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Tour Description

As soon as you land in Naples, you will be introduced to the spirit of South Italy and escorted to your hotel. This tour begins on day 2 where you get to see the volcanic town and archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius from up close.

Seeing the first century AD cities where the Roman Empire reigned is the most delicate part of this tour. Just like Herculaneum known for the legendary Hercules and Pompeii for the amazing battles with gladiators, you will be able to walk the same ground on which Roman kings used to walk and see the elite Roman resorts like the Suburban Baths, the House of the Deers, many temples, houses and churches. You will even see the skeletons of many fugitives and people who used to live in that time.

From the medieval towns near Naples, the tour continues in the luxurious and chic Amalfi Coast which is a mix of culture and modern tourism. Here you will be enjoy a Private boat tour: We will help you to discover beauties such as; Cala Puolo, a small fishing village with traditional restaurants along the beach, Massa Lubrense a picturesque fishing village, Mitigliano Bay accessible only by sea, the Marine Park with views of Capri. Disembark in one of many little villages and enjoy a lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. You will have the opportunity to visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello as well Capri Island, a summer playground for The Romans Emperors.

Travel along the Gulf of Salerno to reach Paestum Archeological Park. The Greek temples of Paestum are some of the most stunning ancient monuments in Italy. Still standing after 2500 years, they embody the Greek ideals of beauty, rationality, and the sacred. This day trip takes you along the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Salerno to the low, often flower-filled plain looking out to the sea where the three temples stand. You will have time to explore the vast site consisting also of a Roman town with forum constructed on top of the original Greek settlement.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Naples Arrival and Private Transfer to Sorrento | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Naples airport you will be greeted by our Representative who will welcome you to Naples. He or she will escort out of the Terminal: your private driver will transfer you to your Hotel in Sorrento. The rest of the day is at leisure. An unashamed resort, Sorrento is still a civilized old town. Even the souvenirs are a cut above the norm, with plenty of fine old shops selling ceramics, lacework and intarsio (Inlaid Wood Work) – famously produced here. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 02: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Your driver and guide will meet you at the hotel ready to take you through the most significant archaeological sites of Naples Bay, Pompeii and Herculaneum. In the first century AD the Roman Empire had many cities, but none located in a more beautiful setting than those lining the Bay of Naples. Pompeii was buried under lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay forgotten for hundreds of years. With its public baths, amphitheater, Roman temples and brothels, a tour of Pompeii is like a journey into the past. After the visit you will reach the most important winemaker of Lachrima Christi, located just few hundred metres below the peak of the Volcano Vesuvius. Here you will have a classical Italian lunch that includes bruschette with fresh tomatoes and olive oil served with salami and cheeses. Then, spaghetti will be served with little hill cherry tomatoes, accompanied by two different red wines. After lunch time you will drive 30 more minutes until you the Ancient Herculaneum. Dating back to the 4th century BC, the city was thought to have been founded by the legendary Hercules. This elite Roman resort was devastated by the same volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii in 79 AD. Herculaneum was covered by a torrent of mud, which protected the ruins from atmospheric agents and illegal excavators. You will visit the Suburban Baths, the House of the Deers, the Augustales Temple, the Palestra, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the House of the Pretty Courtyard, the House of the Wooden Partition Wall, the Bicentenary House, the area of The Marina, where in 1980 archeologist found over 250 skeletons of fugitives. At the end of tour, your driver will take you back to your Hotel. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 03: Naples Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the hotel lobby. Today enjoy a full day Private Guided Tour of Naples. The drive from Sorrento to Naples is about 45 minutes. Your city tour begins with Castel Nuovo, the political center of the city during the Antiquity period (Naples was an important port in the area), through to the high medieval period (when Petrarch and Boccaccio were guests). You will then continue to the Castle dell’Ovo (The Egg Castle), which has a history dating back to the Roman times and was even a prison under the Normans. With a view of the bay of Naples as a backdrop, your tour continues on to Piazza Plebiscito; the most monumental and harmonious square in the city, to view the vast 17th-century Royal Palace, San Carlo Opera House and the Church of St. Francis. You will then continue through Piazza della Borsa to Corso Umberto and the Galleria Umberto I, lined with beautiful lamps and 19th-century buildings containing some of the most elegant shops and cafes in Naples. After lunch in an authentic Neapolitan Pizzeria together with your Private Guide you will visit the Naples National Archaeological Museum, one of Naples' treasure troves. The museum contains a large collection of Roman artifacts from Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. The collection includes works of the highest quality produced in Greek, Roman and Renaissance times. It is the most important Italian archaeological museum and is considered one of the most important in the world. After your Museum tour you will ride up to Posillipo Hill where you'll have time for photographs and an excellent panoramic view of the city. Coming down from Posillipo, with the beautiful Bay of Naples on to your right side, you will pass first by Mergellina and then by the famous Santa Lucia district. Willing, you will have time to stop for an authentic Espresso and Sfogliatella Pastry before returning to your Hotel in Sorrento. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 04: Sorrento Peninsula Villages Tour and Terranova Farm | Breakfast at the Hotel. Spend an amazing morning in a wonderful farmhouse. The Terranova Farm is a farmhouse holiday spot in Sorrento situated near the “Le Tore” nature reserve, in Santa Agata dei Due Golfi. The farm occupies six acres of land, distributed amongst a staircase of terraces which all descend harmoniously towards the sea. Facing you will be the enchanting Li Galli and Vetara Islands where legend has it that Ulysses met beautiful mermaid creatures. Surrounding you will also be the colors and scents of the Mediterranean. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the owner for refreshments before taking a stroll around the grounds to admire the fresh produce. Depending on the fruits and vegetables in season, you will be free to pick some provisions for lunch. You will then enjoy a hands-on cooking demonstration where you will be shown the skills of mozzarella making, as well as creating the perfect pizza (southern style!). Lunch will include fresh farm produce. In the afternoon continue your tour through the villages and towns of Sorrento Peninsula: Nerano Village and Marina del Cantone, Massa Lubrense coast line with its incredible view of Capri Island. The tour ends in Sorrento for Italy’s famous GELATO. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 05: Punta Campanella Marine Park Private Boat Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the Hotel lobby and transfer to Sorrento pier where you will embark on a Private Boat Tour of Punta Campanella Marine Park. Today we will make you appreciate the pleasure of cruising along the Sorrento Coast. We will help you to discover beauties such as; Cala Puolo, a small fishing village with traditional restaurants along the beach, Massa Lubrense a picturesque fishing village, Mitigliano Bay accessible only by sea, the Marine Park with views of Capri. Disembark in one of many little villages and enjoy a lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In these wonderful places you can relax and swim in the clear waters of our sea. Excursion includes: Pick up back and drop off to the Hotel, Cruise along Sorrento Coast: Visit Regina Giovanna bath, Marina di Puolo, Marciano, Mitigliano, Punta Campanella. Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Sorrento. Overnight in Sorrento.

Day 06: Sorrento to Positano Private Tranfer | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the lobby and transfer to your Hotel in Positano. Today leave the Sorrento Peninsula behind and enjoy a drive along one of the most intriguing coastline in the world, The Amalfi Coast. Passing through Santa Agata dei due Golfi, and few other villages, you will reach Positano where you will spend the next 4 nights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town; with steeply-stacked houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colors. No less colorful are its steep streets and steps lined with wisteria-draped hotels, smart restaurants and fashionable boutiques. Overnight in Positano.

Day 07: Amalfi Coast Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the lobby. Today enjoy a Private Guided Tour of the Amalfi Coast. The small houses all huddling on top of each other, the breathtaking cliffs, the lemon and olive trees, the small beaches, the Saracen watch towers, the narrow roads make of this place a unique place in the world, so precious to be listed in the Unesco World Heritage. In the morning you will visit Amalfi, the town whose name blesses the entire coast. A picturesque interlacing of alleys and stairways overlooks the sea with all its extraordinary colors reflecting the enchanting landscape of Amalfi. Dominated by the majestic Cathedral dedicated to Sant'Andrea (St. Andrew), Amalfi proffers innumerable testimonies of its glorious past as a Maritime Republic. Enjoy lunch in a characteristic Amalfi Coast fish restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit Villa Rufolo in Ravello, with spectacular view over the entire Amalfi Coast. Ravello, an elegant and refined village, dipped in green and characterized by luxurious villas. The heart of Ravello is represented by Piazza Vescovado, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the Cathedral with its magnificent portal and 10-feet-high bell tower. Late afternoon return to Positano for overnight.

Day 08: Capri Private Guided Tour with Limoncello & Blue Grotto Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today enjoy a Private Guided Tour of Capri. Visit Marina Grande and the village of Anacapri, located 1,800 feet above sea level, where you can take a chairlift to Monte Solaro. Here you will visit Villa San Michele and the Axel Munthe Gardens. Continue to the main town of Capri, where you can visit La Piazzetta, the Gardens of Augustus, Faraglioni, and the distinctive rocks. Included is a visit to a Limoncello shop where you will learn how they make Capri's favorite lemon 'digestivo'. In the afternoon, after lunch in a characteristic Caprese restaurant in Marina Grande, you will visit the marvelous Blue Grotto at the Faraglioni rocks and caves. You will find Capri to be a very exclusive travel destination. Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Positano.

Day 09: Paestum Private Guided Tour with Buffalo Mozzarella Demo | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the lobby and travel along the Gulf of Salerno to reach Paestum Archeological Park. The Greek temples of Paestum are some of the most stunning ancient monuments in Italy. Still standing after 2500 years, they embody the Greek ideals of beauty, rationality, and the sacred. This day trip takes you along the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Salerno to the low, often flower-filled plain looking out to the sea where the three temples stand. You will have time to explore the vast site consisting also of a Roman town with forum constructed on top of the original Greek settlement. The museum is worth a look for the wonderful Tomb of the Diver, terra cotta clay pots still filled with now-crystallized honey, and other treasures from the site. These fertile grassy plains are perfect for nourishing the famous water buffalo of Campania, most likely brought from Sicily by the Normans in 1000 AD. After lunch at a local characteristic restaurant, your next stop will be at the Tenuta Vannullo where it is produced the famous Certified Organic Buffalo Mozzarella, entirely made by hand exclusively with Buffalo organic milk. Here you will have a guided tour visiting the stable where are used the most avant-garde techniques of milking to safeguard animal welfare, hygiene and milk quality, visit the leather shop and the museum with tools and equipment of various periods and finish with a taste of the dairy production. They grow fodder for our 600 buffaloes: Each of them is treated only with homeopathic remedies. On the way back to Positano, there will be a visit to a picturesque spot called Vietri sul Mare. Its economy depends greatly on its production of hand-made ceramics. The much loved artistic ceramics are known as "ceramica vietrese." Overnight in Positano.

Day 10: Positano - Naples Airport | Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning at the appropriate time enjoy a Private Transfer to Naples Airport. Arrivederci! Ciao! Buon Viaggio!

Tour Inclusions
  • 5 Nights Sorrento
  • 4 Nights Amalfi Coast
  • Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
  • Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
  • Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
  • Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
  • Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
  • 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
  • Details up on request
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€ 6,485 per person

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€ 8,485 per person

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania