Sunday - Arrive Naples, Italy.
Discover the wonderful historical centre of Naples then take a short train ride to Pompeii. Due to its fine state of preservation the excavations give an extraordinarily real image of daily life in a Roman city, with villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along chariot-marked streets where a bustling city once nestled under the shadow of Vesuvius until the fatal eruption in 79AD. Transfer to Agerola with marvellous views along the Amalfi Coast (3 hrs).
Walk the ‘Punto Panoramico’. Descend to the small village of Furore with its narrow fjord then along the coast to Bomerano. Return to Agerola by local bus (3.5hrs).
Today you walk the famous Footpath of the Gods. This path winds its way through unique scenery with unrivalled views over the coast and sea. Walk through forests and fields of wildflowers, past ancient stone huts and across precipitous hillsides and narrow ledges that overlook the sea. Arrive in the picture postcard village of Positano. Scenic boat trip to Amalfi and overnight. (5 hrs).
From Amalfi follow the Valley of the Dragon up to stunning Ravello perched high above the Amalfi Coast. Visit two magnificent villas - the superb 11th Century Villa Rufolo which was once a papal residence and later, the home of Wagner, and Villa Cimbrone, a sumptuous 19th Century mansion with fabulous gardens and unequalled views over the Gulf of Salerno. Retrace your steps along a rather steep mule track down again to Amalfi. Sweeping panoramas reward your efforts! (4 hrs)
Boat trip to the Isle of Capri. Walk the jagged cliffs and view an historic monastery. At Capri town explore the snaking and winding alleyways of the charming village. Part of the walk follows untouched coastline and passes many impressive grottos with time for a cooling dip . (4 hrs)
Through the quiet back streets of Amalfi walk up to the charming village of Pontone, once a defensive stronghold, and on to the ruins of one of the Amalfi Coast’s many watchtowers, the Torre dello Zirro. Return down into the shaded Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills) where the remnants of Europe’s most ancient paper mills, dating back to the 11th Century, lie strewn as ghostly ruins amidst thick foliage, fed by the waters of the valley's crystal clear streams. Expect to pass locals going about their business: collecting wild mushrooms; stoutly built men carrying half their own body weight in lemons atop their heads - destined to become the famous local liquor Limoncello; and friendly herdsmen tending their animals. The path leads to the entrance of the nature reserve ‘Valle delle Ferriere’ after which you enter Amalfi, passing the fascinating paper museum - the Museo della Carta (4 hrs).
Walking holiday ends in Amalfi.
People with knee problems could have difficulty with the numerous flights of steps along the Amalfi Coast. Those who suffer vertigo problems could have difficulty at one point on the Pathway of the Gods (suggested alternative visit Positano). Ankle support walking boots are recommended.
Breakfast daily, 4 dinners
Please note all prices are in New Zealand Dollars, share twin/double room and subject to change.
2019: 5-12 May $3715, 12-19 May $3715, 19-26 May $3715, 2-9 June $3760, 16-23 June $3760, 1-8 September $3795, 8-15 September $ 3795, 15-22 September $3795,22-29 September $3795, 29 September – 6 October $3575.
Optional Single Room Supplement from $785 if you want to have your own room, or you can choose to share with someone else of same sex, and pay share twin price as above.
Italy's Amalfi Coast offers an extraordinary palette of colours, with rich azure skies, white limestone cliffs, deep blue seas, and bright citrus orchards lit by the dazzling Mediterranean sun. The smell of rosemary and citrus trees fills the air, fields of multi-coloured roses overwhelm the eyes and sandy beaches are magical to the touch. A web of ancient pathways winds along shoreline cliffs, leading from charming coastal towns through rustic woodlands and up to beautiful villages perched atop craggy peaks. On this enchanting walking adventure, we experience the hidden treasures and authentic culture of this Italian paradise. Highlights include our hike along the stunning Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods), the spectacular village of Positano a daytrip to the Isle of Capri and an included visit to Pompeii. The area is renowned for its’ pasta, mozzarella and pizza as well as ‘frutti di mare’ – specialities from the sea – described as the best Europe has to offer!