Highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Naples -Italy , Italy

Highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

Duration :   8 Days
The Price :   $1,490
Max People :    18
Start Location:   Dhaka
Age Range :   14
Total Seats :  18/18
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The sun-drenched region of Campania isn’t short on well-known attractions and this trip explores the colourful Amalfi Coast, Bay of Naples, and legendary ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stride along the scenic Walk of the Gods and travel by ferry along the coast.

The sun-drenched region of Campania isn’t short on well-known attractions and this trip explores the colourful Amalfi Coast, Bay of Naples, and legendary ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stride along the scenic Walk of the Gods and travel by ferry along the coast.

Places You’ll See :

1Naples
2Ravello

Schedule Details

Introduction
The sun-drenched region of Campania isn't short on well-known attractions and this trip explores the colourful Amalfi Coast, Bay of Naples, and legendary ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stride along the scenic Walk of the Gods and travel by ferry along the coast. Naples - Stroll through the old city streets and perhaps see the wealth of Roman artefacts in the National Museum Herculaneum - Explore the incredible excavations of this Roman city and have the option to climb Mount Vesuvius Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula - Explore Ravello and Positano and admire the sea views
Day 1: Join trip in Naples
Our trip begins in Naples. It's a city of diverse contrasts and one that evokes enormous pride among the locals. Its rich history, staunch Catholicism and endless charm make it one of the most engaging cities in Italy. For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Naples at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Naples Airport (NAP), which is about 30 minutes' drive from our hotel . Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up. Tonight you might like to try the most famous Neapolitan cuisine, pizza. The traditional pizzas served here aren't as crispy as in most parts of Italy. They tend to be thinner in the centre so that the fresh tomato sauce collects and soaks into the base. It's normally then topped with a drizzling of olive oil, mozzarella and fresh basil. Start pointB&B Hotel Napoli, Hotel reception, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 32, 80142 Napoli NA, Italy18:00
Day 2: Walking tour of Naples; chance to visit Napoli Sotterranea
We start our sightseeing this morning by our trip Leader taking us on a walking tour of old Naples. We'll wander through the old city streets, open air markets and narrow alleyways that give us a captivating insight into the city's heart, which has gone unchanged in essence for generations. Along the way we will see the round stone turrets of Maschio Angioino Castle, the square seafront Castle Dell'ovo, the main square of Piazza del Plebiscito, the ornate glass covered shopping arcade of Galleria Umberto and the Baroque and Neo-Classical facade of the Royal Palace. This afternoon is free for you to maybe visit the National Museum, which is one of the most important archaeological museums in mainland Europe and houses a prestigious collection of ancient art. You can see antique marbles, bronze sculptures, colourful mosaics and a myriad of treasures from the famous sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Alternatively you might like to head underground in the Napoli Sotterranea where 40 metres below Naples' historic centre you can discover an underground world of passageways. The Greeks quarried out the tufa stone from here and used it to build the city walls and temples above, and the underground passages that were left as a result were then used as tombs. During the Roman's reign the tunnels were a bypass to avoid climbing Mount Piedi Grotta, and then most recently during World War II they were used as bomb shelters.
Day 3: Visit to ancient Herculaneum; chance to climb Mount Vesuvius
This morning we will take the train to the nearby ruins of Herculaneum at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Buried by the volcanic eruption of AD 79, the city was hermetically sealed under a thick layer of volcanic mud, which preserved a staggering amount of wooden furniture and other organic materials - even fruit. After our two hour guided tour, you'll have further time to explore before we take the train to Sorrento Peninsula, where we will stay for the next three nights. Our luggage will have been transferred separately by road, so we don't need to worry about taking this with us on the train and can just sit back and enjoy the journey. Rather than spending free time at Herculaneum you might like to join a bus trip to Mount Vesuvius. You can then either relax at 1,000m, perhaps with an ice cream, or walk up to the volcanic crater rim at 1,120m along a well-graded cinder track. From the top there are remarkable views down to Naples, the coastal plain and the glistening bay. Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the European mainland and dominates the skyline between Naples and Pompeii, rising up from the flat, fertile landscape. Since the mighty eruption of AD 79, it has had another 18 violent eruptions. The last one, in 1944, surprised the Allied forces and destroyed an entire squadron of 88 B-25 bombers belonging to the American Air Force. We will return back to Herculaneum the same way and meet back up with the rest of our group before catching our train to the Sorrento Peninsula. The Sorrento Peninsula is located to the south of the Bay of Naples and here we can see the rocky cliffs and green rolling hills where orange, lemon and olive trees are grown. The weather is mild year round, so it's ideal for growing fruit trees and a pleasant spot for us to enjoy sightseeing from.
Day 4: Free day on the Sorrento Peninsula; option to visit Capri Island
Today you are free to relax on the Sorrento Peninsula or perhaps to visit the island of Capri. You can take a train to Sorrento town and then it's just a short walk to the Port of Sorrento to board a hydrofoil ferry across to the island of Capri, which takes about 20 minutes each way. There are then multiple ways for you to explore the island, but we'd recommend taking a private bus excursion to the main sights of Anacapri and Capri. From Anacapri you could walk to the delightful museum and gardens of Villa San Michele and to the Villa Jovis - the ruins of the Roman Emperor Tiberius' cliff top palace with impressive views over the island. Alternatively you can take a boat to the famed Blue Grotto, which is a sea cave where the sunlight shines through it in such a way that it illuminates the waters and makes them appear bright blue. Go into the cavern to witness this natural spectacle.
Day 5: Guided tour of legendary Pompeii; free afternoon in Sorrento
We board the train this morning to Pompeii for a guided walking tour to introduce us to this remarkably well-preserved example of a provincial Roman city. The town once housed 15,000 people and was an important commercial centre, as well as a favourite residence of wealthy Roman patricians. Of course, on one fateful day some 2,000 years ago, this all changed when the powerful eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius buried the city, preserving the city and its citizens in layers of ash and pumice. On our tour, we will see the extensive colonnaded forum with its Temple of Jupiter and the magnificently-decorated villas, such as that of the Vetii. Human casts of some of the victims trapped by the eruption give an emotive snapshot of this catastrophic event. Following our visit we take the train to Sorrento where you are free to explore or perhaps join a guided walking tour of the main city sights. Sorrento's Baroque Church of Saint Francesco with its cloisters and monastery is well worth a visit, especially as it boasts a garden terrace with sweeping views over the bay. The historic centre and Piazzo Tasso (Central Square) are home to many quaint shops featuring the work of the local artisans and also restaurants where you can sample home-grown cuisine. The city is rich in historical and religious places of interest, including the remaining four gates of the old city walls.
Day 6: Admire the magnificent views along the Walk of the Gods
Drive to Bomerano where we begin the Walk of the Gods to Positano, which is regarded as one of the best coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west, with magnificent views over the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, we descend down an ancient stairway, passing pretty flower gardens, into Positano. A poor fishing village until the 1950s, Positano has grown into a chic town that is still a favourite with Hollywood stars. Positano's colourful buildings are stacked up the green cliff side above its sandy beach. The walk today is moderately graded, will take approximately five hours and covers a distance of eight kilometres with a 650 metre descent. The walk can be shortened and end in Montepertuso for anyone who doesn't want to do the steep final descent with a significant number of steps into Positano. From Montepertuso it's easy to take the public bus to Positano to catch up with those finishing the walk. After free time in Positano to relax on the beach or perhaps to have a cold beer to reward ourselves on finishing our walk, we take a ferry to Amalfi where we spend the next two nights. Our main luggage will have been brought to the hotel ready for our arrival. For anyone who doesn't wish to hike today you can be dropped off in front of Hotel Eden Roc (on Via Marconi), just outside Positano. From here it's 10 minutes' walk along the shopping street of Via Cristoforo Colombo to town centre. You can spend time on the beach, browsing the quaint shops or unwinding with a glass of wine while admiring the beautiful coastal views before meeting up with the rest of the group at the end of the walk.
Day 7: Discover the iconic towns of Amalfi and Ravello
Today we embark on an orientation walk of the main square of Amalfi. A great maritime power since the Byzantine era, Amalfi went on to reach its pinnacle during the Middle Ages, when it was an independent trading republic rivalling those of Venice, Pisa and Genoa. The beautiful 11th century Cathedral of Saint Andrea dominates the town - a magnificent combination of Romanesque and Saracen design, with an impressive set of bronze doors that hail from Constantinople. At the far end of the town lies the Valley of the Mills, a once important centre of Amalfi's paper industry, that today echoes with the ghosts of its past glories. Next we'll take the public bus to nearby Ravello to go on a brief tour with our Leader before having free time to explore more. A tranquil spot located high on a rocky promontory overlooking the azure coastal waters. The architecture here is a glorious mix of Moorish flair and aristocratic excess, and the town's captivating charms have attracted artists and writers to its enchanting streets for generations. We drive back to our hotel in time to have dinner this evening.
Day 8: Trip ends in Amalfi
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Amalfi. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Amalfi at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Naples Airport (NAP), which is about one and a half hours drive. End pointNaples Airport, Departures Hall, Viale F. Ruffo di Calabria, 80144 Napoli NA, Italy09:00

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