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Exploring the Sorrento Peninsula

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Combine leisurely walks on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains and enjoy visits to the myriad of local world class sites.
  • Product Code 17300,17305
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4, Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 7, 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Exploring the Sorrento Peninsula

The calm waters of the Bay of Naples reflect the cliffs like mirrored glass.  Citrus groves and vineyards flourish in the fertile land nourished by the ash of brooding Mount Vesuvius.  The sea and the volcano have determined the history and defined the nature, cuisine and excellent wine of the region.  The outline of the distant island of Ischia and the shimmering lights of Naples illuminate the evenings across the bay – the backdrop to dinner in the hotel restaurant and a coffee, and, perhaps, a limoncello, on the balcony to end the day. 

For years we have combined great rambles on the Sorrento Peninsula and in the Lattari Mountains with visits to local world-class sites.  At the foot of Mount Vesuvius are the sites of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum which were destroyed by the eruption of AD 79.  Both these sites vividly evoke the past.  Sorrento, a holiday resort since Roman times, is easily accessible by train from Vico Equense.  The Amalfi coast towns of Amalfi and Ravello and the elegant city of Salerno to the south of the peninsula also await exploration.

 Near to Salerno stand the magnificent Greek temples at Paestum with a world-class on-site archaeological museum.  It is also possible to spend a free day in the animated and colourful city of Naples which is richly endowed with beautiful churches, palaces and museums, or alternatively, on the romantic island of Capri. The final touch to our holiday is on two evenings we will join the locals for dinner in one of their restaurants.

With so much to see, these holidays offer a busy week or fortnight.  Alternate weeks follow a different itinerary – to see everything on offer you need at least two weeks and do look out for our popular 2 grades 2 leaders 2 walks departure dates!  All transport costs (we use both public and private hire transport) for the led programme are included in the holiday charge.  Entrance fees are not included.


Holiday Highlights

  • Become immersed in the classical world at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Relax with the cognoscenti in Amalfi or Positano.
  • Gaze into the crater of Vesuvius.
  • Enjoy the view from Monte Faito.
  • Explore the beauty of Capri.
  • Watch the sunset over the bay of Naples from the hotel terrace.
  • Take a drink at the cliff-top terrace of the Foreigner’s Club in Sorrento.
  • Dinner out in a local restaurant on 2 nights each week.
  • Admire the ever present Vesuvius.
  • Relax in pool side rooms
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Gatwick to Naples (British Airways or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers.
      Half board en suite accommodation.
      Dinners taken in a local restaurant on two evenings
      All local transport costs
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/SS & Grade 5/SS

  1. Day 1

    We arrive at Naples Airport and transfer to our hotel in Vico Equense. We will have a welcome drink on arrival followed by dinner in the hotel.

  2. Day 2

    A day of walking taking in villages and spectacular views. Grade 4 walkers. A relaxed introduction to Sorrento with a walk out to enjoy the views and a local beach. The view from the Foreigners Club over the Bay of Naples makes a very pleasant backdrop for a morning cup of coffee. Grade 5 walkers. time to explore the trails around Sant'Agata in the hills above Sorrento town. We will cover some of the most beautiful sections of the Italian Alpine Club's coastal trail on the Sorrento Peninsula. It’s a short walk but is fairly demanding over short distances and requires a good head for heights in places.

  3. Day 3

    Everybody can enjoy a visit to Herculaneum and the slopes of Vesuvius for a walk to the crater rim. The walk to the crater is undemanding and the views make it well worthwhile.

  4. Day 4

    A day of walking taking in villages on the hills above Vico Equense enjoying spectacular views. Grade 4 walkers. We can stroll through woods of chestnut finishing at a local bar were we will be made very welcome.. Grade 5 walkers. We can enjoy some of the best sections of the Path of the Gods that runs along the ridge between Amalfi and Sorrento. This is the most famous walk in the region. It is not a long walk but is demanding in places (especially on the long descent to the coast) and requires a good head for heights.

  5. Day 5

    A free day when you might choose from a myriad of options available to suit all tastes. You might seek out historic ruins, art, culture, walking or a day on the beach. Please discuss your preferences with your tour leader.

  6. Day 6

    A trip to Salerno to visit the medieval quarter and the cathedral, then on to Paestum to see the outstanding Greek temple ruins. Paestum contains probably the best preserved ancient temples in Italy.

  7. Day 7

    A day of walking taking in villages and spectacular views. Grade 4 walkers. We can enjoy some fine walking along the Monte Faito ridge perhaps taking in Monte Cerasuolo on the way. Grade 5 walkers. We will also walk on the ridge but might take in Croce della Connocchia on Monte Faito. This walk offers some of the best views of the holiday down the entire Sorrento Peninsula.

  8. Day 8

    This might be an excellent day to enjoy a trip to the Isle of Capri or perhaps Naples as you prefer.

  9. Day 9

    A day of walking taking in villages and spectacular views, both walks will include a visit to Sorrento town . Grade 4 walkers. we have a geat deal of choice in the trails we take but we will walk through Massa Lubrense and perhaps down to Marina della Lobra. Grade 5 walkers. We will stick to the coast on a walk from Sant'Agata to Sant'Agnello . This walk offers another section of the Italian Alpine Club's coastal trail and affords spectacular views over the Bay of Salerno.

  10. Day 10

    A day of walking taking in villages and spectacular views. Grade 4 walkers. We have a walk in the area of Santa Maria Del Castello to the give a taste of 'The Walk of the Gods'. Grade 5 walkers. We will walking from Arola taking in Santa Maria del Castello and Monte Comune. This walk offers some of the wildest scenery on the tour with views down to the Amalfi Coast. This walk is particularly rewarding in season when the wild flowers proliferate.

  11. Day 11

    A visit to the ruins of Pompeii and a quick visit to Villa Oplontis. Pompeii ruins are perhaps the best known archaeological site in the world, Villa Oplontis much less so but it is equally rewarding. It offers a very different insight into the Roman world.

  12. Day 12

    A free day when you might choose from a myriad of options available to suit all tastes. You might seek out historic ruins, art, culture, walking or a day on the beach. Please discuss your preferences with your tour leader.

  13. Day 13

    An excursion to Amalfi and Ravello. We have plenty of time to see these well renowned towns and have a swim on the beach.

  14. Day 14

    Another day of walking taking in villages and spectacular views. Grade 4 walkers. We will walk from Termini and might take in Torre di Montalto and Marina del Cantone. Grade 5 walkers. We also start at Termini to Monte San Costanzo and descend to Marina del Cantone via the Torre di Montalto. This is a very satisfying walk to the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula finishing at a beach for a swim with spectacular scenery on the way.

  15. Day 15

    After breakfast we return to Naples Airport for our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return fights from Gatwick to Naples (British Airways or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The Hotel Mary...

...has been our home from home in Sorrento for many years!

A delightful family run three-star hotel which has a very warm welcome and is beautifully situated with views out over the Gulf of Naples. At the end of an enjoyable day in the hills or amongst the historic sites what better way to unwind than relaxing by the recently renovated swimming pool and terrace enjoying the fantastic views out across the sea.

Conveniently located with easy access to local transport links make the Hotel Mary is an unbeatable base for our explorations, whilst Vico Equense offers a good choice of cafes, bars and restaurants, just a short stroll away. You will also find a small sandy beach located about 15 mins walk away.

Rooms are all en-suite with a balcony or terrace, air conditioning, a fridge, in room safe, TV, hairdryer and wifi (for a small charge).  As with most Italian hotels, tea and coffee making facilities are not available in the room.

We have dinner at the hotel on five nights, where the restaurant offers views over the Gulf, and meals have a choice for starters and main course, and we also eat out at local restaurants on two nights. giving you the opportunity to enjoy local dishes in an authentic atmosphere. Vegetarian and coeliac diets can be catered for on this holiday.


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