Trip Overview

This is an amazing, classic, and vibrant adventure to Southern Italy. Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, travel by boat to the islands of Capri, Vulcano, and Stromboli in the Aeolian Archipelago, and visit the extraordinary site of Pompeii which was destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. High energy hikes lead you along the crater of Vesuvius, the “path of the gods” along the coast, and the trails up Mt. Etna. 

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Italian guide who will lead you and help you explore life along the southern coast. You will also be accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, who is committed to making your experience a fun and rewarding one while cheering you on as you stretch beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own way!

Naples & Amalfi Coast

Naples is one of the most ancient cities in all of Europe, and its entire city center has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its vast array of architecture.  Enjoy such specialties as cuppetiello (a tasting of mini arancini), frittatine (fried stuffed pasta balls), and sfogliatelle (ricotta-filled pastries).

Hike the site of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii offers a unique glimpse into ancient life, as the city was well preserved and frozen in time under the volcanic ash that rained down upon the town in AD 79. A winery and then pizza await after your climb.

A scenic drive takes you on the Amalfi Coast which stretches along the southern coastline of Italy and offers an unforgettable Mediterranean landscape. Then, ferry to the fabled island of Capri.

Aeolian Archipelago & Mt Etna

The Aeolian Archipelago is made up of seven islands off the northern coast of Sicily: Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Panarea. These islands were all formed as a result of volcanic activity, and there are still two active volcanoes in the archipelago today. You will have the chance to visit four of the seven islands during your adventure!

Take a walking tour of Catania, known for its grand piazzas, wide roads, and architecture made of volcanic rock.

Today you will visit Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. This towering mountain dominates the skyline of eastern Sicily. You will start your walk at Rifugia Sapienza, which is at 6,000 feet above sea level. Hike among cinder cones and extinct craters over this desolate expanse of the upper portion of Mt.

Your last day stops at a winery on the slopes of this legendary volcano. Meet the owner and sample some of his delectable wines before driving back to your farmhouse.  Here, you will spend a festive farewell dinner celebrating all the incredible sights and amazing accomplishments you experienced with your traveling companions during your time in Italy.

 

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast
  • Travel by boat to the islands of Capri, Vulcano, and Stromboli in the Aeolian Archipelago
  • Visit the extraordinary site of Pompeii which was destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
  • Hike to see amazing sights along the crater of Vesuvius, the "path of the gods" along the coast, and the trails up Mt. Etna
  • Explore the lively cities of Naples and Catania

What You'll See and Do

  • Archaeology
  • Cooking Class
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Wine Tasting

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Naples
Welcome to Italy! The Southern coast of Italy offers a diverse geography of beautiful coastal seascapes and towering volcanic mountains.

During your adventure, you’ll get to know your expert Italian guide who will lead you and help you explore life along the southern coast. You will also be accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, who is committed to making your experience a fun and rewarding one while cheering you on as you stretch beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own way!

Arrive in Naples, Italy (NAP) before 3:00 PM today. You will be picked up at the Naples airport by your Italian guide and transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel and take some time to relax before dinner tonight.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner at a local restaurant as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman on your trip is excited to explore this beautiful region of Italy!
Dinner

Overnight: Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Day 2

Naples
In the morning, join an art historian guide for a walking tour of downtown Naples and learn about the history of the art and architecture of the city. Along the way, you will visit the San Carlo Theater and the striking Sansevero Chapel, which is home to Cristo Velato, an incredibly beautiful marble statue.

Make your way along Spaccanapoli, the lively main street of the old historic center of the town and sample some delicious, traditional Neapolitan street food for lunch. Enjoy such specialties as cuppetiello (a tasting of mini arancini), frittatine (fried stuffed pasta balls), and sfogliatelle (ricotta-filled pastries).

This afternoon, venture to the iconic Caffe Gambrinus and taste the world-famous Neapolitan coffee in the company of the female owner of one of the most historical tailors in Naples.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Day 3

Naples
Hike the trail to the crater of Vesuvius National Park where you will enjoy the majesty of the volcano as well as the amazing views of the entire Gulf of Naples.

After your hike, proceed to a winery at the base of Mt. Vesuvius for a delicious lunch where each course will be paired with a specific local wine.

Explore Pompeii Explore Pompeii, one of the world’s most fascinating archeological sites, which was both destroyed and preserved by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

What visit to Italy would be complete without enjoying a slice of pizza? Enjoy dinner with the group at a local pizzeria in Naples tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Day 4

Naples
Take a scenic drive to the Amalfi Coast and Agerola where you will share a picnic lunch with the group.

After lunch, hike along the breathtaking “path of the gods” to Positano, where you will have time to explore at your own pace before heading back to Naples.

Enjoy dinner on your own this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Day 5

Naples
Today, you will take a ferry ride to the fabled island of Capri. Hike along trails to the largest and most opulent of Tiberius’ twelve villas on the island, Villa Jovis. Walk through Mediterranean vegetation, with the scent of oak and myrtle permeating the air while you take in vast views of the mainland and the Faraglioni, three towering rock formations just off the coast.

Enjoy a merenda (small bites in the afternoon) today in a local home before you return to Naples.

After returning to Naples, you will board the overnight ferry for Lipari.

Tonight’s dinner is on your own in the ferry cafeteria.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Overnight Ferry

Day 6

Naples to the Aeolian Archipelago
If you are hungry before making landfall, you can have breakfast on your own in the ferry cafeteria this morning. Otherwise, you can wait to enjoy a quick group breakfast in a cafe upon arrival to the island.

After breakfast, visit the archeological museum which is tucked inside Lipari Castle on the island’s eastern bay between Marina Lunga and Marina Corta. Be sure to take in the Greek acropolis and the Norman cathedral on the island.

After a lunch of local fish, you will continue on to Panarea, the only car-free island of the archipelago. Check into your hotel before dinner.

Have dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Lisca Bianca

Day 7

Aeolian Archipelago
Take a private boat to Vulcano this morning where you will disembark and hike to the top of the island. From this vantage point, it is possible to observe numerous volcanic phenomena, including smoke clouds, vapor spouts, and sulphuric mud holes known for their therapeutic properties. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

Return to your hotel and take the afternoon to relax at the pool, explore the village on your own, venture to the beach, or hike the island on your own.

Cap off the day at dinner with a female anthropologist who will share how the fisherwomen had a significant impact on the islands in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Lisca Bianca

Day 8

Aeolian Archipelago
Board a private boat to Stromboli this morning. The most active volcano in Europe, Stromboli has been erupting for at least 2,000 years at intervals of approximately 15 minutes, and the lava flows all the way down to the sea. Spend a full day here exploring the island and hiking the beautiful ascent. You’ll have a picnic lunch with the group along the way. After a full day of exploration, head back to Panarea via boat and have the evening and dinner on your own.
Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Lisca Bianca

Day 9

Aeolian Archipelago to Catania
After breakfast today, you will embark a boat bound for Milazzo, a picturesque Sicilian village.

Upon disembarking, drive to Catania, which is cradled amidst the splendid greenery of the surroundings while opening out to the sea. Catania is known for its grand piazzas, wide roads, and architecture made of volcanic rock.

Join your guide on a walking tour of the city center where you will see incredible examples of traditional Sicilian Baroque architecture as well as ancient remains dating back to Greco-Roman times. Enjoy lunch on your own today in one of the city’s many local restaurants.

After a day of exploring the city, you will have the opportunity to visit the Ursino Recupero Library for a private after-hours visit with the curator. The library features majestic, towering bookshelves which house many ancient historical manuscripts. Don’t forget to look overhead, as the ceilings are beautifully decorated with ornate works of art.

Make your way to your home for the next two nights – a family-owned agriturismo accommodation on the slopes of Mt. Etna.

Enjoy dinner with the group after you check in.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Tenuta San Michele

Day 10

Catania
Today you will visit Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. This towering mountain dominates the skyline of eastern Sicily. You will start your walk at Rifugia Sapienza, which is at 6,000 feet above sea level. Hike among cinder cones and extinct craters over this desolate expanse of the upper portion of Mt. Etna. A spectacular panoramic view of the coast awaits you.

In the afternoon, if weather and volcanic conditions allow, you will take 4×4 Jeeps up to 9,500 feet and then continue on foot to 11,000 feet above sea level.

Stop at a winery on the slopes of this legendary volcano. Meet the owner and sample some of his delectable wines before driving back to your farmhouse.

Spend tonight’s festive farewell dinner celebrating all the incredible sights and amazing accomplishments you experienced with your traveling companions during your time in Italy.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Tenuta San Michele

Day 11

Depart Catania
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the Catania airport for your flights home. Depart Catania, Italy (CTA) any time after 12:00PM today
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Italy



Arrival and Departure Information

June 2, 2023 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Naples International Airport (NAP) on June 2, 2023 before 3:00pm.

Depart: Depart Catania Airport (CTA) on June 12, 2023 after 12:00pm.

September 15, 2023 Departure

Arrive: Arrive at Naples International Airport (NAP) on September 15 before 3:00pm.

Depart: Depart Catania Airport (CTA) on September 25, 2023 after 12:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Preparation and Packing  

Please use the following guides as a reference when preparing for your adventure. We also encourage you to adapt the guides to your travel style as well as the destination’s forecasted weather.  

Gratuities  

Gratuities are highly trip-dependent and details will be provided to you prior to departure. As a general reference, AdventureWomen suggests $200-250 (or more) for gratuities on most trips. As always, tipping is at your discretion. 

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more on the FitForTrips website.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Italy, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Italy.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (Photo Page)
  • Supplemental Release for COVID

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

June 2, 2023 Departure Final Payment Due Date: March 4, 2023

September 15, 2023 Departure Final Payment Due Date: June 17, 2023

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guide(s) throughout the trip
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure
  • Guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinking water to refill personal bottles
  • Gratuities for hotel staff, luggage porters, and waitstaff

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Italy
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Gratuities for main guide and driver

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

The Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

The Grand Hotel Santa Lucia in Naples overlooks historic Mt. Vesuvius and majestic Castel Del 'Ovo with the beautiful bay as a backdrop. Enjoy a comfortable stay in your well-appointed room.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, air conditioning, safe, WiFi

Overnight Ferry

The only way to travel to the Aeolian Islands is via ferry. The ferry has nine decks and accommodates both passengers and vehicles. You can buy a bite to eat in the cafeteria or purchase drinks and snacks in the bar. If the weather is nice, enjoy beautiful views from the open-air deck.

Amenities: Soap, en suite bathroom with toilet and marine shower

Hotel Lisca Bianca

Located just steps away from the port of Panarea, the Hotel Lisca Bianca is appointed with traditional Aeolian style. Relax in the tranquil rooms surrounded by gardens and enjoy the panoramic views of the sea.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, conditioner, WiFi

Tenuta San Michele

This beautiful estate is situated on the eastern slope of Mt. Etna and is home to sweeping vineyards and a family-run winery that has been active since 1860. Enjoy a peaceful stay in this charming Sicilian gem.

Amenities: Soap, shampoo, hair dryer, air conditioning, WiFi

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686