2013 TOUR DATES
May 3 - 10
October 18 - 25
If you like to walk and hike, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunning and complex landscapes in all of Italy to enjoy. Ancient trails and footpaths reach from the sea into this dramatic terrain in all directions. When you leave the bustle of the seaside towns behind you will find lemon groves and wildflowers and cool running streams. There are remnants of ancient towers and old mills that speak of a deep and colorful history. And you will be rewarded with sensational views every step of the way.
If you consider that the Coast's famous serpentine motorway, the Amalfi Drive, is barely 100 years old you can imagine how important this network of trails and steps has been to the people of this region over many centuries. In fact, walking the Amalfi Coast is the best way to encounter the local people as they go about their daily lives.
Giocondo Cavaliere, your tour leader and expert on all things "Amalfi", has been walking these trails since he was a child. As a native of one of these cliff-hanging villages Giocondo will immerse you in this world of natural beauty together with its authentic local traditions.
You do not have to be an expert hiker for this trip. If you are an energetic, regular walker, with even a little hiking experience you will be able to enjoy this tour to its fullest. The outings are easy to moderate in difficulty and will be 2 - 4 hours in length. Giocondo will describe each day's trip before you set off. The only gear you need is a water bottle, sturdy sneakers or lightweight hiking boots and a daypack for a camera or a jacket.
Seven Nights: This tour is a full week, including 4 days of country walking and moderate hiking. We intersperse the outings with an array of activities in which you are immersed in the local life through the history, culture, and cuisine of our amazing region - and in a way that only Amalfi Life can offer. We will be based in one hotel for the week, located in the enchanting village of Amalfi itself, where you will find yourself feeling more and more at-home as each day passes.
Cuisine and Wine: We assume you will get very hungry during the week, so to keep up your stamina we have included lunches in country homes, hearty picnics, and gourmet dinners in our favorite spots. We pride ourselves on the unique and authentic culinary experiences we offer on all of our tours.
Other Activities: We have also included a private cruise along the magnificent coastline, a visit to the Emerald Grotto, and a cultural tour of Amalfi Village. There's some free time to do a little shopping and exploring on your own, or to choose a panoramic spot to just sip wine and marvel at the scenery.
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- Along the Amalfi river in the Valle dei Mulini
- Amalfi to Ravello, lunch at Villa Cimbrone
- To Positano on the Pathway of the Gods
- Private cruise along this unique coastline
- Best in authentic food and wine
Getting Acquainted with Amalfi
Upon your arrival in Naples we will provide a private transfer to the charming hotel in Amalfi Village where you will be staying. There will be time to unpack, relax, and marvel at the spectacular surroundings.
Late Afternoon - Cultural walking tour of the enchanting village of Amalfi, followed by dinner at our seaside favorite.
Valley of the Old Mills
This morning we will hike a well-loved trail known as the Valle dei Mulini, the Valley of the Mills. It follows the river of Amalfi into the mountain pass behind the village, and up to the small village of Pontone. It has a pleasantly remote feeling even though it is only a mile and a half from the village center. Along the way you will see the remnants of the mills that were once Amalfi's paper-making industry. Lunch is at a charming country Inn with a special view. We will return to Amalfi through the Valle so that you can see the wonderful, ever-changing vistas before you. Free time and then Dinner.
Atrani to Ravello
The village of Ravello sits on a dramatic limestone promontory of pinewoods and wildflowers over 1000 feet above the sea. The ascent is a succession of concrete steps, narrow wooded paths, and viewpoints all along the way. From Amalfi we start by walking to Atrani, a tiny, non-touristy gem reached by taking one of the original paths between the villages. Our destination is the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, where we will have a gourmet lunch and a leisurely tour of its famous English gardens. Ravello itself is quite charming and has been made famous by its summer music festival. We will have a tour of the village and a chance to visit a ceramic factory. Late afternoon free time and then Dinner.
Sentiero degli Dei to Positano
Today will be the longest outing of the week. We begin with a ride up the exhilarating road of hairpin turns to the town of Furore; the "painted village" of colorful homes and terraced vineyards high above the Amalfi Drive. From here we walk west along the ridgeline of the mountains on the famous trail called the Pathway (Sentiero) of the Gods. The trail is mainly a series of not-too-steep ups and downs, making it possible to thoroughly enjoy the shifting panorama of sensational views as we make our way across and above the villages of Conca dei Marini and Praiano. Once past Praiano we begin a long descent on a series of steps that leads us back down to the Amalfi Drive near the village of Positano. Bring your sunglasses and your camera. We will provide a fantastic picnic! Dinner.
Today is a free day designed to let you rest your hiking muscles. You can take today to visit the Island of Capri, do some shopping, or sleep late and relax. Lunch and Dinner is on your own.
Positano to Santa Maria del Castello
This morning we enjoy a vigorous hike to the old church of Santa Maria del Castello at 1700 feet above Positano. It is a 2-1/2 hour ascent on a well-built path that affords tremendous views. A well-deserved lunch is waiting for you at the charming, homespun eatery at the top. On the descent there is a little bit of "scrambling" to do at the top while you are trying to take your eyes off the breathtaking view. This is followed by a long series of shallow steps, very easy to navigate and a lot of fun. Dinner.
Private Cruise and Emerald Grotto
Today we have a private cruise along this magnificent coastline in a traditional fisherman's-style boat to explore the caves and grottos of this unique seascape. Free time in the afternoon and then a gala Farewell Dinner.
Morning of the Eighth Day - Depart
We, at Amalfi Life, take great care in the choice of hotels we use for our tours. We do not compromise on quality in any way. We use only the most charming, service-oriented, hotels, in the best locations, and with strong ties to the authentic local traditions. We are happy to tell you which hotels we use. Just call us or send us an email.
May 3 - 10
October 18 - 25
The cost is €2955 per person in double occupancy.
Single supplement €500
Please note - the costs are in Euro.
The costs in US dollars will fluctuate somewhat.
To calculate the approximate costs we used an exchange rate of $1.40.
- 5 lunches, 6 dinners
- Lunch and Dinner include wine, soft drinks, coffee
- Roundtrip transfers from Naples Airport or Train Station on the start and end dates of the tour
- 7 nights accomodation
- Breakfast daily
- Entrance Fees as specified in itinerary
- Guide Services as specified in itinerary
- Airfare (We can arrange)
- Travel Insurance (Strongly advised)
- Premium wine, beer, and liquors ordered on your own
- Room Service, Laundry, Valet Service
- Telephone expenses
- Passport or Visa fees
- Transfers to Amalfi other than on start or end date
Call Laurie at
Tel. 347 240 1244
Or submit our Contact Page.