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Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

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From £799 - £829 excluding flights. Mimimum age 16.
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2015: 10 Oct
2016: 2 Apr, 23 Apr, 21 May, 4 Jun, 18 Jun, 16 Jul, 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 8 Oct, 29 Oct
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Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

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“Small group holiday covering Amalfi coast highlights such as Naples, Capri and Vesuvius, travelling by bus and boats, staying in family run and fabulously foodie hotel.”
Highlights: Naples | Herculaneum | Vesuvius | Walk of the Gods | Positano | Ravello | Capri | One free day with option to visit Pompeii.
The Amalfi coast is a hikers’ and bikers’ heaven, but for those of us who just want to immerse ourselves in sumptuousness rather than sweat, this trip is perfect. Staying in one family owned hotel there are day trips to spots that seem to get more and more heavenly by the day. From Amalfi town with its ravenous ravine setting and majestic Monte Cerreto, to ever so chic Capri with its boutique shops and beautiful coastal walks.

From history to geography in a day, Naple’s Herculaneum ruins and Vesuvius volcano trips are much cooler than any school trip. And walkers will adore the day of hiking along the 'Walk of the Gods’ with spectacular views along the coast, culminating in the ridiculously beautiful town of Positano. Luckily not just the territory of the gods, but open to all.
Our top tip:
Pac a macs and practical shoes aren't glam, but are a must. It's steep and rain clouds do happen.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people, min. age 16.
Activity level:
3* family run hotel with pool.
Flights from London, accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, transport, tour leader.
Packed lunches by local bakery.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
About this holiday company:
As well as over 40 years’ small group holiday experience they work closely with this small family owned hotel, off the beaten track, providing vital local income. They also use public transport too, because they know that’s cool.
Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

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Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays: the story of this holiday company

This tour operator was the first to get access to China over 30 years ago and the first to take a truck to Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side. They have since expanded into 91 countries. Their product is driven by their clients because they listen to feedback and have to constantly evolve to provide a greater experience and better value. The exclusive centres they use have been grown organically and are often owned by ex-leaders. The holidays remain innovative, though you will now be travelling in a Mercedes 16-seater sprinter coach rather than a rusty old Bedford overland truck.

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Accommodation and Meals:
We spend the week in the family-run Hotel Le Due Torri in Agerola, a relatively unknown area of Amalfi, so our guests are providing income to an area that does not usually benefit from tourism. The hotel recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round. All the hotel food is homemade, using locally produced and sourced goods where possible, and guests often have the opportunity to learn from their hosts how to prepare a traditional Neapolitan pizza one evening. Where meals are not provided, there is the chance to support local businesses and to try some authentic, regional specialties. These include: antipasti, homemade pasta, delicious Neapolitan pizza and fresh seafood.

Local Craft and Culture:
We visit many places of interest including the city of Herculaneum, the Piazza Plebiscito and National Museum in Naples and Pompeii. All money spent here goes directly to maintaining these iconic historical sites and paying the wages of those who work there. Of course, a huge part of Italian culture is cuisine and this is reflected in locally crafted produce, some of which is unique to this region. Locally smoked mozzarella is a highlight and you will often find it with salads or on pizzas. If there is time, clients can visit a small mozzarella factory and learn about this traditional industry.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 26 Jun 2014 by Juliet Dunn5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Most exciting was definitely Walk of the Gods, from Bomerano where we stayed to Positano over 2000' down on the coast. Fantastic views surrounded by wildflowers and herbs, across precipitous slopes and finally descending steps through cacti gardens from Montpertuso. But I also have to say I was surpised by how attractive Naples was, with its very elegant seafront.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The combination of mountains and coast means that you can experience every sort of weather in one day. So apply sun cream first thing, dress in layers, and
have an umbrella or pakamac in your pocket.

When walking in the hills or up Vesuvius, think skiing - if you let anything
slip it could quickly be lost forever, so I had my glasses on a chain and used
the wriststrap on my camera, pinned on my sunhat, etc.

Keep 50 cent coins handy for automated public toilets!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes! all our guides and drivers were local and tourism was the major source of
income for them. Using a small minibus was much more environmentally-friendly than independent travel, and it reduced number of vehicles on twisty mountain roads. Itinerary was well thought out, eg using local ferries to return to base.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent, can't think why it didn't occur to me to visit this area before.
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The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

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Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

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Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
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If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
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