Italy Bike + Barge Tours
Bike Italy and the Amalfi Coast! See the country by land and sea…
This Italian cycling adventure takes you along the Amalfi Coast and Gulf of Naples, and inland to Pompeii, Sorrento, Ravello, and more.
The tour in Pompeii is especially profound, as you relive the terrible eruption of the volcano Vesuvius that buried thousands in poisonous ash.
Atop the majesty of Ravello whose dreamlike gardens inspired Wagner, you will gaze out upon the Amalfi coast. Explore the mystery of the impressive cathedral, the venerable Duomo, dedicated to San Pantaleone whose blood is a treasured relic and according to locals, liquefies every year.
Stand atop the mountain peak at Cimbrone and feast your eyes on what has been described as the most beautiful sight in all the world. A sight that legend claims was used to tempt Jesus himself.
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Price £ 1240 $ 2,140 € 1395 NOK 13020 kr 12018 $ 1,562
Single supplement: £ 667 $ 1,151 € 750 NOK 7000 kr 6462 $ 840
Electric bicycle rental: £ 80 $ 138 € 90 NOK 840 kr 775 $ 101
Extra night in Naples (4* Hotel)
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
This Italy bike tour is considered moderate with daily biking distances ranging between approximately 19 to 25 miles (30 to 40 km). Terrain is hilly and each day there will be climbs to conquer on narrow roadways with traffic. Difference in elevation is between 0 and 650 m per day. This tour requires a very good fitness level and command of the bike.
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard the Turkish gulet, the Derija Deniz. A gulet is the traditional design of a two-masted wooden sailing vessel from the south-west coast of Turkey. Though this is traditionally a sailing vessel, the sails will not be relied upon for wind power but the motor will always be utilized.
- Accommodation in double cabin with private bath
- All meals (except 1 x dinner in Amalfi)
- 21 speed bike rental
- Italian/English speaking guide
What’s Not Included
- Transportation to/from harbor
- 1 x dinner in Amalfi
- Beverages (including water)
- Entrance fees and excursions (museums, parks, monuments)
- Unexpected docking fees due to adverse weather (Approximately €150 to be split among tour participants)
Extra nights possible in Naples
Day 1: Arrival and embarkation, Marina di Castellammare
Day 2: Pompeii, 9 mi. (14 km)
Day 3: Sorrento - Positano - Amalfi, 21 mi. (34 km)
Day 4: Amalfi - Minori - Vietri - Cetara or Salerno, 18 mi. (29 km), alternate route: add Ravello, 24 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Capri
Day 6: Island Ischia, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Procida and Napoli
Day 8: Departure
*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
DAY 1: Arrival and boarding at Marina di Castellammare
Embarkation at 6 PM at the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia. Welcome drink, dinner, and presentation of the program.
DAY 2: Pompeii, 9 mi. (14 km)
Cycle trip to Pompeii and visit of Pompeii and the Villa dei Misteri. It is the biggest open-air archaeological site of the world. A great example of past human life, where the huge eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 A.D fixed forever under ashes and lava men in their daily activities. Return journey to the Marina di Castellammare and departure with the caique towards Sorrento. Walking visit of the town and return to the boat. Overnight on board in Marina di Cassano in roadstead or in the port in case of bad weather conditions.
DAY 3: Sorrento - Positano - Amalfi, 21 mi. (34 km)
Depart on your bicycle along the Sorrento coast. You cross “Colli di Fontanelle” and you enter in the Amalfi coast, where you will cycle along the wonderful road overlooking the sea up to Positano. Its colourful houses have been built in amphitheatre shape, overlooking the sea, giving a unique and picturesque aspect to the village. After Positano you continue towards Amalfi, the most powerful Mariner Republic at the end of X century. We suggest the visits to the cloister of Paradise and the church and a walk along the main street that is connected with many narrow streets between white fisherman’s houses. Return to the gulet. You are free for dinner. Overnight in port in Amalfi.
DAY 4: Amalfi - Minori - Cetara, 10 mi. (16 km), alternate route: add Ravello, (10.5 km) or Vietri (10.5 km)
From Amalfi you continue your cycle tour along the coast, cycling on a street with ups and downs overlooking the sea, crossing the villages of Minori, Maiori and Cetara. It is possible to make a deviation and go up towards Ravello, where in the placid beauty of the main square, the Dome dedicated to Saint Pantaleone stands out. The blood of the Saint liquefies every year on 27th July. From the village dominating the sea from 300 mt. Above sea level, you can enjoy a view beyond the Gulf of Salerno and up to the Cilento mountains. We suggest a visit to Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, whose architecture (a mélange of Arab, Sicilian and Norman style) was an inspiration for Wagner. You return on the road along the coast to finally reach Vietri. You come back to the gullet. Dinner and overnight stay in the little fishing harbor of Cetara.
DAY 5: Capri
Navigation to Capri and disembarkation with the tender in Marina Piccola (Capri). You visit the Island on foot, you reach the village of Capri with its famous “piazzetta” and continue to the Faraglioni. From above the cliff you can enjoy a wonderful panorama on the Gulf of Naples dominated by the Vesuvius. In the afternoon embarkation and navigation to Ischia. Overnight in the port of Ischia Casamicciola.
DAY 6: Island Ischia, 11 mi. (18 km )
Cycling from Ischia port you will cross by bike the west part of the island among the scents and flavors of the Mediterranean sea, crossing little villages with the possibility of visiting little museums along the stage. Overnight in the thermal village of S. Angelo.
DAY 7: Procida and Napoli
Navigation up to Procida and walking visit of the town and the San Michele Abbey. Return to the boat to continue to Napoli, disembarkation and visit of the city. Starting from “Spacca Napoli”, you will discover the city centre characterized by narrow streets, with washing hung out, baroque churches and palaces, the San-Carlo theatre, the Gallery Umberto the 1st, the Plebiscito Square. In the afternoon we reach again the caique and we navigate to Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (in alternative, we reach Castellammare with public means). Overnight in the Marina of Castellammare di Stabia.
DAY 8: Departure
This cycling adventure will end after breakfast.
Tyrrhenian Sea Boats + Barges
Caique Mariagiovanna Italy Comfort Class Boat Mariagiovanna is a caique; a traditional Turkish vessel built with mahogany wood. It has all the functionality of a modern boat but the antique charm of an “ancient vessel”. At the stern and the bow there are large, soft cushions ideal for guests who wish to enjoy the amazing landscapes in the glittering sunlight, read a book, or sunbathe. The boat can acommodation 10 guests in five comfortable cabins (2 double cabins that can be made into a triple and 3 twin cabins), air conditioning, and private facilities on board provide guests with the maximum level of comfort.
Deriya Deniz Italy Comfort Plus Class Boat Deriya Derniz is a solidly built gulet, finished with precious mahogany woods. Great care was taken in designing the interiors and external areas to provide charm and comfort. All cabins have complete bathrooms with separate showers and 1/4 tub, air conditioning with independent regulation, and portholes that can be opened to enjoy the sea and air. There is a spacious dinette with bar on board. Guests can also take advantage of a large solarium complete with beach mattresses to relax, lounge and take in the sun and sea. There is a covered back deck as well with a table for breakfasts and dinners.