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Amalfi Coast Walking & Hiking Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • By foot and boat, explore gorgeous coastline and island treasures
  • Stroll timeless trails through lemon orchards and terraced gardens high above the water
  • Colorful seaside towns and sleepy villages
  • Hike worn stone paths on the Isle of Capri
  • The coastal village of Positano

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From Italy's Amalfi Coast to the Isle of Capri

It makes an impression. Always has. Even back in 29 B.C., Emperor Augustus fell in love with - and acquired - Capri. That's the Amalfi Coast for you. From the first moment, you're transfixed. Must be something about standing hundreds of feet above the blue-green Mediterranean. Or the lemon-infused air wafting through olive groves. Or the fishing villages carved out of cliffs. Your feet glide upon centuries-old cobblestones. Up ancient steps etched into rugged hillsides. To the magnificent vistas from Path of the Gods. You know why the Roman emperor had to have it. You want to make it yours, too.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain

The majority of the routes on this trip are short, but moderately strenuous with occasional steep sections. The most challenging aspect is the dramatic elevation change. We're often climbing or descending steps and cobblestone paths to reach stunning Mediterranean vistas and charming cliffside towns. While you're free to take your time navigating these routes, you should feel comfortable with some steep ascents and descents.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain

The majority of the routes on this trip are short, but moderately strenuous with occasional steep sections. The most challenging aspect is the dramatic elevation change. We're often climbing or descending steps and cobblestone paths to reach stunning Mediterranean vistas and charming cliffside towns. While you're free to take your time navigating these routes, you should feel comfortable with some steep ascents and descents.

Itinerary

Day 1 By foot and boat, explore gorgeous coastline and island treasures Shuttle into the mountains above the port town of Sorrento to a scenic picnic spot Spectacular vistas of the Amalfi Coast provide the backdrop as you hike cobblestone paths and steps along the edge of Colli delle Fontanelle Journey by boat to Capri and take a funicular up to our hotel, nestled on the lively piazzetta.

Day 2 The isle of Capri, with limestone peaks, narrow twisting streets and delightful gardens that have charmed visitors for centuries Hike along stone paths to Monte Solaro, the island's highest point Marvel at the famous Faraglioni rock formations Walk or take the chairlift to Anacapri for lunch and leisurely wander through this chic town's shopping district  Sail to Amalfi, a charming town with a colorful maritime history.

Day 3 The beautiful, dramatically terraced gardens of Villa Rufolo Stride through the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of Mills) past centuries-old paper mills and bubbling streams lined with wildflowers Relax over a cool drink in the hilltop village of Ravello, the "aristocrat of the Amalfi Coast" Our private walking tour of Amalfi offers an insider's perspective on this picturesque town.

Day 4 Join our local guide Maurizio, who brings the region's rich past to life en route to the village of Nocelle  Hike along the magnificent Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) Continue to Positano, where pastel villas cling to cliffs above a labyrinth of shops and fashionable cafés.

Days 5-6 Stroll timeless trails with glorious views of the Mediterranean Ascend through a forest of chestnut and alder to Santa Maria del Castello, the remains of a small castle  Head to a beloved family-owned restaurant that has been pleasing locals and visitors for decades  A walk to Fornillo Beach and a refreshing swim in the sea provide an ideal finale to your trip.

Casual Inns

Hotel Mamela
Hotel Mamela

Capri (1 night) Colorful bougainvillea drapes the white-stuccoed terraces of this stylish hotel, situated just steps from Capri Town. (pool)

Hotel Luna Convento
Hotel Luna Convento

Amalfi (2 nights) Perched high above the Gulf of Salerno, this former 12th-century monastery features spectacular sea views. (pool)

Hotel Montemare
Hotel Montemare

Positano (2 nights) This hotel's cliffside location, dramatic views, sunny terrace and comfortable rooms ensure a pleasant stay.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

My first Backroads trip. Met and exceeded my expectations. What did I love most about this trip? Not spending much time in typical tourist spots; viewing the magnificent coastal scenery from up in the mountains looking down; challenging myself to climb to 2,100 feet and back down and doing it; having daily options; having everything else arranged so I could be relieved of the decision making; learning from our leader much about what Italian life and language is like; learning from the locals guides much about the history of the region; meeting and talking with local farmers and restaurateurs that I'd never meet on a typical vacation; hiking up the Path of the Gods in time to hear a live concert played by five horn players at the top of the mountain (an almost spiritual experience); the camaraderie and support of the other vacationers in our group. I'm sure we'll look at Backroads again for our next active vacation.
Trish Williams- San Jose, CA
Having been brainwashed by my partner, about how good Backroads is, my expectations were extremely high and as the trip grew nearer, I became increasingly concerned I would be disappointed. How wrong I was - the leaders' tireless efforts to attend to every need, infectious knowledge and enthusiasm for the region as well as clear empathy with the locals ensured Amalfi was not a trip, but rather an 'experience.' The leaders' acute attention to detail, efforts to organize things with locals - such as dinner with Michelangelo, the tour of the paper factory in Amalfi and hiking with Maurizzio were most enjoyable. The leaders clearly worked well as a team and I was amazed by their boundless energy, constant state of happiness and driving skills! I think they struck a good balance between walking/hiking, educational and leisure activities. I'm pleased to say that the trip not only met, but exceded my expectations and without need to be prompted, I am already looking forward to my next Backroads adventure.
Jason Perl- Chigwell, Essex
I cannot believe how well run this trip was. From the activities, transportation, meals . . . everything ran like clockwork. Our leaders were incredibly professional, competent, and fun to be around. I felt like I was at "summer camp for grown-ups" all week - meeting new friends, exploring nature, eating/drinking to my belly's content!
Lisl Schweers- Los Angeles, CA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
May 2015
June 2015
September 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 1* 0 3 1000
Walk to Sorrento Harbor (30 Minutes)
Boat Ride to Island of Capri (1.5 Hours)
2 2 300 3 400
5 800
Ferry to Amalfi (1.5 Hours)
Amalfi Guided Walk (1 Hour)
3 4* 1200 6 1200
4 5* 400 7 500
Optional non-hiking alternatives include visiting the blue grotto or exploring the Amalfi Coast villages.
5 3* 1400 5 1400 6 3100
6 1 300
 
note:

The terrain on this trip includes seaside village paths and stone steps.

Due to the hilly and challenging terrain, routes feel more difficult than the mileage suggests.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Amalfi Coast tour experts. See our award-winning Europe Italy walking tours and hiking tours, Europe Italy biking tours and Europe Italy multisport tours.

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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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