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The Charm of the Amalfi Coast

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Departure Dates

  • Aug 28, 2019 - Sep 05, 2019

TOUR RATES FROM: $3,295

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The Charm of the Amalfi Coast

Journey to the Amalfi Coast, a serene paradise of majestic mountains, pastel houses and the cerulean Mediterranean Sea. Spend seven nights in your base Sorrento and enjoy fascinating excursions and educational programs designed to immerse you in the region’s daily life. Travel a serpentine coastline to Amalfi, and admire Positano, Italy’s most vertical village. Taste buffalo mozzarella at a local dairy farm, and see Paestum’s fascinating Greek ruins. Tour Naples and view treasures at the city’s Museo Archeologico Nazionale, one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. Peek into the lives cut short at Herculaneum and Pompeii by the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Invigorate your senses while exploring lemon-scented Sorrento and marvel at the colorful gardens and Arabesque architecture of Villa Rufolo.


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Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Located just a few steps from the town’s main square, the Hotel Plaza Sorrento is close to delightful shops, tempting cafés and restaurants and other popular sites. The hotel features a rooftop solarium and swimming pool offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Sorrento and the Mediterranean Sea. After a busy day of sightseeing, enjoy an in-room beauty treatment. Savor appetizers or a light lunch at the Plaza Café, or sip a cocktail as you take in the 360-degree view from the rooftop Skybar. Each comfortable, air-conditioned guest room offers a satellite TV, minibar, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone, complimentary Wi-Fi and modern furnishings.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 :
Depart gateway city
AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Naples, Italy. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: NAP.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2 :
Naples, Italy/Sorrento
Arrive at Naples Capodichino International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer and check in to the Hotel Plaza Sorrento. Please note, if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Discovery: Welcome to Sorrento! Begin your one-week stay with an introduction to Sorrento, one of southern Italy’s most beloved towns. The delightful city set the scene for the legendary Ulysses, who resisted the tempting song of the sirens by binding himself to the mast of his ship. See whether you can resist the seduction of this peaceful village’s glorious gardens, tempting cafés, timeworn streets and lively squares during a brief orientation tour of the town.

Gather this evening to get acquainted with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Dinner

Day 3 :
Positano/Amalfi
Start each day with a delicious breakfast served at your hotel.

Enrichment: The History and Beauty of the Province of Campania. Join a discussion about the history and significance of the cities of Naples, Salerno, Paestum and Sorrento within the Magna Graecia, the coastal areas of southern Italy that were colonized by ancient Greeks.

Discovery: The Charming Amalfi Coast. Experience the serpentine Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only does the Amalfi Coast boast some of Italy’s most spectacular scenery, but it is also considered by many to be the most magnificent stretch of coastline in all of Europe. The Italians nicknamed this shoreline, “The Divine Coast,” because of its scenic grandeur, amazing vertical landscape and varied architecture. Begin with a walking tour of pretty Positano where gardens climb hillsides and dramatic terraces are draped with pink bougainvillea. This celebrated seaside resort has inspired many artists and writers over the years. Writer John Steinbeck, once a resident, described Positano as “A dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Its houses climb a hill so steep it would become a cliff except that stairs are cut in it … I believe that whereas most house foundations are vertical, in Positano they are horizontal.”

See more of the celebrated Amalfi coastline during a cruise in a private boat to the town of Amalfi. During your boat ride, notice the charming villages and pastel-colored villas clinging to the cliffs — a true sight to behold. Arrive in Amalfi and take a short tour orientation tour to see the lively piazza and Cattedrale di Sant’ Andrea.

Join friends for lunch at leisure in Amalfi.

Enjoy a delectable dinner at a restaurant in Sorrento. The cuisine here has been influenced by the many populations who passed through this fertile land over the centuries. There are three dominant elements to the region’s cooking: olive oil; the many vegetable gardens arising from this fertile ground; and durum wheat, the base ingredient for bread and many types of pasta.

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 :
Paestum
Discovery: Paestum. Visit the ancient city of Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the seventh century B.C. but abandoned in the ninth century A.D., this Greco-Roman city was overgrown by vegetation and forgotten for 1,000 years. The spectacular site features ancient defensive walls, the standing remains of three major Doric-style temples and a variety of impressive ruins.

Enrichment: Meet the People. Dine on regional cuisine during a group lunch. Meet a few of the employees or owners of the restaurant and learn about their lifestyles and experiences.

On your return to Sorrento, pass through the lovely town of Salerno. Its old town is one of Italy’s best-preserved historic centers.

Enrichment: The Wonders of Naples’ National Museum. Prepare for tomorrow’s visit to this renowned museum by learning about its collections of art and artifacts.

Dinner is at leisure this evening. Perhaps you’ll try pasta prepared “ai frutti di mare” and a glass of refreshing limoncello, the favorite flavors of this coastal region!

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 :
Naples
Discovery: Naples and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Naples, the capital city of Campania, welcomes visitors with its vivacious spirit. Founded in 750 B.C., Naples is big, energetic and noisy, but also very friendly, a city where Neapolitans enjoy life and possess a singular charm. Embark on a panoramic tour of Naples. Start at the top of Posillipo Hill for an impressive view of the city and the entire Bay of Naples. Enjoy the sights of Castel Nuovo, San Francesco di Paola, Teatro di San Carlo and Piazza del Plebiscito. Then travel back in time with a visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. With its collection of art and objects from Herculaneum and Pompeii, it is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. Even the building itself is impressive, built in the late 16th century as the home of the royal cavalry.

Sample the local specialty, Neapolitan pizza, for lunch. Pizza was born in Naples — genuine Neapolitan pizza is unbeatable!

Return to Sorrento, and enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 6 :
Sorrento
Free Time: Join the Elective Activity to the Isle of Capri, or choose to stay in Sorrento for leisure time today. You may wish to visit Sorrento’s Town Hall, the beautiful 13th-century baroque Church of Saint Francis, or the Correale di Terranova Museum, which is housed in an 18th-century palace.

Elective Activity: The Isle of Capri. Travel by hydrofoil to the enchanting Isle of Capri, a celebrated resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Sail along the Capri coast, spying hidden swimming coves, caves and grottos, and see why the island is described as “a piece of paradise fallen from the skies.” Back on land, stroll through Capri’s scenic lanes or browse elegant boutiques on Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Camerelle, Capri’s main streets. There are many shops selling souvenirs, bottles of limoncello and colorful ceramics. Pay a visit to the Augustus Gardens, incredible terraced gardens full of bougainvillea vines, marbled statues and lily ponds. The gardens offer a spectacular sea-side spot for viewing the famous Faraglioni, a trio of iconic rocks rising from the sea. Available at an additional cost.

Enrichment: The Horror and Splendor of Mount Vesuvius. This compelling lecture will provide context for tomorrow’s visit to Herculaneum and Pompeii. Learn about the tragic effects of the first-century eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its impact on these ancient cities.

This evening, gather at a local restaurant and enjoy dinner with your group while sharing experiences of the day.

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 :
Herculaneum/Pompeii
Discovery: Herculaneum and Pompeii. Spend a full day exploring the ancient Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, which were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. The small seaside town of Herculaneum was preserved by mudflows while Pompeii, the larger of the two cities, was covered by ash. The resulting preservation of these two cities is unlike anything else in the world. Today, they are famous as an excavation site and outdoor museum that reveal how the people of this ancient Roman settlement lived 2,000 years ago. See everything from mosaics to furniture and frescoes as you tour the Forum, baths and houses, and unearth a history lesson like no other.

Relax over lunch at a Pompeii restaurant during your excursion.

Enrichment: Contemporary Italy. Get engaged in a discussion about Italian society, life in Campania, the current political and economic situation in Italy and the country’s future challenges.

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 8 :
Sorrento
Excursion: Green Side of Sorrento. Head inland to the rolling hills and visit a traditional rural farm. Enjoy an intimate connection with the region where agriculturists have a true passion for the land. Tour groves of olive trees and see how olive oil is produced to create its perfect balance of flavors. See the production of Fior di Latte, a soft cheese that is similar in texture to mozzarella, and delight in a tasting of locally made products.

Free Time: Spend your final afternoon at leisure in Sorrento. Perhaps purchase a few lemon-scented souvenirs from the city’s many boutiques and shops. Sorrentine lemons — often nicknamed “Sorrento Oval” and “Young Lady” — are flavorful and their unique aroma creates wonderful soaps, lotions, sweets and more.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Accommodation – Hotel Plaza Sorrento
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 :
Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for the Naples Capodichino International Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service