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Amazing Amalfi - Family Holiday in Italy

Italy
Multi Activity
Family
LEISURELY LEISURELY

An active family holiday on the Amalfi Coast in Italy with its volcanoes, gelato and pizza

Trip Code: FAF
Minimum child age: 8
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Amazing Amalfi - Family Holiday in Italy

8+

Age

Cooking

Swimming

Boat Ride

Highlights
  • Based by the sea, in the coastal town of Minori for endless swimming fun
  • Explore the rugged UNSECO listed coastline with family friendly walks and optional kayaking on the sparkling sea
  • Visit the historic town of Pompeii and walk up the smouldering Vesuvius
  • Enjoy some fun pasta and pizza making sessions - 'classico Italiano' food

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 12
  • 6 days activities and sightseeing
  • Join In Minori, ends in Naples

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • 7 nights Hotel
Overview

Italy and the Amalfi Coast is famed for its delicious food, stunning coastline and 10 hours of daily sunshine, making it the perfect base for an amazing family adventure. During our week we explore this rugged UNSECO listed Amalfi coast by an optional kayak excursion and on foot along the ‘Walk of the Gods’, and then we walk through the historic streets of Pompeii and up to the lofty crater of the famous Mt Vesuvius. There are plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling in the warm waters, especially as our base is in the authentic Amalfi coastal town of Minori. Little lanes lead down to the palm-lined streets and the dark-golden sand beach. Our holiday ends with one night in Naples which is packed full of historic and archaeological treasures and has splendid views of Vesuvius. No family holiday in Italy is complete without a pizza making session and some free time to take a boat trip through the sparkling waters along the coast or to the island of Capri. Mix in some gelato and lemoncello, and we have all the ingredients for a magnifico holiday in Italy.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 8yrs old This family adventure in Italy is centre-based (except for 1 night at the end in Naples) in a hotel in the historic centre of Minori. The beach is a hop-skip-jump from the hotel, making it an excellent location allowing children to swim after the day’s activities and afterwards for the parents to seek out a little street café to sip some wine or a limoncello …

Suitable for children from 8yrs old This family adventure in Italy is centre-based (except for 1 night at the end in Naples) in a hotel in the historic centre of Minori. The beach is a hop-skip-jump from the hotel, making it an excellent location allowing children to swim after the day’s activities and afterwards for the parents to seek out a little street café to sip some wine or a limoncello, and maybe a lemon granita for the kids, before dinner. We have a morning optional kayaking, paddling calmly along the coast, pitched at a beginner/easy level. Children will share double kayaks with parents and must be 8yrs or older. All equipment including buoyancy aids, guides, safety instruction is provided. You will need to be able to swim for kayaking. We have 3 days with day-walks, these are between 1-3hrs, and are stunningly beautiful. Due to the nature of the terrain there is a little ascent and descent in these walks. We usually end the walks at a beach for a swim.

Why KE?

This holiday is based in the small town of Minori situated on the beautiful Amalfi coast. It is blessed with one of the few sandy beaches in the whole area. Italia Magnifico!

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Itinerary

Our holiday starts at the hotel in Minori, on the beautiful Amalfi coast. A single transfer from Naples Airport is provided. Being located on the coast means that we avoid many of the drives up little zig-zag, windy roads to and from places up on the hill such as Agerola. We also have endless opportunities to go to the beach and swim in the sea. Our first evening in Minori we can explore this little town, with its street cafes and al fresco dining. At dinner we have a briefing from our guide about the week's activities.

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Hotel

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Our first outing starts with a waterbus ride to nearby Amalfi and then the local bus up to the picturesque Ravello which sits high on a cliff with wonderful views across the Mediterranean. A magical start to the holiday and giving us a great impression of the area and stunning coastline. This area is famous for its colourful ceramics, which have been made here since the Roman times. Our delightful walk through the 'Valley of the Mills' or Valle Mulini follows the Caneto River. We stop for a waterside picnic or break as we wander past many of the old paper mills of Amalfi down from Ravello to the coast. The paths are well marked and pretty through wooded areas, houses and with breath-taking views. On arrival into Amalfi, we vist the traditional paper-making museum where we make our own paper to take home, and maybe sample local gelato flavours. A great day, full of variety. We take the waterbus back to our hotel in Minori, were we can have a quick swim before dinner.

Please note that single use plastics are banned in Ravello. And also all boat/waterbus transfers are subject to weather conditions and timetables, and a regular bus may be taken instead.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Ascent

50 M

Descent

400 M

Time

2 - 3 hrs walking

This day is set aside for kayaking, however it is optional (payable locally), so if you prefer to have a free day, you can go for a walk or a potter around town and the beach.

For those who wish to go kayaking we are up early and after breakfast we take the waterbus along the coast again to Amalfi. Here we meet our kayaking team and get ready for some peaceful paddling on these warm waters. It is a 3-4 hour session west along the coast towards Furore Fjord. For those who have never been in a kayak, there will be a short introductory session on how to kayak and safety at sea. Children will be in a kayak with their grown up or responsible sibling. The route will take us along the finest beaches, under natural rock arches and into sea caves, giving us the opportunity to admire the old watch towers that dot the entire length of this coast. We stop at beaches reachable only by sea, and have time to go snorkelling or swimming in crystal-clear waters. We can admire the ancient fortresses, hotels, roman villas and modern mega villas of the wealthy. We reach the small world famous, Furore Fjord, and stop on the beach below the tiny village full of colourfully painted houses. The return trip to Amalfi will give us a different but equally remarkable view of both sea and land. We then transfer back to Minori by bus or boat. Here we can relax on the beach, the hotel or at one of the cafes before dinner.

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Hotel

Meals

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A day with no transfers as we walk from Minori to Maiori. This is a short walk, with fantastic panoramic views. We pass through the little village of Torre with its lush terraced gardens, and through olive groves, small vineyards and of course lemon tree plantations, essential for the lemoncello and lemon granita. On arrival in Maiori we are presented with a great beach which is suitable to spend a little time at. After lunch in a small café we return to Minori back along Lemon Trail as we came. This evening we have a session at the restaurant making some classic Italian pasta with the chef.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Time

2hrs walking

Today we have a free day, so you can your family can relax together or with some of your new found friends on the holiday. One possibility would be to take an excursion to the island of Capri. From Amalfi we can board the public hydrofoil to reach Capri famed for its stunning rugged landscape and Blue Grotto. With resplendent views of cliff side villages, we skirt around the coastline to view many of the rock formations and sea grottos which once a hide out for vagrants of the sea. We can explore the island on foot following picturesque lanes known as 'the passeggiate'. This tree-lined walk offers spectacular views over Capri's iconic, limestone formations known as the Faraglioni rocks. There are also beaches for swimming before the ferry back to Amalfi. Alternatively we can stay in Minori and visit the Roman villa dating back to the 1st century (!), or visit the cathedral of Sant'Andrea in Amalfi which dates from the 10th century, or take a bus up to Agerola with its vineyards, ancient mule tracks and mozzarella cheese factories. Of course, the beach is always available for swimming, pre or post your excursion today.

Please note that single use plastics are now illegal on the Island of Capri, so you must not bring any such items with you on the ferry to the island, including water bottles, plastic bags etc.

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Hotel

Meals

B

Rated as one of the best walks in Europe the 'Walk of the Gods' follows an ancient mule track which links Agerola to the pink town of Positano. We take a combination of boat bus and bus up to Agerola where we begin our straightforward walk and enjoy spectacular views across the Sorrentine Peninsula and Isle of Capri. Passing through terraces of grapes, lemons and tomatoes, we may be able to meet some of the local famers on our way to the charming hillside village of Nocelle where we will stop for a picnic lunch. Finishing our journey to Positano with a short bus ride, we have plenty of time to stroll the streets of this cosmopolitan hang-out, or cool off with time on the beach. We complete our circuit with a boat journey back to our base in Minori. Here we can relax and watch the sunset with maybe a glass of wine. Another blissful holiday day in Italy.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Ascent

50 M

Descent

260 M

Time

2 - 3 hrs walking

We wave goodbye to the delightful Amalfi coast and board our private vehicle for the transfer (approximately 1 hr) to the sleeping Roman town of Pompeii. The story of Pompeii is well-known. After a cataclysmic eruption of the nearby volcano, Vesuvius, the town of Pompeii was buried under the hot spewing ash for around 1700 years until it was rediscovered by Italian architect Domenico Fontana. Walking around this town is a real education for children and parents alike, as we tour the streets, visiting well preserved sites such as the amphitheatre, baths and many shops. To have an overall impression of the magnitude of the volcano we drive along the road up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and then walk the last 45mins to reach the first section of crater rim. We can look right down into the volcano of Vesuvius with its black lava and boulder strewn walls. This volcano, is stable and an active at the same time, last erupted in 1944. The extensive views across the Bay of Naples are simply spectacular. We then transfer (approximately 1 hr) to our hotel in the centre of Naples for our final night.

This evening we have the excitement of making our own pizzas! Our pizza chef will show us how to spin the dough in the traditional 'over the head on one finger' fashion and then we can select our toppings before it goes on the big paddle into the oven. Always a firm favourite for children and adults alike, we can enjoy our last evening in Italy eating our pizzas.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Time

1 - 2 hrs walking

Our holiday ends after breakfast at the hotel. Naples Airport is not far from the city centre and our hotel, so transfers are simple either by taxi or by bus. Flexible departure times means that you might have time to explore some of this interesting town. Maybe a visit to Naples underground with its myths and legends. All in all this is a great city to end a fantastico week in the Italian sunshine.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Single timed arrival airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary except where specified as 'optional'

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Extra activities and excursions indicated as optional
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

In some cases you may choose to take a ferry and/or train to your holiday start and end destination. Please see further information on Travelling by Train.

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the hotel in Minori.

A single transfer from Naples Airport to the group hotel is provided at lunchtime of Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary.

On the last day of the Land Only itinerary you will need to make your own way to Naples Airport from the city (30-45mins). A taxi with the family cost approximately €20-30.

Anyone may join the group transfers by prior arrangement. Travelling as a group or on public transport saves energy. If this is not practical, we can provide private transfers at an additional cost.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfast and 3 dinners are included in the holiday price.

Water is drinkable from the taps on this holiday. Please fill your personal bottles for your day in the morning. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Part of the experience of any visit to Italy is the opportunity to taste its wonderful cuisine. The Amalfi region traditionally has a 'Mediterranean' diet, rich in vegetables, pasta, fish and olive oil which latterly has come to be equated with longevity. The soil here is very rich, probably because of Vesuvius, and everywhere we go we will see an abundance of tomatoes, courgette, chilli and basil, terraces of grapes, and orchards of lemons, apples, and chestnuts. It is hardly surprising that the Amalfi coast has some of the best cuisine in the world. Alongside this there is always pizza and pasta which is always a winner for the children. Breakfast in Italy is traditionally continental in style with bread, pastries or cakes, yoghurt, jam and honey served with tea or coffee. Alongside the food, Italian wine is excellent and an important part of any meal!

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

We use a little family run hotel, in the coastal town of Minori for 6 nights of this holiday. So it's almost centre-based! The beach is about a 2 minute walk from the hotel.

In Naples we stay in a centrally located hotel for 1 night.

Children under the age of 12yrs will usually share rooms with their grownups. This might be a twin, triple or quad room, a double with an extra bed, or multiple rooms depending on the number of family members. If you are travelling with children over the age of 12yrs, you might be in separate rooms or sharing twin/multi-bed rooms. Interconnecting rooms are not available, however we do everything to ensure rooms are next to each other.

Please talk to us about your requirements and we will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

All hotels are subject to last minute change.

Some of the transfers are by public bus or public waterboat ferry. With our base being in Minori on the coast we have eliminated many of the transfers up and down the mountain (to/from Agerola) which are not great if the kids get a little car sick. Our bus rides during the week are between 10-20mins. The transfers which are in a private vehicle/minibus are basically the longer ones, including the airport pick up on day 1 to the hotel in Minori and the transfer on day 7 from Minori to Naples via Pompeii and Vesuvius.

Swimming: Every day when in Minori in the sea just a few meters from our hotel.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader.

Approximately €500 per family (based on 2 adults and 2 children) should be allowed for tips, soft drinks, snacks, non-included meals and miscellaneous expenses. Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and optional activities are additional so you may wish to budget for these.

There will be the opportunity to change money on arrival and there are banks and ATM in the majority of the towns on the Amalfi coast. Credit cards are useful and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

Optional Activities:

  • Kayaking (3-4hrs) €45 per person adult & child. Additional €8 pp for return public bus/waterbus transfer.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you decide levels of tipping and give any tips as a group rather than from individual group members.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. Luggage with wheels is useful for this holiday. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Europe

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

In May, June and October we can expect daytime temperatures of around 25°C , dropping at night to 15°C. We are unlikely to experience any rain, as Amalfi enjoys a favourable Mediterranean climate. During July and August you can expect hotter temperatures, up to 30°C .

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

We welcome all family dynamics and we will try to accommodate you in the roomings of your choice. The only stipulation for joining a family group holiday is that 1 party member is 17yrs or under, and they are accompanied by an adult. An average group size is around 10 members in total. Further general information and FAQ's are available here: KE Family Adventure Holidays general information.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

YOU SHOULD BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Walking shoes or trainers
  • Sandals teva or shoes that are comfortable when wet for kayaking
  • Lightweight walking trousers / shorts / skirt
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • Socks & Underwear
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket & overtrousers
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (not needed in Jul/Aug)
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack 25-30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you want to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottles (approx 2 litre per person) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear
  • Swim towel
  • Torch and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

  • Camera
  • Walking poles
  • Rash vest
  • Goggles, snorkel & mask
  • Flip-flops
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

NOTEs:

All specialist equipment required for the activities on this holiday are provided.

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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