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Exploring Capri - hiking along highlights & hidden treasures - BAY 3

 
Exploring Capri - hiking along highlights & hidden treasures
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4 days - centre based in a beautiful hotels on the island of Capri
Starting from: € 245
 

Overview Hiking along the highlights & hidden corners of the world’s most famous island!

The Bay of Naples is one of the most spectacular areas on the planet, with a tremendous wealth of both natural and cultural treasures. It presents beautiful diverse landscapes and an amazing amount of history. The blue waters of the Mediterranean are dominated here by the world’s most famous volcano, Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Vesuvio), the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years.

A particular part of the charm of the Bay of Naples can be found on its three main islands, all different, all beautiful. But the island of Capri is undoubtedly the most famous of the three islands in the Bay of Naples. And it certainly lives up to its fame. Unlike the other two islands, Capri is made of chalkstone, just like its natural continuation, the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. This explains its rather unique features, such as the world-famous ‘Faraglioni’, its natural bridge and its impressive cliffs. But it’s definitely not only the stunning nature which made the island famous! If you wish you can also visit its amazing Roman villas, stunning monasteries and indulge in its fashionable ‘dolce vita’ too. During your short stay on the island you get to see the places that have inspired so many over the centuries, starting with the town that shares the island’s name.


The island is neatly divided into eastern and western halves, each containing one of the two main towns, Capri and Anacapri respectively. This means that, even if you only have time for a short break, you still have a great opportunity to fully explore this much-loved island. The main harbour, Marina Grande, is situated on the eastern half of the island, so you spend the first walking day exploring the town and surroundings of Capri. Explore the characteristic little streets and alleyways that have made the town, and consequently the island, such a fashionable destination for celebrities over the decades. It was here, in the famous Piazzetta, that the jet set used to gather. In fact, when they’re able to escape the attention of the paparazzi, you can sometimes find them here even today!

You head off from town on a wonderful scenic walk, which offers views across the short channel, which separates Capri from the mainland Sorrento Peninsula, and on the Bay of Naples, dominated by the intimidating Vesuvius. On this walk you get to experience many of the island’s cultural highlights, such as Villa Iovis – once a property of Tiberius, the Roman emperor who fell in love with Capri – and the Grotta di Matermania, believed to be a place of worship for the cult of Mithras. You also take in some natural wonders, like the Arco Naturale and the Faraglioni, arguably the most painted and most famous rocks in the world. Depending on your interests, and how much time you want to leave for shopping or simply relaxing, you could also visit the 14th-century Convent of San Giacomo where you can find some interesting paintings and books about Capri. You may also want to visit the wonderful Gardens of Augustus and then head down the spectacular Via Krupp to Marina Piccola before rounding your day off with a delicious meal at one of the island’s fine restaurants.


On your second walking day you discover the lesser known part of the island, Anacapri, and get to see the island’s most famous natural wonder, the Blue Grotto. From the top of the highest mountain on the island, Monte Solaro, which you reach by chairlift, you begin your spectacular walk around the savage southern coast and arrive at the westernmost point of the island, where you can go for a swim underneath the lighthouse. You then follow the coast round on a scenic path with blossoming flowers past a series of fortresses dating back to the Napoleonic wars, and arrive at the stunning Grotta Azzurra. After your visit you settle down for your evening meal and perhaps go for a relaxing stroll through town one last time to round off your trip.


Day-to-Day

Day 1

Today you travel by boat to Capri, from either Naples, Amalfi, Positano or Sorrento. Arrival is at the Marina Grande, the main harbour, from where you take the bus (or walk up) to either Capri or Anacapri and settle in at your hotel. Capri is certainly the most famous of the three islands of the Bay of Naples, and certainly it lives up to its fame.  You might have some free time to go for a first stroll already, before having dinner in one of the great (fish) restaurants on the island.

Hotel ***- Capri. 


Day 2

Today’s walk starts from the central square of the little town of Capri. From here you make a beautiful roundwalk around the eastern part of the island, which shows you most of the ‘highlights’ of the island, both cultural and natural wonders, with beautiful views all around. After exploring the town centre, with its famous Piazzetta where the jet set used to gather, you walk through the characteristic, Moresque-influenced streets towards one of the best spots in Capri  – the exceptional, yet relatively unknown Villa Lysis – a stunning Villa set in a stunning landscape. The walk continues through an unrivalled Mediterranean landscape towards the ruins of the Imperial Villa Iovis, which once belonged to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. From here views over the Bay of Naples are spectacular! Then you walk back down and proceed towards the Arco Naturale, before heading down to the Grotta di Matermania, which is reputed to be one of the places where the god Mithras was worshipped. There are several great spots for a picnic lunch, but also a number of nice little restaurants to enjoy lunch. The final part of your walk takes you along the pristine southern part of the island to the Faraglioni – three sea stacks, perhaps the most famous and most painted rocks in the world, just off the south coast. Walking back to town you have the opportunity to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, which dates back to the 14th century. Here you can find an interesting collection of paintings by the German painter Diefenbach and in the neighbouring building there’s a small library with a number of books about the island, a subject covered by countless writers over the centuries. The Gardens of Augustus, from which you can opt to walk down to Marina Piccola along the spectacular Via Krupp, are worth a visit too. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways, depending on how much time you want to dedicate to relaxing and shopping! In the evening you are free to explore the culinary delights in one of the many fine restaurants in town.

Hotel *** – Capri –  Distance: 10 km. Approx. 4-5 h. walking


Day 3

Today you will discover the lesser known part of the island, Anacapri, which is more rural and mountainous than the east. You start your walk from the top of the highest mountain, Monte Solaro, which you reach by chairlift (unless you want to walk – there are some beautiful, but quite demanding walks up to the top). From the peak of Monte Solaro, where you can enjoy marvellous views over the island, the Bay of Naples, the Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast, a spectacular walk around the savage southern coast of the island brings you past impressive sheer cliffs to a lighthouse. Here, at the westernmost point of the island, you could perhaps enjoy the clear seawater by going for a swim. You then continue the walk along the coast, passing a series of fortresses, only recently restored, that the English helped to build a couple of centuries ago to defend the island from the fleet of Napoleon. Finally, you make your way down a path which is particularly interesting for its flowers, until you arrive at the famous Grotta Azzurra – the Blue Grotto. Don’t be fooled by the innocuous appearance from outside the cave! Inside you will experience something truly unique, as the incredible blueness of the waters takes your breath away. Having taken in the visual delights, you take the bus back to your hotel (or walk through the back alleys to Anacapri) and find another romantic restaurant where you can relax and enjoy another delicious meal to top off your day.

Hotel *** – Capri –  Distance: 9 km. Approx. 4,5 h. walking

Day 4

After breakfast you take a taxi down to Marina Grande for your boat to Naples and then get the shuttle bus to the airport or train station. Extra nights can be booked in a hotel in the city centre or elsewhere (upon request).


Tour details

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Accommodation is on a B&B basis in a very good 3 -star hotel. either in Capri or Anacapri (standard).

For this tour we can offer a large selection of ‘Premiere Inns’, very good hotels, many of which among the world’s best hotels, as acclaimed from Condé Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure and many others.

Genius Loci Travel, as the leading adventure travel company on the Amalfi Coast & the Bay of Naples, can book your room in any hotel you could dream of! All rooms have en-suite facilities (of course!).

You will be free to choose from the wide choice of restaurants in the area for your dinner in the evening. Your accommodation holder can give you good tips.

No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the shops on the island.


LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Moderately easy (2): Mostly easy walks, though some involve uphill walking, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days there are stretches that are difficult for those suffering from vertigo (but NOT dangerous !).  On these days alternative options are available. Extensions or shortcuts are also possible on all days..

Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to walk for up to 4 hours a day in the hot sun, sometimes on dusty or stony tracks.

FOOT PATHS & WAYMARKING

Most paths are well maintained, but during the season some minor paths can get overgrown (we are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the paths clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths). Many parts of the route that you follow are paved alleyways.

Waymarking:

Only a small part of the route is waymarked; elsewhere it is necessary to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these it is always possible to find your route. In case you don’t feel confident a local guide can be provided for some trails


INCLUSIONS :

  • 3 nights Hotel on island of Capri *** – BB
  • Luggage Transfer Capri
  • Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
  • Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale (or better)
  • 24/7 h local assistance

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Boat tickets
  • Departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist tax – if request
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional additional tours or activities
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Arrival:

The tour starts in Marina Grande / CAPRI; a luggage pick-up service (included) is arranged from the harbour. Capri can be reached by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples, the nearest city with an international airport /train station. The boat journey takes about 75 mins.

Departure:

The tour ends after breakfast in CAPRI on day 3. You can either walk or transfer back to the harbour, from where you travel back by boat to Naples (or, in case you extend your holiday, to Sorrento or Salerno).

EXTRA NIGHTS

It is possible to book extra nights in the same accommodation – in order to do some extra walks (notes will be provided) or just to relax. It is also possible to extend your tour with a few days in Sorrento, Salerno, Naples, or along the Amalfi Coast. Details and prices on request.

Dates & Prices
4 days prices
  Trip season Tour
price
Single
suppl.
Solo
traveller
 
Guaranteed 01 October - 02 November 2017 € 245 € 80 € 80
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On Request 03 November 2017 - 28 March 2018 - - - - - - - - - CONTACT US
Guaranteed 29 March - 01 April 2018 € 355 € 120 € 120
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Guaranteed 02 April - 29 April 2018 € 245 € 80 € 80
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Guaranteed 30 April - 31 July 2018 € 330 € 120 € 120
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Limited 01 August - 28 August 2018 € 355 € 120 € 120
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Guaranteed 29 August - 30 September 2018 € 330 € 120 € 120
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Guaranteed 01 October - 02 November 2018 € 245 € 80 € 80
RESERVE YOUR PLACE
On Request 03 November 2018 - 14 March 2019 - - - - - - - - - CONTACT US

N.B. Prices are for a sojourn in a very good 3-star hotel, either in Capri or Anacapri (according to availability). Prices for different hotels from these standard hotels are on request.

AVAILABILITY & CONDITIONS
GuaranteedYou can book this tour with a minimum of 1 person.
LimitedThere are a very limited number of available places on these dates. Immediate booking is recommended.
On RequestAvailability and prices on request.
  • Prices are per person and based on the season within which the first night of the tour falls.
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing double or twin accommodation. Single rooms (double rooms – single) are available on most trips however the supplements listed apply.
  • If you are travelling alone then on some trips (which include taxi transfers) a ‘Solo Traveller Supplement’ will be applied instead of the normal single supplement.
  • Prices are expressed in Euro’s. There will never be a currency surcharge.
  • Actual exchange rates: GB £ - US $ - CAN $ - CHF - DKK - SEK - NOK - Other currencies.
Tour variations

EXTRA NIGHTS

It is possible to book extra nights in the same accommodation – in order to do some extra walks (notes will be provided) or just to relax. It is also possible to extend your tour with a few days in Sorrento, Salerno, Naples, or along the Amalfi Coast. Details and prices on request.

 

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