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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

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(Tour code: ICS18)

Southern Italy’s most impressive coastline by train

The Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe. Starting in the ancient city of Rome, and then based in Sorrento, we visit magnificent Capri and the alluring lost city of Pompeii

Highlights
  • Rome including a guided tour
  • Sorrento & Pompeii
  • Positano & The glorious Amalfi Coast
  • Lunch on the Amalfi Coast
  • Herculaneum
  • Capri
What’s Included
  • First and Standard Class Rail Options
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar
Eurostar

London to Chambéry

Our journey begins at London St Pancras International, where you meet your group and Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated Departure Office. From here, we board the Eurostar, travelling to Paris. Here we change trains and continue by highspeed TGV to Chambéry, where we overnight. We enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal (First Class Departures Only)
Days 2-3 The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain

Rome

We travel by rail to Rome, Italy's bustling capital, today. On Day 3, our full day in Rome begins with a guided tour, during which we take in the city's most iconic sights, including the incredibly well-preserved Roman Forum, and the theatrical Trevi Fountain. Following the tour, you are free to spend your afternoon savouring the sights and sounds of Rome's seductive beauty.

Rome's architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe; with wonderfully preserved monuments from the early Romans and buildings with distinctive medieval, Renaissance and Baroque features. The most famous sights are a real wonder to behold - no photo can prepare you for the sight of the Colosseum up close. Visit the superb St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican museum, stroll through Rome's atmospheric streets, ascend the monumental Spanish Steps or relax in one of Rome's many squares with a coffee or ice-cream; with its abundance of history and culture, Rome is a city with something to suit every taste.

Includes:
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 Sorrento
Sorrento

To Sorrento

We continue today by high-speed train to Naples, where a coach meets us to take us to Sorrento. This beautiful coastal town sits perched on a towering cliff in its own mini bay within the larger Bay of Naples, and we spend seven nights here at the 4-Star Hilton Sorrento Palace.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Amalfi
Amalfi

Exploring Positano and the Amalfi Coast

Today we set out along the Amalfi Coast road, which gives incredible views over the shimmering bay and the rugged island of Capri. The serpentine road twists and turns, threading through exquisite villages perched on the lush hillsides. We descend to Positano, an unspoilt traditional village perched on the mountainside, where the pretty pastel houses seemingly tumble into the turquoise sea. The town retains a distinctly old-fashioned appeal, untouched by time in its secluded gorge on the coastline, and at the beach fishermen still haul their wooden boats as they did decades ago.

After lunch together at Positano, we visit the beautiful town of Amalfi, where we have time at leisure to explore. Lively Amalfi is a true reflection of this natural coastal charm, having given its name to one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world, and is dominated by its impressive cathedral and its picturesque harbour - filled with expensive yachts and colourful fishing boats. The jewel of the Amalfi Coast, this is the largest resort along this expanse of beautiful shoreline, and there are a wealth of treasures here just waiting to be discovered.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Pompeii
Pompeii

Pompeii

This morning we catch the Campania Express train (Standard Class) to Pompeii, the world-renowned town tragically buried by ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The volcanic ash that fell over the city covered everything except some of the roofs of the taller buildings. While it was abandoned and forgotten until its rediscovery in 1748, the ash worked to 'freeze' Pompeii and its people in time; having spent the best part of two millennia buried by ash, Pompeii is considered the best-preserved Roman city in the world. We have a guided tour of the shops, restaurants and villas that made up this fascinating city, as well as the Amphitheatre and the Grand Theatre.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Sorrento
Sorrento

At leisure in Sorrento

Today is free to enjoy the charming, relaxed town of Sorrento. This incredibly picturesque coastal resort sits in its own 'minibay' within the Bay of Naples, you may choose to explore the narrow cobbled streets filled with beautiful Renaissance buildings, or perhaps relax in the central square, a great place to watch the world go by. A trip to Sorrento's Chiesa di San Francesco is certainly well worth a visit. Situated beside the Villa Communale Park, the Chiesa di San Francesco is one of Sorrento's most beautiful churches, featuring Arabic porticos and stunning bougainvillea blooms draped majestically across the interlaced arches.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 8 Herculaneum
Herculaneum

A tour of Herculaneum

We travel by coach today to Herculaneum, a city of Roman ruins that was destroyed by an earthquake in 62 AD. Thanks to its close proximity to Mt Vesuvius, the eruption that blasted Pompeii had a similar effect here, fossilising much of the town. We make our way through the preserved ruins, taking in the fascinating sights of life ancient life.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 9-10 Capri
Capri

Capri Cruise and at leisure

Today is free to spend as your wish. Sorrento is a delight to explore, with its chic Mediterranean feel, and our base provides easy access to the Piazza Tasso, the town's main square - perfect if you feel like a day of people-watching. Alternatively, perhaps visit one of the area's many museums. On Day 10 we cruise to Capri, the beautiful island famed for its stunning views, rocky seashores and scenic charm. Located in the south end of the Gulf of Naples, just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the island has attracted artists and writers for centuries. We include a ticket on the funicular railway which carries visitors to the centre of Capri, and a local guide is on hand to explain the fascinating history of the island and its people.

This afternoon, you may wish to stroll to the dramatic coastal viewpoint or ascend by bus to the pretty village of Anacapri, isolated from the world atop Capri's huge cliffs. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 11-12 Turin
Turin

To Turin and London

Today we transfer to by coach to Naples joining the high-speed rail service to Turin, where we overnight. If you are returning by air, you will transfer to Naples airport today for your flight home. On Day 12, we continue home to London via Paris.

Includes:
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal (First Class Departures Only)
Travel Options

Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the table of prices.

Flight Option

Flight Option

We also offer a fly home option. If you return by air your tour will end on Day 11, when you transfer to Naples airport for your flight to London.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • Flight from Naples to London (air return only)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Chambéry, 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Universo in Rome, 7 nights at the 4-Star Hilton Sorrento Palace in Sorrento and 1 inbound overnight stay in Turin

Delicious meals included

  • 19 meals including 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch on the Amalfi Coast and 7 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Sorrento

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tours of Rome & Pompeii
  • Amalfi Coast excursion to Positano & Amalfi
  • Excursion to the ruins of Herculaneum
  • Guided tour of the island of Capri
  • Parts of this holiday make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are

Enhancing your holiday experience

  • Upgrade to a Sea View room in Sorrento for £185 per person
  • Luggage transport available from as little as £95
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Southern Italy’s most impressive coastline by train

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