Enjoy four nights each in Sorrento, on the beautiful Bay of Naples, and in the Eternal City of Rome on this wonderful Italian holiday. Discover the picture-postcard Mediterranean scenery of the Amalfi Coast, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans through the remarkably preserved streets of Pompeii and pay a visit to Monte Cassino Abbey, rebuilt after its wartime destruction. In Rome, an optional excursion will help you discover Italy’s most famous landmark, the 2,000-year old Colosseum, and one of the biggest churches in the world, St Peter’s Basilica. You will have plenty of free time to explore independently, too, and don’t forget to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good luck!
8 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Make your own way to London Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Naples. Upon arrival, we transfer to Sorrento and our hotel for the next four nights, the Grand Hotel Hermitage (4T).
Day 2 Sorrento
You have free time to explore Sorrento independently today. Discover the treasures on show at the Museo Correale, visit the Romanesque cathedral or simply enjoy a glass of local wine amid the lemon terraces. Alternatively, you might like to join an optional excursion to the glamorous island of Capri, once home to the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who built a palace here, and a favoured destination of Hollywood stars. The tour includes entry to the Villa San Michele, whose beautiful gardens offer panoramic views over the island.
Day 3 Amalfi Coast
Today’s full-day included excursion takes us on a tour of the spectacular Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching from Sorrento to Salerno. We will stop at Ravello to visit the historic Villa Rufolo, celebrated for its lovely cascading gardens and panoramic views over the coast.
Day 4 Sorrento
Enjoy leisure time in Sorrento this morning or join an optional excursion to Pompeii, one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological sites. The ancient Roman town was buried under ash and pumice when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, effectively preserving the streets, houses, shops, theatres and temples as they were on that fateful day. This evening you might like to attend an optional tarantella performance, a traditional folk dance popular across southern Italy.
Day 5 Sorrento - Cassino - Rome
We leave Sorrento this morning, travelling northwards to Rome. On the way we will stop at Cassino, best known as the site of the Battle of Monte Casssino in 1944, which destroyed much of the town including the hilltop Benedictine abbey, which has since been rebuilt. After our visit we continue to Rome and check in to our hotel for the next four nights, the Hotel Abitart (4T).
Day 6 Rome
Discover the sights of Rome on our optional tour today, which includes entry to the city’s most famous landmark, the Colosseum, built to host gladiatorial contests almost 2,000 years ago. This excursion also visits the Vatican City, including the magnificent St Peter’s Basilica, one of the biggest churches in the world and the beautiful Sistine Chapel.
Day 7 Rome
You are free to explore the Eternal City at your own pace today. Perhaps take a walk through the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome, with its ruined temples, arches and basilicas, visit the Pantheon, built in the second century as a temple and topped with what is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and enjoy an espresso at one of Rome’s atmospheric coffee bars.
Day 8 Rome
Another full day for you to relax or make your own discoveries in Rome. Spend time poring over the ancient sculptures and Renaissance paintings on show in the Capitoline Museums or even make your own way to Tivoli, where the Emperor Hadrian built a vast country villa.
Day 9 Rome - London
Transfer to Rome Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick. Upon arrival, you are free to make your own way home.