The Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Naples, and much more...
Join us as we visit one of Italy's most culturally and historically rich regions, the western coast of the Campania Region.
The Amalfi Coast is arguably Italy's most delicious and alluring destination. Along the 36-mile coast, thirteen small towns and tiny villages punctuate the jagged mountainsides thrust skyward from the Mediterranean Sea. Just beyond the edges of villages and towns are the dramatic terraced mountainsides of vineyards and fragrant lemon trees. (In 1997 UNESCO designated the Amalfi Coast as a World Heritage Site.)
Over the millennia, settlers and marauders have come to take advantage of the particularly excellent harbor in the area now known as Napoli (Naples). The cultural parade began in earnest in the 9th-7th centuries B.C. when ancient Greeks came and established the town of "Neopolis" ("New City"). They were "joined" by the expanding Roman Republic in the 3rd century B.C., and as the area propered and grew through Mediterranean commerce, small sattelite towns – such as Pompeii – grew up and thrived. In the 11th century A.D., Normans came to the Amalfi Coast as invaders and ultimately settled there. During the same period, there were treasure-seeking assaults along the Amalfi Coast by "Saracens" from North Africa and, subsequently, conquest and rule of the entire area by French Angevins (13th-15th centuries) and Spaniards (15th-18th centuries). All of these peoples have left abundant, indelible evidence of their presence and of their contributions to a rich cultural amalgam.
Midway along the coast, we will be staying in Minori, a charming, restorative seaside town with a population of just 2,900 and an area of just 0.8 sq. mi. A friend once observed, "I love visiting the great museums, but I don't think I'd like to actually live in one." Neither would we. Minori is not a museum. It's a friendly, comfortable town where locals will recognize you within 48 hours of our arrival and you'll quickly feel right at home. It's got interesting little shops, relaxing seaside cafes, to-write-home-about gelati, and excellent restaurants. And its central location makes it the perfect jumping-off spot for all that we will see and do during our stay.
• The Tour – April 29-May7, 2019.
• Deposit – A deposit of $1,500 per person is due no later than November 15, 2018.
• Final Payment –The remainder of your tour payment is due no later than February 15, 2019.
• $4,445 per person in a Superior double-occupancy room.
• $500 single supplement in a Superior double room for single use.
• Transportation – All tour-related in-Italy group transportation is covered – including Naples-Capodichino Airport (NAP) group pick-up and group drop-off.
• Hotel – 9 days/8 nights at the 4-star Hotel Villa Romana in Minori.
• Meals – All breakfasts plus 3 dinners or equivalent lunches.
• Guided Tours – 6 half-day private guided tours.
• Museum Entrance Fees – All tour-related museum entrance fees.
• Tips – All tour-related tips (exclusive of optional tips for hotel personel and others who might perform personal services).
• Experienced, Expert Escort – Prof. Daniel Lesnick, for entire tour from airport group pick-up to airport group drop-off.
"So blessed with natural beauties and riches that it is clear that when Nature formed [the Amalfi Coast] she took delight in accumulating all her blessings in a single spot."
– Pliny the Younger