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Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

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Discover one of the world’s most fascinating and romantic destinations

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 18
All about the Highlights of the Amalfi Coast.

The real beginnings of southern Italy start in the Campania region, a sought-after place since the Romans named it ‘happy land’. Based in the quiet village of Agerola, set amidst the green Lattari mountains away from the crowds, we visit the most famous sites in the Bay of Naples, namely the extraordinarily preserved ruins of Herculaneum and the legendary UNESCO archaeological site of Pompeii. On the other side of the Sorrento Peninsula we explore the Amalfi Coast, one of Europe’s most dramatic stretches of coastline. Whether travelling to Capri by boat, admiring some delightful coastal views from the ‘Path of the Gods’ or visiting the incredibly romantic Ravello, you’ll be spellbound by the natural beauty and cultural treasures of this land. Over time, illustrious artists, writers, and actors have found inspiration in this land; now it’s your turn to live la dolce vita for a week!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 6 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Tour leader throughout

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Local city taxes (approx. €10)

Highlights

  • Enjoy boat trips along the Amalfi coast and to the island of Capri
  • See the romantic coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello
  • Visit both Herculaneum and legendary Pompeii
  • Enjoy Italian hospitality at family-run Hotel Due Torri
  • 7 nights in a 3-star family-run hotel with pool
  • Sightseeing on foot and 1 short Grade 2 walk
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus and boat
  1. Day 1 Start Bomerano (Agerola).

    This trip starts in Bomerano – a tiny village on the west side of the Agerola Valley, 1hr20m south of Naples. Our hosts for the week are the charming and friendly Giovanni and Nicola Acampora, owners of the Hotel Due Torri. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, their family-run property has a pool and fabulous views of the surrounding Lattari mountains; an ideal location to escape the crowds. Those us who have arranged our own flights should rendezvous at the hotel in time for dinner, although the more convenient option is to meet the group at the airport for the transfer.

  2. Day 2 Sightseeing in Amalfi and picture-perfect Positano.

    Leaving the Agerola plain we descend by private bus to Amalfi, Italy’s oldest maritime republic. Quintessentially Mediterranean, Amalfi’s townscape is comprised of a cluster of little white houses and buildings, narrow alleyways and shady porticoes, dominated by large Duomo Cathedral with its bright coloured tiles which are typical of the region. We spend the morning sightseeing, relaxing in one of its sun-filled piazzas, or visiting the interesting Paper museum (optional). Later, we continue by fast boat (approx. 20 mins) to Positano. En route we enjoy the famous enchanting views of the sheer cliffs and rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches that have drawn people to this stunning coast for centuries. There is no better way of approaching Positano for the first time than from the sea, as the contrast of this near vertical town of colourful buildings against the verdant cliffs and blue waters will leave you mesmerised. We have a few hours to explore this chic, picture-perfect village on foot, before we return to our hotel in the late afternoon by boat and private bus.

  3. Day 3 Visit the legendary archaeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

    A busy day today as we travel to the Bay of Naples by private bus (approx. 1 hr) to explore two of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Both the towns and its people got buried under the ash and magma of Mt Vesuvius after the AD79 eruption, but it was only much later in the 18th century that these ancient cities came to light once again through excavations. The eruption affected the sites in different ways: whilst Pompeii is known to be home to a more extensive and vaster collection of Roman homes, shops and bathhouses as well as the to the iconic plaster bodies, Herculaneum ruins, frescos and the recently discovered 300 skeletons along the seashore are much better preserved. Entrance tickets to both sites are included in the trip and you can decide to explore alone, at your own pace, or led by a knowledgeable local guide (optional). We return to the hotel late afternoon (approx. 1hr) to enjoy a delicious dinner and cooking demonstration.

  4. Day 4 Walk part of the spectacular 'Path of the Gods' .

    Today we walk a section of one of the world’s finest trails. Leaving from our front door step it’s a short stroll through the quiet village of Bomerano. Here we’ll drop into a local cheese maker to see how the delicious local mozzarella is made. And, yes, we’ll taste some.  We then we join the famous ’Path of the Gods’ which runs all the way to Positano. Luckily, having already visited Positano earlier this week, we can skip the hard part and the 1700 steps downtown, and we take a circular walk instead, offering some equally fantastic coastal views along the way. Please be aware that some parts of the trail are rocky and there are frequent ups and downs which can be a little hard on the knees. With breaks for water and snacks as well as a rewarding stop for a barbecue lunch (weather permitting), this short hike is of moderate difficulty but doable by all those in good fitness, and the challenge will be no doubt be repaid by the magnificent views! (Walking time: approx. 2.5-3 hours; Distance: 6km; Ascent: 100m Descent: 100m)

  5. Day 5 Free day to relax, visit Vesuvius, Sorrento or Naples.

    How will you spend a free day on the Amalfi Coast? We recommend considering a trip up to the slopes of Mt Vesuvius to peer into the crater, followed by an excellent wine tasting at a renowned local winery located right below the majestic volcano. Alternatively, you could opt to take a visit to Sorrento for a nice seafood lunch and to enjoy the sweeping views over the Bay of Naples. Pedestrian lanes, little boutiques, limoncello shops and restaurants make it an easy and enjoyable place to spend a day at leisure. There is no need to pre-book these excursions prior departure as your tour leader will help arranging them locally on request.

  6. Day 6 Sightseeing in elegant Ravello; visit Villa Cimbrone

    Today we visit the romantic hilltop town of Ravello for some of the best views of the Amalfi coastline. Ravello also has a grand Duomo but Villa Cimbrone (visit included) and Villa Rufolo (optional) are the real gems of the town. Set amidst elegant gardens, the villas balconies stand at the edge of the cliffs offering stunning views aptly described by André Gide as ’closer to the sky than the seashore’. There is time to wander, enjoy a coffee and soak up the atmosphere before we return to the cooler climes of Bomerano in the afternoon. The reminder of the day is free for relaxation.

  7. Day 7 Boat to Capri; free afternoon to explore the island.

    We leave the hotel after breakfast and take the bus down to Amalfi and board the boat to Capri. The journey along the Amalfi Coast is spectacular with small coves and bays of clear azure water overlooked by towering cliffs. The time spent on Capri is unguided and on arrival you are free to explore independently. Your tour leader however might recommend to avoid the hassle of public transport on the island and make the most of your time by arranging an excursion by local taxis and cable car (optional, paybale locally). A beautiful walk will take you up to Capri town and along a network of small pedestrianised streets to visit the remains of Villa Jovis, the former home of the fearsome Roman emperor Tiberius. A walk around the spectacular coastline is recommended and allows you to see a natural rock arch and the famous Faraglioni, rock stacks which stick vertically out of the sea. There is also time to do a spot of shopping in some of islands boutique shops before we return by boat and bus to our hotel. We enjoy a farewell dinner and say goodbye to the friendly staff and group.

  8. Day 8 End Bomerano (Agerola).

    Our tour ends in the morning of day 8.**

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Where you stay

Hotel Due Torri

We spend 7 nights at the 3-star Hotel Due Torri in Bomerano, a small village in the municipality of Agerola, set high above the Amalfi Coast at an altitude of approximately 700m. Run by the warm and welcoming Acampora family, the Hotel Due Torri is well known for its great local cuisine, providing authentic dishes of the Campania region as well as fun pizza-making demonstrations. All rooms have en suite facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

A limited number of superior rooms (with facilities including Jacuzzi bath, power showers and fridge) are also available for a supplement starting from USD$279 or equivalent per room payable pre-departure. Please ask your sales consultant for further info.

Being higher up in the hills the property offers the benefit of cooler nights, although beaches are not too far away and there is a small outdoor pool. The village is generally quiet and provides a relaxing contrast to the busier towns by the sea.

On occasion if the hotel is full you might be offered (upon booking) to stay at an alternative accommodation located within walking distance from the Due Torri. Guests staying at alternative accommodation will still make use of all the facilities of Hotel Due Torri, including the pool and restaurant.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners are included.

Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, yoghurt and milk with an array of teas/coffee. Lunches are normally taken in traditional cafes or local restaurants (depending on the time available) recommended by your guide. All evening meals are taken in the hotel, where the standard is excellent and the chef takes great pride in showcasing the best of regional foods, including dishes such as ‘Scialatielli all’amalfitana’ (homemade pasta with seafood) and ‘branzino all’acqua pazza’ (seabass in crazy water!). They usually consist of three or four courses, commencing with antipasti, followed by soup and/or pasta, a main meat dish with salad or vegetables and dessert. On certain evenings, there is the opportunity to learn how to make the famous Neapolitan pizza. Please note that drinks are not included with meals but available to purchase. Vegetarians are well catered for in Italy.

The trip involves travel by private bus plus some transfer by boats and includes guided walks and sightseeing on foot in several places. The walking and pace are not strenuous, but you need to be in good health and fitness.

This trip also includes a short circular hike (6km, approx. 2.5-3 hours walking) on a section of the Path of the Gods, a very scenic coastal route considered one of the best in the world for its jaw- dropping views. This walk is graded 2 so a reasonable level of fitness and agility is required to participate although the pace will be leisurely. Please be aware that the path can be rocky and uneven at times, so wearing suitable walking footwear is essential. The path is a little exposed in some parts therefore severe vertigo sufferers should consider this before setting out. If you have any concerns about your level of fitness, please talk to your tour leader before joining this activity.

Finally, please be aware that the Amalfi Coast can also be very warm, possibly reaching 35 degrees in the summer months between July and September so wearing a hat and keeping hydrated throughout the day is highly recommended. The overall Activity Level for this trip is 1 (Leisurely) meaning that it is suitable for all people who are in good health and fitness.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Wonderful Amalfi Coast

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the amazing Path of the God's was the highlight of the trip, spectacular scenery and a fantastic barbecue lunch.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Eduardo was extremely knowledgeable and good fun. He was always in good humour and very passionate about his homeland.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try a Limoncello Spritzer.

Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Bucket list trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the cobbled streets of Ravello during a spectacular thunderstorm and diving into a delightful pizzeria for lunch.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    A seasoned professional, who knew his surroundings intimately and was able to forecast and nullify any potential problems, before they occurred. He also had the greatest dry sense of humour!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even during the spring and autumn, be prepared for crowds; this part of Italy is busy.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It is suitable for all ages of adults. However, we wish we had known that the more energetic walking Exodus holidays run in tandem from the same hotel- as a couple, my husband would have been able to walk miles in the mountains and met up with me in the evenings.

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Walking the Amalfi coast

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk of the Gods with the amazing views
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was excellent and very informative on the area. All the group completed all of the walks thanks to his encouragement and allowing us to pace the walks so everyone kept up.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a walking pole and a sun hat or cap as the sun reflects off the limestone. You need to have a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the walks. The food is outstanding so don't snack too much during the day as the packed lunches are substantial
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An excellent week's holiday with an opportunity to swim in the sea at Amalfi

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Beautiful Amalfi

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The endless opportunities for picture taking as a result of encountering some of the most spectacular coastline in the world.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo was an absolute pleasure, clear, amusing, organised and his main focus was ensuring that or trip was the best it could be. Mille grazie Eduardo.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy :-)
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I will definitely looking to Exodus again ... I am feeling China and Greece finding its way into my calendar.

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Wonderful holiday!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not necessarily ‘inspirational’, but so many unforgettable memories for different reasons! Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Vesuvius (optional trip on the free day) had long been on my wishlist; the walk on The Path of the Gods was amazing and not as difficult as I’d feared (and our delicious lunch was a totally unexpected delight!); medieval Ravello was my favourite of the towns we visited (not overly touristy - don’t miss the duomo and its museum); the chairlift ride up Monte Solaro on Capri (so peaceful and awesome views at the top); the two cookery demos in the hotel kitchen; the visit to the cheese maker in Bomerano before the walk on ‘The Path of the Gods’; ....
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo is one of the best! We were a good group in terms of timekeeping but his organizational skills are excellent and his friendliness, humour, and sense of fun all helped to make the trip extra-special.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The optional trip to Vesuvius (with delicious wine tasting and lunch afterwards) was great despite the fact that the rim and crater were shrouded in mist. Do make sure you get a guide when you reach the rim - ours was a mine of helpful information. Only 6 of our group did this option - Eduardo had told us that Sorrento was even more touristy than Amalfi and Positano, so we were happy to give it a miss. The paper mill/museum (optional) in Amalfi is well worth a visit if you have an interest in the history of fine papermaking. Even if it looks a bit scary, the chairlift (single seats) on Capri is amazing (15 min up, 15 min down with as long at the top as you want. Do try a limoncello spritz at the hotel bar - it’s very refreshing and also addictive!!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you, Exodus, for yet another fab trip - my fourth with you so far - and I hope to travel with you again before too long.

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