39 independent reviews for Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy

Reviews for Amalfi Coast walking holiday, Italy

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review 8 Mar 2020

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

There was no outstanding bit for me. It was all good.

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

Expect to be fully stretched. It's described as moderate/leisurely. We all found it quite hard going.

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

It was a shame we had to fly. Perhaps you could give an option? Or the operator has to.

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

Good walks, good food, good company, great leader.

review 4 Mar 2020

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

The combination of walking and sightseeing; exploring the village life in Bomerano.

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

Take some Arnica cream or gel! Walking up and down stairs all day strains legs differently than just walking up and down a hill. I have discovered muscles I did not know I had! Also, take some wet tissues in order to "wash" hands before the sandwich lunch whenever it is not possible to stop at a restaurant or bar, which is definitely the case in low season. Take layers to put on, as the temperature changes quite significantly with altitude.

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

We did improve the turnover of the small supermarket next to our hotel, as well as of the two restaurants and some cafes we visited. I do not think our trips reduce environmental impacts, quite the contrary. We hand to use minibuses to get from A to B as local public transport is scarce. And as to conservation, we most probably made erosion worse by walking on paths that we saw were affected by heavy rain and collapsed in places.

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

Seeing Herculanum and Pompeii makes you think and reflect on what lessons we should draw for the future. Seeing the impact of nature on steep slopes makes you more aware of the fragility of our environment in the days of sudden weather events.

review 6 Oct 2019

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

Walk of the Gods. A beautiful walk for scenery

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

Be fit and have appropriate footwear

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

Definitely benefited local people and reduced environmental impacts

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

Met all my expectations

review 29 Sep 2019

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

The walks and area

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

Make sure you are walking fit . There are many uneven rocky areas . A lot of steps uneven both up and down

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

Yes hopefully the bars and local town . There will always be the need for transportation which is not environmentally friendly

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

Excellent and very enjoyable. Having never experienced a holiday like this before we would definitely go again

review 29 Sep 2019

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

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

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

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

Enjoyable

review 27 Apr 2019

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

It's hard to choose. The path of the gods from Bomerano to Positano. Visiting Ravello, what a beautiful place. Great guide. Good company. Herculaneum and Pompeii.

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

Be prepared for lots of steps.

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

Yes the hotel was family run. The food and wine were locally produced.

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

Wonderful.

review 30 Sep 2019

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

The scenery was stunning.. Each day was very well organised.

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

If you enjoy walking, sometimes strenuous, then this is the holiday for you.

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

Yes. The small village our hotel was located in benefited financially from those staying at the hotel. I'm not sure about our environmental impact or conservation.

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


review 15 Oct 2018

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

The views were amazing, the guide knowledgeable and the food and hospitality befitting of the region. For a holiday with so much exercise integrated it was an interesting position to be in when we had put on weight when we returned

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

Donít ignore the training tips??. If in doubt book it!

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

Yes, the hotel was clearly a local concern and fully integrated into the local community.

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

An excellent experience. Having never booked or experienced anything like it before I would wholeheartedly recommend it.

review 10 Jun 2018

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

Visit to Pompie and Mount Vesuvius

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

The crowd will be on older side

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

Not using bought bottled water instead we used our own bottles and filled it with water. There are lot of public taps available

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

Amazing. 5 on 5

review 3 Apr 2018

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

The walk of the gods.

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

The walks are longer than it states in the trip notes.

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

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

Excellent. Our guide Enrico was wonderful.

review 6 Jan 2018

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

The Ravello trip

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

The walks seem a little more demanding than easy.

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

I suppose.

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

Excellent

review 1 Nov 2018

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

The walk of the Gods was spectacular

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

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

Only in as far as local businesses benefited from our expenditure.

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

Well organised, interesting, a great itinerary and good value for money.

review 14 Aug 2018

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

Vesuvio and Ferriere trekkings. Ravello between the visited cities.

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

No one in particular.

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

I did it enough.

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

Very good.

review 6 Aug 2018

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

Walking on the rim of Vesuvius

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

Make sure you wear suitable footwear

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

I did think that the hotel and the family it was run by greatly benefited from being used by the operator. Not sure about environmental impact, I had to use private transport to the hotel because my flight arrived after the group transfer. However, someone else had the same arrangement. I believe it should have been possible to coordinate both our transports so we only would have needed one taxi.

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

Fantastic mixture of walking, culture and relaxation. Really enjoyable and a lovely bunch of people who came to join it, as well as a great leader.

review 21 May 2018

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

Being with my dear friends...and the day trip to Mamma Agata's Cooking School (not on the tour operators agenda however).

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

The tour operators brochure mischaracterizes the difficulty of this trip, calling this a "leisurely to moderate walk" (Level 2) and says it is "at your own pace." I generally walk about 4-5 miles every day at about 4 mph, but I do not live in a mountainous area at a higher altitude. I was unable to keep up with the group from the first walking day and was advised to find something else to occupy my time. The primary walking group (those who completed the treks) was extremely fit and the walking including thousands of steps up and down rough, uneven stairs through difficult terrain. There were even complaints about those stopping to take photos. If you have any concerns about your abilities, I recommend you select the self-guided option or look for another area of the world for hiking.

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

The town, the hotel and all of the people and experiences we encountered on this trip had a local focus and highlighted the environment as well as the value of small agriculture and food production in the Amalfi region.

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

This is difficult for me. I arranged and paid for several of my own days on this tour because of my inability to meet the physical stamina and strength needed to complete even one of the "walks". If you are certain you can keep an excellent pace in very difficult terrain, I would highly recommend this. But I was very disappointed in the rating system and would definitely not take this trip if I had it to do over again. I might select self-guided and do the trip at my own pace with my husband. The hotel, the service and the food were all excellent...

review 26 Nov 2017

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

The beautiful weather throughout the week, blue sky with high temperature like an English summer. Plus the beautiful views which took my breath away.

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

Prepare well with good walking boots and poles.

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?

Thoroughly enjoyable

review 5 Nov 2017

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

Experiencing the Amalfi coast and getting to know the area better thanks to the leader and guide. Beautiful scenery and very good company.

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

Make sure you have the right gear, be prepared to hike and walk along some challenging paths. Not recommended for travellers that are not used to walking for longer periods of time.

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?

Excellent.

review 17 Sep 2017

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

The stunning scenery.

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

Just like our own Lake District there are lakes because of the abundance of water and steep hillsides. Both need to be taken into account when packing. My top tip would be to have a comfortable pair of shoes and light waterproofs.

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

I was very pleased that all the facilities we used were owned and run by local people. We also made good use of local transport systems to get to places of interest.

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

An excellent choice for anyone who wants to connect with the area and experience the peace and tranquillity.

review 4 Sep 2017

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

Walks, scenery, Enrico our guide is passionate about the environment and always happy to answer any questions. The views are spectacular, and the walking great, accommodation and food first rate.

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

Please read recommendations for foot wear etc well, hiking boots are mandatory and trainers are not good enough.

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

Yes, our hotel was in a local village, and on our hikes we stopped and enjoyed ice cream, beer etc

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

Really enjoyable, would not hesitate to recommend this holiday

review 1 Aug 2017

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

The number of steps I climbed, with a lovely group of people who I had not met before I joined the holiday.

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

A good degree of fitness, a positive mind - and know that there is OK to 'opt out' for a day if you really want to stay by the pool.

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

I hope we were of benefit and support by using local shops and supporting the local festival, where we instigated the dancing!

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

EXCELLENT.

review 27 Jun 2017

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

We loved our entire trip. The beauty of the first sighting of the coast from the top of Tre Calli and the climbing of Vesuvius may be the most outstanding.

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

Get fit to enjoy the most of this wonderful experience. Those not fit had to skip some days.

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

We were constantly conscious of keeping the environment pristine. We ate local at our hotel, many of the fruits and vegetables coming from their own gardens. We stuck strictly to the paths to keep this jewel intact.

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

Outstanding trip. A holiday of a lifetime.

review 13 Oct 2016

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

The beautiful scenery , wonderful people and our guide Severio

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

The walking is classed as low to moderate but our group of average walkers all agreed it should be re classified as moderate

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

Our hotel was family run and very good. We were taken to local bars and local businesses

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

It was more than I could of expected . As a single traveller I felt as if I was part of the family. Superb

review 5 Sep 2016

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

The scenery, the panoramic views along the coast are absolutely breathtaking! Walking up to and around the top of Vesuvius was also a highlight of the trip.

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

Read the trip notes carefully and prepare for the weather. Good walking boots/shoes are essential and trekking poles useful. Do prepare for the walks before you go. They are moderate walks which are challenging at times, as there are some steep ascents and descents and of course there are lots and lots of steps!! If you go in August, it is very, very hot and the walks take a lot longer than you might think.

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

Yes. We stayed in a delightful family run hotel and ate local produce over the course of the week. We also used local guides at Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculaneum and local transport was also used.

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

Absolutely fantastic! It exceeded all expectations. The staff at the hotel were so welcoming and friendly and the scenic walks were very, very enjoyable. Our group leader Suzy was also an amazing guide and her passion, knowledge and love for the area enhanced the whole experience. It was my first walking trip, but certainly not my last!

review 7 Nov 2016

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

The wonderful views along the walks, the company, and the great leadership from Thanos our knowledgeable guide.

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

Go and enjoy! Keep in mind that you move from place to place every few days, so pack accordingly. Some of the hikes were quite strenuous and on unstable surfaces so hiking shoes/boots are a must.

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?

Fantastic; exactly what I was looking for as I was travelling alone. Extremely well organised.

review 18 Jul 2016

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

The stunning views and vibrant colours - the lemon groves, bougainvillea, wild flowers etc. I especially enjoyed 'the walk of the gods'. I enjoyed the company of our friendly group - all lovely people, from various countries.

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

Take walking poles and walking boots/good trainers. There are strenuous climbs up and down steep steps and slopes (but worth the hard work for the stunning views!)

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

It certainly benefited the village and local economy

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

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our group leader, Suzy, was brilliant! Knowledgeable, helpful, very experienced and well organised. The hotel was comfortable and friendly.

review 11 May 2016

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

Walking the "Walk of the Gods" - spectacular scenery and a lovely walk. Also enjoyed our walk around the rim of Vesuvius with the local guide who was very informative.

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

Get in training for all the steps down to Amalfi and to Positano - they do leave you a little stiff!

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

The trip used local guides for Pompeii and Vesuvius, who were excellent and supported all the staff and employees of the very nice family run hotel.

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

A really good week's walking with spectacular scenery, a great guide and a really friendly hotel with great food. Really enjoyed going into the kitchen on two evenings including pizza making - really excellent wood fired pizzas!

review 13 Jun 2015

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

a) Walk of the Gods b) Hotel food

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

Train for walking up and down lots of steps

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

Yes - family hotel, local produce

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

Excellent

review 22 Mar 2015

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

Visiting Herculaneum. Walking up to and around the crater of Vesuvius. The stunning coastal views.

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

Go for it!

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

As it was predominantly a walking holiday our impact on the environment was reduced. We also supported several local businesses, putting something back into the economy.

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

Superb.

review 5 Oct 2014

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

The challenge of the walks and the outstandingly beautiful views

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

If you do not walk frequently, assume you will need walking boots for all the walks which are wonderful

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

Definitely benefitted the local economy which is dependent upon visitors and the environment because it is kept very clean and appealing to meet visitors' expectations.

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

The hotel was really lovely with a warm and attentive atmosphere and very good simple food. Our Guide was very special and without her we would not have seen or understood the beautiful areas in which we walked, the area is outstanding and it was a very nice group.

review 20 Apr 2014

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

The nature reserve with waterfalls on the Valle del Ferriere walk was just stunning.

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

People may want to take knee supports - one of the walks had a lot of steps!

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

The hotel was a family run business and they did have solar and photo voltaic energy. But we often came back to find the heating on and the window open. Also, recycling was not obvious to us.

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

Very good. We has a great time and came back fitter than we were!

review 6 Apr 2014

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

Hiking in the hail storms with high winds. Views of the Amalfi Coast. Visiting Pompeii and Hurculaneum.

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

Be sure to bring hiking poles. This is a moderate rated level hiking trip from a difficulty standpoint. Very little level ground.

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

Certainly benefited local people. I don't know about environmental impact and conservation.

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

Met/exceeded expectations.

review 21 Nov 2013

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

Climbing the Vesuvius mountain and overlooking the Volcano and naples from above

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

To wear many layers as the weather changes from warm to cold and vice versa.

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

Not really except maybe the family run hotel business.

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

A very enjoyable and well organized trip...The scenery along the amalfi coast was amazing.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback on your recent Amalfi coast trip and was pleased to read you enjoyed the Vesuvius walk and indeed the views are impressive from there. In regards tie your comments I just wanted to respond to the aspect of the benefits of the trip. We have used Braccicorti for many years and this farmhouse is owned by the Giovannetti family in fact 3 generations of the family live in the hotel, they produce a considerable quantity of local produce including wine and honey and also buy from local farmers and thus this money goes directly to the local community which we have been involved with for many years. In addition the majority of the staff employed in the hotel are all from the village of Bomerano and the hotel is a vital source of employment in the community So we can assure you that your holiday did benefit the wider local community

review 13 Oct 2013

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

The amazing view of the Sorrento Penisula when we arrived at the top of Monte Tre Calli and the fantastic scenery walking along the Amalfi coast. The walk of the Gods ending up in Positano was a fabulous walk and something I have always wanted to do - it definitely met my expectations:-)

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

You must enjoy walking and being on the go! You will meet some wonderful people and really get to know them by the end of the week.

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

Yes, the local hotel was supported well as was the local bakery for lunch. The visits to the cheese making farm and the local bar were a great insight into local life.

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

Excellent.

review 7 Oct 2013

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

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

Bring proper gear

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?

The guide Ale was excellent!!!!!!

review 7 Jun 2013

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

Hard to pick one thing in particular. Walks were all breathtakingly beautiful; the scenery is stunning.

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

remember the weather in hilly mountain areas can be changeable and take something warm!!

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

Probably good for the economy

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

Great - just what we were looking for

review 28 Apr 2013

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

Waterfall.

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

Never give up.

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?

Excellent.

review 23 Aug 2013

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

The Walk of the Gods finishing in Positano. Beautiful scenery!!

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

There are lots of steps on some of the walks, so if you need to bring walking poles to lessen the impact on your knees!

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

Yes. The hotel in which we stayed was a locally run family business. Lunches were provided by the local bakery too!

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

Good, but would have been more restful by less hanging around waiting for transport back at the end of the walks, allowing more time to relaxation at the hotel.

review 22 Sep 2012

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

Pompeii and Herculaneum

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

Read up about the area beforehand

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?

Very good

review 25 Mar 2012

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

The views on the Amalfi coast can not be captured in pictures, it is so beautiful. The walks we took each day were challenging and took us to areas not seen by tourists. It was spectacular.

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

Be prepared to walk up and down the mountain trails and steps, it rises and falls hundreds of feet. Be in good shape.

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

We ate each day in our local hotel and shopped locally as well, injecting good economic benefits. We used public transportation when possible too.

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

The guide, Albert, was very knowledgeable and added much to the holiday. The hotel and family that owned it were wonderful and accommodations were nice. The whole itinerary was planned well and went off without a hitch. Really a great holiday.

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