||Europe - Amalfi Coast
Nowhere on the planet do natural jewel-toned hues shine as they do along the Amalfi Coast. This area has always enticed visitors for extended vacations and long, lazy drives up and down the aging, sunny coastline. Villages of varying age and style dot the coast and entice even the most lethargic tourists to stop and take a walk along the quaint, historic streets. It is in these villages that you find Italy's real treasures: untainted art, intensely flavourful cuisine, and unspoiled churches and monasteries.
From Sorrento, the road winds down to Positano and Amalfi, both lovely villages at the side of the limestone mountains sloping into the seas. Amalfi, which has given its name to the beautiful Amalfi coast, is a Spanish-looking town of tall white houses built on slopes facing the sea in a spectacular setting. Among the popular pleasures here are dining on locally caught grilled fish and sipping icy Lacrima Christi from the vineyards on the slopes of Vesuvius.
British Airways offer direct daily flights to Naples, which take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Naples is 35 miles from Positano and Amalfi and one hour ahead of GMT.
Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi The elegant Hotel Santa Caterina, a superb, privately owned retreat in a stunning location, is stylish and luxurious with service to match. The hotel is situated at the summit of an extensive property, which begins along the Amalfi Drive and tumbles down to the water on a series of bougainvillea cascades, with vast lemon and orange groves covering numerous natural terraces. All guest rooms have air conditioning, telephone, refrigerator, hair dryer,
satellite television, and a private terrace. Two elevators whisk guests down to the swimming pool and bathing platform built at sea level. A gymnasium is located just above the swimming pool area.
Hotel Le Sirenuse, Positano The distinguished Le Sirenuse, a unique deluxe hotel in an 18th-century villa, is still privately owned by the family of the Marchesi Sersale. The hotel is centrally located in one of the most desirable hillside vantage points in Positano, overlooking the beach. Quiet elegance and intimate European charm are reflected by the antiques
and keen attention to detail throughout the hotel. Most rooms have a balcony overlooking the sea, air-conditioning, television, DVD, and refrigerator. All rooms feature Jacuzzis and in-room safes. The fitness and Aveda beauty centre features two saunas, massages, a heated outdoor pool, hamman, indoor plunge pool, and an audiovisual centre.
- Capri. Depart after breakfast from Amalfi or Positano on a private boat and sail to Capri. Tour of the island on board of the boat, visiting some of the most beautiful grottoes including the world famous Blue Grotto. Wander among narrow, bustling streets, between typical white Mediterranean homes, sipping cappuccino or eating gelato at quaint outdoor cafes and follow the tranquil paths leading to peacefully secluded places. After lunch there will be a visit of Anacapri and Villa San Michele before heading back to Amalfi.
It may also be possible to arrange a fun competitive sailing regatta with 6 guests per yacht with a skipper and crew, depending on the availability of yachts and the season.
- Pompei. Half-day visit to the ancient city of Pompei, situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Wander around Ancient Roman streets, homes, baths, theatres, shops and temples. Excavations only started in the mid 1700's, uncovering one of Italy's most important archaeological sights - buildings have survived with superb examples of paintings and sculptures.
- La Divina Costiera. Half-day tour of the Amalfi Coast. The first stop is Positano for a bit of shopping. From here we then visit Nerano, Marina del Cantone and have lunch at the terrace (weather permitting) of the restaurant "I Quattro Passi".
- La Lamparata. Fishing for anchovies, squid and dentex.... Local fishermen will be pleased to take you on their fishing trawler leaving from Positano or Amalfi to the best fishing waters of the coast. You will eventually reach your destination: a small beach, where under the lights of the fishing trawler the nets will be cooked for you.
- Palazzo Murat. Giocchino Murat, the brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte, became King of Naples in 1808. Having fallen in love with Positano, he chose this antique 18th Century palace built in Vanvitelli's Baroque-Neapolitan style as his Summer residence. Transfers to the restaurant by boat are available, if the weather is suitable.
- Caravella. Established in 1959, La Caravella is one of the most important and renowned restaurants in the whole of Campania. As early as in the 1970s it was well known for its high level of quality and was one of the first restaurants in Southern Italy to be awarded the "Michelin Guide" star.
- Caruso. The evening starts with a short transfer to the delightful town of Ravello, with quaint narrow streets and breathtaking views across the Gulf of Salerno. Ravello, once home to Wagner, offers the best views of the coast, poised on a shelf above Amalfi. After a brief visit to the town, enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Hotel Caruso. The hotel is situated in an 11th century palace of the noble d'Afflitto family and stands in a most peaceful and enchanting part of Ravello. From its balconies and large garden there are beautiful views of the sea and surrounding vineyards. Popular for its personal service and excellent cuisine.
- Villa Rossella. Between Sorrento and Positano, set amidst olive and orange trees, Villa Rossella is an elegant hill residence. It offers breathtaking views over the gulf of Naples, from the Island of Procida to Sorrento.
Your trip to the Amalfi Coast might include:
- Return scheduled flights from London Gatwick Airport to Naples Airport with British Airways.
- All luxury coach transfers from the airport and within the area for the trip. English-speaking guides will be available when necessary.
- Three nights accommodation at the 5 star Hotels Santa Catarina or the Hotel Sirenuse*, including full buffet breakfast, service charges, local taxes and porter service. A welcome drink is also included on arrival. (We recommend the Sirenuse at face value).
- Dinner at the hotel on the first night, giving guests the opportunity for an early night.
- Friday - Half-day tour of Pompeii, inclusive of lunch, afternoon free with an option for shopping, or visit to Mount Vesuvius?
- Dinner with wines and coffee at a specially selected local restaurant on Friday evening.
- Full or half day in Capri departing by private boat after breakfast to explore this enchanting island* you can save money by taking the hydrofoil also open to the public
- Luncheon in a typical restaurant on Capri with accompanying wines, soft drinks and coffee.
- Gala four course dinner at the Hotel Caruso in Ravello with accompanying selected wines and entertainment.
- Event wallets containing all relevant information for your trip.
- Comprehensive travel insurance for all guests travelling.
- Effective Business Travel manager to ensure the smooth running of the trip.
Price per head based on 32 guests from £1668.00
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