Day 1: Depart USA
International flights USA – Florence (Tuscany), Italy, booked independently.
Day 2: Arrive Naples, Amalfi Coast
Benvenuti! Buongiorno! Welcome to La Bella Italia! Upon arrival at the Naples Airport, retrieve your luggage and continue to the arrivals hall. Here you will meet your private driver holding a sign. Together we will transfer to our accommodations on the Amalfi Coast. Check in and settle for remainder of day. Please note that official check-in time is between 2-3:00 pm at most villas. Relax and enjoy time at leisure. This evening, we will partake in sunset yoga and then enjoy a welcome dinner at the villa around 8:00 pm or so. Overnight at the Villa.
Day 3: Day trip to Sorrento
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the villa. This morning, meet our private driver at the villa for transfer to Sorrento (dependent on the location of your villa). We will spend the entire day at leisure in Sorrento, which will provide you with an opportunity to see how the locals live in the fragrant and vibrant Amalfi Coast. Located off the Bay of Naples, the city provides lovely views of the sea and of Mount Vesuvius. You may choose to discover Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Tasso, where there is a great little market area to sample artisan made Limoncello. You can do some great shopping there as well. Afterward, we will enjoy a late lunch together at 1:00 pm at our favorite historic restaurant in town. Return to the villa in the late afternoon with our driver for sunset yoga and overnight.
Day 4: Day trip to Capri
Breakfast at the villa. Today is a lazy day on the boat and at the beach. Early this morning, roughly around 8:00 am or so we will meet our private driver in the hotel lobby for transfer to the port of Sorrento. Pickup time will be determined based on the sea conditions in order for us to have the best possible experience. Here we will meet our boat captain and board a private boat for a leisurely ride to the upscale Island of Capri. *Note- a direct ferry is also an option if you prefer, kindly let us know! On the boat, we will circumnavigate the entire island and visit the most spectacular grottoes characteristic of the island such as the Blue Grotto, Green Grotto, White Grotto, and the famous Faraglioni Rock formations. Provided the seas are calm, you will be able to go into the Blue Grotto (additional 15 euro per person, to be paid in cash on the spot). A tasty snack made with local ingredients and beverages will be provided on board. By early afternoon, we will dock at Capri and will have time to independently visit the island or hang at the beach.Return to Sorrento with the boat in the late afternoon around 4:30 pm, where we will meet our driver for transfer back to the villa. Sunset yoga and dinner at the villa at 8:00 pm. Overnight at villa.
Day 5: Day trip to Ravello & Amalfi
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the villa. At 9:30 am, meet your private driver for one of the most amazing days on the Amalfi Coast. Your first stop will be Ravello. With a rich history and at 350m above sea level, Ravello is one of the most fascinating places along the Amalfi Coast. Its wonderful view has fascinated and inspired writers such as Gore Vidal, actors such as Greta Garbo and composers such as Richard Wagner, who composed his Parsifal here. You will have plenty of time at leisure to wander through the winding streets and take in the bustling vitality of this small seaport town. Next, with your driver, make your way to Amalfi. Enjoy free time in Amalfi for exploration and lunch. View Amalfi's cathedral which was built in the 9th century and partly reconstructed at a later date in Arabian-Sicilian style. A number of its original ancient features remain, such as the bell tower, the bronze posts on the main door and the Chapel of the Crucifix. Return with your driver back to your hotel. Sunset yoga and meditation, followed by dinner around 8:00 pm and overnight at the villa.
Day 6: Day trip to Positano
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the villa. Meet our private driver later this morning for transfer to the lovely town of Positano for free time. Positano remains one of the most upscale and vibrant towns along the fragrant Amalfi Coast. Peppered with colorful Mediterranean houses and pebbled beaches, many artists have fallen in love with Positano, including Steinbeck, Picasso and Escher. At 3:30 pm, we will arrange a cooking lesson at a beachy restaurant. You will learn how to cook local coastal specialties- an appetizer, first course (pasta) and second course (meat or fish) and delight in them for a late lunch/early dinner. In the past, our clients have made basil pesto, gnocchi, eggplant parmigiana with homemade tomato sauce, Margherita pizza, and chocolate almond cake! Return to the villa in the early evening with our driver. Sunset yoga and overnight at the villa.
Day 7: Day trip to Pompei
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the villa. Meet our private driver in the hotel lobby for a ride to Pompeii. At 11:00 am, meet our private certified, bilingual guide for a two-hour walking tour. Our guide will also have prearranged entrance tickets. Pompeii was a city and civilization built over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival at the archaeological ruins, you will be magically transported into antiquity. In Pompeii, view homes in which mosaics and frescoes have been preserved despite the treacherous devastation sustained during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24th in the year 79 AD. After our tour of Pompeii, we will enjoy a pizza lunch together before we return to the villa with our driver in the late afternoon. This evening we will have sunset yoga and free time. Overnight at the villa.
Day 8: Path of the Gods
Sunrise yoga and breakfast at the villa. Today we will enjoy a ride along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Meet our private driver this morning at 8:30 am at the villa. Our journey along the Amalfi Coast will take us down the winding coastline to Bomerano, where you will start to hike the incredible Path of the Gods, lead by Rose. Along the way, you will see the marvels of the Amalfi Coast and admire one of the most striking panoramas with fascinating gorges, cliffs and precipices of the coast. Today, shepherds, woodsmen and farmers still use the path. Beside the path, you will find caves and terraces dropping from cliffs to the sea and deep valleys below. The path is well-maintained but does overlook some steep bluffs - making for some truly remarkable vistas. After your hike ends in the town of Nocelle, your driver will meet you and transfer you back to the villa with our driver for sunset yoga and dinner; evening at leisure to prepare for return flights. Overnight at the villa.
Day 9: Depart Naples
Breakfast at the villa and check out. Our private driver will transfer us to the Naples airport, where they will board a return trip the USA. Arrivederci, Bella Italia!