Amalfi Coast Walking Tour

10 days / Walking Tours
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About This Experience

American author John Steinbeck once wrote that Italy’s Amalfi Coast “is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” This is one of those rare places where photographs simply don’t do justice to its sights—you need to see them for yourself. On this walking tour through the seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast, you’ll do just that. Experience an Amalfi Coast vacation today.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in hand-picked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual tour director

  • 3 escorted walks

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Naples, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
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  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

This isn’t a dream—tomorrow you’ll wake up in Naples

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Naples2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Relax, settle in, eat an entire pizza (we won’t judge)

Dinner, Breakfast (in flight)

Welcome to Naples. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. Following check-in, you’ll have some free time to explore Naples or relax in your room. Later this evening, you’ll have the chance to mingle with your fellow travelers and get your first taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza at your welcome dinner.

Day3

Explore Naples from the inside out on a guided underground tour

Breakfast

Naples Underground, National Archaeological Museum

This morning, discover Napoli on a guided tour through the historic city center, uncovering sites such as the 14th-century Gothic cathedral, the Castel dell’ Ovo and the neoclassical Teatro San Carlo. Next, explore the city beneath the city in the sotterranea, an underground network of catacombs, aqueducts and passageways. Later, examine the extensive collections of Roman art and antiquities at the National Archeological Museum.

Sorrento6 nights - hotel info

Day4

Trek up Mount Vesuvius and look down upon a city frozen in time

Dinner, Breakfast

Pompeii ruins

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on today’s expedition to Pompeii. Buried in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., many of Pompeii’s temples, homes and arches remain perfectly preserved. During your walking tour, you’ll wander among the ancient paved streets and past the impressive ruins to witness how wealthy Romans lived. You’ll get a look at the Forum, once a public meeting place, the lovely decorations of the Forum Baths, and the paintings decorating the Villa of Mysteries. Later, experience the legendary volcano up-close on a trek to the still-active peak. As you climb up toward the crater, you’ll be treated to lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Later, arrive at your hotel in Sorrento.

Day5

Take the road less traveled and discover the traditional Sorrento

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

On a morning walk through Sorrento’s local villages, experience the more traditional and quaint side of the Amalfi coastline. Follow the stone-paved paths that link villages, farms and olive groves together, while stopping to admire views of the nearby island of Capri. Afterward, return to Sorrento for the evening, where you might choose to enjoy our optional Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting.

Optional Excursions

Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105* pp

Take a short trip outside of Sorrento for a cultural experience at an agriturismo, or farm stay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the lush gardens, cultivated fields and vegetation, typical of many Mediterranean regions. After touring the farm, savor an aperitif of prosecco, meant to stimulate the appetite. A four-course dinner will follow, complete with a wine tasting lead by an experienced sommelier. After an evening experiencing the Italian art of eating, return to Sorrento.

Day6

Get your camera ready—you’ll want to remember this day in Sorrento

Optional Excursion - Path of the Gods: Scenic Cliffside Walk

Breakfast

Today is free for you to get to know Sorrento at your own pace. You’ll have plenty of time to take snapshots of the coast or sample some gelato. Alternatively, join an optional morning walk along the Path of the Gods in the cliffside villages of Positano and Nocelle, taking in the area’s amazing seascapes.

Optional Excursions

Path of the Gods: Scenic Cliffside Walk $59* pp

On this classic, three-hour walk along the Amalfi Coast, you'll follow the mountaintop Path of the Gods, a steep, winding route that once served as the only connection between the towns you'll visit. Set out from Agerola, follow your hiking guide through terraced vineyards and forests, and stop along limestone ridges for panoramic views of the sea. Your walk concludes in Nocelle, a “lost village” perched 1,400 feet above Positano and only accessible by foot via two stone pathways. After the walk, a bus takes you to the heart of Positano, where you'll have some free time to walk to the central square or stroll the picturesque shores of the beach. Please note: This excursion involves difficult walking on uneven terrain and is weather-dependent.

Day7

Leisure is the Italian way—savor the day on a long stroll or in a cafe

Optional Excursion - Paestum Ruins & Mozzarella Farm Lunch

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day, browsing Sorrento’s local shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sit at a cafe and people-watch. You may wish to wander Praiano’s gardens and villas or explore Positano on your own. Alternately, join an optional excursion to the spectacular Greek ruins at Paestum followed by lunch at a mozzarella farm.

Optional Excursions

Paestum Ruins & Mozzarella Farm Lunch $119* pp

There’s no better place to sample authentic Campania specialties than a local mozzarella farm. Savor homemade delicacies during a light lunch and tasting while relaxing in the countryside setting. Then, travel to the nearby Paestum Ruins for a guided sightseeing tour of the well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, including a visit inside the Archaeological Museum of Paestum to see the famous frescos of the Tomb of the Diver.

Day8

The Amalfi coastline leaves walkers breathless (for the right reasons)

Breakfast

Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone

Journey on a full-day excursion along the picturesque Amalfi coastline. Enjoy breathtaking views of crystal-blue water and secluded beaches as you drive past terraced hillsides and lovely, whitewashed towns. Arrive in Ravello, where you’ll tour the alluring gardens and discover Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone before setting out on today’s walk from Amalfi to Atrani, the tiny seaside town that inspired Dutch artist M.C. Escher.

Day9

What better way to say farewell to Sorrento than a day on the beach?

Optional Excursion - Capri Walking Tour

Dinner, Breakfast

On your last day in Sorrento, you might wish to venture down one of the cliffside paths leading to the sea and relax on the beach. You could also board a ferry for an optional walking tour of the glamorous island of Capri, a playground for the rich since the Roman times. Tonight, join your group for your farewell dinner.

Optional Excursions

Capri Walking Tour $105* pp

Spend a day on the island of Capri, exploring the breathtaking shore and poking around the quaint shops and harbors. Take a cruise around the island, viewing the iconic grottos and cliffs that make up the coastline. After your island cruise, start your walking tour with a funicular ride to the upper town. From here, walk downhill to the Arco Naturale, a natural cliff archway that was once part of a collapsed grotto. Then, continue past the Villa Malaparte, a jewel of Italian architecture, and end your tour at Punta Tragara. Afterward, enjoy free time to make your own discoveries on the island. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent. If weather prohibits a mini-cruise, you’ll travel to the village of Anacapri, which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery.

Day10

Parting is such sweet sorrow (that’s why you should stay longer)

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, a Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport in Naples for departure. Board your flight home to the United States.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $389*

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day10

You could eat gelato all day or you could see the Vatican

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Today is free to explore Rome’s plethora of piazzas and cafés. You might search for the city’s best gelato or people-watch at the Trevi Fountain. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Vatican City including visits to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.

Day11

The Forum to the opera, Rome’s legacies are still standing

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the Caesars during an included excursion around Imperial Rome, featuring a guided tour of the Colosseum. Your afternoon is free to take in the amazing art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of the saints to treasures of the Renaissance. Tonight, bid farewell to your fellow travelers at our optional Dinner with Tenors.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!

Day12

So many souvenirs, such a small suitcase

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the Rome airport for your flight home.

Print This Page

About This Experience

American author John Steinbeck once wrote that Italy’s Amalfi Coast “is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” This is one of those rare places where photographs simply don’t do justice to its sights—you need to see them for yourself. On this walking tour through the seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast, you’ll do just that.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in hand-picked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual tour director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 3 escorted walks

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Naples, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Capri, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

This isn’t a dream—tomorrow you’ll wake up in Naples

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Naples2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Relax, settle in, eat an entire pizza (we won’t judge)

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Naples. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. Following check-in, you’ll have some free time to explore Naples or relax in your room. Later this evening, you’ll have the chance to mingle with your fellow travelers and get your first taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza at your welcome dinner.

Day3

Explore Naples from the inside out on a guided underground tour

Breakfast

Naples Underground, National Archaeological Museum

This morning, discover Napoli on a guided tour through the historic city center, uncovering sites such as the 14th-century Gothic cathedral, the Castel dell’ Ovo and the neoclassical Teatro San Carlo. Next, explore the city beneath the city in the sotterranea, an underground network of catacombs, aqueducts and passageways. Later, examine the extensive collections of Roman art and antiquities at the National Archeological Museum.

Sorrento6 nights - hotel info

Day4

Take the road less traveled and discover the traditional Sorrento

Optional Excursion - Ancient Naples: Ruins of Cuma

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, opt to join a tour to the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Cuma. In the afternoon, transfer to Sorrento. Upon arrival, your Tour Director leads a guided orientation and walking tour that includes the Sorrento waterfront. Dinner is included this evening.

Optional Excursions

Ancient Naples: Ruins of Cuma $69* pp

Travel outside Naples to the Bacoli region and see the Phlegraean Fields, a regional park that’s rich in archaeological sites. Drive through the park’s volcanic coastal landscapes, passing craters, volcanic lakes and ancient ruins as you make your way to the archaeological site of Cuma. Dating back to the eighth century B.C., the ancient city of Cuma was the first Greek colony on the mainland of Italy. Your local guide will show you around the ruins, highlighting what life was like centuries ago.

Day5

Trek up Mount Vesuvius and look down upon a city frozen in time

Breakfast

Pompeii ruins

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on today’s expedition to Pompeii. Buried in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, many of Pompeii’s temples, homes and arches remain perfectly preserved. During your walking tour, you’ll witness how wealthy Romans lived. Take a look at the Forum, once a public meeting place, the lovely decorations of the Forum Baths, and the paintings decorating the Villa of Mysteries. Later, experience the legendary volcano up close on a trek to the still-active peak. As you climb up toward the crater, you’ll be treated to lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Afterward, return to Sorrento for a free evening.

Day6

Get your camera ready—you’ll want to remember this day in Sorrento

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

On a morning walk through Sorrento’s local villages, experience the more traditional and quaint side of the Amalfi coastline. Follow the stone-paved paths that link villages, farms and olive groves together, while stopping to admire views of the nearby island of Capri. This evening, experience rustic Italian cuisine at the optional farmhouse dinner and wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105* pp

Take a short trip outside of Sorrento for a cultural experience at an agriturismo, or farm stay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the lush gardens, cultivated fields and vegetation, typical of many Mediterranean regions. After touring the farm, savor an aperitif of prosecco, meant to stimulate the appetite. A four-course dinner will follow, complete with a wine tasting lead by an experienced sommelier. After an evening experiencing the Italian art of eating, return to Sorrento.

Day7

Leisure is the Italian way—savor the day on a long stroll or in a cafe

Optional Excursion - Paestum Ruins & Mozzarella Farm Lunch

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day, browsing Sorrento’s local shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sitting at a cafe to people-watch. You may wish to wander Praiano’s gardens and villas or explore Positano on your own. Alternately, join an optional excursion to the spectacular Greek ruins at Paestum followed by lunch at a mozzarella farm.

Optional Excursions

Paestum Ruins & Mozzarella Farm Lunch $119* pp

There’s no better place to sample authentic Campania specialties than a local mozzarella farm. Savor homemade delicacies during a light lunch and tasting while relaxing in the countryside setting. Then, travel to the nearby Paestum Ruins for a guided sightseeing tour of the well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, including a visit inside the Archaeological Museum of Paestum to see the famous frescos of the Tomb of the Diver.

Day8

The Amalfi coastline leaves walkers breathless (for the right reasons)

Breakfast

Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone

Journey on a full-day excursion along the picturesque Amalfi coastline. Enjoy breathtaking views of crystal-blue water and secluded beaches as you drive past terraced hillsides and lovely, whitewashed towns. Arrive in Ravello, where you’ll tour the alluring gardens and discover Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone before setting out on today’s walk from Amalfi to Atrani, the tiny seaside town that inspired Dutch artist M.C. Escher.

Day9

What better way to say farewell to Sorrento than a day on the beach?

Optional Excursion - Path of the Gods: Scenic Cliffside Walk

Breakfast, Dinner

Your final day is free for you to explore Sorrento at your own pace. You’ll have plenty of time to take snapshots of the coast or sample some gelato. Alternatively, join an optional morning walk along the Path of the Gods in the cliffside villages of Positano and Nocelle, taking in the area’s amazing seascapes. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Optional Excursions

Path of the Gods: Scenic Cliffside Walk $59* pp

On this classic, three-hour walk along the Amalfi Coast, you'll follow the mountaintop Path of the Gods, a steep, winding route that once served as the only connection between the towns you'll visit. Set out from Agerola, follow your hiking guide through terraced vineyards and forests, and stop along limestone ridges for panoramic views of the sea. Your walk concludes in Nocelle, a “lost village” perched 1,400 feet above Positano and only accessible by foot via two stone pathways. After the walk, a bus takes you to the heart of Positano, where you'll have some free time to walk to the central square or stroll the picturesque shores of the beach. Please note: This excursion involves difficult walking on uneven terrain and is weather-dependent.

Day10

Parting is such sweet sorrow (that’s why you should stay longer)

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, a Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport in Naples where you’ll board your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Capri & Naples $729*

Once a favored resort of Roman emperors, Capri has been topping travel wish lists for centuries. Experience the epic natural beauty of its seaside cliffs and grottoes before returning to Naples.

Capri2 nights - hotel info

Day10

See why Capri is the go to vacation spot for the rich and famous

Breakfast

Transfer to Capri by ferry. Weather permitting, board a mini-cruise around the island to the 330-foot cliff of Salto di Tiberio, the majestic caves of Grotta Bianca and Grotta del Corallo, the soaring stone Arco Naturale and Marina Piccola, the charming “little harbor” on the south side of the island. Alternately, you may enjoy a visit to Anacapri. Then, take the funicular to the upper town, where a local guide leads a walking tour of Punta Cannone, where you can see the Faraglioni rock spires from above.

Day11

Walk along Capri's coast for stunning views

Optional Excursion - Hidden Capri: Villa Visit & Dinner

Breakfast

Take in the magnificent scenery and panoramic views during a coastal walk of Pizzolungo. Starting in the Piazzetta, walk by the Arco Naturale to the famous Villa of Curzio Malaparte, a stunning example of modern Italian architecture, ending at Punta Tragara for a show-stopping view of the harbor. In the evening, opt to savor traditional island cuisine at a villa dinner.

Optional Excursions

Hidden Capri: Villa Visit & Dinner $69* pp

Walk from the town of Capri up to the ruins of the Villa Jovis, a vast Roman palace built by the emperor Tiberius in 27 A.D. Explore the expansive villa, which sits atop the second-highest peak in Capri, before enjoying an included dinner at a local restaurant.

Naplesfor a day - hotel info

Day12

So many souvenirs, such a small suitcase

Breakfast

Spend a free morning exploring Capri on your own, before transferring to Naples by ferry.

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should take precautions for sun exposure during the summer months. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

This tour takes you through the Campania region, known for its fish and seafood dishes, such as spaghetti vongole (spaghetti with clam sauce), alici marinate (marinated anchovies) or insalata di mare (a seafood salad). Campania yields some of the best produce in Italy, including San Marzano tomatoes, used in slow-simmering ragú. Campania is also famous for its cheeses, such as mozzarella di bufala. However, Campania’s most famous dish comes from Naples—the city that invented the pizza. The standard tomato, basil and cheese variety is called a margherita. The Amalfi Coast is renowned for its lemons (sfusati), used in everything from linguine with lemon to lemon soufflés. Desserts include pastiera napoletana, a cake filled with ricotta and candied peel, and ricotta-filled pastries known as sfogliatelle. The area also produces famous wines harking back to Roman times. Try the white Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino, or the red Taurasi (excellent when aged) and Lacrima Cristi from Vesuvius. Stop by an enoteca (wine shop and bar) and you’ll find wine from all over Italy and knowledgeable clerks to help you.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Naples (or Rome on the extension). When you first arrive in Naples, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to use public transportation. In Naples, most local buses—called ANM— depart from Piazza Garibaldi. Bus maps are available from their offices at the western end of the piazza. Otherwise, walking is probably your best option, although there is also a subway system (actually more above ground) that works for most locations. Taxis can be expensive.

Airport and Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Shorts are comfortable to walk in, but bear in mind that they might deny you access to churches. Hiking boots are recommended. We also suggest that you bring a collapsible walking stick for the more challenging walks. A change of footwear is also essential. A plastic water bottle is handy for staying hydrated on your walking tours, and a pair of binoculars enhances your enjoyment of the scenery. Insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight are also a good idea. It’s always key to be prepared for any eventuality—so a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting clothing that can be layered are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Almalfi in Spring

Great time of year for touring Almalfi coast before the tourists descend! Country side was in early spring bloom. Weather was mostly sunny and cool. The small group size was a wonderful bonus for hiking the wonderful country side and touring picturesque coastal towns. Having Sorrento as our home base for 5 days was great... no packing and repacking! The optional hike "Path of Gods" was a personal challenge in some sections with my rusty knees...but I did it !!! Only wish the day had not been so overcast because the landscape was beautiful. Our tour director Arianna P. was delightful! She exuded positive energy, had a great sense of humor and kept us on target.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amalfi The Best of Italy

The weather is outstanding. The food is excellent ! Shopping is diverse and great. The people are friendly and. The Mediterranean is the most beautiful ocean and the cruises are the best. Capri and Ana Capri were my dream come true. The tour director Raf was very knowledgeable and fun to be with, he made it all the more interesting. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Italy is my favorite place in the world. This was my third trip there, different areas each time, next will be Sicily for me. If I were any younger or had a life partner, I would move to Sorrento tomorrow.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

My first Go Ahead Tour

I loved this tour. It is called the Walking Tour of Amalfi and it met every expectation. I did more than I ever thought I could. I felt no pressure but total support. Raf is a perfect tour guide; just the right mix of caring personality and extensive knowledge. The group bonded very quickly. The tour had a good mix of free time which I enjoyed. The hotels had great central locations. I took this picture on the Village Walk of the Isle of Capri.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Alfredo Reigns

The tour was laid out well and it was great to be able to stay in one place for six nights in Sorrento. The Conca was by far the best of the three hotels which was very desirable. Local guides were all very knowledgeable and I hope you will continue all of them. Coastline scenery and Pompeii-Vesuvius were awesome. Alfredo came through for me big time in Rome. I had my wallet snatched on the Metro and Alfredo took me to the nearest Police station. We ended up waiting 1-11/2 hours for the local constabulary. It was true that there were four other cases like mine ahead of me. Alfredo was facing time pressure as the next activity approached, but he stayed with me and when I finally got in it went very smoothly thanks to his Italian. Our tour group was fun, thanks in large part to the four women from Georgia who were high-spirited and songful. Make sure you have such a group on future tours! Thanks for a good experience. Bill Jennings

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/3/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

OVERVIEW OF TOUR

AS U CAN SEE, I'VE TAKEN SEV TRIPS W/GA; HOWEVER, I AM NOW VERY ANNOYED W/ GA..ESP W/ THE AIR ITINERARY., INITIALLY, I PHONED 3X RE THE TIGHT CONNECTIONS IN FRANKFURT & WAS REPEATEDLY ASSURED THAT I WOULD MAKE IT. AS U KNOW, THE UNTED FLIGHT WAS DE;AYED & I MISSED THE CONNECTION , SPENT 8 HRS AT THE AIRPORT, HAD TO CALL GA IN BOSTON & THAN TAKE A CAB TO THE HOTEL, ARRIVING ABOUT 1 AM !!!. HAD I LEFT EARLIER I WOULD HAVE AVOIDED THIS AWFUL EXPERIENCE...MIND U THAT I PAID AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR FLIGHT. THUS I MISSED THE WELCOME, MEETING THE GROUP...NEVER GOT A LIST OF CLIENTS & NOT KNOWING THEIR NAMES DURING THE TRIIP. THE TOUR DIRECTOR DID NOT TAKE THIS IN CONSIDERATION. IN FACT, SHE DIDN'T GIVE SEV OF US THE EMAIL LIST WHICH SHE SAID THAT SHE WOULD. IN GENERAL, I DID NOT FEEL THAT SHE WAS ATTENTIVE...EXCEPT TO CERTAIN CLIENTS! I WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. I DO NOT PLAN TO TRAVEL W/ GA IN THE FUTURE & WILL POST MY REVIEW ON OTHER SITES!

2 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Almost Perfect

This is my 5th GoAhead trip and I loved everything about it....almost. Our Tour Director was the best I've even had...she handled every situation with grace, tact and lots of humor. I would love to travel again with her. So why 4 stars instead of 5? Basically some little nitpicky stuff that kept it from being perfect. I felt that the hotels, while adequate, did not measure up to GA's usual standards. All were well located, but the rooms were dated, front desk staff not very friendly, and rooms were terribly noisy. I know this can be typical of Europe so I wasn't really that upset. The breakfasts were very good. I do feel that the included dinners could use some improvement. I realize that GoAhead has to work within a budget to get us the value it does, but these dinners (on all my trips) always seem to go to places that cater to tourists. The first night in Naples we were supposed to have the famous Neopolitan pizza, but instead had samplings of several local dishes...actually quite tasty...just not Pizza! The included dinner in Sorrento was at a restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor garden/seating area... but we were marched in to a large empty room (where we were joined by another tour group) and served a four course meal which was OK except for the entrée which was a very average pork cutlet. The Farewell dinner, while always fun, again served a four course meal with choice of dried out pork cutlet or bland fish. We would have much preferred a hearty meal of salad, wine and pasta! Now on to the good parts....as I said our tour director Paola was the best we could have asked for. The daily excursions were varied and just right. Unfortunately a rainy night kept us from the village walk in Sorrento the next monring. It was kind of nice to have some down time that day, tho. Paula did work on organizing a cooking class, but not enough were interested. We would have gone, but had made previous arrangements to attend one later in the week which was a lot of fun. My husband thought the Path to the Gods optional excursion was the highlight of the trip. Most went on it, but a few of us took the bus to Positano and met the group there for lunch. It is a difficult walk especially if there are any vertigo issues. My favorite day was the spectacular bus ride along the coast, the walk from Amalfi to Atrani...it was a little challenging for the knees due to many, many steps, but well worth it. Absolutely stunning. Unfortunately one member of the group stayed back not knowing that he could have spent that short time in Amalfi at a lovely café waiting for us. That option wasn't given to us until we were on the bus. My husband and I did take the Rome extension with another day added. Since we'd been before, we chose to wander on our own and spent one day in the charming neighborhood of Trastevere. Re-reading this, it does sound a bit negative, but I am just venting on a couple pet peeves. It still was an absolutely wonderful trip and I highly recommend it.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paola is best tour director

Paola was best tour director I've had amongst several Go Ahead tours. Overall the tour was well planned and executed. A couple of the excursions could have been better defined as some of the travelers had some difficulty completing them. Two of the hotels were of a lower standard than I expected. They seemed as "tour bus" hotels and seemed dated while providing little customer service.

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Perfect Paola!

If you were visiting the garden of Eden and your tour director was bad, it would be hell. That being said, a good tour director can be the nexus of a fantastic trip. We were blessed to have Paola with us. From the first day to the last minute, her enthusiasm, her knowledge, her patience and her pretty smile made every day on the trip a wonderful memory. Although Naples is not my favorite city in Italy, she made it interesting and helped me to appreciate the history (and the pizza). As she led us through Sorrento and the Amalfi coast, she brought us all together and helped to bond us as a group. She was always patient, polite and professional. We are seriously contemplating getting our very own group of friends together to have her lead us through Southern Italy. Grazie mille Paola per un viaggio meraviglioso!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Gorgeous views!

The tour was great--excellent itinerary and beautiful places. The tour guide, Raf, was unusual and very interesting. He had good stories to tell about everything. Both hotels were good, and the meals were generally good. I would recommend that this tour be conducted with a smaller group. Travel on the roads on the Amalfi coast is challenging, to say the least. With more than 30 on our tour, we needed a bus that was larger than was able to go to some places. And one day we had to rely on public buses, having to wait an hour and a half for the bus from Ravello to Amalfi.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour Director - But....

First, I have to say that I had very high expectations of this tour. Often when that is the case, it does not live up to my expectation. I enjoyed this tour and our tour director, Raf, was the greatest - but ..... The tour got off to a bad start when we were greeted at the airport with a "Go have a coffee. It will be an hour before we take you to the hotel." After having been traveling for 24 hours, that was NOT what I wanted to hear. Then to add insult to injury, when we finally got to the hotel - our room was not ready. We had to wait over an hour. This is just not a good way to start a tour. Then several of the optional tours that we planned to do did not have enough people to make. Had I known in advance, I could have made better use of my free time. The hotels were very nice, but then this tour cost more than many I have taken so I expected the rooms to be nice. Hotel locations were also very good. This was probably the nicest group of people I have ever travel with, and again I can't say enough about our great tour director.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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