Trails & Treasures of the Amalfi Coast

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Trip code: 
TDN
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventure
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walk the stunning Amalfi Coast and stay in premium accommodation

It’s hard to think of a more delightful, more life-affirming holiday than a week wandering the paths of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s a magic spell conjured with Gods’-eye views of the Monti Lattari plunging headlong into the inky blue Tyrrhennian Sea, mesmerising carpets of wildflowers and the bewitching fragrance of lemons and wild herbs. Mix those with the comfort of staying in some delightful hand-picked 4-star hotels and the exquisite thrill of walking into glamorous hill-towns at the exact hour of the aperitivo; add in the ruins of Pompeii, a look into the crater of Vesuvius and a private boat trip to the fabled island of Capri, and you’ll be spellbound!

Highlights

  • Stunning coastal walks and dramatic scenery
  • Private boat trip to the fabled island of Capri
  • Soak up the glamorous atmosphere in Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Comfortable accommodation in fantastic locations

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star hotels in prime locations
  • 5 days guided walking and sightseeing and 1 free day
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.
  • Altitude maximum 1280m, average 600m
  • All transport by private minibus and boat
  • Not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 1 wine tasting 
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Entrance ticket to Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
  • Guided tours in Vesuvius and Pompeii
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local city tax (approx. €15-20)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Leisurely: 3-4km/2-3miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; uneven paths and lots of steps

Day by day breakdown
Day 24.0km/2.5miles
Day 37.0km/4.3miles
Day 410.0km/6.2miles
Day 511.0km/6.8miles
Day 79.0km/5.6miles
Italy's Amalfi Coast

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to Naples; transfer to central hotel overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

    Those of us on the group flight touch down in Naples airport and will be driven 20mins to the beautifully located Hotel San Francesco al Monte perched on a hill overlooking Naples and offering spectacular views over the gulf and Mt. Vesuvius. After checking in we will enjoy a welcome aperitivo and dinner in the panoramic rooftop terrace. The accommodation is truly special and unique as it is a former 16th century monastery which preserves many original features including the monks’ refectory, ecclesiastical memorabilia, religious statues and much more.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Drive to Mt Vesuvius for an escorted walk to the crater; lunch and wine tasting at renowned local winery and afternoon guided visit to Pompeii; transfer to Ravello.

    After breakfast we travel south to explore two of the most iconic sites of the Bay of Naples, namely Vesuvius and Pompeii. The only active volcano on mainland Europe, Mt Vesuvius is best known because of the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the city of Pompeii and Heculaneum. We drive up the slopes, first with our private vehicle, then by 4WD. Finally, accompanied by an expert volcanologist, we hike up to the summit (approx. 4km return). Please note that the hike involves a short but steep climb on gravel and loose terrain. Once at the top we will have the opportunity to get very close to its 200 metre deep crater whilst enjoying some fine views over the Bay of Naples. By lunchtime we make our way down by private bus and stop in a famous local winery, where we enjoy a guided wine tasting. We will sample the organic Lacryma Christi DOP wines produced on Mount Vesuvius slopes, paired with some delicious local dishes. In the afternoon we head to the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites, for an escorted visit to the perfectly preserved remains including old bathhouses, bakeries and homes, some of which are still adorned with original frescoes. We conclude the busy day with a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Ravello, our home for the next three days. We check in at our panoramic hotel, perched on the sheer cliffs and offering amazing views over the Amalfi Coast.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Morning sightseeing in elegant Ravello and Villa Cimbrone; walk through picturesque olive groves and terraced vineyards to Minori; transfer an overnight in Ravello.

    Ravello is one of the most beautiful towns of the Amalfi Coast, and a favourite amongst writers and artists who have been inspired by its beautiful garden and villas. Gore Vidal declared the views from Ravello to be the best in the world, and it’s hard to argue with him. We’ll have time to explore this hugely popular hilltop town before today's walk, starting with a visit to to the elegant Villa Cimbrone. Set amidst elegant gardens, the villas balconies stand at the edge of the cliffs offering stunning views aptly described by André Gide as 'closer to the sky than the seashore'. Later we take a scenic short walk to the coastal towns of Minori and Maiori. Leaving from the town's centre, we walk downhill following many sets of stairs (up to 1500), pathways, and panoramic trails offering sprawling views of the coastline surrounded by lemon groves. At the end of the day we return by private transfer to our hotel in Ravello. The evening is free and for dinner you can choose one of the many excellent local restaurants, ranging from simple pizzerias to exclusive restaurants with a view.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Follow steps and mule tracks down to the Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve and walk to Amalfi; free time to sightsee; transfer and overnight in Ravello.

    Today's walk takes us to Amalfi, Italy’s oldest maritime republic. Quintessentially Mediterranean, Amalfi's townscape is comprised of a cluster of little white houses and buildings, narrow alleyways and shady porticoes, dominated by large Duomo Cathedral with its bright coloured tiles which are typical of the region. After descending from Ravello towards the panoramic village of Pontone, we continue through wooden bridges and shady paths carpeted with wild flowers in season, to the beautiful moss-clad waterfalls within the closed gates of the Valle delle Ferriere National Park. After a delicious lunch by the river, we follow the stream gently downwards through lemon groves, past the shells of former paper factories (a major local industry from the 12th to 19th centuries) and mediaeval ironworks until reaching Amalfi. We will have the option to visit the fascinating paper museum, enjoy some time at leisure to wander through the labyrinth of white washed alleys or take a refreshing swim in the sea. We return to Ravello in the afternoon by private transfer.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Agerola; walk the famous 'Path of the Gods' with superb panoramic views all the way to Positano; free time to sightsee and boat to Sorrento.

    Today we take one of the world's finest coastal walks. First we travel by private transfer (approx. 1hr) to the quiet village of Bomerano. From here we join the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Path of the Gods), thus named as it provides some of the most evocative views in the world, of ragged cliffs speckled with tiny villages and extensive views of the sparkling Mediterranean sea. The route follows undulating hills, carpeted with flowers in season, the contours of the land and the coast. The trail is broken by insights into local life, passing shepherds huts and ancient stone houses carved into the limestone before we descend a long series of steps to the colourful Positano, an almost vertical town clinging to the rock face of a sheltered bay. We enjoy some free time to explore the alleyways lined with wisteria and designer boutiques or have a dip in the clear water of the beachfront before getting on the fast boat which takes to the beautiful town of Sorrento, our home for the next two days. Perched on the sheer cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento offers a great choice of restaurants and shops.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day – optional cooking class or relax in Sorrento.

    Today we have a day at leisure. You may decide to enjoy your day by the pool, on the beach or in true Italian style, in a café, sipping espresso and watching the world go by. Alternatively you may opt to join a cooking class in one of the area’s best known agriturismos. This optional activity can be arranged locally by your leader. Finally, those wishing to enjoy another active day, can follow the tour leader on a stunning short walk to the westernmost point of the Sorrento peninsula, Punta Campanella, along some of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline and beaches. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Take a day-trip to glamorous Capri by private boat. Explore the island on foot and final overnight in Sorrento.

    We end this walking week with a visit to the idyllic island of Capri. Capri's intriguing combination of fabled beauty and hedonism has charmed its visitors for centuries, from Roman Emperors to contemporary Hollywood stars. We reach the island by private boat and dock at the Marina Grande, the main harbour. We walk up through lemon groves and gardens to the central square of the little town of Capri - the famous ‘Piazzetta’, the centre of  the island's mundane life. From here we start a beautiful circular walk which showcases some of the best cultural and natural wonders of the eastern part of the island. We hike past the ruins of the Imperial Villa Iovis, which belonged to the Roman emperor Tiberius, the Arco Naturale, and the Faraglioni, the iconic sea stacks off the south coast. We enjoy a delicious lunch in a panoramic spot before walking back to the centre where there may be free time for a visit to the Certosa and the Gardens of Augustus or a walk down Marina Piccola, along the spectacular Via Krupp. In the afternoon we enjoy a scenic tour by boat around the island, before returning to Sorrento for a final farewell dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Naples, flight to London

    Today, depending on the group flight departure time, we may have some free time to further explore Sorrento before transfering to the airport and flying to London.

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 1 wine tasting are included.

The abundance of fresh local produce as well as highly skilled local chefs make the Campania region one of the most envied culinary landscapes in the world. Most regional meals are prepared using of seasonal fresh ingredients such as olives, oranges, lemons, eggplants, tomatoes, almonds, grapes, and more; not to mention all of the seafood fished right off the coast.

Breakfast at the hotels is usually continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, eggs, ham, cheese, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee.

One of the included lunches will be taken at a famous winery on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. After a guided walk through the vineyards, we will visit of the winery with an explanation of the Lacryma Christi production, followed by a wine tasting paired with local local specialties including antipasti, spaghetti and pastiera napoletana.

The other included meals will be taken at the excellent hotels' restaurants or local restaurants selected by our expert local leader.

Vegetarians and gluten free diets are generally well catered for in the Amalfi Coast but we recommend informing us of any dietery requirement prior departure.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) 6 days guided walking with low altitude throughout

The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the best-loved walks in Europe; the varied scenery and temperate climate make this a heaven for hikers and ramblers. The distance walked each day is relatively short (average 8km) and the pace is leisurely allowing time to rest and enjoy the views; however, the terrain encountered on some of the paths is similar what you may find on a moderate walking trip.

The terrain and type of path will vary from man-made paved tracks and tarmac to forest trails. Whilst most walks are manageable for those with a good level of fitness, the walks involve some steep climbs and descents on slightly loose terrain and some have sections on narrow pathways alongside some sheer drops (not recommended for severe vertigo sufferers). The walk on Mount Vesuvius is on rocky cinder/gravel trails and likely to be loose underfoot, with steep sections and quite large drops in places.

On most days, there are considerable sections of steps (up to 1500), which make the walks unsuitable for those with knees problems.

Walks usually take between 4 and 6 hours including lunch stops (depending on the pace of your group) and require a good level of fitness. Summer temperatures can make some of the walks more strenuous. If you are concerned about the difficulty of the walks we recommend calling us to discuss the trip in more detail. 

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

4-star hotels

On this trip we will use three different comfortable 4-star hotels. All hotels have been selected for their prime location, comfort or character. All rooms are en suite and all hotels have a swimming pool.

Hotels used:

Naples:  Hotel San Francesco al Monte 4****
Wonderful 4-star boutique hotel and restored 16th-century monastery offering panoramic views across the Gulf of Naples. It features 2 rooftop pools, a rooftop restaurant and stylish rooms in converted monks' chambers.

Ravello: Hotel Graal 4****
Prime quiet location in Ravello, just 100m from the historic town centre and offering spectacular views over the Salerno Gulf. It offers a panoramic outdoor swimming pool and comfortable rooms with satellite TV and balconies.

Sorrento: Hotel La Residenza 4****
Immersed in a private green park, Hotel La Residenza is located in a quiet area approx. 1 km from Sorrento centre and a few metres from the beach. It offers a private outdoor pool with sun terrace. All rooms are air conditioned and feature a minibar and satellite TV.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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