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This relaxed walking holiday explores the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Our walks take us across clifftops, through woodland and into a natural park. The week culminates in the celebrated Walk of the Gods - one of the world's greatest coastal walks.
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Seven nights in a standard agriturismo, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners, 5 easy to moderate day walks including the 'Walk of the Gods' and Ferrierre National Park, transport by bus, ferry and public bus, services of an Explore Tour Leader / qualified English-speaking trekking guide and driver(s).
Selected dates, Apr - Nov
This popular walking holiday allows you to explore the towns of Amalfi and Positano and the island of Capri. You also have the chance to visit the ruins of Pompeii, to climb Mt Vesuvius and explore Ravello. Stay with an Italian family at their peaceful farm overlooking the Mediterranean and enjoy tasty home-produced organic food and wine. Try your hand at making pizza and local cheese. At our Agriturismo you can relax and enjoy a taste of the 'dolce vita'.
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5 day walks including the spectacular 'Walk of the Gods'
Make your own pizza, fresh cheese and sample homemade organic wine
A day trip to Capri to explore the more peaceful areas of this beautiful island
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Arriving at Naples Airport, the transfer to our base in San Lazzaro will take just over an hour. Settle in to the authentic agriturismo accommodation, with its rustically-furnished, en-suite rooms which will be your base for the next week. At 650 metres above sea level and located only a few metres from the cliffs, the accommodation affords magnificent views of the Bay of Salerno and is peacefully situated a few miles away from the tourist thoroughfare. The family who run this working farm are our hosts for the week, producing their own wine, as well as much of the food that they serve. (D)
Setting off on foot from the farm this morning, head up onto a ridge and gently ascend to a height of 900m. Continuing along the ridge, pass through thick woodland and enjoy views of the Agerola Plain, Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. Today's walk is circular and you'll descend to the small hamlet of Santa Maria before heading back to San Lazzaro, where the rest of the day is free to relax. (B)(L)(D)
Today's walk is graded moderate, with the 11 kilometres expected to take approximately six hours with a total ascent and descent of 540m.
This afternoon there will be the option of making your own pizzas for dinner. For those taking part, spend a short time making pizza dough with the family after breakfast so that the dough can proof during the day before commencing your walk from the farm, following a path that leads through steep terraces towards the coast. This is an ancient pathway and, before the coastal road was built in the 19th century, this was the only way to get from Agerola to Amalfi. There are plenty of places to stop and admire the sea-views as you descend down a series of steps and meander through ancient alleyways. Arrive in Amalfi in time for lunch, with a free afternoon in which to explore this stunning harbour town. You may choose to look around the impressive Duomo di Sant Andrea (St Andrew's cathedral), with its remarkable baroque interior dating back to the 11th century. The beautifully restored ancient Roman basilica is another highlight. Alternatively, you might choose to relax in one of the many cafes or gelaterias, or look around the curio shops. If it's a hot day, a swim from the public beach might appeal - don't forget to pack your swimming costume and towel. Head back to San Lazzaro by public bus late in the afternoon. (B)
Today's six kilometre walk is graded as easy, with a total ascent of 90m and a 755m descent. We expect it to take us approximately two-and-a-half to three hours.
Take an early bus to catch the boat from Amalfi to Capri. The ferry ride affords us impressive views of the Amalfi Coast; its clusters of buildings clinging spectacularly to the cliffs. Although only a small island measuring seven kilometres in length and three kilometres in width, Capri's magnificent 600 metre-high cliffs contribute to its imposing appearance. Capri has enjoyed coastal resort status since Roman times, but today's walk gets behind its glitzy facade of trendy boutiques and cool cafes. Exploring its network of winding streets, grand houses and kitchen gardens, the route takes you to the coast, past banks of beautiful bougainvillea and to the quieter parts of the island. Here you'll have superb views of the mainland and the magnificent limestone cliffs rising out of the Mediterranean. There will be time to enjoy the buzz of the main town, as well as a visit to Emperor Tiberius' palace and perhaps time to visit Villa Lysis, before heading back by boat to Amalfi to the mainland. At Amalfi, take a private bus back to San Lazzaro. (B)(D)
Today's easy-graded walk will take approximately four hours, covering 10 kilometres, with a total of 400m ascent and descent. Please note that if the weather is deemed too rough, the ferry to Capri will not operate. Instead you will visit the beautiful hilltop town of Ravello and take a two-hour walk through pretty farmland to the coastal town of Minori. Alternatively, days will be re-arranged to visit Capri later in the week.
Once again, today's walk sets off from your accommodation. Take an ancient limestone stairway above San Lazzaro which leads us high above the village. There are great views towards Salerno and the villages and towns below. Pass pretty woodlands and small valleys, before crossing into the Vallone di Ferriere. Surrounded by high limestone cliffs, the valley has a unique micro-climate, creating a home for plants not normally found in this area. The well-established path offers spectacular views of the valley and coast, passing small waterfalls and a pretty river. Descending to Amalfi, take a private bus back to San Lazzaro.
This evening there's the option to enjoy a wine tasting in the beautiful wine cellar at the agriturismo. The wines will be accompanied by a feast of home-cooked food. (B)(L)
This moderately-graded walk will take approximately six hours, covering a distance of 13 kilometres with a total ascent of 360m and a total descent of 1015m.
Today is a free day to use as you wish. You may choose to relax at the farmhouse or take an optional day-trip to Pompeii. Devastated by a volcanic eruption in AD 79, Pompeii is hailed as one of Europe's most compelling archaeological sites, due to the unique way that the volcanic ash has perfectly preserved so much of the city. Walking around the paved streets and buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage site provides a fascinating, if ghostly, insight into Roman life. Looming above Pompeii is Mount Vesuvius. As well as providing the opportunity to peer down into its 200 metre deep crater, which most recently erupted in 1944, the panoramic view from its summit is spectacular. A trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius is organised locally, so you do not need to book it in advance. (B)(D)
Often a highlight of the trip, the 'Walk of the Gods' is justifiably regarded as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west, with magnificent views of the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, descend down an ancient stairway, past pretty flower gardens, into Positano. A poor fishing village until the 1950s, Positano has grown into a chic town that is still a favourite with Hollywood stars. There is plenty of time to enjoy the town and beach before catching the private bus back to the Agriturismo for your final evening. (B)(L)(D)
Today's moderately-graded walk will take approximately five hours and will cover a distance of 11 kilometres with a total ascent of 330m and 900 m descent.
Today you can spend the day at leisure or take part in an optional visit to the historic town of Ravello, which offers the chance to explore its glorious mix of Moorish flair and aristocratic excess. This tranquil spot, located high on a rocky promontory overlooking azure waters, has attracted artists and writers to its enchanting streets for generations. Later this afternoon, transfer back to San Lazzaro and then on to Naples Airport, where the trip ends. (B)
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