Capri & Anacapri
No holiday here in Sorrento would be complete without a trip to the evocative island of Capri. Sail across the bay of Naples for the start of an unforgettable day.
For so small an island, about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, Capri has had much said, sung and written about it.
First you will visit the fabulous villa of Dr. Alex Munthe, a Swedish doctor who’s best selling book “Story of San Michele” tells of his time on Capri. His villa was built with the remains of Roma ruins, there is a beautiful shady garden with terraces affording splendid views of the island. This is optional, and the entrance fee should be paid to the guide directly.
Buy your ferry ticket online to save time and enjoy more time on the island.
Leading off the square are medieval looking alleyways and arcades full of shops selling the handicrafts of the island, clothing, jewellery made from coral and gold, shoes and ceramics. Admire the colourful gardens of Augustus overlooking the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola where Gracie Fields once lived.
There is free time for you to go off and admire the elegant boutiques, stroll along the cobbled streets or simply relax on the beach.
There is so much to see and do on this tiny island paradise that you will be sorry to leave.
Our tour takes you over to Ischia by hydrofoil – a journey of one hour across the Bay of Naples.
On arrival you will be given a guided tour by coach around the whole island and stops will be made at all the places of particular interest.
The afternoon is yours for shopping or relaxing on beach, before cruising back to Sorrento. Return to the hotel.
Cruising in the sun
There is plenty of room for sunbathing with changing facilities and showers. As far as lunch is concerned there is snacks and salads, or you can bring you own picnic lunch.
Several stops will be made for swimming including the Galli Isles and the Faraglioni Rocks at Capri.
When the boat reaches Positano you will be offered the chance to go ashore. This is an optional extra to the cruise and you will be asked to pay the boatman directly if you wish to go.
On the return journey there will be more stops for swimming. Our cruise is the perfect way in which to top up your tan!! Remember: take your swimming costumes and towels and don’t forget your camera!
If you wish to take advantage of the lunch on board the cost is payable directly to the crew.
Naples - Solfatara
Just over an hour from Sorrento, it makes an interesting day out. On our tour, you will be able to visit the National Museum which is one of the best archeologicalmuseum in the world. Most of the treasures from Pompei and Herculaneum have been trasfereed to this meseum for safe keeping. There is also a priceless collection of paintings and bronze work.
In the afternoon, you will drive to the area near Pozzuoli to visit the Solfatara. This is a sort of flat volcano where you can see geysers and boiling mud.
Salerno – Paestum
In medieval times Salerno was the world capital of medicine, the Monastery of the Benedictine monks who probably founded its medical school, offered the best instruction the available.
One of the most famous medical texts of that time was the “Regimen Sanitas Salerno” written here in Latin and translated into almost every European language.
Here you will see some of the best preserved Greek ruins, architecture and monuments, such as the Temple of Poseidon (Neptune) and the Basilica dating from 6th Century. Look out for the “buffalo” that you will see grazing on the roaside during the drive!
Caserta – Cassino
It has over 1.200 rooms and is rich in chandeliers, richly gilded frescoes, tapestries and history.
In 1945 it was the headquarters of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in the Mediterranean.
After the splendour of the Royal Palace, we make our way to MonteCassino to the famous Abbey, which was founded in 529 by St. Benedict of Norcia. During the Second World War the Abbey was completely destroyed and has since been faithfully restored to its former glory, even with the original frescoes and mosaics piezed together again.
A truly memorable day out.
Pompeii – Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius dominates the Bay of Naples. It is the only active volcano (with Etna) on tha mainland of Europe. The slopes were an innocent looking backdrop for the bustling town below. The coach will take you to within 1.000 meters of the top of the Vesuvius and from there you can walk to the very top and admire the splendid panoramic views across the bay.
From the blackened crater rises a single plume of smoke, a reminder that the volcano is only sleeping for now.
Reminder: Comfortable, closed in, shoes and your camera.
Positano – Amalfi – Ravello
Each spot is a world of its own, a fantastic world which dazzles the imagination and inspires unforgettable impressions. We make a stop just above Positano, yet another splendid jewel of this coastline, which boats pictoresque pink and white villas perched drammatically on the steep hillside.
Patron Saint Amalfi as well as Scotland – Saint Andrew.
From Amalfi we visit Ravello which nestles eleven hundred feet above the sea in the mountainside. We visit the Villa Rufolo which gave the musician Richard Wagner the inspiration to create one of his most famous works.
Herculaneum half day
Herculaneum was destroyed along with Pompei in 79 A.D., and rediscovered in 1709. It was a residential town without Pompei’s commercial importance, surrounded by the villas of the wealthy Romans.
A large portion of the old Herculaneum is still buried under the modern town and even today excavations are going on to discover what treasures lie buried under the rock, to the extent that some families are being rehoused so work can continue.
Vesuvius half day
Pick up from the hotels.
Excursion by bus to Mount Vesuvius up to 3.000 feet and then on foot to the crater.
Visit tothe Volcano.
Return to the hotel.
You will enjoy superb views of Sorrento and the bay from the picturesque village of Sant’Agata and drive along winding country roads bordered by pines , lemons and geraniums.
We will show you how mozzarella is made, in a small country factory, with a chance to taste the product with local wine.
You will also have coffee and pastry in a local taverna to complete this delightfully simple half day.
Rome in one day
Rome is a bustling city with fabulous shops and boutiques but, amidst the hurry of everyday modern life, beautifully preserved buildings and monuments stand out on unexpected corners, a constant reminder of her glorious and sometimes turbulent past.
All in a day to remeber!
Reminder: no shorts and shoulder, must be covered when visiting the churches. Cameras a must.
Time permitting you may be offered a visit to the Catacombs (cost for this to be paid directly to the excursion guide).