Active Gourmet Holidays
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Minori (Amalfi Coast), Italy - 4 or 6 nights
Available year round

 

Become part of the culinary traditions of this special gem on the Amalfi Coast. Learn authentic Mediterranean recipes passed down from generations when you partake in hands-on cooking classes from an experienced chef. You will stay in a beautiful four star hotel with views of lemon groves and whose location is perfectly situated to explore the coastal towns and sites of the area. Your host is an active participant in organizing events based solely on the area's food and wine so if you want to immerse yourself in the flavors of this pristine spot, this is the perfect choice.

There is a reason why so many writers and musicians have written about this breathtaking area. A delightful hotel located in a village located on the world famous Amalfi Coast invites you for either a day cooking class or a four or six night residential cooking and immersion course. The staff here welcomes you and looks forward to sharing their traditions and you will soon understand why the foods and wines of this region are considered among the world's finest.

 

During your stay, you will not only learn to cook traditional recipes but you will be taken on exciting excursions in an effort to learn about this area. Visit Pompeii, meet the local fishmonger, taste some limoncello - we have it all in this wonderful four or six night itinerary.

 

Buon appetito!

 

 

 

 

FOUR NIGHT ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE

 

Transfer from Naples Airport , Naples Train Station or Salerno Train Station to your lovely hotel in this delightful village.

 

Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel around 7:30pm. Your hosts will welcome you and give you an orientation of the upcoming elements of your tour. This evening you will be able to relax and rest after a long journey and prepare yourself for a wonderful journey into the flavors of this special area of the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

DAY TWO

 

After an American buffet style breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to a lemon liqueur (Limoncello) factory with a demonstration of production techniques. Next, a visit to the Roman Villa which is an ancient villa dating back to the 1st Century A.C. 

 

Return back to your hotel for your first hands-on cooking lesson.  Dinner this evening is in a typical restaurant in the area.

 

 

DAY THREE

 

After yet another delicious breakfast, transfer to Pompeii for a visit to this very popular archaeological site.

 

This afternoon you will have your second hands-on cooking lesson followed by dinner at the hotel. 

 

Dinner at the hotel consists of an a la carte menu prepared by the chef and his staff.

 

 

DAY FOUR

 

After breakfast, you will have a guided visit to a dairy factory with a demonstration of Mozzarella and cheese production. 

 

In the afternoon you will have your third hands-on cooking lesson and will be back at the hotel in time for your farewell dinner.

 

 

 

 

DAY FIVE

 

Breakfast and departure for the airport or train station. Arriverderci!

 

 

 

SIX NIGHT ITINERARY

 

 

Day One

 

Transfer from Naples Airport, Naples Train Station or Salerno Train Station to your lovely hotel in this delightful village.

 

Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel around 7:30pm. Your hosts will welcome you and give you an orientation of the upcoming elements of your tour. This evening you will be able to relax and rest after a long journey and prepare yourself for a wonderful journey into the flavors of this special area of the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

Day Two

 

After an American buffet style breakfast, transfer to Pompeii for a visit to this very popular archaeological site.

 

Afternoon first cooking lesson from about 3.30pm to 6pm.

 

Enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel consisting of an a la carte menu.

 

 

Day Three

 

After breakfast, guided visit to a lemon liqueur (Limoncello) factory with a demonstration of production techniques and visit to the Roman Villa which dates back to the 1st Century A.C.

 

This afternoon enjoy your second hands-on cooking lesson.

 

Dinner this evening will be in a typical restaurant in the area.

 

Day Four

 

After breakfast, guided visit to a dairy factory with demonstration of Mozzarella and cheese production.

 

In the afternoon enjoy your third cooking lesson.

 

Dinner at hotel.

 

 

Day Five

 

After breakfast, visit to a local fish monger from 9:00am to 10:00am.

 

Enjoy your fourth cooking lesson from 10:30am to 12:30pm followed by lunch.

 

Afternoon escorted visit to Ravello including a visit to the Cathedral, the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Dinner out at a local restaurant.

 

 

Day Six

 

After breakfast, escorted visit to the paper mill in Amalfi. Sightseeing of the town (Cathedral, Cloisters and Emerald Grotto – weather permitting)

 

Farewell dinner with musical entertainment and a demonstration of local ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

Day Seven

 

Breakfast and departure to Naples Airport, Naples Train Station or Salerno Train Station.

 

 

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS - SAMPLE ITINERARY

 

Enjoy an afternoon (3:00pm-6:00pm) hands-on cooking class with an experienced chef in a delightful village on the Amalfi Coast.  

 

You will first meet with the hotel "gastronome" and a translator for an orientation tour of this quaint coastal village which will include a visit to the Basilica of Saint Trofimena, the Archaeological Villa Romana excavations, a visit to the limoncello/pastry making factory, a pasta making factory and a local fishmonger. *The tour begins at 9:30am and finishes at 12pm 

 

Your cooking class will be taught by the hotel chef with many years experience who will teach you menus focused on the delicious and healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Each participant will receive a recipe book, certificate and a gift of thanks.

 

 

Sample Menu

 

~Marinated anchovies served on a bed of salad vegetables

 

~Cannelloni Sorrentine

 

~Grilled Porcini mushrooms with steamed shrimp in a mint dressing

 

~Bocchinotto torte

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. (Please inquire about larger groups)

 

(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

 

Nearest Airport: Naples (about one hour)
Nearest Train Station: Salerno (about 15 minutes)

 

*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

 

FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM

 

Double Occupancy/US$1650
Single Occupancy/US$1875

  

SIX NIGHT PROGRAM

 

Double Occupancy/US$2625
Single Occupancy/US$2850

 

*Please inquire about special pricing for October to April dates

 

*Please inquire about special pricing for groups of 5 or more

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY COOKING CLASS/Daily Class/US$230

 

Single Participant Daily Class/US$350

 

*Please inquire about special pricing for groups of 5 or more

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation 

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a 25% 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 year round.

 

Included

 

FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM

 

*Four (4) nights' accommodation including breakfast
*Four (4) dinners (3 at the hotel, 1 in a local restaurant)
*All waters, coffee and wines with meals
*Transfers from Naples airport, Naples Train Station or Salerno train station to the hotel
*Three (3) hands-on cooking classes
*Professional gastronome and chef assistance during cooking lessons
*English speaking tour escort during visits and lessons
*All entrance fees (Pompei – excavations)

 

SIX NIGHT PROGRAM

 

*Six (6) nights' accommodation including breakfast
*Six (6) dinners (4 at the hotel, 2 in restaurants)
*All waters, coffee and wines with meals
*Return transfers from Naples airport, Naples Train Station or Salerno train station to the hotel
*Four (4) hands-on cooking classes
*Professional gastronome and chef assistance during cooking lessons
*English speaking tour escort during visits and lessons
*All entrance fees (Amalfi – Emerald Grotto and Cloister, Ravello – Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, Pompei – excavations)

 

DAY COOKING CLASS

 

*Hands-on lesson
*Meal with local wine
*Recipe booklet and certificate

 

Airfare and personal expenses are not included as well as the city taxes (which are 1.50 Euro per person per day for a maximum of 5 days and will be charged directly to the client upon arrival).

 

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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*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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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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