- duration 8 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Trek difficulty Moderate
- Maximum altitude 700 meters
- Explore Naples, take in a day at Pompeii and make a stunning walk onto Mt. Vesuvius
- Witness the incredible views on the Amalfi Coast, from the best viewpoints
- Visit Amalfi & Atrani, Ravello, Positano & Capri and do some of the best walks there
A week in this area without some Roman ruins wouldn’t be complete! Of course you visit Pompeii, Italy’s most famous archaeological site, situated under Vesuvius’ looming mass. Here you can take your time to visit the extensive excavations and learn about how the Romans lived almost 2000 years ago. But also neighbouring Herculaneum and Stabia are worth a visit, as well as the stunning underground Roman city of Naples itself. And of course you should go for a great roundwalk on Mt. Vesuvius, to peer into the main crater and enjoy marvellous views over the whole bay, a panorama which runs from Sorrento and Capri to Ischia and Naples.
A unique part of the charm of the Bay of Naples can be found on its islands, all different, all beautiful. During this tour you’ll visit the world-famous island of Capri, where you make a great roundwalk, a great mix of nature & culture. Walk along its impressive cliffs, admire the world-famous ‘Faraglioni’ and its natural arch, and visit the amazing Roman villas. And of course, you can indulge in its fashionable ‘dolce vita’ too... Then you travel on to the Amalfi Coast, probably Italy’s most beautiful coastline. Tourists have flocked here for centuries. More recently, the amazing network of footpaths has been discovered too. And it’s just as well, because walking along the Amalfi Coast is something everyone should do at least once in their life!
The landscape of the Costiera Amalfitana is immensely varied and surrounded by infinite ever-changing views. Along the coast itself it can be typically Mediterranean, with numerous species of wild perfumed herbs, myrtle shrubs, thyme, rosemary and mastic trees. Further inland it can be almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks. In between, man has created an incomparable mosaic terraced landscape. Amazing lemon groves and vineyards look out over the clear sea. And cultural heritage abounds, with beautiful little churches, ruins of castles and old farmhouses found all over the place... The Costiera Amalfitana is definitely Europe’s most dramatic stretch of coastline!
All this can be discovered on foot, as there are thousands of footpaths. Some of which have become famous, such as the “Sentiero degli Dei” (the “Footpath of the Gods”) or are at least a thousand years old, like the “Maestra dei Villaggi” – the ‘main road’ of the Republic of Amalfi. But there are unknown trails which are just as beautiful as well! Heading from the sea to the mountains, or vice versa, there are always stupendous views, and you’ll walk through little villages, vineyards and olive groves, Mediterranean scrubs and woods, living rocks and chestnut woods.
Of course you’ll have the time to visit the villages which are must-see attractions: Amalfi itself, but also Atrani, wonderfully preserved through the centuries, Ravello with its magnificent villas, and of course the scenic and fashionable Positano. You will mainly walk along well-maintained footpaths and paved alleyways, through attractive countryside, with wonderful terraced lemon groves, vineyards and cultural treasures like rural chapels, ancient farmhouses, old watermills and wonderful villas and villages, where you can sit down and relax with a drink.
On this tour you will discover that the Amalfi Coast has become Italy’s most famous coastline with good reason. But also that it only takes a little effort to get ‘off the beaten track’ and you will find yourself surrounded by nature.
Day 1: Arrive in Naples
Day 2: Capri
Day 3: Naples/Herculanum/Procida island
Day 4: Pompeii and Vesuvius
Day 5: To Amalfi through the ‘Valle delle Ferriere'
Day 6: Path of the Gods and Positano
Day 7: Ravello & Atrani
Day 8: End of the tour
- 7 Breakfasts
- Accommodation: 3 nights in hotels in Napoli, 2 nights in agriturismos in Agerola, 2 nights in hotels in Amalfi
- Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
- Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale or more detailed.
- GPS tracks of each walk.
- 24/7 assistance
- Luggage transfer
- Private transfers as specified
- Single supplement
- August single suppl.
- Departure taxes & Visas
- Travel Insurance
- Tourist tax - if requested
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationAccommodation: All nights are spent in beautiful, characteristic familyrun hotels (generally 3star; 4/5star on request). All rooms have ensuite facilities. The first three nights are spent in Naples, in a beautiful hotel in the heart of the city, at walking distance from the main monuments and the harbour. The next two nights are spent in the small village of Agerola overlooking the Amalfi Coast, either in a beautiful agriturismo, or a nice familyrun hotel, all with comfortable rooms with ensuite facilities. The last two nights are spent at Amalfi, the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast, either in a welcoming and comfortable 3star hotel, or in a charming little familyrun hotel right on the (private) beach. All hotels are at walking distance from the shore and all main monuments of the medieval town centre. Meals: Most of the accommodations are on a B&B basis. Only on your first two nights in Agerola (on request) are you on a halfboard basis. When dinners are not included you will be free to choose from the large number of restaurants in the area for your evening meal. Your accommodation holder can give you good tips. Alternatively, you can eat at the premises of the hotel (on some occasions). No picnic lunches are included in the tour price but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way. Level of difficulty: Moderately easy. Mostly easy walks, though some include walking uphill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days extensions or shortcuts are possible. Fitness: A high standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in the hot sun on dusty or stony tracks. Footpaths: Most paths are relatively well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown (we are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the paths clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths). Waymarking: Part of the route is waymarked; elsewhere you have to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these, you will always be able to find your route.