"Amalfi, the Coast of Emotions"
On our small group walking tour to Amafi we visit an area of sensational coastal scenery of limestone cliffs, serpentine roads and terraced lemon groves with famous towns like Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. Villages and remote monasteries here have long been connected by a series of ancient footpaths, which provide a perfect opportunity for walking and hiking.
On this walking tour you are rewarded with stunning views of the Mediterranean Coastline whose ‘Lattari’ mountains rise nearly 5000ft steeply from the deep blue sea. Wildflowers such as Broom and Cistus rose decorate the hillsides in Spring and cyclamen carpet the woods in autumn. It is hardly surprising to find out that the Roman emperor Tiberius moved his court to Capri, that the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev owned an island near Positano or that American writer Gore Vidal chose Ravello for his home. Naples is famous for coffee and pizza (and chaos!) and lies at the foot of Mt Vesuvius with the excavations of Pompeii a few miles away.
Our journey starts here almost 2000 yrs ago when the once thriving market town of Pompeii was buried under ash during a massive eruption of the volcano. Thereafter the countryside and serenity of the Amalfi peninsula await us.
from € 3,475
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except one lunch & one dinner
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Naples – Pompeii – Ravello
Pick up at 13.00 at the Naples airport and travel to the excavated Roman town of Pompeii to explore this fascinating and unique archaeological site. Life came to an abrupt halt with the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD and the entire roman city was completely buried for 1700 years. A scenic drive south follows along the bay of Salerno. (walk: 3hrs strolling around the ruins in the archaeological zone)
| DAY 2 | Paestum
Paestum is an ancient Greco-Roman city, a little off the beaten path, 40 km south of Salerno and an excellent complement to Pompeii. Settled by Greek colonists in the 6th century BC, Paestum was by Greek-Lucanians, Romans and Christians. Malarial swamps led to the abandonment of the city in the 9th century AD, but also helped preserve its finest artefacts. Today, Paestum boasts three well-preserved Doric Greek temples, ruins of an ancient city and an excellent museum. The site is a little off the beaten path makes an excellent complement to the Pompeii. Lunch is at a Buffalo Mozzarella farm. In the afternoon we take the famous Amalfi Drive to Ravello. (walk 3hrs/5km; 2hrs in the archaeological park + 1hr uphill optional walk from Minori to Ravello – 1500 steps/stairs!!)
| DAY 3 | Ravello – Valle delle Ferriere – Amalfi
From the hamlet of Scala above Ravello we walk into the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’ Natural Park through cleverly cultivated vineyards and lemon groves. After a light lunch, we enter the gorge and make our way past waterfalls, abandoned iron-works and paper mills as we descend into the bustling town of Amalfi for a well earned and thirst-quenching ‘sorbetto al limone’ in the heart of Amalfi. (walk 5hrs/14.5km) Enjoy a free evening to go out for dinner in the heart of Ravello.
| DAY 4 | Amalfi – Atrani – Ravello
Walk through lemon groves down to the tiny village of Atrani. Tour of Amalfi and the cathedral with free time to explore and have lunch (*not included). Ride or walk back up to Ravello for free afternoon to visit the Duomo and gardens of Villa Rufolo and Cimbrone whose magnificent location offers the best views of this beautiful coastline. (walk +350m/3hrs/8km)
| DAY 5 | Ravello – Sentiero degli Dei – Positano
Departure mid-morning for the start of the Sentiero degli Dei or ‘Path of the Gods’, a majestic trail overlooking spectacular coastal scenery which leads to the elegant resort of Positano. (walk 4hrs/13km)
| DAY 6 | The island of Capri
Take a hydrofoil to Capri to enjoy its labyrinth of charming alleys and gardens of aromatic flowers and shrubs. A beautiful nature walk ending in the Piccola Marina. Time permitting tour up to Anacapri and the chair lift to Monte Solaro for views of the emerald blue sea and the faraglioni rocks. Alternative option is a day in the elegant boutiques and take in the atmosphere of outdoor cafes in Capri’s main square. Return by hydrofoil.
| DAY 7 | Punta Campanella
A delightful vigorous walk on Punta Campanella where the Sorrento Peninsula opens onto the Bay of Naples. Enjoy magnificent views of Mt Vesuvius, of our previous accomplishments and of the island of Capri. Free afternoon in Positano for last minute souvenirs (walk 4hrs/12km).
| LAST DAY | Departure for Naples airport
Scheduled drop off at Naples airport at 10.00am (or earlier as long as this accommodates everyone in the group). If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as taxis to the airport.
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
Other small group tour ideas:
See the treasures of two rural regions: Timeless Tuscany, a textured painting of rolling hills with sun-flowers, olives and vines and unspoiltUmbria, the ‘green heart’ of Italy and birthplace of St Francis of Assisi featuring the pilgrimage paths of the Via Francigena.
Walking and hiking at the heartbeat of the Mediterranean; a mythical island of great enchantment, bathed in sun and home to a people who are warm and hospitable and greet the stranger as a far flung friend.