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Amalfi Coast (Italy) – hiking, Mt Vesuvius Volcano and Pompei with Italian guide

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    This is our most popular foreign trip and we ran it 3 times in 2016, you can see photos and reviews of the last one on the link below:
    https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/230722344/


    The Amalfi Coast is world renowned so we probably don’t need to tell you too much about this breath taking rugged peninsula where a 1000m high mountainous landscape lush with vegetation and wildlife drops rapidly into the glimmering sea far below. Set in Southern Italy, this whole area is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous coastlines in Europe and offers some breath taking walking including the “Walk of the Gods” – considered one of the best hikes in the world.

    AND to show you her own country in a way no English guide can we have our own Italian hike leader Francesca running this trip and has run this trip. She is well known to the group as a regular Outdooraholics hike leader and this is her 3rd time on this trip


    Highlights:

    • Trip run by Outdooraholics hike leader Francesca who is Italian and also a trained Mountain Leader

    • Visit the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano

    • Stay in a friendly family owned guest house high in the hills and in twin bedded ensuite rooms, but only 10 minutes walk from the mountain town of Bomerano

    • Great guest house location with 3 of the 4 main hikes starting from the Guest House door!

    • Exclusive use of our guest house, just for our group so we can enjoy the place and relax

    • Visit the famous Roman site of Pompei and explore this ancient town that has been preserved by volcanic ash for nearly 2000 years

    • Free Day with suggested option to visit the gorgeous island of Capri and explore the remains of the Imperial villa of the Roman Emperor Tiberius or visit Sorrento, enjoy the beach or see Herculaneum.

    • Visit the chic and enchanting town of Positano – built into the mountain and nestling gently by the sea

    • Sample the famous Italian stone baked pizza and ice cream :-)

    • Beautiful waterfalls walk in the lush and dramatic Ferriere National Park

    • Explore the town of Amalfi – which gives it’s name to this UNESCO listed coastline

    • See the famous picture postcard Amalfi coastline from the sea on a boat trip

    • Small group limited to just 18 attendees with 2 trip organisers to keep it really special


    Photos - All of the photos below were taken by the trip organiser from previous trips here and are the actual routes and places you’ll be visiting.

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    Francesca - our Italian hike leader/guide/trained Mountain Leader:



    Holiday Description

    We’ve designed this holiday to show you the greatest walks that this area has to offer as well as some of its world famous sights. The Amalfi coast is dotted with seaside towns rich in history and boasts a timeless beauty interspersed with a lively, Italian buzz and vibrancy. A place you can really explore nature one minute in the remote mountains and feel really alive in the crazy, Italian buzz by the sea a short while later. Our hikes take us along ancient paths and mule tracks where time has in places stood still. We’ve picked some great hikes that showcase this landscape and offer some awe inspiring views. We never quite escape the coastal views and the ever present sparkling turquoise sea below, reminding us just how high up these hikes are.

    The Amalfi Coast is a very steep coastline where villages cling to steep rocky hillsides defying logic and almost gravity, with houses coloured in gentle pastel shades

    The Amalfi Coast is one of Western Europe’s premier tourist destinations and is not a cheap area to visit and although it would keep the cost lower to use a large impersonal package holiday style hotel with included dinners, we’ve decided against this and have found the most wonderful family owned accommodation in the mountains where 3 generations of this local family do a wonderful job of looking after us. We have all rooms booked just for our group, so no other guests staying too so we have the grounds and pool to ourselves and we're limiting this trip to just 22 members to make it really special :-)


    Difficulty, twisty roads and foot wear

    The hikes on this trip vary but some of them involve long descents which can be on steep ground and also some very rough and uneven ground walking on rocks and boulders for long sections. There are also some tough and long uphill/downhill sections. Although this trip is designed as a mixture of hiking with some sightseeing too, this is a trip only suitable for fit and experienced hikers due to some tough and steep sections on parts of the hikes. Having said that an above average level of fitness is required and it’s definitely not for beginners, it’s also not ultra tough either so please don’t come expecting a super tough mountain challenge. Some of the hikes are only 3 or 4 hours long. With twisty mountain roads, the buses may not be suitable for anyone who suffers travel sickness easily

    Hiking boots ideally with ankle protection are essential due to the rough, uneven and rocky terrain. One of the walks has an optional extension with over 1800 steps to walk down in one go so this trip is not suited to anyone with knee problems and several of the hikes we will be walking over very rocky, uneven ground which may require the use of hands in places.


    ITINERARY

    Friday 7th April

    Although the trip starts at the guest house, for those arriving on the suggested or earlier flights, there will be a single fixed time complimentary transfer from the airport to our accommodation (departing at 8:55pm Italian time) or will wait to meet suggested flight EZY3251 if delayed. We will then meet the rest of the group at the guest house and enjoy a relaxing evening meal and have time to get to meet each other in our wonderful rural mountainous surroundings.


    Saturday 8th April

    Hike: Bomerano circular
    Distance: 6 miles (9km)
    Ascent: Approx 500m ascent and 500m descent
    Rating: Medium (one tough uphill)

    Today we have a lovely circular hike from our Guest House. We shall take in the summit of Monte Tre Calli (1122m high) from which we can get some great and far reaching views of the Peninsula as well as the mountain villages near where we are staying. A short but perfect hike to get to know the area and get our bearings.

    There will be free time after the hike to explore the village of Bomerano and the surrounding area



    Sunday 9th April

    Hike: Bomerano to Amalfi via Valle delle Ferriere park
    Distance: 16km (10 miles)
    Ascent: 840m ascent, 1400m descent
    Rating: Tough with some rough and uneven tracks and narrow paths in places. Not for vertigo sufferers

    Another hike where we can just start from the hostel, we have some road walking at the start before departing into the dense wooded mountains on a breath taking trail that provides ever more tempting views of the lush wooded valleys and coastline that we will be exploring. With waterfalls, ancient ruins, mountain rivers and dreamy views this is quite a spectacular day of hiking and was my personal favourite. To finish it off we’ll hike past scented lemon groves on a trail that delivers us to the coastal town of Amalfi  which opens to the sea like a fan. We’ll have time to explore Amalfi’s historic streets and get some well deserved refreshments


    Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<): 



    Monday 10th April

    FREE DAY!!!

    A day to relax and explore or maybe just spend it by the hotel pool or in the cafes of Bomerano. You can get buses from Bomerano to Amalfi and then onto most locations on the Amalfi Coast. The tour guide will be visiting the island of Capri (local bus to Amalfi approx 3 euros and approx 42 Euros return by high speed boat to Capri) and you are welcome to join him for the trip and a 4 mile coastal hike on Capri around a gorgeous rocky cliff path and taking in the famous Arco Naturale. You could choose to explore on your own and visit the Villa Jovis – a Roman Palace built by Emperor Tiberius and now in semi ruin, perched high on a cliff sticking out into the sea. There will then be a couple of hours unguided free time to explore and enjoy the town of Capri

    Capri is one of Italy’s most stunning islands – a favourite for Roman Emperors who built their villas here. It is also a tourist magnet attracting 20,000 visitors a year, but fear not for few venture far from the towns and it’s easy to lose ourselves in nature on our 6 mile hike. Capri is also renowned as a hang out for celebrities with far too many to mention, but a few captured in photos below!

    Optional hike on Capri:
    Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
    Ascent: 560m (also 560m descent)

    Rating: Medium - some tarmac and some gravel tracks. HOWEVER, this is a long day with a lot of travelling, an early start and a late return so is optional as it may not be enjoyable to everyone

    Photos from the optional trip to the island of Capri:

    Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<):  


    Tuesday 11th April

    Day trip to Vesuvius and Pompei

    Vesuvius is a world renowned volcano that dramatically brought an end to the Roman towns of Pompei, Herculaneum and a few others in it’s great eruption of 79AD. It’s fertile soil helps provide some of the great tasting local tomatoes and grapes (sure we’ll experience these in the wines!)

    Pompei is an experience to visit, the ruins being mesmerising, fascinating and quite poignant. It’s surprisingly well preserved for a 2000 year old village, a true time capsule from the days when the Roman Empire ruled much of the world and can really feel like walking around a Roman town. Pompei offers a fascinating glimpse into the everyday life of the ancient Roman world including the remains of bakeries, brothels, baths and numerous cobbled streets. You can explore this site either by yourself or if you prefer you can opt for one of the local guides who are usually available at the entrance (variable rates - payable direct to the guide).

    You will need to pay the entry to these attractions locally (approx 12 Euros and 10 Euros for Pompei and Vesuvius plus another 13 Euros at Pompeii for a guided tour if you choose)

    We have also arranged a private licensed taxi transfer by coach with a professional driver who will be with us for the day


    Wednesday 12th April

    Hike: The famous "Sentiero degli dei" (Path of the Gods)
    Distance: 4 miles (6km) (option to lengthen)
    Ascent: 350m (descent: 810m)
    Rating: Mainly medium, but tough on knees/calves due to nearly 2000 steps at end. Rocky in places, almost requiring use of hands in a few places

    We’re saving this epic hike until our last full day. We hike a winding trail that delicately hugs the rugged mountains as it follows their twists and turns. We get the most dramatic and lofty views of the trip as for much of the hike we can look down to the sea far below. We pass ancient houses, vineyards, woodland and a goat farm or two.

    We finish in Positano – considered to be the most picturesque and photogenic town on the coastline. Steeply stacked houses literally tumble down the mountain towards the sea dotted with the most diverse range of pastel colours creating quite a captivating setting. We’ll explore the town losing ourselves in a maze of alleys, a visit to the beach and no doubt a good café too are on the cards. You can also explore some very chic boutique shops. We then take a boat trip to Amalfi and return to our guest house.

    Elevation plot of actual hike (>click here for larger version<): 


    Thursday 13th April

    The trip ends after breakfast when we drop you into Maples.  You may wish to stay on for a few days to explore the area further or perhaps visit Rome (which has an airport with flights back to London) on the high speed train from Naples which whisks you away in just 1 hour 8 minutes at 300kmph. This is merely an idea for when the trip has ended, you would need to arrange all details yourself if you choose to stay on. Usually about 1/3 of the group choose to stay on and go to Rome.

    We will drop people off at both Naples Station where people can take the fast train to Rome and a second drop at Naples Airport at around 11AMish subject to traffic. You can choose to either go to Rome for a few days or explore Naples for a few hours until the flight back at 4:45PM

    For those staying on after the trip, we have put a chat forum below where you can discuss this:

    >>>Click here for the discussion forum for those wishing to stay on after the trip and maybe visit Rome<<<


    Cost and Payment

    - 10% Early Booking Discount

    The cost of this trip is £543. Sign up before 29th January and get -10% off the price - pay £489 !!!

    To join us please RSVP Yes and pay the £100 deposit by PayPal. You will receive details for the final payment 2 weeks before the deadline 29th January 2017. You can either pay the full remaining price at once or split it in two payments of £194.50 with due dates 29th January and 19th February.

    All payments are non-refundable and non transferable. Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page.

    For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click this link: http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ/

    Food

    Breakfast will be provided by the Guest House and we will provide a packed lunch for each of the 4 main hiking days. We have decided against eating at the Guest House every night so that we’re not tied to the same place and we can get a great range of Italian food at a variety of different restaurants and café’s. A typical dinner can be had in most places for approximately £6-£12 excluding drinks.

    Most restaurants cater for vegetarians, but in a country where the diet is mainly pasta, bread and pizza, I could not locate any gluten free products on our previous trip except gluten free bread, so if you are gluten free your best bet is naturally gluten free products like salads, fruit and veg making for a very limited dietary choice. Anyone with any dietary requirements other than vegetarian must contact us to enquire before making their booking.


    The price includes:

    • 6 nights accommodation in a family run, rural Guest House sharing ensuite twin bedrooms, the guest house has WIFI - in the mountains this can be an intermittent service.

    • Breakfast each day

    • 4 packed lunches

    • Hikes by an experienced and trained Hike Leader with an Outdoor First Aid qualification

    • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection

    • Complimentary airport transfer at the start and end of the trip for everyone taking the suggested flight option only. Also the transfer to Naples airport or Naples city on the final day. Airport transfers using a licensed taxi minibus with a professional driver

    • Transfers to Pompeii and Vesuvius and throughout the day by a licensed taxi coach/minibus with a professional driver

    •  Services of an experienced Outdooraholics trip leader who has run this trip several times already, is also a trained Hike Leader (and Mountain Leader), a Qualified Outdoor First Aider and native Italian speaker

    • All travel on local public buses for the hiking days


    The price doesn’t include:

    • Dinners each night where we shall eat out to sample the local foods in various restaurants and get takeaways to the guest house

    • Drinks and personal expenses

    • Lunches on the non hiking days - there will be places to get lunch on these

    • Entry to the attractions of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius payable locally (approx 13 Euros and 10 Euros plus 13 Euros if you choose a guide for Pompeii)

    • Ferry journeys and also all transport and any optional/suggested activities you choose on the “Free day”

    • Travel insurance – this is essential that you take out and you will need to provide details before departing for the trip

    • Locally imposed tourist tax of 1.50 Euros per night, payable to accommodation direct, for details see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/local-laws-and-customs


    Insurance

    It is an essential requirement of participating in all Outdooraholics overseas trips (i.e. outside the UK) that you have valid travel insurance that covers the cost of any medical treatment needed and evacuation and also specifically the activity of hiking (up to 2000m in this case). It is also recommended that this covers cancellation and curtailment. You will be required to provide a copy of this before we leave the UK and without it we cannot accept you onto the trip and no refund will be due in this case.


    Suggested flights - ALL times are in local time to the town, i.e. the times listed for Italy are in Italian local time. The Hotel is remote and a long way from Naples airport (approx 1/1.5 hour drive)!

    The trip starts and ends at the guest house and you are welcome to choose any flights that you wish. We suggest a group flight below and for anyone arriving on this flight, we will arrange a single complimentary transfer to the accommodation – if you arrive earlier you are welcome to wait for our timed transfer at 16:40, however if you arrive after this you will need to make your own way to the accommodation which is a long way and not possible on public transport after 16:40 and a taxi will cost you approx £90 to £140 (yes, really - the Amalfi Coast is an expensive tourist location!). If you find a local Naples firm to pre book with, it may cost you less than arriving and taking a taxi with a meter.

    Please note: the below is for guidance only, it is your responsibility to pick the most suitable flight to meet your requirements and also to book your own details correctly and accordingly. You may need to pay more than the prices below if you have checked in baggage and to meet any airline requirements. Outdooraholics cannot take responsibility for any problems or cancellations with your flight. We have had bad experiences in the past with Meridiana.


    Out:

    Friday 7th April 2017  
    easyJet 17:15 Stansted to Naples 20:55
    Flight: EZY3251


    Return:

    Thursday 13th April 2017  
    easyJet 16:45 Naples 18:30 Gatwick
    Flight: EZY8534

    Or the optional self guided idea of returning from Rome on Sunday as mentioned above...

    Flights with easyJet as at 24th October are £112 return on skyscanner.net at the moment - book soon before they go up!


    Safety

    Your safety is very important to us and the hike each day is led by a very experienced and also trained hike guide and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. We detail our hikes so you can see what you're signing up for, but in the rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury and you need to come equipped for the activity you've chosen to participate in.

    Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear. Hiking boots are essential for this trip for safety as well as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - >for more info please click here<

    You will also need to ensure you have all valid documents to visit this country including a passport and possibly Visa if you require one.


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