Our walking tour is a combination of walking on foot-paths in
scenic country-side and exploring towns and historic sites.
Day 1: Pick up at Naples Rail Station at 4 PM. Transfer by private bus to our
four-star hotel at Sant Agata. This village is located five km from
Sorrento and has marvelous views of the Bay of Naples and of Mount
Vesuvius in the distance. Welcome drink and briefing before dinner.
Day 2: Morning walk (downhill on a quiet trail amid lemon and olive groves)
into the town of Sorrento. Here,
we have a walking tour of the town with an expert local guide.
Legend says that the
name "Surrentum" derives from the ancient Greek myth of siren mermaids
whose singing lured seamen to shore. According to the legend Ulysses and
his comrades escaped the sirens by plugging their ears and the mermaids,
so humbled, were turned into rocks which today stand in nearby Positano. On
our walking tour we see ancient walls built by the Greeks, rebuilt by
the Romans and strengthened in medieval times to repel invasions by
Saracen pirates. There is a beautiful garden in the Cloister of the San
Francisco Monastery as well as intriguing narrow streets with cafes and
shops. There is free time to explore or there is an optional further
walk on to Capo di Sorrento. Return to the hotel in the afternoon by bus
(or on foot
for those who want a more energetic day).
Day 3: This
morning we walk the "Path of the Gods"
ridges in the hills above the Amalfi Drive. This is Amalfi’s most scenic
foot-path, with spectacular views of the sea and the hillsides.
Allegedly the trail dates back to the
time when ancient gods wanted to travel from the mountains to the sea to
hear the enticing song of the sirens. It is
about a 3 hour walk. From the end of
this walk we can continue by local bus to Positano but anyone who
wants an even more energetic walk can continue on foot (down 1100 steps
into the town). For
those who would prefer a less energetic day, there is an optional tour
by boat to Positano and chance to explore this beautiful town.
Day 4: This morning we go to the crater of Vesuvius. The bus takes us part
of the way up the mountain but there is still a short climb. At the top,
one can look down into the crater. A local volcano expert will tell us about volcanology.
In the afternoon we
visit the famous archaeological
site of Pompeii with an expert local guide.
Pompeii was settled as early as the 8th century BC and
by 79 AD it was a thriving commercial centre
with a population of 20,000. Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the
city under a blanket of ash six metres deep. Over the centuries
Pompeii was forgotten but in 1748 excavations were started and
since 1911 all finds of furnishings and household utensils have
been left where they were found, giving a fascinating insight
into everyday life in 79AD. The walk around Pompeii includes major sites such as the Forum, the Amphitheatre, temples and
well preserved homes.
Day 5: Free day. There are many things to do if you don't want to
rest on your free day. The hotel has a shuttle bus which will take you
into the centre of Sorrento. From here you could visit Herculaneum (which suffered the same fate as Pompeii although it
was buried in deeper ash). A trip to Ravello makes a lovely day or you could take a ferry to Naples
and visit museums. A boat ride along the coast takes you to Positano.
Day 6: The ferry from Sorrento takes about 30 minutes to
the Isle of Capri and here a bus meets us and takes us up to Anacapri.
We then walk through pine forest (uphill) with beautiful views the Bay of Naples, the
Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast. We can see the famous Natural Arch and
the "Faraglioni" rocks that legend says are petrified "syrens" from the
days of Ulysses. The route leads back down to Anacapri centre.
There is free time to have lunch and explore the lively streets of the town centre.
In the afternoon we go down to the town of Capri. From the town centre
we walk to a look-out and for the more energetic there is a possible
walk down to the beach area. For those who want a more relaxed day there
are gelato shops, cafes, shopping and sightseeing in Capri town.
Later in the day we walk down to the harbour and take the ferry back to
Day 7: Today our walk starts at the hotel at Sant' Agata. Using quiet
roads amid villas and gardens we walk with great views of the Bay of
Salerno. When we reach the town of Termini we see the Isle of Capri. The
walk continues to the town of Massa Lubrense and then we return on a
network of ancient foot-paths to our hotel. (A less strenuous walk is
available for those who prefer it.)
Day 8: Return to Naples Rail Station by 12.00 noon