AMALFI COAST DELUXE HIKING TOUR
From Amalfi to Positano
The Amalfi Coast has been chosen by National Geographic as “One of the fifty places you should visit in your lifetime” and they go on to describe it as “ Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline”. Its picturesque network of pathways, once lifeline between terraced land and rural villages, offers the opportunity to enjoy magnificent views above lemon gardens and vineyards set amidst terraced cliffs over the crystal blue sea. Immerse in a bright landscape and a fascinating heritage you walk around Amalfi and its neighbors: Atrani, Ravello and Positano: a mixture of memorable sights and unique environments.
ACTIVITY: self guided walking tour
GRADE: easy to moderate
TRIP CODE: ICCAC
DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
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Day 1 – Welcome to Amalfi
Arrival on your own in Amalfi. We are going to provide accurate pre-departure information about how to reach by local transportation the first hotel on the Amalfi Coast. (Private transfer from Naples on request).
Overnight: Hotel****in Amalfi
Day 2 – The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk
Walking - easy to moderate 4- 5 hours
Today you enjoy an easy gradual ascent along the valley of the ancient mills towards the celebrated village of Ravello. Starting from your hotel, you pass the vibrant streets of the historical centre before going into a green area, walking along a fresh river and passing the ruins of several abandoned mills. The pathway climbs out of the valley and softly takes us, through lemon groves and narrow alleys surrounded by dry stone walls, into the hilltop village of Pontone, with its panoramic tiny square: a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Before reaching Ravello, you enjoy some dramatic views of Amalfi and Atrani from the ruins of Torre dello Zirro: an ancient lookout tower of the powerful Maritime Amalfi Republic. Stairs bring you to the well known Ravello, a town of a rich and noble traditions, exemplified in the magnificent historical villas with theirs incomparable gardens. The afternoon is free to explore the town. We strongly recommend to visit Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. You return to Amalfi following ancient stairways down to the admirable village of Atrani, a maze of narrow white washed alleys.
Overnight: Hotel****in Amalfi
Day 3 – The Ferriere Valley
Walking - easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today you discover the Ferriere valley. A private transfer brings you to the starting point of your next walking experience. Ferriere valley is an interesting nature reserve into the rugged landscape of the Lattari Mountains. You pass through striking vertical cliffs, little waterfalls and natural springs immersed in an unchanged microclimate which allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans, a rare type of long leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Continuing in the valley through the chestnut trees you reach the hamlet of Pogerola and then, down along ancient flight of steps, the village of Amalfi. Overnight: Hotel****in Amalfi
DAY 4: Mt. Tre Calli hike & 1st section of the path of the Gods
Walking - easy to moderate min 2h,30min, max 6h,30min
Today a private transfer brings you to Bomerano and from here you can choose between two options depending on your level of fitness. A longer option includes the Tre Calli hike and the 1st section of the famous Path of the Gods. The shorter option is only the section from Bomerano to Praiano walking along the path of the Gods.
The Tre Calli hike is one of superlatives. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera. You reach the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) by local bus. From here you can opt for the longer option including a great walk that leads toward the highest massif of Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are inspiring! Further along walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri. This great walk ends in the central square of Bomerano and from here you start the second part including the 1st section of the famous Path of the Gods, from Bomerano to Colle Serra where you enjoy some of the best view of the Coast. From here you take some stairs going down to Praiano, your next destination.
Overnight: Hotel****in Praiano
DAY 5: Valley of Praia or Pompeii
Walking - easy to moderate 3hrs
Depending on your interests, today you can opt for a relaxing time in Praiano or reach Sorrento by local bus and from here take the train to Pompeii in order to visit the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. If you prefer to walk you can enjoy a great walk along the valley of Praia. The walk ends to the fjord of Furore, with its typical rock-face houses. From here you can easily take the local bus to your hotel in the charming fishing village of Praiano, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Overnight: Hotel****in Praiano
Day 6 - The path of the Gods
Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today’s journey is along one of the most spectacular trails overlooking the Amalfi Coast, as well as one of the main highlights of your adventure. From Praiano you reach the convent of San Domenico, a stunning view point leading towards the most picturesque part of the world famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (Path of the Gods). Along the pathway you can admire the full splendor of the Divine Coast. Arrived at Nocelle, a tiny mountain village, you descend through lush terraces and olive groves to the vertical charming resort of Positano and explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques.
Overnight: Hotel****in Positano
Day 7 – Capri highlights
Walking – easy to moderate minimum 3.5 hours
Today you visit the world known island of Capri. The ferry leaves Positano or Sorrento in the morning. Arrived to the island, after passing the famous “Piazzetta”, you walk towards the Arco Naturale and following a coastal path you reach the spectacular Faraglioni, the peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea. During the afternoon you have several options for exploring Capri at your own pace. You may choose to relax in the island’s chic shops or take a walk to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, dated back to the 14th century, and the Gardens of August. Return to Positano by boat.
Overnight: Hotel****in Positano
Your trip ends after breakfast
• 3 nights Hotel **** in Amalfi
• 2 nights Hotel **** in Praiano
• 2 nights Hotel **** in Positano
• 7 breakfasts
• Private transfer from Amalfi to Scala on day 3
• Private transfer from Amalfi to Agerola on day 4
• Luggage transfers on day 4 & day 6
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in "inclusions"
A reasonable good level of fitness is required. The walking is graded moderate with 2 to 5 hours walking each day. There are lots of ascents and descents on stepped trails on the coast. We suggest that you start regular exercise. Your preparation should include climbing and descending steps. In the case of emergency, for reasons of safety, unexpected circumstances or weather conditions, it may be necessary to change the tour program without advance notice, every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible
Consider that this tour is suitable for not avid hikers too, the activities proposed can be alternated or substituted by leisure days or cultural visits. On request we can provide detailed information about the extra things to see and do when you prefer to not hike. We always offer detailed time tables for public transportation to skip the walk/hike or private transfer on request. Please inform us at the time of the booking about your level of fitness and we will tailor our proposal.
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