Golden Week in Southern Italy: For Women Only

Led by author Susan Van Allen

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Join Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, for an inspiring adventure in southern Italy, where the elegant soul of Bell’Italia bursts forth, with the sparkling Mediterranean Sea as a backdrop. Discover marvels of Capri, vibrant Naples, vineyards at the base of Mount Vesuvius, fascinating ancient ruins of Pompeii, and blissful thermal springs of Ischia. Shop for artisan treasures, toast with robust local wine, and enjoy delicious, world-famous cuisine.

This is a Gift of La Dolce Vita=the Sweet Life, custom-designed for a small group experience (maximum 14), and led by Susan so that women can fully experience Italy’s rejuvenating pleasures.

What’s Included
    • Entertaining hosting by author Susan Van Allen, focusing on Italy’s celebration of all things female
    • 7 nights at First-Class Hotel Imperial Tramontano in Sorrento in garden view rooms
    • Transportation by private minibus, including roundtrip transfers
      to/from Naples airport or train station
    • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
    • 2 multi-course dinners, with wine
    • 1 cooking class followed by lunch
    • 1 pizza lunch in Naples
    • 1 winery visit, followed by light lunch
    • Guided tours of Capri, Naples Historic Center, Archaeological Museum, Santa Chiara Cloisters, and Ancient Ruins of Pompeii
    • Private boat excursion to Capri’s Blue Grotto
    • Thermal park entrance fees in Ischia, with access to 22 warm pools, sauna, private beach, and restaurants
    • Entrance fees to museums and Pompeii
    • Gratuities for all group activities, to guides and service providers
    • Travel Journal
    • Travel Journal Writing workshops (optional)
    • Charitable donation of $20.00 to the Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Project to support the excavation work of this historic treasure
    Not Included
      • Airfare
      • Meals not specified in itinerary
      • Spa treatments, such as massages or facials
      • Optional Tour to Oplontis Villa
      • Everything not mentioned under “What’s Included”
    MAY 21-28, 2017
    PRICE: $3790 per person–double occupancy
    Small Group Tour: 14 guests Maximum – 6 spots left! (3 double rooms)
    To reserve your space, or for more information, contact Irene today at: Irene@perillotours.com or 855-784-7687.
    The week is expertly designed with a balance of planned group and free-time independent experiences

    Indulge in the Springtime Pleasures of the Mezzogiorno from our base in the Dreamy Town of Sorrento…
    Boating in Capri / Spa in Ischia / Pizza and Art in Naples / Fascinating Ruins of Pompeii /
    Countryside Cooking Class / Artisan Shopping / Wine Tasting

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1: Depart USA
    Day 2: Welcome to Sorrento, with Cocktails and Dinner
    Day 3: Fun Cooking Class in a Sorrento Family Villa
    Day 4: Bliss out in a Thermal Park Spa and Beach on the island of Ischia
    Day 5: Discover the treasures of Bella Napoli, pizza included
    Day 6: Explore fascinating ruins of Pompeii / Taste wines in vineyards at the base of Mount Vesuvius / Option to Visit Oplontis Villa
    Day 7: Delightful day in enchanting Capri
    Day 8: Free Day: Enjoy La Dolce Vita in Sorrento or beyond…
    Day 9: Transfer to Naples for your Flight Home

    In Collaboration with Perillo Tours, America’s Leading Tour Operator to Italy for 70 years.
    To reserve your space, or for more information, contact Irene today at: Irene@perillotours.com or 855-784-7687

    I loved our Golden Week! Susan goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is having a good time and does her best to accommodate every need however necessary. The group size is ideal and having Fiorella as our guide was excellent. I hope to do another tour with Susan and would not hesitate to recommend these tours to friends. — Julie, Canada

    After spending several days with Susan I came to realize her love for Italy is as deep as the Mediterranean, she is as warm as the sun that sets in Capri…Gale, Vermont


    Full Itinerary

    Golden Day 1: Depart USA: ANDIAMO!

    Today you will transfer on your own to the airport, to catch the overnight flight to Italy, full of joyful anticipation…

    Golden Day 2: Welcome to Your Golden Week
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    Benvenuta! You’ll be met by our driver at the Naples airport or train station, then transported along a dreamy route to your home for the week: Hotel Imperial Tramontano in Sorrento. The view of the Bay of Naples from here is breathtaking, and you’ll have time to ooh-and-ahh, relax, and perhaps even explore the vibrant historic center, that’s just steps away.

    In the evening, we’ll gather for an aperitivo to toast the week ahead. I’ll give you tips about keeping a travel journal, so you can create a treasured souvenir of your week through journaling. We’ll dine at the hotel’s restaurant, enjoying the view of the stars sparkling over the sea and the critically acclaimed cuisine of Chef Alfonso Iaccarino, famous for his menus that celebrate the season’s freshest ingredients.

    Meals Included: D

    Golden Day 3: Taste Campania

    Wake up and smell the caffe. A delicious, abundant breakfast awaits you in the hotel dining room. Get used to enjoying this elegant start to all your Sorrento days.

    Then we’re off to a nearby family villa, where a local signora will lead us in a cooking class–a chance to immerse ourselves in the region of Campania’s extraordinary flavors, including classic Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. Lunch, enjoying the fruits of our labors, will follow, along with time to enjoy the gardens of this lovely property.

    We’ll be back at the hotel by late afternoon, so you may enjoy a dip in the pool or a leisurely stroll, before dinner on your own, with my recommendations.

    Choices nearby range from cozy pizzerias to chic upscale restaurants.

    Meals Included: B, L

    Golden Day 4: Spa Day on the Island of Ischia


    Spa in Latin stands for, Salas Per Aqum=Health through Water. We’ll do as the Greeks and Romans did: immerse ourselves in the curative waters of Ischia that have been rejuvenating visitors since ancient times. A ferry ride takes us to the lush, volcanic island, that’s famed for its thermal springs. We’ll head to Poseidon Park, where we’ll soak in warm pools, steam in the Roman sauna, relax under umbrellas at the private beach. There will be time for optional spa treatments, or you may wish to simply bliss out amidst fragrant gardens, staring out into the mesmerizing Mediterranean Sea.

    Back in Sorrento, there’s an optional journal writing workshop in the early evening. Then those who would like to have a Dutch Treat group dinner, may follow me on a short walk to Sorrento’s Marina Grande, to enjoy the folksy scene and a meal of fresh caught seafood.

    Meals Included: B

    Golden Day 5: Full Day in Bella Napoli

    Our day in Bella Napoli is an inspiring mix of rich history, artisan shopping, and wonderful food. We’ll begin with lunch at a traditional pizzeria, indulging in what’s considered The Best Pizza in The World! We’ll stop in to the Naples Archaeological Museum, for an entertaining look at how women have been glorified in art since ancient days–from the sculptures of Goddess Venus to stunning mosaics. Then we’ll head for a caffe and sfogliatelle=delicious pastry break in Spaccanapoli, the city’s soulful, evocative historic center. There will be free time for strolling to explore this vibrant area on your own and a visit to the Cloisters of Santa Chiara, a wonderland from Naple’s Baroque heyday.

    We’ll return to Sorrento by early evening, giving you time to enjoy an aperitivo or shopping in the historic center, followed by a relaxing dinner on your own.

    Meals Included: B, L

    Golden Day 6: Guided Tour of Pompeii, Winery Visit followed by Lunch,
    Option to Visit Oplontis Villa


    We’ll begin the day with one of the world’s most fascinating places: the ruins of ancient Pompeii. On our entertaining guided walk, we’ll focus on the treasures of its feminine history–including the House of Venus, the Temple of Isis, (Egyptian Mother Goddess and Enchantress), and the Building of the Priestess Eumachia, (Patron of Launderers).

    At lunchtime, we’ll head to a winery in the foothills of Mt. Vesuvius, where we’ll tour the vineyards, taste the wines, and be treated to lunch in this beautiful country setting. Those who would like, have the option to visit the nearby Villa of Oplontis*, and discover stunning frescos in what was once the fancy suburbs of Pompeii, where Empress Poppea, (Nero’s wife), once lived.

    After this exhilarating experience, the evening is yours to enjoy in Sorrento.

    *Cost for Oplontis option is $85 per person (4 sign-ups minimum)

    Meals Included: B, L

    Golden Day 7: Discover Capri
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    This day is dedicated to one of the most magical places on earth: the island of Capri. We’ll take a 20-minute ferry ride from Sorrento to get there, then a private boat excursion to marvel over the Blue Grotto. Up in the Capri town center, we’ll have lunch on our own…perhaps a Caprese salad? There will be free time to experience Capri’s luxurious shopping scene and explore the quieter paths on the outskirts of town, where The Gardens of Augustus and amazing views await.

    Enchanted, we’ll ferry back to Sorrento, and have dinner on our own.

    (Please note: In case of bad weather, the Blue Grotto may not be accessible)

    Meals Included: B

    Golden Day 8: La Dolce Vita

    This is your day to immerse yourself in La Dolce Vita, and experience Sorrento any way you please. The town is a treasure to explore and a delicious joy to relax in, with fascinating small museums and fabulous shopping.

    Free Options:

    • Journal Writing Workshop
    • Demonstrations by local artisans (jewelry and wood-inlay) can also be arranged.
      Hike to the Baths of Giovanna and go for a swim in the cove

    Other Options, for additional cost:

    • Excursion to Amalfi and Ravello, by ferry and bus or private driver
    • Boat ride from Marina Grande to explore the Sorrentina Peninsula
    • Ferry to Capri and explore Anacapri, the island’s wilder side

    In the evening, we’ll gather for our Farewell Dinner at a traditional restaurant in the historic center, to celebrate our Golden Week, refreshed and inspired.

    Meals Included: B, D

    Golden Day 9: Arrivederci!
    HOTELTRAMONTANOSUNSETOur driver will transport you to the airport or train station, where you’ll depart with Golden Memories of our week together…

    Meals Included: B

    *Itinerary subject to change. If because of weather or unforeseen circumstances changes need to be made, replacement events will be equally as awesome as above.

    *Activity Level: Bring comfortable walking shoes! The historic center of Naples and Capri are pedestrian only, and our time there will include some walking together to discover their treasures and time for you to go at your own pace–which may range from settling into a caffe to people watch or exploring further if you wish. Our morning in Pompeii will take us along uneven rocky paths as we explore the ruins for a two-hour guided tour, with places to rest, as needed.
    We will also be taking ferries to Ischia and Capri, along with a smaller motor boat, then a row boat to visit the Blue Grotto. Guests having motion sickness are advised to take medications, or may opt out of the Capri boat excursion and spend more time enjoying the town.

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    In Collaboration with Perillo Tours, America’s Leading Tour Operator to Italy for 70 years.
    To reserve your space, or for more information, contact Irene today at: Irene@perillotours.com or 855-784-7687.
    Irene can also arrange for early arrivals or later departures, with discounted rates at the Hotel Imperial Tramontano in Sorrento.