COUNTRY LIFE: Amalfi & the Bay of Naples

COUNTRY LIFE: Amalfi & the Bay of Naples

Ischia, Capri & the Amalfi Coast

5th - 10th October 2018

Hosted by Nicholas Dakin-Elliot of La Pietra and led by Patience Shone.

COUNTRY LIFE in association with Boxwood Tours
 
Gardens of Amalfi & the Bay of Naples
 
A tour of stimulating contrasts and richly varied gardens taken at a leisurely pace: we travel across the glittering bay of Naples to the charming island of Ischia; attend a concert at La Mortella and enjoy the lush gardens of the late Sir William & Lady Walton designed by Russell Page; climb narrow paths to an Amalfi lemon grove; stand on the infinity terrace at Villa Cimbrone looking far out to sea; then shift from the intimacy of a private villa to the vast landscape of Caserta. To reduce travelling time, we have selected two hotels: The Mezzatorre on the island of Ischia is a 5-star spa resort set like a gem between the sky and sea with private bay and beach. The cuisine based on reinterpretations of the local traditional gastronomy is a delight. The renowned Hotel Santa Caterina is a stylish villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean Sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and lovingly cultivated olive and citrus groves. The classic recipes of the Amalfi Coast and their brilliant modern interpretation have earned Hotel Santa Caterina an outstanding reputation on the international gastronomy scene.   
 
ITINERARY
 
Day 1: Friday 5th October
Depart London Gatwick at 13:00 to Naples, arriving at 16:40 on British Airways flight BA2610. We travel to Naples port to catch a ferry to Ischia where we will be met and transferred to the Mezzatorre for a welcome drink before dining together in the hotel’s restaurant.
 
Day 2: Saturday 6th October
This morning, there is a choice between a leisurely start at the hotel or a mystery tour of Ischia to include of tasting local fine wines. We then visit La Mortella for a delicious lunch followed by a guided tour of the garden created by Russell Page and the late Lady Walton with a special invitation to attend a concert before returning to the hotel to dine together. 
 
Day 3: Sunday 7th October 
We board a private boat that takes us across the Bay of Naples to Capri where we are taken up to Anacapri to visit the garden of San Michele, former home of Swedish doctor Axel Munthe, author of  ‘The Story of San Michele’. After free time to explore Anacapri, we return to the boat to continue along the Amalfi coast arriving in the small town of Amalfi late afternoon with time to transfer to Hotel Santa Caterina and settle in before dining together in the hotel restaurant.  
 
Day 4: Monday 8th October
The morning is devoted to Amalfi’s famous lemons. We walk out of town to the ‘Valley of Mills’ to meet our host, an innovative local lemon farmer. He will lead us up into the terraces above the town to walk in the historic lemon groves, learn tricks of the trade and taste lemon-flavoured, regional specialties. Please note that this is a walking tour, and the lemon gardens can only be reached via steep steps and uneven paths. We then enjoy lunch with a citrus theme and visit a lemon museum before retracing our steps to Amalfi with time to explore and to view the Duomo and remarkable cloister of Chiostro del Paradiso before returning to the hotel for a free evening. 
 
Day 5: Tuesday 9th October
With time for a leisurely breakfast, we take you to the hill top town of Ravello where we climb the steps to the wonderful Villa Cimbrone which Lord Grimthorpe surrounded with an eccentric and very personal garden with stunning views over the sea. A delicious lunch is included before free time to explore Ravello. Return to the Santa Catarina for a free evening.
 
Day 6: Wednesday 10th October
Leaving the Amalfi Coast, we visit the magnificent 18th century Palazzo Reale Caserta for a tour of the grand formal gardens and the English Garden by horse-drawn carriage. We take lunch in an extraordinary private villa before visiting the former home of the Duchess Guevara di Bovino, a beautiful, intriguing garden with unusual topiary and wonderful, ancient trees. Return to Naples airport to check in for the 18:55 departure on BA2609, arriving at London Gatwick at 20:45.
 
How much & what's included:
 
The price per person: £4290
 
Single supplement: £690(levied by the hotels).
 
The price includes two nights at the Mezzatorre Hotel on Ischia and three nights at Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi, all rooms in both hotels with sea views, all with buffet breakfasts as well as three evening meals at the hotels with local wines and four lunches as stated in the itinerary. The tour starts at London Gatwick, Friday 5th October: airline recommended check-in at 11:00 for the 13:00 departure of British Airways flight BA2610. Please contact the Boxwood office if you wish to obtain a quote to upgrade to Club Class. Those wishing to make their own travel arrangements should state this on the booking form and deduct £128 per person from the tour price.
 
Please note that a number of the gardens are only accessible by foot up steep slopes with steps and uneven paths so good walking ability is essential. 
 
How to Book
 
To make a reservation please make a deposit of £200 using the online booking facility below.
 
Payments can be made over the telephone using a Visa, Mastercard or Maestro card on
+44 (0)1341 241717
 
You may also send a cheque made payable to ‘Boxwood Tours Ltd’ to Boxwood Tours, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd, LL45 2NT, UK.
 
Any questions? Please contact us at the Boxwood Office by telephone: +44 (0)1341 241717 or email: mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk
 
To make a reservation please make a deposit of £200 using the online booking facility below.
 
Payments can be made over the telephone using a Visa, Mastercard or Maestro card on +44 (0)1341 241717
 
You may also send a cheque made payable to ‘Boxwood Tours Ltd’ to Boxwood Tours, Rhiw, Llanbedr, Gwynedd, LL45 2NT, UK.
 
Any questions? Please contact us at the Boxwood Office by telephone: +44 (0)1341 241717 or email: mail@boxwoodtours.co.uk
 
This tour is financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

COUNTRY LIFE: Amalfi & the Bay of Naples

Ischia, Capri & the Amalfi Coast

£4,290.00 per person
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