Amalfi Coast Food Adventure

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Trip code: 
ADF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Food & Drink Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
3–16

A culinary journey through Italy's most sought-after destination

The wonderful aromas of lemons, freshly caught seafood from theTyrrhenian Sea, soft cheese from the lush Lattari Mountains: for centuries the food, land and sea of the Amalfi Coast have developed a special synergy, resulting in one of the most flavoursome and sustainable cuisines in the world. On this culinary adventure we will spoil our taste buds by sampling some of the best produce from the region; join hands-on cooking classes guided by talented local chefs, and enjoy a whirlwind of aromas and flavours in the company of friendly locals who will reveal the secrets of their world-famous recipes with pride. It’s not only cooking and eating however, as there is also plenty of time to discover the iconic natural and cultural treasures of this land, from the coastal trails near colourful Positano to Ravello and Pompeii – a picture-perfect frame to a week of wholesome indulgence! 

Why with Exodus?

We have designed this trip and hand-picked each inclusion in order to give you the most authentic and best quality food experiences. The chefs and locals running the classes and produce/wine tastings have been selected for their high-standards and regularly receive top reviews from visitors joining their classes. Exodus has been operating in the area for over 15 years, using the comfortable Hotel Due Torri run by the friendly Acampora family who offer geniune Italian hospitality and fantastic traditional cuisine.

Highlights

  • Produce tastings in century-old family-run farm
  • Hands-on cookery classes, wine tasting on Vesuvius and and gastronomic walk/foraging
  • Sightseeing in Positano, Sorrento, Ravello & Pompeii

Key information

  • 7 nights at 3-star family-run Hotel Due Torri with pool
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 3 cooking classes, 2 cooking demonstrations, 1 wine tasting and 1 produce tasting included
  • Group normally 3 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts 5 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Local city taxes
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Agerola
to
Agerola
  • Day 1

    Fly to Naples

    Fly to Naples and transfer to Bomerano, a small village in the municipality of Agerola. Our comfortable family-run hotel is located in proximity of the small vllage square and provides a relaxing retreat from the busier towns by the sea.
    Surrounded by the picturesque Lattari Mountains, so called because of the milk produced by goats and cows that graze on the slopes and the presence of numerous pastures, Agerola is known nationally for the production of butter and delightful cheese, starting from Provolone del Monaco, exclusively produced in the area with cow’s milk and matured from 6 to 18 months, smoked caciocavallo cheese ( smoked scamorza cheese made from cow’s milk) and Fiordilatte di Agerola , a mouthwatering fresh cheese made from the spun paste of cow’s whole milk. During the course of the week and starting fromt tonight's welcome dinner, we will have the opportunity to taste many of the delicious products of this area.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Visit century-old family run farm in Massa Lubrense; walk amongst orchards, vines, hives and lemon groves and enjoy included produce tastings and lunch; afternoon visit to Sorrento, home of Limoncello

    This morning we transfer (approx. 1 hr) to a family-run farm located in the heart of the Sorrento Peninsula, between Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast.  The farm was established in 1898 and after having been passed down is now run by the third and fourth generation of the same family. After a warm welcome, we take an insightful tour through orchards, vines, hives, lemon groves and other crops. We will enjoy an interesting talk on the farm's history and its sustainable production while getting a view into rural living. This will be followed by a produce tasting where we sample some of the freshest organic farm produce including lemons, infused olive oil, marmalades and wine.  We will conclude the visit with Mama's home cooked lunch! In the afternoon we drive (approx. 30 mins) to the town of Sorrento, hometown of Limoncello, the famous lemon based liqueur. Perched on top of a cliff, the town is known for its sweeping views over the Bay of Naples and its charming and elegant historic centre. There will be some free time to stroll around at our own pace or to enjoy a drink in the lively Piazza Tasso. Late afternoon we transfer (approx. 1 hr)  back to our hotel in Agerola.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Visit a renowned local winery on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius; wine-tasting and participatory cooking class; afternoon sightseeing in Pompeii.

    This morning we drive (approx. 30mins) to a renowned family run winery located on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, near the town of Trecase. The grounds comprise 12 hectares of vineyard planted in the volcanic soil which have been worked every day since 1948 following the rigours of organic production. The wine produced here is the famous Lacryma Christi , made from grapes indigenous to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, believed to have existed since Ancient Roman times. We being our visit with a tour through the organic vineyard and vegetable garden (to pick season vegetables to be used during the lesson) as well as the wine cellar and storage cellar. We will then enjoy a hands-on cooking class, where we will learn to prepare some local specialities which usually include Ravioli alla Caprese (one of the most traditional specialties from Capri made with heirloom Piennolo tomatoes), Parmigiana alla Napoletana: (the classic eggplant parmesan bake with a local Neapolitan twist) and Torta di mandorle al limone (a sweet almond cake flavored with the local Sorrento lemons from the Sorrentine Peninsula). We will then enjoy the food prepared for lunch, pairing it with  Lacryma Christi wines.
    On the way back to the hotel, we will make a stop in Pompeii, which was once an old thriving port town until Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption 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. Entrance to the site is included in the trip and you have appox. 2 hrs to explore the site at your own pace or accompanied by a local guide (optional payable locally).  Transfer (appox. 30 mins) and overnight in Agerola.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Walk through orchards, forests and terraced gardens close to Positano; prepare lunch from foraged food; afternoon sightseeing in Positano.

    Today starts with an active and insiprational experience as we walk (up to 2 hrs) along the breathtaking coastal trails overlooking Positano which have made the Amalfi Coast a mecca for walkers and ramblers from all over the world. Here one can enjoy some of the most evocative views in the world, of ragged cliffs speckled with tiny villages and extensive views of the sparkling Mediterranean sea. The route will follow undulating hills, carpeted with flowers in season, the contours of the land and the coast. Accompanied by a knowledgable local guide, we will combine walking with a gastronomic lesson. This is a unique opportunity to visually experience the agricultural heritage and ecosystems of this area, and learn of the strong links between land and food in this beautiful corner of Italy. Along the way we will be shown seasonal wild edibles and mushrooms which grow naturally  along the coast and will then learn how to create 3-course meal from foraged food. After lunch we head to  colourful Positano, an almost vertical town clinging to the rock face of a sheltered bay. Take some time to explore the alleyways lined with wisteria and designer boutiques or have a dip in the clear water of the beachfront before returning to Bomerano in the late afternoon. 

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Shop for ingredients in the small village of Bomerano; cooking class to prepare lunch at the hotel; free time followed by evening pizza-making demonstration.

    This morning we take a short walk into the village of Bomerano and get a full immersion into the very day life of locals as we shop for ingredients in the same delis they use - an authentic way to experience the place as residents rather than as tourists whilst supporting very traditional family businesses. Depending on the menu proposed by the chef  for our cooking class, we will visit the butcher or fishmonger and the greengrocer. We will also visit the cheese maker, to learn how the famous local cheeses such as Fiordilatte are produced by hand each day. Back at the hotel we will prepare a 3-course lunch guided by head chef and hotel's owner Giovanni, using the fresh ingredients just purchased in town. We will also be learning the secrets of the best authentic Napolitean pizza and prepare the dough for the evening's dinner.The afternoon is free to relax, take a stroll around the area or enjoy the hotel's outdoor pool and terrace before joining a fun pizza making demo in the evening.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day: optional visit to Naples, capital of street food or Capri where glamorous shops and refined restaurants with a view await

    Day at leisure to visit other jewels of the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples. The hotel offers private transfers (payable locally) to the most popular attractions in the region not covered during the rest of the week. You might choose to take a ferry to the chic island of Capri, which with its intriguing combination of fabled beauty and hedonism has charmed its visitors for centuries, from Roman Emperors to contemporary Hollywood stars. The day here can be spent exploring the glamorous Capri centre, enjoying a fabulous meal at one of the panoramic restaurants overlooking the blue sea. Alternatively, you may choose to spend the day in Naples, known for its colourful and vibrant centre and fragrant street food. If you are fit and want to burn off some calories, consider a self-guided trek on one of the iconic coastal trails in the area such as the Path of the Gods. Otherwise consider spending the day by the pool or in true Italian style in a café, sipping espresso and watching the world go by!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Head to Ravello for final cooking class at school run by well known gastronomy historian. Afternoon sightseeing in Ravello; optional visit to Villa Cimbrone.

    We conclude this food adventure with a special cookery class at an internationally renowned school in Ravello founded in 1974 as the Accademy of High Medieval Conventual Cuisine. The school is run by Maestro Falcone, an expert in the culinary arts and famous historian of local cuisine, author of several cookbooks. The lesson starts with a brief introduction on the basic techniques and history of the ingredients used in the recipes which come from the organic garden. The menu varies according to season and includes four courses. At the end of the class we will enjoy the meal we have prepared paired with local wines - a culinary experience we will never forget! The afternoon can be spent exploring the romantic town of Ravello for some of the best views of the Amalfi coastline. Ravello also has a grand Duomo but the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are the real gems of the town. Set amongst elegant gardens, the villa balconies stand at the edge of the cliffs offering stunning views aptly described by André Gide as 'closer to the sky than the seashore'. There is time to wander, enjoy a coffee and soak up the atmosphere before we return to the Bomerano for an optional farewell dinner arranged by the tour leader.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    To Naples; fly to London.

    Out tour ends in the morning of day 8. Transfer to Naples and fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

 All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Breakfast is always taken at the hotel and is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, ham and cheese, fresh fruit. yoghurt, milk, teas/coffee and fresh orange juice.

Lunches are usually several courses which will be created during the included cookery classes and demonstrations. They usually include fresh produce as well as pasta, fish, seafood, meat ( see below for more information).

Only two evening meals are included and consist of a welcome dinner on Day 1 and a pizza night on Day 5. These are taken at the hotel where the standard is excellent and the chef Giovanni takes great pride in showcasing the best of regional foods, including dishes such as ‘Scialatielli all'Amalfitana’ (homemade pasta with seafood) and ‘branzino all’acqua pazza’ (seabass in crazy water!). When dinners are not included you may choose to dine at the hotel, where the a-la-carte menu offers great variety and superb quality, or in one of the local restaurants and pizzerias in town although the choice of places walking distance from the hotel is limited.

Amalfi Coast Cuisine 

The fertile lands of the Campania region are blessed by a dry but mild climate and have been producing some of the best fruit and vegetables in Italy since Roman times. Quick cooking, simplicity, freshness and high-quality of ingredients are at the basis of the regional cuisine, making it an example of wholesome balanced Mediterranean diet.

Every-day staples range from spaghetti cooked simply with fresh tomatoes and basil, milky white balls of buffalo mozzarella cheese and delicious linguine with clams that taste of the sea. Plump aubergines and juicy tomatoes are used in many recepies and pizza, originating from nearby Naples, tastes like no other in the world. The rich Tyrrhenian Sea ensures a healthy year-round array of the most wonderful fresh seafood and fish.

These are some of the regional specialities and ingredients you will try or we recommend trying during this trip:

Cheeses: caciocavallo, ricotta, fiordilatte, provola, smoked scamorza, pecorino.

Pasta dishes: Scialatelli alla Marinara (a type of fresh short tagliatelle served in a seafood sauce).

Mains: Impepata di cozze (mussels cooked in their juice with lemon, parsley and black pepper); Peperoni imbottiti (red and yellow bell peppers stuffed with anchovies, black olives, capers, garlic, breadcrumbs) Eggplants Parmigiana 

Desserts: Sfogliatelle (stuffed shell-shaped pastry constructed of thin layers of dough, like a millefeuille. Usually dusted with powdered sugar and filled with ricotta); Rhum baba (small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with hard liquor and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream); Delizia al Limone (domes of fluffy sponge cake enclose a velvety lemon cream, covered with a creamy frosting).

Other ingredients: Sorrento lemons (enjoyed  in the form of limoncello, gelato or a refreshing granita), Friarielli (tender greens that only grow in this area)

Wine & Liqueurs Falanghina, AglianicoGreco di Tufo, Lacrima ChristiFiano and Solopaca; artisan liqueurs made from lemons, oranges, limes, tangerines or even fennel.

 

 

Is this trip for you?

This is a very enjoyable week where you will be cooking and sampling the best regional specialities of the Amalfi Coast, while visiting the most beautiful towns and sites including Positano, Sorrento, Ravello and Pompeii. All transfers will be by private air-conditioned vehicle, sometimes on winding roads, although journeys are generally short (max. 1 hr each way).
Some days are quite busy with a lot of included activities however there is also plenty of free time to relax or explore the places at your own pace. The itinerary includes some sightseeing on foot and only one short hike (max. 3 hours with stops) on a coastal trail near Positano. The walk isn't too strenuous although the terrain may be uneven and some ascents and steps should be expected.  Please be aware that the Amalfi Coast can be very warm, possibly reaching 35 degrees in the summer between July and September but most of the ativities will take place indoor on in shaded outdoor areas. The overall Activity Level for this trip is 1 (Leisurely) meaning that it is suitable for all people who are in good health.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

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 from £190 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 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 pool and restaurant.

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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