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Discover the Amalfi Coast & the Gems of Campania

  • Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

    Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy (05 (JKY-NCN_SMA+TPA)
  • Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

    Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy
  • Herculaneum, Campania, Italy

    Herculaneum, Campania, Italy
  • Salerno, Campania, Italy

    Salerno, Campania, Italy
  • Pompeii, Campania, Italy

    Pompeii, Campania, Italy
  • Pompeii, Campania, Italy

    Pompeii, Campania, Italy (03 (JKY-NCN_SMA+TPA)
  • Pompeii, Campania, Italy

    Pompeii, Campania, Italy (02 (JKY-NCN_SMA+TPA)
  • Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

    Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy
8 day tour
Prices on request

Experience the captivating coastline of the Amalfi Coast and uncover the ancient remnants dotted around the landscape

Start your Italian adventure with a discovery tour of the gems of Campania and stunning Amalfi Coast. This region exudes incredible beauty and intrigue and is epitomised by the glamorous Amalfi Coast. The rugged, cascading cliffs, forged by nature’s incomparable power, stand proud beside the iridescent turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. On this tour you will begin your own personal discovery of the ancient remnants left in tatters by nature and we are sure you will find out what makes this region so incredibly mesmerising.

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Discover what shaped this landscape

Get up close to the fiery Mt. Vesuvius. Additionally, visit two of the most extraordinary places in the world: the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In 79AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying these cities in volcanic ash. Hidden for centuries. they have been perfectly preserved and offer a spectacle unlike anywhere else in the world. However, before the eruption the town of Pompeii was a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens. Elegant houses and elaborate villas lined the paved streets. There were small factories, artisans’ shops, taverns and cafes, brothels and bathhouses. You can sit in the 20,000-seat arena and experience what it must have been like for Pompeii’s citizens all them years ago. On the eve of that fateful eruption in 79 A.D. Scholars estimate that there were about 12,000 people living in Pompeii and almost as many in the surrounding region.

Discover the fruitful produce of Campania’s fertile lands

With a visit to a vineyard in the foothills of Vesuvius, learn about the history of the vineyards and the grape harvest through your expert guide. Then taste the fruitful produce of this region’s rich volcanic soil, providing an unforgettable tasting experience combining the land and its traditions. Also, we will see the production and enjoy a taste of one of region’s most famed delicacies, buffalo mozzarella cheese, by visiting a real working farm, experience an authentic Italian experience.

Visit the great cities of the Campania region

Our featured hotel is in the port city of Salerno, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Also, experience the bustling city of Naples. Discover this quintessential Italian city and explore its historic centre. Visit the National museum of Archaeology to unveil more of the region’s history with exhibitions on ancient Naples, Pompeii and other parts of the world too.

The seductive and elegant Amalfi Coast

It is hard to imagine a more dramatic coastline that protrudes such beauty. Clinging to the craggy rocks are the towns of the stunning Amalfi Coast. On this tour, we visit the historic Amalfi, a town that hosts cobbled hilltop streets and, most notably, an over-sized Byzantine-influenced cathedral. In Positano, the A-listers favourite on the Amalfi Coast, is home to vertiginous houses that tumble down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta. Ravello, a beautiful resort town boasting beauty that has attracted writers and visionaries for centuries.

All as magnificent as the other, this tour will be an unforgettable experience for everyone. From south-west to South south-east why check out our tour to the ‘Heel & Arch’ – Puglia and the Basilicata 


Dates

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested Itinerary by Air

Day 1

Travel to Italy

Begin your Italian adventure by settling in to your hotel in Salerno. Take in the sights and sounds of this historic port city and enjoy true Southern Italian hospitality.

Day 2

Vesuvius and Vineyards

Get up close to fiery Mt. Vesuvius on a tour of this incredible Volcano. After travelling to the highest vehicle-accessible point, you’ll hike for 25 minutes up a mountain path to the crater’s lip. Peer deep into the earth at its smouldering interior, and then gaze outwards at the Bay of Naples with spectacular views of the bay, as a volcanologist explains the volcano’s history and the devastating impact of its AD 79 eruption.

Afterwards, you will be taken to the foothills of the volcano for a relaxing tasting and guided walk through the vineyards on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, overlooking the Bay of Naples and Sorrento. Learn about the history of the vineyards and the grape harvest through your expert guide. Then taste the fruitful produce of this region’s rich volcanic soil, providing an unforgettable tasting experience combining the land and its traditions.

Day 3

Paestum Temple and Mozzarella Farm

Today you will head south towards Paestum, the ancient Greek ruins, a truly enchanting and atmospheric place, and a ‘must’ on any classical tour of Italy. Paestum, or as it was formerly known as, Poseidonia, was a city named in honour of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. It was founded in the 6th century BC by Greek settlers and fell under Roman control in 273 BC. near-abandonment following raids from the Saracens and many others over the centuries, there was a revival of interest with visits from Grand Tourists and unrelenting travellers like Shelley and Goethe sparking interest. The ancient ruins became a protected entity and are now a perfectly intriguing place to visit.

Afterwards, take a trip to taste one of region’s most famed delicacies, buffalo mozzarella cheese. See the complete process of forming the mozzarella, and don’t miss the chance to taste some amid the peaceful groves before returning to the hotel for an evening of free time.

Day 4

Amalfi Coast

Today you will head to the luxurious Amalfi Coast. This breathtaking tour will take you through the rugged hills of the Campania region, before the hills give way to the glittering Mediterranean Sea and an incredible blend of colour and beauty spread across the jagged hillside providing incomparably stunning scenery. Visit historic Amalfi, a town that hosts cobbled hilltop streets and, most notably, an over-sized Byzantine-influenced cathedral. In Positano, the Amalfi Coast’s poster child, vertiginous houses tumble down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta. Ravello is a beautiful resort town boasting beauty that has attracted writers and visionaries for centuries. All as magnificent as the other, this day trip will be an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Day 5

Pompeii & Herculaneum

On this day, you will experience two of the most extraordinary places in the world, Pompeii and Herculaneum. Led by a local guide, begin your day by marvelling at the UNESCO-listed site of Pompeii, which lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Try to envision life centuries ago as you pass excavations of the Teatro Grande, which once housed up to 5,000 spectators, the Forum and the ‘Lupanare’ brothel.

Top off the afternoon with a trip to Herculaneum to discover the ruins of Herculaneum. Another town struck during the infamous eruption. Though Pompeii is more widely-known, Herculaneum is better preserved. With the second stories of buildings intact, frescoes and mosaics in beautiful condition and even some wooden furniture to be seen, slip into life in this Roman town. Admire the wealth of archaeological treasures: ancient monuments, preserved mosaics and fossils nearly 2,000 years old.

Day 6

Free day

Spend today, exploring or relaxing how you wish. Perhaps explore winding streets of Salerno, with its excellent restaurants and beautiful promenade. A beautiful site to visit is the Garden of Minerva, a carefully tended botanical garden.

Day 7

The Hustle and bustle of Naples – National museum of Archaeology & historic centre

Today you will see some of the greatest archaeological finds known to man in the National museum of Archaeology. The museum has some incredible finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as one of the best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, mosaics, gems, glass and silver. They even have some Egyptian and Etruscan treasures in amongst it all. Opened in the late 18th century to house King Charles VII’s private collection, it became the property of the state in 1860 after the Unification of Italy.

Furthermore, discover Naples historic centre with a personal guide or if you wish to explore at your own pace, we can provide the hop on/hop bus tickets to take you through the history of this incredible city and as well as learn more about the largest old town in the world.

Day 8

Breakfast in the hotel then fly home

The time has come to return to the UK. Transfer to Naples for your return flight.

Additional ideas

This area has so much to offer, we will be happy to tailor your ideal tour. Perhaps add a day visiting the beautiful island of Capri or exploring beautiful Sorrento.


Featured hotel

Hotel Novotel Salerno Est Arechi ****

This modern property is a 10-minute walk from the Marina of Arechi and 11.5 km from the medieval Castle of Arechi. The hotel features bright rooms that come with free wired Internet access, minibars, and desks with ergonomic chairs. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, pull-out sofas, and tea and coffee making facilities.  There’s an airy eatery with terrace seating and a bar, as well as an outdoor pool, an exercise room, a steam bath and children’s play area.


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8 days
 2021 dates Prices available on request
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