Amalfi Coast Culinary Vacation

Amalfi Coast Culinary Vacation

Enjoy pizza, pasta & pastries in one of Italy’s most beautiful settings and best food regions while enjoying some of the most magical views in the world. This week-long Amalfi Coast Culinary vacation  is about great food and wine; and also the sea and the breathtaking sights of Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano and the island of Capri. You’ll spend a day at sea on a privately-chartered boat excursion along the coast and around Capri.  You’ll take a private drive along the famous Amalfi Coast Drive. Stay at a deluxe boutique hotel in Amalfi, just minutes from the main square. 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.

CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT:

Positano  –  Amalfi  –  Ravello  –  Pompeii  –  Island of Capri  –  Praiano  –  Montepertuso  –  Napoli

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DATES AND PRICING

In addition to vacation dates listed below, we can open new dates for this vacation, based upon availability, for groups of 4 people. Contact us now to see if your dates are available.

2020 Vacation Dates:

  • September 20 – 27, 2020

2021 Vacation Dates:

  • May 29 – June 5, 2021

Vacation Price:
$4,550 (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 available for private-group bookings of 2 – 12 people throughout the year.

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT:

  • To secure you spot on the trip, a non-refundable deposit of $1,250 per person is required.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to vacation start date.
  • You can make payments by credit card, bank transfer, or check.

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ALL THIS IS INCLUDED IN YOUR AMALFI COAST CULINARY VACATION:

  • 8-days/7-nights accommodations at a deluxe boutique hotel in Amalfi
  • Round-trip pick up and transfer from the Naples airport or train station to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast
  • 17 meals: 7 breakfasts,  6 lunches and 4 dinners (Two glasses of wine included with all lunches and dinners)
  • THREE fun hands-on cooking classes – two full-meal classes and one cheese-making class
  • Guided walking tour of Pompeii
  • Visits to Capri, Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Pompeii, Montepertuso
  • Privately-chartered full day boat tour along the Amalfi Coast
  • Pizza lunch in Napoli
  • Guided Hike along the famous Path of the Gods
  • Private drive along the Amalfi Coast
  • Guided pastry shop visit with tastings
  • Winery visit and wine tasting with a wine-pairing lunch
  • Amalfi Lemon grove tour and Limoncello demonstration and tasting
  • Full-Time services for the entire vacation of your group leader, Chef Kathy
  • Food Lover’s Odyssey apron and Ebook of our favorite recipes from the region
  • Assistance with making your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Naples, Italy and any pre- and post-tour travel arrangements you’d like to make

**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 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 towns along the coast; the island of Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Praiano, Montepertuso and Pompeii. Our private driver will take us on the stunning Amalfi Coast drive with views as divine as the drive’s heights. Explore the amazing hilltop town of Ravello and its lush villas, Cimbrone and Rufolo.

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WHAT PREVIOUS GUESTS SAY ABOUT THIS VACATION:

“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 amazingly 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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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 11:30 and 12:15 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 in Amalfi. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax.

In the early evening, we’ll meet for an orientation walk in Amalfi. 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 – 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. On our drive back to our hotel, we’ll visit a ceramic factory and see how the famous Amalfi Coast ceramics are made.

Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner on your own.

MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3 – 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 above Amalfi and to Atrani with Kathy.

If you’re not too full from your late lunch, Kathy can give you suggestions for dinner on your own.

MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 4 ~ Pompeii, Wines of Mt. Vesuvius and a Wine-Paired Lunch – Evening Pizza Party

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 take a drive along the beautiful Amalfi coast again as we return to our hotel. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner together as a group.

MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 5 ~ Today is all about the sea and the Isle of Capri 

Private boat for the day – Get a completely different perspective of this divine coast as you see it from the sea. On our privately-chartered boat for the day, we’ll sail along the coastline, seeing Maori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Praiano, Positano, the Li Galli Islands and, weather permitting, ride around the island of Capri. If it is warm enough, you can also take a swim in private coves.

We’ll stop in Capri for 3 hours. You’ll have a picnic lunch with a view of the farallons, or you can decide to find a secluded picnic spot 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.

Our boat will get us back to Amalfi around 6pm, and you will have the evening to relax on your own.

MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 6 – Ravello and Its Villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone) – Evening Cooking Class in the Lemon Grove

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 a light lunch of cheese tasting after the demonstration.  Afterwards, we’ll stop for a gelato and then you’ll have free time in Ravello before we head to Amalfi for the evening.

Dinner tonight will be what we create during our second cooking class under the lemon grove.

MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

 

Day 7 ~ Beach Day in Positano or Hike the Path of the Gods – Farewell Dinner

The morning and early afternoon are yours to enjoy as you like. You can choose to take the ferry to/from Positano and having a beach or shopping day in Positano. Or you can choose to take a guided hike of the Path of the Gods with a local hiking guide. You can also decide to spend the day in Amalfi doing something else. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your last day on the Amalfi Coast as you please. Lunch will be on your own.

In the evening, we’ll meet in the hotel lobby and have our farewell dinner together in Amalfi.

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.

MEALS: (Breakfast)

***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.

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