Amalfi Coast Culinary Vacation

Amalfi Coast Culinary Vacation

Spend 6 nights in Amalfi and enjoy pizza, pasta & pastries in one of Italy’s most beautiful settings with some of the most magical views in the world. This week-long Amalfi Coast Culinary vacation  is not only about great food and wine, it is also all about the sea and the breathtaking sights in Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, and the island of Capri.

You’ll spend a day at sea on a privately-chartered boat sailing along the coast and around Capri.  You’ll take a private drive along the famous Amalfi Coast Drive. Stay at a 4-star hotel in Amalfi, just minutes from the main square, with a rooftop terrace bar that all guests list as a highlight of the vacation. Included in your week are visits to the major towns along the Amalfi Coast, a delicious full-meal cooking class in a lemon grove, a buffalo mozzarella cheese and wine day among the Greek ruins of Paestum, and a guided  tour of the ruins of Pompeii.

CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT:

Positano  –  Amalfi  –  Ravello  –  Pompeii  –  Island of Capri  –  Paestum   –  Napoli

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DATES AND PRICING

2023 Small-Group Vacation Dates:

BOOK A SMALL-GROUP VACATION BY SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 AND SAVE $250!

  • May 21 – 27, 2023
  • September 24 – 30, 2023

2023 Small-Group Vacation Price:

$4,650 (based on double occupancy)
Single Occupancy Supplement charge: $575 per person

Maximum Group Size: 12 people

2023 Private-Group Vacation Pricing:

In 2023, this vacation is also open to private-groups. Pricing below are for our fully-escorted tours with Kathy as your full-time tour leader.

*For discounted pricing information for this vacation without a full-time tour leader, please contact us.

For  a group of 2 people$5,975 per person (based upon double occupancy)

For groups of 3 or 4 people$5,195 per person (based upon double occupancy)

For groups of 5 or 6 people$4,890 per person (based upon double occupancy)

For groups of 8 to 12 people: $4,650 per person (based upon double occupancy)

BOOKING AND PAYMENT:

  • To secure you spot on the trip, a non-refundable, transferable 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:

  • 7-days/6-nights accommodations at a 4-star hotel in the center of Amalfi
  • Round-trip pick up and transfer from the Naples train station to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast
  • 14 meals: 6 breakfasts,  6 lunches and 2 dinners (Two glasses of wine included with all lunches and dinners)
  • Hands-on cooking class in a lemon grove
  • Guided walking tour of Pompeii and Ravello
  • Visits to Capri, Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Pompeii, Paestum
  • Privately-chartered full-day boat tour along the Amalfi Coast and around Capri
  • Pizza lunch in Napoli
  • 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, and owner, 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.

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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 – Pizza in Naples – Tour of Pompeii – Aperitivo in Amalfi

Arrival at the Napoli train station. The group will meet at the Naples train station by 11:30am.  Your driver and Kathy will greet you and from there you’ll head to 50 Kalo for a pizza treat and welcome lunch.

After lunch, stop in Pompeii for an afternoon guided tour of the ruins of Pompeii. Learn the history of the city and the still-active (although dormant) volcano Mt. Vesuvius.

You’ll take part of the Amalfi Coast drive from Positano to Amalfi upon your arrival at your 4-star hotel in the center of Amalfi.

In the early evening, you’ll enjoy a cocktail at the rooftop bar as Kathy explains the week’s events. The evening is yours to enjoy as you like.

MEALS INCLUDED: (Lunch, Evening Aperitivo)

 

Day 2 – Today is all about Positano and Pastries

After breakfast at the hotel, take a ferry with Kathy to Positano. Kathy will take you on an orientation walk of the town, and for those interested take you on an extended photo-op walk.  Afterwards you will have a group lunch with a beautiful sea view.  After lunch, Kathy will take you to one of her favorite pastry shops in town for a dessert of traditional Amalfi Coast pastries.

After your meal and dessert, you will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore on your own, shop or settle into a “lettino” (beach chair) and enjoy the sea.

Around 6pm, meet Kathy to take the ferry back to Amalfi. For those that want to stay for dinner in Positano, and Kathy can help you arrange for transportation back to Amalfi on your own.

Tonight you are free to enjoy dinner on your own.

MEALS INCLUDED: (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 3 – A Day in Amalfi – Late Afternoon Lemon Tour, Limoncello and Cooking Class Under a Lemon Grove

Spend the day in Amalfi town, 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 you get cooking under the lemon grove.  You’ll have a late lunch under the lemon grove, eating what you’ve made in class.

After lunch, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy Amalfi on your own, or you can choose to take a walk with Kathy to visit the paper museum and Amalfi’s main church.

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

MEALS INCLUDED: (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 4 ~ Wine and Cheese Day Among the Greek Ruins of Paestum

Today your private driver will take you on the rest of the Amalfi Drive from Amalfi to Vietri sul Mare. From there, you’ll head to Paestum along the Cilento coast. Visit a buffalo farm and learn how they make buffalo milk mozzarella, a specialty of the region. You’ll have a cheese tasting after your visit. Then its on to a local winery to enjoy a winery tour, and wine tasting with a light lunch. Before you head back to Amalfi, you’ll stop and see the Greek ruins in Paestum.

Take a drive along the beautiful Amalfi coast again as you return to your hotel. You’ll have the evening free to enjoy Amalfi as you like.

MEALS INCLUDED: (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 5 ~ Today is all about the sea and the Isle of Capri – Picnic lunch in 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. 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 about 3 hours. You’ll have a picnic lunch with a view of Capri’s famous 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, with another stop to swim in a private cove.

MEALS INCLUDED: (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 6 – Ravello and Its Villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone) – Farewell Dinner

Spend the morning and afternoon in the hilltop town of Ravello visiting both the Villa Rufolo and Cimbrone and Ravello’s Duomo with a local guide. After your guided walk through the town, enjoy lunch at a family-run trattoria in Ravello.  Then you’ll  have about 2 hours to explore Ravello on your own before meeting Kathy for gelato at one of the best gelaterie along the Amalfi Coast.

In the evening, meet in the hotel lobby to walk the short distance to our farewell dinner location with sea views of Amalfi.

MEALS INCLUDED: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

 

Day 7 ~ Arriverderci Divine Coast

Right after breakfast, say your goodbyes to the splendid Amalfi Coast. Your private transfer will leave at 8:30am from the hotel to the Napoli Airport or train station.

MEALS INCLUDED: (Breakfast)

***Sequence of classes, activities, excursions and menus may vary. The final itinerary will be emailed to each guest no later than the first day of the vacation, but usually several weeks in advance.

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