Active Gourmet Holidays
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Positano, Italy - 5 nights
Available April to October

 

Anyone who has ever traveled to the Amalfi coast raves about its gorgeous coastline, wonderful people and its tranquility. During this holiday, you will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with a sea view, take hands on cooking lessons with a talented and popular chef, visit a working farm and have lunch with the owners and enjoy all that the area has to offer, including a guided visit to the wondrous Pompeii. Indulge in delectable cuisine, world famous wines and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life. Positano is the most charming and picturesque village on the Amalfi Coast and boasts breathtaking views, the best shops and gourmet restaurants.

 

 

 

 

The Amalfi Coast is considered to be one of the most romantic spots in the world with gorgeous coastline and pretty little villages, world renowned restaurants and outstanding cuisine and of course the famous Limoncello. The area truly has it all ... and with this cooking holiday you will experience what this slice of heaven in Italy has to offer.

 

Positano is one of the most beautiful villages on the coast and it is here where you will stay and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sea. Great shops, wonderful views and of course delectable cuisine.

 

You will also have the opportunity to see the much desired island of Capri as well as experience the wonders of Pompeii where you will be amazed at the ruins but will also get an education of how the people of this ancient city once lived, as well as how they perished. And you will enjoy two hands on cooking lessons with a great chef in Positano.

 

This itinerary is the perfect blend of exploration with enough time to relax and enjoy your surroundings in bella Italia!

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE

 

Positano

 

Arrival into Naples Airport with a private transfer by minivan with an English speaking driver to Positano and your 4 star hotel accommodation. Enjoy a beautiful room with a sea view.

 

Relax after your journey and enjoy time at leisure before your dinner in a gourmet restaurant in Positano.

 

 

  

DAY TWO

 

Costeria Amalfitana Villages and Wine Farm Visit

 

Pick up from your hotel. Today you will enjoy an excursion by private minivan and English speaking driver to the enchanting Costiera villages : you will visit Amalfi, Ravello and your driver-guide will lead you to the small village of Scala to discover the true life of the Amalfi Coast. Scala is a secluded village located in the mountains just in front of Ravello. It’s close to Amalfi, but very unique as it seems that time has stopped here. 

 

Following this you will discover another side of the unexpected Amalfi Coast : the green heart of the Amalfi coast with centuries old vineyards and lovely villages. You will taste the award winning wines (Falanghina, Aglianico) together with the farmhouse cheese and salami and will experience a true “lunch with the farmers" and will be immersed in the true farm atmosphere.      

 

Transfer back to Positano. Dinner on your own this evening at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area.

 

DAY THREE

 

Cooking Lesson in Positano - Food Experience at a Farmhouse 

 

Enjoy your first cooking lesson in the morning, followed by lunch. The lesson will take place in the kitchen of one the best restaurants in Positano and you will learn how to prepare pizza dough with your hands, using your creativity to fill it up -  you will learn how to bake it and then you will taste your masterpieces.

 

In the afternoon pick up from the hotel and private transfer by minivan where you visit a farmhouse in the hills around Sorrento, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation including olive trees, citrus trees and vineyards as well as farm animals. From the farmhouse the view is breathtaking as you can enjoy both the Naples and Sorrento Gulfs. There you will find a large range of typical products starting with wine, extra virgin olive oil, then various tasty marmalades and of course the world renowned Limoncello followed by the classic herbs liquors, appetizing seasoned products (cheeses, salami etc). You will start your visit with a guided tour of the Mediterranean vegetation around the farmhouse and of the kitchen gardens, led by one of the farmhouse owners who will teach you about the uses and the benefits of the plants, herbs and vegetables that we encounter. Then you will have a tasting of typical products (bruschette, different kinds of home made bread dipped in olive oil, pizza slices) and a mozzarella (Treccia) demonstration and tasting.

 

Transfer back to Positano. Dinner on your own this evening. 

 

DAY FOUR

 

Capri

 

Today is a day for time at leisure for a visit of Capri island (weather permitting). You can choose from many options : public hydrofoil tickets to Marina Grande (the Capri Port), private boat transfer or private tour of Capri island, or enjoy a full day guided excursion to Capri (see below for pricing for this option).

 

Dinner on your own this evening.  

 

 

DAY FIVE

 

Cooking Lesson in Positano - Pompeii

 

This morning you will have your second cooking lesson with the chef of one the best restaurants in Positano. A short walk from the hotel and you will reach the restaurant, in the heart of Positano, close to the famous "Scalinatella". You will meet the chef and then prepare some typical appetizers such as fiori di zucchine ripieni, involtini di pesce spada. An amazing lunch will follow.

 

In the afternoon pick up from the hotel for a private excursion by minivan to Pompeii, meeting with your guide there followed by a guided walking tour.

 

Transfer back to Positano. Dinner on your own this evening. 

 

DAY SIX

 

Check out and private transfer to Naples Airport/Train Station.   

 

OPTION FOR DAY FOUR: PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION TO CAPRI

 

Meeting with the guide at your hotel for a full day guided visit of Capri island. We will take the public hydrofoil from Positano and we will reach Marina Grande in Capri. Here we will have the excursion by small boat to the Blue Grotto, back to Marina Grande and visit by private car or minibus of Capri villages (Capri and Anacapri), Villa San Michele and Augustus Gardens. At 5:15 pm you will take the hydrofoil back to Positano.

 

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 



NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS

  

Cooking lessons will take place at one of the best restaurants in Positano, where you will learn the best recipes of the Amalfi Coast, based on fresh vegetables, typical pasta and of course fresh fish. Lessons are available from Monday to Friday, from April to October, for a minimum of 2 participants.

 

Lessons are private and totally hands on. They will take place in the morning and are held by the English speaking chef of the restaurant. You will meet the chef at 9:30 am and the lesson lasts about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then you will taste the recipes you have prepared.

 

Your lesson will be focused on starters (“focaccia“, courgette flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese or meat, aubergine parmesan, swordfish rolls, one first dish (ravioli or hand made pasta) and a fish recipe (fresh local fish “all’acqua pazza”). Or if you prefer, you can learn pizza instead, where you will prepare pizza dough and then use your creativity to top the pizza. You will learn how to bake it and then taste your masterpiece!

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest airport/train station is Naples.

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 

2017 Fees Per Person


Double Room/US$3275
Single Supplement/US$1025

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing based on four or more persons

  

PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION TO CAPRI

 

Based on Two Persons/US$575 
Based on Four Persons/US$350
Based on Six Persons/US$320

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS/US$195

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation  

 

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a 30% per person deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date. 

  

2017 Dates

 

Available April to October, upon request depending on availability. Please inquire. 

 

Included

 

*Five (5) nights'accommodation with breakfast at a 4 star hotel in Positano, sea view room
*One (1) half day at the farm house (including guided visit, typical products tasting, mozzarella treccia demonstration and limoncello demonstration and tasting)
*One (1) dinner in Positano
*Two (2) hands on cooking lessons in Positano with lunches
*Private transfers and excursions by minivan or car and English speaking driver-guide as per program
*Guided visit of Pompei ( tickets included )
*One (1) lunch at the wine estate, guided visit and wine tasting in the winery

 

Airfare, personal expenses, drinks during the dinner on Day 1 are not included.

 

PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION TO CAPRI OPTION

 

*Hydrofoil return tickets from Positano to Capri
*Full day guide at disposal (meeting at the hotel in Positano)
*Blue Grotto visit (transfer by boat from Marina Grande Port of Capri, tickets, small boat for the Grotto)
*Private car or minivan at disposal in Capri for the whole excursion
*Tickets for Villa San Michele
*Tickets for Augustus gardens

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS

 

*Private hands on cooking lesson
*Lunch based on the recipes you have prepared
*Recipe leaflet ( in English )
*Mineral water and local wines

 

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY 

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request. 

 

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MAP*

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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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