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Itinerary

Day 1 :
Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Naples, Italy. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: NAP.

Meals - Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2 :
Naples, Italy/Vietri sul Mare

Arrive at Naples Capodichino International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer and check in to Hotel Raito. Perched on a hill above the peaceful village of Vietri sul Mare and surrounded by gardens, lemon and olive groves, the Hotel Raito offers the perfect spot from which to explore Italy’s romantic Amalfi Coast. Please note if you arrive at the hotel before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Gather this evening to get acquainted with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Dinner


Day 3 :
Amalfi/Positano

Start each day with a delicious breakfast served at your hotel.

Enrichment: The History and Beauty of the Province of Campania. Join a discussion of the history and significance of the cities of Naples, Salerno, Paestum and Sorrento within the Magna Graecia, the coastal areas of southern Italy that were colonized by ancient Greeks.

Discovery: The Charming Amalfi Coast. Today, experience the serpentine Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only does the Amalfi Coast boast some of Italy’s most spectacular scenery, but it is also considered by many to be the most magnificent stretch of coastline in all of Europe. The Italians nicknamed this shoreline, “The Divine Coast,” because of its scenic grandeur, amazing vertical landscape and varied architecture. Begin with a walking tour of Amalfi town, and admire its lively piazza and Cattedrale di Sant’ Andrea. Then continue to explore Amalfi’s cobbled alleyways and highlights during leisure time. You may wish to see the old dockyards or visit the Museo della Carta, a paper museum housed in an ancient paper mill.
See the celebrated Amalfi coastline from the sea as you cruise in a private boat to pretty Positano, Italy’s most vertical town. During your boat ride, notice the charming villages and pastel-colored villas clinging to the cliffs — a true sight to behold. Take a walking tour of Positano where gardens climb the hillsides and dramatic terraces are draped in pink bougainvillea. This celebrated seaside resort has inspired many artists and writers over the years. Writer John Steinbeck, once a resident, described Positano as “A dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Its houses climb a hill so steep it would become a cliff except that stairs are cut in it … I believe that whereas most house foundations are vertical, in Positano they are horizontal.”

Join friends for lunch at leisure in Positano.

Dinner is at leisure this evening. Perhaps you’ll try pasta prepared “ai frutti di mare” and a glass of refreshing limoncello, the favorite flavors of this coastal region!

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Breakfast


Day 4 :
Paestum

Discovery: Farm-to-table—Mozzarella di Bufala. This morning, travel along the coastline of the Bay of Naples to Paestum. Along the way, visit a local dairy farm where mozzarella cheese is produced from the milk of water buffalo. Introduced to the area in the 10th century, these dairy farms are the epicenter for Italy’s mozzarella production. Experience a farm-to-table tasting as you enjoy this hand-pulled artisanal cow-milk mozzarella, and savor the salty, sweet tang and depth of flavor of this regional favorite.

Discovery: Paestum. Visit the ancient city of Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded in the seventh century B.C. but abandoned in the ninth century A.D., this Greco-Roman city was overgrown by vegetation and forgotten for 1,000 years. The spectacular site features ancient defensive walls and the standing remains of three major Doric-style temples, that dates from the first half of the sixth century B.C. See a variety of ruins and admire some of the best-preserved examples of Doric Greek architecture outside of Greece.

Enrichment: Meet the People. Following a delicious lunch of local flavors, meet residents of Paestum and participate in an engaging discussion about their lifestyles and experiences.

On your return to the hotel, see the lovely town of Salerno. Its old town is considered to be one of Italy’s best preserved historic centers.

Enrichment: The Wonders of Naples’ National Museum. Prepare for tomorrow’s visit to this renowned museum by learning about its collections of art and artifacts.

Enjoy a delectable dinner at a local restaurant. The regional cuisine has been influenced by the many populations who passed through this fertile land through the centuries. There are three dominant elements to this region's cooking: olive oil; the many vegetable gardens arising from this fertile ground; and durum wheat, the base ingredient for bread and many types of pasta.

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5 :
Naples

Discovery: Naples and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Naples, the capital city of Campania, welcomes visitors with its vivacious spirit. Founded in 750 B.C., Naples is big, energetic and noisy, but also very friendly, a city where Neapolitans enjoy life and possess a singular charm. Embark on a panoramic tour of Naples. Start at the top of Posillipo Hill for an impressive view of the city and the entire Bay of Naples. Enjoy the sights of Castel Nuovo, San Francesco di Paola, Teatro di San Carlo and Piazza del Plebiscito. Then travel back in time with a visit to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. With its collection of art and objects from Herculaneum and Pompeii, it is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. Even the building itself is impressive, built in the late 16th century as the home of the royal cavalry.

Sample the local specialty, Neapolitan pizza, for lunch. Pizza was born in Naples — genuine Neapolitan pizza is unbeatable!

Enrichment: The Horror and Splendor of Mount Vesuvius. This compelling lecture will provide context for tomorrow’s visit to Herculaneum and Pompeii. Learn about the tragic effects of the first-century eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its impact on these ancient cities.

Enjoy dinner at leisure this evening.

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Breakfast and lunch


Day 6 :
Herculaneum/Pompeii

Discovery: Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Spend a full day exploring the ancient Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, which were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. The small seaside town of Herculaneum was preserved by mudflows while Pompeii, the larger of the two cities, was covered by ash. The resulting preservation of these two cities is unlike anything else in the world. Today, they are famous as an excavation site and outdoor museum that reveal how the people of this ancient Roman settlement lived 2,000 years ago. See everything from mosaics to furniture and frescoes as you tour the Forum, baths and houses, and unearth a history lesson like no other.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Pompeii during your excursion today.

This evening, gather at the hotel and enjoy dinner with your group while sharing experiences of the day.

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7 :
Sorrento

Discovery: Sorrento. Stroll around Sorrento, one of southern Italy's most beloved towns. The delightful city set the scene for the legendary Ulysses, who resisted the tempting song of the sirens by binding himself to the mast of his ship. See whether you can resist the seduction of this peaceful village's glorious gardens, tempting cafés, timeworn streets and lively square. Join a brief orientation to the town, and enjoy free time to make your own discoveries along its lemon-scented streets. You may wish to visit the Town Hall, with its magnificent view of the beautiful Gulf of Sorrento; the beautiful 13th-century baroque Church of Saint Francis; or the Correale di Terranova Museum, which is housed in an 18th-century palace. Whatever you choose, be sure to take the time to soak in magnificent views of the Gulf of Sorrento.

Choose to stay in Sorrento for free time, or join the Elective Activity to the Isle of Capri.

Elective Activity: The Isle of Capri. Travel by hydrofoil to the enchanting Isle of Capri, a celebrated resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Considered one of the world’s most glamorous places, it is majestically situated in a crystal-clear sea and is known for its many grottoes and idyllic panoramas. Ride to the top of Anacapri, appreciate the incredible views and learn why the island is described as “a piece of paradise fallen from the skies.” Available at an additional cost.

Dinner is at leisure this evening.

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Breakfast


Day 8 :
Ravello

Enrichment: Contemporary Italy. Get engaged in a discussion about Italian society, life in Campania, the current political and economic situation in Italy and the country’s future challenges.

Discovery: Ravello. This village is perched high on a rocky spur overlooking Amalfi and the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its rich artistic heritage, captivating natural beauty, exceptional landscapes and breathtaking gardens, Ravello has intrigued and inspired writers, actors, artists, musicians and composers alike. Visit the 13th-century Villa Rufolo, featuring a square courtyard, two Arab-Norman style towers, marvelous Oriental arcades and magnificent gardens. When German composer Richard Wagner visited in 1880, he declared that he had found his magical garden of Klingsor, which was immortalized in his operatic masterpiece, “Parsifal.”

Free Time: You may choose to return to Vietri sul Mare for leisure time or return to the hotel.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation - Hotel Raito
Meals - Breakfast and dinner


Day 9 :
Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for the Naples Capodichino International Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals - Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service



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