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Naples and amalfi coast, responsible trip

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A responsible trip in the "footsteps of the gods"
Campania is a trip that will take you straight to the gods of Olympia, it is the Roman's Campania Felix who named it thus as it represents the ideal place for the "otium" (leisure). Campania is Naples with all its different aspects, poor and rich, working class and nobles, deeply religious and superstitious, mother of its own citizens, ironical to the point of making fun of death. It also has the threatening shadow of Vesuvius which in 79 AD wiped out Pompeii & other towns at its feet where valued vineyards grew. Working-class neighbourhoods and social discontent is also part of Campania. In the film «Gomorra», first prize at the Cannes Festival or again in «Yesterday, today and tomorrow» with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni exposed these popular districts. The citizens of these neighbourhoods oppressed by the Camorra, are raising up their heads to rebel against the Mafia in very extraordinary ways. Homeland to the first republic of the sea with breath-taking views on its paths, the Costiera Amalfitana will almost make you believe you are a god.

Highlights:
- Numerous aspects of Naples, its people and Pompeii's remains.
- Pleasant encounters with the activists and young people of the «Nuovo Teatro Sanità» association in Naples.
- Villages of the Amalfi coast: Ravello, Positano and Amalfi

 Daily itinerary

amalfi2Day 1: Naples
Arrival in Naples. Transfer by public bus to the Hotel in the historical centre. Discover at your leisure the small alleyways of working-class neighbourhoods in the city, capital to the kingdom of Sicily over 6 centuries. Late afternoon, briefing with the tour leader. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Naples. Meals (-/-/D)                                       structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
anacapriDay 2: Capri (4 hours walking + 300 m – 300 m)
In the morning, hydrofoil to Capri (45 minutes). Walk on not so beaten tracks, won over by the enchanted charms of this wonderful island, homeland to poets, painters, philosophers and emperors. Let yourself drift to the beauty of landscapes filled with flowers and turquoise sea. Scents and fragrances, its elegant and eclectic villas turn this island into a Mediterranean pearl. Picnic on site. Return to Naples in late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Naples. Meals (B/L/D)                         structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
NapoliDay 3: Naples and Vesuvius (2 hours walking + 150 m – 150 m)
In the morning, escorted by a young from the organization "Nuovo Teatro Sanità" as guide, discover the historical and working-class neighborhood of "Rione Sanità" where the mystery of this magical town is hidden. Meet up with the volunteers and young people of the organization who work in this old district. Through theatre and journalism they struggle for the city's social redemption. Late morning, transfer to Vesuvius and visit to a typical farm house known for the wine production «Lacryma Christi» (the tears of Christ). This divine nectar is left to brew and age in an old cave dated from 1780 dug under a volcano eruption. Lunch with fresh products from the farm and wine tasting. In the afternoon, ascension of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii with its ashes 2000 years ago. Incredible view over the Gulf of Naples and its city. Transfer to Agerola in Monti Lattari, the Regional Park which overlooks the Amalfi coast. Dinner and overnight in a Hotel in Agerola. Meals (B/L/D)                                                                                               structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
ischia-vettaDay 4: Monti Lattari (4 hours walking + 550 m – 550 m)
In the morning, we follow the path that is named after General Avitabile, the village icon, which leads up to the opposite side of the valley and start climbing up to the Monte Tre Calli. Make the most of this magnificent view over the Amalfi peninsula from one of the highest summit of the area. On clear days the view extends to Positano and Capri and even Agerola Valley and also the dolomite rocks, peaks of Monte Sant'Angelo ai tre Pizzi. Dinner and overnight in Agerola. Meals (B/L/D)                                              structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
amalfi5Day 5: Amalfi (4,5 hours walking + 200 m – 900 m)
Wonderful day dedicated to the discovery of this intoxicating region. Walking through the Valle delle Ferriere, you will take the lid off this box of beauty where nature remains intact all the way down to Amalfi. Visit of the city which during the 10th and 11th century dominated the sea through trade. Return by public bus to Agerola. This evening, demonstration of the process of pizza making. Enjoy your pizza and overnight in hotel. Meals (B/L/D)                                                                                   structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
pompeiDay 6: Pompei
Transfer by public bus to Pompeii. Visit of the archaeological park where remains of this extraordinary roman city are kept. Time stopped in Pompeii on an autumn day of 79 A.D., when powerful Vesuvius poured itself over the town, its housing and unknowing citizens. In the afternoon, a visit to a Limoncello factory, a lemon based liqueur specialty of the area and of course a Limoncello tasting. Dinner & overnight in a hotel. Meals (B/L/D)                                                                    structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
ravello-vistaDay 7: Positano (5 hours walking - 650 m)
One of Italy's most beautiful paths will lead us to Positano, the most attractive jewel hamlet of the Amalfi coast. The old mule path starts in Agerola and opens up to breath-taking views that lead to Capri. The path is an overview to mythology which is rightly named «The path of Gods»! Time at leisure in Positano and possibility for swimming.
Return by catamaran to Amalfi then by public bus to Agerola. Dinner and overnight in Agerola. Meals (B/L/D)


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Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Naples airport by minibus. Two transfers are planned to accommodate clients' plane schedules. Transfer between Agerola and the airport: 1h30. Please try to book your flight after 9 AM. Meals (B/-/-)

Note: B (Breakfast); L (Lunch); D (Dinner)

Grade: easy-moderate, 2 to 4 hours walking each day, hilly-to-steep terrain. A prior hiking experience is recommended. On the Amalfi coast there are plenty of steps along our hike down to the villages. We advise to use the trekking poles.

Accommodation:
- 3 nights in a hotel *** in Naples
- 4 nights in a hotel *** in Agerola

Equipment for the walks:
good and solid trekking shoes, wind and water proof jacket, bathing suit, hat, sun glasses and sun cream, alpenstock, gourde de 1 litre minimum, gourde de 1 liter minimum. Dishes for the pic nic. A rucksack (15/30 litres) for your trekking day.

Getting there:
the destination airport is Naples. We will set a meeting time with the guide at the airport for the transfer to the hotel. 2 meeting points are planned (one late morning and one late afternoon). People who arrive before or later could catch the public bus at their own expenses and reach the hotel by their own. Naples could be also reached by fast trains from Rome (1h). At departure, two transfers are planned according to the schedule of customer flights. Consider 1h 30 min transfer between Agerola and the airport, so do not book flights before 9am.

Supplements
Departure in August 110 €
Supplement single room 140 €

Included:

- All transfers provided in the trip note, train, bus private minibus
- Accommodation provided in the trip note with breakfast
- Dinners & lunch picnics provided in the trip note
- English-speaking Guide
- Solidary project involvement

Not included:
- All beverages
- Lunch day 1 and day 8
- Dinner day 1
- Entrance ticket to Vesuvius (10€)
- Entrance ticket to Pompeii (11€)*
- Tourist tax
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Location Naples and Amalfi Coast

italia Campania

Map tour MOTCAMY1TG

Trips note: MOTVCAMY1TG

Destination: Naples and Amalfi Coast
Travel style: Guided walking holidays
Interest: Beach & coastal hikes, Responsible tourism.
Comfort : Standard
Difficulty : Easy
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Departure : J F M A M J J A S O N D
Participants: from 4 to 15 people
Airport: Naples
price on request