HighlightsNaples | Herculaneum | Vesuvius | Walk of the Gods | Positano | Ravello | Capri | One free day with option to visit Pompeii.
Description of Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidaysThere is a lot to pack into an Amalfi coast holiday, Naples, Herculaneum, the island of Capri and incredible walking routes that line the coast, dipping in and out both the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. Both of these Gulfs compete for gorgeousness, but this eight day trip manages to capture many of their highlights, based in one charming family owned hotel for the entire stay, and taking private transport out to the various daily sites every day. The hotel, in the village of Bomerano has an outdoor pool and is in a lovely elevated position with a refreshing breeze when you most need it.
Travelling in a small group, with a local expert guide accompanying you, tours include the dramatic and omnipresent Vesuvius, as well as the ancient Roman town it ruined, Herculaneum. There is a separate option to visit Pompeii on your free day as well. To take in the present day beauty of this extraordinary coastline, however, we have included a day of walking on a trail that merits its name, Walk of the Gods. From here you will have some of the most breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, the jewel in its crown being the town of Positano, which should compete for prettiest town in the world title, set into the cliffs with ancient stairways leading to piazzas, caves or beaches.
You can’t go to the Amalfi Coast, however, without a boat trip to the Island of Capri. An idyll on many levels whether you are an historian, natural heritage fan or just a people watcher. It is glam, gorgeous and full of green walking trails, and makes for a fitting finale to this great week.
Responsible tourism Responsible tourism: Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays Show More Accommodation and Meals: We spend the week in the family-run Hotel Le Due Torri in Agerola, a relatively unknown area of Amalfi, so our guests are providing income to an area that does not usually benefit from tourism. The hotel recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round. All the hotel food is homemade, using locally produced and sourced goods where possible, and guests often have the opportunity to learn from their hosts how to prepare a traditional Neapolitan pizza one evening. Where meals are not provided, there is the chance to support local businesses and to try some authentic, regional specialties. These include: antipasti, homemade pasta, delicious Neapolitan pizza and fresh seafood. Local Craft and Culture: We visit many places of interest including the city of Herculaneum, the Piazza Plebiscito and National Museum in Naples and Pompeii. All money spent here goes directly to maintaining these iconic historical sites and paying the wages of those who work there. Of course, a huge part of Italian culture is cuisine and this is reflected in locally crafted produce, some of which is unique to this region. Locally smoked mozzarella is a highlight and you will often find it with salads or on pizzas. If there is time, clients can visit a small mozzarella factory and learn about this traditional industry. UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit. Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
|Day 1:||Fly to Naples and transfer to 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.|
|Day 2:||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.|
|Day 3:||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).|
|Day 4:||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. **|
|Day 5:||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). **|
|Day 6:||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.|
|Day 7:||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. **|
|Day 8:||Out tour ends in the morning of day 8. Transfer to Naples and fly to London. **|