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Italy's Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is known for it's charming hilltop towns, acres of lemon groves and mile after mile of stunning cliffs kissed by cobalt-blue water. On this trip, you’ll live like one of the region’s (incredibly lucky) locals, discovering the small towns, mountain trails and local customs of this uniquely beautiful place. Explore the ruins of Pompeii in the morning, hike the coastline of the Mediterranean by afternoon, have a cooking demonstration in the evening and tuck into bed at your sixteenth-century monastery home base at night.


Itinerary

June 21 : Naples

Arrive at any time. Orientation walk on the way to optional group dinner.

June 22 : Pompeii/Furore (1B,1D)

Guided day trip to Pompeii, onward transport to our agriturismo Sant Alfonso just outside of Furore. Evening cooking demonstration at the Agriturismo.

June 23 : Valle delle Ferriere/Furore (1B,1L,1D)

Day hike to Valle delle Ferriere with included picnic lunch.

June 24 : Ravello/Amalfi/Furore (1B,1D)

Short hike and day trip to Ravello and Amalfi. Cooking demonstration in the evening.

June 25 : Tre Calle/Furore (1B,1D)

Day hike in the hills of Tre Calli, with magnificent views down to the coast far below.

June 26 : Furore (1B,1D)

Free day with the option to visit the island of Capri, boat trip to Positano or visit to Sorrento. Cooking demonstration in the evening.

June 27 : Positano/Furore (1B,1D)

Day hike along the famous Walk of the Gods enjoying breathtakingly gorgeous views down to the resort town of Positano.

June 28 : Furore (1B)

Depart the agriturismo at 8:30am, arriving to the Naples train station by 11am via a provided group transfer. If you opt to stay at the agriturismo in Furore until checkout time at 11am, we will gladly help you to arrange any onward transport at your own cost.

Detailed Itinerary

June 21 : Naples

Welcome to Naples, home to (arguably) the best pizza of the world. As your fellow travelers are arriving throughout the day, there are no planned activities until your Group Meeting at 6pm this evening, so check-in to the hotel (check-in time is approximately 3pm) and enjoy the city. While walking around Naples be very careful with your possessions as there are a lot of pickpockets!

Please make every effort to arrive in time for this important meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform the hotel or us directly- contact numbers are provided in these notes. Your Tour Leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up.

Why not join your Tour leader after the welcome meeting at an optional group dinner to eat the dish Naples is famous for—pizza!

June 22 : Pompeii/Furore (1B,1D)

Today we head off by private transport to our accommodation, Agriturismo Sant'Alfonso, just outside of Furore. Enroute we will visit the famed site of Pompeii, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, near Naples. One of Italy’s best-known sites, this unique visit is truly an amazing experience. After our guided tour with an expert local guide, there will be some free time to explore on your own before heading to our accommodation.

For the duration of our trip we stay at the Agriturismo Sant'Alfonso. Located in the tiny village of Sant'Alfonso just outside of Furore, our accommodation was formerly a 16th century monastery - the friendly and hospitable staff are unsurpassed. The monastery is surrounded by colorful gardens, open terraces and endless staircases leading out to lemon tree groves and grape vines. Enjoy your meals in an open-air dining area that overlooks the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tonight, and for two other nights, we will enjoy a real treat for our Local Living experience. Before dinner, our local hosts will show us how to make a delicious specialties and traditional regional recipes using local produce. Indeed, depending of course on the season, you may well be selecting and picking part of your own dinner from the vegetable patch and orchards before cooking it!

This activity will be available on three of the nights before dinner, for a time varying between 20 minutes and 1 hour, depending on what time you finish your days' activities and the seasonal availability of ingredients.

Estimated distance walked: 5km around Pompeii
Estimated travel time (including visit to Pompeii and lunch): 5 hours

June 23 : Valle delle Ferriere/Furore (1B,1L,1D)

Walk through meadows to the lush verdant flora and beautiful waterfalls of the Valle delle Ferriere National Park. The bustle of the Amalfi Coast is only a few miles away as the crow flies, but away from the throng we have the chance to savor the quieter surrounds.

Valle delle Ferriere is a Unesco-listed natural wonder, with sparkling waterfalls, and renowned for its rare and beautiful flowers. It is also home to the oldest remaining paper mills in Europe. Paper manufacture is one of the traditional crafts of this area and there are two remaining working paper mills, which you are welcome to visit. Amalfi also has a Paper Museum where you can learn more about this ancient craft and the local people who made their living from it.

We will provide a packed picnic lunch for our walk today, as it is the first days' walking and will be quite a long day. Depending on your hiking experience, you might find that the trails used on this trip range from moderate to a bit more demanding in difficulty. All hikes are optional.

Please note, picnic lunches for the other days are not included but you will have different lunch options each day that your tour leader will brief you about the night before.

Approximate distance walked: 12km
Approximate time walked (including picnic lunch): 7 hours

June 24 : Ravello/Amalfi/Furore (1B,1D)

We set off early on the steep but delightful walk along the many stone steps to the town of Amalfi and then onwards to the lovely hilltop town of Ravello. (You may choose to walk the whole way or catch the local bus for part of the journey)

Ravello is famous for the beauty of its location, perched high above the azure Mediterranean with stunning views in all directions, and for its musical associations. The scenery here inspired many poets, artists and musicians, most prominent amongst them, Wagner.

After free time for you to visit the Villa Rufolo and the cathedral, we walk down a quiet footpath to the tiny coastal village of Atrani. From here we follow back streets and improbably tiny alleyways to return to Amalfi and thence our agriturismo home.

Approximate distance walked: 9km
Approximate time walked: 5 hours

June 25 : Tre Calle/Furore (1B,1D)

Today's hike takes us to the mountain slopes of Mount Tre Calli. We begin from Bomerano and hike uphill through woodland and then open slopes with magnificent glimpses down to the sparkling Mediterranean sea.

Approximate distance walked: 15km
Approximate time walked: 7 hours

June 26 : Furore (1B,1D)

Today is a free day for you to enjoy more sites of your choice along the Amalfi Coast. Perhaps a visit to the famous resort islands of Capri or Ischaia, with their stunning scenery, entices you. There is a regular boat service from Amalfi to Capri and it is a very pleasant and popular day trip. We also have details of more beautiful walks in the area if you would like to do another day's hiking. Amalfi's famous historic cathedral should not be missed, or simply hit the beach for some R&R.

June 27 : Positano/Furore (1B,1D)

Probably the most famous walk of the Amalfi region, the ancient trail climbs along ridges high above the coastal towns of Positano and Praiano, once the only road connecting these two villages. The path can be rough underfoot and a little exposed but well worth it for the spectacular scenery and the chance to be so close to nature and "the Gods".

The outstanding beauty of the Amalfi Coast can only be fully appreciated on foot. Follow ancient paths and trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches and monasteries. Most of the walking offers amazing views to the rugged coastline below with wonderful vistas from village to village.

Hike up many stairs to the small town of Bomerano, perched in the hills high above the sparkling sea. Then we follow a delightful path , narrow and with sensational views down to the sea far below, on our walk to the village of Montepertuso and down to Positano. We will walk past abandoned farmhouses and lemon groves, across high mountain pastures and through woodland, and finally down to hilltop villages and steeply down to the coast again. The walk finishes in Positano where you will have time if you wish to explore the bustling resort. We'll then catch a boat back to Amalfi and bus it back to Furore.

Estimated Travel Time: 1 hour 45 minutes (one-way)
Approximate distance walked: 9km
Approximate time walked: 5-6 hours

June 28 : Furore (1B)

Depart the agriturismo at 8:30am, arriving to the Naples train station by 11am via a provided group transfer. If you opt to stay at the agriturismo in Furore until checkout time at 11am, we will gladly help you to arrange any onward transport at your own cost.

Want more adventure? GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

This program can be combined with our Italy, Portugal/Spain or Heart of the Silk Road programs.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

Stuff You Need to Know

Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

Service Level

Comfort:

All the adventure with a softer landing
Upgraded transportation (private vehicles, trains and planes)
More inclusions (transfers, more meals and activities are generally included)
Hand-picked accommodations with additional amenities and services

Physical Grading

3:

May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

This program is guaranteed to run and will have a maximum of 16 participants.

Group Leader Description

All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Packing List

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a backpack or light sports bag, whichever you find easiest to carry, plus a small daypack. Luggage space on public transport is limited. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking), hopping on and off trains and public buses and up and down stairs.

Suggested Checklist

•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather
•Sturdy walking shoes or boots with good grip (very important if you want to do the hikes!)
•Walking poles (optional but useful on uneven terrain)
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries (biodegradable)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Money belt
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine,
Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect
repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Optional Checklist

•Dramamine
•Money belt
•Water bottle
•Phone/Tablet for internet (Most hotels have WiFi)
•Chargers for electronics as well converters/adaptors if needed (See FAQ)
•Light fleece top (Just for the flight)
•Packing cubes (These are awesome)
•Flip-flops/Sandals
•Ear Plugs (These are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate)
•Snacks (Packing a few granola bars is a good idea. You can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here.)
•Ziplock bags for wet clothing
•Washcloth (Most hotels don’t have them and some people like having a washcloth)
•Reading/writing material
•Hand Sanitizer/Baby wipes
•Phrase books

Document Checklist

•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•Credit and/or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas, additional passport photos or vaccination certificates required (Check our FAQ to see if you need them)
•GEEO Classroom action plans for your group (This is sent 10-30 days before departure)

Laundry

As our Agriturismo is in the countryside, there is no convenient self-service laundry. We recommend you bring biodegradable washing soap for any hand-washing you may need to do.

Single Travellers

We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our trips are designed for shared accommodation. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Money

Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

Italy is in the Eurozone and the unit of the currency is the Euro.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros, traveller’s cheques and cards is best. Avoid relying on traveller's cheques alone as these are less and less readily cashed as clients use them very little.

Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Medical Forms

GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, at minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. Travelers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

Optional Activities

Please note: All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.

Amalfi Coast

Herculaneum - €11
Local buses on the Amalfi Coast (any single journey) - €2
Day pass on local buses (valid for routes in Amalfi Coast area for 24hrs) - €6

Capri

Ferry/hydrofoil from Amalfi (rtn.) - €32
Local buses in Capri - €5
Villa Jovis (Tiberio House) - €2
Funicular to Monte Solaro (highest point of the island) - €6

Ravello

Villa Cimbrone Gardens - €6

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Very few meals are included on this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget. The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

$1709 USD

Non-Educator Fee

$100 USD (Educators do not have to pay this fee)

Optional Activities

$150 USD, See optional activities tab to get a better idea of your budget.

International Airfare from USA

Roughly $1000-$1700 USD, See our FAQ for flight advice.

Insurance

$35- $200 USD
Please note it is mandatory for all of our travellers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.
See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance.

Tipping

We recommend $30 USD for your G Adventures tour leader.

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

Allow €100-€150 for meals not included. (About $200-$300 USD)

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

(Make sure you budget for these types of expenses)

Airport and Departure Taxes

Normally this included in the cost of your flight

Souvenirs

$0-????

FAQ

What should be my expectations for this GEEO program?

Before you decide on travelling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering.

• Our center-based accommodation in Sant Alfonso, is in a renovated 16th century former monastery traditional agriturismo, immersed in greenery based just outside the small village of Furore, high in the hills above the Amalfi Coast. It still has many historic features including a frescoed entrance hall, old gateway, original meat curing oven and period tiles. The rooms are comfortable and welcoming, all with ensuite bathroom and lovely rural views.

• This is a walking trip, with hikes of up to 5-6 hours involving some ascents and descents of up to 600 meters (2000ft). Please be prepared in particular for some steep downhill and lots of steps (both up and down) on the Walk of the Gods and other Amalfi Coast walks! Not suitable for people with knee problems.

• We use a mix of public transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.

• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage for short distances, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.

• This program takes place in a location where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.

• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.

• Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals. For our Pompei visit we also use an expert local guide.

• We try to set up either a school visit or a meeting with local teachers. Sometimes this is not possible due to time constraints, summer vacations, etc. Please understand this is not a guaranteed part of the program.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

Do I need a Passport? Do I need a visa?

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of trip departure. If you have a U.S. passport, but it has expired, or will expire within 6 months of trip departure, click here for information on how to get it renewed. If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport, please click here. Processing time for US Passports is 4-6 weeks so please start this process immediately.

Americans do not need a visa for travel in Italy. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.

Is it OK if I am traveling alone? Do I have to have a roommate?

Half of the people that travel with us are traveling by themselves so please don’t worry if you have no one who wants to join you on our trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. If you want to room alone, there is a "My Own Room" fee for this trip of $599 USD.

What is group travel like?

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

How active is this program?

This is a walking trip, with hikes of up to 5-6 hours involving some ascents and descents of up to 600 meters (2000ft). Please be prepared in particular for some steep downhill and lots of steps (both up and down) on the Walk of the Gods and other Amalfi Coast walks! Not suitable for people with knee problems.

The tour includes three walking days of around 5-6 hours, which will require a public bus ride to and from the start/finish points. Walks will include the “Walk of the Gods” from Bomerano to Positano.

We also walk part of the route to/from Ravello on Day 6, but you can opt out of part of this day's walking and go by bus if you prefer.

Please note that the walks may vary due to weather and/or path conditions. There are plenty of other walks in the region that can be recommended by your tour leader and organized for free days.

Is there any advice past participants have for you?

"I would warn people about the taxi drivers in Naples. We didn't have exact change (gave him two $20's for a $25 fare) and he refused to give us proper change- he gave himself a generous tip. We learned that was common in that area. We were repeatedly warned about the dangers of Naples. I only felt safe there with the group and am glad I didn't have to venture there alone."

"The hikes were great . . . but very rigorous! I don't know that I was prepared for the heat! It was quite a challenge, but very rewarding."

Is it possible to get references for GEEO?

Over 800 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide.

To read comments from past travelers, please feel free to visit a website that reviews non-profit organizations called Great Non-profits. Please click here for those reviews.

Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference.

Who travels with GEEO?

GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K-12 teachers. Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip. We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates, unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room. If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants.

GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers, school staff, school administrators, and soon-to-be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate. Our programs are also open to retired educators. Non-American educators are welcome on our trips.

Each Participant in our programs is permitted to bring one friend or family members who is not a teacher. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and of adequate fitness level for your chosen trip.

What vaccinations do I need for this trip?

You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program.

Where do I meet the group? How do I get to Naples?

Our groups meets at our hotel in Naples at 6PM on the first night of the trip. This hotel is located within walking distance of Naples Central Station on Piazza Garibaldi and we will give you detailed instructions on how to get there closer to departure.

To get to Naples you can fly directly Naples Airport (NAP) or take a train to Naples from Rome, which take about 2 hours.

Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip?

Other than the first hotel (Typically we use the Hotel Ideal), our partner G Adventures does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips.

The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute. G Adventures does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues. Instead we give you 24-hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure's headquarters. This way at anytime your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed.

What are the hotels like?

Our center-based accommodation in Sant Alfonso, is in a renovated 16th century former monastery traditional agriturismo, immersed in greenery based just outside the small village of Furore, high in the hills above the Amalfi Coast. It still has many historic features including a frescoed entrance hall, old gateway, original meat curing oven and period tiles. The rooms are comfortable and welcoming, all with ensuite bathroom and lovely rural views.

Can GEEO book extra hotel nights for me?

You may want to stay longer in Naples at the start of the trip, so feel free to arrive a few days early. We can book your extra hotel nights for you if you wish. Just send us a request by email with dates you would like at least 30 days before departure.

What type of transportation do we use on this trip?

On this trip we will mostly use the local Italian buses, which, depending on the time of year, can be busy and, as with many services in Southern Italy, characterized by a somewhat chaotic (but always charming!) scheduling system. The scenery along the Amalfi Coast is dramatic and buses are a fantastic way to appreciate some of the magical views, as well as get chatting with the locals, but the cliffs and mountains of the coastline make for some extremely windy and occasionally precipitous roads - pack some motion sickness medicine if you think you´ll need it! We will also make use of the local Cicumvesuviana train service that runs from Sorrento to Naples via Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Do you recommend spending any extra days in Napoli?

Answer from GEEO Executive Director:

"I really enjoyed my time in Naples. I would recommend arriving the night before Day 1 and have the next day to explore the city and see the sights. Be careful with your possessions. Almost every traveler I met either had been pick-pocketed or new someone that had.

I would definitely recommend spending a few days in Rome before the start of this trip if you have the time."

If I wanted to extend my stay in the region, is there any other tour you would recommend?

Want more adventure? GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

This program can be combined with our Italy, Portugal/Spain or Heart of the Silk Road programs.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

When should I purchase my flights?

This program is now confirmed to run. Feel free to purchase your flights whenever you like. GEEO usually suggests purchasing flights 60 days before departure as the prices of flights are just as likely to go down as up at anytime of the year. 60 days before gives you the most flexibility while at the same time studies have shown prices on average are lowest at that point.

What cities/airports should I book my flight in and out of?

Your trip begins and ends in Naples. Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Naples by. You can arrive at anytime of the day you choose, however we strongly urge you to come by 6PM for our group meeting on Day 1. On the final day of the trip we will drop the group off at the Naples train station at roughly 11 AM.

Where can I purchase flights?

We recommend using www.kayak.com to see what is out there in terms of flights. G Adventures also has a wonderful air department, which can be reached at 1-800-708-7761.

You may also want to take a look at the prices at www.flyforgood.com or call 1-877-359-4466 to speak to a person. They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non-profit. If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight, you will need a supporting document from GEEO. Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets. Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations, and are sometimes higher than tickets found on on kayak, travelocity, orbitz, etc. Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate. Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket.

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

One of the least expensive options is the "International Volunteer Card." They have a $35 card (The individual plus option) that includes the amount of travel medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip, plus other trip insurance benefits.

To sign up for the card you can follow this link:

http://www.volunteercard.com/geeo.html.

We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance too, which the IVC offers as an additional option.

Another option is www.insuremytrip.com. They offer different options from many different companies. You can also get your insurance directly through G Adventures if you wish.

Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000USD.

Will I be eating on my own? With the group? Why aren't all meals included?

Eating is a big part of traveling, especially in Italy. Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. On this trip, you have included 7 continental breakfasts and 3 hearty farmhouse dinners, home-cooked by the family who run the Agriturismo using local and often organic ingredients. Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip for the meals that are not included in the price of this trip.

Is the water safe to drink?

Yes, the water is safe to drink.

What is the weather like?

Italy is hot and dry in the summer, with temperatures typically in the 80's to 90's F.

Is there Internet access? Should I bring a computer? Mobile phone?

There are Internet cafes in many of the places we visit and the agritourismo we are staying in has wifi, but no computer for you to use. You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose. Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of. International roaming rates can be extremely high, so you don’t want to be surprised. You can bring a laptop/netbook/tablet computer if you wish, but remember, GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of you valued items.

Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring?

In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your Tour Leader for more specific advice.

Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices?

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Italy uses a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100 - 240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not?

We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money. Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don't want you to pay for services you might not use. Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest. This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget.

How much money in US cash should I bring? Should I exchange local currency in advance?

This is entirely up to you, but we think it is critical for you to bring along $200 USD in cash for emergencies. This is what GEEO's executive director Jesse does in regards to money while traveling:

"I do not exchange any money before travelling to a country but instead bring somewhere between $300 US in cash. I go to a bank before I leave the US and take out the cash there rather than an ATM. I make sure each bill is in great condition with no rips or tears. I like to have mostly 20's, but in some countries you are better off with 50's and 100's. In some countries it is also good to have about 20 singles for when you have no small bills in local currency. I divide this money between a money belt and my main backpack and my daypack.

I also bring an ATM card and a credit card. Before I leave the country I call the bank and credit card companies to let them know I am traveling abroad so they don't think the foreign transactions are fraudulent and cancel my cards when I am most reliant on them. Having a second bank account and bank card is pretty handy so that just in case one card doesn't work at an ATM or is lost, you always have a back up account. It's also important to check with your credit card to see if there is an international transaction fee. Some cards charge up to 4% extra for any transactions made out of the US. My Capital One visa card doesn't have any international transaction fee. I just use this card for traveling so if it gets stolen and I have to cancel it I won't have to worry about recurring automated payments. I like to split up my cards between my money belt, wallet and one emergency one hidden in my main bag.

When I arrive at the airport I make sure to go to an ATM before leaving the airport and typically take out the equivalent of $150 USD in the local currency. I find that ATMs give the best exchange rate so throughout the trip I will use the ATM card to draw out my spending cash. I will ask our tour leader for an estimate on how much I will need if I am close to leaving a country so this way I do not draw out too much money.

I try not to use the US cash I brought with me so that I can use it in an emergency. Typically I will come back to the US with most of that US cash unspent. On a recent trip I lost my ATM card and was able to get cash by paying for our group dinners with my credit card and having people pay me their share in local currency. I NEVER take cash advances on my credit card as they charge you an arm and a leg.

I also never use travelers checks, but have heard good things about AAA ATM cards that you can load up with money instead of using travelers checks."

Do you have advice on tipping?

It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.

What is expected from me from an educational stand point?

Please take a look at the "Sharing your Adventure section of our website by clicking here.

What should I expect in terms of school visits?

The schools are closed during the summer so instead we try to set up a meeting with local teachers.

Is there any safety advice we should know about?

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling.

Always keep an eye on your belongings especially in major cities, bus and train terminals. Of all the places GEEO goes, Italy probably has the most crafty pick-pocketers.

Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is G Adventure's policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip?

Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe. If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit. If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions.

What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip?

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so that they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office,

G Adventures Local Office
Emergency Cell Phone: +44 7817 262559

If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office they have a toll-free line within North America (or our regular direct line), which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Outside North America, Australia and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO? Who is running this trip?

GEEO is an independent non-profit organization that helps teachers travel. GEEO negotiates with tour companies to get great deals for teachers. GEEO customizes these trips for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teacher's experience into the classroom. GEEO markets these programs to convince teachers to explore the world. For more about GEEO, please see our mission statement.

G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips. For over 20 years G Adventures has been sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad and today they are the largest adventure travel company in the world. They design the trips, provide expert tour leaders, ground logistics and work hard to make sure you have an excellent experience.

How long have we been running this program?

GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008. 2013 was the first time we ran this program in Italy. G Adventures, who actually handle the logistics of the trip, runs this same trip on a bi-weekly basis so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run.

Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website?

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

What happens if GEEO doesn't reach the minimum number of participants needed for this trip?

We have already reached our minimum so no need to worry!

Is there any advice for finding funding for this program?

The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.

We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, www.fundforteachers.org. These grants can be used on GEEO trips. Please note that they are only offered to teachers in a limited number of pre-selected school districts around the country.


We only have double bed rooms left for this trip, so the remaining spots are only for couples who sleep in the same bed.

Want more adventure? Save money by also booking our Italy, Portugal/Spain or Heart of the Silk Road programs through our Multi-Trip Discount.

1709.00 USD

*Based on Double Occupancy, International Airfare not included

Availability: 2

This program is guaranteed to run and will have a maximum of 16 participants.

What's Included

  • Guided tour of Pompeii. Three days of organized hikes. Visit to Amalfi and Ravello. Scenic boat ride from Positano to Amalfi. Three home-cooked dinners using local organic produce. Pre-dinner cooking experience at the Agriturismo for those three nights. Group transfer to Naples on Day 8

  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout

  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners (Allow for meals not included $200-$300 USD)

  • Local bus, minibus, boat, walking

  • Hotel in Naples (1 nt), Small locally-owned guest house/agriturismo (6 nts)

What's Not Included

  • International air

  • Incidentals

  • Insurance

  • Applicable visas

  • Airport Taxes

  • Tips or gratuities

  • Beverages

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Optional Tours or optional admissions