Luxurious Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri

Sept. 19-30, 2018

• 2 winery tours and tastings at local vineyards
• An evening musical performance at Villa Rufolo in Ravello
• Private boat tour around the island of Capri, with wine and snacks
• Private guided tour of the UNESCO Site of Pompeii

Price: $5,999 ppdo

Luxurious Amalfi Coast & Isle of Capri

Enjoy warm Mediterranean climate, sumptuous foods and wines, and gorgeous scenery on one of our Amalfi Coast tours! The Amalfi Coast is famous for its panoramic views, stunning Positano villas, and leisurely boating out on Mediterranean waters. Luxury and pleasure await on this small-group tour of Italy.

Details of the Tour

The following is included with the price of our tour:

• First-class accommodations
• All breakfasts; 6 lunches, some with wine, 4 multi-course dinners, some with wine
• 2 winery tours and tastings at local vineyardsAn evening musical performance at Villa Rufolo in Ravello
• Private boat tour around the island of Capri (weather dependent) with wine and snacks
• Full-time tour director from Buon Gusto Tours, who is with you throughout the trip
• Expert local guides at all historic sites
• Private guided tour of the UNESCO Site of Pompeii
• Gratuities for local guides, hotels, meals, and baggage
• Transportation during the tour, including ferries
• Transfers upon arrival and departure in Italy
• Pre-trip planning help

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: D
After arriving at the Naples Airport, we head straight for our deluxe hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples. After some free time to relax and get settled, we meet our local guide for a private walking tour of the historic center of this fascinating and often misrepresented city. This tour won’t be complete without a stop in a cafe serving what many believe to be the best espresso in the world! Our welcome dinner will be at a trattoria featuring Neapolitan specialties.

Day 2: B, L
We depart Naples this morning and head first to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompei, a city lost in time. With our local expert guide, we will walk through this once-thriving port town, with its well-preserved houses, restaurants, shops and even brothels, and discover what life was like in 79 A.D., when the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius changed this area forever. Covered under a thick layer of hot ash and gas, the town of Pompei and its approximately 35,000 inhabitants were killed and buried. It wasn’t until the mid-1700s that the town was rediscovered and excavations began; believe it or not, only two-thirds of the original town has been excavated to this day.

Our next stop is a small family-run vineyard on the slopes of the volcano for a lively and delicious wine-tasting lunch. The volcanic soil in this area, rich in minerals, imparts a unique flavor to the wine; this vineyard produces the famous Neapolitan Lacryma Christi wine, the nearest equivalent to wine drunk by the Ancient Romans, according to archaeologists. We’ll enjoy antipasto, homemade spaghetti con pomodori, and several types of the vineyard’s wine and grappa! At the end of this wonderful day, we continue to our seafront hotel in Amalfi, our home for the next 5 nights. This will be a free evening.

Day 3: B, L
The small hamlet of Amalfi was actually the first maritime republic in Italy. In 839, Amalfi gained its independence and remained a flourishing city-state for 2 centuries. From the Middle Ages well into the Renaissance, paper production was one of Amalfi’s key industries, supplying even the Vatican with paper. With our local guide and friend, we will meander through narrow alleyways, learning about how the locals live, eventually making our way to an ancient paper mill, where we’ll see how the mill made paper from cotton fibers from the 13th century. We will also have the chance to go inside the Duomo of St. Andrew, a gorgeous example of Arab-Norman architecture, built in the 12th Century.

A multi-course gourmet luncheon with wine awaits us at a restaurant overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. After time to relax by the ocean or at our hotel and enjoy dinner on our own, we will reconvene in the evening for our transfer to a musical performance at Villa Rufolo in Ravello, part of the famous Ravello Concert Society.

Day 4: B, L
Today we get out into nature, as we take a hike along the magnificent Sentiero degli Dei, the “Path of the Gods.” There’s really nothing like viewing this spectacular coastline from the vantage point of a high coastal path! Done at a very leisurely pace, this moderate hike will take roughly 3.5 hours, with plenty of photo ops along the way. Lemon and olive groves as well as vineyards cling to the cliffs beneath our path, and we may even see grazing sheep and goats along the way. At the end of the hike, we are rewarded for all of our efforts with a delicious family-style luncheon at a lively trattoria in the hills overlooking Positano. Pleasantly rested and sated, we transfer back to our hotel in Amalfi for a free afternoon and evening.

Day 5: B, L
After a leisurely breakfast, we head up into the hills to visit an award-winning winery for a private tour. We’ll see how the cantina was carved out of the side of the mountain and how the vines have adapted to the unique terroir. It’s difficult to talk about wine without sampling it, of course, so we’ll enjoy a gourmet wine-tasting lunch at the winery’s restaurant. Fortified by food and wine, we then travel to the most famous town on the Amalfi Coast: Positano.

The cascade of pastel-colored houses, tiny alleyways and small-but-beautiful beach is what has captured the hearts and imaginations of so many celebrities, artists, and “regular Joes” over the centuries. We have a free afternoon to enjoy la dolce vita here. You can shop, swim, or simply sit at a beach-side cafe and watch the world go by. We’ll enjoy a free evening in Amalfi.

Day 6: B, D
This morning we will visit Ravello, a tiny village high above the sea and with gorgeous views over the Bay of Salerno. With our private local guide, we’ll visit Villa Rufolo, built for a wealthy Italian family between 1270 and 1280 and the inspiration for Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal.” We will also explore the stunning gardens and grounds of the Villa Cimbrone, a 14th century villa turned luxury hotel. We’ll have free time to explore this quaint village, with its myriad shops, and have lunch on our own before returning to Amalfi. We reconvene in the evening for a fabulous gourmet dinner in town.

Day 7: B, D
Our adventure continues as we say arrivaderci to Amalfi and buongiorno to the enchanting island of Capri! Our ferry whisks us to the picturesque and bustling port; after checking into our dreamy hotel and having lunch on our own, we have a private guided walking tour of the quaint village of Capri, one of two villages on the island. Perhaps the first tourist to visit Capri, Caesar Augustus came here in 29 BC and fell in love with the small but captivating island. His successor, the awful Tiberius, built several villas here, and the remains of his Villa Jovis can be explored on our free time.

With our guide, we explore the famous Piazzetta, the verdant Gardens of Augustus, and even walk down the zig-zagged Via Krupp, ending in Marina Piccola. We then have free time to browse the shops lining the narrow streets or to simply relax by the hotel’s pool before we reconvene for a gourmet dinner under a canopy of lemon trees.

Day 8: B, L
After breakfast, we explore Anacapri, the other village on this small island. We enjoy a private guided walking tour, which will include a visit to Villa San Michele, the former home of Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. Axel bought the villa after falling in love with the ruins of an ancient chapel on the site that were discovered while restoration work was being done. We then have lunch as a group at a family-run restaurant serving local specialties. Afterward, we have a free afternoon and evening in which to enjoy the island.

Day 9: B
Today, we master l’arte di non fare niente, the famous Italian “art of doing nothing.” After a leisurely morning, we will make our way to the marina to meet our “capitano,” the boat captain for our private boat tour around the island, complete with wine and snacks. We have the chance to boat among the iconic Faraglioni rocks, swim off of private beaches, and even go into the famous Blue Grotto, if the seas cooperate. Bring your bathing suit, towels, and sunscreen for a casual and fun day out on the water. Tonight we are free to enjoy the island at leisure.

Day 10: B, L
We have an early departure this morning for our next port of call: Sorrento. The legendary home of Homer’s “sirens,” Sorrento is a charming seaside town on the Sorrentine Peninsula. After checking in to our sumptuous Relais & Chateaux hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, we’ll head to a working farm in the Sorrentine hills, where we will be treated to a mozzarella-making demonstration, followed by a light-hearted Neapolitan pizza-making lesson. We will then dine on the fruits of our labor accompanied by the farm’s homemade wine and limoncello. It’s then back to our hotel for a free afternoon and evening.

Day 11: B, D
For our last full day in bella Italia, we have a private guided walking tour of Sorrento, including a visit to the Cloister of St. Francis, which dates back to the 13th century, and the crypt of Saint Antonino, the patron saint of the town and of sailors. We break for lunch and free time to explore the town on our own for the afternoon. Tonight, a gourmet farewell dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant is ours to enjoy.

Day 12: B
Unfortunately, today we depart for the Naples Capodichino Airport for our return flights home.

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