Considered an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape by UNESCO, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most intense destinations. Here, mountains plunge into the sea in a nail-biting vertical scene of precipitous crags, cliff-clinging abodes and luxuriant woodlands.
Its string of fabled towns read like a Hollywood ensemble. There’s Positano, a pastel-colored cascade of chic boutiques, spritz-sipping VIPs and sun-kissed sunbathers. Further east, ancient Amalfi tempts with its Arabic-Norman cathedral, while Ravello, on the mountain summit, stirs hearts with its refined villas and its passionate connection with musicians and writers of past centuries. To the west lies Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast, a handsome cliff-top resort that has inexplicably survived the onslaught of package tourism.
Along with azure seas and picture-postcard piazzas, the region is home to some of Italy’s finest hotels and restaurants. Our tour will encompass all of the above and more, as we also delight in kosher culinary master-classes with one of Italy’s leading chefs while staying at one of the finest and most exclusive villas in the area, the luxurious Oasi Olimpia Relais in romantic Sorrento, which straddles the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius.
Splendid kosher food, posh, deluxe accommodations, and the most sought after location in Italy. What could be better? Benvenuti!
Day 1: Monday, October 15, 2018: Arrival to Naples – Pompeii – Oasi Olimpia
Arrival top Naples International Airport (NAP) by 1:00 p.m. After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll be met by your tour leader and guide. Together, we’ll board our air conditioned coach and start our tour at the famous ruins of Pompeii, the ancient Roman town in Campania, Italy, which was destroyed by volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79CE. There is evidence that Roman Jews believed that the eruption of Vesuvius and the huge destruction caused thereby resulted from the Romans’ destruction of the 2nd Bet Mikdash just 9 years previously in Jerusalem. The city was discovered by chance in 1748 by a peasant who dug in his field and encountered its ancient remains, nearly 1,700 years after it was buried under the ashes. In 1997 UNESCO declared Pompeii a World Heritage Site. At the end of the tour we’ll make our way to the villa, the magnificent, luxurious Oasi Olimpia, where we’ll check in and freshen up in time for our welcome, festive dinner.
Day 2: Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Precipitously Picturesque Positano
After Shacharit and a lavish kosher Italian breakfast, we’ll drive along the Amalfi Coast – considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Steep mountain slopes, picturesque islands and a sparkling sea view. We will spend a few precious hours enjoying colorful, vibrant Positano. This is the Amalfi Coast’s most photogenic (and expensive) town; with vertiginous houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta. No less colorful are its steep streets and steps, flanked by wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable retailers.
Travel writes agree that if you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast (we will have more), it should be Positano. Positano is everything you’d dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading cliffs stacked with colorful Mediterranean architecture, luxury yachts and speed boats docked on turquoise waters, with narrow streets and ornate stairways lined by boutiques and trattorias. While we are in the area we will also visit an olive oil production facility and discover how this age-old delicacy is produced.
After the tour, we’ll return to our beautiful villa to delight in our first Italian culinary master class, which will be devoted to Italy’s renowned delicious antipasti and appealing limoncello, the renowned refreshing pick-me-up for which this part of Italy is most famous.
Day 3: Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Shameless Sorrento and the Campania Countryside
Our day starts with Shacharit and breakfast begins, after which we’ll head off to Sorrento. An unashamed resort, Sorrento is nonetheless a civilized and beautiful town. Even the souvenirs are a cut above the norm, with plenty of fine old shops selling the ceramics, lacework and intarsio (marquetry items) that are famously produced here. The main drawback is the lack of a proper beach: the town straddles the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius.
We’ll spend the day exploring this delightful town and the countryside around it, and then return to our villa for our second culinary master class. This time, we’ll be dealing with traditional Italian entrees: Pastas, Fish & Meat.
Day 4: Thursday, October 17, 2018: The Idyllic Island of Capri
An absolutely fabulous day awaits us! Shacharit and breakfast, and it’s off to the port to board our private craft from where we’ll sail to the romantic Island of Capri. Capri’s fabled beauty and refined hedonism has charmed them all, from Roman rulers and Russian revolutionaries to Hollywood legends. It’s the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal, a fusion of glittering grottoes and coves, Roman ruins and chichi piazzas.
Already inhabited in the Paleolithic period, the island was briefly occupied by the Greeks before Emperor Augustus made it his private playground and Tiberius retired here in AD 27. Its modern incarnation as a tourist center dates from the early 20th century.
It’s also a favorite day-trip destination and a summer favorite of holidaying VIPs. Inevitably, the two main centers, Capri Town and its uphill rival Anacapri, are almost entirely given over to tourism. But explore beyond the designer boutiques and cafes and we’ll find that Capri retains an unspoiled charm, with grand villas, overgrown vegetable plots, sun-bleached, peeling stucco and banks of brilliantly colored bougainvillea.
After our full-day excursion to the beautiful island, we’ll sail back to the mainland and return to our villa for dinner and a well-deserved night’s sleep.
Day 5: Friday, October 18, 2018: A Day at the Oasi Olimpia
Shacharit & breakfast on this relaxing day will be followed by our third master class. This time, we’ll be creating the delicacies that are most identified with Italy – Pizza and gelato!
After lunch there will be time to enjoy the facilities that the villa offers; play a game of tennis, swim or relax by the pool, as we wind down towards Shabbat. Shabbat services and Friday Night dinner will be most memorable!
Day 6: Shabbat, October 19, 2018: Our day of Rest: Special, Sublime & Spiritual
After Tefillah, we’ll enjoy Kiddush and lunch, during which time we’ll be able to share divrei Torah, and hear a lecture or shiur. A tranquil afternoon follows Mincha, and after Havdalah… a special treat.
We’ll delight in “The Three Tenors: Opera Arias, and Neapolitan Songs.” Inspired by the “Three Tenors” concerts given by Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, this concert features famous Italian Opera Arias and the most magical Neapolitan songs, such as “O Sole Mio” and “Torna a Surriento.” It’s an unmissable journey through Italian songs with the powerful voices of The Three Tenors.
Day 7: Sunday, October 20, 2018: Amazing Amalfi & Remarkable Ravello
After Shacharit and breakfast, we’ll head out for our final day’s touring here in southern Italy, as we tour the town which made the Amalfi Coast the famous destination that it is. It is hard to grasp that pretty little Amalfi, with its sun-filled piazzas and small beach, was once a maritime superpower with a population of more than 70,000. For one thing, it’s not a big place – you can easily walk from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. For another, there are very few historical buildings of note. The explanation is chilling: most of the old city, and its populace, simply slid into the sea during an earthquake in 1343. Despite this, the town exudes a sense of history and culture, most notably in its breathtaking cathedral and fascinating paper museum.
Sitting high in the hills above Amalfi, Ravello is a refined, polished town almost entirely dedicated to tourism. From Amalfi we’ll take the nerve-tingling 5-mile drive up the Valle del Dragone Mountain to Ravello, nestling at a height of 1200 feet above Amalfi, surrounded by vineyards and orchards. From the parking lot, we’ll climb up the stairs to the charming Piazza Duomo, surrounded by shops and cafes. Boasting impeccable bohemian credentials – Wagner, DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf all spent time here – it’s today known for its ravishing gardens and stupendous views, the best in the world according to former resident Gore Vidal, and certainly the best on the coast.
Toward the late afternoon we’ll return to our villa for our gala farewell dinner. This will be a time to review our tour and culinary seminar and discuss plans for future travel.
Day 8: Monday, October 22, 2018: Oasi Olimpia – Home Gateway
The day we didn’t want to come, has come. After Shacharit and our final scrumptious Italian breakfast, we’ll bid farewell to our fantastic villa and make our way to Naples International Airport for our flights to our home gateway. It’s been an amazing experience, and has left us with a taste of more. Arriverdici!
|Tour Code||Departure date||Air + Land *||Land only *||Single Room**|
Price per person in Superior room (Max. 2 pax in a room): $6,790
Price per person in Classic room (Max. 2 pax in a room): $6,970
Price per person in Junior Suite (Max. 4 pax in a room): $7,050
Price per person in Penthouse (Max. 2 pax in a room): $7,990
* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.
** Supplement for single room.
* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.
- Air-conditioned tourist coach
- Half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
- English-speaking local guides and a professional experienced guide from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
- Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
- first class hotels throughout
- Tips for local service providers
- International flights
- Taxes and surcharges
- Personal expenses and services
- Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Important to Know:
- There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
- The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $750 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour date. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• Till 60 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $750 administration fee
• 59-30 days prior to departure: 20% of total.
• Less than 29 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund.
Working days: Monday till Thursday
Non working days: Friday till Sunday, Jewish holidays.
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