A cycling holiday along the Amalfi Coast in Italy, is an unforgettable experience!
The Sorrento Peninsula is rich in both natural and cultural treasures. Well known villages such as Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and the seaside resort city of Sorrento, have a lot of amazing stories to tell you.
This tour is for those who want to experience Italy's most beautiful coastline at their own pace, on an active holiday with a good mix of physical activity and time to relax and just enjoy. On this cycling tour you will discover the famous beauty and the secrets of the Amalfi Coast. You will be astonished at how easy it is to get off the beaten track - just a few hundred meters from the main tourist tracks you will all of the sudden find yourself in the middle of nature.
In other words: This cycling holiday is the perfect way to experience the Amalfi Coast.
The cycling takes place on roads with good surface, and is a level 2, with a few longer ascents. You cycle on quiet roads, with limited amount of traffic. In the high season of summer, the roads are a little more crowded, but this is rarely a problem.
Upon arrival at Cetara you will check in at the hotel, where the bikes await you (unless you bring your own). Depending on the arrival time, an evening stroll through the small town's historical center would be lovely before dinner is served at the restaurant of the hotel. Should you arrive early, then you can take a short bikeride to the nearby beautiful village of Vietri sul Mare, famous for its production of colorful ceramics.
In case you did not have time to experience Cetara yesterday, this is where you will spend the first stop of the day. Have a cup of coffee in the café at the harbor, from where you can see the local fishermen working on their beautifully colored boats.
Proceed to Capo d'Orso, the highest point of on the route, with sweeping views across the Amalfi Coast and all the way to the isle of Capri.
From here you will have energy to enjoy the surroundings, as you roll down the mountain on a road that winds through lemon groves and forest, before reaching the dramatic cliffs near Maiori. This is the largest city on the coast and from here the route continues further around the beautiful mountain sides to Minori, a small attractive town with a beautiful seafront promenade.
From here it is a short climb to Castiglione, where you can choose whether you want to continue on the bike up to Ravello (steep ascent) or cycle directly down to Amalfi. Here you can leave the bikes at the hotel and take a bus to Ravello. In the evening a private boat will take you to a restaurant in a nearby bay to enjoy your dinner. After dinner you will be sailed back to Amalfi.
Todays cycling will bring you to another part of the dramatic "Strada Amfltana" that runs from Amalfi to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. You will ride on the ridge of the peninsula with amazing views of both the Coasts of Amalfi and Sorrento.
Just outside Amalfi you'll pass the 'Grotta Azzurra' and the deep fjord Furore, where the fishing huts are clinging to cliffs.
Continue the short bike ride through the whitewashed village of Praiano, and all the way to Positano, the most picturesque villages on the coast.
When arriving in Positano you should make sure to cycle down to the town center towards the beach, from where you can explore the city on foot (most of the city alleys consist of stairs).
On the other side of Positano the coastline becomes more rugged, and the route ascents up to the Colli di San Pitro, which is beautifully situated on the ridge that separates the Amalfi Coast from the rest of the Sorrento Peninsula.
The last stretch from here is short and flat and leads you to your hotel in Sorrento. Use the evening to relax and enjoy a great dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The first stage of todays route will take you cycling on a plateau, high above the coast, towards the tip of the peninsula, Punta Campanella. Here you can admire the beautiful panorama of the coastline, as well as the plains that stretches all the way to Naples and which is dominated by Mount Vesuvius. From Termini, located at the tip of the peninsula, there are great views to Capri. If you are up for a dip in the sea, you can go down to the lovely beach of Marina del Cantine, before returning along the coastal road in northern direction.
Next, you will cycle through the charming village of Massa Lubrense. It is possible to make an extension into Sorrento with its gorgous location on top of the vertical limestone cliffs high above the sea. Or head to the countryside again just before Sorrento and cycle up towards Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. From here a short, flat stretch will bring you to Colle di San Pietro, and all the way down to Positano. Rolling down this road just before sunset is a worldclass cycling experience!
Make yourself comfortable at your hotel in Positano before going out for dinner. Dinner tonight is at your own expense, and there is a wide choice of restaurants and pizzerias.
It's the last day on the saddle, so make sure to take as much of the charming Italian beauty and atmosphere with you home.
If you have not visited the Cathedral of Amalfi, grabbed a cup of coffee at the nice square in Atrani, enjoyed a piece of pastry from one of the bakeries in Minori, or even stopped for a cool beverage at Maiori's seafront promenade - now is the time to do it.
Notice the beautiful surroundings you go through as you cycle towards Cetara, and perhaps stop to check out some of the famous ceramics as you pass through Vietri sul Mare.
When you reach Salerno, get off the bikes and take a stroll through the city that holds a medieval castle, lushy botanical gardens, and charming caracteristic alleys in the old part of the city.
In the evening, find a restaurant that perfectly rounds up your Amalfi Coast cycling experience.
After breakfast it is time to pack your luggage, and check out of the hotel for departure.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged accommodations, route descriptions and maps, and other practical things. There is a Welcome Meeting on the arrival day, where you'll be briefed on the relevant information about your tour and the bikes.
The price is based on at least two travellers accommodated in a double or twin room. For a surcharge we can organize the tour for individuals travelling alone. To see the price for that option, choose "1 adult" in the booking form.
Note: When you fill out the booking form and click Next, arriving on page 2, you'll see the total price for your holiday, including all your additional selections.
Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online or by contacting us for an offer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
Which airport should I fly to?
Rome and Naples are the most accessible airports for reaching Cetara and Salerno. It is fastest to reach Cetara from Naples. On Rome2Rio you can easily find the transportation options to Cetara from any nearby airport. The link takes you directly to a search from Naples to Cetara but it is easily changed so it matches your preferred airport/station.
It's easy to get to Cetara from Rome
When you arrive in Rome, you can take the airport shuttle to Termini - Rome's main train station. From here there are reguar departures with Eurostar AV high-speed train to Salerno, which rides at the speed up to 300km/h (186mph). After 1h 30 min the train stops in Naples and 30 min later you'll arrive in Salerno. The high-speed train ticket from Rome to Salerno costs €46.
It is also possible to take the IC-train, which lasts about 3 hours and costs about €24.
On www.trenitalia.com you can easily find an overview of the Italian trains' timetable and departures. As it may be difficult to purchase tickets online, we recommend buying them directly at the ticket office or -machines at Termini before your departure.
If you should arrive early in Rome then you can take the opportunity to stop by Naples and visit the the impressive Capodimonte museum or the famous archaeological museum, where all the objects from Pompeii and Herculaneum are on display. On your way home you may like to go on a full-day excursion in Pompeii. We also highly recommended spending a few days in Rome.
From Salerno to Cetara
When you arrive at the train station in Salerno, you'll find the bus company SITA blue buses right outside the Arrivals Hall. The SITA buses depart every 30 minutes and drive along the Coast of Amalfi, stopping in Cetara, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano and Sorrento. Remember to purchase your bus ticket to Cetara (about €6) before you get on the bus. This is done in the small tabaccio and news stands near the bus stops. Enquire about the most updated timetables.
On this trip you will be staying at 3-star hotels with breakfast included, and spending one night at a charming Agriturismo in Sant’Agata (incl. breakfast and dinner).
We can arrange for additional nights before or after your tour. See the prices for this on Page 2 in the booking form.
Note: On Day 1 there is a Welcome Meeting at 6pm. If you're not able to participate at the meeting at that time then we need to know, when you expect to arrive, so we can arrange your briefing.
Breakfast is included throughout the trip, and there is dinner provided on three nights.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.
You can rent bikes of good quality and different sizes. The aluminum mountain bikes come with 24 gears. The bikes will be handed out at the first hotel and are equipped with a luggage rack, cyclometer, lock and a basic repair kit. If you'd like to rent our bikes, please mention this in the "Comments" section when booking a tour. Please indicate your height so we can have a bike in the appropriate size ready for you.
Rental price for the whole trip:
- €95 for regular mountainbike
- €215 for electric bike