Italy With Pleasure

Amalfi Coast Tour

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6 Day Tour
14 people max
All inclusive
Min Age : Refundable deposits

Amalfi Coast … stunning towns, colourful houses clinging to the cliffs, the cerulean sea. We give you more – we take you to places most tourists don’t see. Visit a fifth generation family of lemon growers (and we try their limoncello), cook with a chef in an organic garden in Ravello, visit one of the best pasticcerias in Italy, meet the family making wine from heritage vines. This gives you an in-depth insight into the lifestyle of the people who cultivate this land and the layers of history that make up the fascinating Amalfi Coast region. We enjoy long lunches, taking time over the multiple courses to enjoy the atmosphere and to relax.

Our tours are a balance between being informative (examples of the culture and lifestyle, historical details) as well as having everything that makes for an enjoyable trip (long lunches in good restaurants, a relaxed pace). We plan the itinerary in the way that you would plan to travel yourself, or with a group of friends.

Highlights
Itinerary
DAY 1 - TRAVELLING TO THE AMALFI COAST

We depart from Naples, heading to the Amalfi Coast. We have a few interesting stops along the way.

A short drive after lunch takes us to the start of the Amalfi Peninsula and the town of Vietri Sul Mare. This is the major ceramic producing town of the Amalfi Coast. The key production is of the vibrantly coloured ceramics that are made using the maiolica method. We visit a manufacturer where we can see the ceramics being produced and painted, continuing a tradition that started in the 1500s. We see the incredible array of colours and creative designs of their finished product.

After looking through the town of Vietri Sul Mare we make our way along the stunning Amalfi Coast road, with hairpin bends and amazing views in equal measure – you’ll realise the value in having a professional driver for the trip. We reach the town of Amalfi in the early evening, where we stay for the duration of the tour.

The town of Amalfi is really the heart of the Amalfi Coast – the centre of the marine republic of the 11th century, and still now it has a proud community living and working here. The depth of history here is profound, but equally it is a wonderful place to sit in the piazza, enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by.

Our hotel, the Hotel Residence, is wonderfully situated on the waterfront. One side you have uninterrupted sea views, and a few steps the other way you have ‘la dolce vita’ of Italian piazza life. By staying centrally you get to really experience the vibrancy of this town. You can stroll into town whenever you like to have a gelato or browse the shops (with no shuttle bus needed like you would from hotels further from town). Outside the hotel is a swimming beach, perfect for relaxing after a day out sightseeing. Being a 4 star hotel a full range of features is included, such as wifi, air conditioning, an excellent restaurant and a cocktail bar. Tonight we dine together, having our first introduction to the cuisine of the Amalfi Coast.

MEALS: DINNER (3 COURSES INCLUDING WINE)

DAY 2 - AMALFI CUISINE, THE SECRETS REVEALED!

Today we travel to Ravello, which has long been a favourite destination for both musicians and well-heeled travellers.

The Amalfi Coast cuisine is renowned for the combination of traditional techniques and superb fresh ingredients. Today we learn how it’s made as we team up with a local chef to cook lunch.

We meet our charming chef on a terrace with a view out over the Tyrrhenian Sea, you could well linger here for the morning. Here we work through the preparations for our lunch, which we then enjoy overlooking the coast. First we get hands-on making fresh mozzarella, with the ‘casaro’ (cheesemaker). This will later be an ingredient in our antipasto. Then we work through the preparations for our lunch, which we enjoy overlooking the coast.

After lunch we visit the famous Villa Cimbrone. The villa was built originally in the 11th century as a residence for a noble family. The grounds are beautifully kept, and the terrace adjacent to the formal garden offers the best views in Ravello, looking down over terraced lemon groves to the sparkling waters below.

We spend the remainder of the afternoon in Ravello with some free time.

You may choose to visit the Villa Rufolo, another noble residence which famously inspired the composer Wagner.

Or simply wander through some of the lanes and relax around the piazza area where there are numerous shops and cafes.

MEALS: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH (INCLUDING WINE)

DAY 3 - SPECTACULAR VIEWS AND SPECTACULAR WINE

In the morning we visit the cathedral in Amalfi. This is more than just a church. Rather it is a complex of different buildings from different era and is the heart of Amalfi. From the evocatively named ‘Cloister of Paradise’, with elegant marble colonnades, frescoed private chapels and an ancient Roman sarcophagus; the Romanesque style Church of the Crucifix to the 13th century Crypt of St Andrew, down below the church where Saint Andrew is buried. And finally into the main cathedral, with its elaborate baroque decorations.

By moving through the sections of this cathedral complex you get a feeling for the illustrious history of Amalfi, from ancient Roman times, through to the Marine Republic years and on to more modern times.

Late morning we drive to a small town in the hills above Amalfi where we visit a wine producer. On the drive up to this winery you’ll be glad we have hired a professional driver, such are the tight turns. On arrival at the winery you also see during our vineyard visit how difficult this land is to work, and the ancient vines that they are custodians of.

We have a guided visit through the vineyards and the winery. This winery is family run, and after our visit they prepare for us a lunch – including the excellent salami that they also produce.

During our lunch we enjoy a number of their reserve wines. Some of the varieties used to make these wines are unique to the Amalfi area.

DAY 4 - LIMONCELLO AND POSITANO – CHIC AND STYLISH BY THE SEA

This morning we are taken into a valley beyond Amalfi, nestled into the hills, where the famous Amalfi Coast lemons are produced. We are shown around a family company who for seven generations have been producing limoncello. This is called ‘vertical farming’ – lemons are cultivated on terraces on a steep hillside. The back of this valley is a type of heat trap, the hillside lemons gaining excellent sun exposure. After seeing how the lemons are grown, we are shown how their limoncello is made. Of course, we sample their excellent product too!

Today we visit Positano, famous for elegant fashion boutiques and seaside charm, this has been a holiday destination since Roman times.

Positano has an enviable combination of a good beach with a broad seaside promenade, with cafes and chic boutiques jostling for position in the pastel coloured buildings. This is a good time for a swim.

We meet Positano for lunch, in a restaurant overlooking the beach. After a relaxing lunch we have some free time in the afternoon. You can spend some of the afternoon exploring the narrow back streets lined with bougainvillea, or just find your nearest café, put your feet up and sample the local gelato.

To return to Amalfi we go by boat, and cruising along the coast reveals a new perspective on the area, with some incredible houses tucked away and tiny hidden beaches.

MEALS: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH (2 COURSE LUNCH INCLUDING WINE)

DAY 5 - ISLAND TIME IN CAPRI

Today we travel to Capri, a favoured destination for the rich and famous in recent times, but also with an interesting history stretching back beyond ancient Roman times.

On Capri we take the funicular railway up to the town centre, where top fashion boutiques jostle for space alongside locals selling fruit and vegetables.

Starting from the centre of town we first visit a monastery that many people who visit Capri do not come across. This is a fascinating place, with the remains of excellent frescoes in the chapel. In the cloisters we see where the monks previously tended their medicinal herb gardens.

We then walk to a view point called the Punta Tragara, passing a series of luxury villas and gardens to get there. At the viewpoint we look out over the Faraglioni, the towering rocks emerging from the sea which are such a distinctive feature of Capri.

Later in the afternoon you’ll find Capri has plenty of scope for simply browsing the shops and enjoying the ambience. And a stroll down to the Gardens of Augustus provides more great views.

MEALS: BREAKFAST AND DINNER (3 COURSE DINNER INCLUDING WINE)

DAY 6 - POMPEI

By now you know the local barista by name – and he knows which coffee you order – but we must say ‘arrivederci’ to Amalfi.

First we visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Here we have a guided visit, where we see both evidence of the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this Roman city, as well as the destruction caused by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Even for those who have visited Pompeii before, having a specialist archaeological guide provides an in depth experience and is very revealing.

We enjoy a final lunch together in Pompeii, having our last chance to enjoy regional cuisine, before driving a short distance to Napoli Centrale, the central train station in Naples.

We finish the tour here by 4pm.

MEALS: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH (3 COURSE LUNCH INCLUDING WINE)

Amalfi Coast Tour Dates 2024
Amalfi Coast Tour Dates 2025
Cost and Inclusions

TOUR PRICE: €2850

* Price is denominated in Euros. Price listed is based on twin share
* Single supplement of €500 for solo travellers

Accommodation

The hotel we use for this tour, the Residence Hotel, is a good quality hotel right in the heart of the town of Amalfi (with a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ rating of 4.5 / 5 by Tripadvisor). By staying centrally you get to really experience the vibrancy of this town. The hotel is wonderfully situated on the waterfront. One side you have uninterrupted sea views, and a few steps the other way you have ‘la dolce vita’ of Italian piazza life. You can stroll into town whenever you like to have a gelato or browse the shops (with no shuttle bus needed like you would from hotels further from town). Outside the hotel is a swimming beach, perfect for relaxing after a day out sightseeing. Being a 4 star hotel a full range of features is included, such as wifi, air conditioning, and a cocktail bar.

We find that people very much appreciate that the tour is based in one place for the week, meaning that there is no need to pack/unpack, and you really get to know the town where you are staying.

  • 4 Star Hotel
  • Central Amalfi
  • Waterfront Location
Reviews

J M, USA Google Reviews Logo

We have taken many small group tours throughout Europe. This tour was by far the best.

The itinerary was well thought out. Plenty of free time balanced with sightseeing. The central location of the hotel was what we enjoyed the most.

Malcolm was the perfect guide... knowledgeable but not overwhelming.
We enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers and made lots of great memories.
Thank you Malcolm and Italy with Pleasure.

S B, USA Google Reviews Logo

We were looking for a small group tour that offered learning about the local culture of Italy, the cuisine and free time. Italy with Pleasure did just that and more! We chose the Amalfi Coast tour since we had not yet visited that part of Italy. Malcolm, the owner and our tour guide, was fantastic. He gave our group just right amount of cultural details without overwhelming us. The cooking class, the lemon groves, the vineyard with winery, the restaurants, our accommodations were all outstanding. And, of course, the views were incredible. If you are looking for a small group tour to explore various regions of Italy, I would highly recommend Italy with Pleasure!

M G, USA Google Reviews Logo

We had a most wonderful time and a most wonderful tour guide, Mark. Mark was personable, knowledgeable and accommodating. We would love him as our guide on another tour. Each town we visited had another guide specific to the that history and culture. Everything was beautifully planned out and well executed. Our room was beautiful, our view was breathtaking, we could not have asked for a more memorable trip!!

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