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Uncover Southern Italy’s most spectacular coastline

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20212022
12 days From £2,595 per person

2022 Tour code: ICS22

About the tour

Explore the Amalfi Coast, without a doubt one of Europe's most visually stunning regions. Starting with two nights in Rome, we continue to Sorrento, a pretty town that looks over the stunning Bay of Naples and is the gateway to Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the lost city of Pompeii.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Lyon

We meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Paris. We change trains for Lyon, a historic French city on the banks of the Rhône and Saône. We check into a local hotel here where we spend the night.

Includes
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 – Rome

Leaving Lyon behind, we continue to the Italian capital of Rome. The ancient city is a feast for all of the senses, from its striking fountains to its intimate cafés filled with the inviting scent of Italian coffee. 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 awesome sight of the Colosseum or Trevi Fountain close up.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Rome

We get to the heart of ancient Rome today on a guided city tour, seeing the very best that this enticing city has to offer. Our tour takes in the Roman Forum, once the political and religious centre for the Roman Empire and now a striking ruin. We also see the theatrical Trevi Fountain, Rome's most famous - and, arguably, most beautiful - fountain, which was built for Pope Clement XII and almost fills the small Piazza di Trevi. Later, you're free to savour the sights and sounds of Rome. You could visit St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican, stroll through the atmospheric streets, ascend the Spanish Steps, or relax with a coffee or ice cream in one of the city's squares.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 – Sorrento

Bidding farewell to the wonders of Rome, we travel onwards to Sorrento. The picturesque coastal town sits in its own 'mini bay' within the vast Bay of Naples, perched on a natural terrace that stretches along the top of dramatic cliffs overlooking the water. The narrow, cobbled streets feature a charming combination of Renaissance palace buildings and Romanesque churches, and lemon orchards cover the hillsides and farmland around the town. Sorrento is also famous for its citrus products, such as Limoncello - a digestive made with lemon rind, which we sample during a stroll through the town's cobbled streets and colourful squares.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – The Amalfi Coast

We uncover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast today from its glistening waters. First, we cruise to Positano, where pastel houses seemingly tumble into the sea and, at the beach, fishermen haul their wooden boats as they did decades ago. We continue to Amalfi, the 'Jewel of the Amalfi Coast'. Here, you could visit St Andrew's Cathedral, which overlooks the Piazza del Duomo. Back in Sorrento, we enjoy a true treat for dinner. We head to a local cookery school for a pizza-making experience, discovering the secrets to this revered Italian dish before sitting down to enjoy our delicious creations.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – Pompeii

We catch the Campania Express which takes us to Pompeii, the world-renowned city that was buried by ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The ash froze Pompeii and its residents in time, and it lay forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1748. Now, after having spent almost two millennia buried under the ash, Pompeii is the best-preserved Roman city in the world. We take a fascinating guided tour around Pompeii, seeing the shops, villas and restaurants that make up the mesmerising city, as well as the Amphitheatre and Grand Theatre.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 – Sorrento

Today is free to enjoy the relaxed town of Sorrento. You could explore the narrow streets filled with pretty Renaissance buildings, or perhaps relax in the central square - a great place to watch the world go by. A trip to Chiesa di San Francesco comes highly recommended. Situated beside the Villa Communale Park, the beautiful church features Arabic porticos and bougainvillea blooms drape majestically across its interlaced arches - truly, a beautiful sight.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 – Herculaneum

We travel by coach to Herculaneum, a city of Roman ruins 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 ancient life. We continue to a local agriturismo, a type of Italian farmhouse, where we're served a traditional lunch, savouring the chance to sample some excellent local produce.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 – Sorrento

Enjoy another day to yourself in lovely Sorrento. You could soak up the views on a walk around the town - on a clear day, the views from Sorrento include the city of Naples, renowned Mount Vesuvius and the charming island of Ischia. Otherwise head to one of the many inviting cafés or restaurants the town has to offer and indulge in some delicious cuisine. Sorrento is a perfect place to enjoy a long, lazy lunch made using the best of local ingredients, ideally while looking out over the glittering ocean. Try Scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a traditional seafood pasta dish found in many restaurants here.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 10 – Capri Cruise

We enjoy a cruise to Capri, just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Capri is one of the Mediterranean's most idyllic islands and is famed for its breathtaking scenery, azure shores and rocky cliffs. The island has attracted writers and artists for centuries, and today is a popular destination for glamorous travellers from around the globe. Our visit to Capri includes a ticket on the funicular railway, which carries visitors to the centre of the town. You have some free time here, and you'll find plenty of chic little coffee shops and glitzy cocktail bars to while away your time in. This evening, back on the mainland, we enjoy a final Sorrentine dinner together.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 – Turin or London

We say goodbye to Sorrento today, transferring to the city of Naples. Here, you either travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK or board a train to Turin, where we check into our hotel for an overnight stay.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 – London

Leaving Turin, we travel to Paris where we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

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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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome

Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome

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Hotel Majestic

Hotel Majestic, Sorrento

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Reviews

4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 11 reviews

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Mr P West

5 stars

Submitted 19 Oct 2019

thoroughly enjoyable holiday

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Mr M Godbee

4 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2018

We prefer train to plane but dragging cases and long stints a minor minus. Generlly good though a failure to book a different train home could have been a problem

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Mr A Skidmore

4 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2018

Were not particularly impressed with Hilton Sorrento Palace.

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Mr E Keal

4 stars

Submitted 02 Jun 2018

Well led by a helpful guide. All went well except for French Rail strke and the weather which was not up to Italian expectations. Very interestin historically of course but cloud cover precluded us from enjoying the scenery.

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Mr C Boyd

5 stars

Submitted 30 May 2018

The holiday delivered everything that was advertised - except the weather which was not as good as the pictures! The company dealt admirably with the French rail strikes.

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Mrs L Wright

4 stars

Submitted 26 May 2018

Very good. Suggestions: A free day before starting the journey home. Capri visit moved to the day before. An extra night in Rome.

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