Sorrento Discovery Tour
Explore the dramatic coast, ancient Roman citie and picturesque villages
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The Sorrento Peninsula has long been known for its world-famous heritage sites, colourful fishing villages and inland countryside of vineyards and lemon groves. This special Discovery Tour will take you all over the Sorrento Peninsula and beyond, to discover the area’s famous sights and fascinating history.
- Sorrento, Termini and Cantone. Mount St Constanza at the far end of the peninsula is a spectacular sight
- Pompeii: the walk around this ancient town will take in all the major sights such as the Forum, theatres and temples
- The Isle of Capri: the special quality of the light makes this island special. Visit the village Anacapri, with the delightful villa of St Michele
- The Amalfi Coast drive: perhaps the most spectacular in the world
- Herculaneum and Monte Faito: travel to Herculaneum, and then take in the spectacular views from the top of Monte Faito
- Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests
- 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
The Liccardi family and their staff have been looking after HF Holidays’ guests for many 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. this is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.
The old town of Sorrento, Mount St Constanza and the magnificent Bay of Naples
As an introduction to the area, you will be offered a walk though the ancient alleyways and streets, into the old town of Sorrento. After a brief introduction to the town, you will have the option of some personal exploration or a longer break soaking in the magnificence of the Bay of Naples.
Our transport will then 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.
The archaeological site of Pompeii via the Circumvesuvian railway
Pompeii is a short journey away using the Circumvesuvian railway. Pompeii was settled as early as the 8th/9th century BC, and blossomed as a commercial centre. In 80 BC it came under the direct domination of Rome and much building and renovation work was done. Trade and commerce made it a flourishing provincial centre with a population of up to 20,000 people. In 79 AD, whilst the city was still in the throes of reconstruction from earthquake damage, Vesuvius erupted without warning and buried the entire area under a blanket of hot ash up to 6 metres deep. Fortunately, most of the population managed to escape, but others perished, mainly from super hot and poisonous gases.
Pompeii was abandoned, and over the centuries forgotten. It was only in 1748 that systematic excavations were started and, since 1911, all finds of furnishings and household utensils that have been discovered have been left where they were found whenever possible, giving a fascinating insight into the everyday life that ended so abruptly.
The Isle of Capri
The rugged but beautiful island complete with natural curiosities, beautiful architecture and Mediterranean flora and fauna
Less than 5 miles long, the rugged little island of Capri has attracted visitors since the early 19th century, due to the large number of natural curiosities, the beautiful architecture in the towns, the Mediterranean flora and fauna and the special quality of the light. The island has attracted a steady stream of writers and artists including D H Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, Graham Greene and Gracie Fields.
The spectacular Amalfi Drive
The Gulf of Salerno, Positano and Amalfi
The ‘Amalfi Drive’ around the north of the Gulf of Salerno is perhaps the most spectacular in the world. You will pass Positano with its square white houses and luxuriant gardens descending the hill in steep steps to the sea. You will stop for an hour or so in the neighbouring town of Amalfi which was once a powerful maritime republic.
Herculaneum and Monte Faito
The ancient city of Herculaneum and Monte Faito, with views across the Bay of Naples
Today we travel along the coast to Herculaneum, and then take in the spectacular views from the top of Monte Faito.
Herculaneum suffered the same fate as Pompei when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Although a smaller city, with a population of about 6,000 at the time, its ruins offer even more of a glimpse into the past than those at Pompei. Subsequent eruptions buried the city’s buildings in hard rock, to a depth of 20 metres, and this reduced plundering in ancient times. In fact it was only in 1709 that it was rediscovered when a well was being sunk. Systematic excavations started in 1927, and discoveries were left on site if possible. Numerous finds show that the main occupation of the people was fishing, and that skilled craftsmanship was widespread. Due to the depth of the layers of volcanic matter, the buildings are often two or even three storeys high.
In the afternoon we continue to Monte Faito high in the Lattari Mountains for spectacular panoramic views right across the Bay of Naples.
All transport relevant to the itinerary is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances. Please allow around €60 per person for entrance fees.
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – 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 independently.
Overlooking the Bay of Naples on the Amalfi coast of Italy, Sorrento is a beautiful town harking back to its Grecian past, when a temple to the goddess Athena was a notable landmark in the town. With stunning vistas across the Bay of Naples to Mt. Vesuvius, Sorrento has a maze of charming cobbled streets to explore, and a plethora of cafes to relax in.
The incredibly well preserved ruin of the ancient city of Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delve into the city to uncover the residences, fountains and other buildings along with the residents themselves, who were ill-fated to stand forever as casts of their former selves. Visit Pompeii as part of a guided tour.
Herculaneum and Vesuvius
Herculaneum was a Roman city, which was preserved in the same way as Pompeii, following an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. The volcano itself last erupted in 1944, and is the only volcano in Europe to have erupted in the last 100 years. Despite this, it is a popular tourist destination, and with modern technology being able to predict when a volcano will erupt, it is unlikely to cause as much devastation as seen at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
This sophisticated resort is a great place to relax in stylish cafes and chic boutiques. Positano also has a rich history; the town is said to be built around the Benedictine Abbey in the 9th Century, and near one of the churches, are the ruins of Roman built villas.
First settle in Roman times, there is dispute over how the island got its name; either from the Greek ‘Kapros’ meaning ‘Wild Boar’ or from the Roman ‘Capreae’ meaning ‘goats’. Certainly there have been wild boar fossils found on the island, so either could be the origin. Travel by boat across the Bay of Naples, and discover the gorgeous island of Capri using the funicular, on foot or by bus. From enchanting beaches and coves to picturesque towns, the island has many places to explore.
Did you know?
Sorrento is famous for the production of Limoncello.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Naples airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour 15 minutes to the Hotel Caravel.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Christine has been an HF Holidays Walking Leader since 2005 and spends much of her time exploring the UK and Europe. She particularly enjoys leading sightseeing and city breaks where she shares her enthusiasm of its culture and the arts with guests. She has previously led holidays in Sorrento, Dubrovnik and Venice and she looks forward to revealing to you each region’s stories through its culture, its history and its people.
Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. With her wealth of experience, she leads a wide range of HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide
Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated.
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Dates & Prices
|26 Oct 2019||
STLEL - Discovery Tour Sorrento
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|26 Oct 2019||STLEL - Discovery Tour Sorrento - Without Flights||7||£1,139.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £40 per night
- Single room: £28 per night
- Allow €60 for sightseeing
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person