Southern Pearls from Rome – 2019
Explore Italy’s South with guided visits to Naples and Pompeii. Taste traditional Neapolitan food. See the infamous Blue Grotto and the Amalfi Coast.
Itinerary: Rome • Naples • Pompeii • Sorrento • Capri • Positano • Rome
- 2 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels in Sorrento
- 2 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels in Positano
- 4 American buffet breakfasts
- 2 dinners (drinks NOT included) in Sorrento
- 1 lunch in Naples/Pompeii (1 soft drink included)
- 1 lunch in Capri (drinks not included)
- Guided tour of Pompeii including entrance fee
- Full day excursion to Capri
- Visit the Blue Grotto (weather permitting/entrance fee included)
- Ground transport by deluxe coach with air-conditioning
- Multilingual Tours English • Spanish • French
*City Tax not included and must be paid directly at the hotel on check out
Day 1 ROME • NAPLES • POMPEII • SORRENTO
Upon arrival in Naples your local tour guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House. Pompeii is your next destination and after lunch in a traditional Neapolitan restaurant, you will visit a coral and cameo factory. You will have the opportunity to admire and purchase items made with a technique dating back to the Greek times.
Afterwards, you will enter one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: the ruins of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a guided tour. Through the remains and ruins of this ancient city you will learn how the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery and the excavation of objects beneath the city which have been well-preserved for centuries. You can walk along the ancient streets for a glimpse into the lives of the Romans, discovering ancient houses, bakeries and shops and imagine the everyday life during Roman times. After this visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner and overnight in your new hotel.
Meals: L D
Day 2 SORRENTO • CAPRI • SORRENTO
After breakfast you’ll embark on a tour of Capri island. Arriving at Marina Grande by ferry, you will visit the Grotto Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and the famous Piazzetta Umberto 1. Depending on weather conditions, you’ll take a boat to the popular and dreamy Blue Grotto, where sunlight passes into an under-water cavity and shines through the seawater, creating a magical blue reflection. After returning to the port you’ll visit La Piazzetta, the nickname Piazzetta comes from its rather diminuitive size; this rectangle is just a few square meters, almost all of which are covered by bright cafè tables. It’s impossible to visit Capri without passing through it, and hard not to stop once there for at least a quick espresso. Afterwards you will board a minibus for a scenic drive to Anacapri, 280 metres above the sea level. You’ll see wonderful views of the bay of Naples before visiting a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Sorrento.
Meals: B L D
Day 3 SORRENTO • POSITANO
Enjoy an American buffet breakfast at the hotel, and depart at 9.30 am for Positano via the breathtaking Amalfi Coast drive. You will see sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. Check in at your hotel and enjoy some leisure-time in Positano. Dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 4 POSITANO
You will have the day to yourself to explore Positano – the beautiful cliffside village with a pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes.
You could opt to have some beach time or do some shopping or even visit the nearby historic centre of Amalfi. Additionally, you could visit the picturesque Ravello with the beautiful Villa Ruffolo and magnificent gardens of Villa Cimbrone. Enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the pretty restaurants on the harbour. Spend overnight in your hotel in Positano
Day 5 POSITANO • POMPEII • ROME
The morning will be yours to spend at your leisure after your American buffet breakfast in your hotel. You will meet in your hotel at 2.30/3.00pm to travel to Pompeii where you will join the bus to head back to Rome. Arrival in Rome around 9PM.
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