Amalfi Explorer

Amalfi Explorer information and booking

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$1260
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights 3 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, headtorch, gaiters, good walking boots and sun hat - walking poles optional but recommended. (A detailed packing list is provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi coast
  • Mt Vesuvius and the fascinating Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • History, culture, volcanoes and the Italian dolce vita – all in one week
  • Enjoy delicious culinary specialties of the region

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

There are few trips which take in such a diverse combination of highlights. From the spectacular Amalfi coast to the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, to the historic centre of Naples and the beautiful island of Capri, this walking trip offers the very best of this captivating region. From your base in Naples the relaxed schedule offers opportunities to visit the island of Capri and the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii before the next stage of the trip. After ascending to the crater of Mt Vesuvius, a private transfer takes you to the small town of Agerola perched high above the sea. Surrounded by forests and with sweeping views of the Mediterranean, Agerola is a perfect base to explore the Amalfi Coast on foot. Day walks along a series of ancient footpaths lead you to the stunning bougainvillea covered town of Positano, past terraced vineyards to the timeless villages of Ravello and Pogerola and across rugged hillsides to the beautiful Ferriere Valley. In between walks, relax to enjoy fine hospitality, a dip in the sea and delicious local cuisine.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners (agerola) - breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices. dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes may apply - payable locally)
  • Transfer from naples-herculaneum-mount vesuvius-agerola on day 4 and from agerola to naples airport on day 8
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Naples
Arrive in Naples and make your way to the hotel, located in the city centre. Founded by the Greeks more than 2800 years ago when it was named Neápolis (or new city), the city has a rich and colourful history. The old centre is UNESCO world heritage listed due to its abundance of architectural features including historic castles, grand piazzas and cathedrals. There are some excellent museums and one not to be missed is the Naples National Archeological Museum which boasts the most impressive collection of Roman artefacts in the world. Naples is the home of pizza and the mandolin, and the gastronomic and musical traditions continue to thrive in its restaurants and music venues. After checking into your hotel, the day is free to explore. We provide suggestions on places to eat and things to see in our detailed notes.
Day 2 Explore the island of Capri (3hrs), return to Naples
This morning you take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri (40 min). Visit to the Matromania caves and to the Terrazza di Tragara along a colourful path with villas and gardens full of flowers. Great views of the Faraglioni (spurs of rock which rise up out of the sea) and Monte Solaro. There is time to enjoy swimming in the sea and to discover the romantic lanes of Capri village. In the afternoon hydrofoil back to Naples. ascent +300m, descent -300m
Day 3 Pompeii by train, afternoon free in historical centre of Naples
Transfer by train to Pompeii (1hr) and visit the incredible sleeping Roman town at your own pace, enjoying this important and charming historical site. In the afternoon, take the train back to Naples and enjoy free time to discover the historical city centre with its narrow alleys, “Spacca Napoli” district, Via Toledo, the Umberto I Gallery and Plebiscite square.
Day 4 Transfer to Herculaneum, visit Mt Vesuvius and walk to crater, on to Agerola (2hrs)
This morning is dedicated to the discovery of Herculaneum. This old Roman town was a favourite summer destination for wealthy Romans because it enjoyed a favourable position by the sea. While not the most important town in the area, it had prestigious monuments, a safe harbour and good fishing, and its hinterland was heavily cultivated including grapes and olives grown on the fertile slopes of Vesuvius. In the late morning, transfer to the summit of Mt Vesuvius where there is an easy walk to ascend the crater at 1280m and you can enjoy wonderful views across the bay of Naples. In the afternoon, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in Agerola. Dinner and overnight in Agerola. ascent +200m, descent -200m
Day 5 Traverse the Lattari Mountains to Amalfi (5hrs), return to Agerola
Today involves a walk to the edge of the Lattari Mountains. Enjoy magnificent views of the Amalfi coast. From Agerola you take a trail to the village of Pogerola and continue to the village of Amalfi. A public bus takes you back to Agerola (approx 35 minutes). Dinner and overnight in Agerola. ascent +100m, descent -750m
Day 6 Walk through Ferriere Valley to Ravello, return to Agerola (5hrs)
Beginning in the village of Amalfi, hike along the beautiful Ferriere Valley, the ancient “Amalfi industrial area” where paper mills and iron-works were situated and which gave the area its name. Reach Ravello, located at 350m above sea level. There is free time to discover this village and an optional visit to “Villa Cimbrone” and “Villa Rufolo”. The walk concludes in Amalfi after passing through the village of Atrani. Public bus back to Agerola. Dinner and overnight in Agerola. ascent +350m, descent -350m
Day 7 'The Walk of the Gods' from Agerola to Positano, return to Agerola (5hrs)
Today we take the trail known as the “Walk of the Gods”, the ancient terraced mule path linking Agerola to the village of Positano, a small and charming fishing village. Depending on the conditions of the sea, you can return to Amalfi by boat and then transfer by public bus to Agerola. Dinner and overnight in Agerola. descent -600m
Day 8 Transfer to Naples, trip concludes
After breakfast there will be a private transfer (1.5hrs) to Naples airport, where the trip concludes.