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Expedia Cruise Ship Centers – Local Living Sorrento

Highlights
Call an Italian agriturismo outside of Sorrento home for the week, hike the famous “Walk of the Gods”, learn about the fate of Pompeii from an expert local guide, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients, stroll the streets of picturesque Capri.

Get a taste for Italian life on this one-week Local Living trip to Sorrento, located just around the corner from the Amalfi Coast. Replete with gorgeous scenery and all the fantastic food and drink you’d expect, you’ll unwind on a lemon farm where a local family will be your hosts, giving you an in-depth look at what life at an Italian agriturismo is like. And of course, there will be food demonstrations including limoncello- and pizza-making as well as a walk along the stunning coastline, a visit to the elite island of Capri and a stop at Pompeii. Don’t be a tourist in Italy—live the dream.

ITINERARY
September 21, 2014 – Day 1 Naples

Welcome to Naples, home to the best pizza of the world. As your fellow travellers are arriving throughout the day, there are no planned activities until your Group Meeting at 6pm this evening, so check-in to the hotel (check-in time is approx 3pm) and enjoy the city.

Please make every effort to arrive in time for this important meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform the hotel or us directly- contact numbers are provided in these notes. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up.

Why not join your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) after the welcome meeting at an optional group dinner to eat the dish Naples is famous for—pizza!

Overnight at Hotel Correra.

September 22, 2014 – Day 2 Pompeii/Sorrento (1B,1D)

Today we head off by private transport to our accommodation, an agriturismo just outside of Furore. Enroute we will visit the famed site of Pompeii, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, near Naples. One of Italy’s best-known sites, this unique visit is truly an amazing experience. After our guided tour with an expert local guide, there will be some free time to explore on your own before heading to our accommodation.

For the duration of our trip we stay at the same agriturismo. Located about a 15-minute walk uphill from Sorrento, our accommodation is at a working lemon farm that has opened its doors to tourism. The ‘agriturismo’ is surrounded by open terraces and groves of lemon trees protected by wooden pergolas made with chestnut. Enjoy your meals in an open-air dining area that overlooks the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Estimated Travel Time: 1hr to Pompei and 1hr Pompei to Sorrento

September 23, 2014 – Day 3 Sorrento (1B,1L,1D)

Today’s focus is on food. Start off with a tour of the agriturismo to learn the history of the property and to learn more about lemon cultivation. At lunchtime, learn to make one of the area specialties – pizza! You will eat the fruits of your labour for lunch.

Afterwards, learn all about limoncello production (and tasting!). Southern Italy is known specifically for the giant lemons they use to make limoncello. The lemons can easily grow to be larger than one’s head.

Enjoy some free time to relax and get to know your home for the week. Before dinner, our local hosts will show us how to make a delicious specialty to traditional regional recipes, using local produce. This will last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on what is for dinner.

September 24, 2014 – Day 4 Positano/Sorrento (1B, 1D)

Probably the most famous walk of the Amalfi region, the ancient ‘Walk of the Gods’ trail climbs along ridges high above the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano, once the only road connecting these two villages. The path can be rough underfoot and a little exposed but well worth it for the spectacular scenery and the chance to be so close to nature and “the Gods”. The outstanding beauty of the Amalfi Coast can only be fully appreciated on foot.

Transfer to the starting point in the small town of Bomerano, perched in the hills high above the sparkling sea. From there, we walk approximately 8km to the village of Montepertuso and eventually to Positano along sometimes narrow path with sensational views down to the sea far below. Follow ancient paths and trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches and monasteries. Most of the walking offers amazing views to the rugged coastline below with wonderful vistas from village to village. Walk past abandoned farmhouses and lemon groves, across high mountain pastures and through woodland, and finally down to hilltop villages and steeply down to the coast again. The last part of the path is on the main road and then down approximately 1300 stairs. This last part can also be done by public bus to save knees and ankles.

The walk finishes in Positano where you will have time if you wish to explore the bustling resort. We’ll then take a scenic public boat ride back to Sorrento and transfer back to the agriturismo.

Estimated Walking Time: 5-6 hours

September 25, 2014 – Day 5 Sorrento (1B, 1D)

Today is a free day to do as you please. Opt to visit local villages, explore Sorrento, sign up for a full-day cooking class or to spend some time on the beach.

In the evening, enjoy another cooking demonstration at your agriturismo with the group before a delicious home-cooked meal.

September 26, 2014 – Day 6 Capri/Sorrento (1B, 1D)

Board a ferry to Capri. Hop on board the ‘funicolare’ to explore Capri Town’s piazza. The Caprese salad is named after this town, and or course there is also locally produced limoncello made with the island’s lemons. Walk the along trails on the island, go swimming or brush shoulders with the more well-off island inhabitants at fancy shops.

September 27, 2014 – Day 7 Naples (1B)

Morning transfer to the train station where the tour ends upon arrival at 11am.

Making your stay seamless
One of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will be on hand to make your trip the best it can be, occasionally tagging along to show you the best spots and keep you company on optional daytime pursuits. Well-versed in the inner workings of the region and on-hand to help you with any questions you might encounter, your CEO wears many hats, covering everything from getting something translated to organizing day trips to finding a good spot to grab a meal or go out at night.
Optional Activities
While most days are full with inclusions, any day trips can be skipped in favour of relaxation and independent exploration. In your free time, visit local villages, spend time at the beach or explore Sorrento.

Inclusions
• Guided tour of Pompeii. “Walk of the Gods” hike. Island of Capri visit. Five home-cooked dinners using local organic produce. Scenic boat ride from Positano to Sorrento. Limoncello- and pizza-making demonstrations. One evening cooking demonstration. Orientation walks in Naples and Sorrento. Transport between destinations and included activities.
• 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners. (Allow EUR100-150 for meals not included.)
• Hotel (1 nt), small locally-owned guesthouse/agriturismo (5 nts).
• Minibus, boat, walking.
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide.
• Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 8.
Exclusions
• Entrance fees not listed
• International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
• Applicable tourist visas
• Incidentals
• Insurance
• Airport taxes
• Tips or gratuities
• Beverages
• Meals not mentioned above
• Optional tours or optional admissions

Contact Details
Pamela MacDonald
Expedia Cruise Ship Centers
250-381-7447
pmacdonald@cruiseshipcenters.com

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Article by Chonticha Marijne

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