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This walking holiday explores the trails of the spectacular Amalfi Coast from clifftop hikes to woodland walks and along the ancient stone stairways that link the villages of the region.There's also time to discover the towns of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano and the island of Capri. You'll stay with an Italian family at their peaceful farm overlooking the Mediterranean and enjoy home-produced organic food and wine.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights comfortable agriturismo
Leisurely and Moderate
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
The trip starts at Naples International Airport (NAP). Please meet your driver, who will be holding an Explore signboard, in the arrivals hall next to the 'Welcome Area' kiosk. We provide two complimentary transfers to our agriturismo in San Lazzaro today. This sleepy village sits at 650 metres above the Amalfi Coast and there are some great views down to Amalfi and the Bay of Salerno from the cliffs. There are a handful of bars, a couple of small restaurants and two mini-markets.
In order to receive a complimentary transfer you need to ensure that your flight arrives in time. The first transfer will be at 11.45 am. If you wish to join this transfer the latest time your flight can arrive is 11.20 am. The second complimentary transfer is at 7 pm and the latest time your flight can arrive if you wish to join this is 6.35 pm. As we need to arrange the transfer vehicles some time in advance and to help us monitor flight arrivals, if you have not booked your flights through Explore you must let us know your flight details and which transfer you would like to join at least 30 days before the start of your trip. If you do not tell us these details, we will assume that you are travelling on the earlier transfer. There may not be room on the later private bus for you in which case you will need to take a taxi that you will have to pay for yourself. If you plan to arrive later than the second transfer then you will need to make your own way to our accommodation. A taxi should cost in the region of €120 Euros.
The drive to San Lazzaro usually takes just over an hour. Here, we can look forward to settling in to our authentic agriturismo accommodation, with its rustically-furnished, en-suite rooms - our home for the next week. If you join the morning airport transfer please be aware that as our trips run back-to-back you may not be able to access your room until the afternoon. You can relax in the communal areas and head out for a wander in the village.
The family who run this working farm produce their own wine, as well as much of the food that they serve us. Tonight we'll enjoy a welcome supper at the agritursimo and your trip leader will brief everyone on the week ahead.
Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola (or similar)
We catch a local bus from the main square in San Lazzaro this morning for a short journey across the Agerola Plateau to the neighbouring village of Bomerano. Our first walk of the holiday takes us back to San Lazzaro on a mixture of narrow footpaths with fabulous coastal views and occasional stretches on the tarmac before hiking through part of the dramatic Pino Gorge.
In the afternoon there's the option of another walk, this time departing on foot direct from the agriturismo. We head up through the outskirts of the village, passing through forest and also open stretches with views of the surrounding countryside. Continuing in a circular direction, views out over the Gulf of Salerno and Amalfi Sea come into sight before we eventually descend back to the agriturismo.
This evening there is the option to join a mozarella and pasta making cooking class run by our hosts, followed by a dinner at the agriturismo which includes eating what you have prepared.
The morning four kilometre walk is graded as leisurely and expected to take around one-and-a-half to two hours with a total ascent and descent of 250 metres. The optional five kilometre afternoon walk is also graded leisurely and expected to take around two hours with a total ascent and descent of 300 metres .
This morning we catch a public bus from the square in San Lazzaro down to Amalfi, a stunning harbour town. Our hike today takes us away from the hustle and bustle of the town, up through the lemon groves and past farms cultivating olives, fruits and vines, to Ravello. A tranquil spot located high on a rocky promontory overlooking the azure coastal waters, the architecture here is a glorious mix of Moorish flair and aristocratic excess, and the town's captivating charms have attracted artists and writers to its enchanting streets for generations. We'll have some free time here to have lunch and perhaps visit one of Ravello's famous gardens. In the afternoon we walk back to Amalfi by a different route. Both the ascent and descent feature significant sections of the trail on stone stairways and trekking poles will help ease the burden on your knees.
Depending on timings, there should be some time free in Amalfi on arrival. You may choose to look around the impressive Duomo di Sant Andrea (St Andrew's cathedral), with its remarkable baroque interior dating back to the 11th century. The beautifully restored ancient Roman basilica is another highlight. Alternatively, you might choose to relax in one of the many cafes or gelaterias, or look around the curio shops. If it's a hot day, a swim from the public beach might appeal - don't forget to pack your swimming costume and towel. We will head back to San Lazzaro by bus late in the afternoon.
Today's eight kilometre walk is graded as moderate, with a total ascent and descent of 400m. We expect it to take us approximately four hours.
We take an early bus to catch the boat from Amalfi to Capri (trips from 26OCT through to the end of the year will take a boat from Sorrento). Our ferry ride affords us impressive views of the Amalfi Coast; its clusters of buildings clinging spectacularly to the cliffs. Although only a small island measuring seven kilometres in length and three kilometres in width, Capri's magnificent 600 metre-high cliffs contribute to its imposing appearance. Capri has enjoyed coastal resort status since Roman times, but today's walk gets behind its glitzy facade of trendy boutiques and cool cafes. Exploring its network of winding streets, grand houses and kitchen gardens, our route takes us to the coast, past banks of beautiful bougainvillea and to the quieter parts of the island. Here we have superb views of the mainland and the magnificent limestone cliffs rising out of the Mediterranean. There will be time to enjoy the buzz of the main town, as well as a visit to Emperor Tiberius' palace and perhaps time to visit Villa Lysis, before heading back by boat to Amalfi to the mainland. At Amalfi, we take our private bus back to San Lazzaro.
Today's leisurely-graded walk will take approximately four hours, covering 10 kilometres, with a total of 400m ascent and descent. Please note that if the weather is deemed too rough, the ferry to Capri will not operate and we may need tol re-arrange the days so that we can visit Capri on an alternative day.
Today's walk sets off direct from our accommodation. We take an ancient limestone stairway above San Lazzaro which leads us high above the village. There are great views towards Salerno and the villages and towns below. Contouring round, we pass pretty woodlands and small valleys, before crossing into the Vallone di Ferriere. Surrounded by high limestone cliffs, the valley has a unique micro-climate, creating a home for plants not normally found in this area. Our well-established path offers spectacular views of the valley and coast, passing small waterfalls and a pretty river. Descending to Amalfi on a series of staircases, we take our private bus back to San Lazzaro.
This evening there's the option of attending a pizza-making demonstration at a hotel in the village followed by a pizza supper.
This moderately-graded walk will take approximately six hours, covering a distance of 13 kilometres with a total ascent of 360m and a total descent of 1015m.
Today is a free day to use as you wish. You may choose to relax at the farmhouse or take an optional day-trip to Herculaneum and Pompeii. Both cities were devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Pompeii is hailed as one of Europe's most compelling archaeological sites, due to the unique way that the volcanic ash has perfectly preserved so much of the city. Walking around the paved streets and buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage site provides a fascinating, if ghostly, insight into Roman life. Unlike Pompeii, the mainly pyroclastic material that covered Herculaneum, carbonized and preserved more wood in objects such as roofs, beds and doors, as well as other organic-based materials such as food and papyrus. The trip to Herculaneum and Pompeii is organised locally, so you do not need to book it in advance.
We take the bus to Bomerano this morning, the starting point for what is often a highlight of the trip, the Walk of the Gods, justifiably regarded as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west from Bomerano, with magnificent views of the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, we descend down an ancient stairway, past pretty flower gardens, into Positano. A poor fishing village until the 1950s, Positano has grown into a chic town that is still a favourite with Hollywood stars. There is plenty of time to enjoy the town and beach before catching our private bus back to the agriturismo for our final evening.
Today's moderately-graded walk will take approximately five hours and will cover a distance of 11 kilometres with a total ascent of 330m and 900 m descent.
The trip ends today at Naples International Airport (NAP). Two complimentary transfers are provided today from our agriturismo. The first is timed to arrive at the airport at 8 am. If you wish to join this transfer the earliest time your flight can depart is 10 am. The second transfer is timed to arrive at the airport at 2.30 pm and the earliest time your flight can depart is 4.30 pm. You must ensure that you tell us your flight and details and which transfer you wish to join at least 30 days before the trip starts. If you do not tell us these details there may not be room on the private bus for you and you will need to take a taxi that you will have to pay for yourself.
If you are travelling on the later transfer please be aware that as our trips run back-t0-back you will need to vacate your room after breakfast. Your luggage can be stored at the agriturismo and your time is left free to relax in the communal areas or explore further afield.
Total distance : 51 kilometres
April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.
2 Pin Round
Herculaneum and Pompeii - Private return bus transfer €60 per person (payable to tour leader, arranged once on tour) plus entrance fees of €14 for Herculaneum and €19 at Pompeii. Please note that we normally need a minimum of 6 people to operate this excursion. We recommend a fast track ticket for €60 per person which includes skip-the-line access and 2-hour guided tours and entrance fees for both sites. A minimum of 10 people is needed and this can be organised by your tour leader. Amalfi - Papermill museum €4.50, Amalfi Duomo €3 San Lazzaro - Mozarella and pasta-making class at the agriturismo with dinner (which includes what you have made) - €35 per person. Pizza-making demonstration and pizza supper - €20 per person.
The following are essential: waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or jumper (the evenings can be cool), T-shirts, comfortable walking trousers, shorts, sunhat, sunglasses and high factor sun-cream. Between late April and early October you can expect to live in T-shirts and shorts during the day, but please be aware that temperatures and the weather change quickly and it is much cooler at night. From October to early April it will be cooler during the day and from November to mid-March it can be cold. It is also quite likely to rain. You should come prepared for this and bring waterproof trousers and jackets, walking boots, warm clothes, woolly hat, gloves and scarves. There are opportunities to spend time at the beach, so bring a towel and swimming costume.
We recommend you bring walking boots - leather or fabric are both fine. Some of the paths are a bit rocky underfoot and so you could twist an ankle if not wearing boots. Trainers are not recommended. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We recommend that you wear/carry your walking boots as hand luggage on the international flight: should your luggage be delayed, your well broken-in boots will be irreplaceable.
One main piece of baggage and a waterproof day-sac (20-30 litres recommended). You just need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, picnic lunch etc. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
You will need a resuable water bottle (preferably 1-2 litres), and high factor sun cream. You may like to bring trekking poles, particularly as some of the descents can be long and a bit tough on the knees. It is a good idea to line your daypack with a good quality plastic bag - this will go a long way in protecting your gear from any rainstorms we encounter. Tap water: is safe to drink in most places but water sources along the trail are non-existent. We encourage our clients not to buy mineral water because of the negative environmental impact with plastic bottles. In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros. Energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst on trek as well as a lunch box/Tupperware for picnic lunches.
Bus, Ferry, Public Bus
Our base for the week, Luna d'Agerola (Agerola's moon), is a small family-run organic agriturismo (farm guesthouse) set close to the cliffs overlooking the sparkling waters of the Amalfi Coast. Unlike staying in a hotel, you will stay with the family, as their guest, and have the opportunity to learn about the workings of the farm. You will see how the family works together in harmony with nature to produce organic vegetables, to tend their animals, harvest the grapes for their wine and turn olives into oil. You will also have the opportunity to make and eat your own pizza. Ferdinando will serve you simple, authentic, rustic Italian dishes freshly prepared by his sister Giovanna. You may see Valentino tend to his bees whilst Pasquale will introduce you to their home-grown, organic wine which you can taste in their stunning wine cellar. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how three generations of one family work as a team. The agriturismo is just a three minutes' walk from the small village of San Lazzaro, which has a few bars, two mini-markets and a couple of small restaurants. This small intimate farm-stay has just 11 simple yet beautiful rooms, all with private bathrooms. There's a lovely terrace where you can relax after your days walk and a quiet room where you can use the WiFi internet connection. Please note the WiFi does not work in the bedrooms. The kitchen can cater for vegetarians, and also gluten free diets in that gluten-free pasta and bread are available. However, please note that the small kitchen is unfortunately unable to guarantee the non-contamination of gluten free meals. If you require a vegetarian or gluten-free diet, you must inform us before you travel. The word Agriturismo refers to farms in Italy only; it is a combination of the Italian words agricoltura (agriculture) and turismo (tourism). An Agriturismo is a farm designed to also receive guests, whether as a restaurant, holiday accommodation, or both. It is a very sustainable form of tourism. Since developing their farm from a simple small holding to holiday accommodation and a beautiful restaurant this generation of the Acampora family have now secured stability for their future generations.
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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