SEA KAYAKING THE AMALFI COAST
Discover the real Italian paradise
Level 1: No experience necessary (must be physically active)
Amalfi Coast, Italy
NEW Dates for 2023! May 26th - June 1st, 2023 Positano - Cetera June 2nd - 8th, 2023 Cetara - Positano June 10th - 16th, 2023 Positano - Cetara September 10th - 16th, 2023 Cetara - Positano September 18th - 24th, 2023 Positano - Cetara Sept. 26th - Oct. 2nd, 2023 Cetara - Positano
- Weeklong trip kayaking in Italy on the Mediterranean Sea
- Dramatic Cliffs, secluded beaches and warm waters
- Terraced landscapes and beautiful cities
- Experienced local English speaking guide
- Inn to Inn accommodations
WEEKLONG KAYAKING TRIP EXPLORING THE AMALFI COAST IN ITALY
The Amalfi Coast is definitely one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe; an intriguing mix with a rich cultural heritage and a stunning natural environment. The blue waters of the Mediterranean are dominated here by the Europe’s steepest coastline, rising up to almost 4,500 feet.
Besides the dramatic rocky cliffs you’ll encounter on this trip, you’ll also see the rich tapestry of human labor that over the generations has transformed the steep mountain slopes into a series of terraced landscapes covered with lemon groves and vineyards. Nearby are charming villages, chapels and other sites of cultural interest scattered across the hills. It’s a dramatic coastline offering wonderful views, with an ever-changing environment as you paddle from destination to destination.
The smell of rosemary and citrus trees fills the air, fields of multicolored roses overwhelm the eyes and sandy beaches await your bare feet. The Amalfi Coast offers an extraordinary palette of colors, with deep azure skies, white limestone cliffs, deep blue seas, and bright citrus orchards lit by the dazzling Mediterranean sun. This intoxicating sensual feast inspires a celebration, and is a reminder of the goodness of life itself.
Paddling along the coastline of Amalfi offers you a unique way to experience this blend of nature and the age-old architecture of the region like no other. Highlights include stops in the amazing ‘Fjord’ of Furore (‘Furor’), in the charming fishing village of Cetara, and on the isolated beaches around beautiful Positano.
On this rich and inspired kayaking adventure you will discover why the Amalfi Coast has become Italy’s most famous coastline, and that it takes only a little effort to get ‘off the beaten track’. At only a few hundred meters away from the crowds by traveling by water, you will find yourself surrounded by nature. On this tour we take you beyond the tourist strewn beaches, to more remote ones as we paddle a coast rich with history and natural wonders to our next destination. At night we find ourselves in the charming comfort of a boutique hotel, a glass of wine in hand complimenting a delicious Mediterranean style meal as we share stories of the day!
Arrival in Naples, Salerno (or Cetara) in case you arrive a day earlier. Naples has an international airport, the closest to the Amalfi Coast. From here you can easily travel by train or bus to Salerno, the meeting point for this trip. From Rome (and many other cities) Salerno can easily be reached by train. There are regular AV (High-Speed), and Intercity trains (check both Trenitalia and Italo): travel time by High-Speed train is about one hour; cost around € 50,00, by IC-train: about 2 hours; cost around € 25,00. Several hotels can be booked in Naples or Salerno, ranging from 3 to 5-star, either ‘downtown’ centrally located, or near the harbor or train station.
In the early afternoon you are being picked up from Salerno (optional transfer from Naples) by private car and brought to the charming small fishing harbor at Cetara, one of the most authentic spots on the Amalfi Coast. You settle in your beautiful hotel, just outside the village, overlooking the whole Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast, and at literally a few steps from the beach, where you can already go for a first swim. Towards the end of the afternoon we meet our tour leader and the rest of the group. After a brief introduction of the tour, we will outfit everyone with paddle and PFD and offer some basic kayaking instruction. Then we go for a short introduction trip, towards the small little town of Cetara itself. Here we go for a short stroll through the colourful streets, soaking up its atmosphere. Then we have our relaxed ‘aperitivo’ on the beach and slowly paddle back to our hotel. In the evening we eat all together in the nice restaurant of our hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean. Accommodation: Hotel**** in Cetara – Meals included: 1 ‘aperitivo’, 1 dinner
In the morning we will first have a great breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean and then we walk down to our beach. Here we thoroughly check again all our gear, before going for our first kayaking day trip. We’ll start paddling along the amazing coastline in eastern direction today. The coastline here is a stupendous alternating scenery, ranging from impressive bare cliffs, to terraced lemon groves and isolated small beaches.
We’ll make a first stop on a small beach with a fresh water source, and then continue towards Vietri sul Mare, famous for its ceramics, where we can make a short ‘biscuit stop’ (a drink and a snack). We’ll then paddle around the ‘Due Fratelli’, two isolated rocky islands which are the symbol of Vietri. Those who want can opt to paddle towards Salerno. We will have a beautiful view on the city & the mountain scenery behind it from the red light house. We can even opt to go ashore at the beach of Santa Teresa, only a few steps away from the beautiful historical centre.
We will have a picnic lunch on a nice beach between Vietri and Cetara and then we paddle back to our hotel, where we still have some time for a swim or a drink on the beach, or just some relaxation. Those who want can go and get their aperitivo in the beautiful small hamlet of Erchie, a favorite among the local kayakers. In the evening we go out for dinner together in a nice restaurant in the medieval town centre of Cetara. Accommodation: Hotel**** in Cetara – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, 1 dinner
We’ll get an early start as the day’s sea kayaking will take us along one of the most famous stretches of coastline in Italy, with our final destination being the heart of the Amalfi Coast, the beautiful city of Amalfi itself! We start paddling along the amazing coastline in western direction today. The first small village we pass is Erchie, a small hamlet of just a few houses dominated by a medieval watchtower, and a beautiful beach, perfect for a short biscuit stop and a swim. We then continue along the rocky shore, exploring many sea grottos and land on isolated beaches. High above us we’ll notice the sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Avvocata, while we approach one of the most pristine areas of the Amalfi Coast, the amazing headland of Capo d’Orso. This area will surprise you with its many sea grotto’s and small waterfalls. We round the cape and then have lunch on the beautiful beach of Cavallo Morto. After that we can visit the Pandora grotto sea grotto and have a coffee on a beautiful small beach. Now we enter the real ‘Heart’ of the Amalfi Coast, with a number of beautiful coastal villages and Ravello and its beautiful ‘hanging’ gardens high above the coast. We paddle past Maiori and we can go ashore in the beautiful small town of Minori, where we can taste it’s famous ‘Delizia al Limone’. Here we have some time to stroll through its narrow streets and have a drink on its wonderful town square. Before landing at Amalfi we can perhaps make a last stop in Atrani, perhaps the best preserved village of the Amalfi Coast. From here Amalfi is only a mile away. Arriving in Amalfi we dock our kayaks and can enjoy some relaxation in our centrally located hotel, in the heart of the historical centre, and at literally two steps from the beach. You could also opt to go for a short stroll through the colorful streets, or maybe make another dive into the sea. In the evening we then all join for a great evening meal. We are picked up by private boat and brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby. After dinner we travel back to our hotel in Amalfi, gliding by boat over the glorious Mediterranean. Accommodation: Hotel*** in Amalfi – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, 1 dinner
Today, we will take the day off from kayaking. We’ll use the opportunity to discover some of the highlights of the Amalfi Coast: of course Amalfi itself, but also beautiful medieval Atrani, the smallest town in Italy and amazing Ravello, with its stunning gardens. In alternative, you could opt for a boat ride to the beautiful island of Capri, where you can see th famous sites, bus as well go for a nice walk along its Roman villa’s. Or we can stretch our legs on one of the most spectacular hikes in the region, the ‘ Path of the Gods’. This famous hike is on a well maintained path built into the side of the steep cliffs, mostly down hill with a few short climbs. The views are breathtaking giving you a completely different perspective of the Amalfi Coast. We will end our hike in the small hill side town of Montepertuso where we’ll have lunch overlooking Positano and the clear waters of the Mediterranean. After a delicious lunch we’ll make our way to Positano to catch a ferry back to Amalfi. The ride back on the ferry will give us a teaser of the paddle to come the next day. Back in Amalfi we’ll have time to relax and enjoy Amalfi’s town centre. In the evening we then all join for a great evening meal. We are picked up by private boat and brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby. After dinner we travel back to our hotel in Amalfi, gliding by boat over the glorious Mediterranean. Breakfast and dinner included.
Today’s sea kayaking will take us along one of the most famous stretches of coastline in Italy, with our final destination being the enchanting city of Positano! Our first destination will be the colourful village of Conca dei Marina, dominated by the impressive monastery of Santa Rosa, high above it. We paddle along an amazing coastline with lemon groves & vineyards, and beautiful little villages, suspended halfway the water and the sky. Past the villa of Sofia Loren we reach a beautiful beach for some relax. Then we paddle around the headland of Conca, with its medieval ‘Saracen’ watch tower. Our next destination is the amazing ‘Fjord’ of Furore, where we will enjoy a coffee break, in between the colored fishing boats. Those who want can take a short walk, to discover the small hamlet (which has been the set for several movies) and the amazing scenery of the fjord. Then we continue along the coast in western direction. Some short stops will be enjoyed at some of the many water access ports along the coast, like Marina di Praia or the beautiful, isolated, beaches between Praiano and Positano, places where the likes of Liz Taylor and Jackie Kennedy had a good time back in the sixties. We’ll have lunch at one of the nice restaurants along the way. Arriving in the elegant and cosmopolitan Positano, we will dock our kayaks on the large beach underneath our hotel. You will now have the time for a swim or some relaxation in our comfortable hotel. Or you can take the chance to explore the steep city streets and wander up into the hillside grabbing a bird’s eye view of the water below. Tonight we’ll celebrate our accomplishments with another wonderful dinner experience, on the premises of our hotel, overlooking the Mediterranean. Accommodation: Hotel*** in Positano – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch.
Today we’ll discover the amazing coastline west of Positano. Although Positano has become one of the most sought-after resorts in Italy, due to its geography it has maintained a larger number of ‘hidden treasures’, like a number of wonderful small isolated beaches, which can only be reached on foot or by water. There have been counted about 20 of these small beaches, which we can virtually have for ourselves. We’ll paddle in western direction, past the beautiful watchtower of Clavel, towards the headland of Punta Germano, where we’ll paddle into a number of beautiful grottos. In front of us we’ll see the rocky islands of the Sirens, with the backdrop of Capri. Experienced kayakers, who wish to make a paddling loop around these wonderful islands, can take the opportunity. While in Greek times the islands were believed to be the home of the Sirens, until recently they belonged to the late Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Those who wish can take the opportunity to continue paddling towards the little inlet of Marina di Crapolla, where it is believed that Saint Peter embarked on his way to Rome. Its small pebbly beach with crystal clear water, the remains of the old fishing village, the small chapel and the Roman Villa just above it, make it a unique spot for a short break. Others might wish to relax on one of the beaches. We can have a picnic lunch on the beautiful beach of Tordigliano. Or we can opt to return earlier to Positano and have a great (fish) lunch in one of the beach restaurants. Back in Positano, we will have some time to stroll through its narrow ‘Moresque’ streets, do some shopping, or just have a drink on its sea front boulevard. In the evening we then all join for a great last evening meal and raise our glasses to perhaps our best kayaking adventure ever. After dinner we might decide to make a last short stroll along the amazing coastline and go for a drink together. Accommodation: Hotel*** in Positano – Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
The tour ends in Positano after breakfast today (unless you booked an extension – extra days available upon request). You can easily make your own way from Positano to Salerno or Naples, either by boat or bus. A taxi transfer can be arranged on request.
Our Amalfi Coast Trip starts in Salerno, Italy. Our complimentary travel planners can help you find accommodations before and after the trip as well as your travel logistics.
Accommodations & Meals
All nights are spent in beautiful, characteristic hotels, mostly historical buildings, 3/4-star. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Accommodations are on a B&B basis. All evening meals are included, for which we have selected the best available restaurants. We’ll have some picnic lunches and a few lunches where you can choose your own waterside restaurant.
Private Local English speaking tour leader plus Sea Trek Guide | Professional guiding service for each activity | Double occupancy accommodation: 2 nights Cetara, 2 nights Amalfi, 2 nights Positano in good ***/**** hotels | Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 5 lunches | All private & public transfers as indicated throughout the entire itinerary | High-quality sea kayaks | Group equipment and technical gear for each activity | Entrance fees of all sites along the itinerary | 24 hr local assistance | Luggage transport | All gratuities for baggage porters & hotel service | Travel Planners, to assist with all of your flight and hotel needs
What’s not Included?
Airfare | Single Supplement fee is $600 | Hotel/ Tourist Tax | Departure taxes | Visas | Travel Insurance | Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary | Optional additional tours or activities | Tips for the guides | Items of a personal nature
Payment and Cancellation Policy
- A 30% non-refundable deposits required at the time of your reservation.
- Final payment is required 6 months prior to the start of your trip.
- We require you buy Cancel Anytime or Cancel for Any Reason trip insurance.
All payments are non-refundable.
Airfares and other travel are subject to other specific cancellation fees and/or policies. CAI/CFAR Insurance costs approximately 10% -15% of the insured amount. The full cost of the Sea Trek trip must be insured. CAI/CFAR insurance MUST BE PURCHASED within 2 weeks of your first deposit. Please contact E & E Travel Services for more information about CAI with Allianz.
Final payment will be automatically charged 180 days prior to the start of your trip. Please contact Sea Trek if you want to change how your final payment is made.
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