Galway Hospice International Trek

Amalfi Coast, Italy
€3,000 minimum fundraising, non-refundable deposit of €300

Following on from the success of our 1st International Trek last October, we are delighted to announce our 2nd International Trek will take place this October to the Amalfi Coast, Italy and help us raise funds for Galway Hospice

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Trek Amalfi Coast promises to be full of memories and one you really don’t want to miss! This trek which takes place from Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th October 2020 and has been especially designed for the Galway Hospice trek so we can see some of the best bits of the Amalfi Coast including Naples, Pompeii, Vesuvius and Capri to name but a few!

Duration: 7 Nights

Difficulty level: Moderate

There will be approximately 3-6 hours walking per day.

Overview of the Trek

A web of ancient pathways winds along shoreline cliffs, leading from charming coastal towns, through rustic woodlands and up to beautiful villages perched atop craggy peaks. Highlights include our hike along the stunning ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (‘Footpath of the Gods’), one of the world’s finest day walks, the wonderful walk into the intriguing Valley of the Mills, the location of Europe’s first paper mills, almost 1,000 years old, the spectacular villages of Positano, Atrani and Ravello, a visit and a beautiful loop walk over the island of Capri. And of course, beautiful Amalfi itself.

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Your Support

Galway Hospice services are continuing to be in demand, with double digit increase in the number of patients and families being supported by us in 2019. We continue to be heavily dependent on fundraising activities to fund our Community Palliative Care and Daycare services which means that we continue to need to raise over €2.3million annually to fund these essential services. Campaigns such as the International Trek help us reach our €2.3 million target

How to Get Involved

This promises to be a truly spectacular trip. We need you to raise a minimum of €3,000* for the trip which includes a non-refundable deposit of €300**.  Included in this €3,000 is your flights, accommodation, dining as outlined in itinerary, guides and vital funds for Galway Hospice (a minimum of €1,700 from each participant will go to Galway Hospice). The total amount must be paid to Galway Hospice no later than 14th August 2020.

To help you along the way, if you decide to encourage a friend to come, we will offer you a €200 discount from your fundraising total.

Don’t worry, the Galway Hospice Fundraising Team are here to help with lots of fundraising resources from posters, fliers, collection buckets, sponsorship cards or even some promotion on our social media channels. We also have loads of ideas to get you started so do get in contact.

Package Includes:

Accommodation

Refreshments

Sunday 18th October
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Monday 19th October
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday 20th October
Breakfast & Dinner 

Wednesday 21st October
Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Thursday 22nd October
Breakfast (Free Day for Leisure) 

Friday 23rd October
Breakfast, Warm Lunch & 1 Final dinner in Palazzo Acampora – Bomerano 

Saturday 24th October
Breakfast 

Itinerary (Subject to Change)

Depart Dublin Airport and Arrive at Naples Today you arrive in the bustling city of Naples. Meet tour leader, transfer to our hotel in Agerola, high above the Amalfi Coast.

Today certainly has a downhill bias as we follow the path down from Bomerano, on the Agerola Highplain, to the shores of the Mediterranean and the town of Amalfi. Wonderful views of the whole Amalfi Coast (including Capri) accompany us as we follow the trail down, through a stunning terraced landscape. There are sections of steps today, but there is plenty of opportunity to rest and go at your own pace. We’ll have a coffee break and biscuit stop in a very special place and a great picnic in the sight of Amalfi. We have plenty of time to visit to the beautiful medieval town of Amalfi with its wonderful ‘Duomo’ and the Paradise cloister. Amalfi once was an important naval power, like Venice and its past glory still shows. The large Duomo (Cathedral) dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. Every street hides a charming square, and it’s a real pleasure to wander through the labyrinth of white-washed alleys.

We’ll pass through the Piazza dei Dogi and along the Antichi Arsenali. Another street takes us to the Vagliendola quarter, with its tower houses and the famous Hotel dei Cappuccini – once a monastery called San Pietro della Canonica, founded in the 13th century. It has been popular with the British since Edwardian times when the upper classes favoured the town as a pleasant place to spend their winters. We have free time to explore the town, take a swim or enjoy a well-earned ice cream Those who want can join in for a short extra walk, a really wonderful walk to the nearby village of Atrani, Italy’s smallest village, and enjoy a drink in the town square where time has stood still. Towards the end of the afternoon we return by bus to our hotel.

Today’s walk is one of the most amazing round walks Agerola has to offer. Along relatively easy paths & tracks we ascend towards the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast, from where views are perhaps even more beautiful than from the famed ‘Sentiero degli Dei’. The first part of the walk is a relaxed stroll through the charming village of Bomerano, but then, through vineyards and chestnut forest, the path starts to climb.

After about an hour walking uphill, we reach the ridge of the Monte Tre Calli, from where views are at 360 degrees, ranging from the Agerola Plain to Capri. Along the ridge we then walk to a natural rock formation known as the ‘mushroom’, from where we have to face a choice: some might continue the climb to the Monte Sant’Angelo, otherwise we opt for a relaxed ‘picnic with a view’. Then we start the descent towards the little chapel of the ‘Virgin of the Silence’, from where views on Positano are grand to say the least. Along an easy road we then walk back to our agriturismo.

Distance: 11.5km Approx. 5-6 hours walking. Height gain and loss 500m. 

This morning we travel south and drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that with the fatal eruption of 79 AD completely destroyed the bustling city of Pompeii. We make an amazing round-walk here, completely different from the standard visit to the Vesuvius (and normally closed to the public), which makes you feel in a completely different world! The walk takes us along the impressive volcanic phenomena to be seen around the crater: lava flows, pumice fields and grotto’s and the amazing ‘Valley of the Giant’, culminating in a walk to the top. The literal ‘high’ light is a spectacular detour, led by a specialist volcano guide, which will take us right around the crater rim and up to the highest point at 1281 metres (4000 feet), from where we have the very best view of the Bay of Naples, one of the panoramic wonders of the world. We then descend, and we can have a relaxed lunch on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, before travelling down to Pompeii, considered to be the world’s most fascinating ruins. A visit to Pompeii gives us an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city, especially when walking along its chariot-marked back streets. You will be captivated by the exceptional frescoes to be found throughout the city or by the opulence of the villas, with their atriums and charming peristyles, owned by the rich and influential of the day. Visit the amphitheatre as well as the Villa of Mysteries with its masterpiece frescoes depicting the secret Dionysus rites, the Roman Forum and basilica, temples, public baths, and the tiny Odeon created for music recitals. What is less known to many is that also the city of Pompeii is definitely worth the detour, if alone for its amazing sanctuary. We will go for a stroll here and then have an ‘aperitivo’ to look back on a great day. Then we drive on by private coach to the Amalfi Coast. The bus drops us off in a great place in Agerola, high above the Amalfi Coast. 

In the morning we first walk to the beautiful little town of Atrani, along a very scenic path, with great viewpoints on the city centre. From Atrani we proceed through the narrow white little streets and then up the ‘Valley of the Dragon’, until we reach Ravello, another highlight of the Amalfi Coast, where we have plenty of time to visit. Ravello not only has a very interesting history and many medieval monuments, but also offers beautiful views over the Amalfi Coast, and villas with stupendous gardens. We pay an extensive visit to the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone, with its amazing gardens and one of the coast’s most famous viewpoints. Then along the hamlet of Pontone, we descend into one of southern Italy’s most interesting nature reserves, the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’, only a short distance away from Amalfi, but a completely different world! The path takes you deep into the valley, to the entrance of the nature reserve, with its lush vegetation and waterfalls. We have a great picnic lunch near the river, before starting the walk down to Amalfi. The way down brings you through the intriguing ‘Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the watermills, with its ruins of Europe’s most ancient paper factories, dating back to the 11th century. You’ll now also have the option to visit the fascinating paper museum, the Museo della Carta, or go for a ‘limoncello’ tasting in the shade of the lemon trees. In Amalfi there is still some time for a swim or an ‘aperitivo’. In the evening we are free to choose from a large choice of restaurants, ranging from simple pizzerias to exclusive restaurants. 

Distance: 10km, Approx 5 hours walking 

Today is a free day spent at leisure. You’ll have a day to relax at the hotel or down to the sea. Alternatively, you could enjoy a boat ride along the coast and visit the island of Capri. This excursion is not included but can be done independently. 

We recommended travelling by boat to the rightly famous island of Capri, the island where already the Roman emperors liked to come as tourists, and that since then never lost its fame. Here a wonderful roundwalk can be made, starting from Marina Grande, the main harbour and then, through lemon groves and gardens to the central square of the little town of Capri, the famous ’Piazzetta’, the centre of mundane life. Then you can make a beautiful roundwalk around the eastern part of the island, which shows us most of the ‘highlights’ of the island. These are both cultural and natural wonders, always accompanied with beautiful views in an unrivalled Mediterranean landscape. The walk brings you along the amazing Villa Lysis, and the ruins of the Imperial Villa Iovis, one of the villas of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. You will pass by the Arco Naturale, and of course along the Faraglioni, three rocks off the South coast, may be the most famous and most painted rocks in the world. Walking back to the centre you have the opportunity to visit the Certosa and the Gardens of August, from where you can also opt to walk down to Marina Piccola, along the spectacular Via Krupp. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways. Late in the afternoon you then travel back to Amalfi by boat. In alternative you can opt for a relaxed day in Amalfi, with a great swim in the Mediterranean. In the evening you are free to choose from a large choice of restaurants, ranging from simple pizzerias to exclusive restaurants.

In the morning we’ll do ‘one of the world’s greatest hikes’, according to many guides. We start the walk directly from our accommodation. Along a panoramic road, high above the coast, we walk to the village square of Bomerano where we can take a coffee and buy some sandwiches. Then we start walking along one of the most famous footpaths of the area, the ‘Footpath of the Gods’.

This path really lives up to its name, suspended between the sky and the Mediterranean. It winds through unique scenery, with unrivalled views over the coast and sea. A few hours we will be walking along some of the most spectacular scenery of the whole Amalfi Coast, until we reach the charming small hamlet of Nocelle. Here we can have a good lunch in a nice restaurant, with amazing views over Positano and the Amalfi Coast (in alternative we can have a great ‘picnic with a view’ along the route).

Passing another spectacular valley, we then arrive in the little village of Montepertuso. After that it’s only a short walk downstairs to Positano, one of the most charming villages of the Amalfi Coast, an almost vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. We stroll through its small, almost oriental alleys, and perhaps have a swim or a drink on one of its many pleasant terraces. There is time for private exploration before we return in the late afternoon to Amalfi by boat. Another great way to absorb this amazing scenery! A nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere is the perfect end for this great week on the Amalfi Coast.

After breakfast today, coach transfer to Naples Airport.

Walking Conditions

This walking trip covers a variety of terrain that at times is challenging. The landscape can be quite mountainous, so be prepare for plenty of ups and downs. Those with vertigo may find some of the walks uncomfortable. Daily distances average 5 to 8 km, with some options for less (or more) challenging hikes. A number of our walks are on narrow footpaths along mountainsides, while others follow well- surfaced roads. Hiking boots are required on some walks. Please note that van support is limited on this trip due to the inaccessibility of trails by vehicle.

“I walk regularly and enjoy the feeling of achievement I get from a good hike.”
The Traveller

Varies between rolling and hilly, with a few steeper climbs.
The Terrain

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We do hope you’ll join us this year for our second international walk.

If you have any questions about this event please email the team at fundraising@galwayhospice.ie or phone 091 770868 to talk to the team during office hours 9am – 5pm.

*Please note if you wish to book a single room that this must be done at registration and the Single Room Supplement is an additional €195 (not payable from fundraising).

**Deposits must be paid to secure a place and the deadline for deposits is Friday 29th May (or until the trek is full).

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