Luxury escorted tour of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Luxury escorted tour: Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

An exclusive opportunity to experience the very best this beautiful region has to offer. Savour exquisite regional dishes at Michelin star and traditional restaurants together with wine pairings. Enjoy private escorted tours of Pompeii, Vesuvius, Positano, Capri and Naples with the option to experience a night of opera at the wonderful Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

Taste some of the best wines from the region with visits to wineries on the slopes of Vesuvius and on terraces perched high above the Amalfi coast. Each location as unique as the wines themselves.

The itinerary also provides free time to explore the many attractions Sorrento itself has to offer and our locally based advisors will be available to provide information and assistance throughout the visit. The 5* luxury Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is located in the heart of Sorrento with superb views across the Bay of Naples. We revisited the Excelsior in July 2018 and here is our review.

This Friends of Sorrento promotion is in association with Sam Smith Travel, an ATOL and ABTA registered company.

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Itinerary

This 6 day fully escorted luxury tour is available from 23 to 28 May with flights direct to Naples.
The number of guests is limited to 16 adults.

pompeii-vesuvius

Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where the coach will be waiting to take you for an Italian style brunch before a private two hour guided tour of the Pompeii excavations. After this shot of culture, enjoy the the beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Sant’Agnello and to your luxury hotel in the heart of Sorrento.

Evening: Aperitifs on the Excelsior’s terrace at sunset accompanied by the twinkling lights of Naples skirting the shadow of Vesuvius across the bay.


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Day Two

After a relaxing full breakfast the day begins with a morning visit to ‘picture postcard’ Positano to explore its web of narrow streets with exclusive boutiques and galleries all leading down to the beach. From this level you will really appreciate the beauty of this unique location and enjoy a cappuccino before returning to the coach.

Sit back and enjoy the views as you wind your way up to Furore for a private tour of a unique winery with grapes taken from terraced vineyards along the Amalfi coast. The terraces are too steep to venture far but you will be intrigued by the story behind this winery with its romance, a constant struggle against the elements and the delicate balance between man and nature to produce wines so beautiful. A perfect storyline for a TV Drama.

After visiting the cellars you stroll across to the restaurant for a superb meal with wine pairings. The intricacies of each wine and how the surrounding landscape influences their taste will be explained in detail and questions willingly answered. All this taking place with the sky, sea and mountains of the Amalfi coast as a background. Here’s a little taster video.

Evening: Free time to get acquainted with Sorrento.


Island  of Capri

Day Three

A day to explore the captivating island of Capri and its many attractions including an opportunity to visit the magical Blue Grotto. For the ultimate view take a cable car ride to the top of the island or keep your feet firmly on the ground as the designer boutiques tempt you in.

Evening: Gala Dinner. A wonderful social occasion and opportunity to taste some of the best cuisine created around local and regional influences by a Michelin chef together with superb wines from Campania. A truly gastronomical experience in a magnificent setting.


Vesuvius wine tours

Day Four

A private guided tour to the top of Vesuvius for superb views of the Bay of Naples. Its volcanic ash preserved as well as destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum and also formed extremely fertile soil on its slopes and beyond. Fruit and vegetables thrive in abundance here including grape vines. The distinctive flavours from these grapes will be sampled during a visit to a local winery together with a traditional lunch from local produce.

Evening: Free time to discover some of the many hidden gems in historic Sorrento including restaurants, boutiques and tasting limoncello in its many forms including gelato.


Naples

Day Five

Naples is the destination today where your guide will introduce to the many wonders of this intriguing city. Its treasures, its architecture, its shops, its people and the authentic Neapolitan Pizza.

Evening: Free time in Sorrento to take a stroll down to the Marina Grande for a fresh fish meal at the Delfino Restaurant overlooking the fishing harbour.


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Day six

In five days you would have experienced Pompeii, Vesuvius, Positano, Capri, Naples, some of the best wines and cuisine in the region and one of the World’s most beautiful coastline. It’s time to relax and just enjoy Sorrento for some last minute shopping and lunch before the transfer to the airport.


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Optional extra

A unique opportunity to experience a performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the magnificent Teatro San Carlo in the heart of Naples. An emotionally charged evening awaits in the breath taking setting of this historical opera house with an interlude just long enough to catch your breath and take a sip of champagne. When the applause stops, wipe away the tear and alight your carriage to return to the Excelsior for cocktails on terrace as you look back at Naples across the bay and realise it’s not been a dream.


Further details

This 6 day luxury tour is available from 23 to 28 May, 2019, and places are limited to 16 on a first come basis. To express interest please return this form as soon as possible.
Closing date 30 November 2018.

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