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Pompeii, Capri & Naples

The Sorrento peninsula and the Bay of Naples is simply one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, attracting visitors for centuries in search of its outstanding scenery, tranquillity and some of the most wondrous ‘sights’ from throughout history. Indeed in the immediate area we have a selection of places to see and visit which stand comparison with almost anywhere in the world.

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  • Pompeii, Capri & Naples
  • Pompeii, Capri & Naples
  • Pompeii, Capri & Naples

It has a long and violent history, and invasions by the Greeks, Phoenicians and Saracens have all left their mark – 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 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 morning glory climbing up pastel coloured, almost crumbling walls, with pink Oleander, Bougainvillea and roses in almost every open space.

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.

Explore the legendary Amalfi coast, with every guidebook proclaiming Europe’s most beautiful, and when you see it, you cannot disagree! Limestone mountains covered with pine forests plunge dramatically into the calm blue Mediterranean.

Next it’s Capri, which possesses a deserved reputation as a veritable Garden of Eden – it is no surprise why so many celebrities live here. The Bay of Naples' skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius, rising loftily to over 4000 feet and it has erupted in spectacular fashion several times in its history. The most famous of course, was in 79AD when Roman 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 you will find which combine together so much of interest in an area of such outstanding natural beauty as the Bay of Naples.

Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples Itinerary

  • DAY 1

    You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Naples from your selected airport. On arrival a coach takes us to Sorrento, a lovely base for our holiday. You have a choice of carefully selected hotels, all well managed and of a very good quality within their category with good restaurants where we dine. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing you time to settle into the hotel and start exploring Sorrento if you wish.

  • DAY 2

    Sorrento has been a resort for centuries and has developed with great style, so today we have a rather lazy day commencing with a short walking tour. The Romans were aware of Sorrento’s attributes and the area is dotted with the remains of their opulent villas. During the 18th century it became part of the Grand Tour for Europe’s aristocracy with classic hotels being built around the old cliff-top town. Today, spared the excesses of modern development, Sorrento is delightful and so typical of the south of Italy. Tiny winding streets lined with tall, seemingly crumbling buildings complete with their faded façades of ochre, yellow and magenta are now home to superb shops and cosy restaurants. The stylish young astride their Vespas, and on every bench sit splendidly turned out senior citizens, superbly dressed no matter how hot the weather – all having time to pass a few words in the street.

  • DAY 3

    Today, we take the drive north around the bay to the cosmopolitan city of Naples where we have a guided tour of the Archaeological Museum which is one of the finest of its kind. All entrance fees are included here. 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. 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 oneway 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.  We will have a guided tour of this fascinating city, before returning to our hotel.

  • DAY 4

    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.

  • DAY 5

    Capri is renowned the world over for its outstanding natural beauty and today we take the short boat ride to the island. It has long been the most sought-after part of the Bay of Naples: not only attracting three Roman emperors, but also writers such as D.H. Lawrence and George Bernard Shaw who sought inspiration here. Famous names such as Gracie Fields and Graham Greene, amongst many others, have made it their home. It is easy to see why it is so adored: as we approach the island you can see small fishing boats rising and falling with the gentle waves, with pretty shops and restaurants lining the busy quayside. The picturesque main town is perched on the hill looking down on the quaint harbour below. You may wish to visit to the famous Blue Grotto – the large cavern which can only be reached by boat and by a freak of nature is bathed in incandescent blue light, hence its name. Yes, Capri really does deserve its reputation as a Garden of Eden. We then take the boat to the mainland and return to our hotel.

  • DAY 6

    This morning we visit Herculaneum, known locally as Ercolano, located in the shadow of the mighty Mount Vesuvius. All entrance fees to Herculaneum are included. This ancient Roman town was destroyed in AD 79 by the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in European history. Very much like Pompeii, the town of Herculaneum was buried under volcanic mud and ash, which smothered everything from household objects to metals and textiles, sealing it all in an airtight tomb, until excavation of the site commenced in 1738 using underground tunnels that revealed the hidden secrets of this fascinating place. Our local guide will bring the history of the town to life and as you walk amongst this fantastically preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have an understanding of the vast amount of volcanic waste that had to be excavated and the enormity of the task to uncover what we can see today. Herculaneum is less well known than Pompeii, but the state of preservation of the buildings is generally far superior, so it’s most certainly worth the visit.

  • DAY 7

    We think you will agree the Amalfi coastline is, as it claims to be, Europe’s most beautiful. Today we explore the coast winding around towering cliffs, dipping almost sheer to the beautiful blue sea with birds soaring above and the air heavy with the typically Mediterranean scent of pine forest and wild flowers. Our coastal drive takes us above the exclusive resort of Positano….haunt of celebrities. We arrive in Amalfi, a picturesque village in a gorgeous setting, possessing charm in abundance and perhaps the highlight of the coast. Just inland is the stunning village of Ravello, with its unrivalled location perched like an eagle’s nest on a shelf above Amalfi, affording some amazing views. It has an ambience of its own and a wonderful main square surrounded by delightful small cafés and the Villa Rufolo – once the headquarters of a city-state, now a charming collection of medieval buildings, statues, tasteful walled gardens and the setting for Wagner’s opera Parsifal.

  • DAY 8

    Today we return to Naples airport, at the appropriate time for your flight home, after a really memorable and unique tour.

Price Includes

  • Insightful guided tours and visits
  • Local departures
  • Financial protection
  • Personal service
  • Hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast and dining options
  • Outstanding tour managers
  • Free time to explore
  • All local taxes and overseas transfers

Dates and Prices

2020 Departures £ prices per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • 13th London Gatwick Airport 13th Manchester Airport
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  • March
    • 25th London Gatwick Airport 25th London Stansted Airport
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  • April
    • 3rd London Stansted Airport 3rd London Gatwick Airport 3rd Manchester Airport 3rd Birmingham Airport 8th London Gatwick Airport 8th London Luton Airport 10th Manchester Airport 10th Birmingham Airport 15th London Gatwick Airport 15th London Stansted Airport 17th Manchester Airport 17th Birmingham Airport 24th Manchester Airport 24th Birmingham Airport 24th London Gatwick Airport
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  • May
    • 1st Manchester Airport 1st Bristol Airport 1st Birmingham Airport 1st East Midlands Airport 1st Newcastle Airport 1st London Gatwick Airport 1st Edinburgh Airport 1st London Stansted Airport 8th London Luton Airport 8th Newcastle Airport 8th East Midlands Airport 8th London Gatwick Airport 8th Manchester Airport 8th Birmingham Airport 8th Bristol Airport 8th Dublin Airport 15th London Stansted Airport 15th Newcastle Airport 15th East Midlands Airport 15th London Gatwick Airport 15th Manchester Airport 15th Birmingham Airport 15th Bristol Airport 22nd London Luton Airport 22nd Newcastle Airport 22nd East Midlands Airport 22nd Manchester Airport 22nd Birmingham Airport 22nd Bristol Airport 22nd London Gatwick Airport 29th Newcastle Airport 29th London Stansted Airport 29th London Gatwick Airport 29th East Midlands Airport 29th Manchester Airport 29th Birmingham Airport 29th Bristol Airport
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  • June
    • 5th London Stansted Airport 5th Newcastle Airport 5th London Gatwick Airport 5th East Midlands Airport 5th Manchester Airport 5th Birmingham Airport 5th Bristol Airport 5th Dublin Airport 12th Newcastle Airport 12th London Luton Airport 12th London Gatwick Airport 12th East Midlands Airport 12th Manchester Airport 12th Birmingham Airport 12th Bristol Airport 19th Newcastle Airport 19th London Gatwick Airport 19th East Midlands Airport 19th Manchester Airport 19th Birmingham Airport 19th Bristol Airport 19th Edinburgh Airport 26th Newcastle Airport 26th London Stansted Airport 26th London Gatwick Airport 26th East Midlands Airport 26th Manchester Airport 26th Birmingham Airport 26th Bristol Airport
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  • August
    • 21st Newcastle Airport 21st London Gatwick Airport 21st East Midlands Airport 21st Manchester Airport 21st Birmingham Airport 21st Bristol Airport 28th Newcastle Airport 28th London Gatwick Airport 28th East Midlands Airport 28th Manchester Airport 28th Birmingham Airport 28th Bristol Airport
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  • September
    • 4th London Stansted Airport 4th Newcastle Airport 4th London Gatwick Airport 4th East Midlands Airport 4th Manchester Airport 4th Birmingham Airport 4th Bristol Airport 11th Newcastle Airport 11th London Gatwick Airport 11th East Midlands Airport 11th Edinburgh Airport 11th Manchester Airport 11th Birmingham Airport 11th Bristol Airport 18th London Stansted Airport 18th Newcastle Airport 18th London Gatwick Airport 18th East Midlands Airport 18th Manchester Airport 18th Birmingham Airport 18th Bristol Airport 18th Dublin Airport 25th London Luton Airport 25th Newcastle Airport 25th East Midlands Airport 25th Manchester Airport 25th Birmingham Airport 25th Bristol Airport 25th London Gatwick Airport
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  • October
    • 2nd London Stansted Airport 2nd Newcastle Airport 2nd East Midlands Airport 2nd London Gatwick Airport 2nd Manchester Airport 2nd Birmingham Airport 2nd Bristol Airport 9th London Luton Airport 9th Newcastle Airport 9th East Midlands Airport 9th London Gatwick Airport 9th Manchester Airport 9th Birmingham Airport 9th Bristol Airport 9th Edinburgh Airport 16th Newcastle Airport 16th East Midlands Airport 16th London Gatwick Airport 16th Manchester Airport 16th Birmingham Airport 16th Bristol Airport 23rd Newcastle Airport 23rd East Midlands Airport 23rd London Gatwick Airport 23rd Manchester Airport 23rd Birmingham Airport 23rd Bristol Airport
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  • November
    • 13th London Gatwick Airport 13th London Stansted Airport
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