Small group tour of the Neapolitan Riviera

Small group tour of the Neapolitan Riviera

An exclusive tailor-made 8 day holiday offering a choice of carefully selected 4 and 5 star hotels. It comes complete with a balanced itinerary of tours, activities and relaxation plus the reassurance of ABTA and ATOL protection and the Sorrento office availability 24/7.

The itinerary will take you through the many different landscapes on the Neapolitan Riviera. Visit historical sites, dramatic and incredibly beautiful coastlines, villages surrounded by lemon and olive groves, vibrant towns and cities with traditional trattorias and michelin restaurants, and of course meet the people and experience their lifestyle. This holiday is in association with Sam Smith Travel, an ABTA (G8950) and ATOL (6986) registered company.

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What’s included

  • Flights from UK airports to Naples
  • Choice of 4 & 5 star hotels in Sorrento
  • Room upgrades and half board options
  • Private transfers from Naples airport
  • Welcome drinks
  • Gala dinner
  • Private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Private tour of Naples
  • Guided tour of Pompeii with wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Capri
  • Special rates on optional tours and activities, see list below
  • Restaurant recommendations with special discounts for members
  • Friends of Sorrento support before and during visit

Price
From £ 1295.00 per person for 8 days, mid to late October 2019
Based on two people sharing a double room in a 4 star hotel with breakfast, group size 10 to 16 adults.


Day One

Welcomed at Naples airport where your driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Sit back and enjoy beautiful views across the Bay of Naples as you drive through Castellammare di Stabia, Vico Equense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello’

Evening: Free time to settle into the hotel before meeting up with the group for ‘Benvenuti a Sorrento’ drinks.


Day Two

pompeii-vesuvius

We start with a guided tour of the remarkable archaeological site of Pompeii. It seems a contradiction that the destructive forces released by Vesuvius not only destroyed and preserved Pompeii but also created a very fertile soil which has helped produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and vines. After the walking tour, we will visit a vineyard for wine tasting and a light lunch with typical local produce.

Evening: Free time to rest those tired legs.


Day Three

Marina Grande Sorrento

Culture vultures may want an optional morning tour of Herculaneum or you could enjoy a relaxing day to explore the maze of narrow lanes in Sorrento with its myriad of shops and historic buildings. The fishing harbour in Marina Grande provides a perfect end to a pleasant stroll from the town centre and offers a wonderful choice of restaurants along the small beach and promenade. It’s a superb location for an alfresco lunch or dinner.

On the subject of food, why not book an optional Cooking Class in the morning or afternoon and learn some of the secrets for a perfect pasta dish. Play video.

Chef Carmen Cooking School.


Day Four

Amalfi Coast

It’s 9.00 am and your driver will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private tour of the Amalfi coast with visits to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Try to resist the temptation to stay too long in Positano if you want to explore Amalfi and Ravello at a leisurely pace. Recommendations for restaurants will be available and booked if required.

Evening: Free time to continue your exploration of the many hidden gems in historic Sorrento including museums, restaurants, boutiques and tasting limoncello in its many forms, including gelato. Find a spot where you can witness the twinkling lights of Naples across the bay where you will visit tomorrow.


Day Five

Streets in Naples
A wonderful introduction to the fabric and daily life of this exciting and vibrant city. Start with a visit to the Archaeological Museum before meeting your guide for a walk through the streets of Napoli to experience ‘daily life’ and a chance to see the incredible architecture and sculptures. In particular, the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino in Sansevero Chapel is one of the most famous and impressive works of art in the world.

After an authentic Neapolitan pizza you will visit other landmarks such as the San Carlo Opera House and take coffee at the famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

The photographs show the Spaccanapoli (Literal meaning: Naples splitter) which is the straight and narrow main street that traverses the old, historic centre of the city.

Evening: Take a Passeggiata through Sorrento to absorb its vibrant and friendly atmosphere.


Day Six

View of the island of Capri

Another free day to explore beyond the centre of Sorrento and take a walk to Piano di Sorrento or a 10 minute bus ride to Vico Equense and Meta di Sorrento, each with their own attractions. Take a bus in the opposite direction to some of the villages on the Peninsular, including Sant’Agata and Masa Lubrense, and enjoy local cuisine in one of the many trattorias with views of the Neapolitan Riviera. Bus tickets and timetables? Not a problem, the Sorrento office will provide all the information needed.


Day Seven

Island  of Capri

Today we cross the Bay of Naples for a guided tour of Capri and Anacapri with opportunities to visit Villa San Michele, take the chair lift to the highest point of the island at 600 metres or enjoy breathtaking views from the Gardens of Augustus. In the famous “Piazzetta” of Capri be amazed by the exclusive boutiques and if time and weather permits, you can take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto.

Evening: ‘Torna Presto’ Gala dinner.


Day Eight

In seven days you would have experienced Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri and Naples and perhaps learned the secrets of perfect pasta making, tasted some of the best wines and cuisine in the region. It’s time to relax and just enjoy the moment before your private transfer to the airport.


Optional tours and activities

Half day guided tour of Herculaneum
Paestum and the Greek temples
Guided tour of the island of Ischia and the magical Mortella Gardens
Cruise along the Amalfi coast or around Capri
Sunset cruise with cocktails
Cooking class


Further details

If you would like to express an interest in this holiday, which is limited to 16 places, please use the form below or phone: 01446 776212 / 01446 771220 and quote Neapolitan Riviera.

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