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Paestum and the Cilento Coast Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • The world-famous ancient Doric temples at Paestum
  • Step into Greek mythology and the Odyssey by walking the Path of the Sirens
  • Sample creamy, freshly made water buffalo mozzarella at a local organic farm
  • Swim in the clear, azure waters and rest on the sandy beaches of this unspoilt coastline
  • Soak up the atmosphere in Agropolis Old Town and taste the refreshing gelato
  • Characterful hotels that are ideally located for exploring on foot at a gentle pace
If you’ve visited Amalfi already or you’re looking for somewhere a bit quieter, but with the same great food, wine, and weather, then this short break is for you. The Cilento region is steeped in ancient history, legends, and is home to Paestum – where you’ll find one of the most impressive and famous ancient archaeological sites in the world. Cilento also has an abundance of natural beauty, with a pristine marine reserve and the second largest national park in Italy falling within its borders. And yet, this region is a secret haven and considerably quieter than neighbouring Amalfi. On this slow-paced walking trip, you can wander down narrow medieval streets and relax with the locals for a coffee in a quiet town square. Experience authentic fishing villages and stroll along sandy beaches; stopping to bask in the sunshine or take a refreshing dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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What To Expect

The perfect trip for discovering the coastal scenery and quiet paths in the Cilento National Park. If you’ve visited Amalfi before and are looking for the same great weather, azure waters, sandy beaches, delicious freshly made pasta and excellent wines, but with fewer visitors then this slow-paced gentle walking trip is the one for you.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Groups > 10, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • New
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

With up to nine miles on each walking day, this tour is graded easy to moderate and is suitable for those with a good level of fitness. We suggest that you might like to start a regular walking programme before you travel. Taking walks similar in duration to what you will be doing on this holiday, in order to make the most of your time and walks in Italy.

The area is undulating with gentle ascents and descents. During the summer, temperatures are high, and you will need to carry plenty of water with you (additional weight), and this may slow you down. Most of the route follows dirt tracks and stepped trails although you will occasionally be following minor paved roads.

Navigation

The route is well waymarked for the most part and easy to follow. Navigation is straightforward as you can use the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks, and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation will be simple, and you can’t get lost.

You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.

Experience & Fitness

This route is suitable for most regular walkers of average fitness. You should train by walking some daily walks of similar daily distances to your planned itinerary.

Accommodation Information

Our Paestum and the Cilento Coast Short Break holiday includes overnight accommodation in small hotels. We specifically choose the hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food and drink.

Details of the local hotels we normally use are detailed below. These are subject to availability, and early booking is highly recommended for June-September in particular, as this is a popular area.

We book en suite rooms as standard.

Alternate Accommodation
We will always try and use the hotels detailed in the accommodation information. Occasionally, because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you in alternative hotels which are not listed in the description. The alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described. In case of alternative accommodation needing to be booked, supplements may be payable, and we will advise you accordingly.

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Very occasionally, due to limited availability, there may be an option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we must accommodate you elsewhere, we will advise you of this before confirming your booking. In this case you can change your trip dates, or we can arrange taxi transfers to and from an alternative overnight accommodation (supplement payable).

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers for a supplement and is subject to availability. If you require single rooms within your party, we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.

Meals
Breakfast is included each morning. In Italy this is generally a light continental breakfast. Lunch and dinner are not included but are available from your hotel or nearby restaurants. Your accommodation may be able to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. The food of the Cilento region is strongly influenced by local produce. Traditional specialities include cavatelli, a typical handmade pasta, with cacioricotta cheese or the ciambotta, a delicious mix of stewed vegetables.

Additional Nights
You may wish to take some extra nights along the route, either to rest or for those with plenty of energy to explore some of the other walking opportunities nearby.

Room Upgrades
At Santa Maria di Castellabate you may like to upgrade your room to a sea view. These are available on request and subject to availability for an additional supplement.

Included
  • Accommodation in en suite rooms in small hotels on a twin share basis
  • Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer as per your itinerary
  • Excursion to Tenuta Vannulo water buffalo farm for a tour and light lunch to sample the freshly made mozzarella
  • Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • All your trip documents including a detailed information pack provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
  • Telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required) and personal equipment
  • Travel to Paestum and from Agropoli train station
  • Entrance to Paestum Archaeological Park
  • Tourist taxes (charged locally at hotels)
  • Lunches (except on day 2), dinners, drinks, and snacks
  • Public transportation tickets (train)
  • Local buses (if required) to/from walks
Extras
  • Extra night(s)
  • Upgraded hotel in Paestum
  • Upgrade to sea view rooms in Santa Maria di Castellabate
  • Private transfers to and from Naples Airport

When To Go

This trip is available to book from the end of March to end of October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. However, this tour is not available at Easter, or from the 21st July until the 21st August, as this is the hottest time of year and availability in the hotels is almost impossible to secure due to it being the Italian summer holidays.

Peak Season Availability

Early booking is recommended to secure the best choice accommodation for you throughout the peak spring and summer months. We may require some flexibility regarding your dates, accommodation and/or itinerary. We will do our best to provide a suitable alternative in line with our usual tour. In the instance that our usual accommodation is not available, a supplement for alternate accommodation may be payable, but will of course be discussed with you. We will always try our best to get you confirmed on the date you wish to travel.

Time of Year

In Autumn the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet, so September and October are unmissable. April, May and June are normally a pleasant temperature for walking and the vegetation is particularly lush at this time of year. May is when most wildflowers are coming into bloom. July, and end of August can be very hot and therefore aren’t best suited for everyone. You will have to start early to miss the heat of the day and carry a lot of water (additional weight) with you. Although the towns and villages are buzzing at this time of year which is great, and you can take a cooling dip in the sea.

Weather and Climate

Cilento experiences cold and wet winters and scorching hot summers, making the spring and autumn months the best time for most people travelling here on a walking holiday. Rain is possible at any time of year, but infrequent outside of the winter months. May and October have an average temperature of between 20 and 25°C, so are ideal for walking. March and April are cooler (around 15-18°C) and September is hotter (25-27°C). July and August are hot (30-31°C), sunny and can be humid.

Temperatures are an average guideline and may vary from the above.

Getting to the Start

We recommend you fly to Naples Airport (NAP). There are ALIBUS shuttle buses that run from here every 30 minutes to Piazza Garibaldi, which is located opposite the train station. The bus takes around 20 minutes (depending on traffic) and cost around €5.00 per person per way. There is a direct Trenitalia train to Paestum taking 1 hr 15 mins and costs approximately €6.50 per person.

Please inform the Macs team about your flight arrival time. Upon your arrival in Naples please contact our local supplier in Italy (their contact details will be in your trip information pack), so they can arrange for their driver to meet you at Paestum train station to take you to your hotel.

Alternatively, we’re happy to arrange private taxi transfers for you. Please contact the Macs team for a quote.

Getting from the End

We recommend you depart from Naples Airport (NAP). From Agropoli you can return to Naples on a direct Trenitalia train, which takes around 1 hr 25 mins and costs approximately €7.80 per person. From here you can take the ALIBUS shuttle bus back to Naples Airport.

Please inform the Macs team of your planned train departure time and flight departure time, so that we can arrange for the driver to transfer you from your hotel in Santa Maria di Castellebate to Agropoli train station in time.

Alternatively, we’re happy to arrange private taxi transfers for you. Please contact the Macs team for a quote.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, a day pack, sun hat, and sunscreen.

Online Documents
At Macs Adventure we care about the environment. We’re taking action to minimise the impact we have by converting the majority of our tour documentation for online delivery. On this tour, all your detailed tour information will be digitally delivered. You will have access to this documentation via “My Account” on our website and the Macs Adventure Smartphone App.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a packing list on what to bring. This includes walking gear, hiking boots, rain gear, day pack and other specifics.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Paestum and overnight Day 2 Visit to a water buffalo farm and chance to visit Paestum Archaeological Park Day 3 Train to Agropoli and coastal walk along Punta Tresino 8.3 miles / 13.4 km Day 4 Path of the Sirens walk 9.1 miles / 14.7 km Day 5 Onward travel from Santa Maria di Castellabate

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