Enjoy a wonderful family holiday taking in the best of Italy

This fabulous Italian holiday takes your family through the best of Italy. Visit the atmospheric Roman ruins of Herculaneum and see the ruined city of Pompeii preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79. Get stuck into the home of pizza and pasta, and relax in Sorrento and in the fishing village of Minori. Enjoy a day trip to beautiful Capri and enjoy kayaking along the Amalfi Coast.


Start
Sorrento, Italy
Finish
Minori, Italy
Country
Italy
Style
Comfort
Theme
Family
Code
ZMFI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Climb to the summit of the world’s most famous volcano, Mt Vesuvius, whose deadly eruption covered this part of the world in ash thousands of years ago

  • Catch a hydrofoil across the glorious Bay of Naples to isle of Capri.

  • You’re not just travelling to Italy, you're travelling back in time 2,000 years as you explore the perfectly preserved Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii

  • Learn why the way to any Italian’s heart is through their stomach – get delicious lessons on gelato, pizza and pasta from skilled Italian chefs

Is this trip right for you?

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. As this is an eight-day trip, a large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings.

  • Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. Use sun protection, wear layers, and carry plenty of water because hydration is key, especially when you’re walking a lot. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • Make sure you pack some sturdy and comfortable shoes as there can be a lot of walking around the towns, ruins, and walking trails of this area.

Itinerary

Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until a group meeting this evening at 6pm.

Home to artistic treasures, renowned sights, celebrated fashion and some of the tastiest food on the planet, Italy will surely impress. From Rome's ancient streets to the romantic canals of Venice, be seduced by a slice of La Dolce Vita.
People have been coming to the peninsula and islands of the Sorrento region for at least 2,000 years, and it's easy to see why. There are many options in this small seaside town with its fine piazzas, maze of old streets, sidewalk cafes and glamorous shops. The area is also famous for its lemon and orange groves - try some limoncello, a popular lemon liqueur, while watching the sun go down over the ocean.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Settimo Cielo or Similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you’ll take a short train ride to Ercolano and visit the ancient site of Herculaneum. Often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour Pompeii, it too was destroyed in a river of mud from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavations first started in the 18th century, and subsequently uncovered bronze and silver artefacts, marble statues and many mosaics as well as a superbly preserved network of streets and houses. A guided tour (approx 2 hours) will bring the site to life, revealing everyday life as it was almost 2000 years ago.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Settimo Cielo or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Excursion to Herculaneum
  • Herculaneum Ruins entrance
  • Guided Visit - Herculaneum (2 hr visit)
  • Pizza making demonstration & dinner - Sorrento
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning we go to the port and head across the glorious Bay of Naples to Capri. A hydrofoil will take you across to the island that was once home to the magnificent holiday palaces of the Roman emperors. Capri’s dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior, narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of little white houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns that offer swanky hotels and chic cafes. Though its unmatched setting and natural beauty means it’s popular with visitors, there are still many hidden corners and treasures to explore.
After the exploration of the Marina and the little town of Capri, take a bus up to Anacapri and enjoy the best views of the island and bay from the top of Monte Solaro, reachable by cable car. Around mid-afternoon, take the ferry back to Sorrento. You'll have a free evening tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Settimo Cielo or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
We will be picked up by our private transfer and head to Pompeii (approximately 40 minutes). Until the 26th August, 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business, but it was frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing 2,000 people and covering their homes in a layer of ash. Now you can take a unique look back into the lives of ancient Romans and discover how they lived, worked and interacted 2,000 years ago. The finely preserved ruins include villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along the chariot-marked streets, visit the magnificent amphitheatre, and drop by the ‘Villa of Mysteries’. Then, take a short ride up the mighty Mt Vesuvius, maybe the most famous volcano in the world! Climb for around 45 minutes to the summit for staggering views over the Bay of Naples, then walk another 30 minutes on a trail across the cinders for views down into the crater. Although Mt Vesuvius is still considered to be an active volcano, the last eruption was in 1944 and there's no sign of volcanic activity . See first-hand the awesome power of the volcano that engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is then about 30 minutes walk back down again. We will re-board our van and head to Sorrento where there is a surprise visit in store.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Settimo Cielo or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Capri Day Trip by Hydrofoil
  • Gelato Making Demonstration Sorrento
  • Mt Vesuvius Summit Climb
  • Guided Walk Pompeii
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today we pack our bags and be transferred to our next destination with private transfer. A stunning drive along the Amalfi Coast is waiting for us! But before we will be stop at a local Agriturismo to taste their local products and know about their food business. Once in Minori free time to explore this small little village or enjoy some beach time. The beach here is like many European beaches , quite crowded with lots of people and umbrellas and loungers , which are available rent. Its a great place to people watch not just top up the tan.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Caporal or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tasting Agriturismo le Grottelle
Optional Activities
  • Boat trip along the Amalfi coast - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today we head out on kayaks and kayak along the Amalfi coast , followed by an afternoon to unwind , relax and share tales of this morning's adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Caporal or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free to enjoy Minori. Explore the Roman villa, walk along the coast or just relax and unwind in this delightful village.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Caporal or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Wave goodbye to Italy and your new friends. Those who have booked transfers will be taken to the airport to board their onward plane.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Bus, Train

Accommodation

Hotel, 7 nights

Included activities

  • Excursion to Herculaneum
  • Herculaneum Ruins entrance
  • Guided Visit - Herculaneum (2 hr visit)
  • Pizza making demonstration & dinner - Sorrento
  • Capri Day Trip by Hydrofoil
  • Gelato Making Demonstration Sorrento
  • Mt Vesuvius Summit Climb
  • Guided Walk Pompeii
  • Tasting Agriturismo le Grottelle

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Important notes

A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN 14 YEARS AND UNDER AT TIME OF TRAVEL.

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

Minimum age on this trip is 5 years old

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