Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

“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.

Description of Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

There is a lot to pack into an Amalfi coast holiday, Naples, Herculaneum, the island of Capri and incredible walking routes that line the coast, dipping in and out both the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. Both of these Gulfs compete for gorgeousness, but this eight day trip manages to capture many of their highlights, based in one charming family owned hotel for the entire stay, and taking private transport out to the various daily sites every day. The hotel, in the village of Bomerano has an outdoor pool and is in a lovely elevated position with a refreshing breeze when you most need it.

Travelling in a small group, with a local expert guide accompanying you, tours include the dramatic and omnipresent Vesuvius, as well as the ancient Roman town it ruined, Herculaneum. There is a separate option to visit Pompeii on your free day as well. To take in the present day beauty of this extraordinary coastline, however, we have included a day of walking on a trail that merits its name, Walk of the Gods. From here you will have some of the most breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, the jewel in its crown being the town of Positano, which should compete for prettiest town in the world title, set into the cliffs with ancient stairways leading to piazzas, caves or beaches.

You can’t go to the Amalfi Coast, however, without a boat trip to the Island of Capri. An idyll on many levels whether you are an historian, natural heritage fan or just a people watcher. It is glam, gorgeous and full of green walking trails, and makes for a fitting finale to this great week.

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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:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
3* family run hotel with pool.
Included:
Flights from London, accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, transport, tour leader.
Meals:
Packed lunches by local bakery.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
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Accepted

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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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The Impacts of this Trip

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.

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.

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8 Reviews of Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples holidays

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Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019 by

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


Hike up and around the crater of Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Pompeii

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


Shoulder season is better to see sites comfortably without hoards of people; Pompeii was still heaving on a damp November week so be warned! After booking we did read that November is the rainiest season and the weather seemed to live up to it! The weather is the risk you take, but the weather isn't predictable at any time.

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


On the whole yes. It was based around a smaller, family-run hotel and the company ethos is around minimising our impact on local resources, immersing ourselves more easily in the local cultural and social heritage, using locally sourced food (which we understand the hotel did wherever possible) and respect for biodiversity. However, we did feel that the hotel we stayed at had a monopoly and we would have liked more opportunity to use other places in Bomerano (we did on our free night and had an excellent meal at a different local restaurant for very good value) or elsewhere to support other local businesses. The operator has also reduced the use of single-use plastic bottles from it's trips and encourages clients to do the same by providing free tap water to fill reusable water bottles. However, the hotel we stayed at used a lot of single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers (I hope the latter could be washed and reused but not sure if they were) which wasn't necessary. I refused mine but still ended up with them appearing in my glass! If they must use them, it would be good to see alternatives or them asking if people really need a straw.
There wasn't much around conservation on this trip.

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


Overall a good trip, especially if you like a bit of walking and a bit of sightseeing and you want a lower impact holiday.

Read the operator's response here:

We would like to thank Kath for her review; we were pleased to read that she enjoyed the itinerary, however we were very sorry that she was so disappointed with the accommodation. The hotel in Bomerano uses biodegradable straws, and the stirrers, whilst plastic, are reusable and are washed after every use and this property has been using solar panels for the past 10 years to generate clean energy for the hotel’s day-to-day activity.

The owner and staff are continuing their efforts to be more environmentally friendly as they are switching to eco-friendly toiletry options, as well as biodegradable packed lunch packaging, and will cease advertising bottled water at the hotel bar. Whilst we sincerely regret that Kath felt the accommodation had a negative impact on her tour, we genuinely hope that this helps reassure that there are conscious efforts to improve the sustainability and reduction of impact this property has on the environment.

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by

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


Ravello and Positano were beautiful, my top areas we visited, i had thought it would be Sorrento and although it was gorgeous there too they just beat it!

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


Don't go with a fear of heights!! Some of the roads are pretty scary and The Path of the Gods was also absolutely amazing but also stomach turning! Turns out i have a bit of vertigo but i still managed it all and it was well worth all the scary moments so on second thoughts do go!!!!

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


Absolutely, we visited a lot of areas of interest, purchased tickets for gardens and churches, Pompeii and the like. Ate out at small restaurants quite a few of which were family run and had drinks in the smaller bars also so i definitely feel we contributed to the local economy. I would have liked to have recycled at our hotel and when out and about but the wasn't an option.

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


One of my top 3 holidays and i have travelled a fair bit. It was so well organised, jam packed with places to go all of which we loved, not disappointed with anywhere. We had just enough time to relax too so it was a great combination. Only a week later i want to go back and do the trip again!! Our guide was fantastic also, could not fault him, funny, knowledgeable and so proud of his country. He made the holiday that much better if at all possible.

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by

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


The Natural Beauty! stunning!

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


Good shoes!

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


Yes to benefit. I wasn't sure about reduced environmental impact or conservation.

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


I loved it! Good tour guide, accommodations and ease of travel.
My only small complaint was the Pompeii guides took us on a long walk around to a remote part of village, then after entering past many newly discovered areas but by the time we got to the original interesting sites people were dropping out because of the heat, missing some of the best parts of Pompeii.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2019 by

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


The most exciting part was that I joined some tour mates to walk the rest of the Path of Gods till Positano, as the scheduled walk was half way of the Path and
returned the same way after a BBQ lunch. The coastal views are simply spectacular.

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


While we avoided the crowds of tourists in this time of the year (end of March), the flowers, the trees and the plants are yet in bloom.

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


I felt my holiday benefited local people as we based in a small town and stayed in a family-run hotel.

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


I would rate my holiday an enjoyable and pleasant one. I hope I could stay longer !

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2018 by

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


Undoubtedly Herculaneum and Pompeii - they were the reasons I booked this trip and I wasn't disappointed. Capri was amazing too.

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


There is a lot of walking - some very strenuous - the Path of the Gods for instance is a long hike with lots of steep climbs and descents. We were not a walking group but a group of mixed abilities and some of our group would have chosen not to take the walk if the difficulty had been properly explained. This is not a restful holiday and there is very little down time.

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


I think the holiday did benefit local people - the hotel we stayed in, our guide, the restaurants and the attractions we visited.

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


I would give it four stars out of five because when it was good it was outstandingly good - if Path of the Gods had been an option for a free day and something else was on offer I would have given it five stars.

Reviewed on 07 May 2018 by

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


Scenery of the Amalfi Coast

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


Be prepared for crowds at popular sites and longish travel by coach on narrow winding roads.

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


Clearly provided employment in the local village and income for the various shops and cafes in the village.

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


Very good. Thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent service from the tour guides.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by

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


Pompei was amazing although we didn't have nearly enough time to appreciate the site.

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


Very interesting and full holiday but not a relaxing holiday at all. Every day is very full.

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


Yes.

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



Reviewed on 26 Jun 2014 by

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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