TASTE ITALY ON A CHEF-GUIDED TOUR!
Culinary Travels with
Christine Gardner & Simon Webster
PRIVATE VILLA * EXCLUSIVE TOURS
PERSONAL CHEFS * SMALL GROUP
PRIVATE DRIVERS * PERSONAL SERVICE
8 DAY/7NIGHT ITINERARY
THIS ITINERARY IS FOR SEPTEMBER 2022.
2023 DETAILS TBA - Villa Location: Positano
Please inquire for exact dates of any trip.
Dates are not published for privacy reasons.
BENVENUTO ALLA DOLCE VITA!
Members of our group rendezvous at our private villa in Sorrento during the afternoon. (Additional information regarding travel and airport transport will be given upon reservation. Group transport from Naples airport or train station to villa is provided. Transport from other locations can be arranged, but additional cost will be applied.)
Upon arrival you will have time to relax at the villa, get settled, or enjoy time by the pool. (See photos of villa below.)
For our evening meal, the villa chef has prepared a welcome dinner featuring authentic dishes of the Campania region. We’ll enjoy a casual family style Italian meal on the terrace of our villa overlooking the Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR VILLA:
Our villa is located on the west side of Sorrento and situated on the beachside hills of the Sorrento Coast. You’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Capri, Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. The blue of the Mediterranean seamlessly meets the blue skies and captures the timeless beauty of the Sorrento coastline.
Everything about our villa is defined by classic Mediterranean beauty. The villa's interior design focuses on an elegant blend of complementary styles and decorative features, creating a sophisticated whole that is both contemporary and timeless. Built in the 1800s, care has been taken to update the villa with modern amenities, but still preserve the European aristocratic charm.
Each room includes a private bathroom, Wi-Fi, hair dryers, toiletries, housekeeping and air conditioning. To see more villa photos, click here.
BOAT EXCURSION TO CAPRI
Each morning, breakfast at the villa will be provided. Today we take an all day excursion to the island of Capri. You will be amazed by the marvelous scenery of the Sorrento coastline and the beauty of the “blue island” of Capri. Our cruise takes us through the famous grottos and around Capri to admire the beautiful island. We will be dropped off at the Marina Grande and have free time to visit Capri for shopping, exploring, eating and relaxing in the Italian atmosphere. The group will disperse so you are free to enjoy Capri as you wish.
Beverages and snacks provided on the boat. Activities and
food while in Capri are an additional cost. This excursion lasts about 8 hours. The boat is very comfortable with ample deck space, seating and a bathroom. After returning from Capri, you have the opportunity to enjoy dinner, individually, at the restaurant of your choice in Sorrento. Click here for more photos of Capri and this excursion.
(Additional cost for this day: Lunch in Capri and Dinner in Sorrento. Personal expenses in Capri and taxi cost in Capri.)
THE SIGHTS & FLAVORS OF SORRENTO
Today you have an opportunity to relax at the villa and then explore Sorrento. Christine & Simon will lead a brief walking tour of the historical sites, food markets, churches and spectacular shopping. You will then have the remaining time to enjoy Sorrento at your leisure and dine at the restaurant of your choice for lunch and dinner.
Click here for more photos of Sorrento.
(Additional cost for this day: Lunch & Dinner in Sorrento.)
POMPEII TOUR & COOKING AT MT. VESUVIUS VINEYARD
Today we go to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, where you will be led by a private guide through the vast archeological site that has excavated the catastrophic destruction of the Mt. Vesuvius eruption.
After the Pompeii tour, we take a short drive to a vineyard and winery at the base of Mt. Vesuvius that produces some of the Campania region’s most well-known wines.
We will have a wine tasting and hands-on cooking class at the winery with the vineyard owner and his family. After the class there will be a beautiful dinner in the vineyard enjoying the wonderful wine and dishes we prepared in the class. (Additional cost for this day: Personal expenses only. All other meals and activities provided.)
Click here for more photos of this excursion.
(Additional cost for this day: Personal expenses only. All other meals and activities provided.)
POSITANO & PIZZA MAKING EXPERIENCE
Today we go to nearby Positano to explore this amazing seaside town. This vertical paradise is a wonder to see and explore. You will have free time to peruse the town and visit the shops, church and beach. There are numerous restaurants on the beach level where you can have lunch and soak in the amazing views.
After lunch it's time to head back to the villa and fire up the pizza oven for a pizza cooking class led by a local pizza chef. You'll learn all about the art of Neapolitan pizza making and also learn the authentic recipes for some other Southern Italian favorites.
(Additional cost for this day: Lunch in Positano.)
AMALFI COAST TOUR
This all-day excursion will take us on a tour of the scenic Amalfi Coast. Our first stop is the seaside city of Amalfi where you can tour the famous Duomo, browse the harbor & visit the unique shops. You’ll also have time for lunch at one of the several, beautiful restaurants in the harbor or the Duomo piazza.
Next stop, along this picturesque route, high above the Amalfi Coast, is Ravello. An exclusive haven, known for its musical festivals and historic villas – Rufolo and Cimbrone. You will have free time in Ravello for exploring. The excursion ends with a visit to one of the largest ceramic stores on the Amalfi Coast where you’ll find beautiful Italian ceramics in dozens of patterns. When we return to the villa everyone is free to dine on their own in Sorrento.
Click here for more photos of this excursion.
(Additional cost for this day: Lunch & Dinner, personal expenses during excursion.)
THE ITALIAN LIFE
On this day there are no planned group excursions. Spend the day enjoying the incredible views and amazing scenery of Sorrento, our villa and the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
You are free to plan your own excursion, relax by the pool, visit the beach, or shop and stroll through Sorrento.
Other possible activities include ferry ride to Capri, return to Positano or other Amalfi Coast cities, expanded tour of Pompeii/Herculaneum or massages at the villa.
We will rendezvous at the villa in the evening for a farewell dinner prepared by Chef Simon & Christine. You are welcome to join us in the kitchen and lend a hand with the cooking.
(Additional cost: Added excursions, lunch, personal expenses. Assistance is available for arranging whatever activity you choose.)
DEPART FROM SORRENTO
Everyone departs the villa by 10am. Breakfast will be available before everyone heads out on their way home or other Italian destinations.
(Group transportation to Naples airport or train station is provided. Assistance with travel to other destinations is available.)
RESERVATION & PRICE DETAILS:
THIS ITINERARY IS FOR SEPTEMBER 2022.
PLEASE INQUIRE FOR EXACT DATES.
Upon reservation, assistance will be provided with airline reservations & individual travel needs.
Maximum number of guests in group is 12.
(Details for private groups & families can be accommodated per request.)
4600 euros per person includes double occupancy accommodations, group excursions, transport from Naples to and from Sorrento villa, group meals, wine at villa and other designated activities.
(Airfare not included. Does not include some meals, as indicated in itinerary. Additional fee for single occupancy/solo travelers. Limited availability. Please inquire for details.)
Cost in dollars is calculated at current exchange rate. At publication $1.10/1 euro = $5060.
Final price will be calculated based on exchange rate at time of trip, plus 2% for bank fees.
$2000 deposit due upon reservation, per person.
($500 nonrefundable service charge for cancellation, per person.)
Balance due 120 days from departure. Cancellation after balance is paid is 100% non-refundable.
Participants are advised to purchase travel insurance. Additional payment/cancellation details provided in travel agreement.
COVID-19 vaccine required.
Must comply with all COVID-19 restrictions in Italy.
Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
When changes occur, we work to achieve the same level of service and offer better or similar excursions.
For Questions & Reservations Contact:
Please be advised, the terrain of the Amalfi Coast and many locations visited on this tour are not handicap friendly. This tour requires a great deal of walking and most places have stairs, inclines and/or uneven cobblestone surfaces. Also, many towns are pedestrian-only and do not provide convenient vehicular drop-off locations. This trip is not advised for those who have limited mobility or difficulty walking. We reserve the right to refuse reservation to any individual we do not feel is capable of meeting the physical demands of the itinerary.