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8 Day Food and Culture Amalfi Coast Wonders Holiday with Private Boat Trip to Capri

Sorrento, Naples, Italy

Wine Tasting & Cooking Vacation in Italy

Come to this celebration of Amalfi Coast cuisine! Stendhal Tours has planned a unique holiday for you to experience the best of Amalfi Coast cuisine, as well as to discover the jewels of that area: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Capri. With Stendhal Tours, you can taste the flavors of this land: delicious local products, excellent wine, luxury accommodations with wonderful views, and amazing cooking classes. On this tour, you will also enjoy a visit to a cheese farm, a cooking class in a local “masseria” on the hills of Sorrento peninsula, foraging with a naturalistic guide, an amazing sunset cruise along the coast and other activities that will leave new memorable moments for you to take back home.

Highlights

  • Private excursion by boat to Capri
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise along the coast by private boat
  • Wine and food experience in a prestigious winery in Ravello
  • Cheese tasting in a farmhouse and sightseeing tour in Ravello and Amalfi
  • Enjoy foraging and cooking in a local “masseria” of Sorrento
  • Breakfast included at the hotels
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Naples International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:30

Throughout the tour, you will stay at two four-star hotels in Sorrento and Positano. You will experience the comforts of two of the most special hotels in Amalfi Coast.

Program

Day 1: Amalfi Coast - Pompei and Sorrento

Upon your arrival at Naples train station, meet your English speaking driver and you’ll be transferred to Pompei, where you will meet your private guide for a guided walking tour through the ruins of the old city that was blown away by the volcano Vesuvius. Then you’ll be transferred to the luxury four-star hotel in Sorrento where you will stay five nights, in a sea view room.

Day 2: Farmhouse experience and sunset cruise

Private transfer by car and English speaking driver to the hills around Sorrento, you will visit a truly special farmhouse that offers also a breathtaking view over the Naples Gulf and Salerno Gulf. You will find there 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. Then you will have a tasting of typical products (bruschette, different kinds of home-made bread dipped in olive oil, pizza slices).

Transfer back to your hotel. In the afternoon, make your own way to Sorrento port where you will meet your captain for a private sunset cruise along the coast and around Li Galli Island, one of the most scenic spots in Amalfi Coast. You will have time to swim in the sea and enjoy a glass of Prosecco.

Day 3: Cheese farm and Morrarella demonstration - Sorrento Peninsula

Today you will enjoy an unforgettable experience at the oldest cheese factory in a small, untouched village of Sorrento Peninsula. It will be very interesting to see a demonstration of how they create “mozzarella” from the simple cow’s milk. You will explore the heart of the factory, the “cella frigorifera” when they season and dry over a thousand “caciocavallo” cheese at once.

Then you will enjoy a specialties tasting: mozzarella, caciocavallo, provolone del Monaco and caciotta with tomatoes salad and bread, local wine. Then, transfer back to Sorrento and afternoon at leisure.

Day 4: Walking, foraging and cooking class

Today, your food experience begins in a Masseria (farmhouse) up on the hills of Sorrento Peninsula. You will meet a naturalistic guide who will lead you through the countryside for an easy walk (about 40-minute walk) foraging wild herbs that you will use for your cooking class.

Then, you will reach the farmhouse where you will have your private cooking class together with an expert cook. You will prepare four recipes (a complete local menu), you will taste wines coming from the closest vineyards. The experience lasts about five hours. After lunch you will be transferred back to Sorrento.

Day 5: Capri

Discover the enchanting island of Capri, a private boat will transfer you to Capri and you will enjoy a tour around the island and a stop for the visit of the Blue Grotto. Beloved by the Roman emperors, Capri became a playground of the rich and famous, and a colony for artists and writers. It is one of the Mediterranean's must-see places. The island's top attraction is the famous Blue Grotto, Grotta Azzurra.

Then you will have time at leisure to explore Capri and Anacapri villages on your own (by public bus or by taxi). In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Sorrento by a private boat.

Day 6: Positano and cooking class

Pick up in the morning and transfer to Positano. Today, you will discover the beauty of Positano where you will stay for the next two nights. Accommodation will be in a luxury four-star hotel, sea view room.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson, the lesson will take place in the kitchen of one of the best restaurants in Positano. You will meet the chef and you will prepare some typical appetizers such as fiori di zucchine ripieni, arancini di riso, a first dish such as ravioli capresi or eggplant parmesan, a second dish such as meatballs or pollo alla cacciatore, you will prepare also a dessert such as Torta caprese or tiramisu. Dinner will follow.

Day 7: Amalfi Coast villages and winery

Today you will travel to Amalfi and Ravello by private car and English speaking driver. Your first stop will be in Ravello, where you will have time at leisure for the visit. Ravello offers architectural gems of rare elegance with its Duomo rich with artistic treasures like the grand bronze central door.

Villa Rufolo is immersed in a verdant park of exotic and Mediterranean flora and Villa Cimbrone a simple hut transformed into an exceptionally fascinating villa. There is a very special feeling in the cloister of the villa, still showing elements of the ancient Arab Sicilian style it was built in.

Then you will discover an unexpected side of the Amalfi Coast: the green heart of the Amalfi Coast with centuries-old vineyards and lovely villages where time seems to have stopped. You will taste the award-winning wines (such as Falanghina, Aglianico) together with the farmhouse cheese and salami, you will be immersed in the true farm atmosphere.

In the afternoon you will drive to Amalfi, where you will have time at leisure for the visit. Back to Positano and evening on your own.

Day 8: Departure

Pick up from the hotel in Positano and private transfer to Naples Airport.

Included excursions

Enjoy excursions with a professional English speaking driver to Pompei, Sorrento Peninsula, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Additionally, there will be excursions by private boat to Capri Island and sunset cruise. You will also have a guided visit of Pompei, you will visit a cheese farm in a village of Sorrento peninsula, visit a winery in Ravello, enjoy a cooking class in a local masseria.

Location

Amalfi Coast is famous for the villages and cities, for its sea and, last but not least, for its wine and food. Taste special wines and local food, visit local cellar and cheese farm, visit lemon groves and enjoy a cooking class.

The tour will take place in the best cities and villages of Amalfi Coast:

  • Sorrento
  • Positano
  • Amalfi
  • Ravello
  • Capri
  • Pompei

Food

All breakfasts are included. Also included are wine tasting, lunch during cooking class, lunch at the cheese farm, lunch at the winery in Ravello.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in Sorrento, breakfast included
  • 2 nights accommodation in Positano, breakfast included
  • All transfers and excursions as per program
  • Half-day guided visit in Pompei
  • Mozzarella demonstration and light lunch at the farmhouse
  • Lunch and wine tasting in Ravello
  • Walking, foraging and cooking class, lunch
  • Sunset cruise
  • Farmhouse experience and visit in Sorrento
  • Cooking class in Positano and dinner
  • Excursion by private boat to Capri (not included: transportation through the island and guide, included fresh fruit, mini bar, water, soft drink, beer, prosecco and Limoncello, beach towels, snorkeling equipment)

What's not included

  • City taxes (to be paid at the hotels)
  • Tickets for the Blue Grotto
  • Pompei tickets

How to get there

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Arrival by train

Please book your train to arrive at Naples train station. An English-speaking driver will meet you at the train station.

Airport: Naples International Airport Airport transfer included: Naples International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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