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Amalfi Coast Highlights

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Amalfi Coast Highlights

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Amalfi Coast Highlights
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Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Amalfi/Altrani
Day 2: Amalfi/Altrani
Day 3: Amalfi/Altrani
Day 4: Praiano
Day 5: Praiano
Day 6: Positano
Day 7: Positano
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Amalfi Coast Highlights

The Amalfi Coast Highlights walking holiday is our classic tour along the Amalfi coast which takes in all the famous coastal villages and the most beautiful walks in the Amalfi area. You’ll have the time to visit Amalfi itself, but also Atrani, wonderfully preserved through the centuries, Ravello with its magnificent villas, the quiet Praiano and, of course, the scenic Positano.

The Amalfi Coast offers a stunning combination of sea, picturesque coastal towns and mountains, an abundance of both culture and nature. The landscape is varied and offers ever-changing views. It can be typically Mediterranean, intoxicating with its wild perfumed herbs, with myrtle shrubs, thyme, rosemary and mastic trees, or almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks.

Highlights

  • Atrani
  • Amalfi
  • Ravello
  • Praiano
  • Positano


Itinerary for Amalfi Coast Highlights

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Day 1: Arrival Amalfi/Atrani

Take a bus or book a private transfer and reach your hotel. The first three nights are spent in Amalfi (or Atrani), the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast. All hotels are centrally located at a walking distance from the seashore and all main monuments of the medieval town centre.

Both Amalfi and Atrani are connected with Salerno by a frequent bus (and boat) service and with Naples by a less frequent bus service. In summer there are direct boats from Naples. A taxi pick-up service can be arranged either from Naples (airport or train station), or from Pompeii or Castellammare di Stabia, which can both be easily reached from Naples, with the local Circumvesuviana train.

  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Amalfi or Atrani

Day 2: Amalfi Circular Walk: Valle dei Mulini

Today you make a first easy walk, which gives you immediately a good idea of the amazing cultural and natural heritage of the Amalfi Coast. First you walk into the quiet little back alleys of Amalfi. An ancient staircase takes you up underneath the impressive limestone cliffs, towards the little village of Pontone, part of the medieval defence system of the city of Amalfi. The main point of interest is the marvellous Torre dello Zirro, located on a narrow ridge, in a park like landscape, with unforgettable views of Amalfi to the one and Atrani to the other side. This area offers also a number of marvellous picnic places, all with dramatic views.

Then, through the charming village of Pontone itself, you walk into the ‘Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the watermills, with the ruins of Europe’s most ancient paper mills, dating back to the 11th century.  The comfortable footpath runs along the river course, in an abundant green landscape. Those who want can penetrate deep into the valley, through spectacular scenery, underneath the towering cliffs, through an almost fairy tale like landscape. Here you can admire a number of beautiful waterfalls.

Then you return back down to Amalfi. The path gradually descends along a number of impressive ruins of what once were the first paper mills, adding a mysterious touch to the landscape. Along the last stretch the scenery changes to lemon groves and maquis. Back down in Amalfi you can stop at the paper museum, before returning to your hotel. As the walk is relatively short you now still have some time to wander around in Amalfi or take your time for a swim.

  • Walking for the day: 9-10 km, 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Amalfi or Atrani

Day 3: Amalfi to Ravello and back

Today you walk along a beautiful route (or optionally take the bus) up to the charming historic village of Ravello, one of the most exclusive villages of the Amalfi Coast, and a sought after place by artists over the centuries, as its lofty position and sunny, dry climate made it an appealing place to writers, artists, musicians and travellers from northern Europe. Boccaccio, D H Lawrence and Richard Wagner are among the more notable guests.

Ravello not only has a very interesting history and many medieval monuments, but also offers beautiful views over the Amalfi Coast. The French novelist, André Gide, once described the town as being ‘closer to the sky than the seashore’. Ravello also boasts two magnificent villas – the superb 11th century Villa Rufolo, 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. You can take your time to stroll through the village, before starting the walk back down to the coast.

Along the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione you walk first through vineyards and lemon groves, then along a medieval flight of stairs down the beautiful little town of Atrani. This certainly is one of the best preserved villages of the coast, with the possibility to look around the narrow white little streets of the town centre. The last short stretch to Amalfi is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints on the city centre.

  • Walking for the day: 7-8 km, 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Amalfi or Atrani

Day 4: Amalfi to Praiano: Maestra dei Villaggi

From Amalfi you walk along one of the oldest pathways of the medieval Amalfi Maritime Republic, the ‘Maestra dei Villaggi’, or ‘main road of the villages’, an old paved mule track dating back to the 9th century. You pass the little villages of Lone and Vettica, before arriving at the imposing monastery of Santa Rosa (there is also the possibility to take a local bus to here, avoiding a 300-metre ascent).

The walk from here first goes to the charming little village of Conca dei Marini, from where you’ll have wonderful views both on Amalfi and towards the western tip of the peninsula. The route then descends to the coast again along some charming churches beautifully located above the rocky shore.

You descend into the spectacular fjord of Furore, with its charming fishing village underneath the towering limestone cliffs. From here you walk uphill again, and past the hamlet and church of Sant’Elia, you take the ‘Via dell’Amore’, into the Valley of Praia.

A great last stretch through forest, vineyards and Mediterranean scrubland,  then brings you to the coastal village of Praiano, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. An optional descent to the very picturesque inlet of Marina di Praia, the old little harbor of Praiano, is worth the effort!

  • Walking for the day: 10 (13 km) km, 5 (6) hours
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Praiano

Day 5: Valley of Praia and Sentiero degli Dei

From your hotel you walk through the narrow streets of Praiano, up towards the little church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli. From here on a comfortable path above the village itself, you walk into the Valley of Praia, a beautiful green valley with many vineyards clinged to the cliffs. You then climb up to the little church of Sant’Alfonso and from here the very scenic caves of Santa Barbara: another short section uphill brings you to the beginning of the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods), a walk with unrivalled views.

After a very panoramic stretch with views over the whole Amalfi Coast, reaching out to the island of Capri, you start the descent back to Praiano, passing over a centuries-old staircase. For those who still have some energy, a descent to the little inlet ‘Cavitella’ is highly recommended.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Praiano

Day 6: Praiano to Positano

You will again start your walk through the picturesque white-washed alleys of Praiano. Along a medieval pilgrims’ route you then walk uphill towards the monastery of San Domenico, dominating the coast from its hilltop. Here you can have a little rest before continuing the climb uphill, through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and rich vegetation.

Shortly you will reach again the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’, or ‘Footpath of the Gods’. Walking through unique scenery with unrivalled views you will reach the hamlet of Nocelle. Passing another spectacular valley you arrive in the little village of Montepertuso. After Montepertuso it’s only a short walk downstairs to Positano, but it will take you some time as there are too many photo opportunities along the route. Positano itself is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and certainly one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast. After a stroll through its alleys, you settle in your hotel in the centre, located at walking distance from the large beach, where you will spend this and the next overnight.

  • Walking for the day: 9 km, 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Positano

Day 7: Positano Circular Walk or a Boat Trip to Capri

Today you have two options: a scenic hike high above Positano or a trip by boat to the famous island of Capri.

If you choose the Capri tour, here you will not only see the ‘touristy’ highlights, but you also make a beautiful round walk, passing the ruins of Villa Iovis, the most impressive Roman villa, the untouched coastline and many grottos. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways, according to your preference to dedicate to walking, relaxing or shopping. In the late afternoon you will return by boat to Positano, passing by the ‘Islands of the Sirens’. Note: Capri boat transfer fare not included in holiday price, it is payable locally.

If you prefer to do the circular hike instead, you will take the local bus up to Montepertuso, from where you start a very scenic walk around the upper valley of Positano. Following ancient footpaths through the forest and along marvellous viewpoints you climb up towards Santa Maria al Castello, the old fortress defending the narrow valley between the Amalfi and Sorrento sides of the peninsula. From here you can admire both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. Through a nice wooded area in a park-like landscape you then descend to the Caserma Forestale (the forestry service’s house). You can climb up from here to the Monte Sant’Angelo, the highest mountain of the peninsula, a very demanding but rewarding ascent. The standard walk continues through the forest and zigzags back down to Montepertuso. Along another medieval mule track you then return to Positano.

You can also book an extra night in Positano and do both options shown above in two consecutive days.

  • Walking for the day: 8 (11) km, 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Positano

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

After breakfast, a frequent bus service can bring you to either Sorrento or Amalfi/Salerno, from where you travel to your next destination (Naples, Salerno or Rome can all be easily reached). Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination. An extra night in a Naples hotel can be booked upon request.

Hotels for Amalfi Coast Highlights

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All nights are spent in 3-star hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities.

  • Nights 1, 2 & 3: The first three nights are spent in Amalfi (or Atrani), the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast in a welcoming and comfortable 3-star hotel. All hotels are centrally located at walking distance from the seashore and all main monuments of the medieval town centre.
  • Nights 4 & 5: These nights you stay in the little town of Praiano, in a comfortable 3-star hotel, with a few nice little beaches at walking distance. For those who want to relax a day longer, there’s the possibility to stay longer.
  • Nights 6 & 7: The last two nights are spent in the romantic & fashionable little village of Positano, with its characteristic houses built onto the steep slopes of the mountains. You stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel. The hotel is at walking distance from the seashore (along Positano’s charming little streets/stairs).

Sample hotels: Lidomare, Fontana or Croce (Amalfi), La Perla or La Costa Diva (Praiano), Pupetto or Vittoria (Positano)

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

All accommodations are on a B&B basis. No evening meals are included so you are free to choose from the wide choice of restaurants in the area. Your accommodation operator can give you good tips. On some occasions you can also choose to eat at the premises of the hotel. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or products for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way.

Travel for Amalfi Coast Highlights

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Naples. Other Italian airports are also well connected to the area.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

The tour starts in Amalfi/Atrani, connected with Salerno by a frequent bus (and boat) service and with Naples by a less frequent bus service. In Summer there are direct boats from Naples. A taxi pick-up service can be arranged either from Naples (airport or train station), or from Pompeii or Castellammare di Stabia, which can both be easily reached from Naples, with the local Circumvesuviana train. Visit the Italia Rail website for up-to-date train timetables and fares.

The tour ends after breakfast on day 8 in Positano. A frequent bus service can bring you to either Sorrento or Amalfi/Salerno, from where you travel to your next destination (Naples, Salerno or Rome can all be easily reached). Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.

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Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us. In this case, please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have a valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

  • Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
  • Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
  • Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.
  • Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Amalfi Coast Highlights

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

This tour is suitable for those who have some experience of walking, not necessarily in the mountains, and a good general physical condition. Mostly easy and some moderate walks, on well-maintained paths. On some days alternative longer or shorter walks are possible. Mind that along the Amalfi Coast there are sections involving long and steep series of stone steps (stairs); climbing them can be quite tiresome, especially in hot weather.

Fitness: minimum level of fitness is necessary. You should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day – partly in the hot sun on dusty or stony tracks. Average walking time: 4-5 hours per walking day (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Parts of the trails are waymarked. Elsewhere you have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from March until October.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful on the Amalfi coast. It may become very hot in July and August, and some of the resort towns may become overcrowded in these months, although the trails along the mountain slopes above the coast are far from the tourist crush.

Without a doubt the best time to see the Amalfi Coast is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season. July and August are great especially if you want to spend some time on the beach, but the small villages may become crowded, hotel rates are much higher and on some days it may be too hot for walking. Please make sure that you bring enough water with you.

The months of September and October are also an excellent time to visit the Amalfi Coast, while the temperatures are still mild and crowds are gone.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Amalfi Coast Highlights

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps (1:25,000)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 nights Hotel in Amalfi or Atrani 3*** – BB
  • 2 nights Hotel in Praiano 3***  – BB
  • 2 nights Hotel in Positano 3*** – BB
  • 1 Luggage Transfer from Amalfi to Praiano (day 4)
  • 1 Luggage Transfer from Praiano to Positano (day 6)
  • Entrance ticket to the stunning Villa Cimbrone
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office in Salerno Supplements
  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Optional boat transfer to Capri on Day 7
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

  • One extra night in Positano (e.g. if you want to do both the Day 7 circular walk and visit the island of Capri on next day – or reverse)
  • Optional extra night in Naples

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