Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
$2,395 + Airfare
Jul 20 – Jul 26, Aug 1 – Aug 7
Session 4, Session 5
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
|Places we visit:||
Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Naples, Pompeii, Capri
|Optional group flight there:||
New York (JFK) or, any session 3 or any session 4 trip!
|Optional group flight back:||
Naples to New York (JFK)
Enjoy a week long adventure soaking up the sun in southern Italy’s most sought after destination. A beloved vacation spot for Italians and all Europeans, the Amalfi Coast is a treasure waiting to be discovered! Come experience the best of the coast, including crystal clear water, famous black sand beaches, stunning vistas, mouthwatering cuisine, and the laidback Italian lifestyle. We’ll cruise down the Mediterranean on private boats, snorkel and swim in caves and waterfalls, go inside the famous “blue grotto,” stroll along the ancient roads of Pompeii, and take in the incredible beauty from atop the island of Capri. Join us for a week of fun in the Italian sun!
On this program you will:
- Spend the day cruising the Amalfi coast on your very own private boat
- Eat authentic Italian pizza in Naples – where pizza isn’t just food, it’s an art form!
- Discover the underground history of Naples while exploring its labyrinth of caves on a unique subterranean tour
- Enjoy gorgeous views of the bay of Naples from your hotel terrace
- Wander and shop the quaint streets of Sorrento
- Enjoy numerous Southern Italian delicacies including gnocchi alla sorrentina, fresh caprese salad and incredible seafood
- Sunbathe on the famous black sand beaches of Italy in Positano
- Walk the ancient streets of Pompeii, once buried by a volcanic eruption
- Explore the chic island of Capri, where many celebrities go to vacation!
- Take a relaxing and scenic chairlift ride to the very top of Capri for stunning views
- Hike the beautiful trails of the Amalfi Coast
- Snorkel in crystal clear water and splash around in waterfalls
- Taste an authentic lemon granita, made from the freshly squeezed lemons this region is famous for
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEW YORK (JFK)
DAY 2: SORRENTO
Buongiorno, Italia! After landing in Naples, we’ll head to our gorgeous hotel in Sorrento. Sorrento is a beautiful cliffside beach town featuring brightly-colored buildings jumping out against a backdrop of luxurious green mountains rolling into the turquoise sea. We’ll enjoy our first lunch at one of our favorite hidden sandwich shops, run by an Italian nonna who home-makes her own mozzarella cheese and is happy to whip up a fresh caprese salad for you right in front of your eyes. After that, we’ll go and relax on the beach, soak up the sun, and float in the crystal-clear waves! We’ll finish the day with the first of what will be many amazing dinners of homemade Italian cuisine.
DAY 3: POMPEII
We’ll ride the Circumvesuvio–the train that goes around Mount Vesuvius–to Pompeii, where history will come alive at this perfectly-preserved archaeological site. Pompeii was a thriving ancient Roman port town that was frozen in time when it was buried under a deep layer of ash and pumice during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Step back in time while exploring these towns and learn about the daily life there before the volcanic devastation. Our expert guides will teach you the historic tales of this beautiful city, and you’ll even get to see the plaster castings of the people who were found there.
DAY 4: POSITANO & AMALFI
It’ll be love at first sight with the sun shining above, sapphire blue sea below, and unbelievable views in front of us as we sail down the Mediterranean marveling at the pastel-painted towns nestled along the coastline. With stops along the way, you’ll have a chance to jump into the crystal clear water, swim among cascading waterfalls and in several secluded bays. When we arrive in Positano, you’ll think you’ve been transported into a postcard as you gaze at the quaint hillside town perched up above. Hop off the boat to explore this picturesque coastal gem and wander the narrow streets surrounded by multicolored buildings, blooming flowers, and sweet-smelling lemons. Visit the iconic church of Santa Maria Assunta with its ornate dome covered entirely in tiles. We’ll also stop in Amalfi, where you’ll be able to enjoy the best shopping in the chic stores that line the streets, from handmade shoes and clothes to an abundance of lemon-themed products.
DAY 5: NAPLES
What better way to spend your day than in the very place that pizza was invented? Indulge in the best in the world, served steaming hot straight out of a wood-fired oven. Once you experience authentic Neapolitan pizza, nothing else will compare! Here in Naples, we’ll follow up our tour of Pompeii at the National Archeological Museum, the richest collection of archeological artifacts in Italy, including the best mosaics and artifacts from the ruins. We will also have a chance to hit some of the shops and wander around the fascinating and folkloristic streets of Naples! Lastly, we will have a tour of “underground Naples” and embark on a fascinating journey in the subsoil of the city. Go back in time and marvel at this unbelievable collection of tunnels that have had many different uses throughout the past 2,000 years, from ancient Roman aqueducts to WWII bomb shelters.
DAY 6: CAPRI
Spend your final day just off the coast exploring the exclusive island of Capri. We’ll enjoy a boat tour around the island and even have the opportunity to go inside the mysterious blue grotto. You can go shopping in the ultra-chic boutiques, take a hike around the craggy coast of the island, and enjoy a scenic chairlift ride up to Mt. Solaro, the island’s highest point for breathtaking views and incredible photo opportunities! Our time in the Amalfi Coast will be complete with a final fancy dinner with gorgeous sunset views to enjoy with all of your new friends!
DAY 7: GROUP FLIGHT BACK TO THE USA
What kind of teen typically participates in this program?
We have teens join this program from all over the world! They are typically culturally curious teens who are excited about making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizons, and trying something new.
What are the requirements to join?
This program is only for students who are currently in 9th through 12th grade and approximately 14 to 18 years old. Students living outside of the USA are welcome to join!
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
On this program we stay at a gorgeous hotel with a rooftop terrace and stunning views in sunny Sorrento, a dreamy seaside town on the Bay of Naples. Sorrento is a relaxing resort town that will be our base as we explore this rich region.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a program.
Do most travelers go by themselves?
Yes, in fact over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that are formed along the way. If you travel by yourself, you are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new BFFs on another TFT program the next summer!
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We just ask that if you come with a friend, you and your friend(s) are still open to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
WHAT DO STUDENTS LIKE MOST ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
Students love that this is a fun yet relaxing trip on Italy’s most beautiful coast! They are able to explore many of the different towns in this area and soak up the Southern Italian sun.
What is unique about this program?
From private boat tours down the coast and swimming in the bright blue Mediterranean to the best pizza in the world and visiting the ruins of Pompeii, this program provides unique insider access to the Amalfi Coast.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, program related activities, program related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included (not intended to be an exhaustive list): Airfare, visas and visa application fees, beverages other than filtered water at meals, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not program related, such as movies, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the program description, such as excess baggage fees and damage to hotels, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances, such as transportation strikes and natural disasters, as well as personal and medical expenses.
How do the optional group flights work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this program’s flight details. You are not required to take the group flight, although there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, it offers an opportunity for the students to get to know each other before the program starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on programs that have group contracts (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants, and help them get to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.
WHO LEADS THE PROGRAM?
The Trip Director for every program is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Directors often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving individuals who our participants can share experiences with and look to for guidance and support. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the program fun and exciting, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are on average one staff member to every seven participants. Programs may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY QUALIFICATIONS FOR OUR STAFF?
All of our staff members attend a week-long training session prepare for the upcoming summer and go over safety precautions and protocols. Likewise, every counselor is CPR/First Aid certified and Trip Directors are Lifeguard certified. All staff undergo a rigorous interview process and thorough background check.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE GROUP SIZE?
Group size is important! A smaller group size provides unique opportunities that a large group cannot accommodate. Think of your favorite local restaurant; could it easily accommodate a group of 50 teens? Probably not! Our group sizes average between 14 to 21 students, which means that we are able to comfortably use local transport, enjoy local restaurants, and have a more authentic experience overall! A smaller group size also eliminates the likelihood of cliques, meaning that our groups all tend to bond as a cohesive unit. We guarantee that you’ll have enough people to meet some new best friends, but not so many that you feel like “just a number” or lost in a crowd.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Most of our Europe programs are designed specifically so that participants can combine them with other programs. If you are connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the program and help you get to your next destination where you will meet up with your new counselors and group.
What is the food like on this program?
In a word – delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!
Italian food is all about fresh, simple ingredients. We’ll sample the best of the “three Ps”- pizza, pasta, and panini! Indulging in these Italian specialities for the first time is a life changing experience, and we will be there to document every minute of it as you fall in love with the fresh mozzarella, warm Italian bread, mouthwatering prosciutto, and homemade pasta. Don’t forget about gelato! After your trip to Italy, no dessert will ever be the same.
We also love to have picnics al fresco, and do this whenever possible, which is a great way to taste some local food while sitting out in the fresh air taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
How much free time do we get?
Our counselors are with the group almost always. Everyday we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants some choices and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. If participants are ever shopping by themselves within these defined areas, they go in groups and for no more than an hour. On this program, the group will have some free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian areas of Venice, the Cinque Terre, Pisa, Siena, Florence, and Rome. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city.
Do I need any vaccinations for this program?
We recommend that you check with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the areas you will be visiting. For more information, please check out the World Health Organization’s website www.who.int/en/. After you register, we will provide you with a list of vaccinations you should consider discussing with your child’s family doctor.
What kind of visa do you need for this program?
Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country specific visa requirements.
Do I need to speak the language?
No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!