The Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and beautiful coastlines in Europe. Mountains rise steeply out of the Mediterranean far below and picturesque towns nestle neatly in isolated coves. This self-guided walking holiday sees you descend from your quiet base in Agerola, following mule tracks and old paths through hillside villages, lemon groves and beautiful deep gorges to towns with narrow streets, whitewashed buildings and fascinating churches, monasteries and cathedrals. Away from the trails there is plenty of time to partake in the traditional Amalfi pastimes of sampling incredible food and wine, as well as enjoying the Mediterranean climate. A highlight of the tour is one of the world's greatest walks, trekking on the 'Path of the Gods'. A visit to the Bay of Naples would not be complete without seeing the incredible Roman remains of Pompeii beneath the volcanic cone of Vesuvius.
All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)
* 7 nights family-run hotel with swimming pool * 5 days optional centre-based walking * Low altitude throughout
Independent walks on Italy's magnificent Amalfi Coast
Days : 8
Price : From AED 3,857*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Self guided
Physical Grading : 2
Fly to Naples then transfer (optional, extra expense) to our base in the sleepy village of Bomerano; Agerola.
After breakfast, start your walk to Amalfi and the glorious coast. Today has a downhill bias as you follow the path down from Bomerano at 700m to the shores of the Mediterranean and the town of Amalfi. Wonderful views of the Amalfi Coast accompany you as you follow the trail. There are sections of steps today (approx. 2000 in total). Amalfi itself has been popular with the British since Edwardian times when the upper classes favoured the town as a pleasant place to spend their winters. The large Duomo (Cathedral) dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. You will arrive in time to explore the town, take a swim or enjoy a well-earned ice cream before returning to Bomerano by bus.
For your first free day you may choose to visit the amazing city of Pompeii which, during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in AD 79, was completely buried in ash and pumice. Lost for 1700 years, Pompeii's perfectly preserved remains give us an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city. You may also wish to add on a trip to Mount Vesuvius and walk up to the volcano crater. Depending on the weather conditions, you may choose to be led by a specialist Volcano guide through one of the many incredible walks around the crater of Vesuvius. Private transfers to these sites are bookable locally. On occasion, travellers may (by prior arrangement and for a fee of €35 per person, entrance fees to the sites excluded) be able to join the Walking The Amalfi Coast (TDA) group tour transfers, however this is on request and subject to availability. Please speak to the hotelier after your first briefing if you wish to join the group transfers to/from Pompeii and Vesuvius. Alternatively you could enjoy a boat ride along the coast from Amalfi (available from Easter to October), visit the majestic island of Capri, or spend the day relaxing by the hotel pool!
From the front door of the hotel it's a short stroll to the village square (or in the case of Bomerano, a triangle) and the start of your walk. Following a mixture of paths and tracks you ascend to the top of Monte Tre Calli, where you are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the coastline and the sea. The Agerola Plain and the village of Bomerano is laid out below you and looking west on a clear day you can see the famous island of Capri at the westernmost tip of the Sorrento Peninsula.
Today you may enjoy one of the world's finest day walks. Leaving from your front door step it's a short stroll through the quiet village of Bomerano before beginning the Walk of the Gods. The route follows the contours of the land for the majority of the day with amazing views of the Amalfi Coastline far below. In season the hillside is carpeted with flowers and the coastal waters teem with cruisers and pleasure boats. Your destination today is Positano, an almost vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. On the way there is plenty of time to admire one of the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast before descending a long series of steps into Positano. You will have time to explore before returning in the late afternoon; you may even choose to take a boat trip back to Amalfi.
You have a choice today; relax by the pool or take one of the excursions mentioned in the routebook, alternatively you can enjoy a more difficult walk to the Valle delle Ferriere National Park. This walk is steep and rocky and must only be done in (and after) good weather as the ground can become slippy. After a short climb up a set of steps passing farmhouses and terraced vegetable patches, you will reach a hillside of extensive chestnut groves, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views across the valley and down to the distant coastline. Following the hillside through the groves, make the most of the shady trails before emerging at a rocky viewpoint. You then descend along a rocky path (steep in parts) and walk through woodland where you may see wild flowers and herbs growing. Over a river, and through the National Park boundary fence, discover a lush enclave within a gorge harbouring a beautiful moss-clad waterfall. From here the path to Amalfi is well marked and of a gentle gradient. Shells of former paper factories give way to colourful terraces of vegetables and lemon trees nestled beside quaint houses. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Amalfi, take a boat trip to the nearby Grotta Smeralda, or enjoy a refreshing gelato.
Ravello is home to the most classic views of the Amalfi coast. You will take the bus down to Amalfi where your walk begins. Passing through the village of Atrani, you will make your way up through the cobbled streets and alleyways before arriving at Ravello; a beautiful town that became a retreat for countless stars of the silver-screen. You may like to take the opportunity to visit the gardens of Villa Cimbrone and see the magnificent Duomo or stop for lunch in a café before heading back to Amalfi via the high route, passing some incredible views and the historic Torre dello Ziro on the way.
Transfer to Naples (own expense); fly to London.
|Title :||The Amazing Amalfi Coast|
|Summary :||This was my first Exodus holiday /adventure and it certainly will not be my last. It has been such a great introduction to Italy and the treasures that it has. The views were unforgettable, the people kind and welcoming, the wine and food delectable.|
|Title :||Amalfi self guided walking holidat|
|Summary :||The hotel and food were excellent. The walk instructions were clear and easy to follow. I would not describe the walks as “leisurely “, they were more challenging. One of the Exodos guides for the group walks, Susie, was very helpful. The other guide, Paul, wasn’t. The worst thing about the holiday was having to use local buses, especially the ones from Amalfi, which were infrequent and very overcrowded. For that reason I would not recommend your self guided walk to others. The area is beautiful and the scenery stunning.|
|Title :||Just Wonderful!|
|Summary :||We had the most wonderful holiday, and The Hotel Due Torri was instrumental in that. The walks and scenery were stunning, and we survived the steps, with greatly improved toning of the knees!|
|Title :||Stepping out to Amalfi|
|Summary :||We had a very enjoyable holiday in Amalfi. We went on the self guided trip and the instructions were excellent. The arrangements were made to make the visit hassle free and worked very well. The hotel was excellent, especially the welcoming and friendly staff and when we had a query the Exodus guides were there to help. Altogether a very enjoyable experience, but you need to be fit as the number of steps make some of the walks quite hard work. The views were worth the effort.|
|Title :||Great views, good walking, friendly hotel|
|Summary :||We were self-guiding using notes supplied. The walks were varied but all offered great views and gave the opportunity to visit local towns. Very friendly hotel staff.|
|Title :||The Amalfi Coast - Self Guided|
|Summary :||All in all, a splendid walking holiday with great routes, allowing one to enjoy all aspects of the beautiful and dramatic coastline, plus hill walking in the interior. The two groups - guided and self guided melded remarkably well to the benefit of both. Hotel Due Torre was an ideal base, providing excellent Italian cuisine with the added bonus of cookery lessons thrown in, not to mention very friendly owners and staff.|
|Title :||Amalfi Coast Self-Guided Walking|
|Summary :||This holiday worked very well for us. I now have to walk rather slowly up hill, so I'd be afraid of holding up a walking group. Going self-guided gets around that problem. All the arrangements went well: we got lost only once (and were able to back-track easily, so no real problem). Hotel very helpful when we were stranded in Amalfi because the buses weren't running. Leaders of other Exodus groups based in the same hotel made useful suggestions. Hotel staff also very helpful with suggestions about the walks - and also for rescuing us from Amalfi when the buses didn't run.|
|Title :||The Amalfi Coast: Self-guided|
|Summary :||The hotel where we were based was excellent. The hotel owner (manager) and all of his staff could not do enough to make our stay more pleasant. We were advised that one of the days during out stay was a bank holiday and it was recommended that we undertook a different walk than scheduled avoiding public transport which was more limited on this day. Without this advice we would have been waiting longer for public transport back to the hotel.The hotel staff spoke to us every day to provide advice and help. The food was very varied and prepared and cooked to a good standard and gave us a "taste of Italy" throughout the week. Also we were invited on two occasions into the kitchen to watch and take part in making pizza and tiramisu; which was great fun. All the staff were very friendly, polite and courteous from the hotel manager, cook, waiting staff and staff attending the pool area and bar which made our stay special. I cannot recommend this hotel more highly.|
|Title :||Amalfi Coast Self Guided|
|Summary :||The holiday was based at the Hotel Du Torri in Bomerano. This was a lovely, family owned and run place. All the family helped throughout the hotel and all the staff were friendly and helpful, but importantly, happy. The food was excellent as was my room. The pool was a welcome refresher after a day's walking. Having a single base meant that you could relax at the end of each day. The self guided walks were well written and pretty much idiot proof. The walks were quite testing on the knees, but the rewarding views were well worth it. Most of the walks were one way with good public transport, bus or ferry links to the start or finish. This gave you a chance to spend time in Amalfi and Positano.|
|Title :||Amalfi Coast Self-guided|
|Summary :||A fantastic week of hot sunshine, fabulous views, good food and lots of exercise. Although we had originally wanted to do the group holiday (full at the time of booking), we were actually glad we did the self-guided holiday and could take our time on the walks to enjoy the scenery, take lots of photos and rest (especially on the more demanding walks). As well as having plenty of time to look around the towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello and swim in the sea.|
|Start Date - End Date||Availability||Price|
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
|2018-09-29 - 2018-10-06||4||AED 4,269|
|2018-10-06 - 2018-10-13||2||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-13 - 2018-10-20||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-20 - 2018-10-27||4||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-27 - 2018-11-03||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-11-03 - 2018-11-10||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-11-10 - 2018-11-17||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-11-17 - 2018-11-24||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-11-24 - 2018-12-01||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-12-01 - 2018-12-08||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-12-08 - 2018-12-15||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-12-15 - 2018-12-22||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-12-22 - 2018-12-29||6||AED 3,857|
|2018-12-29 - 2019-01-05||6||AED 3,857|