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The Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 16 people
Destination(s): Italy  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Food & Wine  
Season: May
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 7499 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7499 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
May 9 - 21, 2015
May 9 - 21, 2016

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1
After arriving at the Naples Airport, we head for our 5-star deluxe hotel overlooking the beautiful harbor of Naples, the vibrant heart of Southern Italy. After some free time to relax, we meet our local guide for a walking tour of the historic city center. Yes, downtown Naples is gritty and a bit crazy with two million people and probably twice as many motor cycles; but it is also exciting and beautiful. There are many quaint, lively streets, hundreds of trattorias, restaurants and shops, and lovely piazzas with monuments, fountains, and architectural masterpieces. Our tour includes a visit to the renowned National Museum of Archeology, the pride of Naples. Here we see the most precious, fascinating artifacts uncovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum: frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, and every day items. Our welcome dinner tonight is at a lovely waterfront ristorante with amazingly fresh seafood and outstanding local wine, buffalo mozzarella, and home grown tomatoes.
Overnight: Naples | Meals: D

Day 2
Today is one you will never forget. We visit the most remarkable archeological discovery ever unearthed: Pompeii. The incredibly preserved houses, streets, shops, even brothels, present a fascinating chronicle of daily life in 79 A.D., when one fateful day the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius “froze” life in an instant. We stop at a local vineyard for a wine-tasting lunch, where we delight in the freshest pasta and cheeses, and several types of wine. Next on our agenda is Pompeii’s sister city, Herculaneum. This is a Roman town where the volcanic mud from Mt. Vesuvius preserved the houses and streets exactly as they looked 2,000 years ago. At the end of a memorable day, we continue on to our seaside hotel in Amalfi, our home for the next five nights.
Overnight: Amalfi | Meals: B, L, D

Day 3
Little Amalfi, unbeknownst to most, was the first maritime republic in Italy. Although many people think only of the glamour and natural beauty that is the Amalfi Coast, this area is also rich in history. Our local guide takes us through the narrow alleyways behind the tourist streets to see how the locals live. We then visit the Duomo of St. Andrew, a gorgeous example of Arab-Norman architecture, built in the 12th century. We enjoy a wonderful lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and then have a free afternoon to explore on our own. This evening we enjoy a special concert performance in Ravello, part of the annual Ravello Music Festival. Ravello has been a source of inspiration for poets and musicians for centuries, including the German composer Richard Wagner, whose second act of his opera Parsifal was set there. The music festival is held each year in Wagner’s honor.
Overnight: Amalfi | Meals: B, D (served at mid-day)

Day 4
Today is a “heavenly” day, as those who are able can take a spectacular hike along the magnificent Sentiero degli Dei, the “Path of the Gods.” The path follows the mountainside, passing lemon trees, olive groves and vineyards. The fragrances from the heather, rosemary and broom are intoxicating. The non-hikers join the hikers at a family-run trattoria on a cliff overlooking the sea. After a delicious wine tasting lunch (the trattoria makes its own wine), we drive around the bend to the very famous village of Positano. Signature village of the Amalfi Coast, this picturesque town is carved into the cliffs and is a photographer’s dream. A gorgeous boat ride along the coast brings us back to Amalfi. Our evening is free to relax, try a new restaurant, or go to a local show.
Overnight: Amalfi | Meals: B, D (served at mid-day)

Day 5
This morning we continue our exploration of Amalfi with a guided tour of an ancient paper factory, housed in an old mill. After lunch and some free time, we take an excursion to the tiny village of Ravello, terraced high above the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the Villa Rufolo and the beautiful gardens of the 14th century Villa Cimbrone, are incomparable views of the coast. We enjoy a special tasting menu at a Michelin star restaurant set inside the Villa Cimbrone overlooking the sea.
Overnight: Amalfi | Meals: B, D

Day 6
Today we visit an award-winning winery high on the mountain, where the vines grow in a unique way, all connected to three ancient roots. Our tour ends with a gourmet wine-tasting lunch (with a view). We return to Amalfi for a nap, some shopping, or perhaps a swim and a walk on the beach.
Overnight: Amalfi | Meals: B, D (served at mid-day)

Day 7
It’s time to say arrivederci to Amalfi as we board a ferry for a beautiful ride on the Tyrrhenian Sea to the enchanting Isle of Capri. After checking into our dreamy hotel, which overlooks the ocean and Marina Piccola, we take a walking tour of the quaint village of Capri, one of two villages on the island. After exploring the awe-inspiring Gardens of Augustus, we enjoy a free afternoon to relax by the pool or poke into the myriad shops that line the narrow streets. Tonight is a gourmet dinner under a canopy of lemon trees…
Overnight: Capri | Meals: B, D

Day 8
Today, we explore Anacapri, the second village on the island, accessed only by the “Oh, my goodness!” road (the reaction by many who have made this trip). We tour the gorgeous Villa San Michele, the former home of Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. Those who wish may take a chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island, which affords spectacular views of the sea and the Amalfi Coast. After working up an appetite, we enjoy a splendid lunch with incredible views. We then have a free afternoon and evening to enjoy the island.
Overnight: Capri | Meals: B, D (served at mid-day)

Day 9
Today we take a private boat tour around the island, complete with wine and snacks. We have the chance to ride through the iconic Faraglioni rock formations, swim off a private beach, and go into the famous Blue Grotto, weather and seas dependent. Bring your bathing suit! We enjoy a wonderful island dinner together tonight.
Overnight: Capri | Meals: B, D

Day 10
This morning we depart Capri on the hydrofoil for Sorrento, our home for the last two nights of our tour. Sorrento is the legendary home of the Sirens that attempted to lure Homer’s hero, Ulysses, to the dangerous rocky shore. Surrounded by mountains and sea, its beauty is spell-binding. The quaint streets are filled with wonderful ceramics and inlaid wood shops, and the scent of lemons permeates the air. We check into our 5-star hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, and then have free time to explore on our own. In the early evening, we go to a local working farm in the Sorrentine hills, where we are treated to a mozzarella-making demonstration, followed by a light-hearted Neapolitan pizza-making lesson. We then dine on the fruits of our labor, accompanied by plenty of local wine. After dessert, we sample the farm’s homemade limoncello. It’s then back to our hotel for a free evening.
Overnight: Sorrento | Meals: B, D

Day 11
After breakfast, we take a walking tour of Sorrento. Our guide brings us to see the crypt of the patron saint of navigators as well as of Sorrento, Saint Anthony. The crypt that holds the tomb of the saint is found in the depths of the basilica, erected in his honor, and is adorned with thousands of votive offerings brought by sailors. We also explore what remains of the Cloister of St. Francis, which dates back to the 13th century. The afternoon is free to relax or explore. Tonight, we walk to a Michelin-star restaurant for our gourmet farewell dinner.
Overnight: Sorrento | Meals: B, D

Day 12
Today, sadly, we depart for the Naples Capodichino Airport for our return flights home. Arrivaderci, Italia!
Meals: B

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:

- Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York
- 11 nights deluxe accommodation in: Naples (1); Amalfi, oceanview (5); Capri, oceanview (3); Sorrento, ocean view (2)
- All breakfasts (11), 1 lunch, 11 multi-course dinners, all with wine
- Full time escort
- All transportation by air-conditioned bus, minivan, or taxi
- Evening concert as part of the famous Ravello Concert Series
- Private guided tours of Naples; Pompeii and Herculaneum; an ancient paper factory in Amalfi; Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone in Ravello; Villa San Michele in Capri; and Sorrento
- Two wine-tasting events: one at a Mt. Vesuvius vineyard and one at an award-winning winery on the Amalfi Coast
- Lively pizza- and mozzarella-making demonstration at a farm in Sorrento
- Boat tour around the Isle of Capri and visit to the Blue Grotto (weather dependent)
- Optional hike on the Sentiero degli Dei, or “Path of the Gods”
- All tips, taxes and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.

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