Amalfi Coast culinary tour with cookbook author Cheryl Alters Jamison

October 7 – 13, 2024 Join James Beard award winning cookbook author Chef Cheryl Alters Jamison and trip designer Nancy McGee on this specially curated tour to savor, sip and indulge in the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast and historic Naples.

Cheryl can’t wait to share with you her love for the Amalfi coast, where she first visited more than four decades ago. The area’s awe-inspiring views around every hairpin turn—of azure sea, and quaint towns literally hanging off the dramatic cliffs—initially captivated her. The deceptively simple foods of the area then further enchanted her, and have kept her returning. The cuisine of the area takes advantage of pristine seafood, and the lemons the size of our heads are used in savory as well as sweet dishes, and in the famous limoncello. She loves too, the pastas and pizzas, and everywhere, the strings of dried red chiles adding punch to many dishes. It’s all accompanied by great wine, and served on gorgeous local tableware. Cheryl has succumbed to the charm. We know you will too.

Monday October 7  Welcome to the Amalfi Coast ! 

Benvenuto ! You will be picked up and transferred from Naples airport to 4-star boutique hotel Onda Verde a corner of paradise with a pool and  breathtaking views.  Ideally located  in the lovely village of  Praiano,  you will be pampered in this family-owned and operated hotel with its infinity pool. A meet and greet welcome cocktail will be served at 6pm followed by dinner in their restaurant with  an unforgettable view.

Tuesday October 8 : Ceramics & Pasta  
You’ll spend your day in  Positano  one of Italy’s most  picturesque towns  with three fun experiences concocted just for you. The first will be an introduction to ceramics where you will hand paint your ceramic plate, which will be a beautiful souvenir or gift to take home.  For lunch, you’ll don your apron to learn the art of making fresh pasta.  There will be time to  stroll the colorful  and vibrant streets of Positano before embarking on a  sunset boat  tour  with a Prosecco toast to the breathtaking view. Dinner will be at your leisure this evening.

Wednesday October 9 : Extreme wines  & delicacies 
Your day will begin with visit to an exceptional  vineyard to meet the renowned winemaker Marisa Cuomo.  The tour of her facility will include a stroll in the vineyard to observe how extreme wines are produced in areas located beyond the extreme limit of the cultivation. After lunch paired with her wines, you’ll head to  Amalfi  for a private guided tour of the ancestral papermaking museum  where you will  make your own souvenir card.  After the visit, you’ll have some free time to stroll Amalfi which will be the  ideal location to pick up some unique  lemon pasta, risotto rice and salt. And why not  take the opportunity to have  a pair of leather sandals custom made in just 10 minutes!  After lunch (do not order a dessert) you will be welcomed by one of Italy’s best pastry chefs to the oldest coffee and pastry shop  in Amalfi dating back to 1830.   This is where you will  taste some of the finest sweet delicacies  the area has to offer. Right next to the pastry shop, our guide will take us for a tour of the  extraordinary Saint Andre  Cathedral and Cloister of Paradise. You simply can’t  leave Amalfi without tasting a Gelato  made with lemon syrup since 1918. Dinner will be @Costa Diva in Praiano

Thursday October 10: Land of lemons  & Mozzarella  

Your day will begin in  Minori  at a historic limoncello distillery where you’ll truly understand why the Amalfi coast is the “Land of Lemons”.  Your expert  guide will  take you for an informative tour and  introduce you to the onsite  limoncello master.   Next will be a hike through a private  property with a lemon grove offering  picturesque landscapes and  breathtaking views of the valley and seaside.   If you feel the hike is not for you, don’t worry! A full-time tour guide  will take you to  Scala, the most ancient tiny village of the area with over 130 churches.  After refreshments in Scala, we will head to the enchanting village of  Ravello to meet Biaggio in his cheese shop where you will don an apron and make your own mozzarella for lunch.  Next, you will have time off in Ravello to tour the stunning Villa Ruffalo, have a Spritz or browse the narrow ancient streets to admire the ceramics and other crafts. Dinner will be at  @Il Parate in  Praiano.

Friday October 11 :  Cooking in Sorrento & pizza
Today you’ll bid farewell to the Amalfi coastline. On the way to Naples, you’ll stop in Sorrento for a unique culinary experience hosted in a private residence by two cousins who will share  their grandmother’s secret recipes.  After lunch, you will check into the   grand baroque 4-star hotel  Art Galleria Umberto in  Naples  located in the heart of the historic district. You’ll have time to relax, unpack and prepare for dinner at the iconic Brandi’s where in 1889 the Marguerita pizza was invented.

Saturday October 12 : Historic Naples & figurines 
Your day will begin with a private sightseeing tour  of historic Naples’ magnificent art and architecture.  After the tour ends in the city center,  you will have some free time for lunch and shopping for  last minute souvenirs. And why not head to the   “Christmas Alley” where artisans craft nativity figurines all year round. Put a little zing to your attire for your  farewell dinner  @ Zi Teresa in  Naples.

Sunday October 13  :  Arrivederci Italia! 
Airport transfers from your hotel  to Naples airport will be arranged no later than 11am (check out time).

Optional add ons :  Full day trip  to dazzling Capri or  half day trip to UNESCO heritage site  Pompeii  with an expert guide.  Consult us for details. Email nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com

 

Read here why Cheryl likes travelling with tour participants.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Deposit
To secure a place on our tour, we ask that you fill in our reservation form, which indicates that your deposit of 30% will be required to secure your space. The balance will be due 2 months prior to the tour.

Included
All meals as indicated  including breakfast, wine for dinner, gratuities ( guides & restaurants)  taxes, professional tour facilitator, professional guide, activities and admission fees, transportation by coach or vans or boat and accommodation  in 2 four star hotels.

Not included
Roundtrip airfare to Italy, train to Naples,  gratuities to drivers, any personal souvenirs or purchases, additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered at meals, travel insurance (highly recommended) and trip medical coverage (required for travelers over 50 years of age).

Terms and Conditions
If insufficient numbers of participants register for the tour,  in the event of conditions deemed unsafe for our clients, the tour may be cancelled or postponed. If Cheryl Alters Jamison  is unable to travel, the tour will be maintained. While we endeavor to operate all trips as described,  we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary owing to circumstances beyond our control. Any changes will be of similar or superior quality and  content.

Cancellation Policy

This is a packaged group  tour and non-refundable  even in case of injury or illness or personal emergency. Cancellation must be notified by email to nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance including medical assistance and cancellation.  If you get sick from Covid or any other disease, before the trip departs or during it,  you will need to have your own medical and trip cancellation insurance to cover any costs incurred.

Payment
We accept Mastercard, Visa and Amex.

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Arrival and Departure
You will be welcomed on arrival by Cheryl and Nancy at your hotel for a meet and greet cocktail followed by dinner at your hotel.  Transfers to your accommodation on the first day from Naples airport to Praiano and on the last day of the tour (in the morning – check out is at 11am) from Naples hotel to Naples airport are included.

What to Pack
Phone chargers, medication, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes. Temperatures should be pleasant. We expect clear sunny skies with average daytime temperatures between 22C / 72F and overnight lows of 16C / 61F. A pre tour virtual meetup will be held  3 months prior to arrival in Italy.

Accommodation
You will be staying in a 4 star boutique hotel with a pool on the Amalfi coast for 4 nights and a 4 star historic  boutique hotel in Naples for 2 nights.

Transportation
You will be travelling in comfortable air- conditioned vans, coaches and a private boat  with fully licensed drivers and guides.

Physical Requirements
Our tour is “physically active.” You may be on your feet, walking and standing, for over an hour, indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. That means if you need help climbing in a tour bus or if you are winded after walking 50 feet, Nancy has other tour options you may want to explore.

Additional Services
Absolutely Southern France is offering a post tour add ons to Capri and Pompeii.  Consult us for details.  Email nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com.

Read here what Cheryl has to say about travelling with tour participants.

 

CONTACT US

To reserve your spot or request additional information,  please fill out the form below. Nancy will then contact you to discuss the tour details and arrange your booking.

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Tour Details

Dates: October 7 – 13, 2024
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Cost: 6425 euros single occupancy / 5825 euros in double or twin occupancy
Participants: 10

Tour HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn how to make limoncello, the area’s famous liqueur
  • Indulge in  authentic lemon gelatos and other regional delights
  • Meet one of Italy’s best pastry chefs in Amalfi
  • Hands on mozzarella making experience with a renowned cheese master
  • Make your own colorful ceramic Positano dish to take home
  • Secret grandmother’s recipes  at a unique culinary experience in Sorrento.
  • Private boat tour at sunset  with a Prosecco toast and breathtaking view of the Amalfi coast
  • Make your own pasta from scratch
  • Guided tour of historical Naples

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