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Walking the Amalfi Coast

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This relaxed walking holiday explores the trails of the spectacular Amalfi Coast offering the most spectacular views of the magnificent Bay of Salerno and Capri and beyond to the Mediterranean Sea. From clifftop hikes to woodland walks you have time to discover home made organic food and wine alongside the charming towns of Amalfi and Positano and the island of Capri.

The Amalfi Coast clifftop pathway passes through the Ferriere National Park with The Walk of the Gods, regarded as one of the greatest coastal treks in the world. The trail winds under huge limestone cliffs and alongside pretty farmhouses before descending, past flower gardens, into the chic town of Positano. In between, you will have stood and wondered at the Duomo di Sant Andrea in Amalfi, taken a boat to Capri to enjoy a coffee in one of the many cool cafes and paid tribute at the Emperor Tiberius’ Palace.

On the Amalfi Coast walk you have optional visits include Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius ad Ravello as is swimming in the cool, crystal clear coastal waters!

Departures are April through November so Contact Us for your personal itinerary. 

‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrive into Naples

Arriving at Naples Airport, you will be transferred to your base, in San Lazzaro, for the next week that will take just over an hour. Here, you can settle in to your authentic Italian 'agriturismo' accommodation, with its rustic furniture, all with en-suite rooms. Located on a few meters from the cliff face the accommodation offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Salerno and is peacefully situated a few miles away from the tourist thoroughfare.

Agriturismo mean that the accommodation is a working farm and the family will be your hosts for the week, producing their own wine, as well as much of the food that they serve us.

A light, cold supper will be served on arrival.

DAY 2 - Ridge walk with views of Mount Vesuvius

Today is a circular walk setting out from the farm for a gentle ascent onto a ridge at a height of 900m. the trek sees you continuing on through thick woodland and out into the open beyond to take in views of the Agerola Plain, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. You will then descend to the small hamlet of Santa Maria before heading back to San Lazzaro, where the rest of the day is free to relax.

Today's walk is graded moderate, with the 11 kilometres expected to take approximately six hours with a total ascent and descent of 540m.

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DAY 3 - Walk to Amalfi along the Ancient Republic’s Path

Once again you will commence your walk from the farm, following a path that leads through steep terraces towards the coast. This is an ancient pathway and, before the coastal road was built in the 19th century, offering plenty of places to stop and admire the sea-views. You will arrive in Amalfi in time for lunch and have a free afternoon in which to explore this stunning harbour town that is famous for the impressive Duomo di Sant Andrea (St Andrew's cathedral), with its remarkable baroque interior dating back to the 11th century. Alternatively, you might choose to relax in one of the many cafes or gelaterias, or just look around the curio shops.

If it's a hot day, don't forget to pack your swimming costume and towel as a swim from the public beach might appeal.

Today's six kilometre walk is graded as easy, with a total ascent of 90m and a 755m descent. We expect it to take us approximately two-and-a-half to three hours.

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DAY 4 - Day Trip to Capri by boat

This morning you will take an early bus to catch the boat from Amalfi to the magnificent island of Capri. Whilst only a small island measuring seven kilometres in length and three kilometres in width, its 600 metre-high cliffs contribute to its imposing appearance.

Your walk today gets behind the trendy boutiques and cool cafes enabling you to explore the islands network of winding streets, grand houses and kitchen gardens. The route will take you out to the coast and onto the quieter parts of the island and to some superb views of the mainland and the magnificent limestone cliffs rising out of the Mediterranean. On the way back there will be time to enjoy the buzz of the main town, as well as a visit to Emperor Tiberius' palace before heading back by boat to the mainland. 

Today's easy-graded walk will take approximately four hours, covering 10 kilometres, with a total of 400m ascent and descent. Please note that this trip is weather dependent. if the ferry is not able to run we would then recommend that you visit the beautiful hilltop town of Ravello and take a leisurely two-hour walk through pretty farmland to the coastal town of Minori and have the boat trip rearranged for later on in the week. 

DAY 5 - Walk in the Ferriere Natural Park

Once again, today's walk sets off from your accommodation via an ancient limestone stairway that will lead you high above the village. Your walk will take you through pretty woodlands and small valleys as you contour around the area before passing into the Vallone di Ferriere. The valley has a unique micro-climate, created by the high limestone cliffs, providing a home for plants not normally found in this area. The established path offers spectacular views of the valley and coast, passing small waterfalls and a pretty river. Descending to Amalfi, we take our private bus back to San Lazzaro.

This moderately-graded walk will take approximately six hours, covering a distance of 13 kilometres with a total ascent of 360m and a total descent of 1015m.

DAY 6 - A free day to visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius or Isalnd of Ischia for some thermal spa experience

Today is a free day to explore as you wish. Whether that be to relax at the farmhouse or take an optional day-trip to Pompeii, hailed as one of Europe's most compelling archaeological sites, due to the unique way that the volcanic ash has perfectly preserved so much of the city after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption in AD 79.

Looming above Pompeii is Mount Vesuvius and the panoramic view from its summit is spectacular. A trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius is organised locally, so you do not need to book it in advance.

However if your wish is to really kick back and chill we can arrange for you to take a boat out to the quieter islands of Ischia and the spend a day in total relaxation mode. Ischia is a part of the Phlegraean Fields, a volcanic area west of Naples so for a thoroughly indulgent day, check into the Poseidon Thermal Park. See our wellness itinerary for some more information.

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DAY 7 - The 'Walk of the Gods' to Positano

Often seen as the highlight of the trip, the Walk of the Gods is justifiably regarded as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west, with magnificent views of the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, you will descend down an ancient stairway, into the colourfu, flower-filled chic town of Positano. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the town and beach before returning to San Lazzaro.

Today's moderately-graded walk will take approximately five hours and will cover a distance of 11 kilometres with a total ascent of 330m and 900 m descent.

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DAY 8 - Free day to visit Ravello. Trip ends Naples Airport

Today gives you a couple of options - you can either spend the day at leisure or enjoy an optional visit to the historic town of Ravello, to explore its glorious mix of Moorish flair and aristocratic grandeur. This tranquil spot, located high on a rocky promontory overlooking azure waters, has attracted the Bohemian set of artists and writers to its enchanting streets for generations.

Later in the afternoon you will be transferred on to Naples Airport, where the trip ends.

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