Walking the Amalfi Coast
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The dizzying experience of standing on the heights of Vesuvius with views of Naples and beyond in one direction, and the dark volcanic crater on the other. That magical moment on the Walk of the Gods when sea and sky merge in the palest of blues and are indistinguishable. Arriving at the Lemon Shack on the same walk - nothing has ever tasted so good as that glass of juice.
What did you think of your group leader?
Severio is an inspirational guide. He worked tirelessly to make sure we all had a great holiday, giving encouragement and building confidence where needed. He was attentive to individual needs as well as key to establishing a sense of group. He is clearly totally at home in the Amalfi region, and has a depth of professional knowledge which he imparts with humour and passion, whether discussing the merits of various brands of Limoncello, recounting Greek legends or giving the background on local communities. He has detailed knowledge of the walks, and our safety and range of ability were always his main consideration. Above all, he is a kind and engaging person. The warmth with which he was greeted wherever we went was a real indication of the esteem in which he is held.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Definitely bring walking poles as you will need them on the steep ascents and descents - one or two, whichever you're comfortable with. Be prepared to find the terrain more difficult than you might have experienced on a previous Exodus holiday of the same grading. Obviously the fitter you are the better, but the after effects of multiple steps may still surprise you - and it's hard to see how one can totally prepare beforehand in view of the extreme ups and downs of the Amalfi area. However don't give up - you'll receive lots of encouragement from your guide and the rest of the group, and the sense of achievement on reaching the end of the week after completing all the walks is worth it all.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Last October a friend and I went on our first Exodus trip -Walking the Prosecco Hills - which is also classified as Leisurely/Moderate. However we both felt there is no comparison between this trip and Walking the Amalfi Coast regarding the levels of difficulty and fitness required. From your description and notes we were prepared for the Amalfi trip to be more demanding, but actually it was in a different league and raises the question -frequently expressed in reviews of this trip - of whether it should be upgraded to Moderate. The response seems to be that the current grading is correct because, although the walks are challenging, they are undertaken in a Leisurely way, but the reality is that if you're walking over difficult terrain, it's still tough and has to be got through whether or not it's taken at a more relaxed pace. Finally, it takes time and effort to write a review. The last review published for the Prosecco holiday was written in September 2016. However I wrote a comprehensive review in October and cannot believe I was the only person to do so. If you value customers' feedback, please indicate this by printing what they say.