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Italy: Amalfi Coast Walking tour, 8 days

The south of Italy is certainly no not a destination of the masses. On our Italy walking tour in the Amalfi Coast,ancient remains of the Greeks and Romans, medieval Norman ruins and a stunning coastline provide plenty of variety. We walk over ancient stairs, paths, and through picturesque towns like Amalfi, Praiano, Positano and Ravello. The hospitable people make the Mediterranean atmosphere in the rustic villages complete.

Itinerary

  1. Naples
  2. Naples, travel to Vesuvius and Pompeii
  3. Naples - Punta Campanella – Maiori
  4. Maiori, Valle delle Ferriere – Amalfi
  5. Maiori
  6. Maiori, Minori – Ravello
  7. Maiori, (Sentiero degli Dei) – Positano
  8. Maiori - Naples

Day by day

On Djoser’s Amalfi Coast walking tours we will take day hikes from a residence or we will do multi-day treks.
On rest days you can take extra walks or fill your time as you wish. The tour leader can offer tips and suggestions. You are never obligated to participate. There is a ample freedom for those who want to spend some time independently. By the nature of our trips and local conditions there may be unexpected situations that may result in the adjustment or cancellation of a particular walk or activity. We travel in groups of about 12, up to 16 people.

Naples
Day 1 - Naples
Day 2 Naples, visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
After arriving at the airport of Naples we head straight to our hotel on the edge of downtown. According to the German philosopher Goethe Naples you should see Naples before you die. In the evening you can easily explore this vibrant city to get a first impression.

Naples is beautifully situated on an unforgettable bay and there is indeed much to see, despite the devastation during World War II. The city has many museums and churches. You can look around the old neighborhoods and you see the latest fashion displayed in the many windows. In many places you can enjoy the Neapolitan contribution to world, the pizza. Although traffic appears rather chaotic, the city is on comfortably explored on foot.


From Naples we drive east to the volcano Vesuvius, known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Vesuvius and the area around it have been declared a national park and are excellent for walks. We make a nice walk of about two hours around the crater. Vesuvius has two peaks, the highest, Mount Vesuvio, is still active. The fertile slopes of Vesuvius are used to cultivate vines. Lacima Christi, one of the best wines of Italy, has its origins here. In the afternoon we visit Pompeii. After the eruption the area was covered with a thick layer of ash, so the place is well preserved. In the 18th century, Pompeii was the birthplace of modern archeology. It was the first place that was excavated by human hands after an accidental discovery by an architect in 1594. The archaeological excavations give you a taste of life at that time. You can see the forms of people who were surprised by the eruption. During the walk you can see how a city and the houses looked like at the beginning of the era.


Walking time: ± 2 hours

Maiori

Day 3 Naples - Punta Campanella - Maiori
We leave Naples behind us and drive to Termini, the last town before the tip of the peninsula, Punta Campanella. Here we take a nice walk for four hours through olive groves. This brings us to the viewpoint of Punta Campanella. Those who wish to may walk back the same path, but it is also possible to walk up to the 1630 feet high Monte San Costanzo. You come here via a climb over an old stone staircase. On the mountain stands a small chapel where we look out over the bays of Naples and Salerno and the island of Capri. We descend through woods and dry slopes down through steep limestone walls and the bay of Marina de Ieranto to the lighthouse on the extreme rock. Then we follow the Roman Minerva back to the village Termini. We take the bus from here to our hotel in Maiori where we spend the next few days.


Walking time: ± 4 hours, rise and fall


Day 4 Maiori; Valle delle Ferriere - Amalfi
Our walk of about five hours begins in Atrani, where the path leads us first through the beautiful old town. Then we come to the valley of the river Dragone. The path continues its way through beech woods and meadows to the village of Pontone. Here lies the viewpoint Torre del Ziro where you face the beautiful coastal villages with the clear blue sea. The entire "Amalfi Coast" is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Limestone mountains rise more than 1,000 meters high from the sea and in the most unlikely places are houses built and built fishing villages. We walk through the Valle dei Mulini, a green valley with Europe's first paper mills and ruins of medieval mills. The end of the trail is Amalfi, where you at one of the cozy squares can reminisce on the beautiful walk.


Walking time: ± 4/5 hour, rise and fall


Day 5 Maiori
Day 6 Maiori; Minori - Ravello
You can fill this day as you wish. Thus, it is possible to visit the nearby island of Capri or relax on the beach of Maiori. The next day we drive to Minori, from which we take a nice walk to the town of Ravello. We walk through narrow streets with stairs and through the beautiful Mediterranean landscape. Again and again you have a beautiful views of the coast. Ravello is famous for its cathedral and the gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, which were a source of inspiration for artists such as Wagner and Escher. After the visit to Ravello, it is possible to walk back to Minori or walk to Atrani and from there take the bus to Maiori.


Walking time: ± 4 hours, rise and fall


Day 7 Maiori; Gods trekking course (the Gods) - Positano
The last hike is certainly one of the most beautiful walks on the Amalfi Coast; referred to as “the Path of the Gods”. We start in Vettica Maggiore and walk about four hours at an average altitude of 1640 feet above sea level. With well-maintained stairs we go straight up to the monastery of San Domenico. Here you have a nice view of Vettica and Positano. Past the church and the convent there are no more steps; The path winds its way up through the rocks. Once we are on top of the'Sentiero', the road is slightly curvy. We walk under high cliffs and small valleys between the bushes. The views of Positano and the raw Amalfi coast are unforgettable. In the characteristic Nocelle we descend a staircase down to the church square and walk the last part to Positano. In this almost vertically built town with colorful buildings, it is nice to wander around before the end of the day, the bus returns to the hotel.


Walking time: ± 4 hours, rise and fall


Day 8 Maiori; Gods trekking course (the Gods) - Positano
After breakfast, the bus leaves from Maiori to Naples at which time participants will catch their flights home.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2017

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Sep-10-17Sep-17-17$1,6850 seats
Sep-17-17Sep-24-17$1,68516 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Apr-29-18
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May-06-18$1,68518 seatsbook now >
May-06-18
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May-13-18$1,68518 seatsbook now >
May-20-18
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May-27-18$1,68518 seatsbook now >
May-27-18
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Jun-03-18$1,68518 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Our Amalfi Coast walking tour includes the land package bus transportation, hotel accommodation with breakfast, excursions according to program, Dutch tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
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Price excludes

Our walking tour in the Amalfi Coast excludes international flights, Airport transfers, Travel insurance, meals, entrance fees, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses,
Changes.

Cost Overview

Land price from

$1730
Single accommodations $330
   
Extension hotel city #1  NAPLES
Double room per person $ Please inquire
Single room $Please inquire
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $290
   
Deposit due upon booking $500
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price, or $500 minimum
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

We stay overnight in Naples in a centrally located hotel. During the walking tour we stay in our comfortable and cozy hotel in the seaside town of Maiori, which will be our base. Both hotels have their own shower and toilet in the room and all breakfasts included.
Usual Lodgings (subject to change)

Typical hotels (subject to change)

Naples Hotel Nuovo Rebecchino
Maiori Hotel Miramare

Single Room -  Singles will be matched with a roommate of the same sex. You may request a single room for an additional charge, subject to availability. (see Prices/Dates page for cost).

Meals - Breakfast is included in the fare. For other meals you can decide where, when and with whom you eat. You can eat in one of the restaurants in the cozy town of Maiori, or one of the other villages that cross your path while walking. The eating habits of the Italians is slightly different from ours. Breakfast is usually very light and consists of a sandwich or croissant with tea or coffee. The main meal takes place around 2:00 PM. Almost all restaurants offer a cheap daily menu.The pizza has its origins in Naples, but is of course also available elsewhere. In addition, there are several local specialties. The evening meal is served late in comparison with home. A pasta dish you can eat from $10, -; a three-course menu costs $20 to $26, -. On the beautiful rolling hills of Italy, the vineyards and olive groves flourish. A fine wine or tasty olive oil also belongs to the culinary possibilities.

Flights & Transportation

Land program begins: Naples Approximately 17:30
Land program ends : Naples Around noon

Djoser provides the land program. You will need to arrange your own flights to and from Naples, where you will meet the group at the first hotel. Please keep the anticipated begin and end times in mind when you plan your flights. The probably flight schedule for the participants arriving from Amsterdam is listed below. If you are able to book the same flights that arrives at the same time as the Dutch participants, you can join them on the bus to the airport for the group transfer. Otherwise, you will need to take a ta


Anticipated flight for  Dutch participants are operated by Transavia.

The most common flight schedule is as follows, subject to change:

Amsterdam - Naples 12:55 to 15:15

Naples - Amsterdam 16:15 to 18:55

Transport -  During the journey we use different means of transport. Should you arrive on the same flight as the Dutch participants you may join the group transfer on the bus from the Naples airport to the hotel. Likewise, if you schedule your departing flight to leave at the same time or after the group, you may join the bus transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise you can take a taxi to the hotel upon arrival and to the airport at the end of the trip.


During our stay in Maiori we use local buses to / from the beginning / end of the walk. In the walks that are included in the program, the local transport is included in the price.

Money Matters

Currency in Italy: Euro
ATMS: found in Naples and Maiori and other places along the coast
Credit cards: are accepted in many restaurants and shops

Estimated out of pocket expenses weekly $330
Please use this as a guideline for costs not included in the fare such as other meals not listed, entrance fees, optional excursions and personal expenses.


Tipping - it is customary to tip for services rendered. To avoid the necessity of doling out tips, the guide will establish a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which the (joint) tips will be paid to drivers, and if necessary, hotel staff, etc.. This will not include a tip for your tour guide. Tipping is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

Payment Schedule

  •   Deposit due immediately upon booking. 20% of starting land price. (See Prices/Dates page for amount)
  •   Balance due 60 days prior to departure
  •   Payment by check or credit card

Excursions

On Djoser’s Amalfi Coast walking tours you decide which sights you worth to visit, besides the hikes made during the trip. One participant may wish to visit a museum, while others prefer to visit a market. In route there are sights that should not be missed. Such excursions are in the program but entrance fees are exclusive.
From our accommodations you can access activities of your choice easily on foot or with local transport.

During the walking tour along the Amalfi Coast the following excursions are included in the travel program:

• Hiking on day 2 to 7 with tour guide
• Visiting Vesuvius and PompeiiOn site are also other excursions possible The tour leader can advise you on this.

A visit to the nearby island of Capri is possible.

Travel Documents

  • Visa requirements for Italy:    No Visa needed.
  • Valid passport needed

Health Issues & Insurance


Vaccinations recommended for Italy: None

We also recommend that you bring a small medical kit include painkillers and anti-intestinal disorders. Please note that travel and walking can be tiring. It is wise to be in good condition and equipped to travel. During the trip make sure you eat well, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.

Gravity of the Journey - 2     Walk an average of six hours daily and walk in hilly terrain.

Walking tour ratings:
1 = Easy hikes with little elevation on the program.
2 = Walk an average of six hours daily and walk in hilly terrain.
3 = Rigorous hikes from four to eight hours in a mountainous area.

We have provided the specifics of the hikes taking into account the duration of the tours, the level changes, the heights on which we walk, and the ratio of resting and walking days. This of course remains an estimate. Plus, your personal experience will also depend on factors such as weather conditions and your physical condition.
Lowest point hike: 85 feet
Highest point hike: 2132 feet
rise Maximum: 744 feet
fall Maximum: 656 feet
Total km walk:  21 miles
Average walking time: 4.5 hours


For more information about the walking time and altitude, we refer you to the day-to-day description of this route. The walking tour Italy consists of coastal walks on well trodden paths, occasionally along steep mountainsides. We walk from our hotel in Maiori. The rise is up to 1312 feet and makes runs to a maximum of 1312 feet. We hikes averaging 4.5 hours on well-marked trails. The walks are for everyone to do well with a normal condition and you can every day to choose whether or not to go with a walk.

Go well prepared!  Make sure you are well-prepared. Spend the months leading up to your trip working out to be fit and well equipped for your so you can fully enjoy your holiday. Good equipment is also important. Always have good walking shoes, broken in, and take the appropriate clothing. Nothing is more annoying than defective equipment.

Group Composition

On our Amaflfi Coast walking tour our groups consist of a good blend of people of all ages, who travel together or as singles. If you are traveling along, you can connect quickly in our small groups. On average, groups consist of 12 participants. The minimum number of participants is usually 8 to 16 maximum. If you would like to know the specific composition of a group, just give us a call and we can tell you the number of males and females and age range of the participants.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

On the hiking tour on the Amalfi Coast, the group is accompanied by a Dutch guide who will meet you at your first hotel. Our guide speaks Dutch and English. The tour guide provides practical information about the walk, the route and the different activities during rest days. In addition, the supervisor tells something about daily life and the different habits of the country. However, the tour guide is not a lecturer. For any questions, comments or concerns you can always contact the tour leader. The tour guides are keen walkers and do everything possible to make a success your walking tour enjoyable.

Climate & Geography

Italy has different climate zones, depending on latitude, altitude, distance from the sea etc. In general you can say that the Italian climate of the north to the south forms a transition from the soft and rainy climate of Western Europe to the hot, dry Africa. Summers in southern Italy are generally warm. Everywhere you feel the influence of the sea, so the temperature does not rise excessively high and sometimes it rains. We offer this trip in the spring and autumn to avoid the heat and crowds in July and August.

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Highlights

  • Rustic villages, breathtaking coastlines
  • International group, all ages
  • Tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
  • overnight in two comfortable hotel

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