Sorrento Discovery Tour

Panorama of Positano town, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Duration: 6 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £1,439pp with flights

On this tour we’ll take you to some of the world-famous sites that have long been a draw for visitors to the Sorrento Peninsula and travel to the area’s most scenic spots to drink in the views. Visits to both Pompeii and Herculaneum provide a fascinating insight into ancient Roman times; both towns were famously buried in ash following the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. We’ll take a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast passing Positano and stopping to explore Amalfi, and also drive high into the Lattari Mountains to enjoy panoramic views across the Bay of Naples. A boat trip to the Island of Capri allows us to explore what has long been a playground for the rich and famous.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculanium
  • Explore the beautiful Isle of Capri
  • View the Gulf of Salerno from the spectacular Amalfi Drive
  • Soak up the spectacular panoramic views across the Bay of Naples from Monte Faito

What’s included

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
  • A guide for our visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers

Trip Notes

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Arrive at Hotel Caravel, unpack and settle in.

We begin out holiday by exploring our base for the week – Sorrento. There will be the option of a walk through the ancient alleyways and streets into the old town where there is the option to take some free time to discover more yourself. Later on, our transport will take us to Mount St Constanza at the far end of the peninsula. A brief stop in the village of Termini will reveal some spectacular views of the mountain with Capri beyond.

A short journey on the Circumvesuviana train brings us to Pompeii, a city that was frozen in time nearly 2,000 years ago. There is lots to uncover in this ancient settlement with much of the excavations being left where they were found, giving a fascinating insight into the everyday life that ended so abruptly.

Less than 5 miles long, the rugged island of Capri has drawn in visitors since the early 19th Century, due to the large number of natural curiosities, the beautiful town architecture and the Mediterranean flora and fauna. The island has attracted a steady stream of writers and artists including D H Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, Graham Greene and Gracie Fields.

On our 7-night holidays, we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently. Some possible options include:

Archaeological Museum in Naples: The museum has an extensive collection of Roman artefacts including many from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Highlights include Roman mosaics, frescoes and sculptures from the ruined cities plus giant Farnese sculptures from ancient Rome. There is also a large collection of antiquities from ancient Egypt. Naples can be reached by train from Sant’ Agnello; the journey takes just over an hour. Alternatively, you could take the fast ferry across the bay.

Pompeii: Although our itinerary includes visiting Pompeii, the site is very large and you may wish to visit again to continue exploring. Pompeii is easily reached by train.

Originally a Roman road, the ‘Amalfi Drive’ around the north of the Gulf of Salerno is perhaps the most spectacular in the world. We’ll pass Positano with its square white houses and luxuriant gardens descending the hill in steep steps to the sea. We shall stop for an hour or so in the neighbouring town of Amalfi which was once a powerful maritime republic.

Today we’ll travel along the coast to Herculaneum, a town that suffered the same fate as Pompeii in 79AD. Although it is a slightly smaller town, the ruins here offer a deeper glimpse into the past than those at its ‘sister’ city. In the afternoon, we shall continue on to Monte Faito high in the Lattari Mountains for spectacular panoramic views across the Bay of Naples. 

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Amalfi Coast Itinerary Map

Hotel Caravel - Sorrento Peninsula

The Liccardi family and their staff have been looking after HF Holidays’ guests for twenty years, and will offer you a warm welcome at 4-star Hotel Caravel. The hotel lies in the residential district of Sant’ Agnello and is surrounded by pleasant gardens with lemon trees. Close by are the shops and Sant’ Agnello railway station. The centre of Sorrento town is about 1 mile away.  


Hotel Caravel has 92 comfortable bedrooms which are decorated in a traditional style.

All bedrooms have:

  • En-suite bathroom with shower or bath
  • Cable television
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Mini-bar


Hotel Caravel has a:

  • Large open plan lounge area incorporating a piano bar
  • Garden terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Games room with pool-table
  • Internet access

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Caravel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.


Hotel Caravel offers a self-select buffet breakfast including cereals, fruit, bread and cake, yogurts, cheese and ham, and scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available.

Lunch (payable locally)

Picnic lunches can be bought from the hotel (ordering the evening before). Alternatively ingredients can be bought in local shops. It may also be possible to eat in a café during the day; your leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

Dinner at Hotel Caravel is a three course meal offering many Italian specialities plus an excellent self-service salad bar. There are vegetarian options at each course. For special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your requirements with the manager on arrival.


Hotel Caravel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues throughout the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities followed by a leisurely meal with your fellow guests.

One evening we visit a local a Limoncello factory and have a tasting session and another we visit the famous Foreigner's bar which offers spectacular views across the bay.

Your leader will also be checking out for other local events or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the piano bar with a drink.

Hotel caravel

Getting to Hotel Caravel - Sorrento Peninsula

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What to Bring

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery Tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing.
You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, camera, sun protection, drinks (at least 2 litres) etc during the day. A money belt is always a good idea.

You’ll also need to bring your:

  • Booking confirmation
  • Travel insurance cover note and contact details
  • European Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • Completed guest registration form
  • Photocopy of photo page of passport
  • Sunhat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Medication: If you require any medication, please take adequate supplies for the duration of your holiday. It’s advisable to carry your medication in your hand luggage instead of packing it in your suitcase

Deirdre Bartley

Deirdre has worked for HF Holidays since 2003 leading walking and sightseeing holidays in Europe (including the Western Fjords) as well as Guided Walking holidays in the UK.  She has taken her interest in walking, history and European culture further more recently by leading Discovery Tours, and really enjoys using her language skills to enhance guests’ enjoyment of their visit. 

Christine Brook

Christine has been an HF Holidays Leader since 2005 and spends much of her time exploring the UK and Europe. She particularly enjoys leading City Breaks in Italy where she shares her enthusiasm of its culture and the arts with guests. Her particular favourite is the unique city of Venice. As she takes guests through its narrow streets and along its busy canals she reveals the city’s fascinating history, its power, its wealth, and the stories of its people.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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06 Jun - 13 Jun
6 Discovery Tour £1,489 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
17 Oct - 24 Oct
6 Discovery Tour £1,439 Available Trip Notes Book Now
24 Oct - 31 Oct
6 Discovery Tour £1,439 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
24 Jul - 31 Jul
6 Discovery Tour £1,559 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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06 Jun - 13 Jun
6 Discovery Tour £1,199 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
17 Oct - 24 Oct
6 Discovery Tour £1,149 Available Trip Notes Book Now
24 Oct - 31 Oct
6 Discovery Tour £1,149 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
24 Jul - 31 Jul
6 Discovery Tour £1,259 Available Trip Notes Book Now

Important Information

  • Sea view: price on request
  • Double room for sole occupancy: £48 per night
  • With flight holidays include flights from Gatwick
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Naples Airport: £24 single
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort: £136 per single taxi journey
6 nights
Discovery Tours

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