Italy: The Amalfi Coast

Self-Guided Walking Tour, Italy: The Amalfi CoastSelf-Guided Walking Tour, Italy: The Amalfi Coast

Italy

The Amalfi Coast

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Pack our detailed route notes and your sense of adventure for this in-depth exploration of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s a region of majestic vistas, sinuous coastlines, and seaside towns where history comes alive. Set off from the formal gardens and elegant hilltop villas of Ravello toward the whitewashed spectacle of Amalfi. Let the shops and eateries in narrow lanes tempt your senses. Then follow the Sentieri degli Dei (“Path of the Gods”) to dramatic views of rocky shores and azure waters. Stroll stylish Positano, where pastel houses surround black-sand beaches, and behold the geological wonders of Montepertusi. The olive groves of Fontanelle offer shade and refreshment on your way to Pompeii. Admire the twin Saracen watchtowers at Fornillo Bay, or search for hidden coves as you float through coral grottoes in Marina del Cantone. HeadwaterFrom ancient Herculaneum’s ruins to the seafood extravaganzas of Sorrento’s trattorias, Amalfi lays its splendors before you.

Activity Level
Moderate;
6-9 miles daily
Meet
Naples, Italy
Depart
Naples, Italy
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Self-Guided Walking 
9 days, 8 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast daily and four dinners (nights 1, 5, 6, and 7); beverages not Included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW and Headwater staff
Compare Dates & Prices
2014 Seasonal Pricing Starting From...
Departure Dates 2+ travelers Single Supplement Solo Surcharge
Apr 6, 13 $2,137 $944 $525
Apr 20 $2,189 $944 $525
Apr 27, May 4 $2,208 $1,024 $525
May 11 $2,399 $1,168 $525
May 18 $2,487 $1,224 $525
May 26, June 1, 8 $2,538 $1,224 $525
June 15, 22 $2,487 $1,244 $525
Aug 31, Sept 7 $2,538 $1,244 $525
Sept 14 $2,487 $1,244 $525
Sept 21, 28 $2,399 $1,080 $525
Oct 5, 12 $2,208 $984 $525

*Price is based on per person, double occupancy.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
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Amalfi
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Amalfi
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3
Positano
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4
Positano
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5
Marina del Cantone
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Marina del Cantone
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7
Sorrento
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Sorrento
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Sorrento
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Day 1

Amalfi

Arrive in Amalfi

We meet you and take you (80 mins) to your gorgeous four-star hotel in Amalfi. Time for a dip in the fresh water swimming pool—with stunning views—before dinner in the panoramic restaurant.

Hotel Luna Convento

Amalfi, Italy

Perched on the edge of town, this elegantly restored former monastery offers all modern amenities, while wedding ceremonies are still performed in the convent’s chapel. Stone arches frame an inner courtyard with an ancient well and sitting areas surrounded by lush plants and flowers. Guest rooms with splendid sea views are individually decorated in Mediterranean style. Two panoramic restaurants serve local cuisine and host cooking classes. A salt-water swimming pool as well as private access to the sea are also available.

Day 2

Amalfi

Exploring Ravello 10km/6mi/3.5hr

A 20 min bus ride (pay locally) to picture perfect Ravello where your walk begins. Time to view the famous Villa Rufolo and Greta Garbo’s legendary retreat, Villa Cimbrone, before descending through citrus groves to Torre dello Ziro (the Saracen watchtower that inspired Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi ), then along panoramic terraces, to enter the Valley of the Mills (a testament to Amalfi’s mediaeval paper industry).

Hotel Luna Convento

Amalfi, Italy

Perched on the edge of town, this elegantly restored former monastery offers all modern amenities, while wedding ceremonies are still performed in the convent’s chapel. Stone arches frame an inner courtyard with an ancient well and sitting areas surrounded by lush plants and flowers. Guest rooms with splendid sea views are individually decorated in Mediterranean style. Two panoramic restaurants serve local cuisine and host cooking classes. A salt-water swimming pool as well as private access to the sea are also available.

Day 3

Positano

Amalfi to Positano 11km/7mi/4hr

After a drop-off in Bomerano, today’s walk takes you along the Pathway of the Gods, the region’s most famous walk, offering views all the way along the peninsula, with Capri’s famous Faraglioni cliffs marking Land’s End. There’s a choice of picnic spots with stunning views as you continue onwards past lemon groves and brigands’ treasure troves to Nocelle. Then down through lush terraces to the vertical pastel town of Positano and your hotel in the historic centre.

Casa Albertina

Positano, Italy

Ideally situated just a few minutes from Positano’s beaches, this family-run hotel has a grand arched entrance with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and ceramic-tiled floors; this style is carried into the bright guestrooms, which also have a balcony with sea view. The hotel has several terraces where guests can lounge or enjoy their meal. Positano is the Amalfi Coast’s most well-known town—attracting artists and the jet set from the 1950s. Dating from the 10th century, its brightly colored houses and 13th-century church are perched vertically above its port and beaches.

Day 4

Positano

At Positano

Positano's wide black sand beach is perfect for a lazy day, but if you fancy exploring further afield there is a pleasant walk to Fornillo Bay with its twin Saracen watchtowers. Boat excursions to discover coral lined sea grottoes, as well as trips to the magical Mediterranean island of Capri, are available in the harbour.

Casa Albertina

Positano, Italy

Ideally situated just a few minutes from Positano’s beaches, this family-run hotel has a grand arched entrance with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and ceramic-tiled floors; this style is carried into the bright guestrooms, which also have a balcony with sea view. The hotel has several terraces where guests can lounge or enjoy their meal. Positano is the Amalfi Coast’s most well-known town—attracting artists and the jet set from the 1950s. Dating from the 10th century, its brightly colored houses and 13th-century church are perched vertically above its port and beaches.

Day 5

Marina del Cantone

Positano to Marina del Cantone 12km/4.5hr or 15km/5 hr

We take you into the hills near Fontanelle (30 mins ) from where you wind through olive trees as you climb gently to Sant’Agata. There are balcony views—making fantastic picnic stops—of Capri, Procida and the Li Galli Isles, once considered to be the home of the mythical sirens who lured sailors onto the rocks. A paved lane finally leads you down past geranium-decked houses to the small fishing resort of Marina del Cantone.

Punta Campanella Resort

Marina del Cantone, Italy

An elegant four-star property recently renovated in traditional Mediterranean style, with inviting outdoor seating areas overlooking the stunning bay of Marina del Cantone . The hotel has bright, comfortable guest rooms and a full spa as well as a restaurant serving fresh, local cuisine with an innovative touch, with the “shrimp pot” as one of its specialties. The location is perfect for relaxing or to depart for daily excursions to Capri, Sorrento or Massa Lubrense.

Day 6

Marina del Cantone

At Marina del Cantone (optional 6km walk)

You’ll be tempted to linger in this pretty little village with its pebble beach lapped by incredibly azure waters, but it’s a shame to miss out on our optional walk on the gorgeous Jeranto Bay. There are sea views throughout as you climb to the Montalto Tower, perched on its 100m-high cliff-top outcrop with a truly fabulous panorama over Marina del Cantone and the Li Galli Isles. You then descend through olive groves and olive growers’ dwellings to an atmospheric ancient limestone quarry— with more great sea views galore!—before a final ascent back to your hotel.

Punta Campanella Resort

Marina del Cantone, Italy

An elegant four-star property recently renovated in traditional Mediterranean style, with inviting outdoor seating areas overlooking the stunning bay of Marina del Cantone . The hotel has bright, comfortable guest rooms and a full spa as well as a restaurant serving fresh, local cuisine with an innovative touch, with the “shrimp pot” as one of its specialties. The location is perfect for relaxing or to depart for daily excursions to Capri, Sorrento or Massa Lubrense.

Day 7

Sorrento

Marina del Cantone to Sorrento 9km/3hr or 13km/4hr

We give you a lift to Termini (15 mins) from where you wind through olive groves with ever opening views over the Bay of Naples and its islands Capri, Ischia and Procida. It’s well worth the detour to lovely little Annunziata to visit its pretty Aragonese castle with wonderful views. It’s then on to Punta Capo for an unforgettable panorama over both Vesuvius and the pastel coloured houses of Sorrento.

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Sorrento, Italy

Boasting amazing views over the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius, this hotel is located within walking distance of Sorrento's historic old quarter. Well-appointed guestrooms feature classic furnishing, warm colors, and beautiful Amalfi style majolica tiled floors. Surrounded by lush gardens including olive and lemon trees, the hotel has five stunning cascading pools. Part of the European "Grand Tour" since the 18th century, Sorrento is an easy and enjoyable town to discover, from its busy port, to shady gardens, museums, as well as its pedestrian streets, many shops, bars, and restaurants.

Day 8

Sorrento

In Sorrento

Staying at your four-star hotel set within terraced gardens overlooking Mount Vesuvius, you’re ideally placed to visit Naples or one of its islands by hydrofoil. Alternatively Pompeii and Herculaneum—both cities w ere frozen in time—can be visited using the excellent Circumvesuviana railway.

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

Sorrento, Italy

Boasting amazing views over the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius, this hotel is located within walking distance of Sorrento's historic old quarter. Well-appointed guestrooms feature classic furnishing, warm colors, and beautiful Amalfi style majolica tiled floors. Surrounded by lush gardens including olive and lemon trees, the hotel has five stunning cascading pools. Part of the European "Grand Tour" since the 18th century, Sorrento is an easy and enjoyable town to discover, from its busy port, to shady gardens, museums, as well as its pedestrian streets, many shops, bars, and restaurants.

Day 9

Sorrento

Leave Sorrento

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guest Comments

J. Miller, Texas, May 2013

We really enjoyed our first Self-Guided tour. The walks were varied, which was nice and we felt that we were able to see something new and interesting each day rather than the same old thing. And, the directions were excellent. In fact, we never even took the maps provided out of our pack. Each hotel was unique and the staff made us feel right at home. Overall, a great trip!

T. Lees, Singapore, April 2013

The freedom to explore and enjoy with all the usual travel hassles taken care of!

R. Nicholson, Tennessee, May 2013

There were four of us and the details were great. Everything either met or exceeded our expectations. We will definitely travel with you again as long as we can find a self-guided tour that we like.

G. McKee, Queensland, Australia, April 2013

Simply the best holiday ever—I saw so much more walking than ever possible other ways. We had great weather each day, which was a bonus— I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much it was slippery underfoot. The notes were so comprehensive—you can't get lost.

S. Shershow, California, September 2012

We were very pleased with our experience and the whole trip. We would describe the walks as challenging, but doable. More importantly, we found the walks often enthralling, taking you to places that were absolutely worth the effort of getting there. Talk about getting “off the beaten path”!

A. Saulys, California, October 2012

A beautiful place. The Self-Guided tour had a 'treasure hunt' feel to it, and this made it very exciting.

C. & D. Breitholtz, Wisconsin, September 2011

For our 1st hiking vacation, we loved it and are glad we did the self-guided approach for the flexibility and adventure. The prepared meals as part of the tour were fantastic. We are doing a travel presentation on this tour in our town!

L. Redding, New Mexico, September 2011

Fabulous! Well organized, great accommodations, clear and precise walking instructions. Fun!

N. & P. Murray, Toronto, Canada, October 2011

All the hotels were wonderful, we had some excellent meals (especially the dinners at the hotels in Ravello and Recomonne), the directions and maps were accurate and easy to follow and all the pickups and transfers were efficient and on time. As our first experience in Italy, this trip was certainly a fabulous introduction. We look forward to other possible self-guided hiking trips in our future travel plans.

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