Cycling holiday across Italy, Puglia to Sorrento

“A small group guided holiday, cycling from Amalfi to Sorrento in six days. Not quite the Giro d’Italia, but very darn gorgeous Italia.”


Polignano | Matera | Salerno | Castelmezzano | National Park of the Basilicata Apennines | Cilento National Park | Paestum | Salerno | Cycling on Amalfi Coast | Sorrento

Description of Cycling holiday across Italy, Puglia to Sorrento

This cycling holiday across Italy, coast to coast from Puglia on Adriatic coast to Sorrento on the Amalfi really is a cycling gem. A fairly challenging one too, covering this southern region of Italy in six days, and cycling on road for an average of 71km per day. Although you can also use an electric bike for this trip, which will make some of the interior hills of the Lucan Dolomites, aka 'Dolomites of the South', or the Sentinella Pass in Cilento National Park a little more bearable.

However, beautiful certainly upstages brawn on this trip when it comes to landscapes that you will be covering. From the Amalfi coast in the east, we head west into the rural landscapes of the Basilicata and Campania regions. And along the way, we take time in historic cities such as Matera, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which we reach after cycling through traditional villages scattered along the Appia Antica ancient Roman road.

Continuing on through the Campania region, more UNESCO wonders await in Padula’s Carthusian monastery, with the biggest cloister in the world and then later at the Temples of Paestum, the famous Greek temples where the joyful sight of sea also adds beauty to this already pretty picture. Our final leg takes us by train to Salerno, where we begin the grand and very gorgeous finale along the Amalfi coast all the way to Sorrento.

Please note: It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Cycling holiday across Italy, Puglia to Sorrento

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Accommodation & meals:
On this trip we spend the week in a variety of hotels, most of which are locally owned and employ local staff. The group eats dinners and lunches in independents restaurants and cafes in each town visited thus providing income to a variety of small local communities. When picnics are organised, the food is purchased at small shops and supermarkets. The majority of local cafes and restaurants are family run business and use ingredients which are all sourced locally. The itinerary covers a few remote rural locations of Southern Italy which are normally not on the tourism map. This allows us to bring some income to small communities which don't normally benefit from the same tourism influxes as other more popular destinations like Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast. On day 5 of the itinerary we spend a night in a traditional agriturismo (converted farmhouse) which is known for their delicious homemade dishes, all prepared using locally-grown organic produce.

Community& Culture:
This cycling tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in that part of Italy. The itinerary crosses some parts of Southern Italy which are off the classic tourist trail and a lot of refreshment stops will be planned in the lesser known towns thus allowing a high degree of economic benefit to these local communities. This tour is also packed with culture and a lot of valuable heritage sights and UNESCO towns are visited during the trip including Matera, Padula’s monastery and Paestum.

Social responsibility:
Our local partner actively promotes sustainable tourism practices by incorporating social or environmental projects in their itineraries.

Buying bottled water has detrimental impacts on the environment; we can make a conscience effort to reduce plastic waste by not buying water. On this trip, water in all the accommodation we stopover in is drinkable. Clients who bring their own water bottles will be able to refill them daily, when out and about the local guide will be able to point out places where they can top up their water bottles, for example, this is possible in a lot of the main squares. Regional cooking in Italy has strong links to the land and sea; very little is imported from abroad therefore having a positive impact on the environment.

Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. We try to operate on a ‘leave no trace’ basis, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of waste and being sure to leave any flora, fauna and historical sites undamaged. Most rides will be point to point which means transport is barely needed during the week thus reducing carbon footprints even further.

Group size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

2 Reviews of Cycling holiday across Italy, Puglia to Sorrento

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was very exciting to see the western coast after beginning on the eastern coast and cycling for several days. It felt like a great accomplishment, and our guides were great at helping us see the different cultures and feel proud of our progress.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be mindful of the heat when booking a trip and prepare yourself for cycling long days in hilly terrain.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I feel that the trip benefited local people. We ate at family-run restaurants that our local guide selected and stayed at small hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holiday was wonderful. It was a fantastic combination of exertion and relaxation, not to mention stunning views and great company. This was my first
cycling tour, and I am looking forward to when I might be able to schedule another tour like this one in the future.

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

No one particular part because the whole holiday was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable experience. The cycling guide, Pedro, and the back-up transport driver, Jaoao, could not have been more enthusiastic or attentive to ensure that we all enjoyed the holiday to the full: which we all did. It was a very interesting and varied holiday with the contrasts of Porto, Atlantic coast, villages, Obidos and ending up in Lisbon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Plenty of sunscreen required and a reasonable level of fitness. Most of the route is easy but there are one or two inclines that catch you out but, as most of our group did, you can walk up them.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The holiday certainly benefitted local people and there must have been an almost zero impact on local environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Simply - first class. Any glitches, which is bound to happen, were of a minir nature and quickly sorted out.

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