GRAND TOUR OF AMALFI COAST & CILENTO

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

Small group of up to 15 travelers.

No single supplement. Book now!


The expression “Grand Tour” was coined by Richard Lassels, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest and travelling tutor, in his book The Voyage of Italy; travelers, men of culture and adventurers, young patricians English that one day will lead their country, should complete their studies by observing, under the guidance of a tutor, the customs, habits and history of the Continent. During more than three Centuries, Italy was the destinations of writers, poets, musicians, philosophers, painters such as Montesquieu, Goethe, Lamartine, Stendhal, Dickens, Strutt, Lawrence, Jackson, Ramage, Ruskin, Mary Shelley, Byron…

In the Southern Italy, travellers were coming to visit the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, Velia and the whole Cilento region and Vallo di Diano that constitutes a sort of sub-region within the Campania region. In this territory, uncontaminated areas alternate with heavily built-up ones: a unique ecosystem that has earned its inclusion in the exclusive list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as the qualification of Biodiversity Reserve.

Almost the entire territory of Cilento and Vallo di Diano (80 municipalities) are part of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, established in 1991, with 180,000 hectares of surface, it represents the largest protected area in Italy.Is the homeland of the famous MEDITERRANEAN DIET, described for the first time in 1954 by the American researcher Ancel Keys, that moved in the village of Pioppi with his wife and spent the rest of his life there.

You can see the marks left on the territory by the presence of the ancient italic races: Greeks, Samnites, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Lombards, Normans, Swabians, Ottomans, Angevins, Aragoneses, and Bourbons. Apart from the magnificent Doric temples of Paestum and the excavations of the ancient city of Velia, where the footsteps of Parmenides can be still heard, you will get an unparalleled natural heritage: valleys and hills, mountains, ravines, gorges, rugged cliffs, churches, monasteries, abbeys, hamlets and villages, castles, baronial and aristocratic places, farms. You’ll be transported back in time when the adventurous travelers of the Grand Tour, on horses and carriages, were discovering these untouched places.

Benvenuti in Campania! Welcome to Campania!

Today at 6pm there will be a briefing at the lobby of our hotel in Naples. Time to submit travel insurance details and review the itinerary.

Afterward, we meet for an included group dinner at a local restaurant and get acquainted with our fellow travelers.

Included Meal: Dinner

After breakfast we start our full-day guided city tour of Naples. With a local guide you will experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city of Naples: wander in the alleys, see artisans creating nativity scenes in their workshops, shop local crafts, admire the wealth of outstanding monuments, enjoy an espresso and pastry in a cafe.

You will walk along Via dei TribunaliVia San Biagio dei Librai, and visit Spaccanapoli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included on this tour are visits to these major attractions:
  • Museo Cappella Sansevero
  • Duomo of San Gennaro
  • Chiostro del Monastero di Santa Chiara
  • Archaeological Museum

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world: Pompeii.

Buried by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D, the remarkably intact ruins of Pompeii make it one of Europe’s most compelling archaeological sites. Accompanied with a licensed expert guide, you will gain an incredible insight into life at the height of the Roman Empire. As you wander around the ancient dusty streets, in and out of the haunting ruins of fine Roman villas and courtyards, it is easy to imagine these places as they once were.

After the 2-hour guided tour, you will have an additional hour to further explore the site on your own. Then a short drive to a nearby vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Here the ancient Romans grew the grapes for the Lacryma Christi (Tears of Christ) which are still being produced today. We will have a short vineyard tour and then enjoy a wine tasting with lunch.

Short drive to reach the town of Cava de’ Tirreni where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we drive to the Amalfi Coast, where we will take you to two of its most iconic places: Ravello, and Amalfi.

We start with breathtaking Ravello and visit Villa Cimbrone. There we enjoy some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast and walk through its beautiful gardens. Afterwards, you will have free time to explore the Cathedral and Villa Rufolo on your own.

After our morning in Ravello, we head to Amalfi, to visit the Cathedral and the Museum of Paper. At the Museum we view a demonstration on how to make a piece of paper using the same methods as Amalfitanos did back in the 14th century.

Then free time to further explore Amalfi, have a gelato, purchase souvenirs, or enjoy an espresso and pastry at an outdoor cafe.

Drive back to Cava de’ Tirreni and free night.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Paestum was founded by the Greeks around 600 BC, initially called Poseidon or Neptune, the god of the sea, to whom the city was dedicated. The archaeological site of Paestum has some remarkably well-preserved temples with the Temple of Neptune considered one of the three most complete Greek temples in the world.

With a local expert guide you will discover the history of this magical place. The Archaeological Museum of Paestum contains some of the only surviving examples of ancient Greek paintings in the world.

After visiting the museum, we have a short drive to a local farm or “caseificio” where Mozzarella di Bufala is produced. There we enjoy a leisurely lunch at the farm’s restaurant where you can enjoy regional specialties.

Tonight we stay at a local estate in Paestum.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we officially enter the Cilento region and our first stop is Castellabate, where we will explore the village and visit the Castle that once was the residence of the Abbot of the Abbey in Cava de’ Tirreni.

Lunch in a local restaurant and then drive to Rocca Cilento, to visit the 1,000 year old fortified Castle with amazing views of the surroundings.

Beautiful drive through the countryside to reach our accommodation for the next three nights: a comfortable Agriturismo surrounded by 80 hectares of olive oil trees overlooking the coast.

Included Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast we leave our agriturismo and drive to Pattano, where we will have a guided tour of the ruins of the Abbey of Pattano, followed by a pleasant walk in the Castelnuovo Castle before lunch in a typical local restaurant. Afterwards we have a short drive to reach the Museum of Peasant Civilization, that has one of the richest and most valuable collections of objects related to ancient traditions.

Back to our Agriturismo with an option to relax or learn more about Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have a short drive to reach the ancient coastal town of Velia, where we will learn about the history of the place. Short drive to reach the village of Pioppi, where the Museum of the Mediterranean Diet is located and find out more about it and the life of the American scientist Ancel Keys.

Lunch in a local retaurant and then free time to enjoy the sun, to swim or have a coffee.

Back to Ceraso and will wear the aprons for a cooking class related to the Mediterranean Diet.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we bid farewell to our lovely Agriturismo and have a scenic drive to reach Marina di Camerota, where we will spend the night. After the check-in, we walk through the town to reach the harbour for a boat tour of the coast, discovering the turquoise waters of the Marine Protected Area and its bays of Cala Bianca and Infreschi. We will have an included lunch in a restaurant on a beach.

Back into town and free night.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

After breakfast we head inland and visit the ghost town of San Severino di Centola and learn the history of the place, set on a cliff overlooking the mountains.

Another beautiful drive to reach Morigerati, where we’ll spend the night after visiting the World Wide Fund for Nature Oasis; the main actor is the river Bussento that, after disappearing into the ground for few kilometres, emerges in the grottoes of Morigerati and through a narrow stone stairway will reach a wooden bridge on top of it.

We’ll have a picnic before reaching the hotel nearby.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning in less than an hour we reach the town of Padula, and visit the magnificent fourteenth century Charterhouse, one of the largest in Europe: amazing wooden carved choir-stalls, the frescoes decorated kitchen, the amazing maiolica’s floor and the cloister.

Lunch in a local trattoria and then a short drive to reach Sala Consilina, where we will visit a Norman fortress and enjoy the spectacular views of the Vallo di Diano, and then reach our accommodation in town.

Included Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch.

After breakfast we have a short drive to reach the town of Padula where we will visit the Grottoes of the Angel, a journey to the centre of the Earth. This is one of the most fascinating karstic area in the South of Italy and the only one where you can navigate on a boat!

Lunch in a local restaurant before we drive straight back to Naples, where we will enjoy a delicious final meal and raise one last toast to our Grand Tour adventure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our adventure ends after breakfast.

Your tour leader can assist you with additional tours, post-tour accommodation, or transfers.

Included Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • MINI-COACH TRANSPORTATION

  • EXPERIENCED GOINITALY DRIVER / TOUR LEADER & LOCAL GUIDES

  • 12 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN 3 AND 4-STAR HOTELS

  • 12 BREAKFASTS, 10 LUNCHES, 8 DINNERS

  • ENTRANCE FEES TO INCLUDED SITES

  • WINE TASTINGS

  • OLIVE OIL CLASS

  • MEDITERRANEAN DIET COOKING CLASS

Tour price

From € 3,800

Per Person (Minimum 6 People)

No Single Supplement on Direct Bookings

Dates 2021

September

15

€ 3,800

October

15

€ 3,800

Dates 2022

April

15

€ 3,800

May

15

€ 3,800

June

15

€ 3,900

July

15

€ 3,900

September

15

Fully Booked

October

15

€ 3,900

Dates 2023

May

15

€ 4,000

June

15

€ 4,000

July

15

€ 4,000

September

15

€ 4,000

October

15

€ 4,000