Journey to Naples, Ravello, Pompeii, Positano, Sorrento, and the chic island of Capri to understand why travelers have flocked to this part of the globe for centuries. This adventure is about all the good things in life: friendship, exploration, R&R, and spectacular Italian food.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.
Book a flight to arrive at Naples International Airport (NAP) by midday. (Or come a day early if you'd like to rest, relax, and adjust to the local time). Grab a taxi at the airport taxi stand – they are plentiful – and head to your 4-star hotel, the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia in central Naples.
Take time to settle in and freshen up before meeting the rest of the GG2W group in the lobby for a drink and orientation in the early evening. It's time for a walking tour of downtown Naples with our expert guide.
Get to know your fellow travelers and discover what we've planned for the week over a delicious welcome dinner.
Breakfast - Lunch
Pompeii and Sorrento
Today, we’ll visit Vulcan – or Hephaestus if you prefer his Greek incarnation. Vulcan ruled fire and volcanoes in ancient times, and today, we’ll discover Pompeii, the volcano that stopped time in 79 AD. Prepare to explore one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Italy. An expert guide will lead us through Pompeii, the ancient city buried under 20 feet of volcanic ash when Vesuvius erupted. This natural disaster has made it possible to look upon life as it was almost 2000 years ago.
*You may want to bring your walking poles since Pompeii has uneven, ancient streets.
From Pompeii, we’ll hop into our private transport and zip off to lunch and a wine tasting on Mt. Vesuvius. We’ll sample wines from this volcanic area before heading to Sorrento and checking into our new hotel, the Hotel Continental.
You’ll have time to relax and get to know your base for the next few days.
In the evening, we’ll enjoy dinner together in Sorrento.
Prepare to taste the best of the Amalfi region today.
Our first stop is a local olive oil mill where you'll see how the most important Italian ingredient is made. We’ll explore an olive oil mill and taste local oil varieties. You can also buy olive oil from the source if you like.
Next, we’ll tour a limoncello factory and walk through lemon groves. Learn from locals how this golden sunshine digestive is made and why the regional lemons are so important to its production.
Lunch is served at a farmhouse among the lemons.
In the afternoon, we’ll zip back to Sorrento, where you can take time to relax with a drink on the terrace, go shopping and explore this charming seaside town, or read a great book with an Aperol spritz in hand as your gaze at the jaw-dropping view of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
We'll enjoy a lovely meal together this evening.
Sip your cappuccino at the hotel, then grab your sunglasses and swimsuit – we’re off to Capri in a private boat. This a thrilling way to see the Amalfi Coastline. Weather permitting, we'll visit the famous Blue Grotto.
We’ll dock for lunch on the island and enjoy a meal at a seaside eatery with the waves lapping nearby. Tuck into a Caprese salad and delicious pasta, but leave room for dessert.
We’ll stop in Capri Town for some gelato and free time to explore and shop.
At the end of our day, our captain will take us back to the hotel in Sorrento.
It’s been a big day – enjoy dinner alone or with friends in town, or order room service and relax.
Breakfast - Lunch
Ravello, Amalfi, and Positano
Our private driver will pick us up after breakfast to explore the highlights of the Amalfi Coast. This is the Amalfi you’ve seen on postcards and travel shows, the curling coastline featuring dramatic cliffs and colorful villas juxtaposed against the azure sea.
We’ll visit Ravello, Amalfi, and Positano, three villages guaranteed to fill your camera with snapshots of La Dolce Vita! Fragrant lemon groves line the hillsides, and darling shops and cafes hide along cobblestone alleyways. Getting from Positano to Amalfi is part of the fun because we’ll take a mini-cruise in a boat from one beach-side town to the next. The rest of the tour is by minibus.
We’ll enjoy a traditional lunch with our GG2W crew during this all-day trip.
This is our last night in Sorrento. Enjoy this beautiful place for one more spring night before we leave for Naples tomorrow. Dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast - Lunch
We say arrivederci to Sorrento today. Enjoy a light, leisurely breakfast at the hotel and another long look at the seaside. We’ll have free time this morning to relax or explore.
We're going to put you to work for your lunch today. We'll slice and dice with a local chef and then dig into the fruits of our labor for lunch!
After lunch, we'll hop into the mini-bus and head back to the big city of Naples, about a 90-minute drive.
We’ll check into our hotel in Naples and enjoy some downtime.
After we tour the museum, we will head out for our last dinner together and toast to a great trip shared.
To quote one famous fictional Italian, “parting is such sweet sorrow.” Alas, our adventure has come to an end.
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to say farewell to all your GG2P pals. Take a taxi to the airport to fly out of the Naples International Airport. We can help you arrange this at the hotel. It is a quick ride to the airport from Naples.
Situated along the Bay of Naples, the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia mixes luxury and traditional amenities.
Hotel Continental is directly across the street from the beach. From the rooftop deck, you'll have sweeping views of the sea. It's a great spot for breakfast or even a post-dinner limoncello.
Say ciao to your trip leader, Regina
Regina hails from the Pacific Northwest in the United States (she calls Seattle home). She lived in Europe for 10 years and speaks fluent Spanish, some Italian, and a little Catalan. The Amalfi Coast is one of her favorite places. Along with local Italian guides, Regina will lead this trip and introduce you to the best of Southern Italy. Regina also leads the GG2P Barcelona tour.
Playground of the ancient Greeks and Romans
Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Sorrento, and the Island of Capri - it just gets better and better with each turn of the famous Strada Statale 163 - 'road of 1,000 bends'. You can't believe how beautiful it is driving along the edge of huge cliffs and deep gorges, slicing through lemon groves and whitewashed villages, rising and dipping above the Mediterranean Sea.
6 nights at beautiful hotels
All meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary
Welcome cocktail toast
An English-speaking facilitator accompanying you every step of the way
All transportation excluding airport transfers
A small group experience
Expert Italian guides to show you the best of the area
A planning and packing guide to get you ready for this adventure
A pre-tour planning meeting on Zoom
Roundtrip airfare to Naples, Italy
Taxi or other transfer to/from the Naples airport (taxi’s are much easier!)
Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
All personal souvenir purchases or wines you want to take or ship home
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
"Where do I start??? This trip was one of the most enjoyable, if not THE most enjoyable trip I have ever taken - and I did a lot of traveling before Covid. ... The trip definitely exceeded my expectations based on how well the itinerary was planned, the hotels and restaurants that were chosen and how wonderful it was to have someone like Regina as our facilitator. " Mary H - Langhorne, PA, USA
"If you are contemplating a solo trip Girls Guide is the way to go. I was apprehensive because this was my first solo travel internationally. This trip changed me, it took me out of my comfort zone and made me realize that if you tell yourself you can do something you really can! I was so present and enjoyed every minute of this wonderful experience with some really great ladies." - Tracy D.
The Amalfi Coast trip was one of the best vacations I have ever taken. It was one fun experience after another, with beautiful scenery, culture, great hotels, and delicious food. And so relaxing because there are no worries about logistics; your Trip Leader makes it all happen. - Cathy M.
The trip officially starts the afternoon of May 3, 2024, but if you’re traveling across an ocean to get to Italy, consider arriving a day or two early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, let us know and we’ll help you with arrangements if you like.
Fly into Naples International Airport (NAP) by midday. (Or come a day early if you'd like to rest, relax, and adjust to the local time). Grab a taxi at the airport taxi stand – they are plentiful – and head to your 4-star hotel, the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia in central Naples.
We will have a zoom call about 8 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
In the month of October, the maximum temperature are 71°F and minimum temperature are 60°F, which represents 22°C and 16°C.
Regina is a Pacific Northwest native, now calling Seattle home. She spent a decade in Europe mastering Spanish, Italian, and Catalan. The Amalfi Coast is one of her favorite places. Regina leads tours in Southern Italy and Barcelona.