Seven nights half-board in a choice of three-star or four-star hotel in Sorrento
Walking tour of Sorrento one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal towns
Cruise to the stunning island of Capri, home of the Roman Emperors
Visit to the magnificent volcano of Vesuvius
Visit to Naples and its Archaeological Museum
Guided tour of Pompeii a city frozen in time
Tour of the Amalfi coast - one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world
Visit to Ravello – setting for Wagner’s opera Parsifal
Service of an experienced tour manager
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room with single and sea view rooms subject toavailable, at the relevant supplement; please see the accommodation section for further information. The price includes return flights, seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast, all coach tours as mentioned, executive coach travel in Italy, guided tours of Pompeii and Sorrento, visit to Naples, cruise to Capri and services ofa Rivieratour manager.
Not included: Entrance to Pompeii €11, Archaeological Museum€10 and Vesuvius €6.50 (approximate costs, payable locally). Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting. There will be a charge for swimming pool towels at the Conca Park of€5 per towel per day and €2 per towel per day at the Vue D'Or.
If you are over 65, or under 18, under current Italian law entrance to any state owned museum is free for British and other European Union citizens on production of a photocopy of your passports.
Occasionally the opening times of the places of interest varies, and if this happens we may change the order of visits, however the overall content will not be reduced.
You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Naples. On arrival a coach will take us to Sorrento, a lovely base for our holiday (journey is approximately one hour, fifteen minutes). You have a choice of carefully selected hotels. They are all well managed and of a very good quality within their category. All have good restaurants where we take breakfast and dinner.
We all know the story of Pompeii, however, it is more than a series of ruins: the state of preservation is astonishing and even if you are not interested in history you cannot fail to be moved by the scale of the city, the construction of which appears to put our modern structures to shame, especially when you consider machines were unavailable. Much of our knowledge about the way of life of the ordinary Romans, their habits, social structure, class systems and domestic arrangements has come from here. Some of the baths are virtually complete as are various murals and mosaics, with some buildings having graffiti describing political events, romantic entanglements and gossip of the time! You can even see the traffic calming measures, how the one-way system operated and appreciate the very high standard of living evident in Roman Pompeii. The atmosphere is eerie, as preserved for all time are the pained facial expressions of the victims of Vesuvius.
This morning we will have a guided tour of this fascinating city before visiting the perpetrator of this cataclysmic act, Vesuvius itself. Bizarrely enough, the bottom of the volcano is now populated again with the lower slopes producing some of the finest wine in the area! The coach will take us most of the way up, giving panoramic views of the whole bay and the almost lunar landscape caused by the last eruption. We then return to the hotel in time for dinner after an interesting, thought-provoking day.
Today you have a free day in Sorrento to spend as you wish. You could take a boat trip, shop in the high class boutiques, have a lazy lunch or simply catch up on some reading – the choice is yours.
Today, we take the drive north around the bay to the cosmopolitan city of Naples where we visit the Archaeological Museum which is one of the finest of its kind. When the excavations commenced in nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, the best of the finds were brought here and displayed to an eager public. There is a very extensive display of remarkably preserved mosaics giving a superb insight into the way of life and even sense of humour of the ordinary Roman. Other sections include murals, figures, fine pottery, ropes and even preserved food. One of the central displays is of some of the largest classical sculpture ever found and the museum as a whole complements your visit to Pompeii admirably.
Today we return to Naples airport, at the appropriate time, after a really memorable and unique tour.