Ravello, Mt. Vesuvius, and Spectacular Coastal Hikes

What the Trip is Like

Trip Level
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.

Activities
After breakfast in our hotel, we generally set off by 9:00 am. Each day is a bit different—some days involve 3-5 hours of walking, while others involve shorter walks or exploring towns and sites of interest on foot. On Day 2 we walk from coastal Minori to hilltop Ravello on some 1,500 stone steps but with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the stunning views along the way. Some walks originate at our hotel, while others may have a drive of an hour or two to the starting point. 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 pm.

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. Please note that single rooms in European hotels tend to be small by US standards.

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

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.