Sorrento Peninsula Guided Walking Holiday

Aerial view of Positano town and Amalfi coast  from hiking trail
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £1,199pp £1,049pp with flights

Sorrento is a land where mountains meet the sea and where colourful towns perch impossibly on sheer-sided cliffs. We’ll enjoy coastal walks along the ‘Path of the Gods’ and inland through forest to Monte Faito from where we can enjoy elevated views back to the coast. A walk to the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula rewards with stunning views over to Capri Island while a sightseeing day takes in the ruined Roman settlement of Herculaneum as well as Mount Vesuvius – the volcano which destroyed it with a violent eruption in AD79.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stunning coastal scenery of the Sorrento Peninsula
  • The remarkable Roman ruins at Herculaneum
  • Walk the Path of the Gods
  • Visit Positano - Italy's most vertical town

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Hotel Caravel. Unpack and settle in.


Having explored a little of Sorrento, we take a bus along the peninsula to the village of Massa Lubrense where both walks start.

Option 1 - In the land of the sirens

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: From Massa Lubrense our route follows a network of easy paths down to the coast at Punta del Capo. As we head along quiet country roads we pass through groves of lemons and olives. After the village of Capo, we start our gradual descent to the Roman village and baths (a natural cove) on the headland overlooking Sorrento. Our route then returns to Capo for the service bus back to Sorrento.

Highlight: Pass groves of lemons from which Limoncello, the local liqueur.

Option 2 - The Massa Lubrense loop

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: This walk also starts at Massa Lubrense but first takes a long loop and descends through lemon groves to the sea at the picturesque fishing harbour of Lobra. We then take a similar route to Capo before walking back into Sorrento.

Highlight: Admire views out to Capri at the start of this walk.


This full day coach excursion takes us to two of the most famous sights in the Bay of Naples - the summit of Vesuvius, one of three active volcanoes in Europe - and the spectacular ruins of Herculaneum - a Roman city buried in ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD.


The former fishermen’s village of Positano slopes steeply up from the sea and promotes itself as Italy’s most nearly vertical town. Houses are built on terraces in a Moorish style with flat roofs and balconies beneath arcades. The town was made popular and fashionable by writers and artists, such as Franco Zeffirelli and John Steinbeck.

Option 1 - The Heights of Positano

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,700 feet (510m)

In summary: We start at the church of St Maria del Castello for our first breath-taking view over Positano. Our walk follows the “Path of the Gods”, a superb mountain path that traverses the hillside enjoying the most wonderful views. We descend on the ancient stepped mule path to the hospitable village of Montepertuso, from where we catch the bus that winds down the hillside of Positano.

Highlight: Positano is known as italy's most vertical town - there's time to explore the Moorish-style streets and arcades.

Option 2 - The Path of the Gods

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,900 feet (870m)

In summary: We also start at St Maria del Castello and follow the “Path of the Gods” along the hillside of Montepertuso but continue our walk down into Positano. This section involves a long, steep descent, much of it on stone steps.

Highlight: The 'Path of the Gods' is a wonderful mountainside pathway with exceptional views all the way along.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Pompeii: Easily reached using the Circumvesuviana Railway, the ruins of this ancient Roman city provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the residents before they were cut short by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. The site is large and includes streets, shops, an amphitheatre and residents' houses.

Amalfi: It is possible to reach charming Amalfi by bus or boat; your leaders can advise.

Sorrento: Enjoy exploring the old town and perhaps a leisurely lunch in the old harbour with views across to Naples and Mt Vesuvius.

Capri: The legendary island of Capri - playground of the rich and famous - can be reached by ferries from the Marina Piccola in Sorrento.

Archaeological Museum in Naples: The museum has an extensive collection of Roman artefacts including many from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Highlights include Roman mosaics, frescoes and sculptures from the ruined cities plus giant Farnese sculptures from ancient Rome. There is also a large collection of antiquities from ancient Egypt. Naples can be reached by train from Sant’ Agnello; the journey takes just over an hour. Alternatively, you could take the fast ferry across the bay.


Today we head for Monte Faito which lies to the northeast of Sorrento in the Lattari Mountains. Soak up the extensive views and perhaps enjoy refreshments before starting the walk. We walk through the beautiful beech woods that cover much of these slopes but still enjoy the extensive mountain views right down the peninsula and across to Capri. Affluent locals live up here in the cooler temperatures.

Option 1 - Monte Faito

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: The walk starts along quiet roads through the pine woods to a point where we strike off into the beech woods to a viewpoint at Casa di Monaco. We then retrace our steps and ascend to the chapel of St. Michael before returning along the ridge to our start point.

Highlight: Extensive views to be enjoyed from the cooling shade of the woods.

Option 2 - Monte Faito Ridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We set along the ridge before going around the mountain and ascending through the trees to a col where there is the option to complete the ascent of Molare. The route then descends steeply before going through the beech woods and returning to the start along quiet roads.

Highlight: The optional ascent of Molare is well worth the effort.


Today we head to the village of Termini, set in an idyllic landscape at the end of the peninsula. Both walks finish at Marina del Cantone before our bus returns to Sorrento.

Option 1 - Monte San Costanzo

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: We leave Termini on the well graded road that zigzags up the hillside behind the village to a spectacular viewpoint. A short descent and a rise through light woodlands will bring us to Monte San Costanzo, with its tiny chapel. We descend back to Termini on an ancient mule track and then down to the beach at Marina del Cantone via the little village of Nerano.

Highlight: The summit of Monte San Costanzo is home to a tiny chapel.

Option 2 - Campanella & Monte San Costanzo

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We start with a steady descent to the very tip of the Sorrento peninsula at Point Campanella. From here we have a consistent ascent along the rough spine of the ridge to the chapel at the summit of Monte San Costanzo, before following the route of the other party through Termini and on to Marina del Cantone.

Highlight: The views over to Capri from point Campanella are fantastic.


We hope to see you again soon.


Welcome to Hotel Caravel. Unpack and settle in.


Having explored a little of Sorrento, we take a bus along the peninsula to the village of Massa Lubrense where both walks start.

Option 1 - In the land of the sirens

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: From Massa Lubrense our route follows a network of easy paths down to the coast at Punta del Capo. As we head along quiet country roads we pass through groves of lemons and olives. After the village of Capo, we start our gradual descent to the Roman village and baths (a natural cove) on the headland overlooking Sorrento. Our route then returns to Capo for the service bus back to Sorrento.

Highlight: Pass groves of lemons from which Limoncello, the local liqueur.

Option 2 - The Massa Lubrense loop

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: This walk also starts at Massa Lubrense but first takes a long loop and descends through lemon groves to the sea at the picturesque fishing harbour of Lobra. We then take a similar route to Capo before walking back into Sorrento.

Highlight: Admire views out to Capri at the start of this walk.


This full day coach excursion takes us to two of the most famous sights in the Bay of Naples, the summit of Vesuvius, one of three active volcanoes in Europe, and the spectacular buried city of Herculaneum.


The former fishermen’s village of Positano slopes steeply up from the sea and promotes itself as Italy’s most nearly vertical town. Houses are built on terraces in a Moorish style with flat roofs and balconies beneath arcades. The town was made popular and fashionable by writers and artists, such as Franco Zeffirelli and John Steinbeck.

Option 1 - The Heights of Positano

Distance: 3 miles (5km) 

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 1,700 feet (510m)

In summary: We start at the church of St Maria del Castello for our first breath-taking view over Positano. Our walk follows the “Path of the Gods”, a superb mountain path that traverses the hillside enjoying the most wonderful views. We descend on the ancient stepped mule path to the hospitable village of Montepertuso, from where we catch the bus that winds down the hillside of Positano.

Highlight: Positano is known as italy's most vertical town - there's time to explore the Moorish-style streets and arcades.

Option 2 - The Path of the Gods

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,900 feet (870m)

In summary: We also start at St Maria del Castello and follow the “Path of the Gods” along the hillside of Montepertuso but continue our walk down into Positano. This section involves a long, steep descent, much of it on stone steps.

Highlight: The 'Path of the Gods' is a wonderful mountainside pathway with exceptional views all the way along.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Pompeii: Easily reached using the Circumvesuviana Railway, the ruins of this ancient Roman city provide a fascinating insight into the lives of the residents before they were cut short by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79. The site is large and includes streets, shops, an amphitheatre and residents' houses.

Amalfi: It is possible to reach charming Amalfi by bus or boat; your leaders can advise.

Sorrento: Enjoy exploring the old town and perhaps a leisurely lunch in the old harbour with views across to Naples and Mt Vesuvius.

Capri: The legendary island of Capri - playground of the rich and famous - can be reached by ferries from the Marina Piccola in Sorrento.

Archaeological Museum in Naples: The museum has an extensive collection of Roman artefacts including many from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Highlights include Roman mosaics, frescoes and sculptures from the ruined cities plus giant Farnese sculptures from ancient Rome. There is also a large collection of antiquities from ancient Egypt. Naples can be reached by train from Sant’ Agnello; the journey takes just over an hour. Alternatively, you could take the fast ferry across the bay.

 


Today we head for Monte Faito which lies to the northeast of Sorrento in the Lattari Mountains. Soak up the extensive views and perhaps enjoy refreshments before starting the walk. We walk through the beautiful beech woods that cover much of these slopes but still enjoy the extensive mountain views right down the peninsula and across to Capri. Affluent locals live up here in the cooler temperatures.

Option 1 - Monte Faito

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: The walk starts along quiet roads through the pine woods to a point where we strike off into the beech woods to a viewpoint at Casa di Monaco. We then retrace our steps and ascend to the chapel of St. Michael before returning along the ridge to our start point.

Highlight: Extensive views to be enjoyed from the cooling shade of the woods.

Option 2 - Monte Faito Ridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We set along the ridge before going around the mountain and ascending through the trees to a col where there is the option to complete the ascent of Molare. The route then descends steeply before going through the beech woods and returning to the start along quiet roads.

Highlight: The optional ascent of Molare is well worth the effort.


Today we head to the village of Termini, set in an idyllic landscape at the end of the peninsula. Both walks finish at Marina del Cantone before our bus returns to Sorrento.

Option 1 - Monte San Costanzo

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: We leave Termini on the well graded road that zigzags up the hillside behind the village to a spectacular viewpoint. A short descent and a rise through light woodlands will bring us to Monte San Costanzo, with its tiny chapel. We descend back to Termini on an ancient mule track and then down to the beach at Marina del Cantone via the little village of Nerano.

Highlight: The summit of Monte San Costanzo is home to a tiny chapel.

Option 2 - Campanella & Monte San Costanzo

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We start with a steady descent to the very tip of the Sorrento peninsula at Point Campanella. From here we have a consistent ascent along the rough spine of the ridge to the chapel at the summit of Monte San Costanzo, before following the route of the other party through Termini and on to Marina del Cantone.

Highlight: The views over to Capri from point Campanella are fantastic.


We hope to see you again soon.


Sorrento Itinerary Map

Grand Hotel Hermitage & Villa Romita - Sorrento

The 4 * Grand Hotel Hermitage, with adjoining 3* Villa Romita, is in an idyllic spot on a hill above the Sorrento Peninsula with a backdrop of the stunning Campania countryside and coastline. Enjoy beautiful scenery including fantastic views of the Gulf of Naples to the north and the magnificent Amalfi coast to the South. Facilities include a restaurant, sun terrace and swimming pool all with panoramic views. If you’re looking to explore the local area, the village of Sant’Agata sui due golfi is accessible along a tree-lined avenue direct from the hotel. Note: for September and October departures, our guests will be staying in the adjoining 3 star Villa Romita, connected to The Grand Hotel Hermitage by private path. The Villa Romita is a renovated 19th century Villa. Our guests will have full access to the amenities of the main hotel.

Rooms

As well as en-suite rooms, in both the Grand Hotel Hermitage and the Villa Romita, your room will include air conditioning, flat screen TV, Telephone, Hairdryer and WiFi. 

Facilities

As well as charming bedrooms, The Grand Hotel Hermitage also boasts great facilities, perfect for after a day’s exploration of the area. Facilities include a sun terrace, garden, outdoor swimming pool, laundry, 24 hour front desk and a shuttle service into Sorrento. 

Food & Drink

Our holidays at the Grand Hotel Hermitage & Villa Romita are on a Half Board bases and include a continental buffet breakfast and evening meal. 

Your evening meal will be served in the Sala Dei Sogni restaurant, which means 'rooms of dreams'. Your meal will be traditional local and Italian cuisine with stunning panoramic views over the Guld of Naples while you dine. 

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening. Most of our socialising at the Grand Hotel Hermitage & Villa Romita is over a relaxed meal, with plenty of time to talk about your day with your fellow guests and sample some local wines and dishes. After dinner, you can stroll to the local town and enjoy the unique night light, either with a delicious post-dinner coffee or something a little stronger!

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Getting to Grand Hotel Hermitage & Villa Romita - Sorrento

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
18 Sep - 25 Sep
7 2021 Itinerary £1,269 Available Trip Notes Book Now
25 Sep - 02 Oct
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02 Oct - 09 Oct
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2022
30 Apr - 07 May
7 2022 Itinerary £1,199 £1,049 Save £150 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
07 May - 14 May
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14 May - 21 May
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21 May - 28 May
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10 Sep - 17 Sep
7 2022 Itinerary £1,259 £1,109 Save £150 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
17 Sep - 24 Sep
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24 Sep - 01 Oct
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01 Oct - 08 Oct
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2021
18 Sep - 25 Sep
7 2021 Itinerary £1,049 Available Trip Notes Book Now
25 Sep - 02 Oct
7 2021 Itinerary £1,049 Available Trip Notes Book Now
02 Oct - 09 Oct
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2022
30 Apr - 07 May
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07 May - 14 May
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14 May - 21 May
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21 May - 28 May
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10 Sep - 17 Sep
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17 Sep - 24 Sep
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24 Sep - 01 Oct
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01 Oct - 08 Oct
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Important Information

  • Sea view: price on request
  • Double room for sole occupancy: £48 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from Gatwick
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Naples Airport: £24 single
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort: £136 per single taxi journey
  • Note: for September and October departures, our guests will be staying in the adjoining 3 star Villa Romita, connected to The Grand Hotel Hermitage by private path. The Villa Romita is a renovated 19th century Villa. Our guests will have full access to the amenities of the main hotel.
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £1,199pp £1,049pp with flights

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