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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!
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.
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 and Ravello.
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.
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.
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.
COOKING LESSON IN POSITANO - POMPEI
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.
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.
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.
*Please inquire about lower pricing based for 4 or more persons
PRIVATE GUIDED EXCURSION TO CAPRI
Based on Two Persons/US$490
Based on Four Persons/US$300
Based on Six Persons/US$250
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable 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.
Available April to October, upon request depending on availability. Please inquire.
*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, city tax in Positano 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
For further inquiries or to register, click here.
Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Sandy C., Shelton, Connecticut"This trip was amazing! We traveled the coast, visited a winery and took cooking lessons from a wonderful (and funny) chef. Our accommodations were beautiful! It was the trip of a lifetime thank you AGH!"