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Culinary and Cultural Discovery of Naples, Pompeii and Capri

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$3,798 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

Take a Trip Back in History on this Magical Mediterranean Adventure. Explore the Gulf of Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Capri and Mount Vesuvius

This authentic Southern Italian tour combines culinary experiences, hands-on cooking classes, and guided tours of UNESCO historical sites throughout the Campania region. Your time in Naples by the sea will be filled with exciting excursions to Pompeii, boating along the Sorrento Coast with a visit to the Isle of Capri, tour of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum Historical Tour, a guided tour of Naples where you can shop and explore the City’s highlights. There are multiple hands-on cooking classes featuring the best of Italian cuisine while taking in the beautiful views of the sea. All meals are included in your tour, as well as wine with lunch and dinner. Even though there are a lot of activities packed into this tour, you’ll still have enough down time to relax, and soak in the fabulous sunsets and famous coastal scenery.

Culinary and Cultural Discovery of Naples, Pompeii and Capri

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
Naples Airport or Rail Station Transfers
6 Nights Hotel Accommodations
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily
Neapolitan Hands-On Cooking Class
Herculaneum Historical Tour
Sorrento Coast and Capri Experience
Guided Mount Vesuvius Excursion
Pasta & Seafood Hands-On Cooking Class
Discover Naples Guided Tour
Fresh Pasta Hands-On Cooking Class
Pompeii Guided Excursion
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Season Runs Mid-March to Mid-November. Tours start on Sunday and end on Saturday.
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Naples Airport or Train Station Transfers to the Hotel Your driver will meet you at the Naples Airport or Train Station for your short drive along the coast to your hotel located in Ercolano (just outside historic Herculaneum). There will be light refreshments provided to begin your holiday. The hotel is located only 35 minutes from the airport.
Sunset Welcome Dinner with Wine Meet your hotel contact and review the week’s exciting schedule as you sip your exotic welcome drink. This evening you will enjoy a four-course dinner with wine in the hotels fine restaurant overlooking the breathtaking sea views of the Gulf of Naples. La Terrazza specializes in fresh seafood prepared in the classic Neapolitan style infused with unforgettable flavor.
Day 2
Italian Breakfast Buffet Your day starts with a delicious Italian continental breakfast served buffet style on the terrace overlooking the sea. It includes breakfast sandwiches, chef's homemade desserts, cereal, yogurt, juices, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, croissants and fresh fruit of the season.
Neapolitan Hands-On Cooking Class | Pastry Lesson | Lunch with Wine Cooking with a view! Each day the backdrop of your cooking class will be an unforgettable view of the Gulf of Naples. Your cooking experience begins with Crocchè – delicious potato croquette antipasto originating from Naples. The preparation of the pizza dough will begin for the next cooking class, giving it time to rise. A very special traditional Neapolitan Sauce (Ragu Napoletano) is on the menu. The sauce is made with a combination of meats, a soffritto (onion, celery and carrot), meat and tomato sauce, red wine, basil and olive oil. Rum Baba – traditional Italian dessert from Naples – is a small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with Rum and filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. A three-course lunch will be served with wine following the cooking class.
Herculaneum Historical Tour | Dinner at La Terrazza Enjoy a stunning walk through the ruins of Herculaneum, offering a unique opportunity to rediscover the last moments of life in this city affected by the volcanic eruption of 79 A.D. Admire the panorama that has inspired artists from around the world. Embrace the pure vitality of the volcano, which will show you its slow and dark breath through the fumes coming from rocks surrounding the path. Dinner will be back at the hotel this evening.
Day 3
Italian Breakfast Buffet Your day starts with a delicious Italian continental breakfast served buffet style on the terrace overlooking the sea. It includes breakfast sandwiches, chef's homemade desserts, cereal, yogurt, juices, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, croissants and fresh fruit of the season.
Capri, Anacapri with Limoncello Tastings | Island Lunch | Dinner on the Terrance After a short walk from the hotel, you will reach the Borbonic dock of Villa Favorita, one of the best preserved gardens of the borbonic period. It's only 45 minutes to reach the island of Capri. At the port of "Marina Grande" your guide will be waiting at the meeting point, "Bar Gabbiano". From there, you will get to Anacapri crossing the scenic road from where you can see the entire Gulf of Naples. Lunch on Capri consists of Capri salad, choice of main course, and Capri cake for dessert. Drinks are on your own for lunch. After the lunch break, visit all the major points of interest of the island: La Piazzetta, the square which is the meeting point of the jet set worldwide; Via Vittorio Emanuele, the shopping street of the island; admire from outside the Certosa di San Giacomo, the Perfume factory; and end at the Augustus Gardens, a perfect photo spot for the famous symbol of the island, the Faraglioni. After the free time, you will reach the port of Marina Grande by a minibus, for the boat tour around the island. After the tour of the coast, you will be boarding to come back to the docks in Herculaneum at 4:15pm; followed by the short walk back to the hotel for free time before dinner on the terrace. In case of bad weather and/or rough seas, alternative plans will be made for the day.
Day 4
Italian Breakfast Buffet Your day starts with a delicious Italian continental breakfast served buffet style on the terrace overlooking the sea. It includes breakfast sandwiches, chef's homemade desserts, cereal, yogurt, juices, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, croissants and fresh fruit of the season.
Guided Mount Vesuvius Excursion Today, an early departure from the hotel to the crater of Mount Vesuvius is scheduled. This is the only active volcano on mainland Europe, which rises majestically above the Bay of Naples. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in 79 A.D. that led to the burning and destruction of the Roman Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The view is definitely one you’ll remember, so don’t forget your camera.
Pasta and Seafood Cooking Class | Lunch with Wine | Free Afternoon | Dinner on the Terrace This cooking class consists of Italian specialties such as Fritters algae – a delicious, fried antipasti treat. Both the pizza and pasta will use the Neapolitan sauce (Ragu Napolitano) that was made during your previous class. The chef will select locally sourced seafood to complement the experience. Torta Caprese is the typical chocolate and almond cake from the Isle of Capri that uses no flour…so it is gluten free. You will see this cake in all the pastry shops! The cooking class with be followed by a three-course lunch and wine. The remainder of the day can be spent at your leisure, or you can arrange some additional sightseeing with help from the hotel staff. Sunset cocktails and dinner will be served on the terrace.
Day 5
Italian Breakfast Buffet Your day starts with a delicious Italian continental breakfast served buffet style on the terrace overlooking the sea. It includes breakfast sandwiches, chef's homemade desserts, cereal, yogurt, juices, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, croissants and fresh fruit of the season.
Guided Discovery Tour of Naples | Pizza Lunch | Sunset Dinner Overlooking the Harbor Today you will enjoy a guided tour of Italy's third largest city. Naples is one of the country's oldest, most artistic and most appetizing cities. Pack your camera, and prepare to explore the mysteries of this fascinating and legendary metropolis. Led by a knowledgeable and professional guide, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Naples Historic Center, cross famous streets, and pass by the main churches and castles. This tour is based on a leisurely walking pace, allowing time for shopping and experiencing Naples as a local. At lunch, enjoy a delicious Neapolitan pizza, and visit the city's highlights in the afternoon. One of the most beautiful sunsets to be seen is overlooking the Harbor back at the hotel, where you'll enjoy cocktails and dinner.
Day 6
Italian Breakfast Buffet Your day starts with a delicious Italian continental breakfast served buffet style on the terrace overlooking the sea. It includes breakfast sandwiches, chef's homemade desserts, cereal, yogurt, juices, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, croissants and fresh fruit of the season.
Fresh Pasta and Gnocchi Cooking Class This cooking class consists of Italian specialties, such as Gnocchi pasta and arancini di riso (rice balls) - a delicious fried treat. The chef will select fresh clams to compliment the dishes you helped prepare. For dessert, you will enjoy Fritte Zeppole, an Italian pastry consisting of deep-fried dough balls of varying sizes. The cooking class will be followed by a four-course lunch with wine.
Pompeii Guided Excursion | Dinner at La Terrazza Pompeii is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Italy, and like an open book, it provides outstanding historical information on art, customs, trades, and everyday life in 79 A.D. The city is precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in a thick layer of ash from the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The preserved city features many excavated ruins that you can explore freely. There will be free time to relax back at the hotel prior to sunset cocktails and your farewell dinner.
Day 7
Italian Breakfast Buffet Your day starts with a delicious Italian continental breakfast served buffet style on the terrace overlooking the sea. It includes breakfast sandwiches, chef's homemade desserts, cereal, yogurt, juices, salami, ham, assortment of cheeses, eggs, jams, honey, croissants and fresh fruit of the season.
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you're having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious "Edible Destination." Remember, short excursion packages are often available in nearby cities or historic destinations. Should you desire an extension, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. Early in the morning on your departure day, you and your newly acquired friends will be transferred back to the Naples Airport or Train Station.
Hotel Punta Quattroventi
Hotel Punta Quattroventi is located near some of the most important attractions in the province of Naples. Your superior room with private balcony and beautiful views of the sea is also the perfect location for viewing outrageous sunsets. The scenery offers views of some of the best coastal areas in Campania. Each room features a bathtub and shower, AC, mini-bar, hair dryer and TV. In the heart of the historical and culturally rich area near Pompeii and Herculaneum cities, adventure is only a short distance from the hotel. With a private beach, two pools, hot tub, fitness center, a stress-free itinerary - relaxation is virtually guaranteed.
Ercolano, ItalyHerculaneum, ItalySorrento, ItalyCapri, ItalyPompeii, ItalyNaples, Italy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
What an amazing experience I had with Epitourean and Edible Destinations! From beginning to end, I felt like a VIP. From the time of booking, I was able to speak with a representative who had attended the same trip to Italy and provided so many tips to keep in mind for the trip. Just hearing how great of a time she had got me so excited to take our trip. Unfortunately, our trip had to be postponed due to the pandemic – but the agents always kept me informed of the status and held on to our reservation for whenever we, and Italy, were ready. In the months and weeks leading up to the trip, the agents were responsive, informative, and flexible to help get my mother and I ready for the trip. Our accommodations, host, cooking classes, and excursions were out of this world. This is by far the best, and most stress-free trip I have been on – and they took care of everything for us. Each day we had free time to enjoy the breath-taking views of the gulf and enjoy all that Italy has to offer. The menu, tutorials, and excursions were tailored to the region of Napoli which gave us the chance to indulge in the culture and learn so much. I could not have asked for more from the company, the staff, or the hotel – everything was simply perfect. It was a truly lovely vacation.
Ashlee - April 2022
We had no idea what to expect when we booked our trip with edible destinations to Naples, but all I can say after experiencing one of the best vacations we have ever had, is sign us up for the next city! We love adventure, and good food, and needed a relaxing trip away from our busy kids and every single detail was carefully taken care of so we could just relax. We got to see so much of the surrounding city, incredible tours, (Capri is how I imagine my heaven will look!), and the food was incredible. We felt like our waiters and chefs were family by the end of the week. All rides, transfers, and tickets were taken care of and there were no language barriers at all. We adored our cooking classes, and still make pizza every Sunday at home now! This was such a great way to easily travel without any worries. Come hungry and stressed, and you’ll leave completely relaxed with a belly full of the best food in the world! Thank you for an unforgettable trip.
Mandi and Matt - September 2021
Just wanted to let you know our Culinary Trip to Naples was no less than wonderful. The staff at the hotel – Benjamin, the chefs, the translator Lisa, the wait staff—were amazing. There was not one flaw with our trip. All the excursion were wonderful and the transfers were never a minute late to pick us up. We will be looking for another trip and will certainly recommend Edible Destinations to all.
Fran - October 2018
We just had a wonderful Epitourean stay in Ercolano, just South of Naples. We stayed at the Hotel Puntaquattroventi, which was a lovely small hotel and swim club right on the Mediterranean, the island of Capri, and Naples twinkling in the distance. The staff was outstanding, the food absolutely delicious, and the tours were wonderful. We were picked up at the airport with no problem despite having missed a connecting flight (a quick phone call was all it took) and whisked off. We had 4 cooking classes, various meals, etc. The wait staff were super friendly and remembered our preferences, each meal was different, and the location is lovely. Breakfast was a plentiful buffet, served at the bar. The cooking classes were small, just 2 other people; which meant there was plenty of time for questions, help, and lively discussions. Classes were taught by the three chefs: pastry, main chef, or pizza chef. The translator was Carmella, who was just wonderful, fun and full of interesting side information about Italian life, and with good English. We cooked Panna Cotta, a salted cod dish (my favorite), homemade gnocchi, squid, typical stuffed potato croquettes (the pounds added on!) and made pizza dough which rose for 2 days before making a real Neapolitan pizza. That was quite a feat, considering we were balancing molten cheese on a disk held on a 12 foot pole in 700 degree pizza oven! But it was by far the best I ever had. The excursions included Capri (a group tour with a bunch of other people, including both on the island and around the island on a boat to see the beautiful grotto). The rest of the excursions were only for us 4, which was very special, and all with very interesting guides. The Herculaneum, which is very close to the hotel, was especially interesting; we also went to Pompeii, the top of Mt. Vesuvius (a somewhat strenuous climb but worth it!) and Naples. All in all I would highly recommend this; it was very relaxing, informative, and we got some skills as well as new friends.
Gwendolyn - May 2018
Our Naples Adventure just could not have gone better. Benjamin welcomed us with Prosecco and went over the week with us. He always seemed to be on hand. We especially appreciated the way he coordinated swapping days for two events so that we had the best chance of a pretty day for our visit to Capri. We have done cooking lessons, classes and programs several times in Italy - including with Epitourean! - in China, Thailand, England, France....but working with Pascuale, Gennaro and Carlo was special. The love they have for cooking and their commitment to our learning and having a good experience came through again and again. And the food! From the welcome dinner to the farewell dinner and every meal in between, it was all just super. Every member of the staff - from our coffee baristas to our afternoon drinks waitress - was so friendly. Our room was amazing: with the terrace facing the ocean. We slept with the door open most nights and fell asleep to the sound of the waves. The owners obviously know how to treat their guests. Our site guides, Rafaello twice and Nando for Naples, were informative and easy to understand.
Carolyn & Randall - May 2018
"We have LOVED this week of cooking and exploring at Quattroventi, here in Ercolano. Benjamin and the entire staff have been wonderful. The cooking classes could not have been more fun."
Rebecca - May 2018
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