Italy’s Amalfi Coast

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Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi & Naples

April 4 – 11, 2015

 Come visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Steeped in history and legend, the Amalfi Coast boasts a wealth of Roman antiquities as well as influences of the Saracens from the East.

Located just south of Naple, s the famous coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello have more than their share of natural gifts;  lush flora, superb cuisine and spectacular scenery. Here you can find distinctive ceramics, limoncello (the local lemon liqueur) and the prized mozzarella di bufala.

Add  the island of Capri, still considered one of the most enchanting places in Italy and a visit to historical Pompeii  and you have a holiday to some of Italy’s most beautiful regions.

A perfect combination of southern Italian beauty, the tranquility and elegance of very special seaside villages, and  that wonderful food and wine.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Round-trip transportation to JFK
  • Round-trip jet flights to Naples
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotels
  • Accommodations in outstanding hotels
  • Airline & hotel taxes
  • Service charges at the hotel
  • Portage
  • Daily breakfast
  • Additional meals as indicated
  • Sightseeing tour as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing entrance fees

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Island cruise around Capri
  • Experience the famed Amalfi Drive coastline
  • Tour to Pompeii
  • Special “create and enjoy”  Pizza  in Naples  (the world’s best pizza is in Naples)
  • Optional tour to Positino, Ravello and Almalfi

Our Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, April 4:  Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy this evening

Day 2, Sunday, April 5: To  Naples & onto Sorrento (D)
Arrival in Rome where we connect to our flight to Naples. Arrival in Naples. After clearing Customs and Immigrations, we proceed south to Sorrento. After we check in at our hotel, we have time to rest and get accustomed to the time change before having our informal “Welcome to Italy” dinner at our hotel.

Day 3, Monday, April 6: In Sorrento – Excursion To Capri and cruise around the island  (B/L)
capri 2This morning we travel by jet boat to the Isle of Capri. After disembarking, we will have a tour of Anacapri and the beautiful Villa San Michele, built in the 19th century atop the ruins of Capri’s splendid Roman palaces and villas. Time to relax, explore the town and have lunch on La Piazzetta, which is the central square that houses cafes and the cathedral of Santo Stefano. The piazza is filled with people both day and night. In the afternoon, we depart (weather permitting) for a cruise around the island showing you the Island’s  highlights from the sea. Return to Sorrento and dinner on your own.

pomieii 4Day 4, Tuesday, April 7: In Sorrento – Morning Tour to Pompei (B)
Depart the hotel for Pompeii, a part of an ancient Roman city destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The remainder of the uncovered city is today buried under the new Pompeii rebuilt many years subsequent to the eruption. Although this tragic event ended the lives of 20,000 Pompeian residents, the ash that buried the town served as a sort of mummification for the entire city. The eruption, which buried the town in ash actually captured a moment in time. Under the ash everything remained as it was at the time of the eruption. Artwork was preserved. Buildings were preserved. Several important clues were left behind.  These clues are the silver lining that can be seen when you visit the ruins at Pompeii. Return to Sorrento for a free evening.

Day 5, Wednesday April 8 – Free Day – Optional Excursion Positano, Amalfi & Ravello (B)
A free day to explore and shop in Sorrento.

ravelloOr take an Optional Tour to some of the most beautiful Amalfi coast scenery. We’ll drive along the spectacular coastline with lush gardens and olive-green slopes, that hover over the clear sea below as we make our way to Amalfi, a charming, peaceful resort town on the scenic Amalfi Coast. It was once one of the four powerful Maritime Republics and today, we explore the narrow alleyways that wind through the town up the slopes between the sea and mountains. We will see excellent examples of medieval architecture with Moorish influence including its ninth century cathedral, Duomo di Sant’ Andrea and the Cloister of Paradise, Chiostro del Paradiso. Besides history and beauty, the town is noted  for great food.  Lunch at one of the local restaurants.  Then travel to Ravello, perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi. Ravello is famous for its views and its gardens. The town was once part of the Republic of Amalfi, now it is a peaceful historic village We start our tour  to its two famous gardens, Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, where we can wander through the tropical plants and enjoy fabulous views of the coastline. We will also visit its impressive cathedral, the venerable Duomo, dedicated to San Pantaleone. Return to Sorrento  for dinner on our own.

Day 6, Thursday, April 9: To Naples via the Amalfi Drive & Pizza Making (B/L)
amalfi coastMeet in lobby and board our coach as we travel up the Amalfi Coast. Those who have driven California’s Highway 1 recall its beautiful ocean view in an almost religious breath, as something too magnificent for words. Well, imagine something equally inspiring, and you get the legendary Amalfi Drive. Perhaps such seductive beauty is not entirely coincidental, as the Amalfi are the mythological home of the sultry sirens who captivated Odysseus and his sailors with their bewitching melodies. Along the way we will stop for PIZZA at a local farm house with a brick oven and we will all participate in making our own famous Neapolitan pizza which we will have for lunch along with some local wine.  Continue to Naples for our overnight and dinner on our own.

Day 7, Friday, April 10: In Naples (B/D)
Morning sightseeing tour of Southern Italy’s legendary, exuberant capital city.  Highlights are the Cathedral and Treasure Chapel, S. Restituta, the Royal Palace and Church of St Francesco di Paula ending with panoramic views from the Posillipo terrace. Time in the afternoon to walk around before our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8, Saturday, April 11: To JFK
Transfer to the airport for our connecting flights home.

OUR HOTELS (or similar)
sorrenrto hotelIn Sorrento – The Four Star Grand Hotel Flora
The Grand Hotel Flora is considered among the best four star hotels in Sorrento, known for comfort, as well as for its convenient location along the main street of the city. This charming hotel has a wonderful outdoor fresh water swimming pool surrounded  by a snack bar and a large and pleasant solarium. The Grand Hotel Flora is ready to provide every comfort  for those who want a relaxing holiday in a four-star hotel
In Naples – The Four Star Hotel Mediterraneo
Situated in the heart of Naples, the Hotel Mediterraneo has always welcomed it guests to its comfortable and elegant atmosphere. Perfectly located to enjoy the city of Naples, the hotel is only 5 minutes from the city’s historical sites and the best shopping. best shopping opportunities.

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Per Person in Double Occupancy room:
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Per Person in Triple Occupancy room:
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Add to above costs:
U.S. airline facility, security, taxes and Fuel Surcharge $516  ($544 via credit card)
Prepaid Gratuities $70  ($75 via credit card)

Optional Tour to Positano, Ravello & Amalfi:
(Based on a minimum of 6)  $89 ($95 via credit card)

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