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Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

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Min age:
16
Group size:
5–18

Discover the stunning coastline and history of southern Italy

The real beginnings of southern Italy start in the Campania region, a sought-after place since the Romans named it 'happy land'. From the quiet village of Bomerano, we visit the famous sites in the Bay of Naples including the extraordinary classical ruins of Herculaneum, stunning Mt Vesuvius and the fascinating city of Naples. 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, following the wonderful 'Walk of the Gods' to Positano or visiting the incredibly romantic Ravello, each day is a real highlight!

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 Hecolaneum and Mt Vesuvius
  • Enjoy Italian hospitality at family-run Hotel Due Torri

Key information

  • 7 nights in a 3-star family-run hotel with pool
  • Sightseeing on foot and 2 daywalks 
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private bus and boat 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Local city taxes
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Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Start Bomerano (Agerola).

    Start Bomerano, a small village in the municipality of Agerola. Our comfortable family-run hotel is located in proximity of the town centre and provides a relaxing retreat from the busier towns by the sea.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Sightseeing in Amalfi and glorious Ravello.

    Leaving the Agerola plain we descend by private bus to Amalfi. The town is the largest on the coast and was popular in Edwardian times with the British upper classes as a winter holiday destination. The large Duomo Cathedral dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles which are typical of the region. Continuing on by bus we climb to the romantic town of Ravello for some of the best views of the Amalfi coastline. Ravello also has a grand Duomo but the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are thereal 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.

    Please note that entrance ticket to Villa Cimbrone is included in the trip from 2018.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Visit Herculaneum ruins; up to Vesuvius for short optional walk.

    We transfer after breakfast to the Bay of Naples where we will spend the morning visiting the intriguing city of Herculaneum. Buried in AD 79 by a giant mudslide, triggered by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, the perfectly preserved remains give us an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city. After lunch we will travel by bus high up onto the slopes of Vesuvius itself. Depending on weather conditions, you may choose to be led by a specialist Volcano guide through one of the many incredible walks around the crater of Vesuvius (optional).

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Spectacular 'Walk of the Gods' to Positano; boat to Amalfi.

    Today we enjoy one of the world's finest day walks. Leaving from our front door step it's a short stroll through the quiet village of Bomerano before we join the 'Walk of the Gods'. The route follows the contours of the land for the majority of the day with amazing views of the Amalfi coastline far below. In season the meadows are carpeted with flowers and the coastal waters teem with cruisers and pleasure boats. Our final destination is Positano, a near vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. On the way there is plenty of time to admire the beautiful views of the Amalfi before we descend 1500 steps to the beautiful coastal town. There is time for private exploration before we return in the late afternoon to our hotel by boat and bus.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day to relax, visit Pompeii, or take a boat ride along the coast (all optional).

    Today is free to relax around Bomerano, take an self-guided walk either through the hills or down to the sea or maybe enjoy a boat ride along the coast to some famous Amalfi coast towns. Alternatively a private transfer can be arranged to the vast buried city of Pompeii (optional).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Naples sightseeing including Piazza Plebiscito and the National Museum.

    We return to the Bay of Naples for a day of sightseeing. Our tour leader will provide an orientation tour through the Naples top attractions including Piazza Plebiscito and the National Museum (entrance is optional). Naples has a mixed reputation as a city but the electric atmosphere and mix of modern and historic architecture make it a unique Mediterranean city worth visiting. After the sightseeing there will be free time to explore before we return to our hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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 maximise your time on the island and arrange 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Bomerano (Agerola).

    Our tour ends in the morning of day 8.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts 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.

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Is this trip for you?

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 during the sightseeing are not too strenuous, but you need a good base level of fitness.

This trip also includes two hikes on Vesuvius (approx. 1.5 hrs walking, 3km) and along the Path of the Gods (10km, approx. 4 hours walking), a very scenic coastal route considered one of the best in the world for its jaw- dropping views.

The walk-up Vesuvius involves a short but steep climb to the crater on gravel and lose terrain; hiking shoes are essential as it can be loose underfoot.

Although the Walk of the Gods is taken at a gentle pace with plenty of breaks, a good level of fitness and agility is required to participate as it involves some ascents/descents on rocky terrain. Please be aware that the path can be uneven or loose at times, so wearing suitable walking shoes with good grip and preferably ankle support is essential. The path is a little exposed in some parts therefore not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers. At the end of the walk you can choose to reach Positano on foot (after a long section of steps - over 1500) or by public bus (reccommended). If you have any concerns about your level of fitness, please talk to your tour leader before joining this activity. For these walks we recommend using some walking poles (which can be borrowed from the hotel, subject to availability).

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.

Although the walks included are Grade 2, 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.

 

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Accommodation

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 from £180 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.

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  • Reviewed July 2018
    Steve Underwood

    Amalfi Highlights

    A well-planned and comprehensive exploration of the beautiful Amalfi coast, with many diverse experiences packed into a full-on week. A mix of bustling coastal towns with wonderful sea views, Capri, the city of Naples, walking the Vesuvius crater rim, hiking the spectacular Path of the Gods, the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and (as an option on our 'free day') Pompei. The boat rides gave a alternative perspective of the coastal scenery. The Hotel Due Torri was a wonderful, family-run hotel with fantastic dinners, set in a good location away from the coastal crowds. Its elevation also avoided some of the coastal heat. Did I mention the dinners ? The Path of the Gods was an enjoyable walk taken at a leisurely pace. The spectacular route followed hills and cliffs, and provided beautiful views from high above the coastal towns and bays filled with expensive boats. There are a few steep, but short, ups and downs on rocky terrain. We walked slowly, and I did not find it particularly difficult or strenuous, although anyone with dodgy knees or legs should be careful on some short parts. I did use a walking pole - highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Path of the Gods. The walk offered beautiful high viewpoints from above the blue sea and coastal towns. I did not find the Path particularly difficult at our slow pace. However, with hindsight I would have avoided the 1500 steps down to Positano which come after the Path, and instead taken the local bus that avoids the steps and which was available as an option on our trip. After the spectacular high views from the Path, the downhill steps were a slog that took a toll on my calves ! Other highlights included the Herculaneum ruins that offered a fascinating history lesson (the town was destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption that also took out Pompei). The local guide here was excellent. Herculaneum is smaller but less-visited than Pompei. Also, the many beautiful, coastal viewpoints, for example from Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, and the top of the chair-lift on Capri. And another mention for the dinners at the Hotel Due Torri !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo, who was born in the area, was a knowledgeable, friendly and helpful guide for whom nothing was too much trouble. Plenty of inside knowledge of places to visit, and eat lunch. He even arranged local transport and an itinerary for our Capri visit, which was listed as self-guided in the trip notes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The coastal towns and Capri can get hot and crowded in summer. Pompei (an option for the 'free-day') can be crowded with cruise ship tourists. The Herculaneum ruins are quieter. Use walking poles on the Path of the Gods. Expect to eat too much. Try the local wines and beers. It is a busy trip, but that is a good thing !
  • Reviewed June 2018
    mick fincham

    Up and down

    A full week of trips and endlessly up and down the narrow switchback roads down to the coast. Herculaneum was a highlight as was the back streets of Naples in the pouring rain! Much too hot for the ascent of Pompeii. The Path of the Gods was awe inspiring though not the easy walk it was described as ...…...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views were spectacular !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo is very knowledgeable and is passionate about his country. The group was a little too big for him especially on the Path of the gods.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Look out for the price of pizzas in Naples! The price on the menu is not what the cost will be...…….

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think the Path of the Gods walk was a bit too hard for a trip rated as leisurely.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Paula Guyver

    Wonderful archaeological sites

    Herculaneum and Pompeii were outstandingly good, seeing the artefacts in the Museum at Naples helped put the earlier visits into context. Walking to the top of Vesuvius was fantastic and seeing Capri was wonderful. Amalfi and Ravello were also very enjoyable and deserved four stars. I felt the Path of the Gods walk had no place on this trip (perhaps only as an option for those who wanted to do it?). I did not the think the strenuous nature of the walk was adequately explained and an overall rating of 'leisurely' for this holiday certainly does not apply to the Path of the Gods. Several of our group would not have done the walk if they had known what it would entail. Positano was lost on me because by the time I had completed the walk I was hot, tired and dusty and not in the mood for sightseeing or shopping. I felt the rest of our day in Naples could have been better spent elsewhere.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Herculaneum and Pompeii - they were the reasons I booked the trip and they more than exceeded my expectations.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo's passion and love for his country is obvious and his energy and enthusiasm were impressive. We were a difficult group for him - a large group with two fallers on the Path of the Gods both of whom needed medical attention and stitches. I think he struggled to look after us all on that day - possibly the group was just too large for one person to manage? Although I think he did his best in difficult circumstances.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The pace of this holiday is marked as 'Leisurely'. The Path of the Gods is not leisurely and after our trip, that happened to coincide with the visit of two of the directors of Exodus, they will hopefully consider reassessing and reclassifying the description of the day spent on the Path of the Gods. There is a lot of walking on this trip and very little down time.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Paula for her feedback. We are, however, sorry to learn of her concerns about the activity level of this tour. We have been running this itinerary for over 5 years with the same programme, which includes the Walk of the Gods as well as a short walk up to Mt Vesuvius, and the feedback we receive is normally very good. Following Paula’s group’s experience, however, we have updated the way our trip notes describe the overall trip difficulty, the terrain and the level of fitness required, to make sure our clients are prepared and aware of what to expect; and leaders will keep groups together during the most difficult section of the paths.  Marta Marinelli – Product Manager for Italy

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Jim Clarke

    Amalfi Experience

    A super trip to experience many different features of the Amalfi coast ranging from its mountain villages and history down to its fashionable resorts - a real contrast.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The 'Walk of the Gods' gave a real taste of rural life in remote communities coupled with absolutely stunning views of the coast from on high making the clash with the hustle and tourist Mecca of Positano all the greater. The scheduled visit to Herculaneum and Vesuvius made the trip to Pompeii on the free day all the more relevant and well worth doing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Severio was charm itself, helpful and concerned for all, he took real care of the group and was an excellent guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that in August whilst Italy can be very hot, with sensible precautions it is perfectly manageable. The village of Bomerano has basic shopping facilities along with some nice restaurants and cafes in the square but allow for the fact that the afternoon siesta is rigorously adhered to as far as the shops are concerned. On the day of departure you will not leave until 4.00pm so plan to do something with the time available; a leisurely coffee/lunch is well and good but allow time to walk up to the forest viewing platform overlooking the coast, it is signposted from the main car park in the village and involves a 1 km walk but absolutely worth it and a circular walk on minor roads will bring you back into the village by the hotel.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy!
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Katie Shilton

    Amazing Amalfi Coast

    An absolutely delightful trip with lots of stunning scenery, great days out, wonderful company and lovely food. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been - and I have been to a lot of them. There are no long drives on this trip at all which is great but even when you are on the bus the views are so spectacular the journey just flies by. The Hotel Due Torri is a lovely family run hotel with fabulous meals. I particularly enjoyed the optional evening in which we did a bbq as the seafood was divine. They also have a great cocktail menu which most of us took advantage of.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the Path of the Gods walk as it is just stunning and wasn't as hard as I expected. I enjoyed it so much I would be tempted to go back and do the walking tour as it is a very nice area for walking. On the free day we did walk down to Priaino and Marina Dei Praia which was great as well. Capri is just stunning and I would also recommend going to Villa Cimbrone in Ravello as many of us felt this was a definite highlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Severio was a good tour leader. He was a really nice guy and everything ran really smoothly. The only thing I would say is that I would have liked a little more information on some of the places we visited.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go!
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Frances Mee

    Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

    This was an excellent trip in a very beautiful part of Italy. We visited many fascinating places and stayed in a lovely hotel with friendly staff and great food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the Walk of the Gods which was challenging but worth it for the amazing views, the wonderful lunch half-way through and the sense of satisfaction at having made it to the end. Herculaneum was also fascinating to visit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo was a wonderful guide. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and he made sure that everyone was happy and all their needs met. He had a great knowledge of the local area and imparted it with humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Eating out is quite expensive in Italy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our return flight was cancelled by British Airways due to an IT crash. We feared we would be left stranded at Naples Airport but our guide arranged for us to return to Bomerano and ensured that the entire group had food and accommodation for as long as necessary. Exodus was wonderful in finding us all alternative flights home. The support we received from Eduardo, Valentina, the hotel staff and Exodus head office was exemplary and helped us cope with a very stressful situation.
  • Reviewed April 2017

    Amalfi

    A good trip all round.The welcome at the Naples air port was just wonderful, it set the right atmosphere for the whole holiday,very important.The week was well managed, and exceeded my expectations through out.Hotel Due Torri,in Bomerano,was excellent, Albert Callewaert superb, what more can i say. Well done,will most certainly use Exodus again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking Around Vesuvius.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First class man,Albert was the best.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Avoid BA.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Keep it coming,loved the holiday.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Katrina Edmunds

    Highlights of the Amalfi Coast

    I had always wanted to visit the Amalfi Coast and wasn't disappointed. The weather was sunny and warm all week, despite it being late October. The hotel staff were fab, the food plentiful and of a really high quality - and they catered brilliantly for my gluten/dairy free dietary requirements.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We visited all of the main sights and had knowledgeable but fun guides at both Pompeii and Vesuvius. Herculaneum was another highlight, as was the the Walk of the Gods.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Severio was great - really knowledgeable about the area with excellent English. He also rearranged the itinerary to ensure we got to Capri as the ferries were stopping running that week. He also arranged for us to join the hiking group staying at the same hotel to save us money on a trip to Pompeii.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wear hiking boots on the Walk of the Gods, not just waking shoes.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Laxapathi De Mel

    Amazing Amalfi, Lovely Limoncello

    This was a well organized trip with varied activities each day - a good mix of walking,culture and cuisine. It was an excellent introduction to this beautiful area, which made us want to return. Every member of our happy group helped to make it a memorable tour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Walk of the Gods, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Our group meals with wine and limoncello! The cooking demonstrations at the hotel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo shared his unique knowledge of the area in which he lives and seemed to know everyone. Not only did he skilfully steer us through the week's itinerary but also made himself available to help us make use of our 'free time'. A great combination of professionalism and fun. Without Eduardo we would not have discovered some of the local places of interest.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The least leisurely day was the one when we did the Walk of the Gods. It is not strenuous most of the way but you need to be able to manage a few areas of rocky terrain / boulders and take your time. Stopping to admire the views is a good idea anyway. Once you finish it, you feel a sense of achievement. Walking poles help but don't rely on the ones at the hotel. These are abandoned by previous walkers and not all in good enough condition.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We are glad we made this trip and if you are thinking of a visit to the Amalfi coast, we doubt whether you can do better than booking this one!
  • Reviewed September 2016

    Great Location, group, food, hotel and an amazing experience

    A memorable holiday for all the right reasons. The group was a wide age range, who all got on and supported each other. A pleasure to share a holiday with such lovely people, not forgetting Eduardo our lovely guide. The itinerary was good but quite full on, would not describe it as a leisurely holiday. Free day spent in Boneramo was a welcome relaxing break. Hotel provided great food, good service and staff where efficient. Visited many beautiful places and always made welcome. Would definitely recommend this holiday and Exodus Holidays.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the Walk of the Gods regardless of initial apprehension. Felt a great sense of achievement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo was a wealth of local knowledge, supportive and has good sense of humour !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For Walk of the Gods wear boots and take walking poles, water and a hat if sunny.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Lived up to expectations !

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