Amalfi Coast Bike and Boat
CategoryBike and Boat
Start / FinishCastellammare di Stabia / Castellammare di Stabia
Distance64 miles/103 kms
A bike and boat cycling holiday along Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast and around the Bay of Naples living aboard a beautiful motor yacht. Vivid colours characterise this wonderful holiday from the electric blue sea to the verdant green coastline and the terracotta roofs of the brightly painted villages. A truly unforgettable cycling holiday.
The Amalfi coast is considered to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe and this holiday offers you the opportunity to appreciate it both from the land, by bicycle and from the sea, aboard a beautiful motor yacht.
Cycle to fascinating Pompeii and wander through the ancient town perfectly preserved under volcanic ash since the eruption of nearby Vesuvius in AD 79. Explore the coastal town of Sorrento with its grand houses and hotels perched precariously atop plunging cliffs. Cycle along the coast to charming Positano, where colourful houses form an amphitheatre around the town’s sandy beach.
Wander the narrow streets and alleys of Amalfi, possibly stopping to sample a tasty limoncello, in one of the many bars or cafes.
Visit luxuriant Capri, a delightful island that for decades has attracted artists and writers thanks to its wonderful light and panoramic views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Cycle the west coast of the Isle of Ischia and take a walk around tiny Procida before visiting the Solftara volcanic crater near Pozzuoli.
Stay in a different port each night aboard your comfortable motor yacht where the hospitality is always first class.
The cycle rides cover between 9 and 23 miles along undulating coastal roads. As there are no cycle paths in this area you will be cycling on roads which can be busy at times. There is some climbing involved but the hills are not too long and the scenery more than makes up for it.
Itinerary & Map
The cycle rides cover between 9 and 234 miles along undulating coastal roads. There is some climbing involved but the hills are not too long and the scenery more than makes up for it.
Day 1: Arrival in Castellammare di Stabia
Embarkation and check-in commences at 18:00 followed by dinner and welcome presentation from the crew. Overnight at the mooring in Castellammare di Stabia.
Day 2: Pompeii round trip, 9 miles/14 kms
A short ride to visit nearby Pompeii and Villa dei Misteri, one of the biggest open-air archaeological sites in the world. You will have plenty of time to wander through this fascinating and thought provoking site. After returning to the ship you cruise along the coast to Marina di Cassano – the port of Sorrento. Walk into town for a look around the inviting squares and alleys or sit in a cafe and admire the fabulous view over the Bay of Naples and the Island of Capri. Overnight is at the Marina di Cassano/Sorrento in roadstead. (In the event of severe weather, the boat may have to moor in port instead of in roadstead. If this occurs you may be subject to a fee, which has to be paid locally).
Day 3: Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi, 22 miles/34 kms
After leaving Sorrento by bike, cross the peninsular via Passo San Pietro and arrive on the fabulous Amalfi coast. Your first stop is Positano, a beautiful town with multicoloured houses clustered tightly together and spilling down to the sea. Carrying on along the coast road past terraces crammed with lemon groves and olive trees you eventually reach Amalfi, the main town of the coast that carries its name. Wander through the inviting alleys or simply sit and admire the sensational setting of this gorgeous town. You are free for dinner tonight, as the crew will have a night off, so peruse the many restaurants for your evening meal. We spend the night in Amalfi’s little harbour.
Day 4: Amalfi – Minori – Vietri – Cetara, 17 – 23 miles/27 – 37 kms
Today we leave Amalfi and continue eastwards along the undulating coast road through the small seaside towns of Minori and Maiori. If you wish, you can extend the route by a further 10 kms and climb to Ravello, a tiny village perched on a hillside – the views and the freewheel back down afterwards are well worth the extra effort! You then continue on to Vietri and reboard the boat for a short cruise to the small fishing village of Cetara where the boat moors for the night.
Day 5: Capri
No cycling today, instead he day starts with a scenic cruise across to the delightful island of Capri. Here you disembark for an exploration on foot. Walk up through the town, lined with elegant boutiques to the ‘Piazzetta’, an exquisite square with lovely views across the bay to Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. The best views however are from Monte Solaro. You can catch the bus to Anacapri (20 mins) and then take the chairlift to the summit. If you wish, you can descend on foot. If this all sounds like too much effort, you can of course spend the day on the beach, swimming in the silky blue waters of the Tyrrhenean sea. In the late afternoon you cruise to the Isle of Ischia, mooring for the night in the pretty port of Casamicciola.
Day 6: Ischia 11 miles/25 kms
It’s back on the bikes today as you ride around the western coastline of Ischia, Campania’s largest island to Sant Angelo on the southern coast. The pine clad hillsides and vineyards have earned the island its’ nickname of ‘Isola Verde’ or green isle and today’s ride through the seaside towns of Chiaia, Forio and Panza is all about absorbing the Mediterranean scents and flavours of this pleasant island. Overnight in port in Ischia Sant’Angelo.
Day 7: Procida and Solftara Volcanic Crater
After a short crossing to neighbouring Procida, disembark for a stroll around the town and the impressive San Michele Abbey perched on the clifftop. Re-board and head across the bay to Pozzuolli for a visit to the Solftara volcanic crater which emits jets of steam and sulfurous fumes. Afterwards the boat cruises along the coast to its home port of Castellammare di Stabia where you moor for your last night aboard.
Day 8: Departure
Disembarkation takes place after breakfast and by 9am.
Dates & Prices
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Board basis: Full board***
Maps & route information
Port fees excluding one night
Bike hire (see supplements)
Entrance fees to museums & parks
Extra night Naples, single (£121)
Bike hire with pannier & lock. See practical information. (£78)
Electric bike with pannier & lock** (£166)
Transfer from Naples Airport (min 2 pax) (£50)
Transfer to Naples Airport (min 2 pax) (£50)
** E-bike rental: A €400 cash deposit will be requested on arrival as a ‘guarantee’ only. This will be returned when you return the bike in good condition.
*** Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x packed lunch, 6 x dinner (Excludes one dinner in Amalfi)
The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 21 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, repair kit and handlebar bag.
Electric bikes are available for hire. Please note: A €400 cash deposit will be requested on arrival as a ‘guarantee’ only. This will be returned when you return the bike in good condition.
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking and are to be paid for locally.
The Deriya Deniz and the Mariagiovanna are two similarly designed Turkish gulets with wonderful mahogany wood. They offer charming and very comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests.
Deriya Deniz offers well appointed double and twin cabins with air conditioning, TV, a compact wardrobe, safe and en-suite facilities. It has a cosy saloon as well as covered quarterdecks – perfect for al fresco dining – as well as spacious sun-deck.
Mariagiovanna offers comfortable double and twin cabins with air conditioning, a compact wardrobe and en-suite facilities. The stern and bow offer comfy cushions to enjoy the view and perhaps enjoy a little sunbathing.
Like everywhere in Italy, food is a matter of national pride and meals on board are a gastronomic delight. Rather than fussy or over-elaborate, they tend to consist of fresh, local produce prepared in a simple yet tasty fashion that lets the quality of the ingredients shine through. All meals are included except for one night in Amalfi where the crew have a night off and guests are free to make their own
Fly to Naples, Capodichino or Rome, Fiumicino airports.
If you fly into Naples Capodichino, get the shuttle bus into Naples main railway station and then a regular commuter train around the bay to Castellammare di Stabia.
If you fly into Rome Fiumicino you will need to take the train into Rome’s main station and then an intercity connection to Naples, followed by a commuter train out to Castellammare di Stabia. The total journey time will take around three and a half hours.
- Date - 12/06/2017
- Name - John Rideout
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Ally was very prompt to answer questions and concerns.
However, some problem with accurate dissemination of info. For example, our guide said tandem bicycles were available. Pre cruise stay in Di Stabia was available with charming hotels, sights to visit and great restaurants. Clients need to be reminded to bring a towel for swimming as the boat does not provide them.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Clients need to be experienced road riders. The Amalfi coast road is 4 metres wide at its narrowest. There is a 400 foot drop to your right and trucks, buses and cars within an arms reach to your left. The actual distances and elevations as advertised are indeed easy to moderate. However, heavy traffic, narrow roads and cobblestones are best handled by riders with experience and at times,nerves of steel.
The quality of Evening meals was disappointing. Breakfast and lunches were very good. Ricardo our guide was outstanding and the saviour of the trip offering great service, biking advice, diplomacy and good humour.
The Amalfi coastline in of course was the reason we made the journey and was extraordinary.
- Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback John. Yes, there's no escaping the fact that the road can be pretty busy at times and is best suited to regular cyclists. For many though, the extraordinary experience of cycling this iconic route with its incredible scenery more than compensates.
Our local supplier confirms that tandem bikes are not available and will be clarifying this point with Ricardo.
- Date - 17/11/2016
- Name - Pauline Bessette
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Ally provided excellent service, she was easy to talk to and always responded to my emails promptly.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Rooms were very small and only 2 had double beds
- Flexitreks response - Thanks Pauline. Yes the cabins are a little compact, like most motor yacht cabins, but well appointed for their size we feel. The twin bedded cabins are actually very popular as they allow friends to share a cabin together.
- Date - 19/09/2016
- Name - Yvonne Hall
- Service rating - 5.0
- Service comment - Great service from Flexitreks- easy to book, informative joining instructions and nothing was too much trouble for Ally who responded quickly to all of my questions.
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - This was our first cycling holiday and Wow what a holiday from start to finish. Too many great features to mention them all but here are the highlights - Alex our guide was fantastic and what she didn't know about the local area wasn't worth knowing; boat and crew were great, surprised at the standard of comfort and the quality of meals on board; the route both sailing and cycling did feel like we saw an awful lot of the area with beautiful scenery, lots of local charm and of course the cycling which at times was 'challenging' i.e. a few climbs and at times was 'exciting' i.e. Italian roads but I'm a bit of a novice and still managed to do it with the help of an e bike and of course the support of our guide. Overall a fantastic experience which I'm hoping to repeat sometime in the future.
- Flexitreks response - Thanks for the lovely feedback Yvonne. We're so glad you had such a wonderful time and that the e-bike worked out for you. We look forward to assisting you with your next cycling holiday.
- Date - 28/12/2015
- Name - Fiona Brassett
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Lots of advice before we left.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Was the best holiday we have done together without kids,much fun with some interesting people. Very well organised with great staff,especially the guide Climonte. Not sure we can better it this year,but Croatia sounds challenging.
- Flexitreks response - Dear Fiona,
Thank you for the positive feedback and the great comments on your recent cycling trip with Flexitreks. I hope you are considering Croatia as the boats are just lovely and cycling on the various islands is really quite stunning. - do give me a call on 01273 410 550 as I can certainly help with any queries you may have. Thanks again, Ally and the Flexitreks team