Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri ~ Cultural Walking Tour

EXPERIENCE LA BELLEZZA

Take a deep breath and fall into the embrace. This is the Amalfi Coast, where jagged mountains plunge their way to the sea, brightly colored houses cling to cliff-sides and fishing boats bob atop impossibly turquoise waters. A land like this can’t be “seen”, it must be experienced – taken in with all of your senses.

Walk in the footsteps of Roman Emperors along seaside mule-trails that weave through Mediterranean forests and lemon-scented hillsides – offering stunning, panoramic views of the sparkling azure sea. Sip a glass of Prosecco as the sun sets over Capri’s yacht-studded harbor, meander the narrow alleyways of Sorrento – lined with lemon shops – and dine on delectable, fresh seafood in a local trattoria.

Each day brings just the right combination of invigorating walks, escorted visits, thrilling options and a healthy dose of spontaneity – so that you can fully immerse yourself in the regional cultural and  stunning beauty of the Amalfi Coast and Capri.


DATES AND PRICES: 7 Days/6 Nights

  • Dates:
    • September 15-21, 2019
    • WINTER SALE through March 1, 2019!  Regular Trip Price: $4,595, SALE PRICE: $4,395! Save $200 per person!!!
    • Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
    • 5 Month Payment Option or Full Payment Option available upon booking
    • Single Supplement $795 USD solo traveler, single occupancy

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WALKING RATING: Our walks are rated as easy to moderate, with durations on average of 1.5 – 3 hours and distances of 5-10 kilometers (3-7 miles). Although most routes are relatively short, you will encounter cobblestones, rugged pathways, uneven steps and steep ascents and descents in order to reach stunning views and hilltop villages. Our walks ideal for active travelers. No hiking experience is necessary, but we do recommend walking regularly before your trip, including up hills, whenever you can. Although non-walking options are provided throughout the tour, we caution that this trip is not the right fit for those who have difficulty walking or have a health-related condition that would limit participation and/or impede or inconvenience others.


THE UNEXPECTED IS PART OF THE JOURNEY

At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up. If Mario calls to tell us they’re pressing olives at just this moment, off we go (I mean, we wouldn’t let you miss his newly pressed olive oil!), and if a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting.

On that note, if our usual boutique hotels can’t accommodate us (which rarely happens), you can rest assured you’ll stay somewhere of an equal or higher level. The quality of our tours is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast, local, Italian connections.

DAY 1: Sorrentine Peninsula 

  • Welcome and trip orientation, Bay of Naples seaside walk, aperitivo, welcome dinner
  • Dinner

AFTERNOON: You’ll meet up with your private driver in Napoli Centrale train station from which you’ll be transported to another world – the spectacular Sorrento Peninsula and your spectacular 4-star accommodations, Hotel Miramare, overlooking the sea. After check in you’ll have time to get settled in before we meet up for a trip orientation and brisk walk that ends with a seaside apertivo as you enjoy a breath-taking sunset over the famous Bay of Naples – with Mt. Vesuvius as our stunning backdrop.

EVENING: Enjoy a delectable Sorrento-style dinner at our friends’ seaside restaurant.

DAY 2: Sorrento 

  • Sorrento historic center, scenic walk along Via Capo, private tour at our friend’s enormous lemon grove, limoncello demonstration
  • Breakfast and dinner

MORNING: After breakfast at the hotel, we walk to Sorrento’s charming historic center with its inviting, narrow alleyways lined with shops – including the famed lemon vendors selling everything from lemon soaps & limoncello to impressive Cedro lemons the size of melons. What fun! From here we continue on an easy hour-long walk along picturesque Via Capo to a hidden beach at the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula.

LUNCH: Overlooking Capri in the distance, we enjoy a casual picnic lunch.

AFTERNOON: 

  • Option 1: Walk to the nearby beach where you can dip your toes in the Mediterranean – or even enjoy a cool drink at the seaside bar.
  • Option 2: Relax on the hotel’s panoramic terrace and take in the views.
  • Option 3: Return to Sorrento’s centro storico for shopping and meandering on your own.

EVENING: Tour of our friend, Pia’s spectacular lemon grove, followed by dinner amidst the lemon trees

DAY 3: Capri & Anacapri

  • Ferry to Capri, walk or chairlift to Mont Solaro, church and hermitage of Santa Maria, island boat tour (optional/extra)
  • Breakfast and dinner

MORNING: Enjoy a hearty breakfast and get your camera ready, as we’re off on a 20 minute ferry ride to the island of Capri. After check-in at our boutique accommodations, 4-star Hotel Syrene, we shuttle to Anacapri where you can hop on the chairlift for a panoramic 12 minute ride to the summit of Mont Solaro – or opt to walk to the summit instead. Either way, you’re in for incredible views that stretch across the Mediterranean Sea. On the walk down we’ll make a stop at the 16th century church and hermitage of Santa Maria – home to a depiction of the Virgin Mary beloved by local sailors and coral divers. 

LUNCH: Picnic lunch on Mont Solaro

AFTERNOON: We return to our elegant hotel nestled in the heart of Capri, where you can spend the afternoon as you wish.

  • Option 1: Head to the marina to meet up with our friend, Paolo, for a 2-hour scenic boat ride that includes an up-close view of Capri’s breath-taking coves and jagged, rocky shores. (optional/extra)
  • Option 2: Take time on your own to explore the chic, boutique-lined avenues of Capri where you can shop for perfume, sandals, lemon-infused soaps – or perhaps a sassy, Capri-style outfit.

EVENING: Dinner at our friends’ trattoria

DAY 4: Capri

  • Villa Jovis ring walk, tour of Villa Fersen, Arco Naturale ring walk
  • Breakfast

MORNING: Open your window at the villa and let in Capri’s fresh, ocean breezes. This, and a still-warm cornetto, is the ideal way to begin this day of exploration. Duck into one of the local grocery stores for a made-to-order panino as we being our walk to Capri’s stunning eastern tip to explore the ruins of Villa Jovis – Emperor Tiberius’ enormous villa – with its imposing position on cliffside that plunge down to the sea. Along the way you’ll take in sweeping views of Capri’s yacht-studded marina and hillside villas.

LUNCH: We relax together and enjoy our picnic lunch in one of the most beautiful parks in Italy – it’s like picnicking on top of the world!

AFTERNOON:

  • Option 1: Pizzolungo Trail. Join your trip leader for an afternoon walk to take in the wild, coastal beauty of the island. Of all Capri’s panoramic walks, the Pizzolungo is one of the most breathtaking, with a footpath that hugs the southern coast of the island and offers staggering views of the sea, the Sorrentine peninsula and the famous rock formations in the sea – the Faraglioni.
  • Option 2: Shop in Capri at your leisure, or simply meander the winding avenues.
  • Option 3: Relax on the poolside terrace at the hotel.

EVENING: Dinner on your own in Capri

DAY 5: Amalfi & Positano

  • Duomo di San Andrea, Amalfi historic center, private boat tour to Positano, walking tour Positano
  • Breakfast

MORNING: After some cappuccino and an ample breakfast, we make our way by ferry to gorgeous Amalfi, the dramatic, fan-shaped village that opens towards the sea, surrounded by devastatingly beautiful scenery that plunges from the steep slopes of Monti Lattari. After check in at our 4-star, oceanside accommodations, Hotel Residence Amalfi, it’s off to explore Amalfi’s historic center – including the town’s spectacular cathedral. 

LUNCH: On your own in Amalfi

AFTERNOON: In afternoon we meet up with our private boat drivers for an oh-so-special coastal tour on our way to famed Positano where you’ll have a change to wander and explore the charming, picturesque alleyways. Have your camera ready, as the photo ops are endless! Afterwards we return by boat to Amalfi for a friendly aperitivo hour together.

EVENING: Dinner is on your own in Amalfi 

DAY 5: Amalfi

  • Amalfi Sentiero Mulini ring walk, Amalfi historic center
  • Breakfast

MORNING: After breakfast at your seaside hotel, we’re off to grab panini at the local grocery for our picnic lunch, as we being our hearty walk along the spectacular Sentiero Mulini with its evocative abandoned paper mills and panoramic views of Amalfi below. On the last loop of our walk, we’ll make a stop at our friend, Maria’s, private home where you can enjoy her panoramic terrace and some cool lemon water. Stop for a moment and take it all in! This is one of the most beautiful walks in all of the Amalfi coast!

LUNCH: Picnic lunch amidst the ruins of the centuries-old ferried (paper mills).

AFTERNOON:

  • Option 1: Enjoy some time on your own shopping in Amalfi.
  • Option 2: Cool your heels at an inviting cafe or indulge in an artisan gelato. You’ve earned it!
  • Head to the beach!

EVENING: Special farewell dinner at our hotel’s exceptional restaurant

DAY 7: Departure

Transport to Stazione Centrale Napoli


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DATES AND PRICES: 7 Days/6 Nights

  • Dates:
    • September 15-21, 2019
    • WINTER SALE through March 1, 2019!  Regular Trip Price: $4,595, SALE PRICE: $4,395! Save $200 per person!!!
    • Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
    • 5 Month Payment Option or Full Payment Option available upon booking
    • Single Supplement $795 USD solo traveler, single occupancy

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Options and flexibility. You’re uniquely you, and we think that’s fabulous! That’s why we provide you options and flexibility each and every day. Prefer a bit of time on your own? Choose an explore-on-your-own option. Wanting more steps? Choose an optional, extra walk. Tailor each and every day to suit your unique desires.
  • Memorable accommodations for 6 nights in hand-selected boutique hotels
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners served with regional wines
  • Full-time experienced trip leader/walking guide, local guides and experts, behind-the-scenes support staff and support vehicle(s)
  • Tours, visits and hands-on experiences with local residents and artisans
  • Private land transportation throughout the trip
  • Daily guided walks, plus non-walking options: WALKING RATING: Easy to moderate, with durations on average of 1.5 – 3 hours and distances on average 5-10 kilometers (3-5 miles) – ideal for active travelers with or without hiking experience. You can expect hard cobblestones, uneven pavement, steps and steep hills. In addition, elevators are not available at our boutique hotel accommodations. Although non-walking options are provided throughout the tour, we caution that this trip is not the right fit for those who have difficulty walking or have a health-related condition that would limit participation and/or impede or inconvenience others.
  • Gratuities for hotels and meals

Not included: Airfare, ground or water transportation outside of that listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, wines or meals ordered “on your own”, gratuities for drivers

The Unexpected is Part of the Journey: At Strada Toscana we weave amazing, authentic experiences into every trip, but sometimes unexpected things come up. If Mario calls to tell us they’re pressing olives at just this moment, off we go (I mean, we wouldn’t let you miss his newly pressed olive oil!), and if a site has an unscheduled closing, we improvise to include something equally as wonderful and interesting. On that note, if our usual boutique hotels or B&Bs can’t accommodate us (which rarely happens), you can rest assured you’ll stay somewhere of an equal or higher level. The quality of our tours is never at risk, as our team is committed to excellence, along with our vast, local, Italian connections.


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WHY CHOOSE a Strada Toscana Tour?

  • YOU’RE NOT JUST A NUMBER. We care deeply about our guests. In fact, we think of our small groups as a kind of family of like-minded travelers.
  • SMALL GROUP – BIG BENEFITS. Our maximum small-group size is 14, which means we’re able to stay in centrally located, boutique hotels (that often have limited rooms), eat in tucked away, family-run restaurants (that are always the best!) and use twin Mercedes Benz vans to reach restricted areas in historic villages.
  • WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK. Our support staff is always at hand to help you with everything from translating a menu to finding that special leather purse.
  • GORGEOUS & COMFY. You stay in upscale, boutique hotels with beautiful sleeping rooms, ensuite bathrooms and lovely touches that reflect the character of the region.
  • BEST VALUE. Because we’re destination experts and operate only in Italy, we know how to get the BEST quality for the very best price – that we then pass along to you. Our tours are an extraordinary value. Period.
  • YOU GET RIGHT TO IT. Spend less time transferring around in vans and more time experiencing. Your accommodations are in ideal locations for stepping outside to walk and explore.
  • PRIVATE DRIVERS. Strada Toscana teams up with exceptional drivers who own their own vans and their own businesses – and are really more like family. No conglomerates and no outside services.
  • AUTHENTICITY. Our trip leaders and guides are locals who are from the areas in which we tour. They know the region, the sites and the people like the back of their hand.
  • EXCEPTIONAL MEALS. The owner-run, top-notch restaurants on our tours are extraordinary, which means you enjoy delectable dinners in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.

Learn more about our unique approach to traveling in Italy.