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Amalfi Coast: Hike, Boat & Kayak

8 Days
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US$ 2,105

The best way to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Amalfi Coast is to walk along it. The scenery is breathtaking; the resorts, towns and villages charming. Everywhere are panoramic views of the coast and the sea. Also enjoy time in Naples, Pompeii and Capri.

On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.

Begin your tour in Naples, the largest city in Southern Italy and a lively and vibrant metropolis, full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets. It sits on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Its historic centre has earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination. Naples has one of the largest historical city centres in the world Stay overnight here after meeting your fellow travellers.
A short train journey takes you to Pompeii where a guided tour takes you through houses, theatres, and other buildings long buried under volcanic ash. Visiting the excavations will give you a good sense of the work being done under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Later, continue by train to Agerola on the Amalfi Coast for 2 nights’ accommodation.

Agerola is known as "Little Switzerland" due to the beautiful mountain landscape, the bracing air and the refined buildings. The Romans stayed in Agerola after the disastrous eruption of 79 AD that destroyed Pompeii.

The legendary Amalfi Coast is breathtakingly beautiful. This lush rocky indented shoreline consists of 13 small towns each with its own character and charm and all rich in history.
The next morning is your first walking day. Head to the Punto Panoramico, the most scenic viewpoint on the coast for views of the coastline and the sea. Then walk through dense forest to the Cilento National Park, the second largest park in Italy. Below, the blue sea stretches on forever. Here you can obtain interesting knowledge about the geology and agriculture of the area. Continue through vineyards, woods and fields filled with colourful flowers to the village of Furore with its tiny port full of fishing boats. After some time here, climb up to the charming village of Conca dei Marini where you will take the local bus back to Agerola.

Head next to Bomerano by local bus then walk the Sentiero degli Dei (The Footpath of the Gods) where you will once again have amazing panoramic views as you walk through forests and more fields of wild flowers. Then it’s into the Vallone di Grarelle with its many caves and deep coves and the picturesque village of Nocelle. Next is the Monteperuso Crossing, a deep gorge with striking limestone walls arriving eventually at the resort of Positano, the most beautiful and most fashionable town on the Amalfi Coast. This will be your base for the next 4 nights. The town itself is perched on an enclave on the face of a hill and winds down towards the waters of the Amalfi Coast. Seen from the sea, Positano is set in a dramatic vertical panorama of colours; the green of the Monti Lattari, the white, pink and yellow of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery grey of its pebble beaches and the blue of the sea.

The following morning brings a walk starting with a scenic path to Atrani, the best preserved small town on the coast with its narrow streets and attractive town square. Later arrive at Ravello, another absolutely charming resort and a favourite place for past and present writers, musicians and painters. Here you can visit two magnificent villas, the 11th Century Villa Rufolo, former home of Richard Wagner and the 19th Century Villa Cimbrone, a mansion with breathtaking gardens. Afterwards, retrace your steps to Atrani for refreshments and then back to Amalfi.

Everyone knows the legendary Island of Capri. You will take a ferry to this enchanting island with its captivating charm and natural beauty. To fully appreciate this awe-inspiring hilly island, you will take a funicular to the peak to enjoy amazing panoramic views. Visit the Villa Jovis, once home to the Roman Emperor Tiberius and also take time to explore the winding alleyways of Capri and take in the grottos. Return later to Amalfi.

Your final day of walking takes you to the village of Pontone where you will enjoy stunning views across the Valle del Dragone (Valley of the Dragons). Then you will pass by the Torre dello Zirro, a watchtower known from the play, “The Duchess of Amalfi” by John Webster. Enjoy a drink back in Pontone before walking down through the shaded Valle de Mulini (Valley of the Watermills). Also go deep into nature in the Valle delle Forrine with its lush vegetation and waterfalls. Return afterwards to Amalfi stopping at an old paper museum (Museo della Carta) en route.

Your Amalfi Coast walking tour comes to an end the following morning.

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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,105

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Day 1

Arrive Naples

Welcome to Naples, the capital of the region of Campania. Please make your own way to the joining hotel, which is located in the historic centre of the city. No activities are planned before this evening's group meeting, so you may arrive at any time. If you arrive early, use your free time during the day to discover some of Naples' impressive architecture and grandiose monuments, many of which date back to the Spanish rule of the 16th and 17th centuries. Maybe check out the Royal Palace of Naples or head through a grand plaza to Museo di Capodimonte. Naples is a major European cultural capital since the time of the Greeks. After the group meeting, perhaps seek out an authentic Neapolitan pizza for dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel in Naples

Day 2

Naples / Pompeii / Vesuvius / Agerola

After a leisurely breakfast, board your private minibus to the Pompeii archaeological site. Here, without question, lie some of the world's most fascinating and preeminent ruins. Finely preserved, they give you an extraordinarily real image of daily life in a Roman city with villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along the chariot-marked streets that were nestled under the shadow of Vesuvius until the fatal eruption in 79 AD. Visit the magnificent amphitheatre and the 'Villa of Mysteries'. You will also visit the Roman Forum and basilica, temples, public baths, and the tiny Odeon created for music recitals. After lunch your private minibus will pick you up for our next destination: Vesuvius. Take a walk around the very rim of Vesuvius' crater, with sulphuric gases and steam still emerging from the gravel. A scenic drive (approximately 1 hour) will then take you to the Agerola high plain. Along the way, you'll be dazzled by views over the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Agerola

Walking Time: approximately 3 hours (4 km)

Included Activities:
Pompeii Archaeological Site
Guided Hike along Vesuvius' Crater Rim and Summit

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3


Today is a free day for you to relax or enjoy some of the area's walking trails. Perhaps walk to the viewpoint of "Punto Panoramico" for great views of the Amalfi Coast. From here descend through a spectacular landscape, which overlooks the Isle of Capri and the densely forested mountains of Cilento National Park. Your path leads you through an archetypical Mediterranean landscape with vineyards, chestnut trees, oaks and pretty sections of shrubs and flowers. You will spot many old ruins speckling the hillsides. In spring, you can smell the Italian herbs and you will walk past steeples of limestone rocks, through lush vineyards, chestnut trees and aromatic flora, and beside ruins speckled on the hillsides. Alternatively visit the village of Bomerano where you will have the opportunity to sit down for lunch or taste some of the local limoncello.

Accommodation: Hotel in Agerola

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Positano / Amalfi

This morning perhaps enjoy a coffee before embarking on what has become one of Italy's most famous hiking trails, the "Sentiero degli Dei" (Footpath of the Gods) which will bring you all the way to Positano. This path winds its way through unique scenery and boasts unrivalled views along the coast. Walk through forests and fields of wildflowers, past ancient stone huts and beside sheer walls of granite. Glimpse local farmers tending their crops by hoe and elbow grease, herds of goats feeding beside the trail beside their shepherds, and teams of workmen commuting by mule. By late morning you will reach Vallone di Grarelle, then continue to the hamlet of Nocelle, a picturesque village situated above Positano. A walk through the village leads to what's known as the Montepertuso Crossing - a deep gorge with limestone walls. From Montepertuso it's just a short walk down the old steps, through olive groves and vineyards, to beautiful Positano (though you can take a bus instead if you like). From Positano continue to Amalfi by boat and enjoy the scenery from a different view point.

Accommodation: Hotel in Amalfi

Walking time: approximately 5-6 hours (7-10 km).

Included Activities
Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods)
Boat Cruise Positano to Amalfi

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Isle of Capri / Amalfi

Today is dedicated to the rightly famous Isle of Capri, a place where Roman emperors used to come as tourists. You will sail from Amalfi to Capri by boat, following the beautiful coastline and passing the islands of the mythical sirens that were mentioned in Homer's Iliadand Odyssey. As you approach, witness Capri's coastline in all its glory: mighty cliffs, shard-like rock formations, crashing blue seas. Have your camera at the ready on this short cruise. When you arrive in Capri, you will see the popular sights, then take a beautiful circuit walk. During this walk you will pass Villa Jovis (the ruins of the most impressive Roman villa on the island, once home to Emperor Tiberius), see a historic monastery and explore the winding alleyways of the village of Capri. Part of your walk follows untouched coastline and passes many impressive grottoes, and there's time to dip your feet in the water. Your walk can be extended or shortened in many ways today, depending on the wishes of the group. Late in the afternoon you will travel by boat back to Amalfi.

Accommodation: Hotel in Amalfi

Walking time: approximately 4 hours (10 km)

Included Activities
Villa Jovis Archaeological Site
Boat Ride to Isle of Capri
Capri Coastal Walk

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Amalfi (Kayaking)

Get ready for a magical day of walking. Start in the quiet backstreets of Amalfi, heading up to the village of Pontone. Walk on the narrow ridge and then beneath shady pine trees and through fields of wildflowers. This brings you to a viewpoint from which you can see across the Valle del Dragone (Valley of the Dragon) and the luxurious gardens and villas of Ravello. A series of ups and downs takes you to the ruins of the famous watchtower (Torre dello Zirro). After retracing your steps to pretty Pontone, you can enjoy a drink under the shade of lemon trees and gaze down upon the town of Amalfi. Then walk down into the shaded Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills). Here you will find remnants of Europe's earliest paper mills, strewn among thick foliage fed by the valley's streams. You may pass locals collecting wild mushrooms and stout men carrying half their body weight in lemons on their heads. The path takes you deep into the valley and the entrance of the nature reserve "Valle delle Ferriere". This is one of the most interesting nature reserves of the area and an ideal place for lunch. From here it's an hour back down to Amalfi, past the Museo della Carta (paper museum). We then gather on the beach of Amalfi for another unique experience: paddling along the stunning coastline. After a brief introduction, we will outfit everyone with paddle and offer some basic kayaking instruction (if needed!), and then embark on our trip along the coast towards the amazing small little beach of Santacroce. Upon arrival why not have a relaxed ‘aperitivo’ on the beach and then slowly paddle back to Amalfi.

Accommodation: Hotel in Amalfi

Walking time: approximately 4 hours (10 km). Please note that the kayaking activity today is weather dependent and may be cancelled in adverse weather conditions.

Included Activities
Valle delle Ferriere (Iron Mill Valley)
Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills)
Kayaking to Santcroce Beach

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Ravello / Amalfi

From your hotel you will follow the Valley of the Dragon up to Ravello - another highlight of the coast. The French novelist Andre Gide once described this town as being 'closer to the sky than the seashore'. For centuries, its lofty position and sunny, dry climate has made it an appealing place for writers, artists, musicians and travelers. Ravello also boasts two magnificent villas - the superb 11th Century Villa Rufolo which was once a papal residence and later the home of Wagner, and Villa Cimbrone, a sumptuous 19th Century mansion with fabulous gardens and unequalled views over the Gulf of Salerno. Retrace your steps along a rather steep mule track down again to Amalfi. Sweeping panoramas will reward your efforts.

Accommodation: Hotel in Amalfi

Walking time: approximately 4-5 hours (9-12 km)

Included Activities
Villa Cimbrone
Valley of the Dragon Nature Hike

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 8


After breakfast this morning, your 'Walking the Amalfi Coast' adventure comes to an end. There are no more activities planned for today and you're able to depart at any time. From here, it's easy to arrange onward connections. You may wish to board one of a number of ferries that sail from Amalfi to Salerno or Naples. Alternatively, there are local SITA buses that run to Sorrento, Salerno or Naples where you can catch onward rail connections. Your leader will be able to assist.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2019: Sep 22, 29; Oct 6
2020: Apr 19; May 3,10, 17, 24, 31; Jun 7, 14, 21, 28; Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 ; Aug 30;
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 4


  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by boat
  • Minibus and train
  • The Old Pompeii entrance fee


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

27 Sep 2020
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