Approaching the Amalfi Coast is a thrill. Like arriving on a movie set. Sheer cliffs plunging into azure waters. Pebbly beaches shaded by colorful umbrellas. Fragrant lemon trees, gelato stands, outdoor cafés, friendly faces. Your trip has barely begun and you already feel rewarded. This isn't just another vacation. It's six glorious days in the realm of Italy's elite. Luxuriating in decadent villas. Hiking on paths that few visitors find. Sharing the friendships forged by your Trip Leaders. All that's left is to wonder: when can you return to the good life on the Amalfi Coast?
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.
TerrainThe 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.
Two LeadersWe ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it’s an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you’ll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.
Day 1 Stroll timeless trails through citrus orchards and terraced gardens high above the water It's a wonderful introduction to the cobblestone paths and rugged steps that make this area so delightful to hike Stunning views of the Bay of Naples escort you to the bustling port town of Sorrento.
Day 2 By foot and boat, explore gorgeous coastline and island treasures Capri's limestone peaks, flower-lined lanes and postcard-perfect panoramas have charmed visitors for centuries Ascend to the isle's highest point atop Monte Solaro and savor a superb vista of the iconic Faraglioni sea stacks.
Day 3 From our hotel 1,000 feet above the sea, sip a limoncello and drink in views of Capri Amble through Villa San Michele and its gardens, called "the most fantastic beauty" by writer Henry James Looking for a keepsake? How about lemon-infused perfume or soap?
Day 4 The coastal village of Positano, where pastel-colored villas cling to steep cliffs Boat along the magical Costiera Amalfitana, a World Heritage site Wander through Ravello, known as the "aristocrat of the Amalfi Coast."
Days 5-6 Discover Amalfi's ancient archways, grand cathedral and atmospheric Arab quarter with a local guide Hike past gurgling streams through groves of chestnut, pine and olive trees Centuries-old paper mills set amid ferns and wildflowers dot the route to Amalfi The view of the Amalfi Coast from Villa Cimbrone's Terrace of Infinity caps off an incredible week.
- By foot and boat, explore gorgeous coastline and island treasures
- Stroll timeless trails through lemon orchards and terraced gardens high above the water
- Fresh seafood and unmatched views of Capri
- Discover Amalfi's grand cathedral and atmospheric Arab quarter with a local guide
- The coastal village of Positano, where pastel-colored villas cling to steep cliffs
Grand Hotel Cocumella (1 night): Once a monastery, this elegant retreat is set in the heart of town and features a private garden, Italian baroque décor and an expansive terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa, tennis)
Hotel Caesar Augustus (2 nights): This luxury mansion treats guests to what Islands magazine calls a "magnificent view of the Mediterranean and a jaw-dropping panorama across the sparkling Bay of Naples." A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Villa Cimbrone (2 nights): A romantic 1900s villa perched on the hills above the sea, with gardens "designed to drink in the views at every turn...and a postcard view up the coast," according to Travel + Leisure. (pool)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Private Boat Ride Around Capri (1.5 Hours)|
|Private Boat to Positano (1.5 Hours)|
|Positano Guided Walk (30 Minutes)|
|Boat Excursion to Amalfi (45 Minutes)|
|Amalfi Guided Walk (1 Hour)|
|6||Villa Rufolo Walk (45 Minutes)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/3-8 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/17-22 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/24-29 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/31-6/5 Price: $5998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/7-12 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/21-26 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/30-9/4 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1400 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $9,798 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $7,898 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $7,198 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
This was my first trip with Backroads and it may have spoiled me for life. I have traveled quite extensively and this trip - by far - was the single best overall experience I had ever had. Period. Great group, fabulous leaders, amazing food, beautiful location - I wouldn't have changed or missed a single second. The leaders made me feel welcome from the very first minute (which traveling solo, made a huge impression) and from that moment on treated us like kings and queens the entire week! It was AMAZING!!! I am still glowing from the experience and have been raving about it to all my friends.- Boston, MA
We would never have experienced the Amalfi Coast like this on our own. We truly ventured off the beaten paths to see small hillside villages, ancient paths that took us under grape arbors and past terraced farms that were 1,000 feet above the sparkling Mediterranean. There were times when the only people we passed were villagers on foot or on donkeys. The hikes were magnificent and our leaders were absolutely wonderful.- Los Angeles, CA
This was the trip of a lifetime! It really sold me on Backroads and I am already researching my next vacation. The trip was well organized and I loved the flexibility to do all or part of the activities based on how you felt each day. The leaders adapted each day based on all the group's needs, which was simply amazing. This trip allowed us to see a local flavor we would have never experienced on our own.- Glenview, IL