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For Questions & Reservations Contact:

Christine Gardner

903-922-9209 or 903-729-9500

christine@saborapasion.com

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
Trips:
May 2020: FULL
September 2020: FULL
At this time, all trips are full.
Please email to be put on a waiting list for cancellations or the announcement of 2021 dates. 
8 DAY/7NIGHT ITINERARY

DAY 1:

BENVENUTO ALLA DOLCE VITA!

Members of our group rendezvous at our private villa in Sorrento during the early afternoon. (Additional information regarding travel and airport transport will be given upon reservation. 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, enjoy time by the pool and become familiar with beautiful Sorrento. (See photo of villa below.)

 

For our evening meal, Chefs Simon & Christine have perused the markets for the freshest flavors that represent the delicacies of the Campania region. We’ll enjoy a family style Italian meal on the terrace of our villa overlooking the Bay of Naples & Mount Vesuvius.

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 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. Click here for more villa photos.

DAY 2: 

BOAT EXCURSION TO CAPRI

Each morning, breakfast will be served by Chef Simon on the villa terrace. On this day 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 private boat will take us down the Sorrento coastline and across to the Island of Capri. We then circle the island and recieve an up close view of Capri's famous grottos and the limestone cliffs of 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.)

DAY 3: 

THE SIGHTS & FLAVORS OF SORRENTO & POSITANO

After breakfast at the villa, we will explore the city of 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 afternoon to enjoy Sorrento at your leisure, return to the villa to relax or enjoy the sites, as you wish.

 

In the late afternoon, the drivers will take us to Positano for an evening of breathtaking views, amazing sites and a seaside dinner. Shop & dine at your leisure until it is time to return to the villa. Click here​ for more photos of Sorrento & here for Positano.

 

(Additional cost for this day: Lunch in Sorrento. Dinner in Positano. Personal expenses in Sorrento & Positano. Taxi)

DAY 4: 

POMPEII TOUR & COOKING AT MT. VESUVIUS VINEYARD

After breakfast at the villa, the drivers arrive to take us to Pompeii. 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. 

 

Click here​ for more photos of this excursion.

 

(Additional cost for this day: Personal expenses only. All other meals and activities provided.)

DAY 5:

FARM TO TABLE GASTRONOMIC TOUR

Today we go to nearby Massa Lubrense. First stop, a family-owned lemon and olive grove, where you will walk among the trees, taste homemade marmalade, see a demonstration of Limoncello & taste extra virgin olive oil.  Then we take our fleet of 3-wheeled Italian "ferrari" cars to the second stop – an organic cheesemaking farm. We will tour the farm and the owner will demonstrate the various cheeses that are made -- ricotta, mozzarella and D.O.P. Provolone de Monaco. 

The cheesemaker takes us back to the village where the pizza chef invites us into his restaurant to learn how to make Neapolitan pizza from his old family recipe. Then it is time to put on our aprons and work the dough. Everyone has the chance to make their own pizza in the wood-fired oven and enjoy lunch.

After the tour, you will have the afternoon to relax at our villa. Later that evening we will regroup for dinner at a restaurant favored by the locals for its authentic Neapolitan flavor. 

 

Click here​ for more photos of this excursion.


(Additional cost for this day: Personal expenses only. All other meals and activities provided.)

DAY 6:

AMALFI COAST TOUR

On this all-day excursion our private drivers will take us on a tour of the scenic Amalfi Coast. Our first stop is Ravello, high above the Amalfi Coast. This historic city is an exclusive haven along this picturesque route.

 

Known for its musical festivals and famous villas – Rufolo and Cimbrone.  We will also enjoy a beautiful lunch overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

 

After lunch we visit the seaside city of Amalfi where you can tour the famous Duomo, browse the harbor or explore the unique shops.

 

Along the way, Christine will share some of the best kept secrets for shopping along the Amalfi Coast. From exquisite hand-painted ceramics to linens, gourmet ingredients, jewelry and cashmere -- you are sure to find some unique treasures. 

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: Dinner in Sorrento, personal expenses during excursion.)

DAY 7:

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. 

 

A list of other activities will be provided. Prices vary.

Possibilities include:

All day boat trip to Ischia

Excursion to Herculaneum excavation

Extended tour of Pompeii

Naples day trip

Tour of nearby olive grove/oil production facility

Massage at the villa

Return trip to Positano or Amalfi

Beach day on Sorrento Coast

 

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. 

DAY 8: 

DEPART FROM SORRENTO

Everyone departs the villa by 10am. Coffee and pastries will be available for breakfast. 

 

(Transportation to Naples airport or train station is provided. Assistance with travel to other destinations is available.)

RESERVATION DETAILS:

Upon reservation, assistance will be provided with airline reservations & individual travel needs. Airfare is not included in trip cost.

 

Maximum number of guests in group is 12. 
(Details for private groups & families can be accommodated per request.)

 

2020 PRICE:

COST PER PERSON (Based on double occupancy):

4800 EUROS ($5520) 

(Calculated at 1.15 USD = 1 EURO)

Changes in exchange rate can cause fluctuations in price.

 

Currently offering 10% off for couples or double occupancy. 

Discounted Price: 4320 euros ($4968)

$2000 deposit due upon reservation, per person. 

($500 nonrefundable service charge for cancellation, per person.)

Additional single supplement fee for single occupancy.

 

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.)

 

For Questions & Reservations Contact:

Christine Gardner

903-922-9209 or 903-729-9500

christine@saborapasion.com

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Please be advised, the terrain of the Amalfi Coast area and many locations visited on this tour are not handicap friendly. This tour requires a great deal of walking and many places have stairs, inclines and/or uneven cobblestone surfaces. It is not advised for those with limited mobility or have difficulty walking. 

 

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.