The Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce is visiting irresistible Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast, departing October 29, 2020 and is inviting chamber members, family and friends of chamber members to join them on this once in a lifetime experience.
Rich in culture and stunning scenery, the irresistible Amalfi Coast is the setting for this breathtaking journey. Enjoy eight days to explore not one, but many Italies. Find yourself relaxing in the town of Sorrento or sight-seeing along the Amalfi Coast, which includes gorgeous places such as, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. On this remarkable trip you will also encounter the world famous archeological site of Pompeii. The beautiful Amalfi Coast awaits you with its great food, historical sites and beautiful architecture, providing an unforgettable Italian experience.
Day 1 – Depart USA
Today depart the U.S. on an international flight to Italy. (in-flight meals)
Day 2 – Arrival in Sorrento
Arrive in Italy where you will be met by your program manager who will assist with your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy your time today either with a quick rest or begin your exploration of the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Later this afternoon, meet again with your program manager for a welcome cocktail and orientation. (D)
Day 3 – Sorrento
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour through the city of Sorrento, full of fashionable shops and characteristic artisan shops selling local products and wares. The wonderful climate attracted Roman noblemen in ancient times, who came to Sorrento and built magnificent villas. Today Sorrento is a rich and elegant city, full of world class hotels and restaurants. Later, enjoy a local “Limoncello” session to learn about the tradition and secrets behind limoncello production. To end the day, a master “pastaio”or pasta maker, will teach you the art of Italian pasta making so you can go home and let your friends taste your new skill. Bellissimo! (B) (D)
Day 4 – Sorrento/Capri
After breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure or take part in an optional guided excursion to Capri. Arrive at the pier and board your hydrofoil for your trip to the island of Capri, an enchanted island on the south side of the Gulf of Naples celebrated for its natural beauty since the time of the Roman Republic. Upon arrival, experience the “funicolare” and a walking tour of the historic city center. You will have an opportunity to visit the Gardens of Augustus, a retreat into a natural paradise, with a splendid view of the “Faraglioni” – nature’s rock guardians of Capri. You will have free time to explore this scenic wonderland, walk through the characteristic streets, shop in the fine boutiques, or just enjoy an espresso and pastry. (B)
Day 5 – Sorrento/Ravello/Amalfi/Positano
After breakfast, meet your program manager for your full day excursion of the Amalfi Coast. Also known as the ‘CostieraAlmafitana’, the Almafi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula extending from Positano in the west to Vietrisul Mare in the east. You will visit Ravello – the dramatic hillside town, famous for its Villa Rufolo, which was originally used as a watchtower when it was built in 1200 AD. Due to its high altitude, Villa Rufolo is a great tourist destination off ering breathtaking views and beautiful gardens. Continue to Amalfi and its historic center. You may want to enjoy Saint Andrea Cathedral, the Cloister of Paradise and even some shopping. Stroll through the streets and “piazzetta”, lined with orange and lime trees. Try the local pastries and “espresso Napoletano”, or perhaps sample one of the many flavors of gelato. According to local legend, Positano was founded by a group from Paestum who fled there to avoid the attacks of the Saracens. Positano is located in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Amalfi peninsula. At the center of town you can see the brightly colored “maiolica” dome of Santa Maria Assunta, the main church of Positano. (B) (D)
Day 6: Sorrento/Pompeii
After breakfast we will travel to Pompeii, one of Italy’s most famous and unique archeological sites. Frozen in time when it was covered by volcanic ash during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79., Pompeii is now a World Heritage site which offers a glimpse back in time to life during the height of the Roman Empire. (B)(D)
Day 7 – Amalfi Coast
After breakfast at your hotel, you have the day at leisure for shopping, strolling or perhaps enjoy an optional tour to Naples. As the capital of the Campania region, Naples is known for its rich history and art. Since the city and pizza are synonymous be sure to sample pizza from a local Neapolitan pizzeria. (B)
Day 8 – Amalfi Coast/USA
After breakfast and check-out, board your private motor coach for your transfer to the airport and your return flight home. (B)
( ) = Included meal, B = Breakfast, D = Dinner
Space is limited, so act fast. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Italy, exchange ideas with local business representatives, make new friends, and build new memories.
For more information about this amazing trip please call the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce at (630) 226-8420 or email Kevin O’Keeffe at email@example.com