Amalfi Coast Tour
Small group tours of Italy
The Amalfi Coast is world famous for its spectacular coastline and the picturesque towns clinging to the hills. In this tour you will see all of the famous sights such as Positano, Ravello and nearby Capri. But you also dig deeper, experiencing a cooking lesson in an organic garden, seeing ceramics being produced, and visiting a winery and vineyard. This gives you an in-depth insight into the lifestyle of the people who cultivate this land, the natural beauty (and stunning sea views), and the layers of history that make up this fascinating region. We enjoy long lunches, taking time over the multiple courses to enjoy the atmosphere and to relax. Our tours are in small groups to ensure a high quality travel experience. Also see our Amalfi Coast Walking Tour.
On The Amalfi Coast Tour You will experience:
- Ravello, with spectacular views from high over the coast.
- Cruise to Capri, with its luxurious villas and elegant streets.
- See Pompeii, with a guided visit to this Roman archaelogical site.
- Visit Positano, a combination of seaside relaxation and chic boutiques.
- Wine Cellars and terraced vineyards, we visit on a private tour.
- The Blue Grotto, in Capri.
- The 'Walk of the Gods', in the hills above Positano.
- Harvest seasonal vegetables.
- Make a 3 course lunch, in a cooking lesson with a local chef.
- Villa Cimbrone, an elegant noble residence in Ravello.
- Relax on the beach in Amalfi, a few steps from your hotel.
- See the famous ceramics of Vietri Sul Mare, with their vivid designs.
- Visit a working ceramics producer
- Boat Cruise along the Amalfi Coast - revealing magnificent villas.
- Visit the Cathedral of Sant’ Andrea, an historic and artistic treasure.
- Boat cruise past the Faraglioni, rising from the water off Capri.
- See theCathedral in Positano, with its vibrant majolica tiled dome.
- Terraced Lemon Orchards, with the local sfusato lemon.
- Local Cuisine, 3 course meals with wine in quality restaurants every day,
On The Amalfi Coast Tour You will taste:
- Organic produce, from a terraced garden in Ravello.
- Wines made from grapes such as falanghina, biancolella, ginestra, ripoli, fiano, fenile.
- A local wine voted one of the best whites in Italy
- A four-course degustation lunch, alongside the winery with wines perfectly matched to the meal.
- Unique Amalfi food combinations, such as fiordilatte mozzarella and sfusato lemon.
- Seafood caught fresh from the Mediterranean, such as calamari and ‘carpaccio di pesce’.
- Local foods such as scialatielli pasta and ’ndunderi, similar to gnocchi with origins in ancient Roman times.
- Limoncello, the liqueur synonymous with the Amalfi Coast.
- Local Cheeses, such as provolone and mozzarella di bufala.
- Amalfi pasticceria desserts, such as delizia al limone and torta caprese.
- Meals showcasing the best of Amalfi, enjoyed each day in restaurants carefully selected to cover the ranges of foods available here with a focus on regional specialties.
As well as the items listed above, the Amalfi Coast Tour includes:
- 'Italy With Pleasure' provides a tour director for the duration of the trip, who will coordinate all activities and accommodation.
- All accommodation is included. Accommodation is in the 4 star hotel.
- The meals included in the tour price are listed in the itinerary as: (B)-breakfast; (L)-lunch; (D)-dinner. Two meals a day are included – main meals are all 3 courses with wine included.
- All costs/entry fees for the activities listed in the itinerary are included.
- All transport during the tour is included.
ABSOLUTE WATERFRONT IN AMALFI
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.
Day 1 - Travelling to the Amalfi Coast
We meet in Rome and from here we start our journey south toward the Amalfi Coast. From here we travel south, with a few interesting stops along the way.
Our first stop is at Montecassino, site of the major WWII battle, where we visit the Allies cemetery.
A short drive after lunch takes us to the start of the Amalfi Peninsula and the town of Vietri Sul Mare. This is where the famous coloured ceramics are produced, 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 designs of their finished product.
Following a drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast road, with hairpin bends and amazing views in equal measure, we reach the town of Amalfi, where we stay for the duration of the tour.
Our 4 star hotel is wonderfully situated on the waterfront in the centre of town, making it easy to come and go as you please. On one side you have uninterrupted sea views, and a few steps the other way you have ‘la dolce vita’ of Italian piazza life.
In the evening we have a Welcome Dinner, and our first taste of the superb cuisine of this region.
Meals: Dinner (3 courses including wine)
Day 2 - Amalfi cuisine, the secrets revealed!
The Amalfi Coast cuisine is renowned for the combination of traditional techniques and superb fresh ingredients. Today we learn how it's made with a hands-on cooking lesson.
For the cooking lesson we travel to Ravello, which has long been a favourite destination for both musicians and well-heeled travellers.
We meet our charming chef, and we start our culinary experience by visiting the organic vegetable garden. On a terrace with a view out over the Tyrrhenian Sea, you could well linger here for the morning. Together we harvest some fresh produce before moving into the kitchen. Here we work through the preparations for a full three course lunch, which we then enjoy overlooking the terraced garden where it was grown.
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. Nearby is the futuristic auditorium designed by Oscar Niemeyer. 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 (3 course 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 name ‘Cloister of Paradise’, with elegant marble colonnades, frescoed private chapels an ancient Roman sarcophagus. The Romanesque style Church of the Crucifix. 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.
Late morning we drive to a small town near Amalfi where we visit a leading wine producer, in fact with their flagship wine being counted among Italy's best. 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 the views are well worth the drive, but you also see during our vineyard visit how difficult this land is to work, with the vines on small terraces clinging to the steep slope.
The winery we visit is very highly regarded. It has been pivotal in the area in the way it has taken traditional varieties grown only in the Amalfi Coast area, such as ginestra and fenile, and has raised the bar in terms of quality.
We have a guided visit through the vineyards and the winery. This is followed by a degustation lunch, where the wines are matched with dishes that complement them. And as an added extra, the view from the restaurant is as world class as the wines.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (4 course lunch including wine)
Day 4 - Positano – chic and stylish by the sea
Walking the ‘Path of the Gods’
Today we visit Positano, famous for elegant fashion boutiques and seaside charm, this has been a holiday destination since Roman times.
We have an optional walk in the morning, alternatively for those that prefer we will take you directly to Positano and re-group there for lunch.
For the walkers: We drive up to a high point above Amalfi, and from here we start today’s walk which has the grand title 'The Path of the Gods' (Sentiero degli Dei’). This is one of the more popular trails on the Amalfi Coast, and walking along this path high above the sea you’ll see why it has gained such renown. It commands fantastic views right out to the island of Capri.
The trail takes you through a mixture of wooded areas as well as typical Mediterranean countryside, rocky with wild herbs, flowers and scattered olive trees. Goat herders are often seen on the grassy terraces tending their flocks, and peregrine falcons soar high above. The walk is 2 ½ hours duration.
Positano: We meet in Positano for lunch, in a restaurant overlooking the beach. After a relaxing lunch we have some free time in the afternoon. 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. 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 specialty – limoncello!
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 (3 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.
Those that wish can cruise around the island, where you will see the magnificent Faraglioni rocks dramatically rising from the sea, and pass through the arch below them. Then you may visit the famous Blue Grotto and enter in smaller local boats. Here the sunlight produces a glowing, magical effect – this is a very evocative experience (note: cruise around Capri and into Blue Grotto not included in tour price - optional).
We dine in a 5 star hotel in central Capri. After lunch we have some free time. Capri has plenty of scope for simply browsing the shops and enjoying the ambience. And stroll down to the Gardens of Augustus.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (3 course lunch including wine)
Day 6 - All Roads Lead to Rome
By now you know the local barista by name - and he knows which coffee you order - but we must say 'arrivederci' to Amalfi and return to Rome.
En route we visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Here we have a guided visit, where we see both evidences of the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this Roman city, as well as the destruction caused by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. Even for those who have visited Pompeii before, having a specialist 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 heading north to Rome.
We reach Rome early evening.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
2017 Tour Dates:
28 Aug – 02 Sept
18 - 23 September
2018 Tour Dates:
21 - 26 May
11 - 16 June
03 - 08 September
24 - 29 September
Amalfi Tour Price:
€2400 ( GBP£2100 / US$2800 / AUD$3500 / NZ$3800 / CAD$3550 )
* Price is denominated in Euros. Prices listed are based on twin share.
Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation is included (the 4 star Residence Hotel in Amalfi, with a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ rating of 4.5 / 5 by Tripadvisor).
- Meals as listed in the itinerary: each day breakfast, plus a 3-4 course lunch or dinner each day with wine included.
- All costs/entry fees for activities listed in the itinerary are included.
- All transport during the tour is included. Travel is in our van/minibus with a professional driver.
- 'Italy With Pleasure' provides a tour manager for the duration of the trip.
Amalfi Coast Map