Italy : The Bay of Naples

The Islands of Amalfi Walk

Trip code: W07IN 4.4 (9 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

19.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Island hopping in the spectacular Gulf of Naples; walks on Ischia, Capri and Procida
  • Panoramic Procida - vibrant fishing villages, unspoilt nature reserves, ancient walled citadels
  • Enchanting Ischia, the 'Green Island' - spas and thermal waters, pretty beaches, bustling marinas
  • Stunning Capri - elegant Capri town, Roman villas, sleepy coves, imposing sea stacks
  • All walks are optional with plenty of time to discover each destination

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and one evening meal
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Return luggage transfers between the hotel and the port on each island

TRIP DESCRIPTION

The beauty of the Bay of Naples has been enchanting travellers for centuries, with visitors falling in love with its dramatic coastline, glimmering seas, and pastel-coloured towns. Off the peninsula's immaculate shores, lie the beautiful yet diverse islands of Amalfi: Procida, Ischia and Capri. This 7 night self-guided walking holiday takes you on a discovery of these stunning isles, with the option to extend your time in the area in bustling Sorrento or cosmopolitan Naples.

Your first 2 nights are spent on unspoilt Procida, the smallest of the 3 islands and an untouched gem with its multi coloured houses, sleepy fishing hamlets and pretty inlets. From here you head to Ischia, renowned for its thermal spas; the largest of the three islands, it's a walker's paradise with terraced vineyards, lofty mountains, verdant forest and golden beaches aching to be explored. Your last stop is world famous Capri; admire its vistas over the iconic Faraglioni, visit its Roman villas and sip coffee in its elegant piazze, perfect for people watching.

Your hotels are as unique as the islands themselves and include a family run hotel set within tranquil gardens overlooking the Bay of Ciraccio and a stunning monastery set within the ancient walls of Ischia's Aragonese castle.

Given the island hopping nature of this trip, you are responsible for your luggage when using the ferry and hydrofoil services. Transportation of luggage to and from the hotels and the ports on each island is provided.

Terrain

This holiday follows coastal paths, paved sections, narrow lanes and some forest trails, with mainly road walking with some traffic on Procida. You need to be a fit and confident walker, as there are frequent ascents and descents, some of which are very steep with slippery sections. On day 4, guests with a fear of heights may have problems with certain sections but alternative options are provided. Day 7 is not suitable for anyone with a fear of heights. Walking poles are strongly recommended. The hot temperatures in Southern Italy over the summer months may make the walking feel more difficult.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Travel to Procida

From Naples port, it's a short crossing on the hydrofoil to the island of Procida. We meet you at Procida port and take you to your hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

You stay at Hotel Solcalante.

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Hotel Solcalante, Procida

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The Hotel Solcalante started life as a farmhouse before being converted into the pretty, family run hotel that it is today. Set in charming gardens, it boasts a super clifftop position with gorgeous views overlooking the Ciraccio Bay - especially at sunset. Headwater customers are allocated rooms with private terrace here. The hotel also benefits from a restaurant, sauna and jacuzzi; massages are available on request.

Day 2: Explore Procida (15km/9.3mi)

Today's walk takes you on a discovery of pint sized Procida, the smallest island in the Gulf of Naples. Set off for the ancient walled citadel of 'Terra Murata'; perched on a promontory gazing out to sea, there's much to explore here including the Abbey of San Michele and the 16th century governor's palace and former prison of Palazzo d'Avalos. Drink in the sea views before heading to the little fishing village of Marina di Corricella, a cluster of brightly coloured houses huddled around its port, that was used on the film set of 'The Talented Mr Ripley'. Your walk ends at the charming harbour and pristine sandy beach at Chiaiolella.

For those with more energy, it's definitely worth extending the walk to untouched Vivara, a tiny island and nature reserve linked to Procida by a small bridge.

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You stay at Hotel Solcalante.

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Hotel Solcalante, Procida

HOTEL WEBSITE      TRIP ADVISOR

Pool
Hairdryer
WiFi
TV
Minibar
Aircon


The Hotel Solcalante started life as a farmhouse before being converted into the pretty, family run hotel that it is today. Set in charming gardens, it boasts a super clifftop position with gorgeous views overlooking the Ciraccio Bay - especially at sunset. Headwater customers are allocated rooms with private terrace here. The hotel also benefits from a restaurant, sauna and jacuzzi; massages are available on request.

Day 3: Leaving Procida for Ischia

There is time this morning to explore Procida's northern shores before we take you back to the harbour for the ferry (pay locally) over to Procida's larger neighbour, Ischia. Explore the vibrant marina before making your way to your comfortable 3* hotel housed in a former monastery within the walls of Ischia's ancient castle. This Aragonese stronghold sits on a rocky outcrop gazing out to sea and is accessed via a scenic causeway.

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You stay at Albergo il Monastero.

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Albergo il Monastero, Ischia

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Albergo il Monastero can be found in Ischia's 16th century monastery housed within the town's panoramic castle. Perched on la Rocca, a small rocky island linked to the main island by a bridge, it's wonderfully tranquil with colourful gardens where vegetables are also grown, but within easy walking distance of the bars, restaurants and shops in Ischia Town. There is a stunning terrace here where you can enjoy breakfast and dinner over the summer months, and which boasts a gorgeous view of the village of Ischia Ponte, the beach and glittering seas. Headwater customers are upgraded to the sea view rooms at this hotel.

Day 4: Ischia's South Coast (13km/8.1mi)

Head south today for a panoramic walk along a steep cliff enjoying stunning views over the Bay of Naples and Capri. Pass through terraced vineyards and traditional hamlets before a descent to the golden sands of Marina dei Maronti. Treat yourself to a dip in the natural thermal waters of Cavascura, which date back to Roman times, before a leisurely walk along the beach takes you to the charming fishing village of Sant'Angelo and your bus back to the hotel.

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Day 5: Monte Epomeo (13km/8.1mi)

Today you discover Ischia's two highest mountains - Monte Epomeo at 789m, and Capo dell'Uomo (721m). A short bus ride onto the mountain slopes takes the sting out the tail of the ascent, so you continue along gentle paths to Epomeo's summit, and are rewarded with far reaching vistas of the entire Bay of Naples. Descend through lush forest and fertile vineyards, passing ancient hermit dwellings carved from the mountain rock, to the town of Forio on Ischia's western shores. Return to Ischia Town by bus.

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Day 6: Capri's South Coast - Villas and Views (9km/5.6mi)

Private transfer to Ischia harbour this morning to catch the hydrofoil to stunning Capri. Then explore elegant Capri town with its luxury boutiques and bustling cafes. From its vibrant piazzetta, walk past colourful villas with bougainvillea filled gardens to the Roman Villa Jovis, once the residence of the Emperor Tiberius. From here, it's downhill past the Arco Naturale to the famous Faraglioni, 3 sea stacks that stand guard off Capri's southern shores. Leave time to discover the Gardens of Augustus with their panoramic flower-decked terraces en route to the sheltered bay of Marina Piccola. A short bus ride takes you back to your hotel.

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Day 7: Capri: Monte Solario and the Grotta Azzurra (10km/6.2mi)

Take the chair lift up Monte Solario, the highest point on the island and one of the best viewpoints on the trip, to follow a panoramic downhill path to the island's most western lighthouse. Continue along the trail as it hugs the coast, past restored fortresses and tiny coves to the Grotta Azzurra, a natural sea cave with crystalline blue waters. Return to the hotel by bus.

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Day 8: Leave Capri

We take you back to Capri port for the hydrofoil to Naples

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Il Convento, Naples; Hotel Continental, Sorrento.

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Hotel Il Convento, Naples

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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!

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Hotel Continental, Sorrento

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Situated in a pretty piazza in the very heart of Sorrento, the 4 star Hotel Continental benefits from superb views over Vesuvius. The comfortable bedrooms are all ensuite and with balcony, and feature the local Vietri tiles for which the region is renowned. The hotel boasts excellent facilities including a sparkling outdoor pool and jacuzzi set amongst tranquil gardens, and 2 stylish and modern bars - one with an external terrace looking out over the stunning backdrop of the Bay of Naples. Massages are also possible on request.

Room upgrades: Terrace and Side Sea View.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £384.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £384.

Expect to pay approximately 140 euro per person locally for the hydrofoils/ ferries between the mainland and the islands, and the local buses and cable car on the walks.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Naples with British Airways
  • 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.

Air prices include our standard flights
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Naples Return: British Airways Naples to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

The trip was great and the walks were excellent. Some routes were so quiet during our April visit, we barely bumped into another soul, which really suited us. Some routes are off the beaten path; that's special and something you might not find otherwise. The app was impressive and we utilised it fully.

Neil Macgillivray, 20 Apr 2024

 

Very well planned and everything went smoothly. It would be nice if there’s weren’t better or more information about where the hotels are situated relating to centrums

Eiriksina Eyja Asgrimsdottir, 22 Sep 2023

 

All the hotels were excellent, great staff, good food and very comfortable, especially Il Monastero in Ischia. We found most of the walks too challenging for us and on reflection we would have preferred to visit only Ischia and Capri, having longer on each and the flexibility to do less walking each day.
Procida: Walking in Procida is not our idea of a relaxing walk. The island is so small it is difficult to get off the beaten track and every narrow street is a main road. We felt vulnerable walking through the narrow streets with locals speeding past in their cars, vans and on scooters and electric bikes. The whole island was very run down.
Ischia: A much nicer island, more pleasant to walk about. We found the buses completely unfathomable, no signage along the routes, on one occasion we ended up going back to Ischia Port because we missed our stop! Not as easy to buy tickets as the information suggested.
Capri: A lovely, upmarket island, stunning views.
Some initial confusion over logistical arrangements, due to this being a new trip for Headwater in 2023, We were given compensation for the cost of the ferry from Naples to Procida and also given extra evening meal because of incorrect info on itinerary.
We had a problem with a cancelled EasyJet flight and Headwater were extremely helpful and efficient in helping us to resolve this issue.

Gary Armstrong, 20 Sep 2023

 

The holiday was very enjoyable and everything went smoothly, (thanks) some of the route directions provided were a bit vague in places and we'd have preferred to have had a proper map to refer to from time to time. Overall it was a great holiday and we'll need to start planning the next adventure as soon as possible.

BARR, 1 Jul 2023

 

We loved this holiday - great app - well researched walking trails and good small family run accommodation - we will definitely do another Headwater self-guided walk

KEEFFE, 8 Jun 2023

 

Great holiday overall - would definitely travel with Headwater again

JEFFERYS, 3 Jun 2023

 

We did this trip in reverse; Capri, Ischia & Procida. That fitted with other plans we had. Headwater were great at accommodating that change and updating a significant chunk of their documentation. Walking in Procida is a bit of a struggle given the nature of the island but the other islands made up for that. We especially enjoyed Ischia where the accommodation was fantastic and we used the buses (as we did in Capri) to visit some of the sights including a day at the Aphrodite Apollon Thermal Park which we would heartily recommend.

WICKS, 2 Jun 2023

 

An enjoyable holiday overall. Sadly the weather wasn't great for the first few days, and a couple of the ferry rides were quite rough and sea-sickness inducing. Procida is well worth a visit and relatively quiet, hotel was quiet and had a lovely garden, swimming pool, and covered patio restaurant. Sadly the evening meal was not good. Ischia is becoming very touristy, but the Monastero hotel was a wonderful find. Excellent breakfast. We did not try the dinner there as it was an expensive tasting menu. Our bathroom was a bit cramped, but others were better. A lovely garden to explore and a free ticket to the Castello which was wonderful. The walking was a bit much for us (pensioners). Taking a bus to Campagnano on the first day would cut out a tedious climb through the outskirts of Ischia town. Capri has become very overcrowded with tourists, but the hotel was well placed away from the crowds, and had a lovely terrace. It was easy to shorten the walks to allow time to visit attractions.

URRY, 16 May 2023

 

We were looking for a relaxing holiday in interesting locations with lovely walks and good food. This holiday was perfect. We especially enjoyed staying in the monastery in Ischia. Breakfast on the terrace there was a delight. The walks were excellent and the navigation App was very helpful. A wonderful holiday.

Mrs Todd, 2 May 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

19.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1239

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