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The Amalfi Coast Walk

The Amalfi Coast Walk

The Amalfi Coast Walk

  • The rich flavours of the Italian South: warm hospitality, vibrant colour, natural beauty, masses of history
  • Majestic coastal scenery; awe-inspiring views; the most scenic walking on the Amalfi Coast
  • Stunning, classical Pompeii; Ravello with balcony views over the bay
  • Pastel-coloured Positano; world-famous Amalfi
  • Exotic Mediterranean flora: olive groves, almond orchards, lemon trees
  • Optional day trip to Capri
  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights, twin centre
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2060
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Selected Mondays from 8 May '17 to 2 Oct '17
  • All continental breakfasts and evening meals
  • Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide
  • Sustainability rating: 90%
  • Pompeii guide and excursions (except Capri)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Map provided


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This popular walking holiday is based in two contrasting centres so you can enjoy the very best bits of this beautiful corner of southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast offers walking with breathtaking scenery at every step.

Walkers will appreciate the dressed stone steps and well-maintained mule paths criss-crossing the region, some of them centuries old. The paths wander among lemon and olive groves, pines and oaks, valleys and ridges. They are lined with sweet-smelling herbs and bright with freesias, geraniums and honeysuckle. The tracks are never far from the sparkling blue sea and give spectacular views of the near-vertical towns below. The walks generally start on higher ground and descend to the coast in time for an afternoon dip! Our guides are very enthusiastic about showing off their region. They'll teach you all about the local flora and folklore and make sure you taste the best food from the region in hand-picked trattorie where you can stop for lunch (allow approximately £15 per day).

The 3 star Hotel Ristorante Garden in Ravello perches above the famous Amalfi Coast and affords stunning views from its dining terrace, just a stone's throw from the celebrated Villa Rufolo and the historic main square. All 10 rooms are air-conditioned with balcony and sea views. The Bellavista Francischiello in Massa Lubrense is a 3 star family-run hotel with incredible views of Capri. There is an outdoor pool, panoramic sun terrace and small spa. All double rooms are air conditioned with balcony and sea view.

NB: Double rooms for single occupancy with sea view are subject to availability.

Typical day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

The walking is on mule tracks, dressed stone steps and coastal paths, with fairly long descents to sea level on some days. Customers with a fear of heights may have problems with sections of Day 4 (it is possible to omit this walk) and Day 7 (alternative available). Walkers with knee problems may have difficulty with Days 2, 3 and 4 as there are a number of steps. Walking poles are strongly recommended.


Day 1 - Arrive in Ravello

We pick you up at Naples airport and take you to your hotel in the centre of Ravello (90 mins) where you'll stay for the next three nights. Time permitting, we'll visit Villa Cimbrone (Greta Garbo's retreat commanding balcony views over the bay) before dinner.

Day 2 Ravello/Pontone/Amalfi 10km/6.5mi/3-3.5hr

Ravello is enchanting and must-sees include Moorish Villa Rufolo and its semi-tropical gardens. After lunch we follow a scenic path down to Ponte dello Ziro watchtower to enjoy great coastal views, then descend to Amalfi via the Valley of the Mills. There's time to visit one of the mediaeval paper mills, and the strikingly striped C13 cathedral before returning to Ravello by bus.

Day 3 Ravello/Minori 10km/6.5mi/4hr

Walking through vines and terraces of lemon trees we reach the old pilgrim's chapel of San Nicola which commands stunning views over the Amalfi Coast. We then descend to the pastel houses of Minori with its C1 maritime Villa Romana and pretty shingle beach. We take the local bus back from here to our hotel.

Day 4 Sentiero degli Dei 11km/7mi/4hr

Today we go past treasure caves and terraces of lemon trees to explore the 'Path of the Gods', the most scenic walk on the Amalfi Coast. When the nearly vertical town of Positano comes into sight, we have a bird's eye view of tiny boats, pretty villas, pebble beaches and churches. Enjoy lunch in a traditional trattoria perhaps, then it's on to our second hotel, in Massa Lubrense, by minibus

Day 5 - Free day

The most popular option is to take a bus from just outside the hotel to Sorrento (15 mins) and pick up the hydrofoil across to Capri. Known as the 'Pearl of Naples', Capri is arguably the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean. It has over 800 species of flowers and plants, and magnificent grottoes along the coast.

Day 6 - Pompeii and Annunziata 4km/2.5mi/2hr and 6km/4mi/2.5hr

Our first stop today is Pompeii (1 hour by minibus, transfer provided). We've employed an expert local guide here so that you can truly discover this ancient city. After a traditional pizza lunch it's on to lovely Annunziata, from where the King of Naples laid siege on the English who were occupying Capri at the time. Explore its pretty park, offering balcony views of the island, before descending to the unspoilt port of Marina della Lobra.

Day 7 - Punta Campanella 12km/7.5mi/4.5hr

Walking through herb-scented scrubland, we reach Sorrento's 'Land's end', and the watchtower of Punta Campanella. There are breathtaking views across to Capri from here. The point got its name when in 1558 Saracen pirates, escaping with captured women and gold, stole the bell from the local church, but were unable to set sail until they had thrown it overboard. Every year on St. Valentine's Day the bell is said to rise to the surface and toll once more. In the afternoon we follow a coastal path back to our hotel in time for a limoncello by the sea before dinner.

Day 8 - Return home

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Ristorante Garden, Ravello (3 Star)

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The charming Hotel Ristorante Garden enjoys a fabulous position in Ravello, being just a short distance from the town's main piazza but still benefiting from truly stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. This is particularly the case from the hotel's restaurant terrace area, where you can savour your evening meal whilst drinking in those views.

Run by the friendly Mansi family, it has only 10 rooms, all of which are ensuite with private balcony and sea view.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double room for single use Double room
01/05/2017 - 31/05/2017 £142 £96
01/06/2017 - 10/09/2017 £146 £98
11/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 £142 £95
01/10/2017 - 31/10/2017 £138 £92

All prices shown above are valid from 18/04/2017. Prices are per person per night including evening meal, based on 2 people sharing a double room.

Hotel Bellavista, Massa Lubrense (3 Star)

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The Hotel Bellavista is situated on the crest of the Sorrentine peninsula, just outside the village of Massa Lubrense. The hotel boasts stunning views over to Capri and the Gulf of Naples - especially from its roof top panoramic pool.

The Hotel Bellavista consists of 30 rooms, which are all ensuite and well-appointed. Single rooms are double for single use.

The hotel also has its own spa, consisting of a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. For complete pampering, massages are also available on request.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Il Convento, Naples (3 Star)

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Il Convento is located just a few minutes' walk away from the Via Toledo shopping area and ten minutes away from the famous Piazza Plebiscito and Castel dell'Ovo. It is ideally situated for a long weekend break or a short stopover.

The hotel dates back to the 1600s and has been tastefully converted to make the most of its original features. There's a cosy feel to all the rooms, with exposed brickwork walls and breakfast served by candle light!

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double/Twin Single
01/04/2017 - 31/10/2017 £64 £86

All prices shown above are valid from 03/04/2017.

Hotel Mamela, Capri (4 Star)

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The elegant 4-star Hotel Mamela is located in the historic centre of Capri town. With a stunning outdoor swimming pool, private tropical gardens and panoramic sun terraces, it simply exudes style and luxury. All rooms each have a private sea-facing balcony affording stupendous coastal views.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Travel

Transfers included from Naples Capodichino airport at 10:20, and back to Naples Capodichino airport at 07:45.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Ms Hawkes
23/10/2016

Lucia was an excellent guide .She was enthusiastic and informative and looked after us very well. The hotels were in good locations and the views were excellent.

The Hotel Garden was in a lovely location but there were some niggles which could so easily be put right. Breakfast wasn't very good - for very little extra they could have produced fruit salad, better quality cereal and fresh milk. Also the breakfast tables were in such strong sunlight you couldn't enjoy breakfast and, when as... read moreked they wouldn't move the tables- they just suggested that we eat outside but it was too cold to do so. Hotel Garden's garden and swimming pool needed a bit of TLC. All little things but could have made a difference as it was in a great location.



At the second hotel I would recommend that Headwater reserves rooms that are not on the ground floor because these are straight onto a busy road.



Overall the holiday was very good indeed and met our expectations. Thank you

Rosie




Mr Reilly
30/09/2016

Great Amalfi Coast experience, with friendly local guide Luigi to ensure that the very best of the area is experienced. His guided walks were superb, and the Garden Hotel in Ravello was particularly friendly and delightful with scenic views. Walking is a great way to enjoy the delights of this superb coastline, with not too many exertions, but a level of general fitness is needed. The trip to Pompeii was very good, Libby our guide ensured we saw the ' must see' parts and navigated us expertly ... read morethrough the sometimes busy parts. The other included excursions to the local Pizza making rural restaurant near Sorrento was very enjoyable, while the visits to the two lovely villas In Ravello were a brief cultural bonus. Overall a very worthwhile 7 day Amalfitana experience. Thanks for a lovely week.


Mrs Hales
10/06/2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. The walking was fantastic and our guide Louigi absolutely made it for us. His local knowledge and his stories of past and present were fascinating. We were really lucky to be with a lovely group of like minded walkers which all added to a memorable time.

Our one niggle is that we were disappointed with the Hotel Bellavista. We did not think the food was very special and objected to having to choose your meal for the evening at breakfast time. Surely thi... read mores should not be necessary!

Two extra nights staying in Naples was interesting! Miles away from the tranquility of the Amalfi coast but well worth doing.


Mrs Jones
16/10/2015

It was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The walks were varied and beautiful, sometimes challenging, but we coped. It was especially nice to have a local guide with insider knowledge of the region. The food was authentic and delicious at the hotels, and Lucia took us to very good local delicatessens to buy sandwiches or to excellent restaurants at lunchtime. We especially enjoyed the international group of lovely people.


Mrs Compton
15/10/2015

The Amalfi CoAst was beautiful and the walking challenging at times. There were a lot of steps on all of the walks. Our guide Lucia was extremely informative about everything and catered well with some who did struggle. Lucia was with us from breakfast all day and took the evening meal with the group.The coach drivers were very good, not fast and furious like most Italian drivers. Suggestions were given for our day off and a group of us went off to Heraculeum for the day by bus and train, a beau... read moretiful place to visit. The hotels were a very good standard with lovely views. The Bellavista had a busy road outside which was quiet at night, but the food was above standard and a wonderful choice every day. It was away from nearest village.The Hotel Garden had the best view and near to the centre of Ravello.


Mrs Harris
07/10/2015

Our walking holiday on the Amalfi coast was wonderful. Our guide Luigi knew the area incredibly well and his knowledge and expertise was central to our enjoyment of every walk. He paced the walks well and there was always enough time to enjoy lunch or a coffee on the way! The 2 hotels had wonderful views and the food each night was excellent as was the company in the group. Overall it was a a great way to see the area and very relaxing as everything was so well organised. We would certainly choose a similar holiday again.


Mrs Robertson
01/10/2015

Easy to book and everything arranged well. Headwater always have interesting hotels in lovely locations. A guided holiday adds so many interesting features to the trip and no worries about getting lost !


Ms Best
18/09/2015

The trip was very enjoyable, and was made more so because of out great guide. Luigi was helpful, knowledgable, well informed, and good company. The walking was interesting and varied, and, although the group had a range of abilities, it worked out well. It would be good to have some free time at Pompeii - I heard this mentioned by several people in the group. The food in the 2 hotels varied in that the evening meals in Ravello were excellent, but the breakfasts weren't great. The staff there wer... read moree very helpful. The breakfasts at Massa Lubrense were really good, but the evening meals weren't good, and were sometimes almost inedible because they were so salty. Some of the staff were very unhelpful also.


Ms Friswell
17/09/2015

Had a great holiday overall with good food and interesting walks. Loved the visit to Pompeii. Very much enoyed our stay at the first hotel, although found the second one too noisy as our bedroom was on the ground floor and had a busy road directly in front of the hotel. My experience with a guide (my first holiday with Headwater was self guided) was excellent. Luigi was full of really interesting information about an area he clearly loves. He was helpful, considerate and with a great sense of humour. He made every walk into something special and cant recommend him highly enough.


Ms Peevers
29/05/2015

If you're a regular walker then this holiday is a lovely way to see a glorious coastline and visit Pompeii and Capri, all in 8 days but we never felt rushed. If you've never been on a walking holiday this would be an ideal first-time trip; good exercise but not strenuous and after your walk you can sit in a bar and enjoy a beer and that 'good tired' feeling. In Ravello and Massa Lubrense there are local buses which will take you back to your hotel if you've had enough for the day.


Mr Sinclair
28/05/2015

Headwater holiday was well organised using good hotels, a totally superb guide and lovely walking routes - couldn't really ask for better. We enjoyed the walking, the guide, the food and will certainly have another holiday with Headwater


Ms Sternshine
28/05/2015

As ever, well organised, well thought out. Reps taking time to 'read' the group and provide appropriate guidance. If you like to walk , a great idea as you will always be shown routes/trails that you would be unlikely to find otherwise. No wasted time on the holiday planning the next day/days. Really good food.Other people in group friendly & convivial. Would suggest anyone considering this holiday should be sure they are happy to spend a lot of time walking up and down deep stepped inclines as this describes most of the terrain.


Mr Gibson
13/05/2015

Excellent guide volume of ,steps hard going . Appreciate hills have to be climbed but a variation of routes to the top where practical ... Luigi did try to address as best he could. Prefer not to have dinners in hotels every night ... would have been nice to sample local restaurants in that evening.

Second hotel was poor (food aside) . Broken mirror in the first room allocated . Broken shower head in the second, roof terrace grubby... bar not staffed..

beer warm . Out of town location by busy road was disappointing. Luigi made the holiday


Mrs Constantine
17/10/2014

overall most enjoyable .

hotels certainly adequate but food could have been better . possibly wine & certainly water should be inclusive with meals .

walking good but too much roadwork cf. trails/tracks off road .

guide good .

travel arrangements good .


Mrs Edwards
09/10/2014

Thought the walks were a bit tame. The best walking was on Capri where I stayed for 4 nights after this holiday. Suggest splitting the holiday between main land and island. Lots of trouble with bites.

Lovely food

Luigi was a great guide. I would like to do more intensive walking with him.


Dr Goodman
12/06/2014

Challenging walking, as described, in a beautiful area. Interesting countryside and attractive towns and villages. Excellent local guide with intimate knowledge of area, history and way of life.


Mr Harrison
29/05/2014

Excellent trip and guide


Mis Lloyd
29/05/2014

It was an enjoyable holiday and the company was good. The first hotel is particularly well placed for Ravello and was friendly and comfortable. The second is a bit inconveniently sited and Lisa could have given more helpful information about public bus regime re tickets etc. However, she was a knowledgeable and interesting leader especially at Pompei. Walks were very gentle and Lisa chose routes with plenty of variety and interest.


Mr Robinson
28/05/2014

The Amalfi walking trip was spectacular . Our guide was local and knew all the areas we visited inside out. She was on first name terms with people we met along the way and kept holiday hassle free , no queuing or waiting for buses. Italian 3* hotels are of a very high standard , well located and friendly


Ms Philliben
18/05/2014

Great company to deal with. We were looked after very well indeed!


Mr Munson
18/05/2014

Our holiday was both wonderfully active and relaxing. Paola (our guide) was superb throughout facilitating bonding within the group and providing us with a good level of information about the places we visited. Paola ate with us on 6 out of the 7 evenings giving us 24/7 care and attention. The walks took us through dramatic scenery and were pleasantly challenging and yet achievable for our age and physical ability. We enjoyed the friendly family ran 'back street' pizza places and restaurants... read more that we were taken to. Pompeii was of considerable interest and was well explained to us by Paola, although we could have, perhaps, spent slightly longer there than the 2 hours we did, perhaps an hour at the end to wander by ourselves to visit the amphitheatre or the café. Both Ravello and the Garden Hotel were superb.


Mrs Parsons
15/05/2014

Had one of the best holidays,but Paola was the icing on the cake.


Mr Townsley
15/05/2014

Very well organised, beautiful scenery, good family run hotels wit authentic cuisine.


Mr Goodchild
15/05/2014

Great scenery, fantastic local rep, wonderful views of the surrounding landscape and of course food in the lunchtime trattorias. Lots of walking down steps to the coastal towns though!


Mrs Scott
21/10/2013

We had a lovely holiday on the beautiful Amalfi coast. Our guide Paula went out of her way to look after us and help us enjoy our holiday.Good walks. Ravello was a beautiful location and hotel with a newly opened swimming pool. The hotel in Massa Lubrensa was good and had alovely pool. Beautiful viewss over to Capri but very near a busy road with quite a lot of traffic.Thank you.


Mrs Bailey
19/10/2013

This was one of the best holidays we have taken with Headwater (this was our 5th). The hotels were both of a good standard which is not always what we have found previously (Jordan, Turkey, some of Croatia in Trogir and Bol). There was a bonus that Ravello hotel had just had a pool installed and this was excellent. The mix of walks / swimming and interest was perfect and the guide particularly helpful.



One issue that was raised by everyone was the number of down steps there were o... read moren some of the walks. This was not good and affected the knees of us and many other folk....this should have been mentioned.


Ms Osborne
10/10/2013

I loved the holiday. Some elements were to do with the weather and the beautiful location. However, other elements were thanks to Headwater. The guide was excellent and that was very important. I enjoyed the hotels and thought they were very good choices. The Massa Lubrense hotel wasnt as nice as the hotel in Ravello, but having observed the other hotels in the area, i thought it was probably the best available. i have had a quick look at the itineraries offered by other companies for the ... read moreSorrento peninsular and Amalfi coastline and didnt think they offered such an attractive itinerary. I was travelling as a single person (and was the only one on the tour) but found that it was very easy to integrate with the others as they were like-minded.


Mrs Gatward
14/09/2013

I've had 13 Headwater Holidays guided walking holidays now, and they have always been really enjoyable. I like the small hotels and groups of like-minded people, and although I travel alone I am always made to feel welcome. This was no exception, as Ulisse is an excellent and sympathetic guide, and the group of 5 English and 5 Australians was straightaway a 'team' for the week. The walks along the coast are beautiful. My only complaint might have been that the visit to Pompeii was not long enough (but then you really need a whole day), and the weather was too hot!


Mrs Henton
13/09/2013

Our guide Ulysis was excellent in every way - cannot recommend him highly enough. It was our first walking holiday and thought we had booked an easy walking one. On checking after we found it was easy/moderate. For all that we managed and as my husband is 74 he found it challenging but so enjoyable. We would use your company again but would only go on guided holidays. One of the ladies in our group had been on 13 Headwater holidays but said the choice of guided holidays was less now.


Mrs Goodall
13/09/2013

This was our third walking holiday with Headwater and our first to Italy. Our hotels had fantastic views over the Almalfi Coast line and Capris as well as excellent food. Our guide Ulisse was very knowledgable on the history of the local area and looked after us all very well. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday.


Mrs Turner
24/05/2013

Wonderful location, stunning walks and scenery. Had a great time with others in the group.

Slightly disappointed that guide knew less about the local Flora than we did but she was very knowledgeable about history and architecture.


Mr Batty
11/06/2012

A really enjoyable holiday


Mis Puritz
12/05/2012

Wonderful weather, scenery, walking and archaeology. But bad flights times meant I was tired for a day or two when I got there, and, after all the walking as well, pretty exhausted when I got home again.


Mrs Spurry
12/05/2012

We had a wonderful time, enjoyed the company of the rest of the group, appreciated the knowledge of the guide and loved the environment.

Dates and prices

The prices quoted below for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and are shown for guide purposes only. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Alternatively, you can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss your requirements in more detail.

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

  • May
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May 2017 Tour only Availability
8th May US$2170 Check
22nd May US$2170 Check
Jun 2017 Tour only Availability
5th Jun US$2245 Check
26th Jun US$2245 Check
Sep 2017 Tour only Availability
4th Sep US$2245 Check
18th Sep US$2170 Check
Oct 2017 Tour only Availability
2nd Oct US$2060 Check

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 6 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide.

Departures
Selected Mondays from 8th May 2017 to 2nd Oct 2017, for 7 nights.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and evening meals

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Naples Capodichino airport at 10:20, and back to Naples Capodichino airport at 07:45.

If you choose to book your own flights please check with us first that your chosen departure date is definitely operating as our guided holidays are subject to minimum group sizes.

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