NAPLES: THE LAND OF THE SIRENS
Between myth and reality: a unique experience through the cultural beauties and the enchanting sceneries of the two gulfs of Campania.
Day 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival at Naples airport, welcome by our English speaking tour leader and coach transfer to the hotel, located in the surroundings of Naples. Accommodation in a 4* hotel such as Hotel San Mauro, or similar. Welcome drink. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: NAPLES
After breakfast, departure by coach for a daily excursion with our tour leader. In the morning, guided visit of Naples: panoramic tour through the neighbourhoods of Posillipo and Mergellina, then the fishing village Borgo Marinari with the Castel dell’Ovo. Continue to Piazza Plebiscito, one of the most beautiful and large squares in the city, with the charming Royal Palace, the San Carlo Opera House, the oldest in the world, and the famous Galleria Umberto I. Then Piazza Municipio and the Castel Nuovo, also known as “Maschio Angioino", which dominates the entire port city of Naples. Finally, a short walk in the “Spanish quarters". Free time for lunch (not included). In the afternoon, guided tour of the famous Archaeological Museum, one of the richest museums in the world for the knowledge of Greek and Roman antiquity, as it gathers the magnificent collections of mosaics and frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Among its halls you will also find the Farnese sculptures, mosaics, the halls of the temple of Isis, and many other wonders. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: POMPEII – VESUVIUS
Breakfast at the hotel, departure by coach for a daily excursion with our tour leader. In the morning, guided tour of Pompeii ruins, an old Roman city buried during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is a wonderful testimony to the daily life of the imperial period, preserved in an almost perfect state, lending itself wonderfully to an evocation of the ancient world. Free time for lunch after the visit (not included). In the afternoon, road to Mount Vesuvius. Ascent to 1,000 meters, then possibility to continue on foot to the crater. Guided tour and descent. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: GRAGNANO – SORRENTO – AMALFI
After breakfast, departure by coach for a daily excursion with our tour leader. In the morning, visit of a pasta factory in Gragnano, to discover the history and the traditional production techniques of this village, famous all over the world for its culinary tradition. Then drive to Sorrento for a visit to a nearby farm, and a small lunch with tasting of typical products. In the afternoon, road to Amalfi, along the panoramic road above Positano. Stop in Amalfi and free time to discover the ancient Maritime Republic with a look at the imposing Cathedral of St. Andrew, whose architecture bears witness to the imprint of contacts with the East. Return to the hotel passing by the hills of Agerola or the Valico di Chiunzi, routes that allow you to admire the lush vegetation and the charm of the landscapes of the Amalfi Coast. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: ISCHIA – PROCIDA
Breakfast at the hotel, then coach transfer to the port of Pozzuoli and boarding for a full day excursion to Ischia and Procida with our tour leader. Arrival at the port of Ischia, the “green island”, and coach guided tour through the small villages with their picturesque white houses. Stop at Casamicciola, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Barano, Serrara and Ischia Porto, with a panoramic view of the Aragonese Castle, a beautiful complex including a castle and several churches. Free time for lunch (not included). Departure for the island of Procida, an islet of volcanic origin where time seems to have stopped. Walk to discover the fishing village with its colourful houses, then return to the port of Pozzuoli and coach transfer back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: CAPRI
After breakfast, coach transfer to reach the port of Naples. Departure by hydrofoil for a daily excursion with our tour leader to Capri, the pearl of the Gulf of Naples. Travel on the island with tourist shuttles. Guided discovery of the two villages: Capri and Anacapri. Walk through the charming lanes of the centre, passing through the famous Piazzetta to the Gardens of Augustus overlooking the Via Krupp, from where you can admire the Faraglioni. Free time for strolling or optional visits and free time for lunch during the visit (not included). Back to the port by funicular, sea crossing by hydrofoil to Naples, and finally coach transfer back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: SALERNO – PAESTUM
Breakfast at the hotel, then departure by coach for a daily excursion with our tour leader. In the morning, guided tour of Salerno through the small streets of the historical centre with a view of the Norman Dome in Romanesque style, then a beautiful walk under the palm and tamarisk trees along the Lungomare Trieste, which offers a great view of the gulf. Then, departure for the visit of a buffalo farm dedicated to the production of the famous mozzarella cheese, and lunch with taste of local products. In the afternoon, guided visit of the archaeological site of Paestum, one of the first Greek colonies in southern Italy. Here, the Greek settlers built three Doric temples dedicated to Hera and Athena, which are among the most important architectural masterpieces and which have survived to the present day in an almost perfect state of preservation. Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel, then coach transfer to Naples airport with our tour escort. Check-in assistance and end of our services.
The price includes:
• 7 nights accommodation on H/B basis in mentioned 4* hotel or similar, in double room
• All dinners excluding beverages
• Welcome drink on the day of arrival
• Lunch/tasting with local products (day 4 and day 7)
• The service of a professional English-speaking tour leader from/to the airport and for the whole duration of the tour, accommodation and meal costs included
• Visit at the Pasta factory in Gragnano
• Transportation by air-conditioned G.T. bus according to the itinerary, including all city access fees as currently in force, and including meals and/or accommodation expenses necessary for the driver
• Sea crossings Pozzuoli/Ischia/Procida/Pozzuoli and Naples/Capri/Naples
• The bus for the tour of Ischia and the minibus in Capri
• Funicular in Capri
• All guided visits according to the program
• VAT as currently in force 10% for hotels, 5% for maritime • Our constant phone support
The price doesn't include:
• Air transport
• Tourist tax
• Luncheons (except day 4 and day 7)
• Drinks at meals
• Entrance fees
• Headsets (not mandatory)
• Luggage transport service at the hotels
• All services not mentioned in our program and in "the price includes"
• The possible increase in VAT, access and parking costs for the bus, taxes in general
• Extras, optional visits, tips and personal expenses
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