Meeting point NAPLES Airport (NAP) at noon.
Flights arrive between 10.00 and 11.30 from JFK and TLV via Rome or Paris, although
we recommend Israelis to come Monday and stay over in Rome.
If enough guests request we can organize a bus from Rome’s FCO airport.
Many guests come for Shabbat before this tour to Rome or Venice. Those joining this tour from our Tuscany tour the previous week will be looked after for the connection!!
Our tour starts in Pompeii, near Naples, with a guided tour of this incredible, unique archeological site.
Did you know that there is evidence that Romans believed that the eruption of Vesuvius and the huge destruction caused thereby resulted from their destruction of the 2nd Bet HaMikdash just 9 years previously in Jerusalem???
We then head to our Villa for our Welcome Dinner while your luggage is distributed.
Amalfi Coast by boat – from Sorrento we’ll drive to the port take a ferry, enjoying the magnificent views of the coastline as we sail to Amalfi
In Amalfi town – we’ll stroll around this busy little town, look at the church and its art (for those who so wish), sip coffee in the square or browse in the stores, “living the life”.
There is also a lovely museum of paper-making at the end of the village which was probably owned by Jews... 1000+ years ago.
Ravello – a bus will take us to the “high-point” of the coast with its breath-taking Villa Cimbrone gardens and views. From Ravello we’ll drive back to Sorrento for dinner.
The "pathway of the gods" is a 3-hour medium difficulty hike on top of the cliffs above the Amalfi coastline with some of the ultimate views of the coast. For many this is THE highlight of the whole tour, although few tourists make the time to do it. Non hikers will be able to visit Sorrento in the morning and join us for lunch and the visit to Positano.
We’ll end the hike in the tiny village of Nocelle, enjoy our picnic and then head down to picturesque Positano before returning, probably by boat, via Sorrento to dinner in our villa!!
The entire day will be spent on the magical isle of Capri. We’ll visit the Villa San Michele of author Axel Munthe, ride the chairlift to see the fabulous views (clouds permitting), enjoy an al fresco picnic lunch, stroll the villages of Anacapri and Capri with their magnificent the gardens, and, unusually for NT, allocate free time for the gorgeous shops.
For non-shoppers there will be a short but beautiful walk.
(If you wish to visit the blue grotto we will arrange that for you, but we feel the time can be better spent elsewhere on the island – it’s up to you!!)
(candles 16.40 – havdala 17.40)
Coffee and cake – davening – full breakfast seuda II
Short walk in and around the villa
Mincha followed by Shabbat lunch – main meal of the day (seuda III if you’re counting)
Free time to relax in the lounge, by the pool or in your room.
After Ma’ariv and Havdalah a light supper will be served before we head into Sorrento town for a night out on the town: music, coffee & limoncello
Paestum – we’ll tour some of the world's best preserved Greek Temples (yes Greek – from the time when the Greeks colonized Southern Italy) and really enjoy the small, modern airy, adjacent museum, packed with fascinating artifacts.
On the way back to the villa we’ll stop. Maybe you’d like an outlet mall or perhaps Vietri-sul-Mare - the home-town of these world-famous ceramics.
Our final dinner, packing and off to bed. Tomorrow we cross the country….
We’ll break for lunch and a tour at Castel del Monte – an unbelievable place with an amazing story
Our next stop is Trani - a beautiful medieval port city. The synagogue was returned to the Jews of the region fairly recently after being used as a church for half a millennium.
We’ll (try to) visit both the synagogue and the small local Jewish museum. Hopefully there’ll be time for a coffee in the harbor before we set off to our Hotel for a Welcome Dinner in Borgo Egnazia our 5*L resort base for our 3 night stay in the region
Lecce - known as the Florence of Puglia, where a Jewish community once held sway. Most famed for its unique style of architecture – Baroque Rococo.
A walk round the town will bring us to the recently-opened Jewish museum – and we’ll have lunch in Lecce too!!
We’ll then take a short drive to Santa Maria al Bagno for a moving visit to the museum dedicated to all those holocaust survivors who passed thru in the years 1943 – 1947 en route to Palestine.
In the morning we’re going to Alberobello – where we’ll see hundreds of ancient trullo dwellings like the ones in the picture on the right.
Their design origin is the subject of much debate…
We continue to Altamura, famous for its bread baked in centuries-old ovens which we’ll visit and whose (all kosher) products we’ll eat with lunch in a coffee shop in the town where…. Surprise!!!
After lunch we’ll take a bicycle tour in the port town of Bari, famous for its winding narrow streets in the old town and its tradition of pasta-making.
A GREAT final day be”H before heading back to the hotel for our final farewell dinner!!
After a leisurely breakfast (and a final swim??) we’ll transfer you to BARI airport (BRI) for the 11.15am direct flight to Rome, or Venice, where you can stay over the weekend or fly onward to your destination.