See the ancient city of Pompeii, marvel at the mighty Mount Vesuvius, take in spectacular views on the Amalfi Coast and enjoy an evening at the theatre in stunning Sorrento.
Day 1: Dublin – Naples
A holiday representative will meet you at Naples Airport to take you to Sorrento by coach. Depending on your date of departure, you will either be staying in the 4* Hotel Bristol for seven nights.
Day 2: Sorrento Walkabout
Today you are invited to join your representative and the rest of your group, for an entertaining and informative welcome meeting and tour around Sorrento’s stunning town centre. En route, your fantastically knowledgeable guide will point out buildings and monuments of note, regaling you with fascinating stories and anecdotes.
A refreshment stop at a much-loved gelateria to meet the charming owner and sample some mouthwatering ice-cream will be your next port of call, after which you’ll visit a cameo shop, to see firsthand how this popular jewellery is crafted. A trip to see where Limoncello is made is also on the cards, as is the opportunity to sample a drop or two of this mouthwatering lemon liqueur.
You will then gather at the town’s air conditioned theatre where your guides will give you insider tips on how to get the most of your week on the Sorrentine peninsula.
After, you’ll head to a local restaurant where you can enjoy a drink on the terrace and soak up the stunning views across the bay.
Day 3: Vesuvius & Pompeii
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to your first natural wonder of the day, Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. Located on Italy’s west coast, it overlooks the bay and the city of Naples and is most famous for the 79 AD eruption which buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The coach will take you up 1000 meters and from there you can take a footpath to the top (approx. 25 min) and admire the splendid views across the bay. Look deep into the blackened crater as the smoke rises from the fertile ground.
Next stop? Pompeii, where you will have an opportunity to have some lunch before your tour of Pompeii commences. Following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii lay buried for over a thousand years. The town is now one of the most visited sites in the world, and today your local guide will take you back in time with a tour along its original Roman streets. Explore its ancient shops, bars and gyms. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes and mosaics and visit the main square where the former City Hall’s ruins lie. This is an archaeological adventure which will not fail to impress, so make sure you pack your camera! After, hop back on your coach and head back to the hotel.
Day 4: At your Leisure
Spend today as you wish, exploring Sorrento or relaxing at the hotel.
Day 5: Amalfi Coast
After breakfast, hop on your coach and embark on your Amalfi Coast adventure. The Amalfi drive is said to be the most spectacular in Europe and from Sorrento, the winding cliff top roads, overlooking sparkling blue sea, offer exquisite panoramic views.
The first stop will be high above Positano, one of the jewels of this coastline, built on different levels from the main road all the way down to sea. This particular spot offers optimum views of the surrounding area, so cameras at the ready!
Further along the coast, the coach makes a refreshment stop where you can admire the local ceramics in a traditional shop and enjoy panoramic views before going on to the town of Amalfi. Here, you will have time to explore this stunning spot at your own leisure. The real jewel in the Amalfi Coast’s crown, Amalfi itself is set on a sand and shingle beach overlooking the glistening Bay of Salerno. The beautiful waterfront is a great place to soak up the sun and enjoy la dolce vita for which Amalfi is famous. In its town centre, the Duomo stands atop a long flight of steps with a lively piazza below. Both in the main square and on the seafront you will find lovely restaurants and street side cafés with mesmerising views.
You will board your coach again and continue to the medieval town of Ravello, which nestles in the mountainside, 1,100ft above the sea. You can enjoy the most amazing views of the Amalfi coastline overlooking Minori, Maiori and beyond. You will then be brought back to your hotel
Day 6: At your Leisure
Another free day to pass in Sorrento’s appealing town centre. Shop in the local boutiques and indulge in some people-watching from one of the many cafés.
Day 7: Sorrento Musical
After having free time to do as you please today, this evening will see you take a stroll to the theatre, the Teatro Tasso, which we visited on the first day, to enjoy an unforgettable show at the Sorrento Musical Night, with professional dancers, singers and musicians galore! Performed in 19th century costume, this musical tells the story about the daily life of the Southern Italians in three different scenes. This wonderful 75 minute performance incorporates Italian classics such as “Torna a Surriento” and “O Sole Mio”, and the famous traditional dance , The Tarantella. Hugely popular amongst our guests, this is one show not to be missed!
Day 8: Naples – Dublin
Coach transfer to Naples for your return flight to Dublin. Alternatively, spend another week in Sorrento by extending your stay.