The Amalfi Coast is only an hour’s drive south of Naples but is one of the most spectacular parts of the Mediterranean, with mountains rising dramatically to almost 1500 metres above the prisitne sea. The whitewashed houses of the villages are strung along the coast and seem to have tumbled down the sheer mountainsides to the water’s edge. This magnificent six day walking tour takes you the full length of the Amalfi Coast. Starting at the romantic town of Ravello and finishing at the spectacular seaside town of Positano you have spectacular views over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Walk Amalfi Coast is truly an unique experience!
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Day 1 – Naples/Ravello
Pick up in a private vehicle from Naples (airport/hotel/station) and transfer to Ravello, a beautiful village perched 350 metres above the port of Amalfi, celebrated for Wagner, its gardens and superb views over the Gulf of Salerno.
Day 2 – Ravello/Amalfi
The walk today climbs up to a neighbouring village before wrapping through a national park, with towering cliffs, shaded chestnut forests, waterfalls and extraordinary views down over the coast. On the way down to Amalfi you pass through a village that has a trattoria with a terrace overlooking the coast – perfect for a well-deserved lunch or afternoon tea, before descending down an ancient flight of stairs to Amalfi (with the option of a bus from the village should you linger a little long at lunch). (14 kms, 5 hrs)
Day 3 – Amalfi/Grotta Smeraldo
Today’s walk follows an ancient path that has linked the villages between for centuries, passing a monastery before dropping down to a little hamlet sitting above the sea, where you’ll stay the night. Below your hotel is a beautiful hidden port, with coloured fishing boats, a small shingle beach and a very pleasant bar. In the afternoon, you will also have time to visit the famous nearby Grotta Smeralda. (9 kms, 3 hours)
Day 4 – Village Stay
After a steep climb through villages and abandoned hamlets, today’s walk curls past churches with multi-coloured ceramic domes and panoramic views before descending into a spectacular fjord, with its clustered houses built on rock. The route then leads into a green valley before taking you down to your accommodation, a lovely family-run hotel with views across the gulf to Positano. (8 kms, 4.5 hrs).
Day 5 – Via degli Dei/Positano
It is not by chance that the locals have baptised this walk with the rather extravagant name of Via degli Dei, the Path of the God’s. Despite the tourist hyperbole that has made this one of the most famous walks in the area, the views are extraordinary. It is a steep climb up to the start of the path from Vettica Maggiore, but it is worth it, and from there it is all down hill to Positano. (8 kms, 5 hours)
Day 6 – Positano/Naples
After breakfast in your hotel you will be taken by private vehicle back to the Naples railway station.
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This tour includes:
- 5 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels all rooms with sea views
- all breakfasts
- recommendations for lunch
- reading lists and historical and cultural notes
- maps and detailed walking instructions
- daily transfers of baggage between hotels
- pick up at the beginning of the tour at Naples railway station
- drop off at the end of the tour back in Naples.
- the Capri option includes two nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel
- 24 hour backup from local manager
In the morning you take a hydrofoil from the port of Positano to the legendary island of Capri; where you will be based for the next two nights. Capri is a microcosm of the Amalfi Coast, a tiny island of dramatic contrasts. With over 800 species of plants, an extraordinary array of wild birds, and a rocky coast of isolated bays and beaches, it is a virtual Garden of Eden. It has an extraordinarily rich history dating from Roman times. The town of Capri, on the other hand, is pure southern Italy, crowded with elegant cafes and restaurants and designer shops.
The walk today takes you from Capri town to the remains of the villa from where Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire for the last ten years of his life, passing the famous ‘faraglioni’, rock columns that soar out of the sea, along the way. It then continues to the cliffs from which the emperor was supposed to have flung his enemies and doubles back to Capri town. (7 kms, 3 hrs)
Hydrofoil to Sorrento and then a transfer by private vehicle to Naples