Italy island hopping holiday in the Bay of Naples

“A 7 day guided walking holiday, or hopping really, as you jump from one walking island idyll to the next. Moderate level for activity. Off the scale for beauty. ”

Highlights

5 days of walking on Amalfi coast islands | Massa Lubrense | Sorrento Peninsula | Sorrento | Capri | Ischia | Procida

Description of Italy island hopping holiday in the Bay of Naples

After flying into Naples we transfer to the Sorrento Peninsula where we spend two days enjoying its eponymous town, a fine start to taking in the prolific beauty that this coast is famous for. Staying in the village of Massa Lubrense , we spend our first day walking into Sorrento to see this cliffside splendour.

From here we take a boat to the iconic idyll of Capri, where we spend three days. Although Capri is famous for being the rich and famous summer playground, we escape the people watchers and those wanting to be watched by walking on its empty trails that circumnavigate the island or up to panoramic viewpoints. We also have a free day here if you want to do the people watching thing, although the swimming in secret grottoes and exploring of Roman villas are also wonderful ways to spend time in Capri.

We then move on to the volcanic island of Ischia, where we spend two nights. This gives us plenty of time to enjoy the panoramic coastal walks to the fishing village of Sant'Angelo, a perfect swimming spot. We also visit the famous volcanic Maronti beach where the sand is so hot that you can cook in it.

From Ischia we sail to the much lesser known but very pretty Procida, the Bay of Naples’ smallest island and best-kept secret. Boasting lemon groves and pastel coloured villages, waterside cafes and heavenly hamlets such as Corricella, walking here is like something out of a movie. Which makes sense, given that it has been used for locations in classic such as Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley. Luckily it still is off the mass tourism trail, making this a perfect closing scene for our week on the Amalfi’s special islands.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

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.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

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

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
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.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Italy island hopping holiday in the Bay of Naples

Accommodation & meals:
On this trip we stay in the lesser-known parts of the islands in the Bay of Naples and Sorrento Peninsula, mainly in family-run or locally owned hotels. By choosing our accommodation in small towns such as Massa Lubrense and Anacapri, guests are providing income to areas which don't normally receive the same tourism influxes as other popular tourism destinations in the region. All the hotel food is homemade, using locally produced and sourced goods where possible. When picnic lunches are arranged, the produce and ingredients are purchased from small local bakeries thus helping to sustain small family-run businesses.

Community:
We support the community by using businesses in the village. By using local restaurants, family-run hotels and buying from local shops and using local transfers, we directly contribute to income for many people here. During the trip there will be many opportunities to interact with local people, purchase locally produced handicrafts and to support small street vendors by trying authentic food.

Group size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the 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 a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from big coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We do believe in leaving more than just footprints, however; this walking tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts. By walking the clients have the opportunity to get off the classic tourist trails and discover the most authentic parts of the islands.

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.

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