Much of the terrain is uneven so we recommend hiking boots (not trainers!) and walking poles.
Small group tour. 4-16 adults (min. age 16) with a tour leader.
Leisurely. 4 days’ walking, av. 10-12km per day, 4-6 hours.
A family run, 3* hotel with a pool.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accommodation, all listed activities, some meals, flights (if booked).
All breakfasts, 4 packed lunches from local bakery, 6 dinners (3-4 course Italian food, at hotel).
Small group vacation
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.
Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Activity: Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We do believe in leaving more than just footprints, however; this walking tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like along the Amalfi Coast.
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.
Accommodation & 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. 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. The hotel recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.
Community: The trip visits a local mozzarella factory, and all money spent here goes directly to supporting and maintaining this very traditional family business. We use a local bakery for packed lunches.
Group size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the 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 a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from big coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.
Reviews of Amalfi Coast walking vacation, Italy
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2016 by Sue Warner
It was more than I could of expected. As a single traveler I felt as if I was part of the family. Superb.Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by Joanne Halpin
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.Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2016 by Anne Monks
Fantastic; exactly what I was looking for as I was traveling alone. Extremely well organised. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2016 by Lois Ellis
The stunning views and vibrant colours - the lemon groves, bougainvillea, wild flowers etc. I especially enjoyed 'the walk of the gods'.Read full review
Reviewed on 11 May 2016 by John Savage
A really good week's walking with spectacular scenery, a great guide and a really friendly hotel with great food.Read full review
Superb! As it was predominantly a walking vacation our impact on the environment was reduced. We also supported several local businesses, putting something back into the economy.Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2014 by Therese Moore
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.Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Apr 2014 by Janet Fung
Very good. We has a great time and came back fitter than we were!Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Apr 2014 by Terry Manon
Met/exceeded expectations....Hiking in the hail storms with high winds. Views of the Amalfi Coast. Visiting Pompeii and Hurculaneum.Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Nov 2013 by Layla Makkawi
A very enjoyable and well organized trip...The scenery along the amalfi coast was amazing.Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2013 by Deborah Stone
Excellent....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:-)Read full review
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...The whole itinerary was planned well and went off without a hitch. Really a great vacation.
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