Imagine a land where rugged coastlines melt into butter-soft sands and sinuous cobblestones lead to dreamy vistas. Where the remnants of ancient civilizations hum with history and villages are graced with artistic inspiration. From your base in Vietri sul Mare, treat yourself to the indelible spirit of the Amalfi Coast. Amid soothing, lemon-scented breezes, you’ll fall into a relaxed rhythm, filling your days with archeological treasures, authentic Italian cuisine and the region’s unforgettable wonders! On the Amalfi Coast, the possibilities are endless!
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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.
Day 2 | Naples, Italy | Vietri sul Mare
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 Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.
Transfer to the Hotel Raito. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.
Gather this evening to get acquainted with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Day 3 | Ravello | Amalfi | Positano
Start each day with a delicious breakfast served at your hotel.
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 in Ravello, perched high on a rocky spur overlooking Amalfi and the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its rich artistic heritage, captivating natural beauty, exceptional landscapes and breathtaking gardens, Ravello has intrigued and inspired writers, actors, artists, musicians and composers alike. Visit the 13th-century Villa Rufolo, featuring a square courtyard, two Arab-Norman style towers, marvelous Oriental arcades and magnificent gardens. When German composer Richard Wagner visited in 1880, he declared that he had found his magical garden of Klingsor, which was immortalized in his operatic masterpiece, “Parsifal.” (Moderate)
Travel to the sweet, coastal town of Amalfi, and take a short orientation tour to see the lively piazza and Cattedrale di Sant’ Andrea. After time at leisure to explore on your own, board a private boat for a ride to Positano. During your boat ride, notice the charming villages and pastel-colored villas clinging to the cliffs — a true sight to behold. Enjoy a brief orientation tour of Positano.
Enjoy a delectable dinner at a local restaurant. The regional cuisine 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.
Day 4 | Paestum
Discovery: Paestum. Visit the old 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. (Moderate)
Discovery: 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.
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!
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. 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. Then embark on a panoramic tour of Naples. Admire impressive views of the city and the entire Bay of Naples from atop Posillipo Hill, and enjoy the sights of Castel Nuovo, San Francesco di Paola, Teatro di San Carlo and Piazza del Plebiscito. (Moderate)
Sample the local specialty, Neapolitan pizza, for lunch. Pizza was born in Naples — genuine Neapolitan pizza is unbeatable!
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.
Return to Vietri sul Mare and enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.
Day 6 | Vietri sul Mare
Free Time: Join the Elective Activity to Capri or choose to stay in Vietri sul Mare for leisure time today. Vietri sul Mare is known for its local ceramic production. You may wish to purchase the wares at the factory shops or linger at the Raito Ceramics Museum.
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, and see why the island is described as “a piece of paradise fallen from the skies.” Enjoy a private boat ride around the island, viewing beautiful grottos and the Faraglioni rocks, a trio of iconic rocks rising from the sea. Join your Travel Director for a brief orientation tour of this charming locale, then use your free time to 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. If you wish, pay a visit to the Augustus Gardens, incredible terraced gardens full of bougainvillea vines, marbled statues and lily ponds. (Moderate) 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.
Gather with new friends and find a special establishment for dinner at leisure tonight.
Day 7 | Sorrento
Discovery: Sorrento. Join a brief orientation of 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. After exploring this vibrant village and taking in sea views from the cliffside, travel outside of Sorrento to the green rolling hills. Visit a local farm that specializes in making olive oil and soft cheese. Tour the farm and olive groves, followed by a tasting of some delectable products made on the property. Sit down to a delicious lunch and discuss your day’s events. (Moderate)
This evening, gather at a local restaurant and enjoy dinner with your group.
Day 8 | 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. (Moderate)
Relax over lunch at a Pompeii restaurant during your excursion.
This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
Day 9 | Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, bid farewell to the charming Amalfi coast. 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 Naples Capodichino International Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.