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Highlights

  • Walking along the amazing pathway network on the Amalfi Coast.
  • Visiting the charming town of Ravello and its gardens.
  • Enjoying the delicious local cuisine and wines.
  • Absorbing the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.
  • Exploring the world famous Isle of Capri at your own pace.

High cliffs tumble hundreds of metres into the turquoise Mediterranean sea to create an indescribably beautiful coastline, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Picturesque villages and towns perched on the hillside combined with an exceptional diversity of landscape provide the perfect landscape for walking. Ancient paths wind through fragrant lemon groves and terraced vineyards, rewarding you with breathtaking views at every twist and turn.

Your holiday starts in the town of Amalfi, an ancient Maritime Republic famous for its refined architecture and your base for the first three nights. Agerola is your next stop, a rural community situated on an high plan surrounded by a dramatic landscape rising steeply from the shore to rugged mountains. Your walking holiday continues to the fishing village of Praiano and then you explore the most marvelous section of the “Footpath of Gods”, walking though an unmatched Mediterranean landscape.

You can download our chart showing the ascent/descent each day of the hikes. 

DAY 1: Arrive Starting Point: Amalfi

We recommend flying to Naples International Airport. Amalfi is 75km by road from the airport and we can arrange taxi transfers or you can travel by train to Sorrento and then bus/taxi to Amalfi.


Surrounded by enchanting mountains, while away the hours exploring the steep streets and alleyways of this charming town.


Overnight: Hotel Lidomare***, Amalfi


This charming 'Albergo' dates from 1300, and is ideally situated in a quiet square in Amalfi, not far from the sea. The 15 rooms each have WiFi and a jacuzzi tub. Stay in a standard room. 


DAY 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Starting from your hotel you follow a scenic path up to the medieval Tower of Zirro to enjoy the first of many stunning coastal views.


Walking along twisting mule tracks, through the fragrant groves of the typical lemon trees, you head into the wooded hills. You soon enter the valley of the watermills and can explore the ruins of the many paper factories. These date back to the 11th century and made Amalfi paper famous.


The next highlight is the hamlet of Ravello with its picturesque gardens of Villa Cimbrone and the stunning 13th-century Villa Rufolo. You then walk back to Amalfi through Atrani.


Overnight: Hotel Lidomare***, Amalfi


Walk: 13.5km, 5h30 approx.


DAY 3: Isle of Capri Walk

An unforgettable day of walking and exploring awaits as you take a boat to the Isle of Capri. You walk towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, the palace of Emperor Tiberius, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni - the peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before returning to Amalfi.


Overnight: Hotel Lidomare***, Amalfi


Walk: 3h30-5hrs approx.


DAY 4: Scala and the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere”

To start your day you take the public bus from Amalfi into the mountains to the village of Scala (25 mins). A quiet path leads into the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere”, a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs.


The stable microclimate allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans - a rare type of long-leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Your walk continues through meadows, small waterfalls and spectacular landscapes on a high path to the tiny hamlet of Pogerola. You then descend an ancient flight of steps towards the Amalfi and your overnight stop of Agerola.


The village of Agerola sits at 600m above sea level in a wide green
valley surrounded by thick natural forest and offers spectacular sea and
mountain views.


Overnight: Hotel Risorgimento***, Agerola


The Hotel Restaurant Risorgimento lies at the heart of the old village of San Lazzaro in Agerola. This traditional hotel offers simple and comfortable accommodation, enjoying a wonderful position, surrounded by nature. Stay in a standard room (no sea view). The restaurant is excellent and the pizzas are delicious!


Walk: 13km, 5hrs approx.


DAY 5: Coastal Views from Mt. Tre Calli

Today’s walk is one of superlatives. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera.


From the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) the walk leads toward the highest massif of Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are inspiring!Further along walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri.


Overnight: Hotel Risorgimento***, Agerola


Walk: 10km, 4h30 approx.


DAY 6: The Fjord of Furore

Starting from Agerola you follow ancient alleyways, which for centuries linked the high-plain of Agerola and the rural communities situated on the terraced shoreline. Following a network of paved paths, the walk arrives at the highest point of the Fjord of Furore, a spectacularly deep gash into the Amalfi Coast. You descend steeply into the valley, passing an old mill, ancient paper factory and a small fishing village before arriving at a lovely beach on the shore. Following the fjord to the shore you arrive in the coastal town of Praiano.


Praiano is the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast, a quaint fishing town away from the busy tourist areas and offering rich culture and history, great views of Positano and an authentic experience.


Overnight: Hotel La Perla***, Praiano


Villa Rosa boasts impressive Mediterranean architecture, is near the centre and just a few mins walk to the beach. Stay in a side sea view room. Superior or suites available on request a supplement. Price reduction for village view rooms.


Walk: 11km, 5hrs approx.


DAY 7: The Footpath of the Gods

The Footpath of the Gods is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast and the highlight of your walking holiday. From Praiano you climb steeply to reach the convent of San Domenico, a stunning view point and the beginning of the most spectacular part of the world famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (Footpath of the Gods).


As the path twists and turns high above the sea it offers some of the most remarkable views on the Amalfi Coast. Terraced lemon groves and tiny villages cling to steep cliffs over the crystal blue sea. You follow the vertiginous trail to the village of Nocelle, and then on to the charming town of Positano. Return by bus to Praiano.


Overnight: Hotel La Perla***, Praiano


Walk: 10km, 4h30 approx.


DAY 8: Onward Travel

After breakfast, bid farewell to the Amalfi Coast and make your onward journey home. 

Accommodation

We specifically choose the hotels and agriturismo (country hotels) to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food and drink. Details of the lovely local hotels we normally use are detailed below. These are subject to availability, and early booking is highly recommended for June-September in particular, as this is a popular area. In case of alternative accommodation needing to be booked, supplements may be payable and we will advise you accordingly.


Accommodation Details

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location of the same or better standard. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Meals

The delicious Italian food and wine available locally is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday. The price of your holiday includes a hearty breakfast each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively your route notes includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.


Additional Nights

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk or at the start/end of the walk. These can be added at the time of booking.



 

 

 



Hotel Lidomare - Amalfi



Hotel Lidomare

This charming 'Albergo' dates from 1300, and is ideally situated in a quiet square in Amalfi, not far from the sea. The 15 rooms each have WiFi and a jacuzzi tub. Stay in a standard room.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Risorgimento - Agerola



Hotel Risorgimento

This traditional hotel is in the heart of the old village of San Lazzaro in Agerola. Stay in a simple yet homely ensuite room (no sea view).


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel La Perla - Praiano



Hotel La Perla

Hotel la Perla is perched overlooking the sea at Praiano with a restaurant specialising in local produce and local wines. Stay in a side sea view room. Superior sea view rooms on request at a supplement.


 

 

 

Availability

The Amalfi Coast walking holiday is available from March to October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season.



Peak season availability: Please note that July, August and September are extremely
busy times along the Amalfi Coast and early booking is essential (ideally 6
months in advance) in order to secure the best choice accommodation. If you are interested in travelling during these months, then we may require some flexibility regarding your dates and itinerary. We will do our best to provide a suitable alternative in line with our usual tour. In the instance that our usual accommodation is not available, a supplement will be payable. Thank you for your cooperation.


Time of Year

Spring in the Amalfi Coast is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably my favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable.


Busy Summer Period: Between the last week of July and the first 2 weeks of August the Amalfi Coast is extremely busy due to the Italian holidays, and it is also very hot for walking at this time. For these reasons we suggest you ensure you travel outside this period if at all possible. 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. This holiday is suitable for solo walkers.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate because although the daily walks are relatively short the terrain is hilly and summer temperatures can be high. Most of the route follows dirt tracks and footpath although you will be following minor roads occasionally. Be warned that some of the walks involve lots of steps and steep climbs.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is not way-marked however you will be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. 


Getting to Amalfi/back from Praiano

We recommend you fly to Naples. From there you can take a Curreri bus from outside the terminal, up to Sorrento which takes 1H15mins. From Sorrento you take a SITA bus to Amalfi which takes around 1H40 mins. We can arrange private transfers at an additional cost.


From Praiano you simply take this journey back in reverse.

Getting to Amalfi/back from Praiano

We recommend you fly to Naples.  From there you can take a Curreri bus from outside the terminal, up to Sorrento which takes 1H15mins. From Sorrento you take a SITA bus to Amalfi which takes around 1H40 mins.  We can arrange private transfers at an additional cost.


From Praiano you simply take this journey back in reverse.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in ensuite rooms in hotels or agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer when required
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and maps
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem

Excluded

  • Flights to Italy and airport transfers to the Start (Amalfi) or from the finish (Praiano)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Public transportation tickets (bus/ferry/train)
  • Travel Insurance and Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage

Extras

  • Private transfers to and from Naples
  • Capri Extension (3 Days & 2 Nights)
  • Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Extension (4 Days & 3 Nights)
  • Single Room Supplements if applicable

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves 3.5 - 5.5 hours of walking each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday.

When is the best time of year?

Spring in the Amalfi Coast is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably my favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are buzzing which is great.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this walk is extremely popular. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

Which is the best airport?

Naples is the best airport to fly into and then you can catch the bus or arrange private taxi transfers to Sorrento.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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Pros

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  • Fun (23)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (16)
  • Great accommodations (15)

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5.0

Too much to see; too little time!!

By chrisanpenny

from Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2BQ

About Me Frequent travellers abroad and in the UK

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Holiday
  • Relaxation
  • Trying Something New

Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

This was a great holiday - well-organised in a superb location.
The standard of the route instructions, guidance, supporting information and accommodation was excellent.
The trip far exceeded expectations in every way.

 
5.0

Fabulous Views

By Walker

from Minneapolis

About Me World Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

    It was a great trip.The materials MAC provided were detailed, specific, and easy to use. Our luggage showed up when it should, the hotels were clean and comfortable and the scenery unbeatable. I would definitely recommend this trip. That said, it was challenging. We have done a lot of hiking in many places in the world and the Amalfi coast was among the most challenging in our experience.The path is seldom level; the view always spectacular.

     
    4.0

    Great holiday.

    By Marie

    from Glasgow

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Distances on information were as the crow flies.

      Best Uses

      • Holiday

      Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

      We had a very enjoyable week. Generally good accommodation. At the planning stage we looked at daily distance. This was vastly underestimated as quoted as crow flies and not distance walked - on walks that were very up and down. Some of the self guide notes were not particularly well translated, at times confusing and we were not always able to find the route suggested.

       
      4.0

      Spectacular views!

      By Quirky

      from Melbourne, Australia

      About Me Keen walkers.

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • Exhausting

      Best Uses

      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

      Challenging walks with great views.

       
      4.0

      Wonderful Hiking

      By Mike

      from Budapest

      About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • Accommodations could be better

      Best Uses

      • Exercise
      • Holiday

      Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

      Extremely well organized and with fantastic literature that included an excellent map, guide book, information for daily hikes and side trips in the event of rain. One accommodation in San Lazzaro a bit dirty and with some noise problems. Accommodation in Priano was a tiny room and without a good view, so we paid to upgrade to a better room. Wonderful hiking in April without many others on the trail. Great Trip.

       
      5.0

      Outstanding itinerary, service and value!

      By Kathy

      from Seattle

      About Me World Traveller

      Pros

      • Great Accommodations
      • Great service - both at Macs and local company
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Self guided is perfect combo of org and indep

        Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

        Outstanding

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Italy

        By Julie

        from darlington

        About Me Someone who loves walking and exploring

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • some tough walking

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

        We had a fantastic time some of the walks were tough but challenging. Accommodation was great and so were the information packs

         
        5.0

        Amalfi coast self-guided walk

        By Gill

        from Darliungton

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Thrill Seeking
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

          Just returned from an amazing week walking the Amalfi coast! The word of the week was "Wow" .. everywhere we looked, everywhere we walked .. the scenery was spectacular and views amazing! one of the most beautiful places I've visited. The walks were organised and information provided was down to the finest detail - easy to follow guides along with appropriate and up to date timetables for local transport were also offered in our information pack. We were also given actual guide books and maps, as well as lists of recommended restaurants (which we visited and found they lived up to expectations). Detailed information about the local towns and villages was also in the pack and useful to read. All in all, we had a great week, the walks were amazing (although some rather tough in the high temperatures of mid-August!) yet I am pleased I did them ... I wouldn't have seen such spectacular views without some of them!

           
          5.0

          Amalfi Coastline

          By Magrat

          from Bournemouth

          About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

          Pros

          • Excellent Walking Directi
          • Food
          • Friendly Locals
          • Great Accommodations
          • Stunning Scenary
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

            This was a fantastic experience! Everything was so well organised from the transport of our baggage, to the instructions and maps that we were given. The hotels were fantastic, all family run and each with their own quirky features! This really was an excellent first walking holiday, and I am hoping to follow it up with the new Malta, Gozo and Comino trip. My advise for anyone doing this trip would be to invest in excellent walking boots and at least one stick!

             
            4.0

            A great introduction

            By Allan

            from Nottingham

            About Me Happy Rambler

            Pros

            • Well Organised

            Cons

            • Mixed Accommodations

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coast & Mountains:

            Accommodation in Amalfi and Priano were great,friendly and good value. San Lazzarro was disappointing. Hotel catered for big groups and two travellers were an inconvenience. Mix of walks were really good and it was very easy to shorten or extend as we wished. Paths were very well maintained and scenery amazing.

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