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Your adventure starts in vibrant Naples, where you spend one night in the historic center of the city. Our hotel is located in a quiet pedestrian area, but close to the heart of the city. The next day you have a guided visit of Pompeii followed by lunch at a beautiful family-run winery in the hills above Ravello. You stay two nights in lovely Minori, right on the coast, then two nights up in the hills in romantic Ravello, and two nights in Praiano, perched above the sea. We take you on spectacular hikes that link together villages, hamlets, ancient monasteries and watchtowers. On our penultimate day we take you to explore the exquisite island of Capri. On your final day, the aptly named "Path of the Gods" awaits you and at night we enjoy our farewell dinner at the house of a professional chef who shows you how to prepare local dishes using fresh ingredients from his garden.
Amalfi Coast and Capri Island Walking Tour itinerary
Independent arrival in Naples. You are pre-booked into your hotel located in the heart of historic Naples, near many great cafés, restaurants, and shops. Overnight Naples. Hotel included. Dinner not included.
Today we meet at 8.30 and have a morning transfer to Pompeii for a guided visit of this outstanding archaeological site. In 79 AD, a massive eruption at nearby Mt. Vesuvius buried the city under a 6-meter blanket of ash and rock. Due to its fine state of preservation, the excavations now give us an extraordinarily real image of daily life in a Roman city. We spend a half day visiting the site with a specialized guide, seeing the villas, temples, theaters and markets that once bustled with life in ancient times. We then transfer to a winery on the fertile slopes of Vesuvius, where Gaetano will welcome us to his family estate and give us a visit of the winery, a tasting, and then lunch. We then continue on to Minori village and our hotel, the Palazzo Vingius, a family-run three-star hotel with gorgeous views over the sea. In the evening we meet for an aperitivo before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Minori. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel included.
After breakfast on the terrace, we begin our hike into the mountains overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean with breathtaking views of the coastal villages below. We hike out of Minori up steps that lead through the lemon groves, and eventually stop at the Convent of San Nicola for a picnic lunch. Afterwards, we descend into Minori for an optional visit of a remarkable Roman villa (from the 1st century AD) nestled in the heart of this maritime village. Dinner tonight is at the lovely agriturismo Villa Maria. Overnight Minori. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
A short transfer along a spectacular coastal road brings us to the famous village of Amalfi, which was an important naval power from the 8th – 12th centuries. Explore the colorful city streets and then visit the fascinating Paper Museum, which shows how the people of Amalfi made paper out of cloth using a technique they brought back from Asia during the Crusades. Pick up some picnic supplies and then begin a hike through the “Valley of the Mills” on an ancient path that is still used today by woodsmen and their donkeys to access this ruggedly beautiful area. Our walk ends in Ravello, our home for the next two nights. You have free time to visit the lovely gardens, villas, convents and churches of this serenely beautiful town. Overnight at the Hotel Giordano or Hotel La Moresca depending on availability. Overnight Ravello. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
After a short transfer to nearby Campidoglio, we hike under the beautiful cliffs of Punta d'Aglio and then head down through the beautiful Valle delle Ferriere. The trail passes by the eerie ruins of what were once thriving water mills. We eventually reach the village of Pogerola where we have a light lunch and then take a flight of steps down into the town of Amalfi, where you'll have some free time to explore, or even go to the beach for a swim. Take a local bus back to the hotel and then you’re free to dine where you like tonight. Overnight Ravello. Breakfast and hotel included. Dinner not included.
A short ferry ride this morning takes you to the delightful island of Capri. From Marina Grande you take a funicular up to the charming Piazzeta di Capri, then a thrilling bus ride along the precipitous road to the village of Anacapri, and finally a chair-lift takes you to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island. At 600 m (1900 ft.) above sea level you have a breathtaking view over the island and back towards the mountainous coastline. From here you have a 2.5 hour walk that takes you back to Capri along a panoramic path, the "Sentiero del Passetiello." The walk takes you to the Villa Jovis, which was the “retirement villa” of Tiberius, one of the Roman Empire's most powerful rulers. Return to the mainland we have time to relax before enjoying a lovely dinner in a small, local trattoria on the beach. Your hotel for the last two nights is Villa Maria Pia. Overnight Praiano. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
Today we take you to Positano via the spectacular "Sentiero degli Dei" - Path of the Gods. This wonderful four-hour hike takes you through stands of cypress forest, fields of wildflowers, and past ancient stone dwellings. Traverse the coastal mountains on trails which offer breathtaking views of the sparkling coastline stretching out far beneath you. At the village of Nocelle you continue into a deep gorge with imposing limestone walls, and emerge at the quaint village of Montepertuso. From there you head down old staircases through olive groves and vineyards to world-famous Positano, considered to be the most beautiful town on the Amalfi coast. We go back to Praiano by private boat. Tonight we are invited into the house of Angela and Catello (a professional chef), who show you how to prepare local dishes using fresh ingredients from their garden. Drink a toast to a great tour, and new friends. Overnight Praiano. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
Departure: We leave at 9:00 a.m. for the Naples train station, arriving around 10:30. Breakfast included.
Though not long in terms of distance, the walks can be strenuous at times as we ascend or descend mountain paths or a series of old stairways that have been used for years to link the villages of the region. We have designed the trip so that there is always some free time in the late afternoon so you can relax, read, swim in the hotel pool or venture down to Amalfi’s beaches for a dip in the sea. Daily distance between 8 and 14 kms. Please look at the photos to view the typical staircases that are part of the trails. We often climb or descend a staircase for 10 or 15 minutes, at our own pace, and then traverse on an a more open path.
Amalfi Coast: general information, weather forecast, photos, history, and more.
Pompeii Archaeological Site: official site of Pompeii, with good maps, photos, history of the excavations, etc.
Pompeiana: more serious website devoted to current research on the site
Mount Vesuvius: Wikipedia has a great site
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Italy has more sites in the list than any other country!
Activity Level 3+ = Moderate Plus:
In general: This is a Moderate tour for fit hikers who will find them a satisfying workout and challenging but do-able for not-so-fit hikers who invariably feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the tour!
Terrain: Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent steep ascents and descents. The "+" indicates that they also involve more rugged, rocky, or steep terrain than the 3 rated tours.
Actual walking time: between 2-5 hours per day, mostly in the morning but also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually between 8 and 12 kms/5 and 7 miles. Max distance is 16 kms/9 miles.
Surfaces: Trails consisting of compact earth, gravelly earth, and sometimes dirt-gravel roads and frequently on rocky and uneven trails. Ancient stone staircases and trails with stone steps are often present.
Footing: Good, but you have to pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: Though not long in terms of distance, the walks can be strenuous at times as we ascend or descend mountain paths or a series of old stairways that have been used for years to link the villages of the region. Be sure to look at the photos to view the typical staircases that are part of the trails. We often climb or descend a staircase for 10 or 15 minutes and then traverse on a more open path. The most challenging hike is on the last day when we walk the "Path of the Gods," a 12 km, four-hour hike.
Hiking Poles: Highly recommended but not required, and if you habitually use hiking pole you will regret it if you don’t have them.
Compared to the Cinque Terre: The Cinque Terre is the perfect example of a 3+ rated tour. Our most common comment about the Cinque Terre walk and other tours rated 3+ is “More challenging than I expected but I am glad I did it”.
Other: This tour is appropriate for “sporty and fit” first-time hikers who enjoy walking, have good balance, and are coordinated. People with hip and knee issues might find a 3+ tour challenging because of the terrain and the duration of the hikes.
Moderate Plus Tours: Amalfi is the easiest of this group, then Dolomites Lite, then Cinque Terre, followed by Sardinia, Northern Greece Meteora & Zagori, and Andalusia.
Trip Cost includes: All accommodations (7 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels); 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners; all luggage transfers starting from pick-up at the Naples hotel to the final drop-off at Naples train station; entrance and guided visit of Pompeii with licensed guide; winery visit and lunch; entrance and guided visit of Paper Musuem in Amalfi; cooking class; ferry to and from the island of Capri, bilingual Customwalks guide(s); all van, bus, and boat transfers as noted in the itinerary.
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Getting There: the trip starts with your independent arrival at our pre-booked hotel in Naples, which is well connected to Rome and other cities by train.
Air: you can fly directly into the Naples airport, which has flights from throughout Italy and the major European hubs. There is a shuttle bus from the airport to the central train station every 30 minutes. Rome Airport is your next best option (also known as “Fiumicino”). There is a direct train from Fiumicino to the main “Roma Termini” train station every 30 minutes.
Rail: Naples is well connected to all major cities by train. You could even come all the way down from Milan on a high-speed Eurostar or new Italo train, passing through Bologna, Florence and Rome. Florence is about 3.5 hours by train, Rome 2.5 hours. See the Trenitalia website (in English) at this link. For alternative high-speed rail travel, see the Italo website.
For complete information on using the Italian train system, see our blog post.
Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends after breakfast on Saturday with a 1.5 hour van shuttle from Praiano/Positano to the Naples Central train station, arriving in time for 11.00 a.m. train connections. We can also arrange a transfer for you to the Naples Airport, at your expense. If you decide to stay in Praiano on the last day and travel independently, you need to take a bus from Praiano to Sorrento and a train from there to Naples. It takes about 2.5-3 hrs.
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This was a fabulous trip. Beautiful scenery, great food and wine and the perfect amount of hiking. Dennis is a great guide. Takes care of everything and is fun, to boot. Don't avoid this trip if you have a fear of vertigo like I do. The folks at Customwalks assured me that the trails are wide and it would not be an issue. They were absolutely right. One of my best trips ever.
Fabulous way to see the Amalfi coast and our amazing guide, Dennis, made it seamless. He was full of facts and fun at every juncture. It was a wonderful experience with great girlfriends, and Dennis made it all work...whether changing a hike, chasing and loving every animal in Italy... he truly made it unforgettable. He also helped create an etched memory for me by letting me place a special bracelet above the Trail of the Gods....memorable for all who were there. Thank you , Dennis. Until our next journey !!! Big hug to Billy !!!!
Our Amalfi walking tour was amazing. Our guide, Dennis, made the experience seamless- from transportation, to local knowledge, contacts and of course language; he had it covered. The itinerary was great, just enough hiking to feel good and cover a lot of ground, but also time to relax and enjoy the towns and local color. In addition, Dennis remained flexible when we had special requests requiring small changes to his plans. He was unflappable and a lot of fun to have along with our group. This tour is a nice way to see the Amalfi coast in a close-up and personal sort of way.
This is the best way to see the Amalfi Coast. Every day we hiked stunningly beautiful trails, meandering between lemon orchards, shady oak forests & olive groves. We were the only people on the trails. We had gorgeous views of the Mediterranean and postcard perfect villages. The cooking class by an Italian family in their own home was a pleasure and a special treat. The boat ride to see the coast from the sea was a welcome break from the hikes. Our guides, Ilaria and Marco were top of the line, knowledgeable, friendly, funny, full of energy and love for their country and this particular region.I highly recommend this trip. Is the only way of seeing this spectacular part of the world without elbowing your way among 1000 other people.
This is the Italy of your dreams and fantasies: Unbelievable scenery of mountains plunging down to the sea, great food, great culture and guides that go above and beyond the call of duty. You will be on spectacular solitary trails going up and down ancient stone steps -- lots of steps! -- but you will want to build up your appetite for some of the best meals of your life. CustomWalks does a great job in avoiding the touristy areas and crowds that can occur on the Amalfi Coast. Be prepared for sensory and cultural overload (note: you can't really prepare for it). The whole adventure was memorable, but my personal favorites were the small villages we passed through on foot (the best way to sightsee), the group camaraderie, the guides who saw to every detail and answered every question, the hotels, and, of course, the meals. Things really went off the chart when we had our cooking lesson in the home of a \real Italian mom!\
This was a fantastic way to see the Amalfi Coast . Some spectacular walks with lots of steps at times . Even though this is such a well known and visited area we walked on trails that were virtually deserted with stunning scenery and coastal views Combined this with visits and staying in Ravello and near Positano . Atmospheric restaurants where our guides Manu and Ulysses were well know . In short we had a great time combining good exercise with an abundance of fun limoncello filled nights .
We did this tour in 2009 in a similar fashion except we started in Salerno. We LOVED Minori. We were able to visit the former villa of Gore Vidal in Ravello. Interesting walks away from the crowds was great. Food was terrific especially in Minori. The first walk is very interesting but also quite challenging. Stay hydrated. The cooking class was fun too..
The Amalfi Coast hiking tour was the adventure of a lifetime! Brett and Ilaria were amazing guides and I laughed and learned so much. Their knowledge of the communities â and, of course, the language â landed us in places that I never could have experienced on my own or on a âcannedâ tour package. The walks were incredible; each one with breathtaking and wondrous sights. One day we meandered along a path which took us by ancient run-down mills, now intertwined with Mother Nature. Another day we hiked to a hilltop to visit an ancient convent and were treated to a completely unexpected home-cooked meal by the gentlemen who were there renovating the edifice! The hospitality of the people was heart warming. Our journeys on the trails were uninterrupted by other tourists and allowed me to fully convene with the beauty of everything around me. We visited intimate, local establishments where we were welcomed with open arms â literally â by the locals. The winery visit was fabulous. The home-cooked, traditional fare was delectable and the wines, well, I canât think of words to aptly describe them! If asked to rate my experience Iâd have to say it was a 15 out of 10. An absolutely stellar job CustomWalks! You rock!
We could not possibly say enough good things about our time at Amalfi and our guide Dennis.
We had the most fantastic experience and now know a lot more about so many things, such as lemons, local customs and history, all things Italian.
It was a special time.
by Chris B and Annie B