Amalfi Explorer


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    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 Sorrento you visit the island of Capri and the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii before 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, across rugged hillsides to the beautiful Ferriere Valley and past terraced vineyards to the timeless village of Ravello. In between walks, relax to enjoy fine hospitality, a dip in the sea and delicious local cuisine.

    Highlights

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

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive Naples, transfer to Sorrento
    On arrival in Naples, you’ll be privately transferred to Sorrento. After checking in at your hotel, the rest of the day and evening are free to explore and enjoy the town. Stroll through the cafe lined Piazza Tasso and the historic centre, a warren of narrow alleys where you’ll find hand-crafted marquetry and wares and local gastronomic products, including limoncello, the local aperitivo. The 14th church of San Francesco and its tranquil cloister are worth visiting.

    Day 2 By hydrofoil to Capri, explore by foot (3hrs), return to Sorrento
    This morning you take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri. Here you can visit the Matromania caves and the Terrazza di Tragara along a colourful path with villas and gardens full of flowers. There are great views of the Faraglioni (spurs of rock rising from the sea) and Monte Solaro. There is time to enjoy swimming in the sea and to discover the romantic lanes of Capri village. Take an afternoon hydrofoil back to Sorrento. (B)

    Day 3 Explore Pompeii and Herculaneum, return to Sorrento by train, transfer to Agerola
    Transfer by train to Pompeii and visit the incredible sleeping Roman town at your own pace, enjoying this important and charming historical site. Herculaneum, which was a favourite summer destination for wealthy Romans because of its favourable position by the sea, is only 20 minutes by train from Pompeii, if you want to visit both sites. In the late afternoon, take the train back to Sorrento, collect your luggage then there’s a private transfer to Agerola, at the top of Monti Lattari, the natural border between the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi coast. Dinner and overnight in Agerola. (B, D)

    Day 4 Stunning walk on the ‘Path of the Gods’ to Positano, return to Agerola (3hrs)
    Today you will take the trail known as the “Path of the Gods”, the ancient terraced mule path linking Agerola to the village of Positano, a small and charming fishing village. From Positano to Amalfi, you will take a boat to admire the Amalfi coast from the deck, then transfer by public bus back to Agerola (1h). Dinner and overnight in Agerola. (B, D)

    Day 5 Walk through the Ferriere Valley to Ravello (5hrs)
    Take the public bus to Amalfi village this morning, to commence your walk. Beginning in Amalfi, hike along the beautiful Ferriere Valley, the ancient ‘Amalfi industrial area’ where paper mills and iron-works were situated. Reach Ravello, a resort town set 365m above sea level. Here there is free time to linger, or visit ‘Villa Rufolo’, about which Boccaccio wrote The Decameron, and the beautiful gardens of ‘Villa Cimbrone’. Return to Amalfi via the village of Atrani, then by public bus to Agerola for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    Day 6 Transfer to Mt Vesuvius and walk to the crater, continue to Naples (2hrs)
    In the morning, a short transfer will take you to the summit of Mt Vesuvius. It’s an easy walk to ascend to the crater at 1280m, where you can enjoy a wonderful view across to the Bay of Naples. Afterwards, a private transfer will take you to your accommodation in Naples. Italy’s third largest city, Naples is one of its oldest, most artistic and most delicious – it’s the home of pizza after all! (B)

    Day 7 Trip concludes
    The trip concludes in Naples after breakfast. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
    • 6 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and B&Bs twin share with ensuite facilities
    • Transfer from Naples airport or station to Sorrento on day 1, from Sorrento to Agerola on day 3 and from Agerola to Naples with a 2 hour stop at Vesuvius on day 6
    • Mobile App with GPX tracks for navigating
    • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
    • Emergency hotline

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