Amalfi Coast - Pompeii - Vesuvius - Capri

Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Pizza Family Holiday

Destination
Amalfi Coast - Pompeii - Vesuvius - Capri
Dates From
04/04/2020
Duration
7 Nights
8 Days
Price From
$2,449
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SMALL GROUP FAMILY TOUR

Southern Italy is famous for beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and of course wonderful food and wine. The Amalfi Coast offers all this and more. From our friendly family-run hotel we strike out on foot, bus and by boat to explore not just the dramatic coastline but also the world famous ruins of Pompeii and the winding streets of Positano and Capri. During our week we try our hand at ceramics, paper making and even have a go at making an authentic Neapolitan Pizza. Add to this a trip up the mighty volcano Mt Vesuvius and you have a week that will live long in the memory.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights at comfortable family-run hotel with pool, all rooms ensuite
  • 6 days walking, boat trips, and sightseeing
  • Group normally 4 to 18, plus leader. Min age 5 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus, boat and on foot
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Visit Pompeii and get close to Mt Vesuvius' crater
  • Enjoy boat trips and time on the beach
  • Learn how to make an authentic Neapolitan pizza
  • Superb coastal walk along the 'Path of the Gods'

Itinerary

Day 1: Start Agerola

This trip starts in the village of Bomerano, on the Agerola plains above the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy a warm welcome from local hosts, the Acampora family, before settling in. Land only clients can arrive at any time, although we do recommend joining the group transfer at the airport as public transport options to the hotel are limited.
Meals included: dinner

Day 2: Boat trip from Amalfi to Positano; stroll among the winding streets of Positano

After a short private transfer to Amalfi (30mins), we take the boat along the coast to Positano, a near vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. During the journey we take in the beautiful classic views of the Amalfi Coast and once in Positano we will start exploring this picturesque town, strolling among its winding streets and there is time to visit the beautiful Cathedral, enjoy a swim in the blue sea or visit the unique boutiques for some great shopping opportunities. We will also enjoy an optional lunch in a pizzeria and a refreshing Italian gelato before returning in the late afternoon to Bomerano by boat and minibus.
Meals included: breakfast  dinner

Day 3: Full day to visit impressive sites of Pompeii and Vesuvius

Today we descend from the Agerola hills and take a transfer (approx. 45mins) to Pompeii, once a thriving port town until Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption spanning two days in 79AD during which the city was buried in ash and pumice. Lost for 1700 years, Pompeii is now a UNESCO World Heritage site as the perfectly preserved remains give us an amazing insight into life in a Roman city, complete with bathhouses, bakeries and homes – some of which are still have walls adorned with detailed frescoes. You may take some time to explore the site independently but we recommend opting for a detailed tour accompanied by a local guide which can be hired locally for approx. €10pp depending on the group size. In the afternoon we head to the famous volcano that looms over the million inhabitants of Naples, Mt Vesuvius. The vehicle will take you at an altitude of approx. 1000m and from there to the crater you will need to ascend on a path which is approx. 150 meters long and quite steep in places. A local guide will then take you on a short walk along the rim of the crater and he/she will explain you the fascinating history of Vesuvius and its volcanic activity. We return to the hotel by bus in the late afternoon.

Please note that in case of adverse weather conditions such as fog, storms or heavy rain the local authorities may decide to restrict or prevent access to Vesuvius. In the event this inclusion cannot be offered on your departure, we will be taking you to Herculaneum to visit its perfectly preserved remains and virtual museum which give an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city.
Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner

Day 4: Visit mozzarella producer and discover picturesque Amalfi; evening pizza-making class

This morning we take a short transfer to visit a local cheese producer based in Agerola, where we have the opportunity to sample delicious freshly made mozzarella, prepared in front of us by hand following a centuries-old recipe. We may also have time to visit the small farm owned by the same family of cheese-makers. We then depart for a visit to vibrant Amalfi, which was popular with the British upper classes in Edwardian times. The large Duomo dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. We have a few hours to explore the wonderful historic centre and alleys before taking an interesting tour of the Paper Museum, which celebrates the long-established paper making tradition in Amalfi. The guide will explain how the Amalfi paper was once made and you will also have the chance to experiment it yourself, using some of the ancient paper making machines which are still in working order for demonstrations.  We then make our way back to the hotel and enjoy a pizza-making class before dinner!
Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner

Day 5: Free day to relax by the pool or for sightseeing

Today is free to relax at the hotel’s pool or by one of the local beaches. Alternatively you could enjoy a boat ride or other optional excursions including a trip to the vast buried city of Herculaneum and its virtual museum which offers an interesting virtual experience through images of how life was in 79 AD before the eruption. Another option is to visit Ravello, a charming and peaceful town perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi, famous for its stunning panoramic gardens and its impressive Cathedral. Your tour leader will not join these optional activities but will help you to arrange transport locally.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 6: Ceramic painting and walk along a short section of 'Walk of the Gods'

The Amalfi Coast is also renowned for its colourful ceramics and this morning we visit a local artisan’s ‘bottega’, where the kids will have the opportunity to paint a pottery souvenir!  Later we set off for a fun walk along a short section of one of the world’s finest day walks: the ‘Path of the Gods’. The route follows the contours of the land with amazing views of the Amalfi Coastline far below. In season the meadows are carpeted with flowers and the coastal waters teem with cruisers and pleasure boats. Please be aware that the terrain can be rocky or uneven at times and there parts which are a little exposed therefore not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers. After a barbecue lunch (included, weather permitting) we will return to the hotel on foot.
Meals included: breakfast  lunch

Day 7: Take boat to impressive island of Capri; visit the island and take an optional visit to Blue Lagoon

After a scenic ride down to Amalfi (30 mins) we will board the boat to Capri. The journey along the Amalfi Coast is spectacular with small coves and bays of clear azure water overlooked by towering cliffs. The time spent on Capri is unguided and on arrival you are free to explore the island on foot, by boat or making use of the chairlift, from which you will be able to see the entire island. A beautiful walk will take you up to Capri town and along a network of small pedestrian streets to visit the remains of Villa Jovis, the former home of the fearsome Roman emperor Tiberius. A walk around the spectacular coastline is recommended and allows you to see a natural rock arch and the famous Faraglioni, rock stacks which stick vertically out of the sea. You may also go for a boat tour around the island’s grottos, including the famous Blue Grotto, and then under the natural arch, where you will be able to take a swim in the beautiful blue waters. Please note that Capri gets very busy and crowded from May to October and it may be difficult to rely on public transport to visit the island independently. Your tour leader will therefore be offering you the option of joining him on a tour which will make use of private buses and chairlift (approx. €35pp payable locally).
Meals included: breakfast  lunch  dinner

Day 8: End Agerola

End at Bomerano hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

DATES & PRICES

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04/04/202011/04/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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11/04/202018/04/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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23/05/202030/05/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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25/07/202001/08/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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01/08/202008/08/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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08/08/202015/08/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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15/08/202022/08/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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22/08/202029/08/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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29/08/202005/09/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childAvailable
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17/10/202024/10/2020$2,449 per adult / $1,767 per childOn Request
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Exclusions

Single supplement (if required)
Optional excursions/sightseeing
City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that has to be paid directly at the hotel
Meals and beverages other than those specified
Tips/Gratuities
Everything which is not clearly specified under inclusions

* Please note, price is subject to fluctuation and availability is subject to change until booked and confirmed *