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Think 2022 – and Italy is right back in fashion

Actually it’s never unfashionable to think about visiting Italy though Covid meant a 12 month postponement of our 2020 club plans to visit The Amalfi Coast last October. And now continuing concerns about travel in large groups have caused a further postponement. But we’re not giving up easily. Moleside’s tried and trusted, favourite travel agent Paul Tiller has now published his provisional plans for Moleside members to make the visit in October 2022.

Thanks as ever Paul – plenty for us to look forward to here.

Day 1
Coach from Cobham and fly direct to Naples. Arrive and transfer to La Medusa  Hotel. This modern luxury 4 star hotel is situated outside the town of Castellamare di Stabia on the bay of Naples, It is very well located being central to all the locations we will visit. Light evening meal at the hotel.

Day 2
Breakfast at the hotel, in the panorama dining room with amazing views across the bay of Naples as far as Capri Island. Depart to visit nearby Pompeii with guided tour around this fascinating city buried by volcanic ash in AD79 and rediscovered in the last century. Afterwards we will go to a beautiful location very close by for lunch and wine tasting. Return early afternoon to the hotel for rest and relaxation either at the pool or in the gardens and lemon orchards. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3  Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by coach for a ferry to Capri Island. On arrival on the Island we will be met by our special guide, Salvio,  and we will proceed to make a round trip of the Island by boat which takes an hour, seeing the famous grottos and landmarks. We will then tour the island by mini buses visiting key sites of interest in both picturesque villages, including a lunch stop. In the afternoon, we will return by ferry to our hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by coach for city tour of Naples with our guide. We will visit the old city and some of the key sights in the centre. Lunch in Naples and return in the afternoon. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the royal palace of Caserta, built by Charles 111 of Bourbon, it is the largest royal palace in the world! We will also have the opportunity to visit the Baroque gardens of the palace which are spectacular.
After a light lunch, we will return to the hotel. After some relaxation, we will depart for the special dinner in a village restaurant high in the mountains called La Limoneto and have a typical Italian meal in this quaint family setting.

Day 6 Breakfast at the hotel.  Take our coach to the port of Sorrento where we catch a ferry along the magnificent coast of Amalfi as far at the village of Amalfi, then after a coffee stop there, we travel up into the mountains to discover the village of Ravello. In Ravello we will visit 2 villas, Villa Rufolo has beautiful gardens and a much history linking Wagner to the place. At Villa Cimbrone, again there are spectacular gardens and views of the coastline also. This was once  the home of Mr Grimthorpe the architect of Big Ben in London! Then we return to Amalfi and back by ferry to Sorrento and then to the hotel for our farewell dinner.

Day 7
Depart from our hotel for Naples Airport and return home by air & coach to Cobham.

ESTIMATED Cost £1300 per person , extra for single rooms.
Meals, drinks and all entrance fees as well as all travel and hotel costs are included. 

BUT we’re having to rethink GEORGIA – now aiming at May 2023
It was hoped that timely improvement in the Covid situation and travel prospects would make our proposed May 2022 week in Georgia – originally planned for May 2020 of course – possible.  Sadly the longer term health risk is still debatable and travel prospects to that part of the world remain uncertain. Paul has recommended, and the committee has approved, that we put our plans for Georgia on hold – and look again at making it a possible destination for 2023.