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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
SEPTEMBER 2023 PRINTABLE ITINERARY HERE
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Dates are not published for privacy reasons.
September 2023 is the only trip available.
SEPTEMBER 2023 ITINERARY
DAY 1: 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. 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 villa photos 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 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 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, we will go to a beautiful restaurant located above Sorrento for a group dinner. (Additional cost for this day: Lunch in Capri. Personal expenses in Capri and taxi cost in Capri.) Click here for more photos of Capri and this excursion.
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. (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.
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.
For dinner that evening we will go to a local pizza restaurant where the owner and his family will teach us the art of Neapolitan pizza making. Everyone will have the chance to make their own pizza and enjoy some other Southern Italian delicacies. (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 Positano. (Additional cost for this day: Lunch & Dinner, personal expenses during excursion.) Click here for more photos of this excursion.
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 return trip to Capri, 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.
(Additional cost: Added excursions, lunch, personal expenses. Assistance is available for arranging whatever activity you choose.)
DEPART FROM VILLA
Everyone departs the villa by 10am. Group transportation to Naples airport or train station is provided. Assistance with travel to other destinations is available. Rome transfer is available for an additional fee.
RESERVATION & PRICE DETAILS:
This itinerary is for September 2023
Printable Itinerary HERE
Dates are not published for privacy reasons.
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(EMAIL for inquiries about private groups or other trips.)
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.
6250 euros per person includes double occupancy accommodations, group excursions, group scheduled transport from Naples to and from 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 $1.07/1 euro = $6688.
Final price will be calculated based on exchange rate at time of final payment, plus 2% for bank fees.
$2500 deposit due upon reservation, per person.
($500 nonrefundable service charge for cancellation, per person.)
Balance due 180 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.)
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.
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