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La Dolce Vita on the gulf of Naples

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Exploring Sorrento, Ischia and Capri
Since the roman period the bay of Naples has been one of the most important and visited places of the known world. Now, if you think about the Naples bay and its islands, the first image that comes into your head is of posh and crowded places. Sorrento, Ischia, Capri restaurants, classy shops and elegant palaces are amazing indeed and really exclusive...but there is much more than that. If you want to discover the wild nature, the little creeks, the deserted beaches and breath-taking views of those dream spots, this is the trip for you. We will offer a unique and perfect balance between backcountry hikes, swimming in blue coves and time to discover these beautiful towns and their history. Starting from the colourful city of Naples we will cross the entire length of the gulf, stopping in Ischia and Capri, ending perfectly on the Sorrento peninsula.

Highlights:
- A unique itinerant trip across the entire Gulf of Naples
- The wild nature of Ischia and Capri islands
- Free time for a swimming every day in a different dream spot

Daily itinerary

NapoliDay 1: Arrival in Naples
Arrival at Naples airport. Welcome and transfer by local bus to your hotel in the historic centre of the city. Briefing with your guide and introduction to the trip. City trek of this striking city, exploring the historic centre with its narrow streets and neighbourhood Spacca Napoli, Toledo street, Umberto I Gallery and the Plebiscite Square Gallery are just some of the main attractions. Dinner in a typical pizzeria and overnight stay at hotel in Naples. Meals (-/-/D)                                                                                                structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
ischiaDay 2: The Ischia beach (5hrs walking, +400m -400m)
In the morning we start our sea trip taking a hydrofoil to the island of Ischia. The biggest island of the Naples Gulf, Ischia hosts at the same time some of the prettiest beaches and the best hikes of the area. Once arrived at the harbour we will leave our luggage with a taxi then start our walk. We will be passing through the charming centre of Ischia town then, heading south, start a panoramic walk on a steep cliff, always having a view over Naples. At the end of the hike we will arrive at the cute fishing village of Sant'Angelo. Free time to enjoy the beach, then public bus to Ischia. Check in at your hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Ischia. Meals (B/L/D)                                                structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
ischia-vettaDay 3: Ischia summit (6:30hrs walking, +700m -800m)
Today we take a bus leading to a pine wood from where we will start our hike. A slightly steep route, alternating between flights of steps and paths, dirt roads and trails carved into the volcanic rock, open air passages and green canopies, will lead us to Monte Epomeo, the summit of the island. The view over the entire bay of Naples, from Pozzuoli to Capri is unbeatable. Way down to Forio town, then bus back to Ischia. Dinner and overnight stay in Ischia. Meals (B/L/D)                                               structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
Capri skaly FaraglioneDay 4: Capri (3:30hrs walking, +300m -300m)
In the morning boat transfer to Capri. We will leave our luggage with a taxi then start our hike. We will pass through the famous town, then leaving the tourist area walk on a scenic path amid charming villas and flowery gardens. We will pass through the Natural Arch, the Matermania grotto, the Tragara terrace and many other amazing spots. In the afternoon, free time to take a swim or to wander along the streets of one of the most famous islands in the world. At the end of the afternoon public bus to Anacapri, on the other side of the island, cute town placed on a less touristy and peaceful plateau. Check in at the hotel then overnight stay in Anacapri. Meals (B/L/D)                   structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
anacapriDay 5: Anacapri and the blue grotto (5:30hrs walking, +400m -600m)
Amazing hike on the top of the island of Capri. Departing from Anacapri we will follow a trail first gently climbing up the mountain. After a while the ascent will become steeper and incredibly scenic. Arrival on the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island, where we will enjoy a 360 degree view of the entire gulf. Descent towards punta Carena, the western point of Capri, from where we will take a charming and panoramic hike alongside the coast, following the fortress system built by French and Britons in the XIX century. End of our hike at the Blue Grotto, the most known natural attraction of this amazing island. You can take an optional tour of the grotto (option to be paid onsite). Bus back to Anacapri, dinner not included and overnight stay in Anacapri. Meals (B/L/-)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
sorrentoDay 6: Sorrento (1:30hrs walking, +200m -100m)
In the morning we will take a hydrofoil to reach beautiful Sorrento. Hometown of Limoncello, the famous lemon based liqueur, Sorrento is built on a steep tuff cliff, offering a beautiful view of Naples, right on the other side of the gulf. Free time to stroll at your own pace in the centre of this elegant city or to lay on its famous beach. In the afternoon easy walk to Massa Lubrense, tiny cute town at the very end of the gulf of Naples. Check in at the hotel and dinner at Massa Lubrense. Meals (B/L/D)structure-separateur-horizontal-dot
punta campanellaDay 7: Punta Campanella (4hrs walking, +480m -560m)
In the morning bus to Termini, little town close to Massa Lubrense. After a first uphill section to the church of San Costanzo, built on a solitary and panoramic rock, we will start our descent to Punta Campanella, the southern extremity of the Gulf of Naples. The view of Capri, just a few kilometres away from there, is just amazing. We will continue our hike on a trail ending at Termini. Bus back to Massa Lubrense where you will have free time to swim in the sea. Dinner and overnight stay at Massa Lubrense. Meals (B/L/D)


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Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, a private transfer will take you back to Naples airport - 1h30 ride. Meals (B/-/-)

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

Grade : easy - moderate, 3 to 6 hours walking each day over hilly terrain, coastal paths and short asphalted road. Some sections of the hikes could be a bit slippery. A prior hiking experience is recommended, hiking poles recommended

Accommodation :
1 night in hotel*** in Naples
2 nights in hotel*** in Ischia
2 nights in hotel*** in Capri
2 nights in hotel*** in Massa Lubrense

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

Getting there: the destination airport is Naples. Group arrival and transfer to our hotel. The last day, group transfer to Naples airport.

 

Supplements price per person
Departures in June € 75
Single Room Supplement € 210
Extra night in Naples double/single room with breakfast included € 55/€ 85

Included:
- 7 nights' accommodation in hotel*** on half board basis (except dinner on day 5)
- All transfers by public bus, private minibuses and boats
- English spoken tour leader, specialist of the region
- All Lunches (except on day 1 and day 8)
- Tourist taxes

Not included:
- 1 dinner in Anacapri
- lunches on day 1 and day 8
- Optional entrance fee to Blue Grotto in Capri
- All beverages
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  • Comment Link Odete Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:00 posted by Odete

    Thanks again for a great tour, I very much enjoyed every minute and will have great memories. I have highly recommended it to my travel agent so hope that you will get some additional people on tours through. Well I have seen the Cote d Azur and relaxed in the sun, but think that Southern Italy is far better, actually as they say... True paradise... I actually felt quite at home there and would love to return soon.

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Location Naples and Amalfi Coast

italia Campania

Trips note: MOTCAMS2TG

Destination: Naples and Amalfi coast
Travel Style: guided
Interest: Beaches and coastal hiking
Comfort: Charming
Grade: Easy
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Departures: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Group size: from 4 to 15 people
Airport: Naples
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