Discover the highlights of the Campania region in southern Italy. Beginning in the cosmopolitan port city of Naples, an experienced guide will provide an in-depth insight into the history and culture of this ancient seafaring city - both at street level and below ground. Moving on to beautiful Sorrento, with its dramatic clifftop setting on the Amalfi coast, there will be time to relax and explore at your own pace. You can also try your hand at a local agriturismo's cooking class.
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Fly to Naples airport, where you will have a private transfer to the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, Naples for 2 nights. (N)
Today, take a full day tour of Italy's famous port city with an experienced guide. Highlights will include the Municipio and Plebiscito piazzas and the Royal Palace, home to the King of Naples prior to the unification of Italy. After an optional lunch on the seafront, continue to the San Carlo Opera House, the world's oldest continuously active operatic theatre. Then, carry on to the Santa Lucia neighbourhood and the romantic Castel dell'Ovo, which offers panoramic views of the bay of Naples. (B)
This morning, take a half day walking tour of hidden Naples. Visit the ancient San Gregorio Armeno church and monastery and the Sansevero Chapel, which is a temple of freemasonry and esoterism. Walk through the narrow streets of the ancient Greek and Roman ruins in order to discover the origin of the city, visiting the impressive excavations that were found under the church of San Lorenzo. The ruins include an ancient street with shops, public buildings and the forum, which is the main square of the Roman Neapolis. The final stop is Napoli Sotterranea, an ancient labyrinth of aqueducts, passages and cisterns 40m below the city.
Afternoon drive along the Gulf of Naples to Sorrento. Transfer to La Favorita Sorrento for 3 nights. You may choose to transfer via San Agati for an additional charge. (B)
Two days at leisure to explore Sorrento and the surrounding region. Sorrento has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cultural sites, including the cathedral and 18th-century Palazzo Correale. Nearby highlights include ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum, the scenic Amalfi coast and the island of Capri.
On one of these afternoons there is the opportunity to take a cooking class at Terranova Farm. The tour starts with a guided walk through the herb and vegetable gardens, collecting seasonal produce that you will use. You will be guided through the process of preparing a traditional farm meal, including making fresh pasta and sauces. The cooking class includes a three-course meal with wine and local liquors.
A visit to the Tenuta San Fransesco in the Tramonti valley near Amalfi can also be arranged.
Private transfer to Naples airport. Fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room category.
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SNS2018: 5 Nights