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 city of Pompeii, and
Ravello with balcony views over the
Pastel coloured Positano;
Exotic Mediterranean flora: olive
groves, almond orchards and terraces
of lemon trees
Optional day trip to Capri
At a glance...
7 nights, twin centre
Departs Selected Mondays from 3 May '15 to 5 Oct '15
Continental breakfast and evening meals
Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide
Sustainability rating: 92%
Pompeii guide and excursions (except Capri) included
Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
Lots of swimming opportunities.
Especailly good for solo travellers.
Follow stunning coastal routes.
Delightful island holidays.
The Amalfi Coast Walk
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 network of wide and well-maintained mule paths criss-crossing the region, some of them centuries old dressed stone steps. 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 that 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 friendly 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.
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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/Minori/Atrani 10km/6mi/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 for lunch in the square before walking along the coast to diminutive Atrani. We take the local bus back from here to our hotel.
Day 3 - Ravello/Pontone/Amalfi 10km/6mi/3-3.5hrs
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. Time to visit one of the old mediaeval paper mills, and the strikingly striped C13 Cathedral before returning to Ravello by bus.
Day 4 - Sentiero degli Dei 11km/7mi/4hr
Past treasure caves and terraces of lemon trees, we explore the 'Pathway of the Gods', Amalfi's most scenic walk. 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. Lunch in a traditional trattoria perhaps, then 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 11km/7.5mi/4.5hr
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 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/7mi/4.5hrs
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.
Hotel Ristorante Garden, Ravello (3 star)
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.
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.
The hotel also has its own spa, consisting of a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. For complete pampering, massages are also available on request.
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)
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!
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.
Transfers included from Naples Capodichino airport at 11:00, and back to Naples Capodichino airport at 08:15. Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email email@example.com to arrange connecting flights.
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.
Reviewed by Mrs Constantine on 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 .
Reviewed by Mrs Edwards on 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.
Luigi was a great guide. I would like to do more intensive walking with him.
Reviewed by Dr Goodman on 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.
Reviewed by Mr Harrison on 29/05/2014
Excellent trip and guide
Reviewed by Mis Lloyd on 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.
Reviewed by Mr Robinson on 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
Reviewed by Ms Philliben on 18/05/2014
Great company to deal with. We were looked after very well indeed!
Reviewed by Mr Munson on 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 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Parsons on 15/05/2014
Had one of the best holidays,but Paola was the icing on the cake.
Reviewed by Mr Townsley on 15/05/2014
Very well organised, beautiful scenery, good family run hotels wit authentic cuisine.
Reviewed by Mr Goodchild on 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!
Reviewed by Mrs Scott on 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Bailey on 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 on some of the walks. This was not good and affected the knees of us and many other folk....this should have been mentioned.
Reviewed by Ms Osborne on 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 Sorrento 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Gatward on 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!
Reviewed by Mrs Henton on 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Goodall on 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Turner on 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.
Reviewed by Mr Batty on 11/06/2012
A really enjoyable holiday
Reviewed by Mis Puritz on 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Spurry on 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.
Reviewed by Mrs Amasanti on 06/10/2011
The holiday was made by Anna, our guide. She was brilliant, always smiling and incredibly well informed about all aspects of the walks/holiday/area etc. Also, she was excellent at judging everyone's walking abilities/pace and made sure everyone was looked out for. A very patient lady!
Reviewed by Mrs Green on 06/10/2011
A very good experience made especially so bAnna
Anna our guide
Reviewed by Mis Lawley on 24/09/2011
Excellent from start to finish
Reviewed by Ms Tailby on 24/09/2011
Very good, enjoyed it a lot.
Reviewed by Ms Wellington on 07/06/2011
Really excellent. Loved the whole experience, and a nice group of people. Our guide, Maurizio, was fantastic and really made the holiday special. Only two or our group had taken Headwater holidays before (several) and they said that while all the guides are good, Maurizio definitely had something extra!
From our postbag
In addition to comments received on our post-holiday questionnaires, we've also been sent the following comments from our satisfied customers.
Mrs L Green travelled to The Bay of Naples in 2011
We have just returned from the above walking holiday and before I settle down into the hurly burly of London life just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip. Everything went off well but our thanks most especially to your wonderful local guide - Anna.
She was with us from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. at night. Her knowledge of the flora and fauna made the whole trip come alive. She was sensitive to all standards of walking with a gorgeous smile and a happy personality. Nothing was too much for her. Please send her our thanks once again.
Looking forward to hearing from you and receiving your 2012 brochure.
Departure dates & prices
Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 6 people (in total) are required for each departure.
Guided walking, twin centre. Managed locally by Headwater appointed guide.
Selected Mondays from 3 May '15 to 5 Oct '15, for 8 days (7 nights).