Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Amalfi Coast

 Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Amalfi Coast
 Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Amalfi Coast
 Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Amalfi Coast
 Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Amalfi Coast
 Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Amalfi Coast
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Combining the best of two of our most popular Italian cycling trips, this itinerary offers the unique challenge of riding right across Italy from the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian sea. Expect a rewarding point-to-point ride every day through some of Italy’s most picturesque scenery on quiet and unspoilt routes. Starting from the Apullian town of Polignano a Mare, we cross Italy from east to west and venture into the heart of the Baslicata and Campania regions. The itinerary includes time in the iconic UNESCO city of Matera, as well as other jewels like Padula and Castelmezzano, a mountain village perched on the so-called 'Dolomites of the south'. Our journey ends with a fantastic ride along the world-famous Amalfi Coast all the way to Sorrento. 

  • Visit UNESCO sites and venture into forgotten villages
  • Stunning door-to-door rides through traffic-free roads
  • Travel across Italy from Puglia to the Amalfi Coast
  • Stunning door-to-door rides through traffic-free roadsTravel across Italy from Puglia to the Amalfi CoastVisit UNESCO sites and venture into forgotten villages

All breakfasts and 4 dinners included.A typical hotel breakfast consists of: toast/bread with jam,or honey, cereal, cheese and ham, served with coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, fruit, cake and yoghurt. Lunches are normally arranged as picnics or taken in small cafes' along the route. A total of 4 dinners are included on this trip and they normally consist of a 3-course menu with a choice of regional specialities. Vegetarians and people with special dietary requirements will be catered for but please inform us of your requests prior travel.

  • Europe
  • Italy
  • Matera
  • Sorrento
  • Amalfi
  • Bari
  • Dolomites
  • Nice
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Road Cycling
  • Cycling
  • Active
  • Singles

Start in the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare. Depending on the group arrival, there might be time for a relaxing stroll through the town's narrow alleys and along the sea shore. We strongly recommend arriving a day or two early to visit some of the other region's jewels including the UNESCO town of Alberobello or Ostuni.

Today we start cycling from the coast and go inland, heading for one of the most fascinating cities of southern Italy, Matera. A first warm-up climb brings us onto a large rolling plateau, where we will be pedalling through fields of fennel and ancient olive groves. We pass several nice small Apullian villages along the route, where we stop to regroup, take a coffee or simply for a rest. As we cross into the region of Basilicata for the last part of the route, we cycle through open fields and partly along the Appia Antica, the ancient Roman Road. We should reach the UNESCO listed town of Matera in the afternoon with some time for a relaxing stroll in the historic ‘Sassi’ district and for an Italian 'aperitivo' in one of the beautiful squares. You are free to choose from the wide selection of restaurants and pizzerias for your evening meal however the leader may suggest a group meal for those interested. 

Meals: breakfast,

Today will be our longest ride but the destination will be more than worth the effort! We start with an easy downhill section through the fields, towards the Lake of St. Giuliano. We then follow an old road along a ridge, encountering a number of beautiful historic villages, like Tricarico, an old Byzantine capital and Grassano, before arriving in sight of the stunning Lucan Dolomites as known as the 'Dolomites of the South'. We make a great downhill ride just before having to gather some strength for the challenging but rewarding steep climb up to the beautiful village of Castelmezzano, clinged to the mountains' sandstone rocks. The support vehicle will be availble for those who prefer to skip this last ascent. Castelmezzano, rated as one of the prettiest villages in Italy, is very remote and set in a breathtaking location with stunning mountain views - a perfect quiet retreat after today's long ride. A short walk through the village and up to the Norman steps is a must, before we enjoy a delicious hoemade meal at our hotel's restaurant. Overnight in Castelmezzano.

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Today we are heading west into the Campania region. In the morning we cross the National Park of the Basilicata Apennines, a sparsely populated wilderness area featuring stunning mountain scenery and pleasant villages where time seems to have stood still. Towards the end of the afternoon, after a last challenging climb, we’ll reach the top of the ridge between Basilicata and the Campania region. From here we will be cycling all the way down into the Vallo di Diano, a fertile highplain with several beautiful medieval towns. We settle in the beautiiful hilltop village of Montesano sulla Marcellana.

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Today's ride is relatively short, thus allowing time for some sightseeing. We first cycle all the way down to Padula, where we recommend paying a morning visit to the Padula Charterhouse, the largest monastery in Italy and UNESCO heritage site. After the visit we get on our bikes again and cycle into the heart of the Cilento National Park. First we follow a nice, mainly flat, route through the Vallo di Diano and continue with a climb up the beautiful ‘Sentinella’ pass (932m), which winds up high above the plain. The last part of the route is a nice descent into the Cilento National Park, where we settle in homely agriturismo with pool. If we arrive on time there we can have a great lunch, after which we can relax on the grounds or go for a short optional ride to nearby Roscigno, the Pompeii of the 19th century. Tonight we dine on great local specialties prepared with organic produce. 

Meals: breakfast,dinner

Today we ride a great route in the shadow of the Alburni Mountains making our way down to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Early in the afternoon we’ll arrive at the fantastic Greek Temples of Paestum. Our hotel is just a few hundred meters from here so we have the time to visit the impressive archaeological site. Alternatively, you could opt to relax at the swimming pool. The sea is only a few minutes away by bike so those who whish can also enjoy a refreshing late afternoon swim. Tonight we’ll eat on the premises of the hotel. 

Meals: breakfast,dinner

We start the day with an early train ride to Salerno. Here we get on our bikes and begin our final ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Italy: the stunning Amalfi Coast. After a short climb up to Vietri, we follow the undulating coastal route to Cetara and continue uphill to the dramatic viewpoint of Capo d’Orso. We then head towards Amalfi itself, where we have time for a short stop and stroll. In the afternoon we ride past Positano, and cross the ridge to then wind down to the nice resort town of Sorrento. Here we can toast to our accomplishment, perhaps with a drink or two down at the beach and a dive into the Bay of Naples, in sight of Mt. Vesuvius. Those who wish can opt for a stroll in the historic centre, or perhaps just a few hours of relaxation. In the evening we all gather together for a last great evening meal (optional). 

Meals: breakfast,

The trip ends in the morning of Day 8. Those who are interested in exploring more of this stunning part of Italy may opt to add some extra nights in Sorrento or the Amalfi coast, and extend this fantastic week of cycling with a few days of relaxation and sightseeing. Please contact us if you wish to book any post tour accommodation.

Meals: breakfast,

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  • Local bike hire
  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners

Not Included
  • Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request)Visas and vaccinationsLocal city taxes (approx. €10)
  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
4* Coast to coast
A superb and demanding trip that warranted its challenging status. It was good to be in a largish “peleton” of 14 riders of variable ages and abilities with a 50/50 gender balance. We cycled through very rustic and hilly terrain and visited fascinating towns and villages across S Italy. All of the hotels were good with delightful food and drink to enjoy.
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5* Marvellous!
This is a great trip to do for those of reasonable fitness and those who enjoy a challenge, magnificent scenery and eating lots of delicious food.
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5* Italy: Coast-to-coast ride: Puglia to Sorrento
A really well-run trip which goes through beautiful Italian countryside and visits spectacular towns and villages along the way.
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5* Challenging and rewarding trip
This is a new trip for Exodus , going from from Polignano ,on the East of Italy ,across the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park ,up the Amalfi coast to Sorrento . The scenery changes every day and it was a well thought out route along mostly quiet roads . I was glad I had not taken my bike as some of the Italian roads were rough, and the bikes that were provided as part of the trip were well chosen for this route .The group was led by Paolo and the mechanic was Raphael and they were both just wonderful and so well organised. Paolo has a real passion for cycling and takes a huge amount of pleasure in showing people his lovely country .We got to see some iconic sites as part of the trip. I forgot to bring my Garmin mount for the bike and I happened to mention it to Raphael and the second day one magically appeared on the handlebars of my bike! Nothing was too much effort. The trip ran without a hitch from start to finish.The accommodation was basic but good and food was plentiful and catered for a vegan in our group and me who is vegetarian ,with no problem.The grade is challenging and I would say that this was a fair assessment of the trip.You need to be good at hills on this trip as there are several long steep passes to go over and some sections are on a gradient of 10 and 12 %, so make sure you are hill ready before you go!I extended my trip by 3 days and I was so glad I had . I went to Capri, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius and spent one day mouching around Sorrento .This is my second trip with exodus and it wont be my last!
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5* A top way to see Southern Italy
This is a challenging ride but it is a fantastic way to see and experience Southern Italy in the company of a great and knowledgeable guide.
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5* Coast to coast italy
Great food, great scenery, great company
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5* Italy coast to coast cycle
Excellent trip. A brilliant holiday. Lovely scenery. Good hotels. Lovely food. Guide and support brilliant. Challenging but really enjoyable cycle. Good level of fitness needed as described in tour description. Lovely supportive group of people
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Touring with Exodus

With over 45 years’ experience of taking people on amazing adventure holidays, Exodus can help you reach some of the most incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across more than 90 countries around the world. All staff at Exodus have a passion for travel and adventure, and some team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus. But that’s not all. This reputable company is a Which? recommended escorted tour provider and has won many prestigious awards, including Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company at the 2018 British Travel Awards.

Exodus is all about adventure and helping others to achieve their travel dreams by offering a fantastic range of guided group holidays, self-guided trips, tailor-made getaways and escorted tours. So, if you’re looking to discover different countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts or even jungles, the expert team at Exodus can help you plan an unforgettable solo, group or family adventure.

Each tour and adventure has been created to give you maximum value for money, often including authentic activities, as well as flights, accommodation and a tour guide. And as the team has developed one of the very best and most exciting collections of guided-group tours and self-guided holidays, you’re guaranteed the adventure holiday of a lifetime, no matter which one you pick. Trips include everything from family adventure holidays and walking and cycling tours to mixed-activity tours and seasonal getaways. You can also ask Exodus to plan a tailored itinerary from scratch or tweak an existing one, which means you can book a bespoke holiday that is designed just for you.

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When it comes to travelling together as a family with Exodus, all family holidays are specifically designed to offer a mix of education and exploration, with plenty of downtime. Each adventure and tour has been created with one of three age ranges in mind, but children outside of the 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 age bracket are welcome to travel too. Plus, the price for children up to the age of 16 is 25% lower than the adult cost for Exodus guided holidays to help make your trip more affordable. From canoeing and cycling in the Dordogne to safari tours in Africa and dolphin watching in Costa Rica, Exodus offer family adventures all over the world.

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At Exodus, they make sure that everyone travels respectfully and courteously in a small group to minimise their impact and to ensure each holiday is a beneficial experience for all those involved. Where possible, they believe in putting money directly into the communities they visit by eating locally produced food and using locally owned and run accommodation. They also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as possible to make it simple for you to experience a memorable holiday, your way.


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Start:Polignano a Mare
Group size:6 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Challenging
Meals:7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 4 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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