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A Taste of Italian Isles & the Amalfi Coast

Join us for four spectacular nights exploring the islands of the sparkling Bay of Naples followed by three relaxing nights on the luxurious Amalfi Coast. After a flight to Naples, take a ferry to the island of Ischia, our home base, from which we tour islands including Ischia’s thermal baths and gorgeous gardens, Capri’s charming towns and natural beauty, and Procida, named Italy’s 2022 Capital of Culture, featuring the refreshing authenticity that’s so desirable on any traveler’s bucket list. Get breathtaking views of the Faraglioni Cliffs, enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Pompeii Archaeological Park featuring striking volcanic ruins, and take in the stunning Amalfi Coast as we wind along the Sorrentine Peninsula. Delight in authentic Italian culture and food with a farm tour, Limoncello tastings, cooking class, and included Italian dinner on the farm to conclude our delightful coastal vacation in Italy.

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Day 1 : Depart the USA

Our wonderful Italian vacation begins with an overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2 : Arrive in Italy

We arrive in Naples where you will meet your Holiday Vacations Tour Director, fellow travelers, and Italian guide at the airport. From there, we transfer to Pozzuoli and ferry to the island of Ischia where we check in at the Hotel Villa Carolina for a four-night stay.


Day 3 : Ischia

Today we explore Ischia with a guided tour of this island paradise featuring thermal baths and a beautiful botanical garden. La Mortella Gardens were created by the masterful landscape architect Russel Page who creatively integrated volcanic rocks and exotic plants in this unique garden overlooking phenomenal views of the Bay of Forio. This garden is split into two parts, The Hill and The Valley, connected by steps, footpaths, streams, and waterfalls including three greenhouses, Victoria House, Orchid House, and Temple of the Sun. There is also the Thai House for meditation and a Nymphaeum. This 16,000-square-meter area has over 500 species of plants.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Capri & Anacapri

This morning we ferry to the Marina Grande port of Capri Island where we are bussed to the towns of Capri and Anacapri. These charming places offer a variety of attractions. We stop at famous Piazzetta and enjoy some relaxation at its bright cafes. World-class shopping is available at Via Camerelle, and the zig-zagging Via Krupp is a fun hike from Anacapri up to Monte Solaro featuring breathtaking views of the bay and Faraglioni Cliffs. Art and architecture enthusiasts will love to visit Axel Munthe’s villa, the Church of San Michele, and the lovely Gardens of Augustus. We ferry back and return to our Ischia hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Prodicia: Italy's Capital of Culture

We ferry to delightful Procida for a half-day visit. Located in the Bay of Naples, this special place is currently celebrating its title of Italy's 2022 Capital of Culture after having competed with nine other finalists. The Bay of Naples' smallest island and best-kept secret, we explore this refreshingly authentic hidden gem. Enjoy time at leisure in Ischia this evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Pompeii

Our ferry ride today takes us to Pozzuoli. On arrival, we transfer to Naples where we have some time at leisure. Enjoy an included pizza lunch in Naples before we transfer to Pompeii for a guided tour of Pompeii Archaeological Park. A private guide leads us through these ruins, explaining the city's history and cataclysmic destruction by the infamous Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption of 79 AD. Tonight we transfer to Sorrento and check in at the Hotel Isabella in Sant'Agnello for three nights.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : The Amalfi Coast

The wonderful Amalfi Coast awaits us today on a narrated sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of its sunny scenery and the welcoming locals that add extra charm to this classic excursion. The coast's cliffs plunge poetically into the brilliantly blue Tyrrhenian Sea. Rich vegetation and little towns dot the narrow main road that winds along the Sorrentine Peninsula, its villages rising vertically in colorful bursts that are mirrored in the water. Ancient trails lead upwards to paths such as "Walk of the Gods" that feature heavenly views of the Gulf of Salerno below. Along this route are the artsy resort towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. We stop in Positano, its colorful buildings built into the mountainside and finish our excursion with a Limoncello tasting, the sweet Italian liqueur locally produced with lemon zest.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 : Sorrento

We wake up today for a tour of Sorrento. This town is perched over the Bay of Naples, offering stunning views and tiny pedestrian streets filled with local shops, deliciously inviting restaurants, and, of course, the magnificent coast for a pause to behold its marvelous views and breathe in rejuvenating coastal saline air. Following, we have a farm tour in Sorrento that features gorgeous gardens and a traditional mozzarella cheesemaking demonstration plus a cooking class where we learn how to make a typical Italian dinner with wine and Limoncello tastings. We end our fabulous Italian vacation as we enjoy an included dinner at the farm before returning to our hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 : Return Home


Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 4 nights at the Hotel Villa Carolina on the island of Ischia
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Isabella in Sant'Agnello - Sorrento

Attractions & Highlights

  • Round-trip ferries on the Gulf of Naples
  • Ischia guided tour feat. La Mortella Gardens
  • Capri & Anacapri guided tour
  • Half day visit to the island of Procida, the 2022 Cultural Capital of Italy
  • Time at leisure on Ischia
  • Pompeii Archaeological Park guided tour
  • Amalfi Coast narrated sightseeing tour
  • Positano, "The Vertical City"
  • Limoncello tasting
  • Sorrento narrated sightseeing tour
  • Sorrento farm tour feat. mozzarella demonstration and cooking lesson

15 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Local wine with each included dinner
  • Pizza lunch in Naples
  • Farewell dinner on a farm in the Sorrento area

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Final Payment Date: 02/07/2023

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Andi Fouberg

The SDSU Alumni Association is an independent, not-for-profit, non dues association that welcomes all graduates, former students, current students, faculty, staff, and friends of South Dakota State to be SDSU Alumni Association members. They strive to connect alumni to SDSU and each other through the promotion of the University and by providing valuable benefits, services, and resources to members. The SDSU Alumni Association has more than 97,000 alumni and friends that are an influential force in keeping STATE’S traditions alive and advancing South Dakota State University.

Andi joined the Alumni Association staff as the President and CEO in 2014. A native of Letcher, SD, Andi is a 1999 graduate of SDSU in journalism and political science. While at SDSU, she was a member of the Pride of the Dakotas, Alpha Xi Delta, and served as Students’ Association President. Andi has traveled to 14 countries on 5 continents.

Join her on this wonderful vacation.