Cycling holiday Gulf of Naples & Amalfi Coast
- 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
- 25 km average per day
- Arrival Naples Capodichino Airport
- Departure Naples Capodichino Airport
- Gulf of Salerno
- Isle of Capri
- View of the volcano Vesuvius
- Guided Tour
- Group Tour
- Bike & Barge
Cycling level 2
On some days you will be cycling through a windy area; with distances to 50 kilometers per day.
Day 1 Saturday: Castellammare di Stabia
We welcome you aboard your Caique at 6 p.m., moored at the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia. Accommodation on board, welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the programme. Overnight in the harbour of Castellammare di Stabia.
Day 2 Sunday: Pompeii , 15 km
Today's stage starts with a cycle trip to Pompeii, the biggest open-air archaeological site of the world, which offers a unique snapshot of Roman life and provides a detailed insight into the everyday life of its inhabitants. Back to the harbour, your Caique will now leave towards Sorrento, where you will enjoy a walking visit of the town. Overnight in roadstead (sheltered anchorage) in Marina di Cassano.
Day 3 Monday: Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi, 35 km
You will start exploring by bike the Sorrento and the Amalfi coast (Costiera Amalfitana), where you will cycle along the wonderful road overlooking the sea up to Positano. Afterwards you will continue towards Amalfi, one of the four Italian Maritime Republics during the Middle Ages. Free dinner and overnight in the harbour of Amalfi.
Day 4 Tuesday: Amalfi – Vietri 25/35 km
From Amalfi you will continue your bike tour along the coast, cycling on the coastal road with some ups and downs, passing through the hamlets of Minori, Maiori and Cetara. With a deviation it is also possible to reach Ravello, where you can enjoy a wonderful view over the whole Gulf of Salerno and up to the Cilento mountains. Finally you will arrive in Vietri, famous for its polychrome ceramics. Overnight in the small fishing harbour of Cetara.
Day 5 Wednesday: Capri
Today is dedicated to the fashionable island of Capri, which you will explore on foot. Do not miss the panorama over the famous cliffs called Faraglioni: here you will overlook the whole Gulf of Naples dominated by the volcano Vesuvius. In the afternoon your Caique will leave for Ischia. Overnight in the harbour of Ischia Casamicciola.
Day 6 Thursday: Ischia 20 km
Ischia is the biggest island in the Gulf of Naples and deserves to be explored by bike! Starting from the port of Ischia, you will cycle in the western side of the island, among the scents and flavours of the Mediterranean sea, crossing little hamlets along the way. Overnight in the harbour of Ischia Sant’Angelo.
Day 7 Friday: Procida and Pozzuoli
Last but not least, you will have the chance to explore the enchanting island of Procida, with its black sand beaches. Your Caique will then sail up to Pozzuoli, in the bay of Naples, which you will visit on foot, including the Roman Amphitheatre. Finally you will navigate back to Marina di Castellammare di Stabia. Overnight in the harbour of Castellammare di Stabia.
Day 8 Saturday: Castellammare di Stabia
Departure after breakfast.
What else do you need to know?
- 7 overnights (6 nights in harbour and 1 night in roadstead on day 2)
- Full board (breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches or lunch on board) - except one dinner in Amalfi
- 1/2 l bottle of water for lunch and water in jug for dinner
- Sheets and towels (one change per week)
- Digital tour information
- English speaking tour leader
- Harbour charges
- Reservation costs € 20,- per party
- Bicycle rent
- Beverages on board
- 1 dinner in Amalfi (day 3)
- Additional harbour charges only if the caique cannot anchor in roadstead on day 2
- Museums, fees and extras in general
- Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”
- This tour will be operated by our local partner.
- The program is subject to change without notice.
- Please take good notice of Terms & Conditions.
- If the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (4 participants), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, 21 days before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, the payments you have made for the only tour will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us.
- Vegetarian meals are available, but please indicate this at the reservation. An additional charge of € 50,- per person will be applied to provide lactose or gluten-free meals.
In all other allergy or intolerance cases we will check the possibility of catering for it. In some cases an additional charge may apply.
- The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
- We wish to specify that this is not a sailing trip. The ship is a motor vessel, it has sails but the navigation is powered by engines.
- The program is subject to change without notice.
Boarding is at 6 PM at the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia.
The nearest airport is Naples Capodichino Airport. From here take the bus line Alibus to Naples central train station, then follow instructions in the section “by train”.
From Naples train station take the Circumvesuviana train and stop at Castellammare Centrale station, then take a taxi to the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (more detailed information will be on the info sheet)
From Naples continue on the A3 highway in the direction of Pompei – Salerno, exit the highway at Castellammare di Stabia, take the SS145 in the direction of Castellammare, turn right in via Ripuaria, at the stop sign turn left in Via Napoli and then turn right in Traversa Varo. Once you have passed the rail crossing, turn left in Corso de Gasperi, and after 200 mt. you arrive at the entrance of the Marina.
Parking: you can park your car in the Marina of Castellammare di Stabia. Guarded parking € 50,- for the week. Reservation is not necessary.
On this tour the following barge is scheduled
The Caique Derya Deniz was built in 2008. After a renovation in 2011 It took its final form that you can all enjoy today for bike and barge tours. Read more...
By this tours you can rent the following bikes:
Rental 27-gear unisex City Bike
A low entry unisex frame, ideal for an upright but relaxed riding position. Standard bikes have 27 gears
Unisex low-entry frame. Bosch motor. Range: approx 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).
A Caique as your hotel
Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing. The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way. The tour leaders are carefully selected and speak English/Italian. They are experienced enthusiastic travelers who have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, peoples, cultures and local food. Thanks to their knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting.
Tour programme variations
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
The captain and the guide reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind, sea and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
This is not a sailing trip. The ship is a motor vessel, it has sails but the navigation is powered by engines.
During the tour the boat will be docked in a harbour during 6 nights, while on one night it will anchor in roadstead. The roadstead is a sheltered anchorage in a bay, which is an enclosed area with an opening to the sea. Natural roadsteads offer shelter from storms, winds and currents. In exceptional cases (bad meteorological and/or sea conditions), for safety reasons, the ship might have to return to the harbour also during the night that is scheduled in roadstead.
Only and exclusively in this case, the clients will be asked to pay a supplement for the overnight in the harbour. This amount, variable from port to port, will be divided among all participants and will be paid directly on site (approximately 20-50 € per person per night, subject to changes).
This tour foresees 4 cycling days and 2 days dedicated to explore/visit two islands (Capri and Procida) and a town (Pozzuoli) on foot.
The daily stages range between 25 and 35 km. Please expect several ups and downs.
Leisure to Moderate: some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.
Which countries do the participants come from
The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. The common language on board is English.
What packing list do you suggest
Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
• shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
• shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
• gloves (in case you travel in April or October. It can be chilly in the morning)
• good solid shoes/ sneakers
• sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
• personal care and beauty items
• hair dryer (220V; available on the barges Zwaan, Sailing Home and Provence)
• insect repellent
Your travel documents include the final packing list we suggest for your booked tour.
What is the average age of the participants
The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger (even babies and kids) and older guests. In particular it is quite possible during the school holidays that children might be booked on your tour.
What happens when it rains?
Most of the participants then wear rainwear. When the weather is so bad that cycling becomes really impossible (and that is almost never the case!), The guide organizes an alternative program with, for example, cultural excursions and city tours.
How large is the group on board a Bike & Barge holiday
The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 10 and 170 participants. A guided cycling group consists of no more than 26 people.