Bike & Boat Amalfi Coast and Gulf of Naples

Guided Tour with English & Italian Speaking Guide 8 Days / 7 Nights

Discover the magical coastline of the Sorrentine Peninsular and the pretty islands of the Gulf of Naples on this active week of exploration by bike and boat. Steep sided cliffs and ancient villages are waiting to be discovered; pathways infused with the scent of giant lemons that grow there; wild mountains with rock cut dwellings; and lively resorts that still retain the charm of old fishing villages . Highlights include Mt Vesuvius and the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii, buried by its eruption over 2,000 years ago; the islands of Capri, Procida and Ischia, playgrounds of the rich and famous; and the surprising city of Naples, and the ancient fishing ports of Amalfi and Positano await you on this scenic and cultural journey. Cruise the azure waters on a comfortable Turkish gulet with plenty of time to swim and relax.

 

Your Journey

Day 1 individual arrival:

Embarkation at 6.00 pm at the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (NA), on board. Welcome drink, dinner and presentation of the week’s programme. Night in the port ofCastellammare di Stabia.

Day 2 Cycle trip to Pompeii (14 km):

Start your first day’s cycling on scenic ferry and vaporetto transport which passes right in front of Piazza San Marco for one of the most spectacular sights of Venice. Reach Punta Sabbioni and cycle towards Carole along the Venetian Adriatic coast, with numerous opportunities for a refreshing swim. Cycling: Approximately 55 km

Day 3 Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi (34 km):

In the morning cruise along the Sorrento coast. You cross “Passo San Pietro” (St. Peter’s Pass) and enter the Amalfi coast, where you will cycle along the wonderful road overlooking the sea, up to Positano. Its colourful houses have been built in a natural amphitheatre shape, overlooking the sea, giving it a unique and picturesque aspect to the village. After Positano you continue towards Amalfi, the most powerful maritime republic at the end of 10th century. We suggest visits to the Cloister of Paradise and the beautiful duomo then walk along the main street that is connected with many narrow lanes between white fisherman’s houses. Evening free for dinner in Amalfi. Overnight in the port of Amalfi.

Day 4 Amalfi – Minori – Vietri – Cetara or Salerno (24 km) + alternative Ravello (35 km):

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 detour and go up to Ravello (300m). Rest in the tranquil beauty of the main square, in the shade of the Dome dedicated to Saint Pantaleone. Enjoy views of 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 and Salerno. You come back to the vessel and cruise to the Isle of Capri. We will have some breaks during the sailing to swim and admire the Amalfi coast from the sea. Overnight moored near the port of Capri.

Day 5 Capri:

Disembark with the tender in Marina Grande (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 Mt Vesuvius. Overnight in Casamicciola, the port of Ischia.

Day 6 Ischia (37 km):

Cycling from Ischia port, you will cross by bike the west part of the island among the scents and flavours of the Mediterranean sea, passing little villages along the way to reach the thermal village of S. Angelo. Overnight in port.

Day 7 Procida and Napoli:

We sail up to Procida and tour the town on foot with a special visit to San Michele Abbey. Return to the boat to continue to Napoli. Disembark for a visit of the city. Starting from “Spacca Napoli”, you will discover the city centre characterised by: narrow streets adorned with washing; Baroque churches and palaces; the San-Carlo theatre; the Umberto Gallery; and Plebiscito Square. In the afternoon return to the vessel and we sail up to Marina di Castellammare di Stabia (or alternatively, we reach Castellammare by public transport). Overnight in the Marina of Castellammare di Stabia.

Day 8 Departure:

Disembarkation at 09.00. End of the services

Terrain

You will ride for approximately 300km in 6 stages. The first three days are mainly on flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, while the last three stages are slightly hillier.

Your Ship

5 Cabins - 10 places max. 1 cabin will be used by the guide.
‘Mariagiovanna’ is a traditional Turkish vessel built in mahogany wood and combining the antique charm of an “ ancient vessel” with the functionality of a modern boat. The stern and the bow offer large soft cushions, ideal for enjoying relaxing moments watching the amazing landscapes float by in the glittering sunlight caressed by the sea breeze. The wonderful hospitality of the crew of the ‘Mariagiovanna’ will make your stay onboard a very magical holiday. Comfortable cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms and WC, provide the maximum of comfort (max 10 participants). We pride our onboard catering. It is the result of cultural research of old recipes of seaside villages. Carpaccio, fresh seafood and vegetables, pasta, meat and the herbs of the Mediterranean scrubs, are featured on our table.

Meals

Full board.

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