Italy Family Adventure – Amalfi Coast & Islands

Trip Length 8 Days
Group Size 4-16
Activity level
Starting from
$3,899 for REI Members
$4,299 for non-members
Departures Jul 2020-Jul 2020

Dramatic cliffs, rugged coastal scenery and pastel-colored villages beckon on this adventure-filled, 8-day family trip.

From the historic, world-class city of Naples, we set out to explore the Amalfi Coast’s rugged coastline. The coast’s unique culture and natural beauty has earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We hike the Path of the Gods to admire panoramic views. Kayaking the coastline, we discover sea caves, natural arches and inlets. Pebble beaches and warm Mediterranean waters invite us to go for a swim.

On the Isle of Capri we walk scenic trails to discover the island’s coastline and lush parks. While on Ischia we tour the medieval Aragonese Castle, perched atop a huge volcanic rock. We learn about the power of nature with a hike to the crater of Mount Vesuvius and a tour of the ruined city of Pompeii. An authentic Neapolitan pizza-making lesson provides a delicious ending to an amazing family adventure.

REI Flash 18 Pack

Kids get an REI day pack — Kids traveling on our Family Adventures will receive an REI day pack for their adventure! Kids age 8-17 will receive the REI Flash 18 Pack (while quantities last, colors may vary). Learn more about REI Family Adventures.

Not traveling with kids under age 18? Check out our Italy Hiking – The Volcano Route & Amalfi Coast trip or inquire about a private departure of this itinerary.

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Trip Highlights

  • Trek to the crater rim of Vesuvius and discover the fate of the lost city of Pompeii
  • Kayak the Amalfi Coast for views of dramatic cliffs, natural arches and sea caves
  • Hike the Path of the Gods for vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Amalfi's coastline
  • Explore the Isle of Capri and visit a medieval castle on the Isle of Ischia
  • Dine on Italian cuisine and learn the art of making authentic Neapolitan pizza


This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Activities include hiking, sea kayaking and optional swimming. Trip members should be capable of hiking up to 4 hours on concurrent days, should know how to swim and be comfortable in the water.

Some hikes are on well-maintained trails; others involve hiking on loose dirt, rocks and numerous stone stairs of variable height. Some hikes include stretches with steep ascents and descents. Kayaking is typically in protected bays but we may experience windy conditions when traveling between bays (personal flotation devices will be provided). All activities will move at a family-friendly pace so we can enjoy our surroundings.

  • Hiking/walking
  • Sea kayaking

What's Included

One group airport transfer on Day 1 and Day 8; double, triple or quadruple occupancy accommodations in hotels for 7 nights; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; pizza making class; wine tasting; one glass of wine or beer with included dinners; all sightseeing excursions as noted including entrance to Vesuvius and Pompeii; all kayaking gear; bilingual guides; all ground/water transportation as noted in the itinerary.


Hotels, 7 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Naples and transfer to peaceful Minori on the Amalfi Coast.

Arrive at the airport in Naples, Italy by 12pm today. We provide one group pick-up from a hotel (on Vomero hill and overlooking the Spanish Quarter) at 1pm. A second pick-up from the Naples airport is at 2pm. A two hour drive brings us to our hotel in the picturesque village of Minori on the Amalfi Coast. An orientation meeting is followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. Dinner included.

Day 2

Hike the Path of the Gods and view the sunset from colorful Positano.

The village of Bomerano (2,080') is the starting point of our panoramic hike along the Path of the Gods. This aptly-named trail offers remarkable views across the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Isle of Capri. Upon reaching the hamlet of Nocelle (1,510') we eat a picnic lunch while enjoying the scenery. Next, we transfer to Positano, a lovely hillside village of colorful Moorish-style houses built above a pebble beach and small bay. We stroll the streets past the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, famous for its colorful majolica-tiled dome. The afternoon is free to relax at the beach (umbrella and beach chair provided), stroll the steep walkways and stairs of Positano to shop and explore, or walk along the Via Positanesi d'America to see Trasita Tower and Fornillo Beach. Dinner on the terrace of a pizzeria presents outstanding coastline views. We return to Minori for the night. Breakfast and dinner included.

Driving: 2 hours; Hiking: 4 miles, 3 hours; Terrain: Dirt and rock pathways, some sections include stairs, elevation gain 500'/loss 1,070'; Optional swimming; Walking tour: 1+ miles.

Day 3

Explore the hamlet of Amalfi and kayak the dramatic, craggy coastline.

We begin the day with a kayak excursion along the Amalfi Coast to take in the views of dramatic cliffs, natural arches and sea caves. Pebbled beaches provide an opportunity to come ashore for a swim in the clear turquoise waters. Lunch is on your own at a beachside restaurant. A short transfer brings us to the lovely village of Amalfi. We stroll the narrow, cobbled streets to the Duomo di Amalfi, a cathedral with a beautiful Arab-Sicilian influenced exterior that sits dramatically atop a steep flight of steps. We continue our walk to the Museum of Handmade Paper, which stands as testimony to a time long past, when papermaking was a vital part of Amalfi's history. We learn the process of making paper, using the mill's original, impeccably restored machinery. After free time for shopping and sampling gelato, we return to Minori and enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant. Breakfast and dinner included. ​

Boat shuttles/water taxis: 1 hour; Walking: .5 miles; Sea kayaking: 3 hours; Optional swimming.

Note: In the event we cannot kayak due to weather or other conditions, we will visit Ravello, then hike through the Valle Delle Ferriere to Amalfi. After visiting the Paper Museum and the Duomo di Amalfi, there will be free time before we return to Minori for the evening. Hiking: 2.7 miles, 1.5 hours, elevation gain 308'/loss 1,460'.

Day 4

Ferry to Capri and explore its caves and gardens.

Dressed in hiking clothes and ready to explore, we ferry to the rocky Isle of Capri. From Capri’s Piazzetta (central piazza) we begin our walk past colorful villas with flower-filled gardens to the Grotta di Matermania, a series of hidden caves tucked into the island’s limestone crags. Following a picnic lunch we continue our walk. Our path has many stairs, so we pause at an iconic rock arch to admire the views before continuing on the Terrazza di Tragara, a spectacular stretch of trail which offers views of the Faraglioni sea stacks. Next, we visit the colorful terraces of the Gardens of Augustus for panoramic views. There is free time to relax, or explore and shop in the Piazzetta. In the midafternoon we take a bus to the Anacapri side of the island to check into our hotel and then head out to dinner. All meals included.

Ferry: 1.25 hours; Driving: 40 minutes; Walking: 3.5 miles.

Day 5

Hike a coastal path on Capri and partake in a scavenger hunt.

We begin our day with a walk to the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), a natural sea cave that requires a small rowboat to enter. The neon blue color of the water inside the cave is a phenomenon caused by sunlight that enters the cavern through an underwater opening. From the Grotta Azzurra, we hike on the ruggedly beautiful Sentiero dei Fortini Trail. We follow the coastline, peering into strikingly deep inlets with crystal clear water. The trail passes three ruins called “fortini” (blockhouses), which were fortified by the English in the early 1800s during the Napoleonic Wars. Our trail ends at the Punta Carena Lighthouse, where we take a lunch break at a seaside restaurant. There is free time to swim in the warm waters below the lighthouse. Later this afternoon the guide will challenge the kids to a lively scavenger hunt around Anacapri's main square. Breakfast and dinner included.

Driving: 15 minutes; Hiking: 3.2 miles, 2.5 hours; Terrain: Dirt and rocky path with some stairs and exposure; Walking: 2 miles.

Day 6

Visit Castello Aragonese, swim at Maronti Beach, make your own pizza.

We depart Capri for the island of Ischia. Our first excursion is to Castello Aragonese. This 2500-year-old medieval castle is connected to the island of Ischia by a 722’ stone bridge. After a guided tour of the citadel and castle grounds, there is free time to explore and enjoy lunch at one of the many seaside restaurants in Ischia Ponte. Boarding a water taxi, we are whisked to the white sands of Maronti Beach with free time to relax and swim. If you are interested in a spa experience, a short walk through a tuff stone canyon brings you to an historic and simple outdoor spa with options for therapeutic soaks in Roman baths that are hewn into the cliff. In the mid-afternoon, a few minutes aboard a water taxi brings us to the incredibly picturesque village of Sant’Angelo to explore or enjoy a gelato. A final water taxi returns us to Ischia Porto where we learn the art of making Neapolitan pizza. After dining on our accomplishments, we ferry to Naples and check into our hotel for the evening. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch on your own.

Ferries: 2 hours; Water taxis: 1.5-2 hours; Driving: 15 minutes; Walking: 1 mile; Optional swimming; Optional spa services (own expense).

Day 7

Hike to a viewpoint on Vesuvius and visit Pompeii's well-preserved ruins.

We transfer southeast of Naples to Mount Vesuvius (4,203'), which last erupted in 1944 and currently sits dormant, allowing for closer exploration. We hike to a panoramic viewpoint at the volcano's crater, the Bay of Naples serving as our backdrop, while our guides share their knowledge of the mountain's geological and natural history. Today's lunch is at one of the oldest wineries in the region, located on the slopes of Vesuvius. We sample local produce and vintages and tour a lava cave. Our next stop is Pompeii for a private tour. The catastrophic eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in the first century AD buried Pompeii in 60' of volcanic ash and hid its existence from the rest of the world for 1,700 years. Ongoing excavations have uncovered a city frozen in time, filled with well-preserved buildings, frescoes and thousands of personal artifacts. Returning to our hotel for a farewell dinner, we enjoy wonderful views of Naples and Vesuvius, which remind us of our explorations. All meals included.

Transfers: 3.25 hours; Hiking on Vesuvius: 2 hours; Terrain: Paved and dirt pathways; Elev gain/loss: 350’; Walking in Pompeii: 2 hours.

Day 8

Depart from Naples, or continue to explore the sights of Italy.

Our trip concludes after breakfast. We provide one group transfer to the Naples airport based on the majority of departing flights. Breakfast included.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

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  • Valid Passport

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