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The sun-drenched region of Campania isn't short on well-known attractions and this trip explores the colourful Amalfi Coast, Bay of Naples, and legendary ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stride along the scenic Walk of the Gods and travel by ferry along the coast.
Explore Tour Leader
12 - 18
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.
2 Pin Round
Naples: National Museum entrance €18 or alternatively you can pre-purchase tickets online to avoid the long queues, but this service costs an additional €2: http://www.coopculture.it/en and select the ticketing tab. Napoli Sotterranea guided tours in English €10 (duration is about 1.5 hours and tours start every two hours from 12pm to 6pm). Sorrento Peninsula: Guided walking tour of Sorrento €100 per group. Capri: Hydrofoil ferry to the island of Capri €14 each way. Charter bus tour around the islands highlights from Marina Grande to Anacapri and Capri before returning to the marina €16.50 per person (minimum 8 people). At Anacapri can walk to Villa San Michele (1.5kms, 15 minutes per way) €8 entrance. At Anacapri can walk to Vila Jovis (6.5kms, 30 minutes per way) €4 entrance. Boat trip from Marina Grande to the Blue Grotto is €18 per person and last for approximately two hours. This includes a circumnavigation of the island with at stop at the Blue Grotto. Boat trip from Capri Harbour to the Blue Grotto is €15 per person and lasts for approximately one hour. Entrance into the Blue Grotto is a further €15 per person. Day 6: Private transfer to Positano (for those who don't want to take part in the Walk of the gods) €70 for a private bus up to seven people.
July and August are the hottest months and lightweight cotton clothing is best. During spring and autumn temperatures can be lower or drop during the evenings and there is also a stronger possibility of rain. You'll need your swimming costume and light rainwear may be needed at any time of year. A warm fleece or jacket is recommended for cooler evenings and layers for if you decide to climb Mount Vesuvius where the temperatures are considerably lower at the top. For the Walk of the Gods you will need comfortable walking trousers, and also a rain coat and fleece in case of bad weather.
We recommend taking comfortable walking shoes for exploring and trainers or sandals for relaxing. If you are intending on walking on Mount Vesuvius and the Walk of the Gods, it is essential that you bring walking boots - leather or fabric are both fine. The paths are a bit rocky underfoot and so you could twist an ankle if not wearing boots. Trainers are not recommended. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We recommend that you wear/carry your walking boots as hand luggage on the international flight: should your luggage be delayed, your well broken-in boots will be irreplaceable. Please note that we reserve the right to exclude participants on the Walk of the gods on safety grounds if wearing unsuitable footwear.
One main piece of baggage and a day pack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.
We advise taking a water bottle for our included walks as well as sun glasses, sunscreen and a sun hat. In case of emergency we recommend that you carry a first aid kit and a torch. Bring a swimming suit and towel for taking a dip in the sea. We also recommend bringing a reusable shopping bag, so that you don't need to use plastic shopping bags during the holiday. For the Walk of the Gods we strongly recommend that you bring walking poles, as the path is over uneven rocky ground, some sections are steep and the descents can be a bit tough on the knees. We'd suggest taking a backpack (handheld bags are not suitable) with a waterproof cover for this walk to store your camera, water, a picnic lunch and snacks, any clothing and sun products required, etc. In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to €500.00.
Bus, Ferry, Public Bus, Train
On the three nights of our trip spends on the Sorrento Peninsula and two nights in the Amalfi region the exact location of our accommodation will vary depending on your departure date and will be confirmed to you on your final documentation.
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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Naples is a city that is unfortunately frequented by pickpockets, so please avoid wearing valuable jewellery and keep expensive items, your passport and any spare cash or cards in the hotel safe when you go out exploring. At Pompeii and Herculaneum you aren't permitted to take in any backpacks or bags that measure more than 30cm x 30cm x 15cm. There are bag storage facilities at the sites where you can leave bigger items without charge. The walks in and around Amalfi may involve steep ascents/descents which are often stepped. Including the Walk of the Gods, which isn't suitable for anyone who suffers from vertigo.
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