DAY 1: ROME > NAPLES > POMPEII > SORRENTO
See southern Italy highlights on your first day minitour from Rome. Departure by coach heading south crossing the regions of Lazio and Campania. The first stop is Naples, one of the most enchanting cities in the Mediterranean famous worldwide for its rich history, art, culture and gastronomy, where you will take a short panoramic tour to discover its beauty from the comfort of your coach climbing up the Vomero hill. The town overlooks the bay of Naples which extends from the Sorrento peninsula to vulcanic area of Phlegrean fields, and the skyline is dominated by the majestic and still active volcano Vesuvius, offering an impressive sight perfect to take stunning pictures.
Descending towards the port of Mergellina you will leave the city and travel south toward Mount Vesuvius, to reach the town of Ercolano where we will stop for lunch. The restaurant is in a first-class hotel in Herculaneum, situated in a marvellous environment and surrounded by wonderful gardens dating back to 1700.
Then head to Pompeii and Skip the Line to one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the remains and ruins of this ancient city, you will learn how the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery and the objects beneath the city have been well preserved for centuries. So you can walk along the ancient streets for a glimpse into the lives of the Romans, discovering ancient houses, bakeries and shops and imagine everyday life in Roman times. After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: a jacket for men) and an overnight in your new hotel. Meals: L, D
DAY 2: SORRENTO
Spend a leisurely day exploring Sorrento, the jewel of the Sorrentine Peninsula that is famous for the cultivation of oranges, lemon, and olive trees. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Meals: B, D
DAY 3: SORRENTO > CAPRI
After breakfast, you’ll be embarked to Capri island. Depending on weather conditions, you’ll take a boat ride to the popular and dreamy “Grotta Azzurra” (Blue Grotto), where the sunlight passes into an underwater cavity and shines through the seawater, creating a magical blue reflection. After returning to the port you’ll board on a minibus for a scenic drive to Anacapri, 918 feet (280 meters) above the sea level. You’ll see wonderful views of the bay of Naples before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you can take advantage of some free time to explore Capri at your leisure or to go shopping and, in the afternoon, you will check-in at your new hotel for a well-deserved rest. Meals: B, L
DAY 4: CAPRI
Set out early to discover the beauty of Capri at your own pace. Explore the many shops and restaurants of this wonderful island or take a swim in the Gulf of Naples. If the excursion to the Blue Grotto was not possible on day 3 due to sea conditions, you may choose to take the rowboat excursion today. Return to your hotel for your last evening in Capri. Meals: B
DAY 5: CAPRI > ROME
After breakfast at your hotel, do some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Capri. In the afternoon board on the ferry to Naples and then you will head to Rome (late evening arrival), where the tour will come to an end. Meals: B