Italy : The Bay of Naples

Walking the Amalfi Coast

Trip code: W07AC 5 (4 reviews)

Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

Operated by
Exodus Travels

SUMMARY

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Walk the heady Path of the Gods to Positano Stroll through the cobbled streets of Amalfi Discover the 2,000-year-old history of Pompeii

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • All breakfasts
  • Four packed lunches
  • Six dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport
  • All listed activities

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe. Mountains jut steeply out of the Mediterranean and picturesque towns nestle in the coves below. Walking the ancient hillsides, which are studded with lemon groves and framed by deep gorges, we descend from the Agerola Plain to the quaint towns of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi itself. No visit to the Bay of Naples would be complete without a trip to see the remains of Pompeii under the imposing volcanic cone of Mount Vesuvius. The highlight of this Amalfi Coast guided walking is arguably the best coastal walk in the world: the Path of the Gods. Away from the trails we take part in a traditional pastime and sample incredible food and wine just like the Italians do. Why travel with us? It’s not just idyllic views over cliff-hugging towns and the Tyrrhenian Sea that make the Amalfi Coast our most popular destination for walking. It’s the fact we’re a pioneer of group walking holidays here, with more than 20 years’ experience operating this trip. We’ve got a local’s knowledge of the coastline while staying at the family-run Hotel Due Torri in peaceful Bomerano provides the perfect balance to the often-bustling Amalfi Coast. Should you wish to travel in July or August and still enjoy the highlights of the Amalfi Coast, we also offer a special itinerary on selected weeks during the summer months. Check Walking The Amalfi Coast - Summer Edition for dates, day-to-day schedule and prices. If you have extra days at hand and are willing to extend your adventure, consider booking additional nights in Naples or even Rome. Speak to your Sales Consultant for more information on our 'Pre-Tour', 'Post-Tour' and 'City Extension' packages. Did you know you can travel by train to this trip? Find out more here   Join us to celebrate Headwater’ 50th anniversary! Select departures of this trip feature extra inclusions to mark the occasion: a lunch at the Shepherd’s Hut along the Path of the Gods, a local birthday celebration and a special edition Headwater kitbag. For departure dates, see the Dates & Prices tab or to see other trips with Special 50th Anniversary Departures click here.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Start in the village of Bomerano, Agerola

Enjoy a warm welcome from our local hosts, the Acampora family, who run our base for the week, Hotel Due Torri. If you have time, you may want to get out and explore the village, Bomerano, a quaint retreat high in the hills and away from the often-busy Amalfi Coast below. Once everyone’s ready, we enjoy a welcome briefing at the hotel – a great chance to get to know the group a little, meet our leader and ask any questions you may have. Want to extend your adventure? Speak to your sales representative about joining our pre-tour extension in Rome or adding extra nights to your trip, either at Hotel Due Torri or the four-star Palazzo Salgar in Naples.

You stay at Hotel Due Torri.

hotel details

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Hotel Due Torri, Bomerano

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Run by the Acampora family, the Hotel Due Torri provides a welcoming and cosy atmosphere. Panoramic views capture the cultural and natural beauty of the Mediterranean palm trees of the Amalfi bay and views over the Lattari Mountains, whilst allowing easy access to the Amalfi and Sorrento Coast, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.

There are 30 modern and comfortable rooms. Each room has air-conditioning, TV, telephone and bath or shower facilities.

The Hotel Due Torri’s restaurant is reputable for their local and authentic dishes. They serve homemade pasta dishes and fresh seafood washed down with traditional local wines.

Please note that if the Hotel Due Torri does not have availability for your requested departure date, you will be allocated a room in either the comfortable Artemide apartment next to the hotel, the well appointed Andromeda apartment opposite the hotel or at the Canto delle Sirene B&B, a short walk from the Hotel Due Torri. Meals will still be taken at the hotel.

You will be advised at time of booking confirmation if you are affected.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: An impressive walk to the top of Monte Tre Calli for wide-open views of the coastline

From the hotel, it’s a short stroll to the village square (or, in Bomerano’s case, a triangle) and the start of today’s walk. The circular route provides a good chance to stretch our legs; following a mixture of paths and tracks, we summit Monte Tre Calli to be rewarded with wide-open views of the jagged coastline and seemingly endless blue sea. The Agerola Plain and Bomerano are laid out below us and, on a clear day, we can see as far as Capri, an idyllic island hideout for many celebrated artists and writers over the past 200 years. After admiring the majestic scenery, descend to Bomerano and enjoy a rest before a hearty dinner.

Day 3: Follow mule tracks and steps down to Amalfi; free afternoon to explore

We walk towards Amalfi, a town popular with the British since Edwardian times when the upper classes favoured it as a pleasant place to spend their winters. The route has a downhill bias, following the path from Bomerano at 2,297ft (700m) to the Mediterranean shores, accompanied by wonderful coastal views. There are approximately 2,000 steps today, but also plenty of opportunities to rest and go at your own pace. On arrival, we see the large duomo (cathedral) dominating the town with a brightly tiled cupola (dome), which, along with the baroque facade and interior, is a typical example of regional architecture. Take time to explore the town, swim in the small bay or enjoy a gelato before a transfer back to Bomerano.

Day 4: Visit the Mount Vesuvius crater, admire the Bay of Naples and see the Pompeii ruins

We transfer to the slopes of Vesuvius to view the volcanic crater, which also overlooks the beautiful Bay of Naples, the waters of which span between Naples, the regional capital, and Sorrento, the town famed for lemon groves. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible to join an expert volcanologist on an extended walk around the caldera and beyond (optional). After lunch, we travel by bus to Pompeii. On the lower foothills of the volcano, it was a thriving port town until Vesuvius catastrophically erupted over two days in 79CE and the city was buried in ash and pumice. Lost for 1,700 years, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the preserved remains providing an amazing insight into life in a Roman city, complete with bathhouses, bakeries and homes – some of which still have walls adorned with detailed frescoes. You may explore the site this afternoon, perhaps opting for a detailed tour accompanied by a local guide.

Day 5: Walk from Ravello to Amalfi through the forests of the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve

Today’s walk starts in Ravello, a town favoured by the Bloomsbury set and other artists and intellectuals due to its secluded location and inspirational scenery. Before setting off for the walk, we have free time to explore the town and visit Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo with their meticulously landscaped gardens and breathtaking sea views (optional). The route today is mostly downhill with a considerable number of steps. After descending and taking a quick stop in Pontone village, we continue along wooden bridges and shady paths carpeted with wildflowers in season, to the beautiful moss-clad waterfalls within the closed gates of Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve. Finally, following the stream gently downwards through lemon groves, past the shells of former paper factories (a major local industry from the 12th to 19th centuries) and medieval ironworks, we reach Amalfi.

Day 6: Free day to relax or take a boat to Capri, visit Naples or Herculaneum (all optional)

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax at the hotel or go to the seafront. The hotel also offers a range of private transfers to some of the most popular attractions in the region. Options include visiting Herculaneum, which was also destroyed during the Vesuvius eruption. The city was buried in mud rather than ash; some say this led to the site being even better preserved than the bigger Pompeii. You might instead choose to take a ferry to the chic island of Capri and the funicular through lemon groves up to Capri town. Furthermore, Sorrento or the National Archaeological Museum of Naples are also possible. Please note, all these optional excursions are subject to availability and payable locally (activity prices are dependent on the number of people joining). The tour leader will assist you with bookings and arrangements. Alternatively, spend the day by the pool or in true Italian style in a cafe, sipping espresso and watching the world pass.

Day 7: Path of the Gods with superb panoramic views to Positano; return by boat to Amalfi; try locally made mozzarella

We take one of the finest walks on the planet. Leaving the hotel, it’s a short stroll through quiet Bomerano before we join the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), which provides some of the most evocative views in the world: ragged cliffs speckled with tiny villages and extensive vistas of the sparkling Mediterranean. The route follows rolling hills, the contours of the land and the coast. The trail is broken by insights into local life, passing shepherd huts and ancient stone houses carved into the limestone before we descend a long series of steps to colourful Positano, an almost vertical town clinging to the rockface of a sheltered bay. Take time to explore the alleyways lined with wisteria and designer boutiques or have a dip in the sea before returning to Bomerano by boat and bus (seasonal) in the late afternoon. Before dinner, we can see how the local smoked mozzarella is made and taste the mouth-wateringly fresh final product.

Day 8: End Bomerano, Agerola

This morning is our last at the hotel, which may feel more like a second home by now. If your flight leaves later this evening, you’re welcome to make use of the hotel facilities after check-out and enjoy an optional lunch here. Alternatively, speak to your leader for recommendations on what to do in the village.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £295.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £295.

A limited number of Superior Rooms (with facilities including Jacuzzi bath, power shower and fridge) are also available for a supplement, from £190 or equivalent, per room (payable pre-departure).

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199 or email sales@headwater.com

Transportation

Transfers to and from the airport are in a private vehicle (normally a minibus or coach). On other days, private buses and boats are used.

Joining Instructions

nKey information Start hotel: Hotel Due Torri, Via Divina Costiera, 9, 80051 Agerola NA Phone: +39 081 879 1257 Recommended arrival time: Between 4pm and 6pm at Hotel Due Torri. However, if you have any special requests, you can contact your sales representative Airport: Naples International Airport (NAP) Getting to Hotel Due Torri Hotel Due Torri is approximately a one-hour drive from the airport. Your options for this journey are: Take an Exodus transfer Exodus provides one group arrival transfer from the airport, which is timed to coincide with the arrival of a chosen flight from London, UK. You may join this transfer at no extra cost, provided you can be at the airport before the transfer leaves. Additionally, there are two more shared airport transfers to Hotel Due Torri, which can be booked for an extra cost (about €42 per person). Speak to your sales representative for the times and prices of these two shared transfers. Make your own way It’s possible to reach the start hotel by public transport, but the journey is complicated. We therefore recommend joining the group transfers where possible. If not, contact your sales representative before departure to arrange a private pick-up on arrival. This costs between €80 and €160 depending on the number of people sharing the vehicle. For more information on joining this trip, please speak to your sales representative. Catching your return flight There’s a group departure transfer to the airport that’s scheduled to align with a flight to London, UK. You can join this transfer at no extra cost. Please speak to your sales representative for times and to confirm your seat. Alternatively, we have two more shared transfers to the airport, which you can join for an extra cost (about €42). If the departure transfers do not suit your flight time, speak to your sales representative to arrange a private transfer. n

REVIEWS

Very well organised, responsive staff and an excellent guide

Mr Hoppe, 3 Oct 2020

 

We had a wonderful week of walking on the Amalfi Coast. The hotel location was great for key walks so not many early morning transfers, the group was great fun, and the hotel was excellent. Our guide, Severio, was a great source of stories, information and Italian life, and looked after all our different needs and questions with humour and courtesy. All in all an excellent trip!

Mr Jurkowski, 26 Oct 2019

 

I had a great holiday with a lovely group of people and although we had very heavy rain on a couple of days, this didn't spoil our walks but rather bonded us together. Our guide, Savsrio, was really very good. He has an easy style but is always very efficient and arranged extra trips for us with energy. He is a very good communicator and has excellent colloquial English so is very easy to talk to. He kept the group together during our walks and got us to where we had to be on time seemingly without effort. He was very informative and helpful, very good fun and full of information about the area. The food at the hotel was lovely as were the staff but my room was rather comfortless and although there is an area with comfy chairs in reception, there is not really a sitting room area where guests can go and chat after dinner when the dining room is cleared for the next day. That is my only slightly negative comment really and I would definitely go again.

Baker, 6 Apr 2019

 

A well-organised and interesting walking holiday in a beautiful part of Italy. The hotel (Hotel 2 Torri in Bomerano) was quite basic but very adequate, with friendly staff. A great group of fellow walkers made it an enjoyable and relaxed experience.

Mr Wood, 23 Feb 2019

 


Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

Operated by
Exodus Travels

7 nights from £1399

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Call: 01606 720199