Guided Walking & Sightseeing at Sorrento Oct 14-21 $1776
This Guided Walking & Sightseeing tour explores the world-famous Sorrento peninsula with its dramatic mountains, picturesque fishing villages and ancient Roman cities.
• Stunning coastal scenery of the Sorrento Peninsula
• The remarkable cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum
• Wander through olive and lemon groves between quiet villages on the peninsula
• Visit the chic towns of the Amalfi Coast and explore the enchanting Capri on your free day
• A full program of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
• All transport to and from walks
• The services of experienced leaders
• 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
• Continental breakfast and dinner
• Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
• Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
• Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Easier Walks: 3 to 7 miles (5-11km) on good, but sometimes steep paths. Up to 1,000ft (300m) of ascent in a day. Harder Walks: 4 to 8 miles [masked]km) with some long steep ascents and descents, sometimes on stone steps. Up to 1,800ft (540m) of ascent in a day. ________________________________________
14 October 2017.
Day 1: Arrival day
The journey to the hotel in Sorrento is by coach. You should arrive at the hotel with time to settle into your room and perhaps enjoy a stroll around the local area. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: In the Land of Sirens
Having explored a little of Sorrento, we take a bus along the peninsula to the village of Massa Lubrense where both walks start.
Easier Walk: From Massa Lubrense our route follows a network of easy paths down to the coast at Punta del Capo. As we head along quiet country roads we walk through lemon and olive groves. After the village of Capo, we start our gradual descent to the Roman village and baths (a natural cove) on the headland overlooking Sorrento. Our route then returns to Capo for the service bus back to Sorrento. 5 miles (8km) with400ft (120m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our walk also starts at Massa Lubrense but first takes a long loop and descends through lemon groves to the picturesque fishing harbor of Lobra. We then take a similar route to Capo before walking back into Sorrento. 8 miles (13km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.
Day 3: Vesuvius and Herculaneum – Excursion
This full day coach excursion takes us to two of the most famous sights in the Bay of Naples, the summit of Vesuvius, one of three active volcanoes in Europe, and the spectacular buried city of Herculaneum.
Day 4: The Heights of Positano
The former fishermen’s village of Positano slopes steeply up from the sea and promotes itself as Italy’s most nearly vertical town. Houses are built on terraces in a Moorish style with flat roofs and balconies beneath arcades. The town was made popular and fashionable by writers and artists, such as Franco Zeffirelli and John Steinbeck.
Easier Walk: We start at the church of St Maria del Castello for our first breathtaking view over Positano. Our walk follows the “Way of the Gods”, a superb mountain path that traverses the hillside enjoying the most wonderful views. We descend on the ancient stepped mule path to the hospitable village of Montepertuso, from where we catch the bus that winds down the hillside of Positano. 3 miles (5km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent and 1,700ft (510m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We also start at St Maria del Castello and follow the “Way of the Gods” along the hillside of Montepertuso, but continue our walk down into Positano. This section involves a long, steep descent, much of it on stone steps. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent and 2,900ft (870m) of descent.
Day 5: Free day
Visits to Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento and the islands of Ischia and Capri are just some of the many options for your free day. For more information see the Local Area tab.
Day 6: Mountain villages
Our journey takes us to the start of the walks in villages high above Vico Equense. Both walks will have fine views over the coast.
Easier Walk: From Arola we follow narrow lanes out of the village climbing steadily. We continue to ascend on forest tracks to the ridge with a final optional ascent to Monte Vico Alvano for a spectacular view. The return to Arola is on a different path through chestnut woods. 3 miles (5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Preazzano, we ascend on a mule track through woods and cultivated terraces to Monte Comune. From there we descend a rocky ridge with views to the end of the peninsula. An optional ascent to Monte Vico Alvano precedes our descent on shady forest paths to Arola. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent.
Day 7: Mount St Constanzo
Today we head to the village of Termini, set in an idyllic landscape at the end of the peninsula. Both walks finish at Marina del Cantone before our bus returns us to Sorrento.
Easier Walk: We leave Termini on the well graded road that zigzags up the hillside behind the village to a spectacular
viewpoint. A short descent and a rise through light woodland will bring us to Monte St Constanzo, with its tiny chapel.
We descend back to Termini on an ancient mule track and then down to the beach at Marina del Cantone via the little village of Nerano. 5 miles (8km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 1,800ft (540m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We start with a steady descent to the very tip of the Sorrento Peninsula at Point Campenella. From the
headland we have a lengthy ascent along the rough spine of the ridge to the chapel of St Constanzo at the summit. Finally we descend to Termini and on through Nerano to Marina del Cantone. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,600ft (480m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure day
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