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Southern Italy’s most impressive coastline by train

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12 days From £2,595 per person
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2021 Tour code: ICS21

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 surrounded by fragrant lemon orchards and the gateway to Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the lost city of Pompeii.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - Rome

We meet at our London St Pancras Departure Office and board the Eurostar to Paris. From here, we change trains and head to Chambéry, where we spend the night, enjoying dinner in a local restaurant. We travel by rail to Rome on Day 2. The city is a feast for the senses, from its fountains and public gardens to its intimate cafés filled with the scent of Italian coffee. The most famous sights here are a wonder to behold.

On Day 3, our day in Rome begins with a guided tour, during which we take in sights including the Roman Forum and theatrical Trevi Fountain. Later, you're free to spend your afternoon savouring the sights and sounds of Rome. Visit St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican museum, stroll through the 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 offers something to suit every taste.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Rome
Days 4-5 - Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

We travel to Sorrento, a coastal town steeped in history, and perched on a cliff in its own mini bay with spectacular views across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. An orientation walk around Sorrento introduces us to its cobbled streets and colourful squares. Sorrento is famous for its citrus products, and we pause for a tasting of limoncello, a refreshing local lemon liquor. We continue to our hotel, the 4-Star Majestic Palace, just outside the centre, surrounded by gardens and citrus trees.

On Day 5, we uncover the Amalfi Coast from its waters. We cruise to Positano, a pristine village where pastel houses seemingly tumble into a turquoise sea. The town retains a distinctly oldfashioned appeal, untouched by time in its secluded spot on the coastline, and at the beach, fishermen haul their wooden boats as they did decades ago. Continue to Amalfi, the 'jewel of the Amalfi Coast' for some free time. Perhaps visit the 9th-century St Andrew's Cathedral, which overlooks the Piazza del Duomo at the top of a beautiful stone staircase. Back in Sorrento this evening, we enjoy a special pizza-making experience, discovering the secrets to this revered Italian dish.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Amalfi
Days 6-7 - Pompeii

This morning we catch the Campania Express to Pompeii, the famous town buried by ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. 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.

Day 7 is free to enjoy the relaxed town of Sorrento. Explore the narrow streets filled with beautiful Renaissance buildings, or relax in the central square - a great place to watch the world go by.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
Pompeii
Days 8-9 - Herculaneum and Sorrento

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 ancient life.

On Day 9 you have another day to spend as you wish. Sorrento's Chiesa di San Francesco, a peaceful church with Renaissance, Gothic, and Arabic influences, is worth a visit.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
Herculaneum
Days 10-12 - Capri Cruise, Turin and London

We cruise to Capri, a beautiful island famed for its stunning views. Located just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the island has attracted artists and writers for centuries. Our visit includes a ticket on the funicular railway, which carries visitors to the centre of Capri, where you have some free time to discover the historic island. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

On Day 11 we transfer by coach to Naples joining the rail service to Turin, where we overnight. On Day 12, we continue to Paris for the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal
Capri

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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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Trains

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Frecciargento
Frecciarossa
TGV
Trenitalia

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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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