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Tyrrhenian Sea

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.

    Check out all of our bike tours in Italy.

  • 2018 Prices

    Price £ 1355 $ 2,162 1435 NOK 14230 kr 13136 $ 1,708

    Single supplement: £ 708 $ 1,130 750 NOK 7438 kr 6865 $ 893

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107

    Extra Night Prices

    Naples (4* Hotel)
    Per person/night: £ 64 $ 102 68 NOK 674 kr 622 $ 81 Single supplement: £ 117 $ 187 124 NOK 1230 kr 1135 $ 148

    Transfer Prices

    To/from Naples airport or train station: £ 85 $ 136 90 NOK 893 kr 824 $ 107 (total for 1-4 pax) 

    To/from Naples airport or train station: £ 113 $ 181 120 NOK 1190 kr 1098 $ 143 (total for 5-8 pax) 

    To/from Castellammare Circumvesuviana Central Station: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 248 kr 229 $ 30 (up to 8 pax) 

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    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Naples airport. It is located 3.7 miles (5.9 km) north-northeast of the city in the Capodichino district of Naples

    Local Travel

    From airport, take the Alibus (€4) to Naples train station (15-20 minutes). From the station, take the Circumvesuviana train and exit at the Castellammare Centrale station (€2,8, 40-45 minutes). Then take a taxi to the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia.Private transfer available (with advanced reservation and payment) from/to the airport in Naples to/from boat. (4 people: €90 total, 8 people: €120 total, each way).

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. The average high/low temperatures in ° F are May: 72/55°, June: 79/62°, July 85/66°, August: 85/66°, September: 80/61°, October: 71/55°

    Recommended

    Soft luggage recommended.

    Remarks

    Please note that you will be touring with an international group.Also note, due to the nature of this tour, it is particularly vulnerable to adverse weather. During calm seas, the boat will anchor in "roadstead". It might be necessary during rough seas, to request entry into ports and the payment of docking fees. Tour participants will be responsible to share the costs of these fees.


Skill Level

This Italy bike and boat tour is considered moderate with daily biking distances ranging between 19 to 25 miles (30 to 40 km). Terrain is hilly and each day there will be climbs to conquer on narrow roadways, sometimes with traffic. Difference in elevation is between 40 and 700 m per day. This tour requires a very good fitness level and command of the bike. On Day 2, you will cycle mostly on country roads, Day 3 and Day 4, you will ride the Amalfi Coastal Road which is open to traffic. There are no bike paths on the coast. On Day 5, you will hike on paths that overlook the sea. Day 6 will be a combination of secondary and coastal roads (open to traffic). Day 7 consists of hiking on secondary roads or paths.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Turkish gulet, the Deriya 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. For chartered dates and doubled departures, the Caique Mariagiovanna is used.

What’s Included

  • 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)
  • Gratuities

Extra Stay

Extra nights possible in Naples

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1435 Rates
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Tour Dates

2018 Dates

Departures every Saturday from April 28 to June 23 and August 25 to October 13, 2018

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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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, 17 mi. (27 km), alternate route: add Ravello, 23 mi. (37 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 - Vietri - Cetara or Salerno, 17 mi. (27 km), alternate route: add Ravello, 23 mi. (37 km)
From Amalfi you continue your bike along the coast, cycling on the coastal road with some 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. 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. You return on the road along the coast to finally reach Vietri. You come back on board. Dinner and overnight in the small fishing port 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
The boat takes you to Procida where you'll enjoy a walking visit of the town and San Michele Abbey. Return to the boat to continue to Pozzuoli, in the bay of Naples. Transfer to reach the “Solfatara” site, a shallow volcanic crater part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. It is a dormant volcano, which still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes. The name comes from the Latin, Sulpha terra, "land of sulfur", or "sulfur earth". After the visit, return of foot to the boat. Navigation up to Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (Alternatively, reach Castellammare with public means). Overnight in the Marina of Castellammare di Stabia. 

DAY 8: Departure
This cycling adventure will end after breakfast.

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Customer Feedback

  • T. Petersen 1 year ago

    Loved our guide, the food quality and variety was the only disappointment.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • W. Watkins 1 year ago

    We had the time of our life and look forward to our next bike and boat tour. Thanks so much for everything!

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • M. Hunt 1 year ago

    We had a long line of riders of various abilities even though it was basically a flat ride. There should have been an official sweeper at the end of the line. Our guide was a great guy but seemingly casual in this regard. Toilets on the boat needed continual tweaking - a bit unnerving. Loved the crew- all hard working, super upbeat and friendly.

  • E. Greer 1 year ago

    Everything did not go perfectly all the time but we had a great time and the guys from Girolibero were always doing their best to help out when needed.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • V. Milner 1 year ago

    Well organised overall. In honesty the food was at times ordinary with great emphasis on fish & pasta. Bit more variety would have been good. Riccardo (tour guide) was excellent - he really made the tour worthwhile with his enthusiasm and knowledge. Not all staff on board were as friendly or able to communicate which did make a big difference to the overall atmosphere on board. We did have some difficulties with the booking process initially which remained unresolved in that we were unsure of why someone was phoning us from US.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • Jane Boyers 2 years ago

    Our trip was for very good/strong bikers unless you got the electric bike which was great! The scenery was spectacular along the Amalfi coast!

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  • Lee Beamish 2 years ago

    Alex was amazing. She was so informative, hard-working and enjoyable to be around. The staff on our boat were excellent as well.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • Marilyn McDowell 2 years ago

    The Amalfi coast section of biking was along the main roads driven by large local buses and the other tourist traffic was very heavy - although the drivers were not mean or aggressive, it was very unnerving to be biking on such busy roads. The guide seemed to be surprised that the traffic was still so heavy the 2nd week of September.

    The boat anchored in Amalfi on the 3rd night, in an unprotected harbor - the boat rocked and banged all night long, no one including the crew was able to sleep, and apparently this was not an uncommon experience when in the Amalfi harbor.

    On day 4, after an extremely hot day of biking we reached the boat in Cetara. For some reason, the boat was anchored along side the sister boat, not next to the pier. The crew made us wait in the hot sun until the bikes were hoisted on to the sister boat, then situated the bikes on our boat before allowing us to get on our boat to shower or get something to drink. AND since we were not next to the pier, to get from the sister boat to our boat the crew had us step up on the railing of the sister boat then step on the railing of our boat then down to the deck. Although they were assisting us, it was definitely an accident waiting to happen and totally unnecessary. On our Croatian trip in the Dalmation Islands, this type of parallel boat anchoring was common, but the boats utilized the openings in the railings to allow us to walk through the boats...

    The captain fell and injured himself during this bike hoisting situation, and was certainly in pain when we finally got on the boat, but he was very rude to another passenger who commented about the inappropriateness of loading the bikes first and the ""rail balancing"" access to the boat.

    Capri was a crowded disappointment, not worth the stop. Naples was also not worth the stop, large, dirty, crowded, the walking tour was not very interesting. On the positive side the Amalfi coast was absolutely beautiful and we really enjoyed the islands of Ischia and Procida with their quiet roads and small peaceful little towns.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • Frank McDowell 2 years ago

    "The ""recommend this trip (Tyhrennian Sea)"" question is a difficult question to answer. Scenery is great. Pompeii great. Guide good. Some passengers had issues with the Capt. At the end of our third day out we were secured to our sister boat in such a way that we had to walk across the railings (not on deck) to transfer to our vessel. It was unsafe, and honestly, uncomfortable for the women. When a few of our female passengers shared their opinion with the Capt he dismissed their concerns. In fairness, he had slipped and broken several ribs while handling bikes and was probably not in the best mood. When we finished biking on this same day (very hot) the crew/guide made all of us wait while they loaded the bikes. We all thought that was odd. They did not offer an explanation. The scenery was very good, guide was a nice guy and very knowledgeable. The crew was mixed. Cook & first mate great. Barista not so much. Capt....I don't know. After his accident he left to recover. Forgot about our second night. The harbor was unprotected from the prevailing wind direction and we rocked on 2-3 waves all night. No one slept-crew included. I told Marilyn if we encounter another night like that I was getting a room. It was miserable. The rest of the anchorages were fine. After writing this I changed my survey answer from Yes to No. I would send them to Metz if they want easy biking and Croatia for difficult.

    On the plus side...The Metz (Merlijn 2013) & So Dalmatia tours (San Snova 2015) was excellent in every way. Crew, boat, scenery, guides. We'll return to Europe but events in Paris probably have many of us thinking about different options.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • Brian 2 years ago

    As Jana said, Riccardo from Verde-Natura was the first bike guide we've had and he made things so much easier and enjoyable. He was constantly checking on all the riders and never seemed to mind going back downhill to check on slower riders. Everyone on the Deriya Deniz went to great pains to make sure each of us had what was needed - even supplying food for our picnic lunches. The last evening, we all got a wonderful surprise that was so much fun...but I'll not divulge their secret! The crew really was remarkable. For instance, we had an early morning flight from Naples to Palermo on the last morning of the trip. In order to get to the airport at the proper time, we had to wake at 4:30 am. Every single crew member plus Riccardo got up to see us off at 5:00 am making sure once again, we had what we needed or desired. I cannot imagine a better experience in this singularly beautiful location and highly recommend this trip!

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  • Jana 2 years ago

    Incredible! This was our sixth bike trip and our first guided bike and boat trip, and it wins the prize. Our Italian guide, Riccardo, was informative, kind, patient and always looking out for our safety, (He also knew the best places for gelato, gratina, pizza and of course, beautiful off the beaten path trails, parks and picnic spots.). The boat was gorgeous (immaculately clean) and our cabin much roomier than I anticipated. The captain was awesome (the epitome of the leader of the vessel, but also with a sense of humor); first mate truly did everything from helping unload bikes to driving us on the dinghy to shore; the chef prepared marvelous dinners, and Olga did everything else to ensure a great trip. Then, there is the biking! Wow! I have never had such exhilarating rides as on the Amalfi Coast. Words and photos simply cannot convey the majesty and overwhelming beauty. The other islands visited were also lovely. And, even though the water was cold, swimming off the boat while anchored at the Isle of Capri is a memory I will never forget. Our fellow travelers were from Switzerland, Germany, Phillipines and Canada and we so enjoyed their company. Thank you to our wonderful boat crew, Riccardo, our guide from VerdeNatura, and Mary from Tripsite for providing an adventure of a lifetime!

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • Lindsay (from Canada) 3 years ago

    My dad and I did this trip together in May 2014 - we both love cycling and being outdoors! The views were breathtaking.. breakfasts on board were superb with tons of espresso. The extra uphill biking in Ischia with the guide - totally worth the views at the end! Plus we got to relax at the top with an ice cold bottle of peroni. Boat is the best way to travel, by far, but bring some earplug in case it's noisy at night!! Every night I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow, from long days of biking and exploring. The crew on board was helpful and courteous - our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable (a Quebec native who now resides in Italy). We used TripAdvisor for tips on a good hotel to stay at to fly in & out of Naples (Napoli). It was an amazing experience, and I fell in love with the culture of Italy. I loved the country so much, we extended our trip and went to Rome and Florence on our own after the bike tour was done! I can't wait to do another bike tour.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

  • Kate 5 years ago

    My husband and I enjoyed this trip the first week of September 2011. The weather was hot but it was great to cool off swimming on the beach every day and jumping off the boat. There were gorgeous views of the coast from our bikes and the ride up to Ravello was worth it. We had a great guide and the crew on the boat was fun and very helpful - the evening meals cooked by the chef on board were very good and included lots of fresh fish. Sailing between the islands was definitely a highlight.

    Boat: Deriya Deniz

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Caique Mariagiovanna Photo

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Deriya Deniz Photo

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