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The Amalfi Coast Self-Guided

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.

Quick Facts

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Centre-Based

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 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

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Days : 8

Price : From AED 3,857*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Classic

Trip Type : Self guided

Physical Grading : 2

Trip Map

Itinerary Land Only

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Reviews

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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The sensational views that were the reward for climbing or descending a few stairs ( don't mind my irony there!). I seemed to develop a hidden.passion for photography as there was so many memories that I wanted to capture ...be it the views or the wildflowers or the amazing Olive, Fig, lemon groves or beautifully tended fruit and vegetable plots that are everywhere.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : We were self guided but the guide leaders were accessible if we had needed anything
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Plan your trips well around the bus and ferry timetables otherwise you spend a lot of time waiting for an already long bus journey. I wouldn't advise hiring a car as the roads are "interesting"

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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.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The visit to Versuvius.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : See above. We did not have a group leader. The hotel staff were also helpful, particularly the head waiter.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Avoid the buses!
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Only that the Exodos staff were also helpful and efficient.

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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!
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The wild flowers were a total joy. Pompeii and Herculaneum have been on a wish list since I was a child
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : We were self guided, but our daughter joined a group for the walk of the gods, and he was excellent
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Advice from Exodus seemed to cover everything. And what we didn’t know or understand the hotel staff helped us with, they were brilliant
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Thank you Hotel Due Torri.....we want to come back!

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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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : As I am in my 70s the achievement of climbing Monte Tre Calli on day 3 was inspirational and the walk to Ravello on day 7 was another which was worth the climb.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A. We were self guided but the advice offered when asked for was good and we always felt we could ask for assistance at any time.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Walk up and down steps in training for this trip!
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : This was our first trip with Exodus, but hopefully will not be our last.

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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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Views from Path of the Gods
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : We were self-guided but there were two groups doing walks in same week. Both leaders were friendly and approachable.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Make sure that you arrive early to take public buses back to hotel- they can be very crowded.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : May is a great time of year to go- lots of wild flowers and temperature good for walking

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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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Probably two: a) Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) and b) The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone. The Path of the Gods, winds its way along the cliff tops, providing stunning views of the coast line and finally of the colourful town of Positano. This walk is highly recommended and should not be missed. Villa Cimbrone is well worth a visit for the magnificent panoramic views from the beautifully laid out gardens. While in the region, a visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum should also be considered.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Not really applicable to the self guided walkers. Having said that, Paul was approachable at all times and offered quite a few suggestions with regard to what to look out for en route and also items that were not covered in the notes. In addition, the self guided participants had the benefit of advice from Mr. Eduardo Palermo, the local guide, who also acted as our chauffeur when we visited Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : If you are not a regular walker, build up to the longer walks, as the ascents and descents can be quite tiring. The route notes could do with up-dating and inevitably you may have to make short detours due to road works or other maintenance work.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The hotel has a limited number of walking poles available. As stated in my opening sentence - a splendid walking holiday.

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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.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : (1) Walk of the Gods (2) Valle del Mulini up to the Ferriere - this wasn't one of the walks in the book, but we did it instead of the high-level Valle del Ferriere walk because the weather was bad. (3) wandering throuh tunnels and passages in Amalfi on the walk to Ravello (4) Paper museum in Amalfi (5) Cooking demostrations in the hotel - totally unexpected and great fun!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : We didn't have one! The book of instructions for the walks worked well, with very few ambiguities.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : (1) Be prepared for lots of steps: e.g. 1200 steps down to Positano at the end of the Walk of the Gods. The trip notes told us to expect this, but the reality was a bit daunting until we got used to them. (2) Getting the bus back from Amalfi to the hotel at Bomerano can be very hit-and-miss. There is no indication at the bus station which buses are going where: you have to wait until the driver gets in and puts up the sign, and then you have to fight your way on - the word "queue" has no equivalent in Italian! Particularly bad in Ravello, for the bus back down to Amalfi. A shame, because it meant we didn't get as much time in Ravello as we would have liked

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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.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The walking was varied and scenic. We particularly enjoyed the "Walk of the Gods"; so much that on the free day we did it in reverse.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Not applicable - self led
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : The walks involved lots of steps so a decent standard of fitness is required. The transport links (public buses and boats) to the start of walks was good although you need to make sure you are early as they tend to go early when they are full.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : The only slight negative was that the self-led walks booklet could have been more accurate as at certain times it was a little confusing. The addition of more detailed maps would have helped with the situation.

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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.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The Walk of the Gods from Bomerano to Positano was the highlight. Once the climb up you basically meandered up an down a contour. The paths and views were spectacular.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : We were self guided but the leader from the guided group was very helpful and actually made sure we were safe on a wet day walk that was a bit hazardous. This was on his day off!
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : I would ensure that knees are up to walking up and down a lot of steps, so bring walking poles.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : This is a beautiful area and a lot of tourists visit via cruise ships or bus, but the walks took you through the small villages and rural areas allowing you to see traditional terrace agriculture.

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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.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The views from Monte Tre Calli were amazing. and we enjoyed the tranquillity of the Valle Delle Ferriere walk. Ravello was my favourite town with lots of charm, old buildings, lovely gardens and views. The wild flowers were plentiful and we enjoyed looking at all the orchids.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Would really recommend trying to link up with the group transfers to and from the airport. Don't try to do Pompei or Herculaneum from Bomerano. We booked the last flight back on the Saturday and went to Herculaneum from Naples, so much easier.

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2018-09-29 - 2018-10-064 AED 4,269
2018-10-06 - 2018-10-132 AED 4,115
2018-10-13 - 2018-10-206 AED 4,115
2018-10-20 - 2018-10-274 AED 4,115
2018-10-27 - 2018-11-036 AED 4,115
2018-11-03 - 2018-11-106 AED 3,857
2018-11-10 - 2018-11-176 AED 3,857
2018-11-17 - 2018-11-246 AED 3,857
2018-11-24 - 2018-12-016 AED 3,857
2018-12-01 - 2018-12-086 AED 3,857
2018-12-08 - 2018-12-156 AED 3,857
2018-12-15 - 2018-12-226 AED 3,857
2018-12-22 - 2018-12-296 AED 3,857
2018-12-29 - 2019-01-056 AED 3,857