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Matera – Amalfi Coast – Capri

Day 1 | Rome

We meet in Rome at 5.00pm for a Twilight City Stroll with a passionate “Walks of Italy” guide who will captivate us with stories about the many layers of Rome and take us to the best gelato shop in the centro historico. A walk designed to engage you, not exhaust you.

 

Day 2 | Rome

For first timers, the hardest thing will be choosing between the “must see” attractions and, for return travellers, there are so many local secrets to discover off the tourist grid.

 

Day 3 | Matera

Travel to Matera in Basilicata, a hauntingly beautiful world heritage town with a history of more than 30,000 years.  It will take your breath away. “Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty.” This is how Carolo Levi described Matera in 1952.

 

Day 4 | Matera

A surreal day exploring the sassi (two neighbourhoods of stone dwellings) in the old town, which is the oldest continually inhabited settlement in history, alongside Petra in Jordan. We sleep and eat in old caves that have been renovated into boutique hotels and restaurants.

 

Day 5 | Amalfi

The Amalfi coast is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.  Wander the small streets of Amalfi, well known for its long tradition of paper making. Engage with the locals including Franco, owner of the best handbag shop, smell the lemons, taste the lemons, try limoncello and settle in for three glorious days.

 

Day 6 | Amalfi

Visit Ravello, only six kilometres above Amalfi, closer to the sky than the sea! People watch in the beautiful piazza, stroll through the gardens of Villa Cimbrone for spectacular views 1,500 feet above sea level and do as the Italians do – indulge in a blissfully long, leisurely lunch.

 

Day 7 | Amalfi

Time for an epic adventure, walking The Path Of The Gods. We arrive by bus in Bomerano, a village of Agerola, high in the mountains and a thirty minute bus journey from Amalfi. The walk is stunning and not difficult, finishing in tiny Nocelle, an isolated village perched high above Positano.

Day 8 | Positano

Described by artist, Paul Klee, as “the only place in the world conceived on a vertical rather than a horizontal axis”, Positano is intoxicating. Touristy, yes, but there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. You can stroll for hours, mostly up, and then find your way back down to the less touristy beach of Spiaggia di Fornillo and the coastal walkway to Spiaggia Grande.

 

Day 9Positano

Not to be missed is catching the wooden boat to tiny, layback Da Adolfo’s for a delightful lunch on the pebbly beach. Time to kick back and eat simple, delicious food including the signature dish of mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves, a tradition since 1966. Amazing.

 

Day 10Positano

It’s hard to choose between a day of la dolce vita in Positano, or exploring the less crowded villages of Praiano, Atrani (the smallest town in southern Italy and so charming), Maori and Minori or Vietri sul Mare for beautiful ceramics. Dinner in a favourite restaurant in Montepertuso, a hidden gem where the locals eat.

 

Day 11 | Capri & Anacapri

Capri is a gorgeous, vibrant town buzzy with daytrippers whereas Anacapri has a more tranquil, authentic feel with artisans at work making wonderful local products. We stay in Anacapri, just minutes from the village square and a chairlift that takes us to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island with spectacular 360 degree views.

 

Day 12Anacapri

Transfer to Marina Grande in the infamous white stretch convertible taxis to meet Gianni for a private tour of the island in his beautiful wooden boat, visiting the non touristy sea grottoes and hidden coves perfect for swimming. A magical day on the water.

 

Day 13Anacapri

Both Capri and Anacapri have sensational walking trails that will take you all over the island. Just 40 minutes from the piazzetta in Capri is Villa Jovis built by Emperor Tiberius in the 1st century AD, well worth the walk, or take the famous Via Krupp that zig-zags all the way down to Marina Piccola. For a stroll through paradise, visit Villa San Michelle in Anacapri, considered one of the top ten gardens in Italy.

 

Day 14 | Rome

Ferry to Sorrento and private transfer to Rome for your last night and a special dinner in the Jewish ghetto.

  • Tour leader on hand for duration of tour from the start of the tour in Rome to the last day
  • Accommodation x 14 nights in a twin share/double room in boutique hotels or villas centrally located
  • Breakfast every day
  • Transfers in private, luxury air conditioned mini coach:
    – Rome to Matera
    – Matera to Amalfi
    – Sorrento to Rome
  • Bus tickets:
    – Amalfi to Ravello return
    – Amalfi to Bomerano
    – Nocelle to Positano
  • Ferry tickets:
    – Positano to Amalfi
    – Amalfi to Positano
    – Positano to Capri
    – Capri to Sorrento

  • Convertible taxi return transfer Marina Grande to Anacapri
  • All walks including Path of the Gods and Capri guided by Tour Leader
  • Gianni’s Wooden Boat Tour around Capri
  • Gratuities for drivers
  • Hotel city taxes

Lemons on display at the Amalfi Coast market place

Tour dates

  • 3rd – 17th June 2019
  • 1st – 15th October 2019

 


 

Rates

  • Tour Cost: $5240 per person twin share/double accommodation
  • Single room supplement: $1050
Matera tour map
  1. A booking is confirmed by payment of a deposit of $500 per person.

 

  1. Payments can be made by transferring funds into the bank account of Ciao Italy and completing the Booking Form which will be emailed on request. Transfer fees are the client’s responsibility.

 

  1. The final payment of the balance is due eight weeks prior to departure.

 

  1. Cancellations – If you decide to cancel your booking, the following charges will apply:
  • 60 days or more before the start of the tour: $500 (your deposit)
  • 59-30 days before the start of the tour: 50% of tour costs
  • 29 days before the start of the tour: 100% of tour costs

 

Cancellation of a tour must be received in writing – please click here to email Deb.

  1. It is compulsory for clients to have full travel and medical insurance and provide a copy of the policy prior to departure.

 

  1. The tour price includes all items listed in the package. It does not include flights, accommodation additional costs (e.g. telephone, minibar etc) and any other items not specifically mentioned in the package details.

 

  1. Occasionally, circumstances beyond our control may necessitate changes to itineraries. Ciao Italy reserves the right to make changes if required, but will endeavour to operate the tour as close to the original itinerary as possible.

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