positano amalfi coast italy hiking tour

Positano, Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is heralded as the most spectacular in Europe, and we experience it at its best. One of our coastal hikes brings us to breathtaking Positano, with its villas perched above the sea.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5095  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Naples, Italy
Depart: Naples, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights small inns and hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of moderate walks and hikes, some steep staircases, 3-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet), team of up to 3 Trip Leaders
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Highlights

  • Ravello, airily perched above the glittering blue sea
  • Two overnights on Capri, with magnificent coastal panoramas from our hikes
  • Storied Mt. Vesuvius and ancient Herculaneum
  • Regional delights including Sorrento’s famed limoncello, wine from the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius


One of our best trips ever. The group, hikes, food, hotels, trip leader, and trip design were outstanding.Bill B.—Morris Plains, NJ

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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The precipitous Amalfi Coast has long been exalted as the most dazzling coastline in all Europe. Across the Bay of Naples is seductive Capri, a sun-splashed jewel set in a sparkling sea. Our superb adventure connects these two glorious settings with wonderful hikes between picturesque hilltop villages, seaside hamlets, and across a gorgeous countryside. You’ll watch mozzarella di bufala being made (and sample it, of course), visit a family-run olive oil farm, explore the haunting remains of Herculaneum and Paestum, and hike on the rim of brooding Mt. Vesuvius. Our Trip Leaders are simply the best, with a true passion for sharing their love of la bella Italia.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Naples / Paestum / Ravello

Our adventures begin with a visit to Naples’ archaeological museum and the Roman city of Herculaneum, eerily preserved when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. After a visit to the majestic ruins of Paestum, with its Doric temples still conveying an exquisite grandeur, hike airy trails from top-of-the-world Ravello, with its stunning vistas of the shimmering Mediterranean.

Days 4-6
Sentiero degli Dei / Positano / Capri

Soaring above the sea, the spectacular Sentiero degli Dei (“Pathway of the Gods”) brings you past ancient stone huts and across steeply terraced hillsides. From Positano, with its brightly painted houses covered in bougainvillea, ferry to the storied isle of Capri. Our hikes here lead along stone-paved lanes to the ruins of imperial Roman villas and to the summit of Mt. Salero, with its eye-popping vistas across the azure sea.

Days 7-9
Sorrento Peninsula / Mt. Vesuvius

In sunny Sorrento, visit an olive oil farm run by the same family since 1849, and enjoy a hike through lemon and walnut groves. Our last hike is along the crater rim of Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe, followed by lunch and wine-tasting at a winery on its slopes. Depart on Day 9 via Naples.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. Our town and country walking tour consists of day hikes of up to 4 hours over often hilly terrain with many ascending and descending staircases and stone steps. We will carry just a daypack with water bottle, sunscreen, camera, and anything else you want with you while on the trail. Our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is usually possible to ride in the van if you want to opt out of a day’s hiking. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 p.m. Although the rooms are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders always try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

Getting in Shape
For maximum enjoyment of the trip (and the wonderful scenery, food, wine, art and history that are a part of it), you must be in fit shape and ready to walk. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling or stair-climbing exercise. Your feet should be fully prepared, accustomed to long days in sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes.

Accommodations
One night is in a restored 18th century agriturismo (historic farmhouse). It is a charming but rustic farmhouse chosen for its proximity to the ruins of Paestum All the other nights are in comfortable 3- and 4-star hotels. Since they are often in historic buildings the rooms may not conform to the international standards you may be accustomed to in more cosmopolitan areas. Our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Sep 19-27, 2015

Oct 3-11, 2015
2016
Apr 16-24, 2016  JoAnn Lantz
May 14-22, 2016  JoAnn Lantz
Sep 10-18, 2016  JoAnn Lantz
Sep 24-Oct 2, 2016  Sergio Mastroberardino
Oct 8-16, 2016  JoAnn Lantz

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$5095 (11-14 members)
$5495 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $480
Forced single supplement: $480
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and small comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 3 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Ground transportation from meeting until departure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, independent transfers to/from airports, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Naples, Italy
Dates: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Naples Airport (airport code NAP)
Suggested arrival time: 8:00 am or anytime one day prior
Departure:
Naples, Italy
Date: Day 9

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Naples Airport (airport code NAP)
Suggested departure time: anytime

Azienda Agrituristica Seliano

Azienda Agrituristica Seliano

Day 1 (1 night), Paestum, Italy

This charming agriturismo close to Paestum has been in the same family for generations, and a stay here offers a glimpse into Italy’s ...
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Hotels in Ravello

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Ravello, Italy

In Ravello, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotels in Capri

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Capri, Italy

In Capri, we stay at one of the following properties:

Grand Hotel Cocumella

Grand Hotel Cocumella

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Sorrento, Italy

Perched on the Amalfi coast, the Grand Hotel Cocumella is the first five-star hotel in the area, with a heritage dating back to the 1600s. Lush ...
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Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri

Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri

Day 8 (1 night), Naples, Italy

Set on a pedestrian side street just a few blocks from the waterfront and close to historical sites, restaurants, and high-end fashion shops, the ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Andrea Angelini

Departure Dates: September 19-27, 2015, October 3-11, 2015

Andrea Angelini, born in Rome, studied to be a mechanical engineer. After working as a flight technician  for Alitalia, he realized he wanted a life of travel and moved to Mexico, where he worked in tourism, traveling around Central America and honing his Spanish skills. Returning to Italy, ...
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Lisa Halderman

Departure Dates:

Lisa Halderman experienced Italy in 1973 as a high school exchange student. She earned her degree in Italian Literature, completing her final year at the University of Padua. Her studies have immersed her in the world of Italian art, architecture, politics, and history. An avid gardener, Lisa also ...
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JoAnn Lantz

Departure Dates: October 3-11, 2015, April 16-24, 2016, May 14-22, 2016, September 10-18, 2016, October 8-16, 2016

From hiking the scenic peak of Monte Solare in Capri and staying at the picturesque Lagazuoi lodge in the beautiful Dolomites to ice-breaking (and often hilarious) karaoke nights in Naples, Trip Leader JoAnn Lantz manages to weave together unforgettable highlights from our group adventures and ...
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Sergio Mastroberardino

Departure Dates: September 19-27, 2015, October 3-11, 2015, September 24-October 2, 2016

Sergio Mastroberardino was born in the town of Avellino in southern Italy. He is a Certified Alpine Ski Instructor and during the winter season works full time with various ski schools and as a professional ski guide. Sergio has lived and taught skiing in Aspen, Colorado, Val D'Isere, France, and ...
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Denitza Petrova

Departure Dates: September 19-27, 2015

Denitza Petrova  was born in Varna, a town on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. She graduated with a degree in sociology from Sofia University and spent her college summers in California. She later completed a two-year stint in outdoor education in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Camp Campbell ...
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Zuzana Sochorova

Departure Dates:

Zuzana Sochorova comes from the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, a region full of sunshine and vineyards, and has a degree in Economics and Marketing from the University in Ostrava. She loves her work as a guide and takes great delight in meeting new people and showing them the most ...
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Client Comments

One of our best trips ever. The group, hikes, food, hotels, trip leader, and trip design were outstanding. Bill B., Morris Plains, NJ The trip was a wonderful adventure and created a fantastic lifetime memory for our honeymoon. Tim B., Danville CA Great food, good leaders, good time! Anthony C., Holland, PA Hikes with incredible views, great food—a perfect combination of exercise in the outdoors, culture, and history. Great trip! Steven S., Ellicott City, MD A great balance among hiking time, sightseeing historical sites, museums, tours, eating! Carmen D., Daly City, CA The Trip Leaders, the venues, special off-the-beaten path restaurants—it was all wonderful. There were so many experiences that had that WT touch. Cathie B., Madison, WI Magical from start to finish. One of the other trip members had been on eight WT trips, and we can understand why. Stunning scenery, great local guides, and Trip Leaders who are thoroughly knowledgeable about the area, take care of every detail, and who must be “chemists” to so effectively meld a group of strangers into a team of supportive friends. Niles and LInda B., Madison, WI Unbelievable! My husband did not want to go on group trip but he enjoyed every minute! We could never have experienced any of this without our Trip Leader and his expertise. I rate this trip a 10+++++! Denise M,, Colorado Springs, CO I would recommend this trip to friends and do it again without hesitation. Well done! Neal F., Incline Village, NV This was a wonderfully planned and executed trip. We saw grand things, the specialist guides were interesting, the hotels were charming, and the food was marvelous. The group got along famously and everybody had a very good time. I heard nothing but delight! Robin T., Mill River, MA This trip really gave us a chance to see the Amalfi Coast in a way we would never have been able to on our own. Sherry R., Bridgeville, PA This was a fabulous trip. A perfect combination of culture, hiking and joie de vivre. We did an incredible amount in one week. Our group jelled instantly and was easy-going and enthusiastic so that made it even more enjoyable Lucy H., Bethesda, MD
This was one of the most spectacular trips we have ever taken. The guides were all just terrific and the local site guides were just top rate. We were blown away by the excellent planning and execution of a very complicated itinerary! Rose C., Charlottesville, VA This is a wonderful trip in a beautiful part of the world. Trip leaders did everything to help us understand and appreciate the amazing history, culture, economic basis, and natural sights. Edie H., Olympia, WA This was the best trip I have ever been on! I loved the mix of culture, hiking, and the amazing food. The guides were fantastic—they took great care of us and made sure we had a good experience. It was so nice to have everything taken care and not have to think or worry about a thing. Pam W., Dallas, TX This is truly a wonderful trip. We saw and did things I would have never been able to do on my own. Joan J., Chicago, IL The trip met all my expectations—moderate hikes with fantastic scenery, fun cultural experiences, outstanding food, and superb trip leaders. Lucy H., Sunset Valley, TX This was the trip of my lifetime. I have been home for one week and I can't stop smiling remembering my trip to Italy while being in the good care of JoAnn, Andrea, and Zuzana! Way to go, Wilderness Travel, for employing such a great team of trip leaders. Carole B., Alta Loma, CA Beautiful country with varying itinerary that held balance between great hikes, good food, and ancient history. Loved it! Robin H., Charlotte, NC One of our best Wilderness Travel trips! Eugene H., Wilmington, NC Can't wait to do another trip! We loved it. Mary H., Petaluma, CA A lovely way to experience this part of Italy. We very much appreciated the variety of walks and other experiences. Brady M., Friendswood, TX