Highlights Of Sorrento & The Amalfi Coast

Escorted Small Group Tour

Exploring some of the region’s most beautiful towns and cities, you’ll discover the wonderful culture and ancient history of southern Italy on this superb small group tour. Discover ancient World Heritage sites, like the abandoned temples of Paestum and the haunting ruins of old Pompeii, and get a taste for Italian glamour as you visit stylish Capri and drive along the spectacular Amalfi Coast.

• Caserta: 1 night

• Paestum: 2 nights

• Sorrento: 2 nights

• Naples: 2 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
 
 
ITINERARY

Stay longer

Sorrento 3 nights

Extend your Italian adventure with an additional three-night stay in pretty Sorrento. A great base from which to explore more of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is also just under an hour’s drive from Herculaneum, another of Italy’s best-preserved ancient sites.

Day 1: UK to Caserta Depart the UK on your flight to Naples. On arrival, transfer to the city of Caserta where you’ll spend one night. Later this evening, join your group for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Stay: Grand Hotel Vanvitelli (or similar). D.

Day 2: Caserta to Paestum After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to the city’s UNESCO-listed Royal Palace of Caserta. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in Paris, this palace was built in the 18th Century and is today a magnificent testament to the Baroque and Neo-classical styles that were so popular at the time. Leave Caserta behind and continue to Benevento, Italy’s legendary ‘city of witches’. Set on a hill at the point where the Sabato and Calore Irpino rivers meet, this is a city famous for its rich history and ancient monuments. Visit the historic Roman theatre that was built by Hadrian in the 2nd Century, and marvel at the impressive Arch of Trajan; an iconic symbol of the city and one of the most pristine Roman structures left standing in the region of Campania. Continue your journey south towards the ancient Greek city of Paestum. Settle into your hotel ahead of dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Stay: Hotel Cerere (or similar). B, D.

Day 3: Paestum Begin the day with a tour of ancient Paestum. A city abandoned in the Middle Ages, today Paestum is a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site that’s home to three of the world’s best-preserved ancient Greek temples. A showcase of the city’s former grandeur, the ruins of Paestum are exceptionally intact. As you wander around the park, take some time to appreciate its epic history; visit the Tempio di Cerere, a temple dedicated to Athena, and see the magnificent Tempio di Nettuno, the largest and best-preserved of the three temples here. Just beyond this you can marvel at the Basilica, a temple dedicated to the goddess Hera and the oldest surviving monument in the park. With nine columns across and 18 columns along the sides, it’s a stunning sight. Next up, satisfy any hunger cravings with a visit to a nearby buffalo farm. The province of Salerno is famous for its buffalo mozzarella, so you’ll have the chance to taste a selection of the farm’s fresh produce. Finish the day at the historic Certosa di Padula – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest ancient monastery in Italy. Stay: Hotel Cerere (or similar). B.

Day 4: Paestum to Sorrento Check out and head towards the glamorous cliffside towns of the Amalfi Coast. A region honoured with a UNESCO-listed status, the gorgeous Neapolitan Riviera is where Italian romance meets one of the country’s most outstanding natural destinations. Stop first at the pretty clifftop town of Ravello, a refined classic set high up on the hills above Amalfi. Handsome Ravello is all about its cultured villas; take some time to admire the panoramic views of the coastline as you head into the cascading gardens at the legendary Villa Rufolo. Continue towards ancient Amalfi, a tiny town dominated by its sundrenched piazzas and the majestic St. Andrew Cathedral. Enjoy some time to explore before you continue to Positano, a jet-set favourite where a pastel-coloured cascade of cliffside houses appear to tumble down into the sea. Your last stop of the day is the pretty town of Sorrento, with its ancient alleyways and views looking over the Bay of Naples. Enjoy some free time this evening to explore its labyrinthine lanes, perhaps heading for a clifftop cocktail overlooking the bay or towards the sleepy seafood trattorias at Marina Grande. Stay: Art Hotel Gran Paradiso (or similar). B.

Day 5: Sorrento Today it’s a full day exploring the picture-perfect island of glamorous Capri. Transfer to the island by boat where on arrival your first port of call will be the beautiful gardens of Villa San Michele. Built on the ruins of a Roman villa, the gardens overlook a gorgeous panorama of the Sorrento Peninsula. Take advantage of some free time for lunch before continuing the tour at the Gardens of Augustus – a series of botanical terraces that look over views of the dramatic Faraglioni rock formations, the Bay of Marina Piccola and the historic walkway of Via Krupp. This afternoon, you can explore the island at your own pace before rejoining the group to head back to the

mainland by boat. Stay: Art Hotel Gran Paradiso (or similar). B.

Day 6: Sorrento to Naples After breakfast, depart Sorrento for the ruins of Pompeii. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, this ancient Roman city was famously destroyed in the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you join a guided tour exploring Pompeii’s remarkably well-preserved ancient streets. Continue to a winery found on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, where you’ll have the chance to take a breather and try some local Neapolitan wines. This afternoon travel to the modern city of Torre Annunziata where you’ll join a guided visit of the ruins of Oplontis. This once magnificent villa is thought to have belonged to Nero’s second wife and is famous for its exquisite ancient wall frescoes that have been meticulously preserved. Tonight, you’ll stay at the elegant Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli in Naples where this evening is free to spend at leisure. Stay: Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli (or similar). B.

Day 7: Naples
Today, discover the cultural sights of historic Naples, a city set in the imposing shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Join a full day coach tour and head into the city’s historic centre where highlights include visiting the majolica-tiled cloisters of the Basilica of Santa Chiara and the majestic neo-Gothic façade of the city’s medieval cathedral. You’ll also visit the Palazzo Reale; a magnificent 16th-Century palace that was once the former royal residence of the Bourbon Kings. Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing at leisure. Stay: Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli (or similar). B.

Day 8: Naples
Following breakfast, transfer to Naples airport for your return flight to the UK. B.


Stay longer

Sorrento 3 nights

Extend your Italian adventure with an additional three-night stay in pretty Sorrento. A great base from which to explore more of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is also just under an hour’s drive from Herculaneum, another of Italy’s best-preserved ancient sites.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

This is the perfect itinerary for those interested in exploring the culture, history and glamour of southern Italy.

Good to know

• For guests over 16

• Average group size of 13 guests

• A maximum of 16 guests

• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions

• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes are recommended

• Plenty of cultural experiences, including visits to archaeological sights

• The roads around Amalfi are extremely windy and sometimes the traffic can be quite heavy

• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen to stay at a selection of boutique hotels on this tour. In Sorrento, the Art Hotel Gran Paradiso overlooks views of Mount Vesuvius and features original artwork in each room. In Naples’ historic centre, the Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli is close to many of the city’s main sights and is set in a historic palazzo that dates back over 800 years. Blending original features with modern comforts, the hotel includes a spa and small pool.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £2299

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Apr 30; May 14; Jun 11; Sep 10; Oct 01

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £3511 per person.

Kuoni highlights

Kuoni highlights

On this superb small group tour we’ve included some fantastic experiences, from discovering the romantic cliffside towns in the Amalfi Coast to seeing the haunting UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Pompeii. We’ll also take you to three of the world’s best-preserved ancient Greek temples in Paestum and we’ve added a wine tasting experience at a winery found on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.