Vesuvius, Pompei & the Amalfi Coast

A walking holiday on the Amalfi Coast





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Holiday Overview


  • Soak up the atmosphere and explore the ancient site of Pompeii
  • Unforgettable hike along the `Walk of the Gods` to Positano
  • Beautiful walking around Amalfi and in the Lattari Mountains
  • Time to explore the Island of Capri or superb site of Herculanuem

On the south side of the rugged Sorrentine Peninsula, separating the gulfs of Naples and Salerno, sits the famously picturesque Amalfi Coast.  Described as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Amalfi Coast is an exquisite area of dramatic cliffs, sheltered coves, elegant piazzas and colourful picture-postcard towns clinging to the coast, teamed with a spectacular landscape of traditional terraced farmland dotted with lush olive groves and zesty lemon trees. The perfect introduction to this incredibly beautiful part of Italy is a walking journey through the very best of its hillside villages - elegant Amalfi, colourful Ravello and picture-postcard Positano.  A holiday highlight is the visit to the atmospheric and fascinating ancient UNESCO Roman town of Pompeii, as it stands overlooked by the towering outline of Vesuvius (1280m). We then enjoy an easy afternoon walk to the summit of this incredible volcano, which offers spectacular views over the Bay of Naples. A well planned day at leisure leaves you free to explore the island of Capri or the UNESCO site of Herculaneum.  The walking week includes 4 days of superb hiking on ancient tracks, including as a grand finale, the famous and incredibly spectacular 'Walk of the Gods,' from Agerola to the stunning fishing village of Positano.  This is an excellent walking holiday with a real flavour of Italy whilst staying in a family-run hotel. If you are looking for a genuine Italian experience complete with traditional accommodation, a local Amalfi leader and the true taste of Italy with all its flavours and colours, then this is the perfect walking holiday!

Is this holiday for you?

This hotel-based walking week allows us to see all the spectacular locations nestled in this beautiful corner of southern Italy. The holiday includes 6 days of leisurely walking and, on several occasions the walking is largely downhill towards the sea. There can be as much as 5 hours of walking during the course of the day, mostly on good trails with some stepped sections. The day we spend on the island of Capri includes approximately 3 hours of walking, whilst the ascent of Vesuvius on the following day (Day 3) involves a 2-hour round trip and an ascent of about 200 metres on a zig-zagging trail. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Agerola. A single transfer from Naples Airport is provided.
  • Day walk on Monte Lattari trails to a superb vantage point of the Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri.
  • Private bus to Pompei. Guided tour of Pompei followed by walk up to crater rim of Vesuvius.
  • Walk the forest trails of the Valle delle Ferriere down to Amalfi’s piazza.
  • A day of leisure to relax in the guest house gardens, take a boat to Capri or visit Herculaneum.
  • Bus transfer to Amalfi. Walk the Valley of the Mills to the serene hillside town of Ravello.
  • From Agerola hike the ‘Walk of the Gods’ to Positano. Return to Agerola late afternoon.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Naples Airport is provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Naples International Airport which is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the trip dossier for further details.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Naples. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Liverpool & Edinburgh. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Agerola. A single transfer from Naples Airport is provided.

    The group will meet at the hotel in Naples. After settling in KE Land Only package services begin with a briefing from our guide on the week’s activities. In the evening we enjoy dinner at our guesthouse accommodation.

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  • Day walk on Monte Lattari trails to a superb vantage point of the Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri.

    After enjoying an Italian breakfast, we depart our guesthouse and take a ten minute bus journey to the start of our walk in the rural lands of Agerola. A well-paced walk, leads us out the village centre as we follow a straightforward path through terraces of pomodori, lemons and grapes as we gradually ascend to a superb vantage point to catch our first glimpse of the Amalfi coast and the Isle of Capri sitting at the head of the mainland. Continuing up old mule tracks, our relatively short ascent leads onto a trail where we can appreciate spectacular views of Sorrentine peninsula. Taking a picnic lunch at one of the many fabulous vantage points, we enjoy some time to appreciate the views, before making the return walk to our guesthouse. Along the way, we will stop to sample locally produced limoncello and learn the importance of this ever-so sour citrus fruit.

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    • Time 5 hours

  • Private bus to Pompei. Guided tour of Pompei followed by walk up to crater rim of Vesuvius.

    After breakfast, we take a private transfer to Pompei for a visit to the ancient Roman town. Everyone knows the story of Pompeii, buried under ash for 1700 years after a catastrophic eruption of nearby Vesuvius, but to actually walk around and see this incredible sleeping city is quite another story. In the afternoon we transfer by bus to Vesuvius and have the opportunity to hike to the top of this sleeping giant. The ascent begins with a walk up a series of steep switchbacks, leaving the vegetation of the lower slopes behind and following a dusty trail on the upper part of the volcano. Reaching the edge of the crater, there is a path around the edge with fantastic views over the Sorrento Peninsula and Pompeii. We can look right down into the steaming crater and imagine the eruption of 79 AD, when huge flaming boulders were hurled all the way to the Bay of Naples! Vesuvius has had several explosive and highly destructive eruptions since then with long periods of dormancy in between. The last eruption occurred in 1944 and today the mountain is monitored very carefully by seismologists and vulcanologists. The excursion to the crater and back will take around 2 hours and on our return we transfer back Agerola by private bus.

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    • Time 2 hours

  • Walk the forest trails of the Valle delle Ferriere down to Amalfi’s piazza.

    This special walk, leads from the clifftop communities of Agerola to the port of Amalfi. To reach Amalfi, we begin our day with a very short, but steep climb out of Agerola. From this point on, we can enjoy straightforward trails which lead us through the unique national reserve of Valle delle Ferriere. Hidden from the cold Northern winds, the combination of high rainfall and warm southern winds creates a microclimate, preserving rare woodland species such as the woodwardia radicans and several types of orchid. As we walk through this mystical woodland we reach a beautiful moss clad waterfall before enjoying a riverside picnic lunch. Our stepped ascent into Amalfi follows a valley of lemon groves as we approach Amalfi from the North. With some free time in Amalfi to enjoy a gelato in the piazza, a quick dip in the med, or a visit to St. Andrew’s cathedral we reconvene for our transfer to the group guesthouse.

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    • Time 5 hours

  • A day of leisure to relax in the guest house gardens, take a boat to Capri or visit Herculaneum.

    Today is a well planned free day and during the week you can talk to the leader about possible excursions you may like to do on your free day. You may decide to venture down to Amalfi port and arrange a boat to a sandy cove or take a ferry to the Isle of Capri. Alternatively you may wish to arrange a visit to the superbly perserved Roman town of Herculanuem, also buried by the eruption of 79AD.

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  • Bus transfer to Amalfi. Walk the Valley of the Mills to the serene hillside town of Ravello.

    After breakfast we take a public bus to Amalfi for the start of todays walk. Heading through the bustling narrow lanes of this ancient maritime town, we begin our hike with a visit the Museo della Carta as Amalfi was one of the first papermaking centres of Europe. Having acquired the skill from Arab traders, it was said to be the pure mountain water which made Amalfi paper so 'thick and smooth!'. As we head out into the 'Mulini Valley', the valley of the mills we see many of the old ruined mills, which once thrived during the 11th and 12th century. Continuing our walk, we enjoy views back across Amalfi port and upwards to the jewel of Amalfi, Ravello. On arrival into Ravello, there is free time to explore this hillside gem. Known for it's beautiful gardens, superb views and a history of serving Bohemian guests such Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence, Greto Garbo and Wagner, Ravello is the crowning centrepiece of Amalfi! Departing Ravello by private bus, we return to our Agerolan hosts for rest, relaxtion and dinner!

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    • Time 5 hours

  • From Agerola hike the ‘Walk of the Gods’ to Positano. Return to Agerola late afternoon.

    This final day of walking really is a fitting finale to this week of hillside heaven. Taking a short 10 minute bus journey we arrive into Bomerano to join an ancient terraced mule path which links Agerola to the charming coastal town of Positano we follow a spectacular cliff path with panoramic views across Sorrentine peninsula. Leaving Agerola on foot, we bypass terraces of grapes, artichoke, capsicum as we follow a well-defined path. Passing through sections of hillside forests, it is not long before we can make out the pink town of Positano huggling the cliff side and the village of Nocelle sitting above Positano. The sleepy village of Nocelle is a perfect place to enjoy the views and hear the chimes of the monastery clock before beginning our descent to the beach! En-route to Positano views of this pastel paradise are framed by fig, olive and hibiscus trees. On arrival, there are opportunities to shop, head to the beach or relax with a local tipple! Returning to Agerola by way of a ferry and bus, this evening we help prepare and learn the history of Italy's most iconic dish - pizza! (BLD). Approx walking time 5 hours.
    *Please note, that depending on sea conditions it is not always possible to travel by ferry. In the eventuality of this, we transfer to Agerola by bus.

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    • Time 5 hours

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Naples Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single shuttle bus transfer to Naples airport is provided. Should you wish to extend you stay in Agerola or Naples, our team of adventure travel consultants would be happy to help.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local guide
  • All transfers included in the land only itinerary
  • Entrance fees at Pompei and on Mount Vesuvius
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Some meals per the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc
  • Any activities or excursions on day 5
  • Airport transfers as described

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.

Clients arriving at the preferred meeting times at Naples Airport will be met by a representative of the local agents and will be able to take advantage of the single-timed complimentary airport transfer

Clients not able to use this transfer should make their own arrangements to meet at the group hotel. There is a regular bus service from Naples airport to Agerola. Bus timetables can be found at the Italian public bus service website

Taxis are readily available outside the arrivals hall in Naples and cost around €100-€120 per taxi, one way.

During this trip, the group will spend 7 nights in a comfortable, family run hotel in Agerola. Staying in the rural dwelling of Agerola provides a great insight into the traditional lifestyles of the local Amalfi communities, as we spend the week exploring the surrounding region from our friendly base. Accommodation is based on twin sharing and if you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired with another solo traveller of the same sex.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

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, zucchinis, 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.   Alongisde the food, Italian wine is excellent and an important part of any meal!  Italy is also famous for its aperitifs, from chilled prosecco to campari, vermouth and cinzano all served over ice.  Don't forget the zesty local limoncello and the famous after dinner fiery grappas!

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Approximately €200-€300 should cover all miscellaneous personal expenditure, the non-included meals and activities on your free day as well as reasonable tips for the local staff. You can withdraw cash (euros only) from ATM's in Naples and Agerola. If you intend to travel with cash, you should take this in the form of euros or euro travellers cheques.

An experienced, professional, English-speaking local guide will lead the trip.

Tips do not form part of the wages of local staff but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. It is best if the tip is given at the end of the trip by the group as a whole. We recommend that each group member contributes around €10 – 15 to a group pool and that tips are then distributed between the guide and other support staff as the group feels is appropriate. It is a good idea also to have small change for other tips such as in restaurants or for porters carrying your bags at hotels.

There is no weight limit, other than that imposed by the airline. We ask you to restrict your luggage to one main trek bag and one small daypack.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c. 30 litres / 1800 cubic inches
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear
  • Small towel
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.
  • Please note that on this trip, there are a number of occasions when you will need to carry your KE bag for short distances. Some clients have found that a piece of luggage with wheels makes sense for this holiday.

The following items are optional:

  • Gaiters
  • Trekking poles
  • Shorts
  • Insect repellant - (DEET)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Spare laces
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. Whilst regular hiking in hill or back country is the best preparation, Jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better cardiovascular fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The Amalfi coast exhibits a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, damp winters. The best time to visit is from April to June and from September to October, when temperatures are the most pleasant. At these times of year, daytime temperatures will vary between 20 and 30 degrees centigrade, falling to between 10 and 20 degrees centigrade at night.

The language of the region is Italian, although it does have its own dialect. It is a good idea to learn some basic Italian before you go as attempts to speak the local language are always appreciated and all part of the fun of adventure travel. We also recommend you take a pocket phrase book with you.

Lonely Planet – Naples and the Amalfi Coast Eyewitness Guides - Naples and the Amalfi Coast Cadogan Guides – Bay of Naples and Southern Italy Insight Guides – Southern Italy Pompeii – Robert Harris (fiction) Pompeii, the living city - Alex Butterworth (semi-fiction)

Gulf of Naples 1:50,000 Freytag & Berndt

The main map covers the Gulf of Naples from Monte di Prcida & the Parco dei Campi Flegrei to the Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi. All of Vesuvius is included along with lava flows and their dates. This is a German map but the legend includes English.

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