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Amalfi Coast - The Paths of the Gods, Mt Vesuvius & Pompeii

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  • Amalfi

    Amalfi, Amalfi, AO (map)

    40.634003 14.602680

  • Meet at Guest house or take the recommended flight
  • PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE GOING LIST AND YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE TRIP OPENS FOR PAYMENT.

    Introduction:

    Genteel and dreamy, the Amalfi coast is a captivating mix of amazing beauty and drama. Mountains drop vertically into the sea and visibly, the faith of the locals has overridden reason as picturesque villages cling on amidst steep crags and teaming forests. The towns of Amalfi and Positano are just two of many pearls on this UNESCO rated “Outstanding Mediterranean landscape”. With jaw dropping hikes along ancient footpaths this is Italy's world famous hiking coast with its incredible food and drink and hospitable culture, there are few other places in the world like it. Captivating, breath-taking and truly unforgettable.

    Highlights:

    ·  The Amalfi coasts most celebrated walk, the “path of the Gods” - A spectacular meandering trail along the dizzy tops of mountains, with caves and terraces set dramatically by the brilliant blue of the sea.

    ·  Positano - Italy's most picturesque, perchy and photogenic town is carved out of a little cliff

    ·  Mt Vesuvius, its desolate, lunar-like summit and a stunning panorama of Naples bay.

    ·  Pompeii‘s insight into how the Romans of the first century AD lived and chillingly their anguished last moments

    ·  Amalfi town, once a glorious maritime republic, fringed by lemon terraces with a spectacular setting

    ·  The wide open views from Monte Calli right across the plain to Vesuvius, and to the Bay of Naples

    ·  ‘Valle delle Ferriere’ an extraordinary ecosystem and lush enclave within a gorge harbouring a beautiful moss-clad waterfall

    ·  Italy’s food, culture and weather!

    Holiday Description

    We will be staying in a mountain side village with sea views which makes a perfect retreat to after our days out and is perfectly located to take advantage of all this area has to offer.

    The hikes include the impressive Monte Tre Calli, with its stunning views, around the region. We also hike Italy’s most stunning nature reserve, the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’ where you may spot salamanders if your lucky, No trip would be complete without visiting the once a glorious maritime republic of Amalfi Town where some might find the beach calling, and of course hike on the jaw dropping “path of the gods”. The Amalfi coasts most celebrated walk,

    We will also take a day trip back 2,000 years to Pompeii & Vesuvius to understand how the Romans of the first century AD lived: from the brothels and lavatories to the posh dining rooms and summit Mt vesuvius for its commanding views.

    Star of the hollywood screen, Positano adds glamour to our trip. We will visit the vertigo inducing houses rolling down into the sea coloured in pink peach and terracota. Famous author, John Steinbeck said, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Let’s see if you agree.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1 - Arrival to Amalfi and settling in

    With transfer provided to our clifftop base we settle in and unpack.

    Day 2

    Hike: Bomerano circular

    Distance: 6 miles (9km)

    Ascent: Approx 500m ascent and 500m descent

    Rating: Medium (one tough uphill)

    Hike description

    From the front door of the hotel it's a short stroll the start of our walk. Following a mixture of paths and tracks we ascend to the top of Monte Tre Calli, where we are rewarded with spectacular wide-open views of the coastline and the sea. The Agerola Plain and the village of Bomerano is laid out below us and looking west on a clear day we can see the famous island of Capri at the westernmost tip of the Sorrentino Peninsula. Traversing the flanks of Monte Catiello (1,326m) before continuing around the ridge above through overgrown wilderness and holm oak woodland. We emerge from the trees, and are rewarded with views right across the plain to Vesuvius, and to the Bay of Naples beyond. On the way back into town we drift through lemon and herb scented groves.

    Day 3

    Hike: Bomerano to Amalfi via Valle delle Ferriere park

    Distance: 16km (10 miles)

    Ascent: 840m ascent, 1400m descent

    Hike description

    From our doorstep we start our walk to Amalfi and the glorious coast. Today as we follow the path to the shores of the Mediterranean and the town of Amalfi via a spectacular walk in one of southern Italy’s little known but most stunning Nature Reserves, the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’.

    Passing farmhouses and terraced vegetable patches, we reach a hillside of extensive chestnut groves. Beautiful views across the valley and down to the distant coastline reward us. Following the hillside through the groves, we make the most of the shady trails before emerging at a rocky viewpoint. We contour around the valley on a narrow wooded track. This section of the route is rarely trekked and  wonderfully tranquil. Listen out for the bells of grazing goats, and more importantly for the approach of mules laden with wood en-route to the timber works, and be sure to give them plenty of space to pass. The route is lined with orchids and wood roses; green salamanders scuttle away as we approach.

    We descend and walk through woodland where we may see wild flowers and herbs growing. Within the National Park, we discover a lush enclave within a gorge harbouring a beautiful moss-clad waterfall complete with pools to cool your feet in. The waterfalls give way to colourful terraces of vegetables and lemon trees nestled beside quaint houses.

    Continuing to contour round the hillside, we get the first tantalising glimpse of Amalfi set amidst cascading lemon tree terraces, appear beneath. A Beautiful medieval mule track curves down to Amalfi. The glorious vista remains with us as we descend through the lemon groves into Amalfi proper.

    The large Duomo (Cathedral) dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. We have free time to explore the town, take a swim or enjoy a well-earned ice cream before we return by bus to Bomerano.

    There are sections of steps (approx. 2000 in total).

    Day 4

    Today you have the option to take the day off or join the leader on one of the hikes below.

    Day off Activites: TBC

    Optional hike:

    Valley of Praia circular walk

    Distance 6.8miles (11km) 5 hours

    660m ascent/decent

    Walkthrough the streets of Praiano uphill towards the little church of San Luca, the old heart of Praiano. From here on aneasy path above the village,walk into the Valley of Praia, a beautiful green valley with many vineyards clinging to the cliffs.Youthen ascendto the caves of Santa Barbara; another short section uphill allowing fora visit to the village of Bomerano, a less touristed place, for a coffee. Returning a little way brings youto the beginning of the famous“Sentiero degli Dei”(Footpathof the Gods), a walk with unrivalled views.

    After a very panoramic stretch with views as far as the island of Capri,youstart the descent to Praiano, passing over centuries old steps. Some of these sections are steep, and one can just marvel about those who constructed these perhaps hundreds of years ago.

    Day 5

    Day trip to Vesuvius and Pompeii.

    Hike description

    We transfer after breakfast to the Bay of Naples where we spend the morning visiting the amazing city of Pompeii. During the long catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius which spanned two days in AD 79, Pompeii was completely buried in ash and pumice. Lost for 1700 years, Pompeii's perfectly preserved remains give us an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city. After lunch, we travel by bus high up onto the slopes of Vesuvius itself. Depending on the 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).

    The walk to the top of the crater takes around 20 to 30 minutes from the parking area, on a broad dusty path with a steady gradient, and from the top you can see down into the 230m deep crater on one side, and miles out across the Bay of Naples on the other.

    Day 6

    Hike description

    Hike: Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli dei)

    Distance: 5.6 miles (9km) (option to lengthen)

    Ascent: 310m (descent: 795m)

    Rating: Moderate, Over 1700 Steps, some rocky terrain and use of hands

    Our final walk and a fitting finale to the week as we enjoy one of the world's finest day walks.

    Winding dizzily along manmade terraces hundreds of metres above the glistening sea we start from our doorstep and end in chic Positano. Cliffs tower above us and underneath the ground seems precipitous. Every step of the way the views are incredible. However, This is not a path for vertigo sufferers. 

    A spectacular meandering trail along the top of mountains, with caves and terraces set dramatically in the cliffs and deep valleys framed by the brilliant blue of the sea. It can sometimes be cloudy in the dizzy heights with cypresses rising through the mists.

    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 hillside is carpeted with flowers and the coastal waters teem with cruisers and pleasure boats.

    Our destination Positano, is an almost vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. On the way the vista just gets better and better with a prospect, on a clear day to see right along the Sorrentine peninsula to Capri. Wild geranium, purple orchids, pink and white rock roses, rosemary and other fragrant plants line the way.

    Once down in pastel-washed Positano. The trail is mostly good but there are a few rocky sections, and there is a handrail in places.

    Please note that your guide will endeavour to choose the day with the best weather to walk the Path of the Gods.

    Day 7 – Departure

    Day description

    We finish the trip after breakfast, People are welcome to stay on and there are many options.

    We have set up a forum for you to discuss this. People often stay on.

    Food

    We will provide breakfast and pack lunch on hike days. On the other days you will be able to purchase food locally. For Dinners we have decided to remain flexible to take advantage of the excellent local restaurants.

    Suggested flights –

    Out: TBC

    Return: TBC

    **Click here for Flight Search**

    There will be a single group transfer from the hotel to Naples airport in time for the suggested flights. If you are taking alternative flights, or are extending your stay in Naples you will need to organise your own transport  to the airport. 

    Payment

    RSVP and payment of £100 deposit is required to get your place.

    A balance of £399 will be due  on Febuary the 4th to secure your place.

    Payment details

    Account Name: Adventureologists

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    Please put your meetup profile name and the trip name in the reference so we can link the payment to you.

    You must email us at [masked] once payment is made to confirm your place.

    1992 Travel Financial Protection

    All payments once made are non-refundable and non-transferable unless the trip is cancelled or rescheduled. Once a full payment has been made by you, you may sell your space to someone of the same sex.

    The price includes:

    • 6 nights’ accommodation

    • Complimentary airport transfer at the start and end of the trip for everyone taking the suggested flight option.

    • Breakfast and Packed lunches each hiking days. 

    • Hikes lead by an experienced and trained mountain leader with an outdoor first aid qualification. 

    • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection 

    The price does not include:

    • Dinners where we shall eat out to sample the local foods in various restaurants. 

    • Drinks and personal expenses. 

    • Breakfast & Lunches on non-hiking days - there will be places to get food on days. 

    • All transport and any optional/suggested activities you choose on the “Optional Free day” 

    • Airport transfers (outside of the agreed time) 

    • Any tourist taxes 

    • ATOL or ABTA protection 

    • Travel Insurance (mandatory) 

    Equipment

    Appropriate walking clothes and footwear. Hiking boots are very strongly advisable for safety also waterproof trousers and warm clothes. It’s not advisable to come without a waterproof jacket

    More information on equipment can be found online and here:

    www.meetup.com/Adventureologists/pages/What_to_bring/

    Buying and selling a space

    Click here for instructions for buying and selling a space

    Insurance

    Proof of insurance to hike to 2000m including cancellation and curtailment will be needed to come on this trip. 

    Safety

    Your safety is our highest priority. If you have any questions prior to booking you can email us at [masked] in the unforeseen situation where bad weather dominates we may have to offer an alternative hike or activity for safety reasons. 

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