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 2024 PRINTABLE ITINERARY HERE
Villa Location: Positano
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Dates are not published for privacy reasons.
September 2024 is the only trip available at this time.
SEPTEMBER 2024 ITINERARY
DAY 1: BENVENUTO ALLA DOLCE VITA!
Members of our group rendezvous at our private villa in Positano during the afternoon.
(Additional information regarding transport to the villa will be provided at time of reservation.)
Upon arrival you will have time to relax at the villa and get settled. See photos of villa below.
For our evening meal, a local chef will create a multi-course authentic Neapolitan dinner. We’ll enjoy a family style Italian meal on the terrace of our villa overlooking beautiful Positano.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR VILLA:
Our villa is located on the main road in Central Positano. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Positano, sparkling sea, beach and marina.
Built in 1906, the villa was originally Positano’s first art gallery and was constructed by one of the noble families of Italy. The villa spreads out over three levels and is connected by an elevator that reaches from street level to each floor of the villa. There are multiple kitchens to service the different levels, a pool, two jacuzzis, fitness room, spa room and numerous living areas and balconies where you can relax and enjoy the view.
Amenities include daily breakfast, air conditioning, parking garage, wi-fi and handcrafted toiletries made with wine from the villa owner’s vineyard. We will also have a supply of wine from their vineyard to enjoy at the villa. To see more villa photos, click here.
BOAT EXCURSION TO CAPRI
After breakfast we walk down to the Positano marina to catch our private boat to Capri. This excursion lasts about 8 hours. Beverages & snacks are provided on the boat. The boat is very comfortable with ample deck space, seating and a bathroom. Along the way you will see part of the Amalfi Coast before you begin to see the Faraglioni rocks of the “blue island” of Capri. Our cruise takes us through the famous grottos and around Capri to admire the beautiful island.
Capri is divided between two sides of the island, Capri and Anacapri. We arrive in Marina Grande and you can take a taxi to either side. On the Capri side is La Piazetta and Via Camarelle where there is a lot of shopping, alleyways and great restaurants. You can also visit the Augustus Gardens, stroll the Pizzolungo trail to the natural Arch or tour the ancient Roman ruins of Tiberius' villas. On the Anacapri side, you can also take the chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro, visit the Church of St Michele Arcangelo (hand-painted floor depicting Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden) and Villa San Michele.
We will meet back at the marina later that afternoon. After returning to Positano, enjoy dinner on your own. Plenty of great restaurants near the villa or in the center of Positano. (Additional cost for this day: Lunch in Capri. Dinner in Positano. Taxi in Capri.) Click here for more photos of Capri and this excursion.
Today is a day of free time in Positano. There are many historical sites in the area, trails for hiking, shopping or great spots to relax on the beach. In the evening, we will have a pizza making class at the villa. (Additional cost for this day: Lunch in Positano.) Click here for more photos of 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, the drivers take us to Sorrento in the early afternoon. You will have the afternoon and evening to explore the town and have dinner during our visit. (Additional cost for this day: 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.)
On this day there are no planned group excursions. Spend the day enjoying the incredible views and amazing scenery of Positano, our villa and the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
You are free to plan your own excursion, relax by the pool, visit the beach, hike the Path of the Gods, or shop and stroll through Positano.
Other possible activities include ferry ride to Capri, return trip to 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. 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 POSITANO
Everyone departs the villa by 10am. Breakfast will be available before everyone heads out to fly home or visit other destinations.
(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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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 $1.02/1 euro = $6375.
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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