This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Overview & Itinerary


Start
Sorrento, Italy
Finish
Minori, Italy
Country
Italy
Style
Comfort
Theme
Family
Code
ZMFI
Travellers rating
4.83
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 16
Validity
01 Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

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.

Physical rating

These trips are setup to involve and include all the family so no real physical preparation is necessary. The trips all have some degree of physical activity but nothing that is too strenuous. Please check the physical rating on the trip notes and if you need further explanation please contact one of our sales consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.

Joining point

Carlton Hotel of Sorrento
Via Correale, 15, 80067
Sorrento
ITALY
Phone: +39 081 807 2669

Joining point description

The Hotel Carlton International is perfectly located among the beautiful scenery of Sorrento, about 100 meters from the famous Piazza Tasso. The Hotel has 76 rooms, some of them with sea views, and all equipped with private facilities including ensuite, hair dryer and satellite TV. Wi- Fi is free and available throughout the hotel. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, an oasis of peace surrounded by a well-appointed garden filled with plants trees and flowers.

Joining point instructions

Naples Airport (NAP) is located about 55 kilometres North of Sorrento.
Taxis are readily available outside the terminal, the drive to Sorrento would cost around EUR 70 ($100) taking approximately 55 minutes.
‘Curreri Viaggi’ also offers regular coach transfers from Naples Airport to the Bus Terminal in Sorrento costing around EUR 10 ($15) and taking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Another option is a private arrival transfer available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Speak to your booking agent for more information. If you have pre-booked an arrival transfer, please ensure you have provided Intrepid with your arrival flight details at least 15 days before the departure of your Intrepid trip. Your transfer driver will be holding a board with the Intrepid Logo or your name at the arrivals hall. In case of flight cancellations, changes, if you experience severe delays at immigration, baggage collection or customs, or if you are not able to find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number: +354-561-1110.

Problems and emergency contact information

In the case of a genuine crisis, emergency or logistical issues, our local operator, PEAK DMC Europe, can be reached on the following number: +49 8677 918 66 57.

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on the number listed below:

Peak Marrakech (Europe): +49 8677 9186 657

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
  • Carlton Hotel 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. After you’ve walked the streets of this incredible town, return to your hotel by train.

This evening you’ll get a hands-on lesson in the thing most important to Italians – food! Enjoy a pizza cooking demonstration and delectable dinner.
Accommodation
  • Carlton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sorrento - 1/2 day Herculaneum guided visit
  • Sorrento - Pizza-making Demonstration and Dinner
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
  • Carlton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Capri Funicular return ticket
  • Capri - Anacapri Return Bus ticket
  • Sorrento - Capri Day Trip by Hydrofoil
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
  • Carlton Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sorrento - Gelato Making Demonstration
  • Mt Vesuvius - Summit Climb
  • Pompeii - Guided Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today pack your bags and transfer to your next destination with private transfer. A stunning drive along the Amalfi Coast is waiting you! Stop at a local Agriturismo to taste their local products and learn about the business of food. Once in Minori, you will have 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, umbrellas and loungers, which are available rent. It's a great place to people watch and top up the tan!
Accommodation
  • Hotel Caporal or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Minori - Tasting Agriturismo le Grottelle
Optional Activities
  • Amalfi Coast - Boat trip - EUR15
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will head out on the water 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)
Included Activities
  • Amalfi Coast - Kayaking
  • Minori - Paddle Boat Rental
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

Finishing point

Hotel Caporal
Via Alfonso Gatto, 20, 84010
Minori
ITALY
Phone: 0039 089 854049

Finishing point description

The Hotel Caporal in Minori is modern and comfortable hotel, close to the beach near a 1st century Roman Villa. All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, hairdryer, soundproofing, air-conditioning, heating, telephone, flat screen satellite TV, safe and room service. The hotel also has a library and a private beach where you can relax all day long.

Finishing point instructions

Naples Airport (NAP) is located about 60 kilometres North of Minori.
If you are making your own way to the airport, the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.
A taxi will cost around EUR 90 ($120) taking approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Private departure transfers are also available for pre-booking through Intrepid. Please speak to your booking agent for more information. If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please ensure you have provided Intrepid with your departure flight details at least 15 days before the departure of your Intrepid trip.

Itinerary disclaimer

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are activities that are available to you as a guideline and have been checked locally.

The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to Intrepid Travel.

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. Below link will take you to the feedback site:

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/inspirations/feedback/feedback_leave.php

Essential Trip Information

Important notes

A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN 17 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

Passport and visas

Visas for Italy are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

Medical and health information

Vaccination requirements do change, but generally you do not need vaccinations on this trip.
If vaccinations are required, do not leave them until the last minute. Some should be received at least a month before departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting – or any which may be required by your home country upon your return. To find out which, if any, vaccinations are mandatory or recommended for your destination contact your local doctor, immunisation centre or medical centre for up-to-date information.

For travellers from Australia and New Zealand, we recommend the Travel Doctor-TMVC clinics (see http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/ or phone 1300 658 844 for an appointment in Australia). Travellers from countries other than Australia and New Zealand should contact similar organisations or their travel doctor for advice. General health and vaccination information is available to all travellers at
http://www.traveldoctor.com.au/travelreport.asp?UnqID=0.4630191&Page... Some vaccines require more than one dose, so arrange for your visit at least 4-6 weeks before you travel.

Carry Your Certificate
You should be issued with an International Certificate of Vaccination booklet that records each vaccination. Always carry this with you on your travels; it could provide essential information for doctors in the event that you fall ill whilst travelling.

Food and dietary requirements

Your group leader will endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. These instances will be indicated in the ‘trip notes’ itinerary. Please notify your group leader of any dietary requirements in your group meeting at the start of the trip.

For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader will endeavour to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.

All breakfasts are included and are Continental in style, consisting of coffee or tea, bread, jam and/or honey.

Vegetarian choices are available. If you are vegetarian please advise us when you book.

Accommodation

Hotel, 7 nights

GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.
Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in a handful of places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.
Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Transport

Bus, Train

We believe that the vehicles you use pay an important part in your holiday so where possible we include a wide variety of vehicles from local remorks or tuk tuks in Asia to feluccas on the Nile as well as the ubiquitous air conditioned minibus.

Money matters

AIRPORT TAXES:

There are no locally paid departure taxes payable when leaving Italian airports.

Packing

Cold tap water in Italy is generally safe and good to drink so you can avoid the purchase of bottled water by refilling from the tap or public water fountains. A “NON POTABLE” caution will be posted In areas where water is not recommended straight from the tap.

Climate and seasonal information

HOT WEATHER
Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

Group Leader

All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

Travelling on a group trip

You will travel in a group with other like-minded families who may have come from all over the world. We find that the kids of all ages usually bond really well and act as a catalyst for the rest of the group. If you are keen to know the ages of other children on the trip then please ask. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.
http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

DRESS CODE
In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe. Note when visiting churches, monasteries or other religious sites modest dress is required - shorts or skimpy tops may not be permitted, for both men and women.

The Intrepid Foundation

PECORA NERA
If you are spending additional time travelling around Italy and visiting Lucca, then we recommend the Pecora Nera (The Black Sheep) restaurant. It is taking positive action for the inclusion of disabled persons both socially and in the workplace, favouring the diffusion of a different image of disability - one from which the potential of the individual person emerges, and is given value. The project aims to facilitate an experience that can be recreated in other restaurants and commercial activities in the region. Pecora Nera employs disabled or differently-abled people as waiting staff and cooks. Simple strategies are employed to help them in these roles:
- Checklist-style copies of the menus are used by the waiting staff so they can tick the appropriate box rather than having to write individual items down
- Tables do not have numbers, they each have a different and brightly-coloured carved wooden figure on them to help the staff distinguish between the tables.
Intrepid proudly supports this restaurant, and we encourage travellers to dine here.