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 Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Sorrento tour
Dolomites Matera Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Sorrento Trip
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Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Sorrento

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

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

Short Description

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 Monopoli, 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.Cycle through the heart of Southern Italy from Puglia to the Amalfi Coast

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Monopoli
End City Sorrento

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Dolomites Matera Sorrento

Activities

Cycling

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Bari and transfer to the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli.

Fly to Bari and transfer to the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli. Depending on the group arrival, there might be time for a relaxing stroll through the town's narrow alleys 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 Alberobello or Polignano. 

Day 2 Ride through fields and ancient olive groves to the amazing UNESCO city of Matera.

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. 

Day 3 Challenging ride into the heart of Baslicata to the secret jewel of Castelmezzano, a village perched on top of the so called Dolomites of the South.

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.

Day 4 Cross the border into Campania by bike and reach Padula, home of the UNESCO Carthusian monastery featuring the the biggest cloister in the world.

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 Padula, a nice medieval town famous for its ‘Certosa’, the largest monastery in Italy. 

Day 5 Ride to the lovely village of Corleto Sant'Angelo and spend a night in a family-run agriturismo with pool.

Today's ride is relatively short, thus allowing for a late start. We recommend paying a morning visit to the nearby Padula Charterhouse, the largest monastery in Italy and UNESCO heritage site. We get on our bikes just before lunch 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 involves a nice descent into the Cilento National Park, where we settle in homely agriturismo with pool. Tonight we dine on great local specialties prepared with organic produce. 

Day 6 Cycle all the way to the coastal town of Paestum in Campania; visit the famous Greek temple.

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. 

Day 7 Train ride to Salerno; ride one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world all the way to Sorrento via Amalfi.

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). 

Day 8 Transfer to Naples and fly to London.

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Day 1 Start in the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli.

Start in the picturesque town of Monopoli. 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 Polignano. 

Day 2 Ride through fields and ancient olive groves to the amazing UNESCO city of Matera.

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. 

Day 3 Challenging ride into the heart of Baslicata to the secret jewel of Castelmezzano, a village perched on top of the so called Dolomites of the South.

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.

Day 4 Cross the border into Campania by bike and reach Padula, home of the UNESCO Carthusian monastery featuring the the biggest cloister in the world.

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 Padula, a nice medieval town famous for its ‘Certosa’, the largest monastery in Italy. 

Day 5 Ride to the lovely village of Corleto Sant'Angelo and spend a night in a family-run agriturismo with pool.

Today's ride is relatively short, thus allowing for a late start. We recommend paying a morning visit to the nearby Padula Charterhouse, the largest monastery in Italy and UNESCO heritage site. We get on our bikes just before lunch 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 involves a nice descent into the Cilento National Park, where we settle in homely agriturismo with pool. Tonight we dine on great local specialties prepared with organic produce. 

Day 6 Cycle all the way to the coastal town of Paestum in Campania; visit the famous Greek temple.

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. 

Day 7 Train ride to Salerno; ride one of the most spectacular coastal roads in the world all the way to Sorrento via Amalfi.

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). 

Day 8 End Sorrento.

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.

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Italy Coast to Coast Ride: Puglia to Sorrento

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Italy: Coast-to-coast ride: Puglia to Sorrento

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
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A really well-run trip which goes through beautiful Italian countryside and
visits spectacular towns and villages along the way.
There were many: staying in the spectacular village of Castelmezzano in
Basilicata in the Dolomites of the South; cycling through the stunning
mountain countryside of Basilicata, exploring Polignano a Mare in Puglia and
Matera in Basilicata at night; the ascent out of Castelmezzano through wooded
hills; the Amalfi Coast (beautiful in spite of being very busy); the great
food (a really excellent range of options whether you are a meat-eater or
vegetarian).


Paolo was an extremely professional and able leader (and a really good
cyclist). He kept a large group of cyclists safe and happy through a week of
quite challenging cycling. He knew the route very well and knew when to stop
for water and snacks and to appreciate a good view. He was passionate about
the countryside and had a good knowledge of it, too. Equally important was
Raffaele, who worked really hard providing vehicle support, bike maintenance
and repairs and food and water all along the trip. Raffaele was up early in
the morning making sure the bikes were all in tip-top condition and making
sure that everyone was taken care of.


You need to be quite fit to go on this trip as there are some quite long
ascents - so it's worth doing some training prior to the trip. The vehicle
support on this trip is very good and consequently you can travel light (the
standard bikes come with a handlebar bag only) - but always keep some water
with you and and extra layer or two in case you cool down after stopping and
then have a long descent.


A really worthwhile trip if you want both challenging cycling and to see a
wide variety of stunning Italian countryside and spectacular towns.


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Coast to coast italy

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Great food, great scenery, great company
The downhills!


He was very knowledgeable and a great athlete.


Get in shape, get some hours on the bike before hand, protect yourself from
saddle sores and enjoy the ride


Gearing on the road bikes should be changed for the terrain, it was difficult
doing all the climbing with a standard chainset.


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Italy coast to coast cycle

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Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
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
All great


Really excellent. Keen to tell us about local history and landmarks.
Supportive. Excellent advice re route, road, potential hazards etc


As expected weather hot but excellent support re water, nutrition on route
etc. We stayed on in Sorrento for a few days after. Bus service very good.
I would recommend this trip
Challenging, trip notes accurate re standard of fitness needed
We travelled from Manchester, stayed overnight in Brindisi and then got the
train, which worked well


I would rather you just used my initials than full name


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Challenging and rewarding trip

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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!
cycling along the Amalfi Coast.


Paolo was just fantastic. Really good spoken Engligh, Incredibly well
organised and charming to spend time with. Really passionate about his work
and Italy as a country.


Take SPD pedals if you have them. Do some hill work before you travel .......


Only that I really enjoyed this trip and Palo and Rapheal were in no small
part the reason why . Well done to them They should be nominated as part of
your awards scheme


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Marvellous!

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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.
Making it to the top of each one of the hills and wheezing down the other
side and all whilst chatting and laughing with great people on the trip.


Paolo Longo couldn't have done anything more to make our holiday easier or
more pleasant. He was very knowledgeable, encouraging, supportive and a great
laugh. We thoroughly enjoyed his company.


If you are travelling on the earlier or later trips in the year, it is really
important to remember to take wet weather gear. Even though in was warm to
hot during May, we did have one cold day and it rained hard.


Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


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A top way to see Southern Italy

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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.
The very different terrains that we went through and the food we were able to
experience.
Apart from the great scenery we travelled through the Greek ruins in Paestum
were great to walk around and the cave dwellings in Sasso at Matera were
very interesting.
The vast monastery at Padula was well worth visiting and gave us time away
from the bikes.
Going in May meant that the wild flowers were at their best.


Our group leader was very keen to show us the countryside and to help us
savour the food of the area so he organised some great meals for us along the
way. He was well supported by the mechanics who followed the ride and they
ensured that the bikes were in good condition throughout the trip.


The distances may not look very long but after the first day it becomes more
challenging with long climbs. However they are all great fun and you see some
fantastic scenery. There was a great array of food at all the stops so this
is not a trip if you are trying to loose weight!


All the hotels used were comfortable and of good quality.
We had a great time and enjoyed it all!


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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
100% tarmac roads
Some long rides and challenging climbs;
Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels, 1 night agriturismo
All breakfasts and 4 dinners included
E-bike or road bikes hire available on request

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 6 nights 3 and 4-star hotels and 1 night agriturismo
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 90% tarmac and 10% unpaved; some long rides and challenging climbs
  • Local bike hire included
  • E-bike or road bike hire available on request

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Meals Included:

Dinner: 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.

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