The total trip was excellent. The Passover portion worked out perfectly. The hotel @ Gabicci Mare was very lovely as was the staff. It is a very pretty town and was not crowded quite yet. The price for this portion of the trip was half of what is offered by other Passover tours. In spite of this and my worst fears, the food was very good and plentiful.
The drive to Sorrento was uneventful until we got to Naples. The lady @ the hotel @ Gabicci Mare had told us it was a holiday weekend. We did not understand what this entailed. Of course I believe it is always a holiday weekend in Italy. I have never seen traffic or drivers like the drivers trying to get out of Naples that day. Each driver seemed intent on cutting me off. However I survived this jam and eventually got to my palace in Sorrento. I have been in many fine hotels but I thought the Excelsior Vittoria is superior to all of them. It was worth the extra $, particularly since you obtained such an excellent rate.
The next day we decided to drive down to Positano. Another drastic error for all of the reasons listed above. However, we survived this trip and determined not to repeat this error. I parked my car amongst the garden parking lot and determined not to even think of moving it again. We found that there are boats plying the placid waters between Naples and all points South . We used the boats and public transportation for the rest of our tour. We are trying to reduce our luggage so that next year we can use the train system in lieu of renting a car. I did not leave a tip for Rafi the tour guide for Masserat @ Gabicci Mare. I would like to be able to send him a gratuity . I thought that Masserat did an excellent job. We very much enjoyed the young Rabbi Jonathan, that was in charge. The food and the service were both excellent. We thank you for your help with this trip and look forward to using your services again.
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