AMALFI COAST

THE ITALIAN PARADISE – GUIDED

Trip Style

Coastal walk

Availability

From April to October

Highlight

Historic Amalfi, Cliff-hanging coastal villages, Swim into luminescent water

From

€1,530 / Person

 

Grade

The Amalfi Coast is definitely is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, an intriguing mix between an overwhelming natural environment and the patient labour of men, who has transformed the steep mountain slopes into a cascade of terraced lemon groves, with charming villages, chapels and other sites of cultural interest scattered all over.

 

Its dramatic coastline offers wonderful views, different every step you take, and the smell of rosemary and citrus trees fills the air, fields of multicoloured roses overwhelm the eyes and sandy beaches are magical to the touch.

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It offers an extraordinary palette of colours, with deep azure skies, white limestone cliffs, deep blue seas, and bright citrus orchards lit by the dazzling Mediterranean sun. This intoxicating sensual feast inspires a celebration of the goodness of life itself.

 

A web of ancient pathways winds along shoreline cliffs, leading from charming coastal towns, through rustic woodlands and up to beautiful villages perched atop craggy peaks. Highlights include our hike along the stunning ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (‘Footpath of the Gods’), one of the world’s finest day walks, the wonderful walk into the intriguing Valley of the Mills, location of Europe’s first paper mills, almost a 1000 years old, the spectacular villages of Positano, Atraniand Ravello, a visit and a beautiful roundwalk over the island of Capri. And of course beautiful Amalfi itself: as has been written, on the day an Amalfitano goes to Paradise, for him it’s a day like any other…

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Departure dates

21 May to 28 May 2017
18 June to 25 June 2017
24 September to 01 October 217
08 October to 15 October 2017

Day 1: Arrival in Naples


Today you arrive in the bustling city of Naples. After settling in our centrally located hotel, in the heart of the historical center of Naples you can already go for a short stroll through the colourful streets, soaking up its atmosphere, or visit a museum. Towards the end of the afternoon we meet our leader and the rest of the group. After a brief introduction of the tour, we will go for a rewarding round walk through the heart of Naples. In the evening we dine in a very nice restaurant close to our hotel.

Day 2: Along Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii to the Amalfi Coast


This morning we travel south and drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that with the fatal eruption of 79 AD completely destroyed the bustling city of Pompeii. We make an amazing roundwalk here. he walk takes us along the impressive volcanic phenomena to be seen around the crater: lava flows, pumice fields and grotto’s and the amazing ‘Valley of the Giant’, culminating in a walk to the top. The literal ‘high’ light is a spectacular detour, led by a specialist volcano guide, which will take us right around the crater rim and up to the highest point at 1281 metres (4000 feet), from where we have the very best view of the Bay of Naples. We then descend, and we can have a relaxed lunch on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, before travelling down to Pompeii.A visit to Pompeii gives you an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city. We will go for a stroll here and then have an ‘aperitivo’ to look back on a great day. Then we drive on by private coach to the Amalfi Coast. The bus drops us off in a great place in Agerola, high above the Amalfi Coast.

Day 3: Monte Sant’Angelo Walk – to the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast


Today’s walk is one of the most amazing round walks Agerola has to offer. Along relatively easy paths & tracks we ascend towards the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast, from where views are perhaps even more beautiful than from the famed ‘Sentiero degli Dei’. The first part of the walk is a relaxed stroll through the charming village of Bomerano, but then, through vineyards and chestnut forest, the path starts to climb. After about an hour walking uphill we reach the ridge of the Monte Tre Calli. Along the ridge we then walk to a natural rock formation known as the ‘mushroom’, from where we have to face a choice: some might continue the climb to the Monte Sant’Angelo, otherwise we opt for a relaxed ‘picnic with a view’. Then we start the descent towards the little chapel of the ‘Virgin of the Silence’. Along an easy road we then walk back to our accommodation.

Day 4: Along the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ down to Positano. Boat trip along the coast to Amalfi


In the morning we’ll do one of the world’s greatest hikes according to many guides. We start the walk directly from our accommodation. Along a panoramic road, high above the coast, we walk to the village square of Bomerano where we can take a coffee and buy some sandwiches. Then we start walking along one of the most famous footpaths of the area, the ‘Footpath of the Gods’. This path really lives up to its name, suspended between the sky and the Mediterranean. A few hours we will be walking along some of the most spectacular scenery of the whole Amalfi Coast, until we reach the charming small hamlet of Nocelle. Here we can have a good lunch in a nice restaurant, with amazing views over Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Passing another spectacular valley we then arrive in the little village of Montepertuso. After that it’s only a short walk downstairs to Positano, one of the most charming villages of the Amalfi Coast. We stroll through its small, almost oriental alleys, and perhaps have a swim or a drink on one of its many pleasant terraces. There is time for private exploration before we return in the late afternoon to Amalfi by boat. A nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere is the perfect end for this great day on the Amalfi Coast.

Day 5: The historical heart of the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Atrani & Ravello


In the morning we will first pay a short visit to the beautiful medieval town with its wonderful ‘Duomo’ and the Paradise cloister. We’ll pass through the Piazza dei Dogi and along the Antichi Arsenali. Another street takes us to the Vagliendola quarter, with its tower houses and the famous Hotel dei Cappuccini. Then we walk to the beautiful little town of Atrani, along a very scenic path.  From Atrani we proceed through the narrow white little streets and then up the ‘Valley of the Dragon’, until we reach Ravello, another highlight of the Amalfi Coast, where we have plenty of time to visit. We pay an extensive visit to the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone, with its amazing gardens and one of the coast’s most famous viewpoints. Then along the hamlet of Castiglione we walk back down to the little town of Atrani, passing through the vineyards and lemon groves. In Atrani, one of the best preserved villages of the coast, we now take the time to look around the narrow white little streets of the town centre, and perhaps drink a glass on the square. From here it’s now only 15 minutes back to Amalfi, passing along the coast. In the evening we are free to choose from a large choice of restaurants, ranging from simple pizzeria’s to exclusive restaurants.

Day 6: By boat to Capri – discovery walk of the island. Optional relax in Amalfi


Today we travel by boat to the rightly famous island of Capri, the island where the roman emperors liked to come as tourists, and that since then never lost its fame. Here a wonderful roundwalk can be made, starting from Marina Grande, the main harbour and then, through lemon groves and gardens to the central square of the little town of Capri, the famous ’Piazzetta’, the centre of mundane life. Then we make a beautiful roundwalk around the eastern part of the island, which shows us most of the ‘highlights’ of the island. The walk brings us along the amazing Villa Lysis, and the ruins of the Imperial Villa Iovis, one of the villas of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. We’ll walk past the Arco Naturale, and of course along the Faraglioni. We have a great picnic lunch in an amazing spot, after which we have the time for a coffee or an ice cream. Walking back to the centre we have the opportunity to visit the Certosa and the Gardens of August, from where we can also opt to walk down to Marina Piccola, along the spectacular Via Krupp. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways. Late in the afternoon we then travel back to Amalfi by boat. In alternative you can opt for a relaxed day in Amalfi In the evening we can all go out for dinner together, perhaps to the best pizzeria in town.

Day 7: Amalfi & the Valle dei Mulini


In the morning we start to walk inland, along the narrow whitewashed alleys of Amalfi. Then we walk up to the charming little village of Pontone. Here we walk up onto the narrow ridge of the Torre dello Zirro. A series of ascents and descent eventually brings us to the ruins of the Torre dello Zirro, known from the play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. From here we enjoy dramatic views of both Amalfi and Atrani, and the stunning coastline. We retrace our steps to Pontone, where we can enjoy a lunch in the shade of the lemon trees, before walking into the intriguing ‘Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the watermills, with its ruins of Europe’s most ancient paper fabrics. The path takes us deep into the valley, to the entrance of the nature reserve, with its lush vegetation and waterfalls. We have a great picnic lunch near the river, before returning to Amalfi through the charming little back streets of the town centre. We’ll now also have the option to visit the fascinating paper museum, the Museo della Carta. Back in Amalfi there is still some time for a swim or an ‘aperitivo’. In the evening we then all join for a last great evening meal. We are picked up by private boat and brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby. After dinner we travel back to our hotel.

Day 8: End of the guided trip


The tour ends in Amalfi after breakfast today. A taxi transfer can be arranged on request.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 7 nights in: 1 in 3* hotel (Naples), 4 in 4* hotel (Amalfi) and 2 in Agriturismo (Agerola) YES
  • 7 Breakfasts  YES
  • 5 dinners (Day 1,2,3,4,7)  YES
  • 2 lunches (Day 3 and 7)  YES
  • English speaking Guide YES
  • Experts for special visits YES
  • All transfers throughout the tour YES
  • Entrance fees of all sites in the itinerary YES
  • Luggage Transfer YES
  • 24/7 Customer Care YES
  • Transfer from/to airport OPTIONAL
  • Extra night stays OPTIONAL
  • Flights/trains NOT
  • Insurance NOT
  • Drinks NOT
  • Lunches & dinners (that are not included) NOT
  • Optional additional tours or activities NOT

Access

Way in & out : Naples

The best airport to fly in is Naples as it is the first city your are staying.

Naples International airport
Several airlines serve it: Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com, British Airways www.britishairways.com , Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com,
Air France www.airfrance.com amongst others

You can also Rome, capital of Italy.

Rome International airport
Several airlines serve it: Aer Lingus www.aerlingus.com, British Airwayswww.britishairways.com , Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com,
Air France www.airfrance.com amongst others

From Rome, Naples can easily be reached. There are regular AV (High-Speed), EuroStar and Intercity trains :
– High-Speed train (about one hour), cost around € 40,00
– IC-train (about two hours), cost around € 20,00
– Normal, regional trains (about three hours), cost is about € 11,00

You can get a train – The Circumvesuviana – from Naples train station : Centrale toSorrento. and
Train information: http://www.eavsrl.it/web/en and
http://www.sitabus.it/en/circumvesuviana-timetables-and-rates/

There are frequent buses running between Sorrento and Amalfi.
Sorrento – Amalfi Bus Time-Table:
http://www.eavsrl.it/web/sites/default/files/eavbus/Napoli-Sorrento%20e%20viceversa_0.pdf

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