5 Tips for Planning an Amalfi Coast Trip

Hotels, Activities, Excursion on the Amalfi Coast

small group tours to Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a wonderful destination and The Traveling Professor has run several small group tours to Amalfi.  When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Ravello, there are a few considerations to consider.  Probably lodging is the #1 concern along with how to get from place to place, what to see and do, and of course where to eat.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some of his best tips in planning an Amalfi Coast tour.

Sunday, September 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (256)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

Luxury Italy Itinerary

La Dolce Vita

luxury tour to italy for womenOn Saturday, we leave for a luxury small group tour of Italy with 10 travelers.   We have 3 couples and 4 women travelers with us going to Venice, Florence and the Amalfi Coast.  We were able to put together a luxury Italy tour at a bargain price for our clients.  Check out the blog post to find out more about the itinerary for our luxury small group tour to Italy.

Friday, October 7, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (770)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

How to Enjoy Italy

Careful Planning Can Save Time, Money and Frustration

how to avoid crowds in italyThe Traveling Professor runs several small group tours to Italy every year.   We go to Rome, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, and Venice.  We even do tours to The Veneto region which encompasses Padua, Verona, Vicenza, and Lake Garda.   Travelers complain that Italy has become too touristy, too crowded, and too expensive.   Listen to what I say about making your trip to Italy more pleasant.

Thursday, July 23, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1969)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

What to See and Do on the Amalfi Coast

Ideas for a Short Stay Itinerary

best sorrento travel tipsThe Traveling Professor just got back from a 2-week tour with 9 travelers.   After a short stint in Rome, we spent 5 days and 4 nights on the wonderful Amalfi Coast.  There is plenty to see and do on the Amalfi Coast and there is also time to relax and enjoy the sun.  In this blog post I will give you some ideas to make the most of a tour to the Amalfi Coast.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2014)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

Italy Trip Report

Rome, Amalfi, Florence, and Venice

best venice tourWe just returned yesterday morning from a 2-week tour with nine travelers.  We did our "Grand Tour" of Italy to include Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, and Venice.  We saw the great sites of Italy, ate some delicious meals, but the best thing about our tour were the friendships we made.  Check out the blog post for a quick overview to see what our ambitious small group did in Italy, where we stayed, and what we ate.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2117)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

We're Going to Italy

We Leave Today for Rome, Amalfi, Florence and Venice

italy itineraryThe Traveling Professor is off on a "Grand Italy Tour" with 9 travelers.  We will tour Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence and Venice.  The weather should be terrific this time of year and we are looking forward to another great small group tour of Italy.  In the blog post, I have published our ambitious and exciting Italy itinerary.

Saturday, May 16, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1885)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

An Amalfi Coast Itinerary

4 Nights 5 Days in the Italian Sunshine

amalfi coast small group tourThe Traveling Professor will be leading a small group tour to the Amalfi Coast and Italy next week.   As part of that tour to Italy we spend 4 nights in Sorrento as a base to visiting the Amalfi Coast.   We have a definite itinerary of what to see and do while in Southern Italy that The Professor is happy to share with you on this Italy blog post.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1864)/Comments ()/ Article rating: No rating
Categories: Italy

Luxury Italy is Back!

Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Ravello and Tuscany is Here at Great Prices

Because of the strong dollar and The Professor's business relationships with some of the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast and Florence, luxury Italy is back at bargain prices.   Here's the opportunity to stay at the super-luxury Grand Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento while we visit Capri, Positano, Ravello and the Amalfi Coast.   Then we go up to Florence for a few days at the spacious and centrally located Guelfo Bianco, just steps away from Michelangelo's David.    And if that's not enough, we have a TOP hotel for you in Venice on an optional 4-day extension.   Read more to get the details on The Traveling Professor's luxury tour to Italy. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2300)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

Luxury Italy: Amalfi Coast and Tuscany

The Traveling Professor's Newest Tour

amalfi luxury tourWith the strong dollar, the days of luxury hotels at bargain prices are back.   The Traveling Professor introduces travelers to one of the most spectacular hotels in all of Europe, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.  We'll see Ravello, Positano, Sorrento and of course, Capri.   From there we head up to our top-rated hotel in Florence where we will base ourselves for our tour of Tuscany - at the perfect time of year.   Luxury is back at affordable prices.   See the details on The Professor's newest tour in this blog post.

Friday, March 6, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2966)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

3 Favorite Hotels in Sorrento Italy

Selections for Every Budget

amalfi coast with professor soloskyWhenever we take a Traveling Professor small group tour to the Amalfi Coast, we like to base ourselves in Sorrento.   It is easy to get to, full of history, with several cultural opportunities.   However, we also like that Sorrento is a charming and bustling little town.  There is a wide variety of restaurants and bars.  The shopping is good.  Sorrento is also one of the best strolling and people watching towns in Italy.   So, in deciding where to stay while on a tour of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, I have three choices for you.

Monday, February 9, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1684)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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New Paris Restaurant List

small group tours to ParisWe do several small group tours to Pairs each year.  We are always uncovering places to dine. We did three small group tours to Paris this year and have added some spots to our list. Most of them are on the Left Bank, on the inexpensive side.  If you have ever been with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours, the names are very recognizable for reliable, good food. 

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and Why You Need to Get It

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card for TravlersThe Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card is a great deal.  A lot of websites will tell you why, but they are probably receiving a commission for telling you so.  The Traveling Professor receives NO compensation for telling you why this is such a great travel card and why everyone should have it.  The Professor owns less than 5 credit cards and the Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of them and he will tell you why this card, over any other, should be in every traveler's wallet.

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Canadian Rockies by Rail

Canadian Rockies by RailIn our 2018 Traveler Survey, 45% of our respondents said they would be interested in a rail tour through the Canadian Rockies. So, The Traveling Professor got right on it and started reaching out to various vendors, contacts, hotels and guides to put together a tour. In today's blog post, The Professor lays out an itinerary for a terrific tour of the Canadian Rockies by rail.  However, in the end, travelers must ask themselves if this is a trip worth taking.

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3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Prevent Losing Your Luggage

Lost Luggage TipsLost luggage can ruin a trip.  In my experience in traveling with over 100 travelers per year, about 15% of all luggage is misplaced.  By that I mean luggage is either lost or arrives late. The Professor has been traveling 60,000+ miles for each of the last 10 years or so and has seen just about everything.  So here are his 3 ridiculously simple tips on how not to lose your bags.

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Scottish Highlands by Scenic Railway

small group tours to ScotlandIn September, The Traveling Professor did an inaugural tour to Scotland.  We did this as a small group tour to Scotland with 10 travelers. One of the biggest surprises we had is how beautiful the Scottish Highlands are, and that the best way to see them is by scenic rail.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit about some of the scenic Scottish highlands routes.

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3 Places to Eat in Rome

Places to Eat in RomeWith all the problems Rome is having, it is still remains a great place to eat. The superstar dish here of course is pasta, but there is so much more than that. When we go on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Italy and visit Rome, we go to traditional restaurants as well as some more modern places. Check out today's blog post to find out about three of The Traveling Professor's favorite places to eat in Rome.

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4 Tips for Booking a Trip to Machu Picchu

Tours to Machu PicchuProfessor Steve Solosky has been running small group tours to Machu Picchu and Peru for about 8 years.  He has also been designated by The New York Times Travel Show as a Peru Expert. Get his expert advice on planning a trip to Machu Picchu.  The Professor will share his experience on when to go, making bookings, and itinerary. Also, follow The Professor's blog post to get the best tips on traveling to Machu Picchu.

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How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Small group tours to ItalyOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, we often help travelers in getting airfare to and from Italy. Airfares to Italy can vary greatly.  For instance, we selected travel dates departing from New York's JFK airport on June 1, 2019 and returning on June 10, 2019 to demonstrate how travelers can get the best airfares to Italy.  Read the blog post and hopefully The Traveling Professor can help you save money on airfare to Italy.

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Two Hotels in Florence Italy

Hotels in Oltrarno Area of FlorenceFlorence is a Renaissance city full of art and culture.  The food and wine is not bad either. Travelers will always need a place to lay their head down in the evening and nothing is better than the Oltrarno area of Florence.  The Traveling Professor and Melanie Wilson have come up with two pick for the traveler to visit on their next trip to Italy.

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5 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

best hotel booking tipsMost people go to a hotel site, pick out a room and book it.  They can go directly to the hotel website or use a booking search engine like Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Trivago or many of the other hotel booking sites out there. But if you really want to save money, take a look at a few of The Traveling Professor's hotel booking tips you won't see anywhere else.

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