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Spirit of Amalfi - Small Group: ex Naples

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 2,595

Explore the Amalfi Coast on a southern Italy tour that combines the region’s fascinating history with the very best in culture, natural beauty, and food. You’ll even sail across to the Isle of Capri.


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side. 

 

This 8-day Italy trip departs Naples, taking you through the beauty, history, and flavours of the Amalfi Coast.

Naples is a gritty city with something of a rough reputation, but those who love it really love it, including actress Sophia Loren, who lived in the region for many years. You’ll enjoy a guided walk through the historic centre, before perhaps trying the most authentic pizza you’ll ever eat. Then dive into the tragic history of nearby Pompeii, exploring the ruins in the shadow of Vesuvius. Finally, take in the view from Agerola high plain before enjoying a local dinner.

The view from Punto Panoramico extends all the way to the Isle of Capri, making it an ideal first stop on a walking tour that explores the geology and agriculture of the area. Roam through Mediterranean vineyards, small villages, and ancient ruins as you explore the hills (stopping for limoncello at a local distillery, of course!). The following day takes you further afield on a bus tour before following the Footpath of the Gods to Positano and picturesque Nocelle. Your hotel for the next few nights is in Atrani, one of the more authentic and less touristy-heavy villages in the region.

French novelist Andrew Gide described the village of Ravello as being ‘closer to the sky than the seashore,’ but you can decide for yourself as you spend a day exploring its 11th century villas. Then it’s time for your visit to Capri, an island that has enchanted Roman emperors, commoners, and everyone in between. Let the island’s mythology sink in as you approach the majestic cliffs, then spend the day exploring sights such as the former villa of Emperor Tiberius, an historic monastery, and the narrow alleys of Capri’s namesake village.

Your last day of walking takes in some spectacular sights including the Valley of the Dragon, and the ruins of Torre dello Zirro. Refresh with a drink in Pontone, before wandering the remains of Europe’s first paper mills and watching local, day to day life go by. Your final afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the beach, pick up some souvenirs, or return to any sights you might have missed. A farewell dinner provides one last memory of your time on the Amalfi before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,595

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Day 1

Naples

Arrive in Naples, the capital of the region of Campania. Please make your own way to the joining hotel, which is located in the historic centre of the city. In the evening you will meet your trip leader and fellow travellers at a welcome meeting. This is usually at 6 pm, but you will be advised as to the exact time and place in a notice near the reception at your hotel. In this meeting, your leader will give you a brief description of what lies ahead on the trip. This is followed by a group dinner - your first chance to savour the region's specialties. If you arrive early, use your free time during the day to discover some of Naples' impressive architecture and grandiose monuments, many of which date back to the Spanish rule of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Chiaja de Charme

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    Hotel Chiaja de Charme



    The hotel is located on the 1st floor of the eighteenth-century noble palace of Via Chiaia 216, just 20 meters from Piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza San Ferdinando (now Piazza Trieste e Trento) the heart center of the city of Naples. The ancient house Lecaldano ...

    The hotel is located on the 1st floor of the eighteenth-century noble palace of Via Chiaia 216, just 20 meters from Piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza San Ferdinando (now Piazza Trieste e Trento) the heart center of the city of Naples.

    The ancient house Lecaldano Sasso Third occupies the entire first floor of the eighteenth-century building and is the reconstruction of the house that the Marquis Nicholas Le brazier Sasso Third lived between the end 800 and early 900. The restoration supervised by his great-affected also furniture and furnishings that belonged to the Marquis and his descendants. The result is a cozy and charming property, not devoid of charm atmosphere, far higher than the official category assigned, that the owners wanted to fell the 3 stars. Superior rooms with whirlpool baths and views of the colorful Via Chiaia, are named after characters in the past actually lived, A room and zi Checchina, per room and zi idarella, per room and zi assuntarella etc.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Room Service
    • Self-Serve Laundry

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Day 2

Naples - Pompeii - Agerola

After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a walking tour of the old town. You'll see the wonderful historic centre of Naples, a major European cultural capital since the time of the Greeks. Perhaps seek out an authentic Neapolitan pizza for lunch, then enjoy a short local train ride to the Pompeii archeological site. Here, without question, lie some of the world's most fascinating and preeminent ruins. Finely preserved, they give you an extraordinarily real image of daily life in a Roman city with villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along the chariot-marked streets that were nestled under the shadow of Vesuvius until the fatal eruption in 79 AD. Visit the magnificent amphitheatre and the 'Villa of Mysteries'. You will also visit the Roman Forum and basilica, temples, public baths, and the tiny Odeon created for music recitals. Enjoy a short stroll and perhaps have a drink on the central square. Here your private minibus will pick you up for a scenic drive (approximately 1 hour) to the Agerola high plain. Along the way, you'll be dazzled by views of the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy dinner in your family-run hotel in San Lazzaro this evening.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Risorgimento

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    Hotel Risorgimento



    If you're planning to take an unforgettable trip to the stunning coastline of Amalfi, then you've started at the right place with the Hotel Centrale. As the name suggests, the hotel couldn't be more central to Amalfi's heartbeat. The building dates back to 1398, and ...

    If you're planning to take an unforgettable trip to the stunning coastline of Amalfi, then you've started at the right place with the Hotel Centrale. As the name suggests, the hotel couldn't be more central to Amalfi's heartbeat. The building dates back to 1398, and then was completely refurbished in 2002, so you'll have the unique balance of 14th century architecture and surroundings, matched by 21st century comfort within. The prime location allows you to enjoy all that this wonderful town (or "cittadina" - little city) has to offer. And you needn't ever worry about getting lost, as you'll always be able to find the Piazza del Duomo and with it, the hotel!

    Facilities

    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Lobby
    • Restaurant
    • Telephone
    • Terrace

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Day 3

Punto Panoramico - Furore - Agerola

After breakfast, embark on your first real day of walking. Most of the walk today is downhill. Your first stop will be the 'Punto Panoramico', perhaps the most scenic viewpoint on the whole Amalfi Coast. From here you will descend through a spectacular landscape, affording you gorgeous views along the coastline. You will be able to see across to the Isle of Capri, and south to the densely forested and expansive Cilento National Park. Today also offers an insight into the geology and agriculture of the area. Your path leads you through an archetypal Mediterranean landscape with vineyards, chestnut trees, oaks and pretty sections of shrubs and flowers. You will spot many old ruins speckling the hillsides. In spring, you can smell the Italian herbs. The path then leads you through the small village of Furore, from where you can see its lovely 'fjord'. You'll walk up towards grottoes in the cliffside and back up towards Bomerano for lunch and a limoncello tasting. where you'll have lunch, and be able to taste some limoncello at a local distillery. Return to your hotel by local bus.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Agerola - Bomerano - Pathway of the Gods - Positano - Amalfi

This morning you will take a local bus for a short ride to the quiet mountain village of Bomerano (where you ended your walk yesterday). Perhaps enjoy a coffee before embarking on the famous Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods) to Positano. This path winds its way through unique scenery and boasts unrivalled views along the coast. Walk through forests and fields of wildflowers, past ancient stone huts and beside sheer walls of granite. Glimpse local farmers tending their crops by hoe and elbow grease, herds of goats feeding beside the trail beside their shepherds, and teams of workmen commuting by mule. By late morning you will reach Vallone di Grarelle, then continue to the hamlet of Nocelle, a picturesque village situated above Positano. A walk through the village leads to what's known as the Montepertuso Crossing – a deep gorge with limestone walls. From Montepertuso it's just a short walk down the old steps, through olive groves and vineyards, to beautiful Positano (though you can take a bus instead if you like). From Positano, continue to Amalfi by boat. Settle into your hotel in the village of Atrani, a 10-minute walk from Amalfi's town centre. Atrani is perhaps even more picturesque than Amalfi, and with less tourists and a more authentic feel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
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Hotel Palazzo Ferraioli

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    Hotel Palazzo Ferraioli



    Originally constructed in the late 19th century, the Palazzo Ferraioli was one of the largest and grandest private residences ever built in Atrani. The aristocratic Ferraioli family, who owned much land and property along the Amalfi Coast, designed and built the palazzo to exacting standards, ...

    Originally constructed in the late 19th century, the Palazzo Ferraioli was one of the largest and grandest private residences ever built in Atrani. The aristocratic Ferraioli family, who owned much land and property along the Amalfi Coast, designed and built the palazzo to exacting standards, using the finest materials ofthe era.

    With a prime location in the heart of the Amalfi Drive, the Hotel Palazzo Ferraioli blends a rich appreciation for history with a modern design aesthetic.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Mini Bar
    • Sauna
    • Wellness Center

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Day 5

Atrani - Ravello - Atrani

Atrani is the best-preserved town on the Amalfi Coast, with narrow little streets and a serene town square. From your hotel you will follow the Valley of the Dragon up to Ravello - another highlight of the coast. The French novelist Andre Gide once described this town as being 'closer to the sky than the seashore'. For centuries, its lofty position and sunny, dry climate has made it an appealing place for writers, artists, musicians and travellers. Ravello also boasts two magnificent villas - the superb 11th Century Villa Rufolo which was once a papal residence and later the home of Wagner, and Villa Cimbrone, a sumptuous 19th Century mansion with fabulous gardens and unequalled views over the Gulf of Salerno. Retrace your steps along a rather steep mule track down again to Atrani. Sweeping panoramas will reward your efforts.

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Day 6

Isle of Capri - Atrani

Today is dedicated to the rightly famous Isle of Capri, a place where Roman emperors used to come as tourists. You will sail from Amalfi to Capri by boat, following the beautiful coastline and passing the islands of the mythical sirens that were mentioned in Homer's Iliadand Odyssey. As you approach, witness Capri's coastline in all its glory: mighty cliffs, shard-like rock formations, crashing blue seas. Have your camera at the ready on this short cruise. When you arrive in Capri, you will see the popular sights, then take a beautiful circuit walk. During this walk you will pass Villa Jovis (the ruins of the most impressive Roman villa on the island, once home to Emperor Tiberius), see a historic monastery and explore the winding alleyways of the village of Capri. Part of your walk follows untouched coastline and passes many impressive grottoes, and there's time to dip your feet in the water. Your walk can be extended or shortened in many ways today, depending on the wishes of the group. Late in the afternoon you will travel by boat back to Amalfi.

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Day 7

Pontone - Valle dei Mulini - Valle delle Ferriere - Amalfi - Atrani

Get ready for a magical day of walking. Start in the quiet backstreets of Amalfi, heading up to the village of Pontone. Walk on the narrow ridge and then beneath shady pine trees and through fields of wildflowers. This brings you to a viewpoint from which you can see across the Valle del Dragone (Valley of the Dragon) and the luxurious gardens and villas of Ravello. A series of ups and downs takes you to the ruins of the famous watchtower (Torre dello Zirro). After retracing your steps to pretty Pontone, you can enjoy a drink under the shade of lemon trees and gaze down upon the town of Amalfi. Then walk down into the shaded Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills). Here you will find remnants of Europe's earliest paper mills, strewn among thick foliage fed by the valley's streams. You may pass locals collecting wild mushrooms and stout men carrying half their body weight in lemons on their heads. The path takes you deep into the valley and the entrance of the nature reserve 'Valle delle Ferriere'. This is one of the most interesting nature reserves of the area and an ideal place for lunch. From here it's an hour back down to Amalfi, past the Museo della Carta (paper museum). The rest of the day will be at you leisure. Enjoy the beach, do some shopping or take a dip in the Mediterranean. Tonight you will gather for a special farewell dinner.

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Day 8

Atrani

Your journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast in Amalfi. From here it is easy to arrange onward connections. There are local SITA buses that run to Sorrento, Salerno or Naples for onward travel by rail. You may even wish to take a ferry to Salerno or Naples. Your leader will be able to assist.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: May 6, 20; Jun 3; Sep 2, 16, 30.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
  • Private minibus, Boat, Local bus and Local train
  • Comfortable hotel (7 nights)
  • Visit to Pompeii Archaeological Site
  • Naples Sightseeing Tour
  • Orrido di Pino Hike
  • Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods)
  • Boat Ride from Positano to Amalfi
  • Valley of the Dragon Nature Hike
  • Villa Cimbrone Ravello
  • Boat Ride to Isle of Capri
  • Capri Coastal Walk
  • Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve (Valley of Iron)
  • Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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30 Sep 2018
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