Amalfi Coast and Capri Island

8 days self guided walking tour

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Amalfi Coast and Capri Island

8 days self guided walking tour

This adaptable trip with alternatives of shorter and longer strolls is all about enjoying the Italian lifestyle, the sun and the ocean. Visit the panoramic Amalfi Coast and the magnificent Gulf of Naples with Capri and the volcanic Mt. Vesuvius towering in the horizon. Spend the day walking on the Jet set island of Capri, then walk along scenic coastal paths of the gods, visit bustling fishing villages and go for a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean

Itinerary

Day 1:    Arrive in Sorrento
Arrive in Sorrento by own arrangement or organized with us. As soon as you get settled in your accommodation, step outside and breathe in the incredibly fresh, crisp air of the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon you can visit the historic centre, and in the evening, let all your senses be delighted as you prepare for your phenomenal walking adventure ahead.
Day 2:    Capri day trip with selection of walks (5.3 km, 6.5 km, 6 km)
Take the ferry from the port of Sorrento to Capri Island, the pearl of the Bay of Naples. Here you have a choice of two walks, a short easy walk to visit Emperor Tiber’s villa or a longer coastal walk from the hill town of Anacapri down to the west coast, with the option of an additional easy panoramic coastal walk to the Blue Grotto. On the island you can use the public bus or cable car to travel around. In the late afternoon return to Sorrento by ferry.
Walk A: Roman Villa Jovis (Tiberio) walk (5,3 km): This is an easy walk that goes from the town of Capri to the Roman Villa Jovis from where Emperor Tiberio is said to have thrown his rivals and unwanted guests off the cliff. Walk along paved and cobbled lanes lined with luxurious gardens, and take in great views of the western side of the island and the Gulf of Naples.  Challenge: 1.5 hours, 5.3 km, 239m ascent, 238m descent
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Walk B: From Anacapri to Punta Carena (6,5 km): A really spectacular walk with really great views of the Faraglioni, Capri, the Gulf of Naples and the imposing cliffs between Monte Solaro and Punta Carena.   From Punta Carena you return by bus to Anacapri where you change bus to reach Capri or Marina Grande OR you can continue walking to the Blue Grotto.   Challenge: 1.5-2 hours, 6.5 km, 278m ascent, 559m descent
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Walk C: Extension to Blue Grotto from Punta Carena (6 km): This is one of the most picturesque trails on the island. The path gently contours the coast offering spectacular sea views from the cliffs and 19th century military forts. From the end of the walk take the local bus to Piazza della Pace, Anacapri.  Challenge: 1.5-2 hours, 6 km, 279m ascent, 283m descent

Day 3:
    Walk from Sorrento to Marina del Cantone via Termini (10, 17.5 or 22 km)
A private transfer takes you from Sorrento to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi from where you walk to the wonderful beach at Marina del Cantone.  The day’s itinerary offers spectacular views of the Island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. If you would like to walk more (about 5 km), you can walk all the way from Sorrento to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi.  This walk starts with a long staircase then winds its way through lemon groves on narrow country lanes.  The Baia di Jeranto has been closed due to last year fire on Monte San Costanzo.
OPTION 1 – Walk from Termini to Marina del Cantone: You are transferred from Sorrento to Termini, then you walk to Marina del Cantone via Punta Campanelle.Challenge: 3 hours, 10.3km, 445m ascent, 750m descent
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OPTION 2 – Walk from Sant’Agata to MArina del Cantone: If you want to make the walk longer, you can ask the driver to drop you off in Sant’Agata and walk to Marina del Cantone via Termini and Punta Campanelle. Challenge: 5-6hours, 17.5km, 507m ascent, 875m descent
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OPTION 3 – Walk from Sorrento to Marina del Cantone: You can walk all the way from Sorrento to Marina del Cantone without the transfer. In this case inform the driver. Challenge: 7-8 hours, 22.3 km, 846m ascent, 632m descent
Day 4:    Baia di Jeranto loop (8.5 km)
The day’s walk takes you to the lovely Bay of Jeranto offering great views on the Island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast and ample time to go for a dip in the Mediterranean blue sea. Challenge: 3 hours, 8.5 km, 549m ascent, 549m descent
Day 5:    Walk Sant’Agata to Colli San Pietroand and local bus to Amalfi (9.5 km)
A private transfer will lead you to Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi from where you walk to Colli San Pietro, located slightly inland and high above the coastline.  Today’s picturesque walk is along old country lanes and footpaths through terraced fields, olive and lemon groves that open out onto the Mediterranean. Here you can clearly smell the wild flowers and Mediterranean scrub. In the afternoon take a local bus to Amalfi where you will be staying for 3 nights. Challenge: 2.5 hours, 9.5 km, 329m ascent, 416m descent
Day 6:    Sentiero degli Dei (12.6 km) 
This is the most famous of all the walks on the Amalfi coast along the Sentiero degli Dei, the Path of the Gods. Immense coastal panoramas and a high cliff coastline will accompany you from Bomerano, (that you reach with the local bus from Amalfi), all the colourful village of Positano perched on the side of the mountain. From Positano take a local bus back to Amalfi.  Challenge: 3.5 – 4 hours, 12.6 km, 70m ascent, 711m descent
Day 7:    A selection of round walk in Amalfi: (6 km, 12.8 km)
Today you can choose from two walks though the Valle delle Ferriere. A short easy circular walk gives you plenty of time in the afternoon to explore Amalfi or take the local bus up to Ravello, which is worthwhile visiting. The longer walk will satisfy even the most demanding walker with its spectacular views of the Bay of Salerno and the high cliffs of the Amalfi coast.
WALK A- Short loop circular walk (6 km): An easy walk that takes you from Amalfi to Pontone through the Grevone Valley on a gradually ascending path through the gorge.  Along the way you will encounter the remains of the iron quarries (ferriere) and the ancient water powered mills (mulini) which once produced Amalfi’s famous paper. From WP10 and Pontone you have a nice panoramic view on the Valle delle Ferriere and Amalfi.Challenge: 2 hours, 6 km, 452m ascent, 452m descent
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WALK B- Longer circular walk (12,8 km): You can start in Amalfi but if you want to avoid a 1.5 km steep climb, take a public bus from Amalfi to Pontone and start walking from there. The itinerary offers great views of the gorge and of Amalfi, especially after Pontone. In general, the climbs and descents are gradual. You can also shorten the walk and avoid the last descent to Amalfi by taking the public bus in Pogerola. Challenge: 3.5-4 hours, 12.8 km, 350m ascent, 650m descent

Day 8:
    Arrivederci Amalfi!
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can depart Amalfi towards your ongoing journey. Enquiry with us about the various options available.
Hightlights and Technical Information
Highlights
  • The enchanting Amalfi Coast with its amazing villages of Amalfi and Positano
  • The magnificent Gulf of Naples and the volcanic Mt. Vesuvius towering the horizon
  • The Capri Island with breath-taking views of the emerald blue Mediterranean Sea
  • Fabulous coves for swimming
  • Mouthwatering local food and the famous Limoncello liquor produced in Amalfi
Technical information:

The walks are along vineyards, uneven footpaths, mule tracks and small gravel roads (strade bianche). The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after it has rained. The Bar to Bar route is well marked, while alternative trails do not always have markings.

Trip grading: Introductory to Moderate – grade 2 :This is a self-guided walk with average daily stages of 3 to 5 hours. The paths are clearly visible and well-marked; there are some sections of the trail which

Luggage transfer: Luggage transfer is included and is provided by the accommodation itself or a local taxi company.

A note on our self guided adventures and Fitness preparation:

Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!) Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7 day service hotline in the event of any problems. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips; however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.
Fitness preparation: The concept behind most of our trips is active holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel. During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and cross-country. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!). Using your gear before departure (boots, day pack, clothing, etc.) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.

Dates, Inclusions, Cost , Supplements

Departure dates: Every day from 01 March  to 30 November 2020  (ref IT250)

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Price per person (min 2 people twin share): A$1395

What is included:
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • DAY 3: Private transfer from Sorrento to Termini and luggage to Marina del Cantone
  • DAY 5: Private transfer from Marina del Cantone to Sant’Agata and luggage to Amalfi
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Meals and drinks
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”
Additional Supplements:

Cost per person

  • single room supplement A$930
  • solo traveler supplement A$1200
  • arrival and departure transfers on request ( private and shared)
  • extra nights with breakfast on request
Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation and Meals:
This tour offers accommodation in pretty B&B and 3* hotels. All rooms are en-suited.

Hotel del Corso (Sorrento)
Situated in an eighteenth century palace near the central square of the city, this comfortable 3* hotel is a 7-minute walk from Sorrento Train Station and an 8-minute walk from the Correale Museum. The comfortable rooms, some with balconies, are equipped with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and sun loungers. A continental buffet breakfast, included, is served in the garden terrace. The property also includes bar and sun terrace with sea views.

Hotel La Certosa (Massa Lubrense)
This is Hotel La Certosa, a small and romantic hotel in Marina del Cantone, a suggestive district of Lubrense.

Hotel Fontana (Amalfi)
Hotel Fontana is situated in the centre of Amalfi, just behind the famous fountain dedicated to the patron saint. Hosted in an elegant 18th century building, the hotel has spacious, comfortable rooms, all tastefully decorated and bright with high ceilings and wonderful views of Amalfi

Price from: A$1395

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