Enjoy pizza, pasta & pastries in one of Italy’s most beautiful and best food regions and enjoy some of the most magical views in the world. This week-long Amalfi Coast Culinary vacation, with the stunning Amalfi Coast as your setting, is not only about the great food and wine; we’ll take time to enjoy the sea and the sights of the coastal towns of Sorrento, Ravello, Amalfi and Postiano and the island of Capri. You’ll spend a day at sea on a private boat excursion along the coast. You’ll take a private drive along the famous Amalfi Coast Drive. Stay at a luxury boutique hotel, where each room has a view of the sea. Included in your week are two delicious full-meal cooking classes under a lemon grove, one cheese-making class, and a winery visit with a wine-paired 3-course meal.
EARLY-BOOKING SALE: Book one of our 2019 join-a-group vacations below before November 20, 2018 and SAVE $150 per person. (Alumni Discount CAN be used with this early-booking discount.)
2019 Vacation Dates:
$4,450 (based on double occupancy)
Single Occupancy Supplement charge: $575 per person
Maximum Group Size: 12 people
MAKE THIS A PRIVATE GROUP VACATION: This vacation is also availabile for private-group bookings from 4 – 12 people throughout the year.
Rome to the Amalfi Coast – Do you want to include Rome in your Italy Vacation? We also offer an 9-day vacation that includes Rome! See all the details for this vacation: Food Lover’s Rome and Amalfi Coast Vacation
**Airfare, transportation to Naples (if flying in from elsewhere in Italy/Europe), travel insurance and expenses of a personal nature (souvenirs and other personal items) are not included in the vacation package price.
“The Amalfi trip was beyond “OK” – it was fabulous!:) “Touring” with you is a wonderful experience – visiting beautiful towns, eating at the best restaurants, and cooking local dishes. There were so many memorable moments on this trip including the dinners the first and last nights in Praiano, the lemon grove and cooking classes, pizza-making, the villas in Ravello, and of course, the boat ride back from Capri! You make travel so easy and so much fun. Thank you for making this trip one that we will all remember.” – Linda (Gaithersburg, MD)
“Kathy, You were a wonderful, caring, considerate, organized, and calm leader of our group. I enjoyed every minute – even the scary rides–Ha! I can’t say enough of how great you and the trip were. I’m sure we’ll get together again.” Susan (McLean, VA)
“It was truly an amazing experience and I can’t thank you enough for your expert planning down to every detail including the adorable Italian drivers/tour guides who were gentlemen in every respect. I’m sure we were quite the high maintenance bunch. All of my videos of our car rides on the Amalfi coast have a voice track of me screaming Yikes! They were amazinging patient and unflappable– as were you.” – Elizabeth (New Orleans, LA)
“I am still coasting on my wonderful time in Italy. It was such a pleasure to travel with you and the group. You handled us and the unexpected so well. I loved our hotel and visits to the beautiful towns along the coast. So many great meals and good laughs. The vistas everywhere still stagger my mind as I look at the photos.” Susan (Washington DC)
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THE COOKING CLASSES
You’ll have three cooking classes during the week; two full-meal cooking classes with an Italian mamma and one cheese-making class.
THE SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
In addition to the cooking classes, there are many food-focused activities. Your week will include a special winery visit with wine-paired lunch. Learn all about the many pastries of the Amalfi Coast and Campania region with a pastry shop visit and tasting. Enjoy a lemon-grove tour and limoncello-making demonstration. In addition to the food fun, we’ll explore the main cities with a local guide; the island of Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento and Pompeii. Our private driver will take us on the twisting Amalfi Coast drive with views as dizzying as the drive’s heights. Explore the amazing hilltop town of Ravello and its lush villas, Cimbrone and Rufulo.
CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT:
Day 1 ~ Benvenuti in Compania!
Arrival at the Napoli Airport (or train station) – Your driver and I will greet you at the Naples Airport and/or Train Station. Pick up at the airport is for Noon and 12:30 for the train station.
Before we head to the Amalfi Coast, we’ll stop in Napoli for an authentic pizza in the city where pizza was born!
After our pizza lunch, our driver will take us to our hotel, Hotel Villa Maria Pia, in Praiano. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore the village and its famous marina.
In the early evening, we’ll meet at the hotel terrace bar for welcome wine reception. From there, we’ll go to dinner at a local restaurant with a gorgeous view of the sea and the sunset, the perfect beginning to the week.
MEALS: (Lunch, Dinner)
Day 2 – A Day in Amalfi – Lemon Tour, Limoncello and Cooking Class Under a Lemon Grove
We’ll spend most of the day in Amalfi, starting with a guided walk through a lemon grove with our favorite lemon farmer. You’ll learn all about the Amalfi Coast lemons, life then and now on a lemon farm, and how they make limoncello. Taste limoncello and lemon cake before we get cooking under the lemon grove. We’ll have a late lunch under the lemon grove, eating what we’ve made in class.
After lunch, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy Amalfi on your own or you can take a walk through Amalfi and visit the cathedral and a pastry shop with Kathy.
In the early evening we’ll head back to our hotel. Dinner, if you’re not too full from your late lunch, will be on your own.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3 ~ Ravello and Its Villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone) – Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Port of Amalfi
We’ll spend the morning and afternoon in the hilltop town of Ravello visiting both the Villa Rufolo and Cimbrone.
We’ll have a cheese-making demonstration and tasting after the demonstration. Afterwards, you’ll have free time in Ravello before we head to Amalfi for the evening.
Dinner tonight will include an Amalfi sunset, and a selection of seafood and fish specialties.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 ~ Today is all about Positano, Pastries and Montepertuso
Spend the day exploring Positano. Kathy will take you on an orientation walk of the town. Afterwards we will take a ride high up on the hill above Positano for a lovely lunch in Montepertuso. After lunch and our ride back down the hill, you will have free time to explore on your own, shop or settle into a “lettino” (beach chair) and enjoy the sea. In the afternoon, we will meet back together for a pastry shop visit and tasting of Amalfi Coast pastries. Our driver will pick us up in the late afternoon to take us back to our hotel.
Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner on your own in Praiano.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5 ~ Pompeii, Wines of Mt. Vesuvius and a Wine-Paired Lunch – Olive Oil Tasting
Today we’ll spend the morning in Pompeii with a private guided walking tour of the ruins.
On our way back from Pompeii we’ll stop for lunch at a winery that sits at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. We’ll have lunch at the winery, where they’ll pair typical home-style Neapolitan cuisine with their wines.
We’ll have an olive oil tasting at an olive oil mill in the Sorrento peninsula before heading back along the breathtaking Amalfi Drive, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tonight we’ll have another delicious dinner together with another amazing view.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 ~ Today is all about the sea and the Isle of Capri
Private boat for the day – We’ll see the Amalfi Coastline from the sea and, weather permitting, we’ll take a swim in private coves and ride around the island of Capri.
After a short orientation of the island, you’ll get a picnic lunch with suggested picnic spots and have about 3 hours to enjoy your picnic and explore the island of Capri on your own. We’ll meet back up in the afternoon and finish our day at sea with our private boat ride back along the Amalfi coastline.
Enjoy a cocktail and pizza dinner with a spectacular view of Praiano this evening.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 ~ Morning Free in Positano or Hike the Path of the Gods – Final Cooking Class and Farewell Dinner Under the Lemon Grove
The morning and early afternoon are yours to enjoy as you like. Spend the day in Praiano and take a leisurely walk along the Marina; Enjoy the morning in Positano on your own; or choose to join a guided hike with a local hiking guide on the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) high above the sea. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your last day on the Amalfi Coast as you please. Lunch will be on your own.
At 4pm, we’ll meet in the hotel lobby and go to Amalfi for our final cooking class, under the Lemon Grove. Our farewell evening will be full of fun and fabulous food and dinner will be the feast you cook during class.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 8 ~ Arriverderci Divine Coast
Right after breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes to our new family at the hotel, our drivers and the splendid Amalfi Coast. Your private transfer will leave at 8:30am from the hotel to the Napoli Airport or train station.
***Sequence of classes, activities, excursions and menus may vary. The final itinerary will be given to each guest on the first day of the vacation. Whenever there are local festivals or events happening during the week, we will try to include them with adjustments to the itinerary to enhance your vacation experience.