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Summary

Guided walking holiday in Amalfi with a choice of easy or moderate walks

Saturday 6th – Saturday 13th May 2017
Sunday 8th – Sunday 15th October 2017

No of Nights: 7

Stay: Hotel

Grade: Easy-Moderate

Information

Eight days on the Amalfi Coast, one of the world’s most celebrated landscapes. This is a land renowned for its bright azure skies, white limestone cliffs, dizzying terraces of green lemon groves, all lit by a dazzling Mediterranean sun. Marvel at its wild mountain scenery, vertical pastel towns and sub-tropical cliff-top gardens that seem to fall into the sea. The Amalfi Coast is a walkers’ paradise and our most popular holiday. The views of this coastline are unforgettable – where an expansive sea melts into azure skies and sparkling bays shelter lapis lazuli lagoons.

Enjoy

  • easy, relaxed small group walking and sightseeing in some of southern Italy’s most stunningly and beautiful areas on this guided walking holiday in Amalfi
  • the friendly leadership of Luciana, your expert local guide
  • a choice of hotels; either a small, elegant 4-star hotel overlooking the harbour or a popular 3-star hotel in the heart of Amalfi close to the cathedral
  • lunch on most days at carefully-selected local restaurants; in the evenings dine out at Amalfi’s best restaurants offering quality locally-sourced ingredients
  • the thrill of a spectacular return boat trip to Capri with guided walking and sightseeing on this most beautiful island
  • exploring the picturesque small towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello and the world-famous archeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum
  • swimming in the sea opposite the hotel and at Positano, Atrani and Capri
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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 6 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Amalfi Coast Italy.

Guest reviews

  • Thank you for all you did to make our walking week so so brilliant …. We enjoyed visiting the area for the first time and the hotel, scenery and walking were all absolutely outstanding and memorable.
    – Stan & Beryl Moore, Sutton, Surrey

  • It was a wonderful holiday in every way. We chose this holiday because there were options and we took advantage of these, sometimes opting for an easier variation. It worked very well and we would encourage these options to always be a part of the package. There are not enough superlatives to describe Luciana. She was outstanding – patient, friendly, informative, fun-loving, sense of humour, organizational skills, adaptable – going out of her way to help.
    – Liz and Jürgen Torlée, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Thank you for organising such a wonderful week in Amalfi. It is truly a most beautiful place, and I enjoyed all the various visits, but especially Ravello. I hope to return there one day! The walks were wonderfully varied and the final walk high above Positano absolutely wonderful!
    – Grethe Hauge, Caterham, Surrey

  • We really did love our time in Amalfi and thought the walking and site-seeing concept mixture was absolutely perfect. It felt as though we were away for more than 8 days as we packed so much into the time. Each stride and step were well worth the effort to enjoy the views, experiences, delicious food and of course the company. What a great bunch of people, making for many very happy memories. We look forward to future walks and holidays.
    – David & Karen Shelton, Cranleigh, Surrey

  • We had a wonderful holiday in Amalfi, and enjoyed the hotel, restaurants and all the walks (with Herculaneum on the rest day). Everyone in the group was very friendly. A special comment on our excellent guide Luciana. She showed great experience and judgment in juggling each day’s activities to ensure our maximum enjoyment. She was also very helpful and encouraging to those in our group who had less experience of walking. Overall, a very memorable and enjoyable holiday.
    – Philip and Kerry McCouat, New South Wales, Australia

  • Absolutely fantastic! Do it if you get the opportunity. You’ll come home rejuvenated: the magnificent landscapes and foods as well as the daily exercise really are magic for the body and the mind. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend
    – Nadine Kadri, California, United States

Itinerary

Day One – Arrival

Leave Naples airport by coach for a drive of one-and-a-half hours to Amalfi, the jewel of the Costiera Amalfitana, nestled between the green Valle dei Mulini and the impossibly-blue Gulf of Salerno.

Day Two – Amalfi

Following an informal Welcome Meeting, you’ll thread your way through Amalfi’s winding streets to the cathedral of Sant’Andrea with its brilliant facade. For an easy day we include a three-hour ‘Lemon Tour’ where you will be taken to the lemon terraces owned by one of Amalfi’s oldest families, whose origins date back to the 11th century. Here you will learn about the cultivation and production of lemons, an important part of the economic life on the Amalfi Coast. The tour ends at the family’s farm with a Limoncello tasting. Lunch nearby at our favourite restaurant and spend the afternoon exploring Amalfi’s many attractions such as the paper mill, museum, cathedral and its beautiful cloisters.

For a more demanding day, you enter a romantic magical valley of sylvan glades and cascading streams. Along ancient mule tracks and panoramic balcony paths you reach sun-soaked Pontone for lunch. Here either rest in the piazza or follow a spectacular promontory walk, an enchanting mix of woodlands, wild flowers and superb viewpoints to an ancient watchtower, Torre del Ziro. Back in Pontone, descend on a memorable path back to Amalfi for a delicious icecream in one of Amalfi’s famous gelaterias! Time to relax or take a swim before meeting for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants to sample the local cuisine.  (6-7 miles/10-11 km or 3-4 miles/5-6.5 km)

Day Three – Ravello

The bus takes us up to Ravello – ‘Where poets go to die’ – frequented by writers and artists: by D H Lawrence, E M Forster, Virginia Woolf, not to mention Wagner, Grieg and Verdi. At 1,000 feet above the Bay of Salerno, where the sun shines faithfully and serenity reigns, Ravello is arguably one of the wonders of the world. It’s renowned not only for its churches, or for its spectacular gardens, but for its vistas, which are among the most sublime in Italy. Visit the Duomo, a treasure chest of precious works of art, then, the famous villas, nestling radiantly in colourful gardens: Rufolo, immortalised by Wagner, and Cimbrone, Garbos ‘Shangri-la’. From the Belvedere of Infinity marvel at prospects across the Gulf of Salerno all the way to the Cilento mountains and the distant temples of Paestum. You’ll lunch at The Garden, enjoying more stunning views across the Gulf of Salerno. After some free time to further explore this enchanting place, the bus takes us back down to Amalfi with a chance to swim.

For more walking, you can make a foray into wild countryside, contouring in and out of the head of the valley, traversing remote woodlands, crossing a stream. On the way enjoy panoramic views back to Ravello across the other side of the valley. Admire terraces of locally-grown produce: lemons, beans, figs, carob to name but a few. You can then continue gradually winding up to the hill-top village of Minuta where, with luck, you will encounter the burros, still used to transport all sorts of goods and materials up and down the mountains. Or you can finish down at ancient Scala, an historic village in the heart of the Lattari mountains, where you can visit the cathedral and sip a cappuccino in the square before taking the bus back to Amalfi.  (3-4 miles/5-6.5 km or 7-8 miles/11-13 km)

Day Four – Capri

We take the jet boat to picture-postcard perfect Capri, once named the ‘City of Sweet Idleness’ by the Emperor Augustus. It’s a “must see” when visiting the Bay of Napoli with breathtaking scenery at every turn. Soaring cliffs of limestone overlook turquoise coves; pastel-stuccoed houses nestle amid twisting narrow streets and colourful gardens overflowing with luxurious plants. We explore its network of narrow paved lanes and stepped alleys, passing the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri and exploring the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, once Tiberius’ pleasure palace. There is the option to continue along the Arco Naturale coastal path to reach the spectacular Faraglioni, rocks jutting out of the sea. Later there are further options for exploring Capri at your own pace. You may choose to explore the island’s chic shops or simply relax by the harbour enjoying a drink. A spectacular return along the coast back to Amalfi by boat.  (3-4 miles/5-6.5 km or 6-7 miles/10-11 km)

Day Five – Free Day Today you may elect to visit one of Campania’s ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum. We can arrange a private vehicle and our own guide for visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum.  Another popular choice would be to join an excursion to Paestum. For beach lovers, this is your opportunity to sunbathe and swim in the still-warm sea or simply spend the day exploring Amalfi itself and relaxing on the hotel’s terrace. Another option would be to take a boat trip, even if it’s just a short one to a secluded beach a little further along the coast.

Day Six – Valle delle Ferriere

Today we take the bus up to Scala in the heart of the Lattari Mountains, where we start by visiting the Duomo to see 13th century sculptures. Our walk takes us to a different world, through a rugged hinterland of high pastures, remote woodlands and magnificent wild mountains that rise to 3,300 feet. After an initial ascent up stone steps, the walk follows more or less the same contour throughout and is perhaps the most beautiful of all the walks, a wonderful day’s outing.

At Bosco Grande, we enjoy fantastic views to Amalfi before entering the renowned Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve, waterfalls and woodlands lining our route, lunching beside a sparkling stream, until we reach the hill-top village of Pogerola. You may then elect to walk back down to Amalfi through lovely woodlands on well-made steps cut into the hillside, or, if you prefer, take the bus back from Pogerola’s tiny piazza after enjoying magnificent views while sipping the very best cappuccino and wonderfully-bitter chocolate!

An easier option allows you to make your own way back to Scala with no fear of getting lost!  (6-8 miles/10-13 km or 5 miles/8 km)

Day Seven – Sentero degli Dei

A spectacular bus ride up to the heights of Bomerano for the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ or ‘Pathway of the Gods’ walk where whizzing clouds pace your approach into the highest reaches of the Lattari mountains, clumps of myrtle and rosemary tickle your ankles, trees rise above you and craggy volcanic cliffs tower in the distance. The views walking between the sea and the sky along this stretch of coast are unsurpassed. The walking is mostly easy with just a few rocks to negotiate on one occasion.

We continue via the charming villages of Nocelle and Monte Pertuso where we enjoy an authentic lunch until, later, a stone alley, a scattering of houses and stairways, a miniscule piazza, a church, and then, far below, our final goal, Positano itself comes into view. Time to explore this famous town, a natural amphitheatre of villas and Moorish-style houses painted in every hue, colourful patios set with statues and cascades of bougainvillea, stepped pathways taking you past fashionable boutiques to a delightful little beach. Time to explore, shop or swim before we return to Amalfi by boat. For an easier afternoon, after lunch, take the bus from Montepertuso back down to Positano.

This is the classic walk of the Amalfi Coast and we encourage everyone to participate. There is a very enjoyable easy option involving a boat to Positano and making one’s own way via a bus with our notes to meet up with the rest of the group at Nocelle. (6-7 miles/10-13 km or 3 miles/5 km)

Day Eight – Departure

Farewell to your guided walking holiday in Amalfi and a scenic drive by coach, stunning panoramas unfolding at every turn as we make our way to Naples Airport. Depending on your departure time, we will, if possible, include a short walk on your final morning.

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Hotels

Choose either the highly recommended 4-star Aurora Hotel, facing the sea in a particularly quiet location or the Hotel Floridiana, in the centre of Amalfi. There is a choice of room types, with double or twin rooms only. Double rooms are available for single occupancy, at the Aurora with a sea view or partial sea view. Top floor rooms have their own large sea-facing terraces complete with sunbeds. Breakfast is served in the beautiful terraced gardens overlooking the harbour and the sea.

The Hotel Aurora has its own private beach and the staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful. The medieval centre of Amalfi and the buses and boats are just a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel Floridiana is situated just minutes away from the harbour and is situated in the heart of Amalfi, only a short walk from the lively cathedral square with its many pavement cafés. The rooms do not have sea views but they are well-appointed. The Floridiana consistently appears at the top of TripAdvisor.

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Grade of the walks

You can choose between easy walks of up to 5 miles/8 km a day or moderate walks of up to 8 miles/12.8 km a day. They are all interspersed with options to visit places of cultural interest and recommendations for lunch. Our routes are mainly on former mule tracks, stone steps and coastal paths which have been used for centuries to link one village with another.

The walks are very flexible and you can choose on a daily basis your preferred option. The moderate walks involve a number of flights of stone steps – well worth the effort to enjoy the incomparable views! On the easy options long flights of steps can be avoided.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person:

May and October: Hotel Floridiana
£1280 per person for 2 people sharing a standard double room
£1315 per person for 2 people sharing a superior double room
£1742 for single occupancy of a standard double room (there are no single rooms)
£1802 for single occupancy of a superior double room (there are no single rooms)

May and October: Hotel Aurora
£1697 per person for 2 people sharing a standard part-seaview room
£1766 per person for 2 people sharing a seaview room with balcony
£1830 per person for 2 people sharing a spacious superior seaviewroom with large private terrace
£2393 for single occupancy of a standard double part-seaview room (there are no single rooms)
£2520 for single occupancy of a double seaview room with balcony (there are no single rooms)

Included in your holiday:

  • Transfers to and from Naples Airport when flights coincide with London flight arrival and departure times
  • Easy-moderate guided walks on 5 days with options to shorten the walks
  • Bus fares, 2 return boat journeys
  • Excursion by boat to Capri
  • ‘Lemon Tour’ for ‘Easy’ option
  • Hotel accommodation as described above
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners in Amalfi’s best local restaurants
  • Services of knowledgeable local guide with good spoken English
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Flights

Below are details of the most suitable flights from London (Gatwick) which coincide with our coach transfers. Please see http://www.skyscanner.net for available flights from different airports world-wide. It may be helpful to note that you can generally fly out with one carrier and back with another. Many guests stay overnight in Naples or Gatwick (recommendations available) or we can advise on rail travel from Rome, particularly useful for clients from the US. We can also make alternative transfer arrangements at your own cost from Naples to Amalfi by private or public transport if your flight times do not correspond with flight times shown.

Saturday 6th May 2017 – depart London Gatwick 1450, arrive Naples 1830 (British Airways)

Saturday 13th May 2017 – depart Naples 1915, arrive London Gatwick 2100 (British Airways

Sunday 8th October 2017 – depart London Gatwick 1550, arrive Naples 1930 (British Airways)

Sunday 15th October 2017 – depart Naples 2015, arrive London Gatwick 2200 (British Airways)

Please do not book your flights until your place has been confirmed

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