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Stay your first two nights in lovely Amalfi town
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Highlights

  • Fantastic walks exploring the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Positano and Sorrento
  • Incredible views over the turquoise sea, villages, lighthouses and Mt. Vesuvius
  • Guilt-free indulging in foodie delights, knowing you’ll walk it off tomorrow!
  • Breath-taking coastal views from the world-famous ‘Footpath of the Gods’
  • The glamour of Positano and Capri, contrasting with authentic Praiano

Discover the best of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento on foot as you explore walking trails high above the turquoise Mediterranean, hiking between pretty villages that cling to cliff faces.

You’ll also visit the ever-popular Isle of Capri, Ravello and the chic town of Positano.

Heavenly views await you on the world-famous ‘Footpath of the Gods’. Hike between terraced citrus groves as you follow paths between overnight stops in Amalfi town, Praiano and Sorrento, taking in lighthouses, fishing villages, watchtowers, and sublime sea views over this maritime paradise.

Day 1: Arrive in Amalfi and overnight

The town of Amalfi is accessible from Naples International Airport. Amalfi is 75km by road from the airport and you can either travel by taxi (Macs Adventure can arrange) or you can travel by train to Sorrento and then bus/taxi to Amalfi (an approx. 3H total travel time).


Amalfi is an historic town with a cluster of white buildings clinging to the hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It was the ancient capital of the Amalfi Maritime Republic and is surrounded by enchanting mountains. Take time to explore and walk along its pretty promenade and around the colourful marina.


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Walking out of your hotel follow a scenic path up to the Medieval Tower of Zirro where you can enjoy the first of many stunning coastal views. Then enter the valley of the ancient watermills and explore the ruins of the many paper factories which date back to the 11th century.


Pass through the hamlet of Ravello, one of today’s highlights. See Villa Cimbrone and its picturesque gardens and then walk back to Amalfi through Atrani.


Walk: 9km


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 3: Mount Tre Calli and first section of Footpath of the Gods

After breakfast take a local bus to Bomerano and from here you can choose between two options. The longer option includes a climb up Mt Tre Calli and the first section of the famous Path of the Gods.  Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera.


Follow trails to the highest massif of the Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The walk ends in the central square of Bomerano and from here you start the first section of the famous Path of the Gods, from Bomerano to Colle Serra where you enjoy some of the best views over the coast. From here take stairs going down to Praiano, your next destination.


The shorter option is a walk from Bomerano to Praiano also along the Path of the Gods.


Walk: 4-13 km


Overnight: Praiano


Day 4: The Footpath of the Gods

The Footpath of the Gods or “Sentiero degli Dei” is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast. From Praiano climb steeply to reach the convent of San Domenico, with stunning panoramas.  As the path twists and turns enjoy the views of terraced lemon groves and tiny villages that cling to steep cliffs over the crystal blue sea. Follow the vertiginous trail to the village of Nocelle, and then on to the charming town of Positano.


Explore the delights of Positano before taking a local bus back to Praiano.


Walk: 9km  


Overnight:  Praiano


Day 5: The Isle of Capri

An unforgettable day of walking and exploring awaits as you take a boat to the fabled Isle of Capri. This island just off the Amalfi Coast has preserved its unspoilt charm and has grand villas and banks of colourful bougainvillea.


Walk firstly towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, Emperor Tiberius’s villa, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni - peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacamo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before taking a ferry to Sorrento.


Walk: 9km


Overnight: Sorrento


Day 6: Punta Campanella & Mt San Costanzo

After breakfast, take the local bus from the main square to the village of Termini, then set off along the ancient road ‘Via Minerva’, reaching a watchtower and lighthouse at Punta Campanella. This spot marks the divide between the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples, and is the westernmost point of the peninsula.


Enjoy outstanding views over the eastern cliffs of Capri as you follow the trail to the heights of Monte San Costanzo, which rewards you with 360 degree views to Capri, Mt Vesuvius, the Bay of Jeranto, Marina del Catone and the Amalfi Coast. Upon reaching Termini, catch a bus for the short journey back to Sorrento.


Walk: 7 km


Overnight: Sorrento


Day 7: Jeranto Bay

A short bus ride brings you to the village of Nerano.  Set out through extraordinary terraced landscapes, with some of the best views of the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula. This wilderness area is now recognised for its historic mining past. Drink in the views to the tiny beach framed by the turquoise sea and beautiful Montalto watchtower.  


The fisherman’s village of Marina del Cantone is an ideal spot to break for lunch, with its local fish restaurants, and you can relax on the beach or continue on to Recommone beach by local bus before arriving back in Sorrento.  


Walk: 9 km


Overnight: Sorrento


Day 8: Onward travel

After breakfast bid arrivederci to the Amalfi Coast and make your onward journey.

Accommodation

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip in properties of a 3* standard (unofficial rating).


We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value and warm welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary, however if unavailable we may need to offer alternative hotels, and we will inform you on booking if this is the case. A supplement will be payable for alternative properties.  


You can add extra nights at any point during your stay—please contact us for details.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers and there is a supplement as some of the costs are then not shared. Single rooms are available and again a supplement is payable.


Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can often stop and buy a picnic on the way or at the start of your walk. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodations.


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 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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Villa Angiolina Relais - Sorrento



Villa Angiolina Relais

Spend your final three nights on the Sorrento Peninsula in a pretty B&B located in a farmhouse dating from 1826, surrounded by a garden of citrus trees. Village view rooms have access to a terrace.


 

 

 

Availability

The Amalfi Coast & Sorrento walking holiday is available from April to October. However this tour does not run from the end of July to the end of August as this is when the area is the hottest and also the most difficult time to secure availability at the hotels. You can start your holiday on any date in the season.


Peak season availability: Please note that July 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 a perfect 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 footpathalthough 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 always way-marked and it is necessary to follow the detailed walking notes and maps provided. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the tour itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location.  In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


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.


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.

Getting to Amalfi and from Sorrento

We recommend that you fly to info Naples Airport as this is the closest to the Amalfi Coast. From there you can take a Curreri bus from outside the terminal to Sorrento which takes 1H15.


From Sorrento take a SITA bus to Amalfi which takes around 1H40.  Alternatively, we can arrange private transfers at an additional cost.


On return you would simply have to take the  Curreri bus from Sorrento to Naples.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in ensuite rooms in traditional 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfers on days 3 & 5 (as per itinerary)
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and daily maps
  • Access to Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office and local partner

Excluded

  • Flights to Italy and travel to Amalfi / from Sorrento
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • All public transportation (buses and ferries/boats mentioned in the itinerary are payable locally)
  • Travel Insurance and personal equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Room upgrades where available

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room or solo walker supplement if required
  • Room upgrades where available
  • Return transfers from Naples
  • Capri Extension (3 Days & 2 Nights)
  • Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Extension (4 Days & 3 Nights)

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 2.5 - 6.5 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 a perfect 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 area is extremely popular. 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 Amalfi or from 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.

This was a wonderful holiday. It ticked all the boxes.

5

Everything was well researched and the guide notes were very useful. The only walk which we felt was too difficult both in terms of difficulty and exposure in the heat was the uphill section of Mt San costanzo. We felt that, for midsummer, an alternative walk with some shade could have been the cable car up to Monte Faito with the ridge walk to Monte Sant'Angelo. The accommodation was great, particularly the first hotel in the hills. We will certainly use Macs Adventure again.

David

Edinburgh

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Amazing views, Fabulous food, lots and lots of stairs

5

The written notes and Macs phone app were a perfect pairing. We have no problem getting to where we needed (and wanted) to be. The Amalfi Coast is incredibly picturesque and the weather cooperated!

Willing Walkers

British Columbia

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An adventure to remember!

5

We thoroughly enjoyed what was our first real hiking experience, as well as our first "organised" tour. Loved the freedom to complete the itinerary at our own pace, but with the support of Macs and detailed, mostly-easy-to-follow directions. Dealing with Macs from the other side of the world was super easy and they were very professional; the accommodation in all locations was great; and the scenery was out of this world. The hikes were challenging and rewarding, if perhaps sometimes a little more difficult/longer than suggested in the notes provided. Would strongly recommend packing some trekking poles! Truly a once in a lifetime experience and a fabulous way to really get to know the Amalfi Coast and the lifestyle of its people.

Sonia

Perth, Australia

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I would recommend this tour to any active person.

4

very flexible. we decided, because we are like that, to alter the proposed programme and it was very easy to do

nick

rural Herts

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Spectacular views, highly recommended

5

Positives:Very clear maps and route descriptions provided for the walks. All staff were really helpful and responsive: local tour operator, our taxi driver and the hotel staff at all places we stayed at. A fabulous place to visit, you can only appreciate the beauty of the area by being there and experiencing it. Negatives: At Napoli railway station the destination boards do not make it clear which train line and platform to take to reach Cava di'Tirelli. Station staff didn't have much clue either. It took us over half an hour to find our platform (metro line2, platform 1) by which time we had missed our train. The bus station in Salerno lacked any details of which stop to stand at for which bus, and we nearly missed our Amalfi bus, which went sailing past and stopped 400 metres down the road.

Helen

St Albans

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Highly recommend doing this walk

5

A fantastic walking holiday. Well organised and provided clear and easy to read directions, maps and transport time tables. Luggage transfers between destinations was great. Fantastic customer service.

The mountain goat

Adelaide South Australia

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Brilliant

5

A great experience. Beautiful walks with stunning views to reward your efforts. Great towns, beaches, food and wine to enjoy at the end of the day. Well organised with good instructions and maps. No problems with bags, buses, ferries and transfers etc. Accommodation very comfortable and welcoming. Beautiful weather at the beginning of June. Warm whilst walking but quite a bit of shade on many walks, so not really a problem if you carry plenty of water and add a hat and sunscreen. Buses, Amalfi, Positano and Capri are quite busy at the beginning of the holiday season so wouldn't go at peak season as it could be too warm and busy. Anyway the beauty of walking is that one gets away from all the crowds - didn't see many people walking, especially off the Path of the Gods. Would highly recommend this as a great active holiday coupled with a great Italian experience. A few steep ups and downs, but easily managed by moderately fit mid 50's.

David

Victoria, Australia

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Great walk with fantastic views of Amalfi coast.

4

You need to be fit. There are some long downhill sections which are tougher than the climbs. Doing it yourself is so much better than being in a large group!

GP

Melbourne

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The Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula

4.8 8

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