BIKE AND BOAT ON THE AMALFI COAST

8 Day Escorted Tour Bicycle touring along the Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri, Ischia and Procida on the Gulf of Naples, and cities like Pompeii and Sorrento will guarantee an unique bike-travel-experience with lots of nature and culture. This is a journey that will take place both on land and on water, searching the […]

8 Day Escorted Tour

Bicycle touring along the Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri, Ischia and Procida on the Gulf of Naples, and cities like Pompeii and Sorrento will guarantee an unique bike-travel-experience with lots of nature and culture.

This is a journey that will take place both on land and on water, searching the natural treasures and cultural heritage along the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Naples. A cruise on board a historical style gulet, a type of boat that is a legend itself, just as is the sea under your keel.
It is not just a matter of watching and observing, but a truly active journey intended to combine sailing and relaxing with cycling along the narrow streets of Capri, to continue at the feet of the impressive Mt. Vesuvius near Pompeii, and then cycle again on the islands of Procida and Ischia, ending your tour in spectacular Sorrento.

 

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Day to day Itinerary

Day 1

Castellammare di Stabia (Naples)
Individual arrival at Castellamare di Stabia (Naples). Embarkation at 6 p.m. Welcome drink, dinner and programme orientation. 

Day 2

Cycle trip to Pompeii (approx. 14 km/ 9 miles)

Cycle trip to Pompeii and visit to Pompeii and the Villa dei Misteri. Pompeii is the biggest open-air archaeological site in the world. A great example of past human life, where the huge eruption of 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 ship towards Sorrento. Overnight on the gulet in Sorrento. 

Day 3

Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi (approx. 34 km/ 21 miles)
Tour of Sorrento and departure along Sorrento coast. You cross “Passo San Pietro” (St. Peter’s pass) and you reach the Amalfi coast, where you will cycle along the wonderful road overlooking the sea up to Positano. Its colorful 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 the 10th century. We suggest the visits to the cloister of Paradise, the church and a walk along the many narrow streets of white fisherman’s houses. Return to the gulet and overnight in Amalfi. 

Day 4

Amalfi – Minori – Cetara – Vietri – Salerno (approx. 22 km/14 miles) + alternative Ravello (approx. 33 km/ 21 miles)

From Amalfi you continue your cycle tour along the coast, cycling on a street 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, 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 m 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 mixture of Arab, Sicilian and Norman style) was an inspiration for Wagner. You return on the road along the coast to finally reach Vietri and Salerno before returning to the gulet. Overnight in Salerno. 

Day 5

Capri

The day starts with a sail up to Capri. We will have some breaks during the sailing to take a swim and to admire the Amalfi coast from the sea. Arrival in Capri in Marina Grande – our arrival port. You visit the Island on foot, reaching the village of Capri with its famous “piazzetta”. Possibility to visit the “Grotta Azzurra”. From above the cliff you can enjoy a wonderful panorama over the Gulf of Naples dominated by Mt Vesuvius. Return to the gulet before setting sail.
Overnight in the harbour of Casamicciola ( Ischia).

Day 6

Ischia (approx. 35 km/23 miles)
You cycle from S. Angelo across the western part of the island. On your way you pass little villages where you have the possibility to visit museums. The scents and flavours of the Mediterranean Sea accompany you. Overnight stay is in Ischia – Sant´ Angelo.

Day 7

Ischia – Procida – Naples – Castellammare di Stabia
Cruise to Procida – stroll through the city and visit San Michele abbey. Afterwards you cruise to Napoli where you may spend some time in the city. Start from Spacca Napoli and discover the city centre with its typical narrow streets, baroque churches and palaces, San-Carlo theatre, Gallery Umberto the 1st and Plebiscito Square. In the afternoon cruise to Marina di Castellammare di Stabia. Overnight in the harbor.

Day 8

Departure 

Disembarkation at 09.a.m. 

Rating: Easy to Moderate
From gently rolling to quite hilly, always along the coast line. Asphalt streets open to normal vehicles (it is likely to have steady traffic in some streets along the Amalfi coast – Amalfitana). Daily stages are quite short and you do not need to be a very experienced cyclist, but a reasonable level of fitness is essential.

 

YOUR SHIP

MS Deriya Deniz

The stylish Deriya Deniz has a length of 24 m and a breadth of 6, 60m. The great care in the interiors and external spaces provide great charm and extreme comfort. The gulet has 5 cabins: 3 double cabins and 2 twin cabins.
All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, TV, a little wardrobe, a porthole that can be opened and air-conditioning.
The ship is furnished with style, furthermore it offers a sun deck, with comfortable beach mattresses to enjoy the sound of the sea.
The back deck is covered and has a table for breakfasts and dinners.
Onboard catering is our pride, and it is the result of cultural research, suggested by the old recipes of seaside villages. Carpaccio, fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta, meat and the herbs of the Mediterranean, are mere samples of our menu.

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Transfers

The nearest airport is Naples. Regular train and bus service is available from the airport to Naples Centrale Station, where you may connect to the Circumvesuviana train to Castellammare Centrale Station

 

SCHEDULE & PRICE

DATES 2014
Tour departs every Saturday from April 19 to June 21, and from August 30 to October 18 (inclusive)

Price per person, double occupancy CAD $1940
Single cabin supplement $1160
E-bike supplement $120

 

This tour includes:
* 7 nights aboard ship, all cabins with private WC and shower
* 7 breakfasts , 6 packed lunches, and 6 dinners
* Quality 21 speed hybrid bike with panniers
* Multilingual tour leader onboard who assists with the days routes, cycles along with the group, provides travel tips for the journey and tourist information about places of interest
* Half week service of cabin, cleaning, and towel change

 

Not Included :
Beverages on board
Entry to museums etc. and everything which is not mentioned above.
Airport transfers