Jewels of the Amalfi Coast Tour Schedule
(Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. Sequence of daytrips may vary. Final itinerary will be given to travelers prior to the start of the trip.)
Friday | Day 1 | Benvenuto - Welcome!
Arrival in Rome after a long flight overseas, so get some rest in what the Romans called ‘Roma Caput Mundi’ (Rome, Capital of the World). Stay in a historical aristocratic palazzo, turned into a 4-star hotel, located in one of Rome's most sumptuously elegant neighborhoods. First night stay in Rome hotel.
Meals included: None.
Saturday | Day 2 | Buongiorno to You from Italy!
10:00am - Start the trip of a lifetime in one of the world’s most beautiful cities! After breakfast, you’ll admire some of the classic splendors of the Roman Empire. A private orientation tour in the "Eternal City" exploring its civilization through the ages and some of its most famous landmarks with a local guide and private driver. Wear comfortable shoes as the tour will last about 3 hours.
Besides walking by many sites, your visit will also include a panoramic view of the city by private transportation through some of the city’s most famous landmarks: the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon (internal visit), and Piazza Navona, among many others.
After a delicious lunch in a Roman trattoria, we'll make our way to Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast (about 4.5 hours total drive time with a couple breaks). Check into our beautiful family-owned boutique hotel in Positano. You'll fall in love with this sweet family who will make you feel at home the moment you walk in. Take some time for a relaxing stroll through this beautiful 'vertical' village and enjoy dinner with the group in a local restaurant near the hotel.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Sunday | Day 3 | La Costa dei Sogni : The Coast of Dreams
10:00am - Today we visit the awe-inspiring coastal villages along the ‘Costiera’, including Amalfi, with its spectacular byzantine-style Cathedral, lovely shops and characteristic piazza. (about 1 hour drive). We continue to Ravello for a group lunch in one of the most scenic and high-level restaurants of the area.
Free time in Ravello, with its aristocratic villas clinging to the mountainside and breath-taking views of lemon orchards planted on terraced cliffs. Visit the ruins of the 11th-century Moorish Villa Rufolo, former residence of a rich trading family. Then if you wish, you can also walk up to the magical gardens of Villa Cimbrone on your own (about a 25 minute walk each way from the main piazza). Shop for the wonderful bright hand-painted pottery items or the local specialty, Limoncello, at a small traditional factory where you'll be able to get a refreshing tasting! On our way back to Positano we’ll stop at one of the most beautiful ultra-luxury hotels to take some photos and where you can enjoy a sumptuous aperitivo cocktail before dinner. Enjoy a delicious dinner in a family owned trattoria with traditional local dishes!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Monday | Day 4 | L’Arte del Vivere Bene : The Art of Living Well
Morning on your own to relax and explore the charming town of Positano ~ it’s a vacation after all!
2:30pm - Afternoon departure to the lively town of Sorrento (about 50 minutes by car) which boasts breath-taking views from its steep cliffs over the entire Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius.. Enjoy some free time to explore Sorrento’s lovely shops, boutiques, and..more shops! Explore the local artisans, especially known for hand-engraved wooden boxes. Save some $$ and bring your passport number with you to fill out the TAX FREE form and get over 13% back before you leave!
Then meet by specified landmark inthe bustling Piazza Tasso for a group dinner in Sorrento with a piping-hot Neapolitan-style pizza!
Tuesday | Day 5 | Tesori tra Mare e Cielo : Treasures between Sea and Sky
10:30am - Aaaah.... take it easy today with an incredibly scenic and mind-soothing boat ride along the coast, visiting hidden caves with sparkling emerald waters. De-stress with a refreshing swim near a quiet bay. Group lunch along the way. Take some of the best photos you’ll ever take as we discover hidden inlets and grottos only accessible by swimming! We’ll pass the coastal towns of Praiano, the fiord of Furore, Sofia Loren’s villa at Conca dei Marini, Atrani, and Amalfi. Truly, a day to remember for years to come! Towels, refreshments, and water provided. Wear your bathing suit, comfortable clothing, and bring sun screen (you can sit in the shade or sunny areas on the boat).
Return to the dock in Positano and walk back up to hotel. Dinner on your own.
Wednesday | Day 6 | Cucina & Sapori Regionali : The Flavors of Regional Cuisine
8:30am - Today we’re off to the surroundings of the town of Battipaglia, south of the Amalfi Coast, known for the production of the world's best gourmet Mozzarella di Bufala (made from buffalo milk). We'll visit a local organic farm where you can see how this tasty cheese is made as well as enjoy a delicious lunch with the farm's specialties. We will now take a trip back in time, visiting the Greek temples of Paestum. These amazing structures are the standing remains of three major temples in Doric style, dating from the first half of the 6th century BC, a huge testimony of the Greek colonies in this area. These were dedicated to Hera, Apollo, and Athena. On our way back we are going up the mountains to a hidden gem - a small family farm where you’ll learn to cook some regional specialties during a fun cooking class with local Mamma's! A truly enchanting place for a memorable dinner.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Thursday | Day 7 | Vino, Storia e Amicizia : Wine, History & Friendship
10:30am - Leave hotel to go towards the intimidating colossus of Mount Vesuvius, the infamous volcano whose eruption buried almost 2,000 people. Its unforgiving lava, however, left behind a rich soil full of minerals where lovely vines produce a light and floral wine called ‘Lacryma Christi’ (from Latin: Tears of Christ). We’ll learn more about it during a private visit of a local family owned vineyard, where the friendly owners will tell us about their history and products, which we’ll enjoy during our group lunch featuring home-made local specialties! On the way we’ll stop at a famous “Cameo” factory, it is here that the most world-renown cameo masters create these superbly detailed pendants and jewels from seashells and rare Mediterranean red coral. We continue for the treasures that for centuries were hidden beneath layers of lava stone in the nearby town of Pompeii. A local guide will walk us through the amazing Roman lifestyle, visiting villas with wonderful frescoes, mosaics, and gardens, once residences of roman patricians before the tremendous eruption of 79 A.D.
Group dinner on the way back to Positano.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Friday | Day 8 | Alla Scoperta del Nostro Passato : Discovering our Past
9:00am - Today we're off to one of the pearls of the Mediterranean: the posh and dramatic Island of Capri! Drop-off by the Marina Grande, from where you can take the cable car up to the city of Capri (tickets included). Enjoy some free time and today’s lunch is on your own (not included). At your leisure you can take a picturesque walk to the top of the island visiting the remains of Emperor Tiberius's Villa Jovis, passing by fragrant groves of chestnut, pine, lemon, and olive trees, and rose gardens spilling over elegant villa walls (about 45 minute walk EACH WAY). Or, take a cab (15 minutes drive) up to the old town of Anacapri, a less-touristy part of the island.Group gathers at dock to continue a memorable boat tour around the island, during which you’ll have the chance to go into the Blue Grotto (extra charges apply – to be paid directly on site, subject to weather conditions). We will also be able to take a swim in a quiet bay, away from crowds. Return to the docks in Positano. Enjoy dinner on your own.
Saturday | Day 9 | Eleganza nella Storia : Elegant History
Free day to relax in Positano. It is a vacation after all!! Try relaxing by the beach, explore the gorgeous boutiques in this sunny Mediterranean village, shop for the brightly painted vases and table tops, go for a hike up in the mountains on the various trails, or get a spa treatment. Then, float back down to earth and meet in lobby for another scrumptuos meal with the group!
Sunday | Day 10 | Ritorno alle Nostre Origini : Back to the Origins..
10:00am - Be ready with your luggage in the lobby. Please ask the concierge if you need assistance in taking them down from your room to the lobby. The driver will be available to help load suitcases onto vans. After check-out we’ll begin our drive towards Rome. Group lunch along the way in Cassino, historical site home to the famous Abbey of Montecassino.
Check-in Rome hotel for final night stay. Enjoy your final day at your leisure in this spectacular city, where discovery never ends!
Monday | Day 11 | Arrivederci!
Check-out from Hotel, settle extra charges, and ... Arrivederci! As hard as it may be to leave these beautiful sites, we hope to see you again very soon in lovely Italy!
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What's included in the Jewels of the Amalfi Coast Tour:
2 Nights lodging in a 4-Star Hotel in the historical center of Rome + 8 Nights in a family Boutique Hotel in Positano (Amalfi Coast), for a trip totaling 11 Days/10 Nights (Depart from US on Thursday and return on Monday).
Small group travel! Our groups are between 6 and 14 travelers.
Privately escorted day-trips with a full-time English-speaking locally licensed Nada's Italy Tour Leader throughout trip.
Excursions include: Rome (with local guide), Capri (includes private boat tour - weather permitting), Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello (includes entrance ticket to Villa Rufolo), Paestum (includes entrance fee), Pompeii (includes entrance fee). Itinerary & destinations may vary on time of year and depending on weather conditions.
Unique Experiences: 1 Wine Tour, 2 excursions with private boat to the Island of Capri and along the entire Amalfi Coast (weather permitting). 1 Cooking Class in family farm, featuring traditional local dishes, Visit of traditional ‘Mozzarella di Bufala ’ cheese farm followed by lunch, Private guided introductory tour of Rome.
Meals included: All Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners (included meals are shown at bottom of each day in the itinerary).
Beverages included: bottled water, soft drinks (in limited amounts), coffee, and 2 glasses of wine per person (choice of red or white) with included lunches and dinners.
Private luxury transportation for day trips throughout the stay in comfortable air-conditioned van with professional driver (does not include: transfer from and to airport, airfare, or any other personal travel expenses).
PLUS: Italy Guide Book + Italian Travel Phrase book + Nada's Italy Luggage Tags + Apron + Maps for places visited during tour and MUCH MORE!!
Customer Loyalty Reward: receive a $300 credit towards any future trips you take with Nada's Italy!
No bag limit! (Check with your airline regulations).
Local VAT taxes and government fees, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees, staff tips, (does not include new accommodation tax imposed by local municipalities - to be paid in cash by guests directly to the hotel).
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What's Not Included in Tour Package
Trip price does not include airfare and anything that is not specified to be included. Price does not include any personal-related expenses, or travel-related expenses outside of the scheduled itineraries. The food & wine that is included is what is presented during meals, all other items ordered by traveler including wine and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are not included in tour price. Trip price does not include optional tips to restaurants nor to tour personnel such as drivers, maids, etc. These gratuities are given at sole discretion of each individual traveler and are not required for participation in tour.
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