Self-guided walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast in Italy…
Duration: 8 Days & 7 Nights
Available: March - October
The Amalfi Coast has drawn film stars and celebrities to it’s stunning coast line since Victorian times and its attraction is no less strong today. Huge cliffs tumble hundreds of metres into the turquoise Mediterranean sea to create an indescribably beautiful coastline, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Immerse yourself in the “Dolce Vita” while staying in our specially selected 4 star stylish Hotels, ideally located for the awe inspiring views, fantastic local cuisine and spectacular walking. Experience the alluring draw of Italy while walking the ancient coastal pathways passing through picture perfect villages and towns, all perched improbably on the hillside and untouched by the passing of time. The diversity of landscape provides exceptional walking while navigating the delightful ancient coastal pathways through fragrant lemon groves and terraced vineyards, rewards 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. Your walking holiday continues to the picture perfect fishing village of Praiano for the last two nights, from where you will walk the most marvelous section of the Footpaths of the Gods, which is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast.
If you have time why not extend your holiday with our pre Amalfi in Style “Archaeological Wonders” extension, which takes in the magnificent sites of Pompei, Paestum and a visit to Mount Vesuvius. Alternatively, or you may have time for both, add a few extra days walking at the end of your holiday with a two night stay on the beautiful Island of Capri.
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. We will provide details in our information pack.
Once the ancient capital of the Amalfi Maritime Republic. Surrounded by
enchanting mountains, wile away the hours exploring the streets and
alleyways of this charming town.
Overnight: Hotel Marina Riviera****, Amalfi
The Marina Riviera is a beautifully stylish 4 * Hotel, situated in a
fantastic position, just a few steps from the beach and the historic
centre of Amalfi. Located in a prestigious XIX century building and
decorated throughout in a modern Mediterranean style. During your stay
you are guaranteed exceptional service and delicious cuisine.
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 the picturesque town of Atrani, which is the smallest town in Italy and perched on the edge of the sea.
Overnight: Hotel Marina Riviera****, Amalfi
Walk: 5h30, 13 kms
To start your day we include a private transfer 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 Amalfi where you will spend the night .
Overnight: Hotel Marina Riviera***, Amalfi
Walk: approx. 5hrs, 10 kms
The days walk starts from your hotel strolling along an old paved mule track dating back to the 9th Century. You pass some little hamlets and delightful little chaples before arriving at the Santa Rosa Monastery. Here you reach the church of San Pancrazio in the tiny village of Conca Dei Marini, then descend to the fjord of Furore, with its typical rock-face houses. From the Fjord you can choose to take the bus or walk to your next hotel in the charming fishing village of Praiano, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
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 Tramonto d' Oro****, Praiano.
Positioned in the heart of the Amalfi Coast the beautiful 4* Hotel
Tramonto d' Oro is wonderfully positioned to enjoy the fabulous golden
sunsets, which can be viewed from the terraces, roof top swimming pool
or bedrooms. This is a family owned hotel offering an exceptional
standard of service and has a superb restaurant offering delicious local
cuisine. You can also try your hand at creating the local specialities
in one of the afternoon cookery courses which the hotel runs.
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 local bus to Praiano.
Overnight: Hotel Tramonto d' Oro****, Praiano
Walk: 4h30 approx.
From Praiano you can return to Naples by bus/train or private transfer . We will supply details in your information pack.
Amalfi in Style is available from April to October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
The price does increase in high season.
Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
Because every holiday we book is bespoke, availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:
|WItSAIS||Amalfi in Style||6 Days & 5 Nights||£835||Book|
|Transport||The Amalfi Coast Airport Transfer - Praiano to Naples Airport||£115|
|Transport||Private Airport Transfers from Naples||Transfer from Naples Airport to Amalfi||£120|
|Extension||Capri Extension (3 Days & 2 Nights)||Why not extend your Amalfi in Style walking holiday with our 3 day & 2 night extension on the captivating Island of Capri where you will experience the beauty of the island on our specially selected walks and stay in stylish 4 * Hotel accommodation (breakfast basis).||£310|
|Extension||Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Extension (4 Days & 3 Nights)||Why not start you Amalfi in Style tour with a fascinating 3 night archaeological extension, taking in the sights of this rich historic region with visits to the spectacular Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii and Paestum.||£335|
Amalfi in Style combines carefully chosen 4 star stylish hotels all ideally located to offer the best walking on the Amalfi Coast. We specifically choose each 4 star hotel for the superior sea view rooms, high level of service and hospitality, along with the delicious local cuisine on offer. Details of the lovely hotels we normally use are detailed below.
Why not add one of the Amalfi in Style extensions with either the three night "Archaeological Wonders" pre-tour extension, or the two night post-tour extension in the beautiful and captivating Island of Capri.
Many of our customers 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.
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.
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers for a supplement and is subject to availability.
The delicious Italian food and wine available locally is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday. The price of your holiday includes a delicious 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.
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.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
The Marina Riviera is a beautifully stylish 4 * Hotel, situated in a fantastic position, just a few steps from the beach and the historic centre of Amalfi. Located in a prestigious XIX century building and decorated throughout in a modern Mediterranean style. During your stay you are guaranteed exceptional service and delicious cuisine.
Positioned in the heart of the Amalfi Coast the beautiful 4* Hotel Tramonto d' Oro is wonderfully positioned to enjoy the fabulous golden sunsets, which can be viewed from the terraces, roof top swimming pool or bedrooms. This is a family owned hotel offering an exceptional standard of service and has a superb restaurant offering delicious local cuisine. You can also try your hand at creating the local specialities in one of the afternoon cookery courses which the hotel runs.
This is one of the Hotel options for the pre-Amalfi extension; "Archaeological Wonders" tour (4 days, 3 nights). The 4* Hotel Scapolatiello is beautifully constructed and set inside the walls of the medieval village. During your stay you can enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, fantastic local cuisine and beautiful garden terraces.
This is one of the hotel options for the post-tour "Captivating Capri" extension (2 days and 2 nights). The Hotel is small, exclusive and stylish. Set in an unbeatable location in the quiet and panoramic centre of Capri. You will receive a warm welcome and exceptional service at this exclusive hotel.
We recommend you fly to Naples. From there you can take a Curreri bus from outside the terminal, up to Sorrento which takes 1h. 15mins. From Sorrento you take a SITA bus to Amalfi which takes around 1h.40 mins.; We can arrange private transfers at an additional cost.
From Praiano you simply take this journey back in reverse.
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.
This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves 4.5 - 5.5 hours of walking each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday. If you are unable to walk on any day you can use taxis or public transport to move onto the next night's accommodation.
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.
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.
You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
Naples is the best airport to fly into and then you can catch the bus or arrange private taxi transfers to Sorrento.
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