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 and dates to make the visit in October 2022.
Thanks as ever Paul – plenty for us to look forward to here.
9 October – Sunday
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.
10 October – Monday
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.
11 October – Tuesday 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.
12 October – Wednesday
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.
13 October – Thursday
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.
14 October – Friday 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.
15 October – Saturday
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.
And before that there could be more
Rethinking GEORGIA for May 2022
Believing that foreign travel will be on the Moleside programme again soon Paul is confidently working to resuscitate, in mid-May next year, his exciting 2020 plans to visit the independent republic of Georgia
Before Covid and Lockdowns made the idea impossible 32 Moleside members had signed up and paid their initial deposits, the hotel was booked and visits arranged. Now hope springs that we’ll make it in 2022. Watch this space for more news – and as a taster here’s a reminder of some of places we were planning to visit back then in a part of the world that will be very new to most of us.