Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples
The Sorrento peninsula and the Bay of Napleshas attractedvisitors for centuries in search of its outstanding scenery, tranquility and some of the most remarkable sights from throughout history.Invasions by the Greeks, Phoenicians and Saracens have all left theirlegacies - but none more so than the Romans. Even 2000 years ago the attributes of the region were well known with the Emperors Tiberius and Augustus, together with countless members of the ruling elite, having villas here. Sorrento came to real fame though, during the late 18th century when many of Europe’s aristocracy came to spend their winters here - attracted by its mild climate and outstanding natural beauty. Sumptuous houses and grandiose hotels were built along the cliff-tops and today Sorrento is everything you expect an Italian town to be: tiny cobbled streets and quaint squares with flowers decorating almost every building, tubs of geraniums, dark blue clematis climbing up pastel-coloured, almost crumbling walls, with pink hydrangeas and roses in almost every open space, all shaded by lofty palm trees offering welcome shade. Mouth-watering aromas drift from the numerous restaurants and bistros, some humble and homely, some grand and ostentatious with pavement cafés serving fine cappuccino on seemingly every street corner.
We see the legendary Amalfi coast, with every guidebook proclaiming it the most beautiful in Europe, and when you see it, it really is impossible to disagree!Deep redmountains covered with pine forests plunge dramatically into the calm blue Mediterranean.Then toCapri, which possesses a deserved reputation as a veritable Garden of Eden - it will come as no surprise why so many of the rich and famous have made it their home.
Wherever you travel in the Bay of Naples, the skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius, rising loftily to over 4000 ft. No doubt you will be aware, it has erupted in spectacular fashion several times in its history- the most famous, of course, being in 79AD when the Roman city of Pompeii, together with many of its inhabitants, were entombed and whose state of preservation today is little short of remarkable.
All in all there can be few places where you will find so much of interest in an area of such outstanding natural beauty as the Bay of Naples.
- Return flights to Naples
- 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
- Guided tour of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum
- Guided tour of the Naples 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, Naples Archaeological Museum and Sorrento, cruise to Capri and services ofa Rivieratour manager.
- Not included: Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting. There will be a charge for swimming pool towels of €2 per towel per day at the Vue D'Or and Villa Maria, €1.50 per towel per day at the Metropole and €1 per towel per day at the La Badia
- 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.
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