Villa Sirio“, directly on the lakeside promenade of Punta Licosa.
6th day, Friday: Santa Maria – Velia – Santa Maria, 50 km
A one-hour taxi ride takes us to Velia, the Greek Elea. The settlement was founded in the 6th Century BC by Greeks from Phocea and was the home of pre-Socratic philosophers, the so-called Eleatics. On a guided tour, we will learn about the remains of this ancient Greek trade city and later Roman Municipium (Velia). Then, we will go by eBike via Marina di Casal Velino and Pioppi first along the coast before a longer climb over Pollica to the picnic area, from where the view sweeps over the width of the hilly landscape of southern Cilento. The afternoon ride will be slightly downhill with almost no traffic on the road, but nevertheless on the hill until Castellabate, located over the coast and the town of Santa Maria. From here few winding roads lead own to the sea and to the hotel “Villa Sirio”. Dinner in its the stylish restaurant.
7th day, Saturday: Santa Maria – Naples
After an extensive breakfast on the hotel terrace overlooking the sea, and a short transfer with our accompanying bus, the trip ends at the train station of Agropoli. From there, there are hourly connections (travel time max. 90 minutes) without changing trains to Naples (Napoli Centrale). The cost of a taxi from the main station to the airport amounts to a maximum of 20 €. Alternatively, there is also an airport bus.
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An absolutely successful mixture of culture and nature!
Our group went on this tour in the 2nd week of April. A beautiful route passing by nature in full bloom and guiding you to the cultural highlights of Pompeii, Paestum Amalfi, including the blaze of color through the splendid views of the sea on long descents. We were especially impressed by the fact, that we were mostly riding on almost completely traffic-free tarred roads. The mixture between famous places and the completely unknown small places of the original back country of the Cilento really impressed us. The eBikes ran perfectly and we could enjoy all the routes. Our guides were competent, friendly, always helpful and also gifted picnic cooks and organizers. We enjoyed the hotels on our trip, due to their location, quality and the friendliness of the staff, very much.
Italy can hardly be more authentic!
Dr. Brigitte H.
I would like to encourage all those who are still considering whether to start this voyage. You will enjoy unforgettable impressions with regard to culture, nature, culinary picnic accomodations, as well as a perfect support by experienced pedelon guides. The eBikes are reliable and you can get along very well. I can only highly recommend this trip.
Salerno en miniature
In a very special way, this art project demonstrates the atmosphere in Campania: with a simulated “tilt-shift lens” and in time-lapse the bustling city of Salerno shrinks into a miniature landscape.
Antique palaces on the Gulf of Naples (german)
This documentary takes you to the world of the rich and beautiful of ancient times and shows you the past glamor of their luxury villas on the Gulf of Naples.
Naple’s underworld (german)
Up to 40 m you can climb into the depths of Naples’s underground city, where a labyrinth of about 80 km of gigantic caves and narrow aisles extends. In this documentary (arte, 2013) the court doctor, anthropologist and historian Philippe Charlier undertook an excursion into this mysterious underworld.
This beautiful landscape was once a centre of the ancient world in the Mediterranean and features gorgeous coastlines, romantic villages, paradisiacal islands and is a true cradle of European culture.