September 2023 (Trip is Fully Booked and Closed)

Please see Spring of 2024 Itinerary for the next open excursion

September 23rd – October 2nd, 2023!

Granted, there are many ways to visit Italy but experiencing the real authentic Italy can be rare. If boarding a bus at dawn each day, seeing tourist attractions and returning home exhausted is not what you are looking for, then this Italy travel itinerary is for you.   In other words, you may want to experience the “real” Italy and to live its lifestyle with a well-traveled guide – an Italian speaking citizen of Italy!

Plus, group size is kept small – under 20 people adding to this unique experience.

Whole Health Longevity Will be Hosting Two Authentic Italy trips next year – One in the Spring and one in the Fall. Each will be unique due to the time of the year whether it’s the renewal of springtime or the harvest of fall! 

Experience the Stunning City of Naples, the Magnificent Amalfi Coast and the Spectacular Cilento Coast of  Italy as Few Others Ever See it! 

Departure Day

Booking Details

  • September 23, 2023

    Depart for Naples Italy – either from Chicago O’Hare or other airport depending on your location in the U.S.

  • September 24, 2023

    Arrive Naples Italy - we will meet at the Naples airport at mid-day for group transportation to our hotel. Naples is Italy's third largest city; founded by the Greeks and developed by the Romans. It's a melting pot of culture and art. The Neapolitan approach to life is decidedly carefree. Its sweeping bay, music and food are the center of life. You will quickly be won over by the soul of the city. Once we have gathered our baggage our comfortable motorcoach takes us to the beautiful Grand Hotel Santa Lucia overlooking the Bay of Naples. After check-in we will enjoy a typical Neapolitan pizza lunch at a small trattoria a short walk from the hotel and a short "meet and greet" while sharing pizza and wine. After our lunch take a little time to settle in at the hotel. Dinner is on your own at one of the local seafront trattorias easily walkable on the lungomare (traffic free promenade for walking.)

  • September 25, 2023

    After a leisurely and elegant breakfast at the hotel we will enjoy a walking tour through the magnificent center of Naples to the public square, famous Via Toledo Street, Spanish quarter and take the funiculare (cable car) to the beautiful and elegant Vomero neighborhood of Italy that few tourists know about. You will be enchanted with this vibrant city with its non-stop energy!

    We’ll return to the hotel for dinner on your own at one of the many seaside restaurants near our hotel..

  • September 26, 2023

    Following our leisurely and elegant breakfast we will leave for the Sorrentina vineyard located on the fertile ground of Mt. Vesuvius! The vineyard has been owned and operated by the Sorrentina family for five generations. Their 35 hectares of vineyard (a paradise of its own) is located in the heart of the Vesuvius National Park where the rich volcanic soil produces wines and produce like none other and of course we will enjoy it all with a lunch made in the open kitchen on the property – not to be missed!.

  • September 27, 2023

    After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, our motorcoach takes us to the spectacular and laid back Cilento Coast of Italy where medieval villages exist on the sea as they did a thousand years ago. Enjoy the ride and the open countryside of Italy that few tourists get to see. We’ll have one stop along the way at Paestum, where we will visit Greek ruins that are better preserved than in Greece. Then on to check in at our stunningly beautiful Grand Hotel Santa Maria on the sea, settle in and take a guided walk with the group through the city of Santa Maria Castellabate. Dinner on your own either at one of the amazing little trattorias in the village of Santa Maria or at the hotel on the sea where the chefs prepare gourmet meals.

  • September 28, 2023

    Following a sumptuous buffet breakfast on the sea, we will depart for a day long visit and lunch to Azengia Tenuta - a stunningly beautiful organic farm on the sea. Our special guide will prepare lunch for us during the visit. This "farm" on the sea is not to be missed. In the evening you are free to stroll through the little town of Santa Maria, shop and/or dine at one of the trattorias.

  • September 29, 2023

    Following our delicious buffet breakfast on the sea our motorcoach awaits to take us to the medieval city of Castellabate. Discovering this ancient city high in the mountains is a breathtaking event. You will be stunned at how this ancient village also feels classically modern.

  • September 30, 2023

    A new day begins as we enjoy another amazing leisurely breakfast in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of the Cilento Coast. This day is reserved for harvest experiences on the Cilento Coast as chestnuts, olives and other seasonal harvests are taking place. Enjoy participating and tasting the wonderful foods of the season while learning about the history and culture of the Cilento Coast!

  • October 1, 2023

    Following your delightful breakfast at the hotel our motorcoach awaits and we depart for the Magnificent Amalfi Coast of Italy! The jaw dropping beauty of the landscape is unlike anything you have seen. On the way we will have one stop at the lovely ancient city of Vietri Sul Mare located at the foot of the Amalfi Coast – an enchanting small village where ceramics are made.

    Once arrived at our final destination, we will check into the lovely Hotel San Francesco, get settled, take a walk through the city center to become oriented, and enjoy a hand selected meal prepared by the Neapolitan chefs at the hotel. Perhaps after dinner you may want to take a passeggiata (leisurely walk) along the promenade on the seafront before turning in for the night. You will quickly feel at home and will more fully understand "La Dolce Vita."

  • October 2, 2022

    Following a relaxing breakfast on the terrace at the hotel overlooking the sea. We will travel by boat to visit the city of Amalfi - Amalfi is a town in a dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs on Italy’s Amalfi coast. Between the 9th and 11th centuries, it was once the seat of a powerful maritime republic.  The vibrant and beautiful city square faces Amalfi's  cathedral, built in the 9th century!  Enjoy shopping, site seeing or sitting in the square enjoying the sites and having a drink, gelato, or cappuccino. Our specially prepared dinner in the beautiful dining room at the Hotel San Francesco awaits us at the end of the day.

  • October 3, 2023

    Following our breakfast and saying our goodbyes to the wonderful staff at the hotel, we will depart for Naple's airport in the morning only to promise to return in the future. You will take with you more than souvenirs but a new perspective on a life well lived!

Here’s how to reserve your place for this amazing experience! 

A $500.00 deposit at this time holds your spot. Final payment for the trip will be made at the end of April.

Payment can be made using a transfer with Zelle or by check.  Credit card payment can be accepted. However the 3% card fee will be  added. 

The complete land package includes private motorcoach airport transfers, beautiful 4-star seaside hotel accommodations for 9 nights, all breakfasts, welcome and other lunches, private motorcoach transportation for all tours including the visit to  finiculare (cable car) in Naples, transportation to the the Sorrentina vineyard, villages in the Cilento Coast, boat transportation to the village of Amalfi are all included, all guided walking tours in Naples, the Cilento Coast and the Amalfi Coast!

The airfare is separate, and I always find the best pricing for coach or premium economy to suggest. The group usually travels together from Chicago O’Hare airport but it’s not mandatory. Lufthansa (partner with United) airlines has been the carrier of choice for service and on time flights. 

Pace of the trip.

This is not a trip where we will be up at dawn, looking at tourist attractions all day and returning at night exhausted. We will fully experience authentic Italy at a pace allowing us to absorb the beauty, culture, food and the people while enjoying the Italian lifestyle.

Experiencing Italy requires walking.

With that being said, Italians walk, and we will be walking a lot.  Streets in Italy are not smooth and paved, escalators do not exist, may times there are steps.

We will not be taking taxis. In fact, they are rare on the Cilento and Amalfi Coasts.  Experiencing another country as Italy requires to live like a local.

If you are not a fan of walking this likely is not the trip for you.

The lifestyle excursion to the Amalfi Coast of Italy is a rich and lasting experience in the lives of those who experience it by gaining a new perspective on living life well.

It is all part of whole health longevity.

Enjoy just some of the highlights of this exceptional experience.

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