There are few trips which take in such a diverse combination of highlights. From the spectacular Amalfi coast to the fascinating ruins of Pompeii, to the historic centre of Naples and the beautiful island of Capri, this walking trip offers the very best of this captivating region. From your base in Sorrento you visit the island of Capri and the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii before a private transfer takes you to the small town of Agerola, perched high above the sea. Surrounded by forests and with sweeping views of the Mediterranean, Agerola is a perfect base to explore the Amalfi Coast on foot. Day walks along a series of ancient footpaths lead you to the stunning bougainvillea covered town of Positano, across rugged hillsides to the beautiful Ferriere Valley and past terraced vineyards to the timeless village of Ravello. Ascend to the crater of Mt Vesuvius, before heading to historic Naples. In between walks, relax to enjoy fine hospitality, a dip in the sea and delicious local cuisine.
2020 Departure Dates & Costs
Departure daily: March 1 - November 30
High season July - September departures sell out quickly!
Tour cost (self-guided): $ 1,360 USD per person/$ 1,650 CAD per person
Guided Tour options are also available on selected dates
Share room available for single travellers. Single room supplement if requested $ 300
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Day 1: Arrive Naples, transfer to Sorrento
On arrival in Naples, you’ll be privately transferred to Sorrento. After checking in at your hotel, the rest of the day and evening are free to explore and enjoy the town. Stroll through the cafe lined Piazza Tasso and the historic centre, a warren of narrow alleys where you’ll find handcrafted marquetry and wares and local gastronomic products, including limoncello, the local aperitivo. The 14th church of San Francesco and its tranquil cloister are worth visiting.
Day 2: By hydrofoil to Capri, explore by foot (3hrs), return to Sorrento (B)
This morning you take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri (40 min). Here you can visit the Matromania caves and the Terrazza di Tragara along a colourful path with villas and gardens full of flowers. There are great views of the Faraglioni (spurs of rock rising from the sea) and Monte Solaro. There is time to enjoy swimming in the sea and to discover the romantic lanes of Capri village. Take an afternoon hydrofoil back to Sorrento. Ascent +300m, descent -300m
Day 3: Explore Pompeii and Herculaneum, return to Sorrento by train, transfer to Agerola (B, D)
Transfer by train to Pompeii (1hr) and visit the incredible sleeping Roman town at your own pace, enjoying this important and charming historical site. Herculaneum, which was a favourite summer destination for wealthy Romans because of its favourable position by the sea, is only 20 minutes by train from Pompeii, if you want to visit both sites. In the late afternoon, take the train back to Sorrento, collect your luggage then there’s a private transfer to Agerola, at the top of Monti Lattari, the natural border between the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi coast. Dinner and overnight in Agerola.
Day 4: Stunning walk to Positano (5hrs) (B, D)
Today you take the trail known as the ‘Walk of the Gods’, the ancient terraced mule path linking Agerola to the charming fishing village of Positano. From Positano to Amalfi, take a boat to admire the Amalfi coast from the deck, then transfer by public bus to Agerola.
Day 5: Walk through the Ferriere Valley to Ravello (5hrs) (B, D)
Take the public bus (1hr) to Amalfi village this morning, to commence your walk. Beginning in Amalfi, hike along the beautiful Ferriere Valley, the ancient ‘Amalfi industrial area’ where paper mills and iron-works were situated. Reach Ravello, a resort town set 365m above sea level. Here there is free time to linger, or visit ‘Villa Rufolo’, about which Boccaccio wrote The Decameron, and the beautiful gardens of ‘Villa Cimbrone’. Return to Amalfi via the village of Atrani, then by public bus to Agerola for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Transfer to Mt Vesuvius and walk to the crater, continue to Naples (2hrs) (B)
In the morning, a short transfer will take you to the summit of Mt Vesuvius. It’s an easy walk to ascend to the crater at 1280m, where you can enjoy a wonderful view across to the Bay of Naples. Afterwards, a private transfer will take you to your accommodation in Naples. Italy’s third largest city, Naples is one of its oldest, most artistic and most delicious - it’s the home of pizza after all!
Day 7: Trip concludes (B)
The trip concludes after breakfast.