Trace the picturesque Amalfi Coast, exploring its colorful cliff-top towns and centuries-old villages. Step into the legendary time capsule of Pompeii, a vibrant first-century Roman city stopped in its tracks by a sudden volcanic eruption from nearby Vesuvius. Visit the sources of local limoncello, perfume, and wine; see historic cathedrals and villas, and soak up the sun on the dazzling island of Capri.
Itinerary - 4 Days
Day 1 — Rome/Naples/Sorrento
Ride the high-speed train from Rome to Naples, and then transfer to a winery at the base of Mount Vesuvius for lunch and a wine tasting. Take a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Archaeological Area of Pompeii, a city frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, preserving the area in a thick layer of ash. The site was only discovered in the 18th century, when explorers excavated Pompeii’s dwellings, still filled with everyday objects. Venture into this splendid and haunting city to see its frescoed villas and get a rare glimpse of daily life nearly 2,000 years ago. Then check in to your hotel in the heart of Sorrento, and enjoy the evening at leisure in this lively city perched on the Bay of Naples. Hotel Regina Sorrento* (B,L)
Day 2 — Amalfi Coast
This morning, discover the charming historic quarter of Sorrento at your own pace. Then set off with a local guide to trace the Amalfi Coast, dotted with picturesque towns and villages nestled among dramatic seaside cliffs. Stop in Amalfi—once one of Italy’s four great maritime republics—to see its stunning 13th-century cathedral and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Then continue on to the medieval village of Ravello. Explore centuries of history, art, and folklore at Villa Rufolo, an architectural gem famed for its elegant cascading gardens. Wind down the day with a tour and tasting at a traditional limoncello farm. Hotel Regina Sorrento* (B,L)
Day 3 — Capri/Sorrento
Ride a ferry across the Bay of Naples to the island of Capri, celebrated for its beauty since the time of the Roman Empire. Join a guide on a walking tour of old town Capri and visit its historic perfume factory, Carthusia. After lunch, explore the stately villa and gardens of San Michele, then return by boat to Sorrento. Hotel Regina Sorrento* (B,L)
Day 4 — Naples/Depart
Transfer to the airport in Naples for your international flight home.