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Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Pizza Family Holiday

from $1,879.00

Discover Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius and the famous Amalfi Coast of Italy

  • Reviews 13 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 18
All about the Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Pizza Family Holiday.

Southern Italy is famous for beautiful beaches, picturesque towns and of course the wonderful pizzas and gelatos. The Amalfi Coast offers all this and more. From our friendly family-run hotel we strike out on foot, bus and by boat to explore not just the dramatic coastline but also the world famous ruins of Pompeii and the winding streets of Positano and Amalfi. During our week we try our hand at ceramics, paper making and even have a go at making an authentic Neapolitan Pizza. Add to this a trip up the mighty volcano Mt Vesuvius and a thrilling kayak excursion along the colorful coastline and you have a week that will live long in the memory.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
* 7 nights accommodation at a comfortable family-run hotel with pool
* All transport and listed activities (walking, boat trips, sightseeing and kayaking)
* Tour leader throughout (Designed for ages 9 to 12, also suitable for ages 13 to 16)
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

 

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Visit Pompeii and get close to Mt Vesuvius’ crater
  • Enjoy boat trips and kayak along the beach
  • Learn how to make an authentic Neapolitan pizza
  • Superb coastal walk along the ‘Path of the Gods’
  1. Day 1 Start Agerola.

    This trip starts in the village of Bomerano, on the Agerola plains above the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy a warm welcome from local hosts, the Acampora family, before settling in. Land only clients can arrive at any time, although we do recommend joining the group transfer at the airport as public transport options to the hotel are limited.

  2. Day 2 Boat trip from Amalfi to Positano; stroll among the winding streets of Positano.

    After a short private transfer to Amalfi (30mins), we take the boat along the coast to Positano, a near vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. During the journey we take in the beautiful classic views of the Amalfi Coast and once in Positano we will start exploring this picturesque town, strolling among its winding streets and there is time to visit the beautiful Cathedral, enjoy a swim in the blue sea or visit the unique boutiques for some great shopping opportunities. We will also enjoy an optional lunch in a pizzeria and a refreshing Italian gelato before returning in the late afternoon to Bomerano by boat and minibus.

  3. Day 3 Full day to visit impressive sites of Pompeii and Vesuvius.

    Today we descend from the Agerola hills and take a transfer (approx. 45mins) to Pompeii, once a thriving port town until Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption spanning two days in 79AD during which the city was buried in ash and pumice. Lost for 1700 years, Pompeii is now a UNESCO World Heritage site as the perfectly preserved remains give us an amazing insight into life in a Roman city, complete with bathhouses, bakeries and homes – some of which are still have walls adorned with detailed frescoes. You may take some time to explore the site independently but we recommend opting for a detailed tour accompanied by a local guide which can be hired locally for approx. €10pp depending on the group size. In the afternoon we head to the famous volcano that looms over the million inhabitants of Naples, Mt Vesuvius. The vehicle will take you at an altitude of approx. 1000m and from there to the crater you will need to ascend on a path which is approx. 150 meters long and quite steep in places. A local guide will then take you on a short walk along the rim of the crater and he/shewill explain you the fascinating history of Vesuvius and its volcanic activity. We return to the hotel by bus in the late afternoon.Please note that in case of adverse weather conditions such as fog, storms or heavy rain the local authorities may deicide to restrict or prevent access to Vesuvius. In the event this inclusion cannot be offered on your departure, we will be taking you to Herculaneum to visit its perfectly preserved remains and virtual museum which give an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city.

  4. Day 4 Visit mozzarella producer and discover picturesque Amalfi; evening pizza-making class.

    This morning we take a short transfer to visit a local cheese producer based in Agerola, where we have the opportunity to sample delicious freshly made mozzarella, prepared in front of us by hand following a centuries-old recipe. We may also have time to visit the small farm owned by the same family of cheesemakers. We then depart for a visit to vibrant Amalfi, which was popular with the British upper classes in Edwardian times. The large Duomo dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. We have a few hours to explore the wonderful historic centre and alleys before taking an interesting tour of the Paper Museum, which celebrates the long-established paper making tradition in Amalfi. The guide will explain how the Amalfi paper was once made and you will also have the chance to experiment it yourself, using some of the ancient paper making machines which are still in working order for demonstrations.  We then make our way back to the hotel and enjoy a pizza-making class before dinner!

  5. Day 5 Free day to relax by the pool or for sightseeing.

    Today is free to relax at the hotel’s pool or by one of the local beaches. Alternatively you could opt to take a day trip to the world famous island of Capri and decide to explore the island on foot, by boat and chairlift to visit the network of small pedestrian streets, the remains of the Roman Villa Jovis and the famous Faraglioni (rock stacks) and Blue Grotto. Another option is to spend the day in Ravello, a charming and peaceful town perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi, famous for its stunning panoramic gardens and its impressive Cathedral. Your tour leader will not always join these optional activities but will help you to arrange transport locally.

  6. Day 6 Ceramic painting and walk along a short section of 'Walk of the Gods'.

    The Amalfi Coast is also renowned for its colourful ceramics and this morning we visit a local artisan’s ’bottega’, where the kids will have the opportunity to paint a pottery souvenir!  Later we set off for a fun walk along a short section of one of the world’s finest day walks: the ’Path of the Gods’. The route follows the contours of the land with amazing views of the Amalfi Coastline far below. In season the meadows are carpeted with flowers and the coastal waters teem with cruisers and pleasure boats. Please be aware that the terrain can be rocky or uneven at times and there parts which are a little exposed therefore not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers. After a barbecue lunch (included, weather permitting) we will return to the hotel on foot.

  7. Day 7 Kayak along the stunning shores of the Amalfi Coast; enjoy free time at the beach.

    After a scenic ride down to Amalfi (30 mins) we will enjoy a half-day kayak excursion along the Amalfi Coast. This is the perfect finale for the trip as it allows to explore Italy’s famous coastline from the most spectacular angle: in the midst of the sparkling blue sea. After a short introductory lesson on how to kayak and safety at sea we will set off, led by an experienced local guide, to the west towards Furore Fjord. The route will take us along Amalfi’s finest beaches as well as under natural rock arches and into sea caves, giving us the opportunity to admire the old watch towers that dot the entire length of this coast. There will be a break at the beach where we have time to go snorkeling or swimming in crystal-clear waters before our excursion ends. Those not wishing to participate can wait for the rest of the group at the lovely beach where the activity starts. Please note that in the event the kayaking cannot take place due to bad weather, the leader will organise an alternative activity such as a day-trip to Sorrento or Capri. We return to the hotel in the evening and enjoy a delicious group farewell dinner.

  8. Day 8 End Agerola.

    End at Bomerano hotel.**

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Where you stay

Hotel Due Torri

We spend 7 nights at the 3-star Hotel Due Torri in Bomerano, a small village in the municipality of Agerola, set high above the Amalfi Coast at an altitude of approximately 700m. Run by the warm and welcoming Acampora family, the Hotel Due Torri is well known for its great local cuisine, providing authentic dishes of the Campania region as well as fun pizza-making demonstrations. All rooms have en suite facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

A limited number of superior rooms (with facilities including Jacuzzi bath, power showers and fridge) are also available for a supplement starting from USD$279 or equivalent per room payable pre-departure. Please ask your sales consultant for further info.

Being higher up in the hills the property offers the benefit of cooler nights, although beaches are not too far away and there is a small outdoor pool. The village is generally quiet and provides a relaxing contrast to the busier towns by the sea.

On occasion if the hotel is full you might be offered (upon booking) to stay at an alternative accommodation located within walking distance from the Due Torri. Guests staying at alternative accommodation will still make use of all the facilities of Hotel Due Torri, including the pool and restaurant.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 dinners and 4 packed lunches are included.

Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, yoghurt and milk with an array of teas/coffee. Packed lunches usually include a sandwich, one portion of fruit and a snack. All evening meals included in the itinerary are taken in the hotel, where the standard is excellent with wonderful seafood as well as the traditional Italian fare. The local staff will do their best to cater for all tastes with a fantastic range of pastas, meats, fish and vegetables. Be prepared to eat a large number of courses! On one night during our stay, the chef will share his expertise and teach us how to make a true Neapolitan pizza! When meals are not included these will be taken in other local restaurants or pizzerias in the towns visited.

This trip is graded Level 2: leisurely/moderate. It is Designed for ages 9 to 12 but is also suitable for ages 5 to 8 or 13 to 16 (depending on the departure date). As such the main activities will not change, however the leader can adapt the pace of the trip more accurately across a smaller age range. Our goal is to have similarly-aged children on each departure, which allows the leader to better adapt the pace of the trip as required.

Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however note if your child is in this secondary category they may find it either a little tougher or easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.

This holiday aims to show you the best parts of the Amalfi Coast using a mixture of private buses, boats and sightseeing on foot. Though there is no strenuous physical activity involved, some days will be busy and in summer the heat and humidity can be tiring. Travel time is kept to a minimum wherever possible (max. 2  hours bus time per day) and the private vehicles used are comfortable and with air-conditioning.

On most days you will be back at the hotel at the end of the afternoon and you will have a couple of hours free before dinner to take some rest or enjoy the hotel’s pool. There is also one free day and some time at leisure at the beach included in the itinerary.

There are two walks included in the trip. During the visit to Mount Vesuvius the vehicle will take you at an altitude of approx. 1000m and from there to the crater you will need to ascend on a path which is approx. 150 metres  long and quite steep in places. Along the Walk of the Gods you will be walking on a marked the path however the terrain can be rocky or uneven at times and there are parts which are a little exposed therefore not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers. This walk usually takes around 1.5 hours.

The kayaking excursion will last approximately 4 hours including stops. Each minor should be accompanied by one adult in a double kayak.

Please be prepared for some drives on winding coastal roads throughout the trip.

In unexpected weather conditions, the boat journeys may be replaced with minibuses.

The family-run accommodation is comfortable with air-conditioning and private bathrooms and a small outdoor pool. For further details please see the accommodation section.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

AMALFI COAST: POMPEII & PIZZA - FAMILY HOLIDAY

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was so much variety on this trip so it is difficult to highlight just one moment.  However, it was fabulous to see the guides bringing the historic sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum to life for the children and at the end of one day to watch the children put together their own song for the guides and hotel staff in which they summarised their trip  highlights and interspersed this with historical facts they had learnt on the trip - it was priceless watching the children perform their song at our lunch stop on the Walk of the Gods!  Then there were the cookery lessons for the childen at the hotel - the children just got "stuck in" and loved helping to prepare the evening meal.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    We had more than one group leader during the week and each was superb - SO heplful, friendly and knowledgeable - hats off to Frank for stepping in at short notice and really getting stuck in!!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just book the trip and enjoy - you will not be disappointed!  However, do factor in the additional cost of some activities such as the visit to Herculaneum (which we all agreed was a "must do" activity but not cheap), the boat trip around Capri and the visit to the Blue Grotto - these can add up but were worth the money.  Pack for all weathers!  We travelled in October  half term and ended up in shorts every day - the jumpers and umbrella never saw the light of day, though a fleece in the evenings when it got cooler was useful.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel staff were superb and so welcoming - nothing was to much trouble for them.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

La Dolce Vita

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is hard to pick off a highlight but the walk of the Gods was especially magic and Pompeii was memorable.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo sets the right tone. All of the families were great and you could envisage being friends with them if they lived closer. However, I think Eduardo manages the ice breaking very well so that people mixed from the outset.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Extending our stay for a few days worked for us and is worth considering as the week will fly by. The crossing to Capri is 1 hour 20 minutes and quite a few people were sick. It was fine on the return journey as we all managed to get seats in the open air section. This made all the difference so if you are prone, make sure you are seated in the fresh air.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Amalfi Family Adventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lunch on the Walk of the Gods at an old rustic farmhouse that we had to ourselves. A fabulous setting with outstanding food and drink. Very peaceful away from the hoards. The coastline is beautiful and its not hard to see why its so popular.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo was excellent, kept us organised, passed on local knowledge, made all arrangements as necessary and was good with the kids. He made the holiday much easier and more enjoyable than if we had tried to organise this all on our own.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather was very hot. This was expected though be sure to bring enough sunscreen and the right clothing to cater for this. Some of the places we visited are very popular so ferries/streets can be very busy. The hotel staff were excellent and catered even for the most fussy of eaters (including chip pizza!).
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A very good trip made easy by excellent organisation and a very good leader. Would thoroughly recommend it.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Fantastic family experience

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lunch in an old farmhouse on the walk of the Gods. Only accessible by foot or mule. Good food, good wine, good company... All overlooking Positano and the turquoise sea from 700metres!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazing. He made the trip.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Perfect pizza, heavenly Herculaneum

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Herculaneum was great - we wandered around looking at the street signs etc. The skeletons were very moving. We hired a pedaling and the kids all got to swim 'in the deep sea' which was very exciting for them.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader was excellent- knowledgeable, friendly, helpful. Felt like a good friend by the end of the trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a hat and sunglasses and refillable water bottle. Pompeii doesn't let large bags in so take a small bag for your sandwiches etc
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip, would like to do the walking tour!

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