|Departing||July 2012 - October 2013|
* Price shown: 17 May 2014 from Exeter - EXT
Spectacular scenery, haunting ruins and delightful resorts
Join us for a wonderful holiday in one of Europe's most picturesque corners: a stunning coastline of colourful towns, historic sites and glorious views set against the warm Mediterranean.
Book this holiday and you'll also receive a special Sorrento Discount Card, which entitles you to 10-20% off in several shops, bars and restaurants in our two featured resorts.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
This holiday is based beside the beautiful Bay of Naples, where exquisite towns and villages cling to the hillsides, overlooking the water in picture-postcard perfection.
Perched upon its cliff-top, Sorrento seems built between the sky and the sea. Its beating heart is the Piazza Tasso. In the evenings its bars and cafes become the perfect base from which to watch the locals enjoying the passeggiata down the stylish Corso Italia and through the maze of alleyways.
Just six miles from Sorrento, Sant' Agata del Due Golfi enjoys stunning views of both the Bay of Naples and the Bay of Salerno. The village, with its small selection of shops, bars and restaurants, is especially popular with those who prefer the cooler, quieter evenings to the bustle of the main resort.
During your stay, you can choose to join a selection of great-value excursions to many places of interest.
Outward travel from your selected airport to Italy, and onward transfer to your hotel.
Spend the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the surrounding area. Our Tour Manager will be happy to suggest places to visit and things to do.
Today's excursion takes in two of Italy's most important historical locations. Montecassino has been the site of one of Christendom's most important monasteries for nearly 1500 years. Almost destroyed during one of the last great battles of the Second World War, it was faithfully rebuilt and stands, today, as a working monastery and monument to the 4000-plus soldiers who lost their lives there.
By contrast, the 18th-century Royal Palace at Caserta is a vast building, built in the sumptuous style of Versailles, overlooking a great square and some of Europe's most splendid gardens.
This morning's highlight is our optional, half-day tour of Roman Pompeii. Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D.79 and forgotten for hundreds of years, Pompeii was rediscovered in the 18th Century. Since then, excavations have gradually revealed the city's magnificent villas, temples and frescoed houses.
With its immense cliffs and dizzy bridges spanning deep gorges, the Amalfi Drive is among Europe's most scenic coast roads. Experience the unforgettable view above Positano's colourful Moorish-style houses, and visit beautiful Amalfi and Ravello, with its alleys, stairways and roofed passages clinging to the mountainside, on this final optional excursion.
On today's optional excursion we cross to Capri, the magical 'Isle of Dreams'. Enjoy the spectacular views from Villa San Michele in Anacapri; take a chair-lift to the summit of Solare (payable locally); and visit the island's main town to shop - or more likely window-shop - at the host of exclusive designer stores.
Another day at leisure to relax in the hotel or explore the surrounding area.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Naples and four hours from Rome.
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant.
Since certain attractions visited offer free admission to visitors aged under 18 and over 65, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between Ł5 and Ł10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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