Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples vacations

“Small group vacation covering Amalfi coast highlights such as Naples, Capri and Vesuvius, traveling by bus and boats, staying in family run and fabulously foodie hotel.”

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Naples | Herculaneum | Vesuvius | Walk of the Gods | Positano | Ravello | Capri | One free day with option to visit Pompeii.

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Our top tip:
Pac a macs and practical shoes aren't glam, but are a must. It's steep and rain clouds do happen.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people, min. age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
3* family run hotel with pool.
Included:
Flights from London, accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, transport, tour leader.
Meals:
Packed lunches by local bakery.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

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?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
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.
Mythbuster
“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?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
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.
Roshan Fernando
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.

Responsible tourism

Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples vacations

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation and 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. The hotel recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round. 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. Where meals are not provided, there is the chance to support local businesses and to try some authentic, regional specialties. These include: antipasti, homemade pasta, delicious Neapolitan pizza and fresh seafood.

Local Craft and Culture:
We visit many places of interest including the city of Herculaneum, the Piazza Plebiscito and National Museum in Naples and Pompeii. All money spent here goes directly to maintaining these iconic historical sites and paying the wages of those who work there. Of course, a huge part of Italian culture is cuisine and this is reflected in locally crafted produce, some of which is unique to this region. Locally smoked mozzarella is a highlight and you will often find it with salads or on pizzas. If there is time, clients can visit a small mozzarella factory and learn about this traditional industry.

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.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and 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 unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

7 Reviews of Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples vacations

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Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by

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


Ravello and Positano were beautiful, my top areas we visited, i had thought it would be Sorrento and although it was gorgeous there too they just beat it!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't go with a fear of heights!! Some of the roads are pretty scary and The Path of the Gods was also absolutely amazing but also stomach turning! Turns out i have a bit of vertigo but i still managed it all and it was well worth all the scary moments so on second thoughts do go!!!!

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


Absolutely, we visited a lot of areas of interest, purchased tickets for gardens and churches, Pompeii and the like. Ate out at small restaurants quite a few of which were family run and had drinks in the smaller bars also so i definitely feel we contributed to the local economy. I would have liked to have recycled at our hotel and when out and about but the wasn't an option.

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


One of my top 3 vacations and i have travelled a fair bit. It was so well organised, jam packed with places to go all of which we loved, not disappointed with anywhere. We had just enough time to relax too so it was a great combination. Only a week later i want to go back and do the trip again!! Our guide was fantastic also, could not fault him, funny, knowledgeable and so proud of his country. He made the vacation that much better if at all possible.

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by

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


The Natural Beauty! stunning!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Good shoes!

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


Yes to benefit. I wasn't sure about reduced environmental impact or conservation.

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


I loved it! Good tour guide, accommodations and ease of travel.
My only small complaint was the Pompeii guides took us on a long walk around to a remote part of village, then after entering past many newly discovered areas but by the time we got to the original interesting sites people were dropping out because of the heat, missing some of the best parts of Pompeii.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2019 by

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


The most exciting part was that I joined some tour mates to walk the rest of the Path of Gods till Positano, as the scheduled walk was half way of the Path and
returned the same way after a BBQ lunch. The coastal views are simply spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


While we avoided the crowds of tourists in this time of the year (end of March), the flowers, the trees and the plants are yet in bloom.

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


I felt my vacation benefited local people as we based in a small town and stayed in a family-run hotel.

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


I would rate my vacation an enjoyable and pleasant one. I hope I could stay longer !

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2018 by

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


Undoubtedly Herculaneum and Pompeii - they were the reasons I booked this trip and I wasn't disappointed. Capri was amazing too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There is a lot of walking - some very strenuous - the Path of the Gods for instance is a long hike with lots of steep climbs and descents. We were not a walking group but a group of mixed abilities and some of our group would have chosen not to take the walk if the difficulty had been properly explained. This is not a restful vacation and there is very little down time.

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


I think the vacation did benefit local people - the hotel we stayed in, our guide, the restaurants and the attractions we visited.

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


I would give it four stars out of five because when it was good it was outstandingly good - if Path of the Gods had been an option for a free day and something else was on offer I would have given it five stars.

Reviewed on 07 May 2018 by

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


Scenery of the Amalfi Coast

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for crowds at popular sites and longish travel by coach on narrow winding roads.

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


Clearly provided employment in the local village and income for the various shops and cafes in the village.

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


Very good. Thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent service from the tour guides.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by

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


Pompei was amazing although we didn't have nearly enough time to appreciate the site.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Very interesting and full vacation but not a relaxing vacation at all. Every day is very full.

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


Yes.

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



Reviewed on 26 Jun 2014 by

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


Most exciting was definitely Walk of the Gods, from Bomerano where we stayed to Positano over 2000' down on the coast. Fantastic views surrounded by wildflowers and herbs, across precipitous slopes and finally descending steps through cacti gardens from Montpertuso. But I also have to say I was surpised by how attractive Naples was, with its very elegant seafront.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The combination of mountains and coast means that you can experience every sort of weather in one day. So apply sun cream first thing, dress in layers, and
have an umbrella or pakamac in your pocket.

When walking in the hills or up Vesuvius, think skiing - if you let anything
slip it could quickly be lost forever, so I had my glasses on a chain and used
the wriststrap on my camera, pinned on my sunhat, etc.

Keep 50 cent coins handy for automated public toilets!

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


Yes! all our guides and drivers were local and tourism was the major source of
income for them. Using a small minibus was much more environmentally-friendly than independent travel, and it reduced number of vehicles on twisty mountain roads. Itinerary was well thought out, eg using local ferries to return to base.

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


Excellent, can't think why it didn't occur to me to visit this area before.

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