Sweet tour of the Amalfi Coast with Steena Holmes

May 26 – June 1, 2024

Travel with best-selling author Steena Holmes and tour designer Nancy McGee to the breathtakingly beautiful Amalfi Coast and historic Naples. If you have always dreamed of exploring the Amalfi Coast and soaking in the enchantment you’ve only seen in photos or read in a book, now is the time! Join us as we explore, we savor, we indulge and you can even help her plot her next novel.

Calling all fellow #sweetaddicts, #AmalfiCoastdreamers and #travelholics! On this escorted and guided tour to historic Naples and the stunning Amalfi coast, you will be enchanted by the wonderfully scenic coastline, the pretty colorful villages and Positano, the region’s most exclusive resort town. In May, the coastline will be in full bloom and bright yellow lemons will dot the coastline. Foodies will enjoy the cuisine in this wonderful part of Italy and history lovers will be spoilt.

Sunday May 26 : Welcome to the Amalfi coast !
You will be picked up and transferred from Naples 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. A meet and greet welcome cocktail will be served at 6pm followed by dinner in the restaurant with a an unforgettable view.

Monday May 27 : Lemons & Mozzarella  
May is the best time of the year to travel to the “land of lemons” where the orchards will be laden with vibrant yellow fruit.  Our day will begin in  Minori  at a limoncello distillery for a  tour with an expert  guide and 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  time tour guide will accompany us and take you to  Scala, the most ancient tiny village of the area with over 130 churches.  After refreshments, 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. You’ll have a casual dinner  @Il Parate, Praiano

Tuesday May 28 : 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 gift or souvenir to take home. For lunch, you’ll don your apron to  learn the art of making fresh pasta.   You’ll have some time off to stroll the colorful  and vibrant streets of Positano before embarking on a  sunset boat  tour  with a Prosecco toast to the breathtaking view. Time off for dinner

Wednesday May 29 :  Sweet treats & other delicacies 
Your perfect day in Amalfi will begin with 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 at the market,  the ideal location to pick up some unique  lemon pasta, risotto and salt. If you have 10 minutes to spare, why not  take the opportunity to have 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 be able to o savor  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.
We won’t leave Amalfi without a Gelato  made with lemon syrup, said to be the best in the world since 1918.  Dinner will be  @Costa Diva in  Praiano.

Thursday May 30 Archeological wonder & pizza
Today you’ll bid farewell to the Amalfi coastline. On the way to Naples, you’ll be taken for tour with an expert guide of the  archaeological wonder, the Roman town of Pompeii. After lunch, you will check into the   grand baroque 4 star boutique 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.

Friday May 31: Historic Naples & figurines 
Your day will begin with a fully 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 will be at Zi Teresa in  Naples.

Saturday June 1 : Ciao Italia! 

Airport transfers from hotel in Naples to Naples airport no later than 11am (check out time).

Option :  If you’d like to extend your stay and do a little more touring, add on a day trip with Steena and explore beautiful Capri  with a private guide. Consult us for details. Email nancy@absolutelysouthernfrance.com.



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.


100 euro early bird discount ending on December 10, 2023.

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

Not included
Roundtrip airfare to Italy, train to Naples, tips 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 Steena Holmes  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.

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Arrival and Departure
You will be welcomed on arrival by Cheryl at a food and wine pairing  buffet on June 17. Transfers to your accommodation on the first day and the last day of the tour to and from Marseille airport and Avignon TGV train station 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 29C / 84,2F and overnight lows of 16C / 60,8F. A pre tour virtual meetup will be held  3 months prior to arrival in Italy.

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.

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

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



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.



Tour Details

Dates: May 26 – June 1, 2024
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Cost: 5925 euros in single occupancy, 5525 euros in twin occupancy
Participants: 10


  • 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.
  • A private boat tour at sunset  with a Prosecco toast and breathtaking view of the Amalfi coast.
  • Guided tour of the exceptional archaeological site of Pompeii.
  • Make your own pasta from scratch.
  • Guided tour of Naples with a sweet twist.
  • Free time to explore, swim, shop and sip to your heart’s content.