Myth abounds in Campania. Icarus plunged to his death in the Campi Flegrei and Aeneas consulted the Cuman Sybil before entering Hades via Lago d’Averno (lake Avernus). To the south, sirens lured sailors to their deaths in the sparkling waters of Sorrento. Campania is an ancient land of high drama and disorientating contrasts. From the seething streets of in-your-face Naples to the spectacular scenery of the Amalfi Coast, the landscape is as varied as it is compelling.
Arrival in Sorrento and accommodation in the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
2.day: Pompeii – Vesuvius
After breakfast full day excursion to Pompeii, the buried volcanic town. Guided visit to the roman ruins. In the afternoon guided excursion to the crater of the active Volcano Vesuvius. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
With its height of 1281 metres is the only active volcano on the European mainland. Since it exploded into history in AD79, burying Pompeii and Herculaneum and pushing the coastline out several kilometres, it has erupted more than 30 times. The most devastating of these was in 1631, the most recent in 1944. And while there’s little evidence to suggest any imminent activity, observers worry that the current lull is the lungest in the past 500 years.
Pompeii remained mostly untouched until 1748, when a group of explorers looking for ancient artifacts arrived in Campania and began to dig. They found that the ashes had acted as a marvelous preservative: Underneath all that dust, Pompeii was almost exactly as it had been 2,000 years before. Its buildings were intact. Skeletons were frozen right where they’d fallen. Everyday objects and household goods littered the streets. Later archaeologists even uncovered jars of preserved fruit and loaves of bread!
3.day: Amalfi coast
After breakfast full day excursion along the Amalfi Coast. Till Paestum. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Is the most spectacular seascape in Europe. Full day tour of the coastline, including guide with an initial stop in Positano. The tour proceeds to Amalfi (including a visit to the Cathedral) where there is also an opportunity to visit emerald caves. Departure to Ravello for a visit of Villa Rufolo.
The city of Poseidonia, near the sea in the gulf of Salerno, was founded by the Achaeans in the seventh century BC and is still today the most interesting architectural nucleus: encircled by 4.750 meters of walls, it has three Doric temples – the Basilica, the Temple of Neptune, and the Temple of Ceres- and other minor temples.
4.day: Capri – Anacapri
After breakfast full day excursion to the wonderful Island of Capri. Not to be missed: Anacapri, the Augustus’ gardens, the small harbor, the Blue Caves (optional). Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
CAPRI AND ANACAPRI
Capri is famous throughout the world for its Faraglioni rocks and its “Grotta Azzura”. It is an extremely beautiful island that retains a number of monuments taht bear witness to its glorious past. This includes the Greek Acropolis (4th-5th century BC), the Baths of Tiberius and Villa Jovis. From the port of “Marina Grande”, there is a funicular that takes visitors to the “Piazzetta” which thanks to its elegant boutiques and characteristic narrow streets is an obligatory stop for all shopping enthusiasts. Also very popular are Villa San Michele and Museum, and the Charterhouse of Saint James.
5.day: Naples (Tarantela show)
Half day guided tour excursion to Naples. Afternoon at leisure. After dinner in hotel you will visit “Tarantella show” in a typical place. return to the hotel. Overnight.
is anarchic and polluted: many of its historic palazzi are filthy and its centro storico is a dark warren of Dickensian streets. Yet it is also a city of majestic beauty, of regal palaces and baroque splendour, of world- renowned museums and modish lounge bars.
Departure after breakfast.
The price includes:
– 5 nights half board accommodation in double rooms in Sorrento or surroundings
– local guides in Pompeii and Vesuvius (full day)
– whole day excursion to Capri (full day local guide, ferry boat, bus)
– hostess for the sightseeing of the Amalfi coast
– Tarantella show (typical local dance)
– local guide in Naples (half day)
– transfer for the visit of the Amalfi Coast on the 3rd day
The price does not include:
– everything else not precisely indicated
All offers will be considered tailor-made. Contact us for our best prices for this programme and information on availability.