Amalfi Coast Walking Tour

9 days Walking
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 its sights justice—you need to see them for yourself. On this Walking Tour through the seaside villages of the Amalfi Coast, you’ll do just that.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved trails, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in hand-picked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual tour director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 4 escorted walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Naples today.

Sorrento 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Naples

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel in Sorrento and get settled in, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Walking tour of local villages

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, travel to Termini to follow a local guide on a downhill walk through the charming villages of the Italian countryside. Traverse lemon groves and olive farms, glimpsing the island of Capri in the distance as you make your way to the village of Lobra, where you’ll stop for lunch.

Day 4: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Sorrento or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Path of the Gods: Scenic Cliffside Walk $59pp* Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $109pp* Details

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. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs March through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 5: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another full free day in Sorrento or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Capri Cruise & Scenic Island Walk $99pp* Details

Hop aboard the ferry through the Gulf of Naples to the famed Island of Capri. Then, board a second boat for a mini-cruise around the island to view stunning natural formations including the sheer cliff known as Tiberiòs Leap, the white Grotta Bianca, the rainbow-colored Grotta del Corallo, the iconic Arco Naturale and the towering Faraglioni sea stacks in Marina Piccola. Then, join a local guide to take the funicular to the upper town to begin your walking tour from the historic center of Piazza Umberto I. You’ll walk back toward the Arco Naturale and get close to the famous Casa Malaparte, a jewel of modern Italian architecture, on the Pizzolungo trail that wraps around the coastline. Later, return to Piazza Umberto I for free time to explore or relax on your own.​ Please note: Cruise is weather dependent. In inclement weather, a visit to the town of Anacapri will replace the cruise.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Amalfi Coast 2 nights

Day 6: Amalfi, Atrani & Ravello

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey on a full-day excursion along the picturesque Amalfi Coast.

• Take a scenic drive along the coast to Amalfi, stopping at the Positano viewpoint en route for photos

• Enjoy a guided walk through the town of Amalfi and pass through a tunnel as you make your way to Atrani

• Transfer to Ravello, where you’ll walk through the stunning Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, famous for their beautiful gardens

Day 7: Free day on the Amalfi Coast

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day on the Amalfi Coast or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Paestum Ruins & Mozzarella Farm Lunch $119pp* Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Naples 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on today’s expedition to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.

• Take a walking tour to the top of legendary Mount Vesuvius, where you can explore the volcanic crater

• Witness how wealthy Romans lived on a guided tour of Pompeii’s ruins

• View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths

Later, toast your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner in Naples.

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Ischia.

Add Ischia & Naples Starting from $649 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Discover the rich history and spectacular scenery of the often-overlooked island of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples. Then, head back to mainland Italy to explore the diversity of the ancient sights of Naples—from the castle to the catacombs.

Ischia 2 nights

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Ischia

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the island of Ischia by ferry this morning. Then, drive through the island’s six villages, learning about their history and highlights from a local guide.

• Start in Barano, stopping at Belvedere di Serrara for amazing views of the south side of the island

• Explore the beautiful village of Sant’Angelo, home of winding alleys and charming cafes, and enjoy free time for lunch

• Take a guided walk through La Mortella to learn about the grounds’ historical, botanical and geological importance, surrounded by views of the city and harbor 

• Drive through the quaint villages of Lacco Ameno and Casamicciola Terme en route back to the hotel

Day 10: Free day in Ischia

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free evening in Ischia or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ischia Walking Tour & Lunch $89pp* Details

Stroll through the scenic countryside of Ischia, the largest island in the Bay of Naples that’s known for its thermal spas, beautiful beaches and incredible cuisine. Take an hour-long guided walk along the slopes of a volcano to learn about the island’s diverse geology and vegetation. Then, stop at an agritourismo, ​a farm estate and wine cellar, to join a family for a lunch of local specialties.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Naples 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Naples

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to Naples by ferry to discover the highlights of the beautiful bayside city on a guided tour.

• Enjoy a panoramic tour with a scenic drive along the Naples waterfront

• Pass Castel dell’Ovo, the seaside castle on a peninsula in the Bay of Naples

• Explore the city beneath the city in the sotterranea, an underground network of catacombs, aqueducts and passageways

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved trails, with some steep hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting on and off ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Walks on this tour

Depending on local weather conditions, seasons and trail closures, the activities and sequence of your included walks may change. * Mount Vesuvius – 1 mile / 1–1.5 hours. A gradual up-and-down hill walk with railings along the trail. Walking sticks are available for rent. Take in views of the volcano and enjoy free time to explore the crater. * Local villages – 1.5–2 miles / 2–2.5 hours. A challenging descent through charming villages and lemon and olive groves with views of Capri in the distance.  * Atrani & Ravello Gardens – <1 mile / 1–1.5 hours. An easy stroll around the towns of Atrani and Ravello to explore the gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Walk is mostly flat, with a few steps. * Optional excursion: Path of the Gods – 4.5 miles / 3 hours walking, 8 hours total. A challenging hike around the steep mountaintop path with panoramic views of the sea. * Optional excursion (tour extension): Capri – <1 mile / 1.5–2 hours walking, 9 hours total. An easy downhill stroll around the highlights of the island. * Pizzolungo (tour extension) – 1–2 miles / 2.5 hours. A scenic downhill walk from Piazzetta past the Arco Naturale and Villa Malaparte on Capri 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive and depart from Naples. When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. 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. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A ferry to Capri is included in the price of your tour extension.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy sneakers are recommended for the cobbled stones and uneven terrain.
  • You may want to consider packing a collapsible walking stick for more challenging walks.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at  cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

   

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region. 
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.  

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Rome.

 

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Italy. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, 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, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.  

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amalfi Coast - Italy

This was one of the best vacations my wife and I have ever had. Accommodations were first rate and the guides were very very knowledgeable. I'm planning to do another guided tour within the next two years and it will definitely be with GoAhead Tours.

 

Hi Leo! We’re thrilled to hear that this was one of the best trips you and your wife have ever taken. We’re so glad you enjoyed the accommodations and your local guides. We look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I would go with this company again

I was reluctant to go on an organized tour, as I'd had a less than great experience with another company a couple of years ago. However, since other friends were going, I decided to give it another try. I am so glad I did! Everything was great. Every component of the tour contributed to the wonderful experience. Our tour guide was so totally delightful, efficient, helpful, calm, generous, and friendly. The hotels were lovely, the itinerary was interesting and fun, and left enough time for us to do things on our own. We didn't spend all day on the bus and had a couple free days to explore on our own or just relax. The way the tour guide organized a meet and greet the first night helped everyone get to know each other and made the group of 28 into fun, cohesive travel companions.

 

Hi Jené! We’re so glad you had a great experience on tour! We’re delighted to learn that your Tour Director’s efforts were useful and appreciated. We’re happy you enjoyed your accommodations and the design of the itinerary and will be sure to share that feedback with our Operations team. It’s also wonderful to know that your group members grew close throughout your tour! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 11, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

walking tour of the amalfi coast

A wonderful experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing walking tour to Amalfi Coast!!

My son Nicholas and I had an amazing time in Naples , Sorrento , Capri and Amalfi Coast. We were a group of 16 which helped to bond to each other nicely. We had a blast all together during day time on our walking among hills and steps in rural and rustic Italy, and during night time on our dinner outings. The panoramic views were incredible , breathtaking. Time to start to budget our next trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Most Beautiful Place on Earth

It is hard to describe our walking tour of the Amalfi Coast. The beauty we saw on a daily basis is so hard to give it words as it was breathtaking again and again. We loved the walking component of it as it felt as if you got to experience the authentic way of life for these Italians and saw things that a normal tour might not be able to touch on. Everyone needs to put the Amalfi coast on their bucket list! Go Ahead Tours put together a very fast paced tour-which suited us just fine, as we got to see so much. Outstanding.

 

Hello! We understand how difficult it is to sum up the beauty of the Amalfi Coast in words, which is why we couldn’t agree more that it should be on everyone’s bucket list! We’re so glad you enjoyed the walking component of this tour, as we feel that it is a great way to take in the gorgeous surroundings. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Walk Through Beauty!

We just came home from our "Walking Tour of the Amalfi Coast " and I can't imagine a more beautiful place! Walking through these incredibly gorgeous villages and towns was the best way to see this part of Italy. The landscapes were stunning and the local guides were so friendly and knowledgeable about their country. We hiked through quaint villages and historic towns, meeting locals and tourists alike. The day we spent climbing Mt. Vesuvius and seeing the ruins of Pompeii was so memorable . Walking the same streets that the Greeks and Romans walked 2000 years ago was surreal! All of the daily excursions were perfectly paced and allowed our group the perfect combination of adventure , cuisine, and free time. The optional excursions were also wonderful, especially hiking the Path of the Gods along the cliffs of the Mediterranean. The hotels were beautiful and centrally located to walk everywhere in both Naples and Sorrento. I highly recommend this tour of the Amalfi coast of Italy to anyone looking to see this landscape in a very special way. Just make sure you are somewhat fit because you will walk some challenging terrains. I can't wait to go back!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience of a Lifetime

Awesome job Go Ahead! What an amazing tour! As a solo traveler, it can be a bit daunting traveling alone, but you made it so easy! Our tour director, Paola was EXCELLENT! From the moment she greeted me at the airport, she made me feel at ease and super excited for the tour! She was enthusiastic, passionate, and patient...everything a great tour director should be! The hotels we stayed at were outstanding! 5 stars! The tour itinerary was pretty rigorous. This is definitely a hiking tour. We hiked every day for about 5 miles on average. The Path of Gods, one of the tour's optional excursions, is a "can't miss"! It was one of the most physically challenging things I have ever done, but also, the most astonishing. The views...I can't even describe with words...just breathtaking. Make sure you pick up some good hiking shoes for this tour! I am still in awe! What a beautiful tour of the Amalfi Coast! I will never forget this trip, truly an experience of a lifetime!

 

Hi Amy! We're so glad you an amazing time on tour. It's wonderful to know that your Tour Director made you feel welcome and at ease from the very beginning. You're right that this itinerary is very active and requires good shoes. We're thrilled that you got to do the Path of the Gods walk -- what a view! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour ever!

My 3rd trip with Go Ahead and the best one yet! Our tour guide Paola was outstanding. Personable, knowledgeable, great sense of humor, and so accommodating to a few of our group members that had several special requests. Our hotels were first rate. I enjoyed the smaller group size (13 on this tour). This is a hiking tour. We hiked almost every day. If it rains even a little bit the limestone steps and trails can be slippery. Hiking boots or shoes are a must, especially for the Path of the Gods. Hiking poles not needed. For this May trip I was well-prepared with a lightweight waterproof jacket with a hood, a hat and lightweight hiking pants and shirts (with tank tops layered under them). The optional Farmhouse Dinner is a Must Do! I cannot wait until my next adventure with Go Ahead.

 

Hi Vivian! We’re so happy to hear this was your best Go Ahead tour yet! It’s great to know that your Tour Director brought fun, enthusiasm, and knowledge to your experience. We’re also pleased that you enjoyed the hotels and smaller group size. You’re right that good shoes are necessary for this walking tour, as well as our other walking tours. You give some great clothing tips! We also cannot wait until your next adventure with us. Let us know when you’re ready to go!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Really fun trip and Paola the Tour Director was excellent! Beautiful place!

 

Hi Alice! We're so glad you had a good time. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Guide and Itinerary

The tour of the Amalfi Coast exceeded my expectations! The accommodations were wonderful, especially the Hotel in Sorrento. All the tours that were planned and I attended turned out to be extraordinary events. I especially loved the "walk of the Gods," and walk in Capri that Paola conducted, showing us the wild side of the Island. The group was a nice size--not too many people, and we had a good sampling of Italian culture and food. I think the success of the tour was largely due to our Guide, Paola. She was witty, caring, knowledgeable, and strict when she needed to be. Her historical facts were so interesting, and she was always there as a resource when we were on our own. It makes a huge difference on a tour, having a Guide who goes above and beyond her job in making every day eventful, fun and coping with the inevitable trials and tribulations of adults away from home, in a positive manner. What an asset to your company. I would definitely tour with you again!

 

Hi Dee! Thank you for your review. We’re thrilled that your tour exceeded your expectations. It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director contributed to the success of your tour through her passion, knowledge, and concern for the group. We will be sure to pass your great feedback along to her supervisor. Again, thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour of Southern Italy

This was the second "walking" tour my wife and I booked with GoAhead. We had an excellent time last year on the Spain Coast & Islands walking tour, with Madrid extension, and we embarked on this tour with high expectations. GoAhead did not disappoint. The tour encompassed three distinct environments: big-city Naples, resort town Sorrento, and the small villages of Massa Lubrense, Marina di Lobra, Nocette, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. In between we climbed part of Mt. Vesuvius, toured Pompeii, hiked the breathtaking Walk of the Gods, saw dramatic Greek ruins at Paestum, and had a delicious lunch at a buffalo farm that featured the best ricotta I ever tasted (and the mozzarella wasn't far behind). We signed up for two of the four available extra-cost excursions. That kept us running, which was fine with us. Those who desire more free time or a slower pace may want to schedule fewer excursions, especially inasmuch as the bus rides to the daily destinations are rather long. Tour guide Paola was simply excellent in all respects and set a sunny, funny tone for the entire trip. She was also adept at rolling with the inevitable punches that come up on a long tour, such as re-arranging our schedule to deal with the weather. The many local guides GoAhead hired were also excellent. I was impressed with the various vehicles GoAhead hired to transport us, as large tour buses cannot go on some of the smallest roads. We stayed at the Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo (Naples) and the Grand Hotel Capodimonte (Sorrento). Both were first-class resort quality hotels. The three dinners included with the tour were for the most part excellent. The attractions and features of the itinerary were well-chosen, fresh and exciting. I came away with a real feel for the area we covered. Three of us decided to visit Rome at the end of the tour. (We did not opt for the Capri extension.) GoAhead was happy to accommodate us by scheduling our return flight home on a date of our choosing. So for a second time, I came away from a GoAhead tour enriched by foreign travel that was far more in-depth than anything I could have arranged on my own. We already have our eye on a GoAhead tour for 2017.

 

Hi Jeffrey! We’re delighted to hear you enjoyed your second walking tour. It sounds like the itinerary was just right for you and your wife, offering unique and varied experiences in different environments. We’re glad your Tour Director was able to set a good tone for the trip and that you found her to be excellent in all respects. We’re also pleased to learn that you liked the accommodations for this tour. We’re happy you came away from your tour with a deeper understanding of your destination and that you felt enriched by the experiences you had. We look forward to welcoming you on tour in 2017!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Meet Expectations

Our recent walking trip of Italy's Amalfi Coast was excellent. Go Ahead did an super job of scheduling our flights(Lufthansa), reserving good hotels, and providing a wonderful overall package. The tour guide was as good as any we had had on numerous trips with other companies. The hotel in Sorrento was especially nice. Our room was very spacious and the hotel enjoyed great views of the bay and Naples. The Naples hotel was a nice well located city hotel, but nothing special. The only downside was we usually book tours with companies offering smaller groups but decided that we'd try Go Ahead since it capped this tour at 28. There were actually 31 people in our group which was to many. Other than that I didn't have any issues whatsoever.

 

Hi Bill! We’re so glad you enjoyed your walking tour of the Amalfi Coast. It’s great to know that everything went smoothly and that you enjoyed the hotels and overall inclusions. Regarding group size, we do cap the sizes of our standard departures. However, your departure was considered a private group, which means the size can vary. We will definitely communicate your feedback regarding the group size to our team internally for future consideration. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Walking

The beautiful Amalfi Coast Drive, the walks and the boat ride were my favorite parts. The hotels in Sorrento and Capri were beautiful with wonderful balconies facing the Sea. It was a great place to spend some "me" time or down time if you wanted to.

 

Hi Linda! We’re so glad you enjoyed this gorgeous part of Italy. The Amalfi is an incredible spot, and seeing it from the boat is one great way to enjoy it. We’re happy to hear you were impressed with your accommodations and will be sure to communicate this to our team internally. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent Tour

Our walking tour of the Amalfi Coast with the Capri extension was extremely enjoyable. We were truly immersed in the locality, enjoying beautiful landscapes and many historical sites, some dating back 2,000 years and more. The hotels were good to excellent and were all in perfect locations. Our Tour Director, Francesco, added immeasurably to the trip: he ensured that all went smoothly and perfectly. The itinerary was well-planned and included all of the major sights and experiences. I would note that perhaps this should be called a "hiking" rather than a "walking" tour since several of the walks were on rough terrain or included walking up and down many stone steps: this is not noted as a negative since we greatly enjoyed the hikes, but is included solely as description.

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 10/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Disappointing Tour Company

I have no confidence in this company. They booked a tour to the Amalfi Coast for me and my wife for the first week of November. Little did we know that most everything is closed down by the end of October. Fortunately, we were told about 6-7 weeks before the November tour date that we were the only people booked -therefore the tour was cancelled. Considering that I booked this around April of 2015 I would have expected to get a warning well in advance if they were not getting sufficient people. We were able to change the date but we had to juggle our own schedules. If they saw that people were smart in not booking for November when everything is closed, it was their responsibility to give us adequate warning. Tour guide, Francesco was excellent!

 

Dear Arthur, Thank you for traveling with us to experience this unique walking tour of the Amalfi Coast. We sincerely regret that your experience working with us did not meet your expectations, and we thank you for the opportunity to speak with you to discuss your particular situation further. We are a company of people who love to travel, and as such, we always want our tour participants to leave their tours with the best possible impression of the regions visited. We understand that the seasonality of a particular region can affect our travelers’ ability to enjoy it. For that reason, we are no longer running this tour past October. Additionally, there are unfortunate cases in which a certain tour is unable to operate due to low enrollment. We do our best to inform our travelers of changes and cancellations as early as possible, and try to minimize any resulting inconvenience. Travelers are notified at least three months prior to departure of any cancellations, and are given many options for rebooking if this is the case. If you would like to discuss this policy further, please feel free to call us a 1(800) 597-0350. We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed your Tour Director. Our professional Directors can be the highlight of any tour, and we are glad that Francesco was able to provide you with an enjoyable experience while on-tour. Thank you for writing your review and sharing your experience with us. Traveler feedback is integral to our ability to improve as a company, and we very much appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. We wish you all the best, and sincerely hope that you continue to travel and experience the world.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 31, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

ARRIVEDERCiI (till we meet again)

Amazing tour, amazing tour guide(s), wonderful memories. This region should be called one of the seven wonders of the world. Absolutely stunning views. Our tour guide for the first part of the trip was Francesco. Our original guide could not make it. Francesco was called in the night before we were to arrive. He went above and beyond his duties. Excellent, would be putting it mildly. Thanks Francesco. For the extension, we were blessed with Dina. I have been on a past tour with Dina and once again it was a pleasure. Bella Dina. This tour was challenging. I thought I was in good shape but it tested me. Let's just say, I earned that second glass of red wine. But this is why I loved this tour. I did not expect anything else. The outdoors brings one closer to all the finer details. The sounds, the smells, and the sights are still with me. This is my 4th tour with Go Ahead and I can't imagine traveling with any other company. I am signed up to go on a new tour for 2016.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The best way to see the Amalfi Coast

The first thing I would like to say is this is a pretty intense activity tour (pay CLOSE attention the activity level….this is a 5). I didn't realize how rigorous the days would be since they consist of all day walks. I know it says it's a walking tour but the volume of hikes/walks in the heat was a little more than I thought. Now that I've said that this is the ONLY way to really see the towns that comprise the Amalfi Coast. We toured a lot of the beautiful picturesque towns and got to really enjoy all they had to offer. If I could change one thing it would be to build in a little more down time. Most of us were very active but leaving at 7:30 AM and returning at 5 to 6 PM day after day can be taxing. I wish I had waited to add some of the optional excursions and ended up not going to two because I just needed a break. You can't help but be excited when you book the tour but I needed a day to chill out by the pool and relax so I lost $$ on the tours. That's my own fault. To put it in perspective, we averaged 6-10 miles a day of walking some of which was very challenging since you have a lot of stairs and our tour guides took us off to trails. Some of the excursions, like the Moz. Farm seem like it would only be an afternoon thing EXCEPT it's a 10-11 hour day because it takes 2 hours, you do the tour, eat then go to the ruins. The timing is tough because you have just come off 3 days of rigorous activity and to be ready in the lobby really early was not easy. I was told by my fellow mates that it was cool but they would have fathered a pool day which is what I did. Things I wish I had brought: -A walking stick - more clothes (you're going to sweat, I had to use the laundry service) - granola bars (you don't really stop for snacks per se so having some nourishment could have helped especially since breakfast is fairly light) - foot cream I brought bandaids, good walking shoes and blister pads which came in very handy too. If you are into the scenery and want to explore this is an AMAZING tour. Our tour guide was also awesome. Francesco was called in at the last minute and he went well above and beyond for our group. He helped arranged a water taxi back to Sorrento and juggled a lot of personalities very well.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ciao!

This was a tour of a lifetime! I had an amazing time as our tour guide along with all our guides were all wonderful. As of today Italy is my most favourite country in the world. There is nothing lacking for a traveller to experience. Amazing nature, art, architecture, culture, the people, the food and the shopping! And my favourite thing in the world on this trip..... lots of walking! Up hills and down hills and through the city streets, along the seaside cliffs, up the mountains, this is the only way to really explore a foreign place is to walk and eat and walk and eat! Enjoy! Ciao! Ciao!

 

Ciao Anita! We're thrilled that you consider this a tour of a lifetime - we do too! We're so glad you enjoyed the walking aspect, which allows you to see and experience Italy in a very special way. Thank you for sharing your experience. and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 24, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WORDS ARE INADEQUATE

Second trip to Italy: first was to Rome, Tuscany and Florence, but the views villages and cities on this trip were breathtaking. We were blessed with great weather, calm seas. But our tour director made the trip extra special. Paola was knowledgeable, funny and very caring. She attended to all our special needs. We would recommend this tour to any travelor. Thank you Go Ahead, we will be back Vic and Jo

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Would not recommend for Singles traveling alone

My biggest complaint has to do with accommodation as a single traveling alone. I paid a premium to upgrade to double occupancy and received a room that I referred to as a large closet. A single bed, no view, room so small a double bed could not fit - AND it was located next to the elevator bank. When I took this up with the tour director and hotel manager [the hotel was not full] and was told they could not accommodate because I was listed as a single. The tour director was unaware I paid a premium for my single accommodations and others on the tour mentioned this has happened to other singles on previous tours. The doubles in my party had large lovely accommodations with two balconies and ocean views. Do not sign up for this tour if you do not like setting your alarm while on vacation and go-go-go to the most touristy places with loads of people and school children. I thought the first week of May would be before season and almost everywhere we went we ran into bus loads of school children [at the museums, Mount Vesuvius] and other coaches filled with tourists. In addition - I would check and double-check your flight itinerary. I flew direct from US to Frankfurt and then Naples and had one hour to catch my connection - needless to say I missed it and ended up waiting 11 hours in the Frankfurt airport before I could catch the next flight and missed the opening dinner and the chance to meet everyone on my tour. The flight attendant remarked there is NO WAY you can get to the terminal and clear customs in Frankfurt and make a one hour connection. She commented that any first year travel agent should have known that. If you are looking for a relaxing, slow paced get-a-way with small quaint Italian villages to visit, this is not the tour for you.

 

Suzanne, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate the candid feedback about your tour experience, but were disappointed the tour fell short of your expectations. In regards to your hotel accommodations, we were sorry to see that you were dissatisfied with the rooms provided on tour. Though we always strive to provide equal accommodations for all travelers, ultimately room assignment is done by each hotel. This means that unfortunately rooms with balconies, ocean views, etc. cannot be guaranteed for any traveler, regardless of the number of people in their travel party. Furthermore, in Europe single rooms tend to be smaller than rooms for multiple people. The supplement required of solo travelers is not a cost imposed by Go Ahead for premium rooms or for double rooms; rather, this cost is required to fulfill the cost of one person staying in a room rather than two people splitting a room. We were also sorry to hear this tour was not what you were expecting in terms of tour pace. Generally, our walking tours are a bit faster-paced than our regular itineraries and allow for a more active way to explore a new destination. Our commitment to quality is of the utmost important, and customer feedback is so important in that commitment. We thank you again for reviewing your tour experience and sharing your feedback, as it will help us to continuously improve our travelers’ experiences.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 18, 2015

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