Follow in the footsteps of the Gods along the Amalfi Coast’s famous walking trail, the Sentiero degli Dei
Explore the Amalfi Coast’s picturesque pastel coloured towns
Leave the crowds behind on Capri and explore the island’s beautiful scenery at your own leisure
Wind down with a refreshing swim in the beautifully blue Mediterranean after the day’s hike
Try the local delicacies such as the famous lemon liquor Limencello, the pasta dishes ‘gnocchi alla sorrentina’ and ‘spaghetti alla Nerano’ and the famous salad ‘insalata Caprese’ from Capri
Hiking the Amalfi Coast & Capri: Self-guided walking holiday
The Amalfi Coast is rightly regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines – some even claim it to be the most beautiful coastline in the world. Stretching for about 40 km on the southern side of the Sorrento peninsula, the Amalfi Coast was deemed an ‘outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape’ by UNESCO in 1997. The area is characterised by steep cliffs rising dramatically out of the blue Mediterranean Sea, dotted with small, pastel-coloured towns which cling precariously to the rugged shoreline and which are beautifully framed by the lush, green Lattari mountains behind.
Escape the crowds and walk Amalfi’s wooded back country
Because of its beauty, the Amalfi Coast has been a tourist magnet for many years. Wander just a little away from the crowded towns, however, and you will suddenly find yourself in blissful tranquility, among lemon groves on terraced hillsides. These densely-wooded hills are perfect hiking territory, criss-crossed as they are by ancient but well-marked trails with incredible panoramic views over the colourful coastal villages and glittering turquoise sea below.
Just off the tip of the Sorrento peninsula you will find the idyllic and glamorous island of Capri, known as ‘the pearl of the Bay of Naples’. Just like the Amalfi Coast, Capri attracts hordes of tourists. Most of them, however, stick to the island’s two main towns, so on the hiking trails you will have the sublime scenery more or less to yourself as you gaze across the magnificent Gulf of Naples with volcanic Mount Vesuvius towering over the horizon.
This is an ideal place for a relaxing family-friendly walking holiday with some of the very best scenery on the Mediterranean.
|8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS||From €799 per person sharing*
*Discounts available for triple rooms. Please enquire for prices.
Stay in 3 charming locations
On this walking holiday, you will stay in three different locations. The first stop is the elegant clifftop town Sorrento, from where you take the ferry to Capri. Next up is the charming coastal village of Marina del Cantone, which is a great base for some wonderful hikes that offer views of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Last stop is the town of Amalfi where you will spend three nights and really get to know what might just be the most beautiful coastline in the world!
Accommodation is in very comfortable hotels on a bed & breakfast basis. All hotels are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
The standard hotels of this trip are listed below. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can also book additional nights at any of the hotels along the way.
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and November. The best time for this tour is either spring or autumn, when temperatures are generally very pleasant for walking. In peak season hotels are expensive and it can be very crowded in the towns and villages, although your hikes will take you along peaceful woodland and hilltop trails away from the crowds.|
Day 1: Arrive in Sorrento
With its spectacular clifftop location, elegant shopping streets and beautiful gardens, Sorrento has attracted foreign visitors for more than two hundred years. From the town’s waterfront there are views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, and the historical town centre abounds with shops, cafes and restaurants. Underneath the town you will find the old harbour Marina Grande with cosy sea view restaurants and a small beach. So if you arrive early in Sorrento you shouldn’t be stuck for things to do and you can look forward to your first Italian meal of the trip.
Day 2: Capri
Distance: 5.3/6.5/6 km | Ascent: 240/280/275 m | Descent: 240/560/280 m | Walking time: 1½/2/2 hrs approx.
Take the ferry from Sorrento’s harbour to Capri – ‘the pearl of the Bay of Naples’. Here you can choose between two different walking routes; a short, easy route from the town of Capri to the Roman Villa Jovis, which belonged to Emperor Tiberius, or a longer coastal route from the town of Anacapri down to the island’s west coast where you have the option to extend the walk by a further 6 km along the coast to The Blue Grotto. You can get around the island by either bus or cable car. Take the ferry back to Sorrento in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Sorrento to Marina del Cantone
Distance: 10/17 km | Ascent: 445/590 m | Descent: 750/1280 m | Walking time: 3/6 hrs approx.
After breakfast you will get a lift from Sorrento to either Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi or, if you prefer a shorter walk, to Termini. From here you walk to Punta Campanelle, which is the tip of the Sorrento peninsula and divides the Bay of Naples from the Bay of Salerno. It is incredibly beautiful here and there are splendid views to Capri. The route also offers views of the Amalfi Coast to one side and of the Bay of Naples with Mount Vesuvius to the other side. The day’s hike ends with a descent to the charming coastal village Marina del Cantone where you can go for a swim and rest the legs on a deck chair on the beach.
Overnight: Marina del Cantone
Day 4: Loop walk from Marina del Cantone
Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 420 m | Descent: 700 m | Walking time: 4 hrs approx.
Today’s route is not that long but very beautiful. If you want to avoid the first steep bit from Marina del Cantone to Nerano you can take a bus. From Nerano you walk down to the lovely little Bay of Ieranto with great views of Capri and the Amalfi Coast along the way. The beach at the Bay of Ieranto is a perfect spot for a lunch break and a refreshing swim in the blue Mediterranean, so don’t forget your swimming gear! Follow the same way back to Marina del Cantone.
Overnight: Marina del Cantone
Day 5: Sant'Agata to Colli di San Pietro
Distance: 9½ km | Ascent: 329 m | Descent: 416 m | Walking time: 2½ hrs approx.
The day starts with a lift to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi. The route follows small country lanes and paths that wind through farmed terraces and olive and lemon groves. The first part of the route is along a panoramic path with lovely views over the Amalfi Coast. Halfway through there is a rather steep climb, but afterwards it goes gradually downhill all the way to Colli di San Pietro. From here you take a bus to Amalfi where you will spend the next three nights.
Day 6: Sentiero degli Dei
Distance: 12.6 km | Ascent: 70 m | Descent: 711 m | Walking time: 3½-4 hrs approx.
From Amalfi you take the local bus to Bomerano, which is the starting point for the most famous walking trail on the Amalfi Coast: Sentiero degli Dei or in English ’the Path of the Gods’. Magnificent panorama vistas over the coast and the sea accompany you the whole way from Bomerano to colourful Positano where the path ends. It is truly a path worthy of gods and the photo opportunities are innumerous! When you’re finished exploring pretty Positano, known as a jet-set hotspot, then find your way back to Amalfi by either bus or boat.
Day 7: Loop walk from Amalfi
Distance: 6/12.8 km | Ascent: 452/350 | Descent: 452/650 m | Walking time: 2/4 hrs approx.
This day you can choose between two routes both going through the nature reserve of Valle delle Ferriere situated behind Amalfi. The short, easy 6 km route leaves you plenty of time in the afternoon to explore Amalfi or take a bus to beautiful Ravello. The longer route of 12.8 km offers spectacular vistas over the Bay of Salerno, and near the end of the walk you have a splendid view of Amalfi from behind.
Day 8: Arrivederci Amalfi!
Your hiking holiday has come to an end. You can take a boat from Amalfi to Salerno from where there are direct trains to both Naples and Rome.
Getting to Sorrento
Departure from Amalfi
|From Amalfi you can take a local bus to Sorrento and then catch either the train or the Curreri Viaggi Bus to Naples Airport.
You can also take a bus or a boat from Amalfi to Salerno, a train from Salerno to Naples Central Station, and then a bus to the airport. From Salerno you can also get a direct train to Rome if you’re flying from there.
For further information please see: www.sorrentoinfo.com/how-to-get-to-sorrento/.
|We will send you a pre-departure information pack, which contains detailed public transport information.|